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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

Splab Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (93 comments)

Thank god for that, imagine having to deal with imperial bits and bytes vs. metric bits and bytes!

2 days ago

Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Splab Re:Radicalization (841 comments)

Did they now?

Perhaps you should read other propaganda than you normal intake and see what other parts of the world is thinking.

Right now Israel is facing a lot of problems, it seems like they very well knew that Hamas in fact did *not* sanction the kidnappings; also Israel seems to have left out important informations regarding the kidnapping in order to step up the conflict with Hamas.

3 days ago

FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

Splab Re:Ah, how adorable... (125 comments)

Why do you think it takes that much hacking?

Setting up a robo dialler takes less than an hour and "spoofing" your number is equally simple. You just sign up with Anveo or any service like that and you are good to go - go through a proxy in eastern Europe and chances are no one can do squat about it.

about two weeks ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Splab Re:Connect with a VPN (390 comments)

Actually using a VPN might work, if said VPN connects to some other provider, like Comcast, which might not be saturated and then using their backbone connects to Netflix.

about two weeks ago

Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

Splab Re: Noticed this before (112 comments)

Most devices are broadcasting known ssid regardless of the ap being hidden, there is quite an industry around sniffing this data.

about a month ago

Venture-Backed Bitcoin Miner Startup Can't Deliver On Time, Gets Sued

Splab Re:Best Lawsuit Ever. (120 comments)

Depends on how well you write your contracts, back when I did programming as a contractor, the contract dealt specifically with liability and damages - basically boiled down to, the customer could sue, but would never be able to get more than actual damages and never more than the module / sub routine cost to have developed. Granted, this wasn't in the US, so liability laws and statuary damages etc. are vastly different here.

about a month ago

A Seriously High Speed Video Camera (Video)

Splab Re:Only 5000 bucks? (62 comments)

"I went to see Professor Douglas Hartree, who had built the first differential analyzers in England and had more experience in using these very specialized computers than anyone else. He told me that, in his opinion, all the calculations that would ever be needed in this country could be done on the three digital computers which were then being builtâ"one in Cambridge, one in Teddington, and one in Manchester. No one else, he said, would ever need machines of their own, or would be able to afford to buy them."
-- Douglas Hartree

There are billions of smart people out there, just because you fail to see a purpose doesn't mean there isn't one, it just means you aren't the one making it rich in this niche.

about a month and a half ago

A Seriously High Speed Video Camera (Video)

Splab Re:Not exactly needed (62 comments)

Computers didn't start out in the GHz range you know...

about a month and a half ago

France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

Splab Re:No, you don't have an opt out. (138 comments)

Well thank you for posting a link to someone who is trying to boil something quite complicated down to 3 columns.

The actual law is:
 264 a. Den, som uberettiget fotograferer personer, der befinder sig pÃ¥ et ikke frit tilgængeligt sted, straffes med bÃde eller fængsel indtil 6 mÃ¥neder. Det samme gælder den, der ved hjælp af kikkert eller andet apparat uberettiget iagttager sÃ¥danne personer.

 264 a er ændret fra d. 01.07.2001 ved lov nr. 433 af 31.05.2000 (afskaffelse af hæftestraffen)

 264 b. (Ophævet)

 264 c. De i  263, 264 og 264 a indeholdte straffebestemmelser finder tilsvarende anvendelse pÃ¥ den, der uden at have medvirket til gerningen skaffer sig eller uberettiget udnytter oplysninger, som er fremkommet ved overtrædelsen.

 264 c er ændret fra d. 01.07.2004, jfr.  1.7 i lov nr. 352 af 19.05.2004

 264 d. Med bÃde eller fængsel indtil 6 mÃ¥neder straffes den, der uberettiget videregiver meddelelser eller billeder vedrÃrende en andens private forhold eller i Ãvrigt billeder af den pÃ¥gældende under omstændigheder, der Ã¥benbart kan forlanges unddraget offentligheden. Bestemmelsen finder ogsÃ¥ anvendelse, hvor meddelelsen eller billedet vedrÃrer en afdÃd person.

On top of that, you can be punished for publishing pictures on the internet without consent (persondataloven)

Now this law is primarily about non-public places, however, iff you are photographed on a public place you can request they do not take picture(s) of you, that is full frame, up close or zoomed etc. if you happen to be in the background and not primary focus of the picture some exceptions are granted. *HOWEVER* you are still not allowed to publish these pictures, unless they are in the interest of the public, e.g. public television shooting a segment - but again there are exceptions.

about a month and a half ago

France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

Splab Re:No, you don't have an opt out. (138 comments)

You know how people know you are a true 'Murican?

Did you miss the part about local laws? This drone was in Brazil and I'm talking about the laws I know, which is Danish law - if you take a picture in Denmark, they can ask you to remove it and you must comply.

Just because you feel like your picture is important, doesn't mean some random stranger wants to be in on it.

Also, if the subject happens to be a model by trade, they can by local law sue you for the damages to their brand, if the picture you took end up on the internet (there are some exceptions to this). Again local law.

about a month and a half ago

France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

Splab Re:A taste of things to come? (138 comments)

Even if you are in public, local laws might prevent you from snapping away; usually people must have the ability to opt out of their picture being taken, which is pretty easy, when someone is pointing a camera at you, however, when a drone flies by, it's next to impossible.

The other day I was stalked by a drone in a park, which I must say, is rather unsettling, don't really care about it taking pictures, but those propellers are aggressive and when the drone is only 2 meters from your head, you do start to wonder, just how good are those guys at handling it...

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Splab Re:What's wrong with html and javascript? (466 comments)

Well earning 1 million dollars over two decade span in this industry working as an consultant is actually pretty abysmal.

And whats with the bow analogy? Are you saying that you are estimating wrong all the time, but you do so faster than anyone in the industry? Because going 200 mph, isn't that impressive, if it means you are going to crash horribly...

Also, why do you believe using ; to debug helps your development 6 months down the line? I find comments and well structured code is the right path there. Also, explain to me, how you debug weird branched code, without stepping through frames (up and down) - and why would you ever pass on the ability to hot wire your code by manipulating the current scope using your debugger?

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Splab Re:Java in an IDE (466 comments)

If you are doing any serious Java programming, buy an IntelliJ license (or apply for a free OS license). It is miles ahead of Eclipse and NetBeans.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Splab Re:What's wrong with html and javascript? (466 comments)

Are you insane?

There is no way your shot-gun approach to debugging is ever faster or better than dropping JS into a debugger; having something like intellij hook into your browser and debug your code running in an IDE is by miles better and faster than what you suggest.

Especially if you are doing something difficult and not just trying to load an ajax request...

about a month and a half ago

EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Splab Re:Please make it a mental one (625 comments)

The money saved on health care alone should be enough of an incentive, even for jerks like you, whom only care for yourself.

about a month and a half ago

Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Splab Re:What about the shareholders? (211 comments)

Also, what most slashdotters seems to have missed, this is a good business decision - Elon knows that he is going to face competition from the major players in the car market - by opening up his patents on charging, he is gaming that the next batch of cars will support the system *his* cars are using.

By being the defacto standard, he can ensure his customers will have access to charging stations, when the big guns starts putting them up around the world - if a competing standard is chosen, the Tesla might face difficulties selling in the future.

about a month and a half ago

Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

Splab Re:Sometimes I wonder about half-assing it... (197 comments)

mmm... just end them in CAFE:BABE:xxxx and start at 0, easy to remember :)

Also, face:b00c... really? but I guess it makes it easy for them to remember.

about 1 month ago


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