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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

SparkleMotion88 Exclusion zone (176 comments)

Currently the Irish navy has deployed one vessel to maintain a 2 mile exclusion zone around the island.

I hope, for all our sakes, that the U.S. military does the same thing around movie theaters after the film is released.

2 days ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

SparkleMotion88 Re:Also human (277 comments)

Except this isn't "I forgot to turn off the coffee maker and my coffee burned" territory. It is closer to "I forgot to de-ice the Pitot tubes and a plane full of people crashed." Companies have figure out how to manage stuff like this when it is important enough (process, checklists, redundancy, etc), Sony just failed to do so.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

SparkleMotion88 Re:Not MITM (572 comments)

I object to the phrase word "Man in the Middle Attack" because that phrase has a very specific meaning. This is not a MITM attack -- at least not a successful one. The submission suggests that the corporation is exploiting some security vulnerability, when really it is just using trust in a completely appropriate* way.

*Note that all of my comments are about computer security, not acceptable corporate behavior. Whether this is a case of corporate douchebaggery is a separate issue. I didn't comment on that part of the issue because it doesn't interest me.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

SparkleMotion88 Not MITM (572 comments)

This is not a MITM attack -- it is a trusted proxy. The employees all trust the proxy, so everything works as it should. You don't trust the proxy, so you get a certificate validation error, so everything works as it should.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

SparkleMotion88 Don't do it. (246 comments)

Students would not learn enough higher math, algorithms, and data structures to be viable employees when their industry changes every five years

about 5 months ago
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Why Johnny Can't Code and How That Can Change

SparkleMotion88 Re:if you're not interested in computers.... (527 comments)

The problem is that people entering college now are too young to remember when they were first exposed to computers because computers are everywhere and they've had them all their life. I remember being excited about my family's first computer (and IBM PC XT) and wondering how it works, but that was because I was 9 at the time. Computers are so commonplace today, and many are not even recognizable as computers, that we shouldn't expect kids to have an immediate sense of wonder about them.

Another issue is that young people probably see computers and software as these mystical things that are handed down to us from large, powerful companies like Apple and EA. So they may need to be informed that it is within their means to tinker with software and build things on their own.

more than 3 years ago
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Cooperative Cars Battle It Out In Holland

SparkleMotion88 Re:so who do you blame? (139 comments)

Self-driving cars hold a lot of promise, but I think it will always be better to deliver your children in a hospital.

more than 3 years ago
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Evolution Battle Brews In Texas

SparkleMotion88 Re:sad isn't it ? (916 comments)

Atheism is a luxury that prisoners cannot afford. They are in an unpleasant situation and thus they are more likely to require the comfort of religion.

more than 3 years ago
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CERN, LHC Sets New Luminosity World Record

SparkleMotion88 Cave Johnson says.. (71 comments)

"Higher intensity means more data, and more data means more science!"

more than 3 years ago
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Glasses Purge 3rd D From Films

SparkleMotion88 Don't bother (123 comments)

The glasses don't do anything about the plot or the characters, which are already 2-dimensional.

more than 3 years ago
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Wi-Fi Shown To Interfere With Aircraft Systems

SparkleMotion88 Re:"Blanking" (300 comments)

Blank display is a term used in avionics to describe a condition in which a display is blank. This condition could could be caused by any number of things, including failure of the computer that is driving the display. It's not necessarily "momentary."

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Reportedly Working On TV Service For Xbox 360

SparkleMotion88 Re:Windows Media Center (121 comments)

Even if you have the codecs installed, it cannot browse or play non-WTV or DVR-MS without the use of something like MediaBrowser (which itself, is a slick application).

I feel compelled to correct this in case others misunderstand you and it reflects poorly on Media Center. Media Center can play videos in a variety of containers and codecs. I commonly put m4v files encoded using h.264 in my "videos" folder. Media center picks them right up and allows me to play them (even on my extenders). Perhaps what you mean is that you can't play these files from your "Recorded TV" folder (perhaps this is the case -- I've never tried it).

more than 3 years ago
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Real-Life Gadgets For Real-Life Superheroes

SparkleMotion88 Re:Trying to find the words... (391 comments)

Agreed. I think the douchebaggery peaked at this point:

"Right now, the suit is still largely on the drawing board...We are just finishing up the ideation phase and beginning design and prototyping.”

Still, this part gives me an entertaining mental image of some superhero trying to get tech from his supplier, only to be met with a Dilbertesque sequence of overhyped marketing, corporate buzzwords, and eventual disappointment.

more than 3 years ago
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MySpace Revamps Site To Recapture the Magic

SparkleMotion88 Re:How about music sites that cater (137 comments)

From the point of view of marketing, you die when you turn 30 and come back to life when you turn 55. In between that time, you have just the right combination of poverty and responsibility that prevents you from throwing money away based on advertising.

more than 3 years ago
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The PlayStation Move Arrives — a Hands-On Report

SparkleMotion88 Re:No hands on demos! (185 comments)

There were *NO* commercials on television touting the new product.

There were commericals on TV. For over a week now. I saw them while watching football (which is the only time I watch live TV and therefore commercials). They weren't very memorable, though. Didn't tell me much about the product and they certainly didn't make me want to buy the thing.

Sorry about the sentence fragments. Been reading too much Cormac McCarthy.

more than 3 years ago
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Europe Proposes International Internet Treaty

SparkleMotion88 Never gonna happen (116 comments)

The difference between the internet and space is that only advanced western states have access to space. All states feel like they need to protect their own resources on the internet from hackers (mostly non-state actors), so they will want complete freedom when deciding how to do that. As soon as western countries believe that Al Qaeda (or whoever we are afraid of at the time) has any change of destroying their satellites, they will pull out of the Outer Space Treaty for the same reason.

more than 3 years ago
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Helicopter Crashes While Filming Autonomous Audi

SparkleMotion88 Re:GPS? (218 comments)

Right, this was probably an expensive INS (e.g. ring laser gyro) + GPS system. I imagine they would use something like this for a prototype, because they can get precise acceleration information without having to recalibrate after changes to the vehicle. The good news is that it is easy to get acceleration data for cars because they only have one axis of rotation, and they have wheels that are always on the ground. For production cars with this sort of technology, they can probably just use the speedometer along with something that measures how much the front wheels are turned. Maybe they will throw in a cheap INS to detect loss of wheel traction or otherwise improve the quality of the speed/acceleration data.

Of course, this only helps for navigation, which is probably the easiest part of the problem. Collision avoidance would probably be done with cameras, radar, ultrasonic ranging, etc.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Patents Self-Burying Coffin

SparkleMotion88 That's perfect! (159 comments)

This is great! I've been looking for a new metaphor for my current software project. The "two story outhouse" metaphor wasn't quite working anymore.

more than 3 years ago

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