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Private Key Found Embedded In Major SCADA Equipment

SnoopJeDi Re:Rule One (105 comments)

Is that why there are so many hookers named Chastity?

about 2 years ago

Humble Bundle For Android 3 Released

SnoopJeDi Re:Repeat titles (48 comments)

Considering Uplink and SpaceChem were only offered in their PC forms before, this is still a deal. I agree, though, that the repetition of bundle games is driving down my personal demand.

more than 2 years ago

Google's Nexus S, A Look At Gingerbread

SnoopJeDi Re:Really? (129 comments)

Gingerbread has only been out for the Nexus for about a week though. It's a first look at what might be coming to other devices still running Froyo. To be fair though, TFA is a device review, NOT an article strictly about Gingerbread on the Nexus.

more than 3 years ago

First Probe To Orbit Mercury May Help Us Learn How Planets Form

SnoopJeDi Video from MESSENGER (88 comments)

OT, but one of my favorite spacecraft videos is the departure video from MESSENGER.

more than 3 years ago

Activists Seek Repeal of Ban On Incandescent Bulbs

SnoopJeDi Re:Because consumers are stupid (1049 comments)

Why ban lead paint or require seat belts then? I don't disagree with you, but this isn't a black/white issue.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?

SnoopJeDi Re:ITs the end of the small business mail server (459 comments)

Outsourcing it is cheap because it needs to compete with these roll-your-own systems. If small mail were totally blacklisted, I wouldn't be surprised to find mail services prices bump a bit. Afterall, they'd be the only people with an ISP allowing port 25...

more than 2 years ago

Chrome May Drop the URL Bar

SnoopJeDi Re:Lets go phishing! (343 comments)

This struck me as an uncomfortable idea from the getgo, but I didn't realize why for a while until this occurred to me. I would be very uneasy not having the URL I'm visiting available at a glance. TFA suggests this layout would be optional, though.

more than 3 years ago

Hummingbird-Size Wing-Flapping Drone Unveiled

SnoopJeDi Re:Flight video of test criteria (108 comments)

The device actually already has yaw, as the video above shows (you can spin the craft around). As for pitch, I can't find a video, but I'm under the impression that it does have pitch control, being able to do loop-de-loops.

more than 3 years ago

Employer Demands Facebook Login From Job Applicants

SnoopJeDi Re:Deactivate the account? (434 comments)

On what grounds? I wouldn't say "never had one." If they find it in Google cache, it means I didn't care enough about the privacy of that information to alter my settings to prevent that. TFA doesn't suggest all employees must do this, only those up for hire or recert.

more than 3 years ago

Employer Demands Facebook Login From Job Applicants

SnoopJeDi Deactivate the account? (434 comments)

If I were the employee, I'd use Facebook's activation feature to temporarily remove my account from the system. "What account? Facebook? Don't have one."

more than 3 years ago

Cloth Successfully Separates Oil From Gulf Water

SnoopJeDi Re:Great for filtering, but - (327 comments)

Since all that wildlife was stuck in the oil slick, there wasn't much hope to begin with, was there?

more than 4 years ago

Keep SSH Sessions Active, Or Reconnect?

SnoopJeDi Catch 22 (307 comments)

If it's an "insecure link" (which is the whole reason SSH was developed ANYWAY), then ANY connection is technically compromised. You can't just assume one that was established "sometime before" is more secure than a new one now. If you carry your assumptions through consistently, they're both compromised and you should just disconnect.

more than 4 years ago

Iranian Government Cuts Off Internet Access Again

SnoopJeDi All that remains..? (374 comments)

Maybe I'm an optimist, but uh...pretty sure we've been here before and censorship didn't really cut it for Iran's government. The Neda video, Twitter, Facebook, Tor usage, cell phones. There's just too many ways for information to flow from Iran (or Burma or wherever) for any censorship to really be effective. The best ideas would be cutting off ALL access, or white-lists, both of which create serious issues for Iran in terms of being connected to the world.

about 5 years ago

All-You-Can-Eat College For $99-a-Month

SnoopJeDi Re:Eleven courses (272 comments)

A friend of mine recently decided to enter school, not having pursued any secondary education after high school. He asked for my help with prep for a math placement exam, not wanting to waste his money and time on remedial courses that would not have even counted as credits toward his degree. If this kind of 'corporate education' was more established at the time, he could have spent some money, worked his ass off, and placed higher on the placement test. Consider this small course list a 'beta' for this type of education.

about 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 On Kindle 2

SnoopJeDi Re:One obvious question (194 comments)

Your post sums up all the things that are wrong in the popular mind, and exactly why research budgets are falling at a time when they need to be drastically expanded.

Furthermore, it's rather arrogant to diminish the very deserving accomplishments of others just because you simply lack the imagination to think past today. If you don't find any use to it, don't use it. This developer felt it was necessary/cool/practical/etc. to put Ubuntu on a Kindle. This is basically THE tenet that guides software development by individuals. You develop what you use and keep to yourself re: the things you don't use.

about 5 years ago

How To Prove Someone Is Female?

SnoopJeDi Re:Simple... if "Y" chromosome found = male (1091 comments)

It's Not That Simpleâ.

Besides, you're ignoring the point. The real issue here is highlighted by this passage:

But now the IAAF claim that they want to conduct further tests to see if 'she may have a rare medical condition that gives her an unfair advantage.'

In a world where people can change their identities at will (transsexualism, etc.), or otherwise, what changes need to be made to the outdated simple classifications?

And additionally, the obnoxious notion of "fairness" further complicates the issue.

about 5 years ago

Big Bang Could Be Recreated Inside a Metamaterial

SnoopJeDi Re:2+2 spacetime? (113 comments)

Well, my favorite way to think about 3+1 spacetime as a relatively inexperienced student is as a "loaf" of bread (a la The Elegant Universe). If a "slice" of the loaf contains the 3 conventional space dimensions, and different slices represent different placement in time, then you have a basis for any particular event (4 coordinates that allow you to locate it perfectly).

Perhaps a second dimension of 'time' (which is a slightly incorrect notion, as far as I understand) allows another degree of freedom (like the Copenhagen interpretation)?.

On an unrelated note, this guy is from UMCP, that's sweet!

about 5 years ago

Poor Design Choices In the Star Wars Universe

SnoopJeDi Re:Death Star (832 comments)

Distributing a lot of small reactors sounds like a logistical nightmare. Imagine the power draw when the Death Star actually intends to fire. Is it easier to lay the wire and controls necessary to manage that from one reactor, or several?

Not to mention that by assuming the reactors are nuclear, taking down the Death Star might be even easier. More reactors, less security, I'd think it'd be easier to slip an infiltrator in to sabotage one of them.

This article is garbage. See below:

Let's not even go near the idea of light beams being slow enough to dodge; that's just something you have let go of, or risk insanity.

Ah because slow light is complete science fiction, of course!

more than 5 years ago


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