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Civilian Use of Drone Aircraft May Soon Fly In the US

SlappyBastard Re:Every commercial airliner already is a drone (196 comments)

I'll take my plate of crow now. FTR, what compels us is years of reading articles in credible computing circles that have said exactly what I said. Yes, upon further reflection, it does strike me that's industry bullshit from the folks who think automation works for everything. That said, I have not seen the claim credibly challenged before today. Clearly there is a lot of money out there selling the automated aircraft. I have known a lot of credible people in the computing, programming and robotics fields who have repeated this claim. My best response is that it is apparent pilots don't have the same sort of lobby out there explaining their side of the problem. Because frankly it looks like pilots have been decidedly left out of the discussion. Bear in mind, around these parts we're awfully prone to liking a good story about autonomous vehicles. Very simply put, good PR has sold me a lie that sits very easily with my mind.

more than 2 years ago
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Civilian Use of Drone Aircraft May Soon Fly In the US

SlappyBastard Every commercial airliner already is a drone (196 comments)

What's the big deal? The pilots on a commercial flight are just there to make the passengers feel better.

more than 2 years ago
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Airline to Offer In-Flight Adult Movies

SlappyBastard I'm never flying Ryanair, ever (200 comments)

I wonder if someone has a website of European budget carriers that allow this . . . because I could easily see Vuelling and Czech Air jumping on this. This is important stuff, folks. Otherwise, I'm taking sheets of plastic with me when I travel.

more than 2 years ago
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What Happens When the Average Lifespan is 150 Years?

SlappyBastard Biggest issue? Suicide (904 comments)

150 years is daunting. And if you toss in no cure to Alzheimer's or the same relative physical decline around 40-80 years old, then the most likely single outcome will be an increase in suicides.

more than 2 years ago
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New Virus Jumps From Monkeys To Lab Workers

SlappyBastard "Within weeks"? (160 comments)

What they meant to say was "28 Days Later".

about 3 years ago
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Facebook Connect Exposes Hulu User Data

SlappyBastard Re:Hulu's problem (60 comments)

Good PR: the cure to shitty coding.

about 3 years ago
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Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?

SlappyBastard For me, Blu-Ray isn't that impressive (1162 comments)

One, because to be honest up-sampled DVDs look pretty good.

Two, most movies are now shot in a style that looks like someone let a cat piss on the celluloid. Seriously, who the fuck wants to pop in the Battlestar Galactica Blu-Ray and see film grain and shitty lighting in hi-def!?

Three, for the price point, Blu-Ray doesn't deliver enough value except for the rare really well-shot movie.

Four, digital downloads. All things being equal, anything on disc is slightly antiquated. I rarely buy a disc of anything anymore.

more than 3 years ago
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Industry IT Security Certification Proposed

SlappyBastard Sarbenes-Oxley? They cited S-O? (102 comments)

OMFG . . . when cluelessness attacks. How can anyone say that the post-Enron regulatory framework was anything except a clusterfuck? Show me the goddamned accountability in terms of real jail time.

more than 3 years ago
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Valve Beats Google, Apple For Profits Per Employee

SlappyBastard So? (194 comments)

Somewhere out there is a featherweight considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Doesn't mean in a straight fight he wouldn't get killed by the best heavyweight.

more than 3 years ago
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Anatomy of the HBGary Hack

SlappyBastard Re:Definitely interesting.... (220 comments)

Considering the number of hacked major websites I've now heard of storing their passwords in plaintext, my faith in industry standards is shot. When sites the size of Gawker, Reddit and Plenty of Fish fail this really braindead obvious level of security, I think people who implement plain MD5 start to feel like geniuses.

more than 3 years ago
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Anatomy of the HBGary Hack

SlappyBastard Re:Definitely interesting.... (220 comments)

A custom CMS isn't a bad thing is you commit hard to securing it.

For various reasons, I've built custom CMSes. What I've committed to doing is limiting the accepted inputs. If something only needs an ID, then the inputs should be scrubbed down to only accept integers. If something only needs a name, scrub the inputs down to a regular expression covering letters, spaces and integers.

Where people get in trouble is not scrubbing their input aggressively.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Algeria Deleting Facebook Accounts?

SlappyBastard Re:Unencrypted cookie auths (217 comments)

Somehow I suspect that controlling the ISPs makes a man in the middle exploit a tiny bit easier.

more than 3 years ago
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I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

SlappyBastard One word: Supercrows (868 comments)

Knock shiny stuff all you want, but when genetically engineered supercrows control the earth, shinies are going to be in high demand.

more than 3 years ago
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I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

SlappyBastard Oil's dirty secret (868 comments)

Before people get too horny for the "diminishing" supply of oil, ponder two facts:

1. Have there been lines for gasoline in America during the last five years?

What? No, there haven't. You mean, it's not like the 1970s, when there really was a supply disruption?

2. How much oil actually spilled during the Gulf disaster in 2010?

I want folks to think real hard about how bad the government and the oil companies were lying before they consider this issue.

Now, ponder how much oil actually had to be spilled for an oil slick to go from Texas to Florida? And how many feet deep? And how much dispersant?

A shitload more oil came out of that well than the gov't and BP claim. They say a few million barrels. But, just think of the volume of oil it takes, with most of being underwater, dispersed by agents and eaten by bacteria, for that oil to spread through a volume of water stretching from Texas to Florida.

No one wants to admit oil's dirty secret: we have fuckloads of it.

more than 3 years ago
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I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

SlappyBastard Re:Swiss Francs baby (868 comments)

Really? How was the Euro 100 years ago? What? Non-existent, ya say?

The Euro is a scam. An outright scam that wallpapered over the historic stupidity of European economics. On the one hand, you have the Mediterranean countries, with their hyperinflation. On the other hand you have the Germans with their policy of strong currency to a fault. The basic idea behind the Euro is to stir countries with opposing, stupid forms of economics together and say, "Tada! Stability!"

It's like putting bald tires on the left side of your truck and mud racing tires on the other side and saying, "Look, all-season tires!"

more than 3 years ago

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SlappyBastard SlappyBastard writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SlappyBastard writes "I wanted to field this question to Slashdot: I run a basic LAMP stack website business. Simple ecommerce whatnot. Typical.A business inquired today about updating their website to a more modern MySQL system (right now they're running a version of Perl from the late 90's alongside what looks like some type of SQL). The original web design firm is not out of the picture. Basically, I'd be subcontracted the database portion of the code.This is something I've never done before. My standard policy is that the site is entirely my work, or else I'm not doing the work.However, this is a larger client, the type that's hard to turn away.What does the community think about the proposal in general? What have been the pitfalls for those who have pursued this sort of work before?Most of all: what should I charge them for this sort of proposal?"

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