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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

RobinH Re:Delayed action (473 comments)

Obviously I mean voluntarily.

yesterday
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

RobinH Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1077 comments)

Um, it doesn't matter. It may not be appropriate for a woman to stand there fully naked in the middle of the street, but that still doesn't make it OK for anyone to do anything to her (other than ask if she needs assistance or call the police to deal with the situation).

yesterday
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

RobinH Re:Delayed action (473 comments)

That would actually be illogical for an individual to do if they're mostly interested in themselves and their offspring (and people do it which shows how generous some people are, sacrificing themselves for the greater good). A single person giving up 1/8 of their income for the benefit of everyone instead of themselves is just putting themselves at an economic disadvantage. Those are resources that can't be put towards better education for their kids, buying bigger/newer (i.e. safer for themselves) vehicles, etc. This kind of stuff will only work if we agree as a society that everyone has to play along by the new rules, for the benefit of everyone as a whole. A lot of people are completely against this idea (government intrusion on freedom, etc.) but that's the only way we've ever solved problems based on the "tragedy of the commons". If there's a common resource that people have an incentive to exploit, with no limit, for essentially free (e.g. the atmosphere) then they will do it. Sure, we all breath, but there's little/no incentive to breath "more". We can, however, use more energy by burning inexpensive fuel which consumes O2 and releases CO2 into the atmosphere, and we don't, as individuals or as companies, have to pay for that "externality". Therefore we will *never* stop doing it until we all agree as a society to regulate CO2 emissions.

2 days ago
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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

RobinH Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (135 comments)

I had one of those cheap 12V switching power supplies (came with a 3D printer kit actually) and the power cord that came with it was getting very hot. I looked at the cord itself and it had 10A stamped on the plug end. That should have been more than enough current capacity, so something was definitely wrong with the cord. I took an old PC cord out of my junk box and noted that it also said 10A, then cut the PC end off of it and compared the wire gauge between the two. The faulty one's wire was much, much thinner than the one from my junk drawer. I wired it in and voila, the new cord ran cool as a cucumber. I believe the 10A stamped on the plug only referred to the actual 3-prong plug, and not to the wire itself. In the end this is just bad quality control from some knock-off supplier in China, so it's not surprising. I assume this HP mess is a similar problem. Just a bad batch of wires on the market, either because the original manufacturer screwed up in buying the wire, or maybe something more nefarious.

2 days ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

RobinH Re:Hmmm ... (194 comments)

Well, sorry, that's not so bad design, but the really bad design is if the default password is in the downloadable manual and is active all the time, or doesn't require you to change it on first login. Still, I think my point is the same.

2 days ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

RobinH Re:Hmmm ... (194 comments)

Except the terribly bad design we typically see in embedded design is normally to provide a back-door way to prevent just this kind of problem. "Oh, you lost your password? No problem, hold down these three buttons and cycle power and it'll reset everything to factory defaults, and then you can login with this default password."

3 days ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

RobinH Re:The Real question then is... (233 comments)

Manufacturing has returned (slowly) but it's been in the form of automation, not jobs.

about a week ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

RobinH What devices *don't* have security flaws? (146 comments)

At this point nobody's going to be surprised if any device tested has blatant security flaws. The only interesting story would be if someone found a device with no actual flaws. That would be news.

about a week ago
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World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

RobinH Re:Call anything 3D printing (108 comments)

I don't see why bricklaying couldn't be automated.

about a week ago
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World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

RobinH Call anything 3D printing (108 comments)

We used to just call it "pouring cement" and "laying bricks" but now that additive manufacturing is such a big hit we have to call it 3D Printing.

about a week ago
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Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

RobinH Re:"Promoting" how? (180 comments)

If that were the case, I can see how it would promote the introduction of invasive species. That is, if you have a fishing lodge on Lake Somechamacallit, and you have to pay for a license to fish native species, why not then just import a breeding pair of invasive species, let nature run its course for a few years, and then fish all you like?

about two weeks ago
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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

RobinH Re:Been discussed before (239 comments)

However, what's particularly weird, when I hear about software-based automotive recalls like the Toyota accelerator stack overflow bug, is that automotive companies don't seem to have to be certified to anything near the machine safeguarding standards we use to certify factory-floor automation. Nowadays a piece of equipment on the plant floor is pretty much provably safe to operate assuming you don't start disassembling it with a screwdriver. I don't see any such methodology being applied to vehicle control systems.

about two weeks ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

RobinH Re:OK fine but give us a free CA (148 comments)

Agreed, if Google wants to do this, maybe they should also become a free Certificate Authority. Wouldn't that tick off the Verisigns of the world...

about three weeks ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

RobinH Re:Cat blog (148 comments)

HTTPS isn't about logging in, it's about encrypting the data between the server and the client with a one-time key. So it isn't about proving you're a cat, it's about preventing an eavesdropper from knowing which cat pictures you looked at (they still know you went to a cat picture blog).

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

RobinH Re:Why wouldn't you think they are scanning? (353 comments)

My significant other deals with teenagers all the time in schools, and it's amazing how many of them get irate when parents/teachers/police start to question them about stuff they posted on Facebook. The content usually comes to light because one of their "friends" have showed the authorities the content, or in some cases the teen actually friends the teacher/police officer. Their typical response is, "that's my private Facebook page!"

about three weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

RobinH Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

Pullleeeze. To even suggest that is to suggest that the persecution of nerds is equivalent to the persecution of African American minorities in the United States. Certainly nerds are persecuted, particularly in high school, but they are in no way equivalent. Besides, it's not like the show doesn't make fun of people who are "smart and good looking".

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

RobinH Re:No (190 comments)

Just because I'm sure that *somebody* is talented enough to do that and get away with it doesn't mean I think that *I'm* talented enough to do it. :) If I were, why would I be worried about online voting?

about three weeks ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

RobinH Re:There would have been one nice side effect (212 comments)

Which is why I don't understand how you could go on to making your 3rd comment after your 2nd comment calls it a fallacy.

about a month ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

RobinH Re:There would have been one nice side effect (212 comments)

You define productivity in a weird way if you think that walking into all the factories and breaking all the equipment makes all the people there more productive.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

RobinH Be careful... (550 comments)

Just remember that the people who had the surgery and went blind probably aren't reading or posting on /. anymore.

about a month ago

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Ask Slashdot: Should I fight against online voting in our municipality?

RobinH RobinH writes  |  about a month ago

RobinH (124750) writes "Our small-ish municipality (between 10,000 to 15,000 in population) has recently decided to switch to online voting. I should note that they were previously doing voting-by-mail. I have significant reservations about online voting, particularly the possibility of vote-selling and the general lack of voter secrecy, not to mention the possible lack of computer security. However, it's only a municipal election, and apparently a lot of municipalities around here are already doing online voting. I'm not sure if the rank and file citizens care, or if they would listen to my concerns. Should I bother speaking up, or should I ignore it since municipal elections are not that important anyway?"
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The New Battle Over Community Q&A Sites

RobinH RobinH writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RobinH writes "Just as Fog Creek Software is about to launch their new "Community Knowledge Exchange" Q&A software product called StackExchange, an open source clone of the service called Shapado has popped up, and the kicker is that Shapado is free. That's a lot cheaper than the $129/month that the StackExchange service will cost, and to top it off, Shapado is going to offer a database import format that's compatible with the StackExchange export format. Fog Creek's developers posted an optimistic rebuttal."
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Slashdot - You have a major flaw in your submissio

RobinH RobinH writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RobinH writes "On your submission page it says Submitted by and it has my user name. If you don't know to look, you don't realize that instead of linking to your user page on slashdot (like every other instance of your user name on slashdot), it links to your email address! And right beside the box where it asks you to enter your email address on the profile page, there's a little question mark box that says it's "never given out to anybody". That should be the default! You shouldn't default to posting someone's email address on a really public website. I now have an email address that I'd successfully kept spam free for 9 years, and I have a ton of spam coming in. Please fix your submission page so you don't trick other submitters into publishing their email address."
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StackOverflow For Any Topic

RobinH RobinH writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RobinH writes "The successful question and answer website for programmers, StackOverflow, is now over a year old, and the top user, Jon Skeet has just passed 100,000 reputation points. Now it looks like one of the creators of StackOverflow, Joel Spolsky, and his company Fog Creek, are developing a software as a service form of the StackOverflow engine called StackExchange to support any topic you want. The software is currently in private beta, but the first of the beta sites have surfaced. Topics include Business Travel, the Home, Parenthood, the Environment, Finance, and iPhone Game Development."
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How do you take memos on the go?

RobinH RobinH writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RobinH (124750) writes "I'm frequently driving home when I remember something important that I need to do when I get back to my computer. I know if I don't record it I'm likely to forget. Writing is dangerous while driving. My cell phone has a voice recorder, but I have to find it in the menu, and I have to remember to check it later, which defeats the purpose. What I want is a device that I can pull out with one hand, hold down a button, say a memo, then put it back. Then with no other action on my part, the recording shows up in my email inbox the next time I check my email. This shouldn't be hard. Is there such a device?"

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