Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

Synonymous Homonym Re:Very bad car analogy (255 comments)

But when you say "to prevent detection," that implies there is something to "detect," or something that you're deliberately trying to hide or avoid someone finding out.

Like, say, your identity.

about 2 months ago
top

In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

Synonymous Homonym Re:Does it really matter? (248 comments)

If you start building a military presence in 1783, you might just fool them into thinking you haven't been there at all for 231 years.

about 3 months ago
top

In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

Synonymous Homonym Re:Does it really matter? (248 comments)

Killing people is not the responsibility of bars.

about 3 months ago
top

Curiosity Rover May Have Brought Dozens of Microbes To Mars

Synonymous Homonym pre-emptively deflecting criticism (97 comments)

If native life on Mars is found, they will say: "But it was created here."

about 4 months ago
top

Breaking Bad's Scientific Consultant On Making Meth and More

Synonymous Homonym Re:Hide the Knowledge (118 comments)

it's probably more important to give accurate information so people who might try it don't in advertently poison themselves

the way it's presented in Breaking Bad you'd go right down the wrong path

Basically the producers of the show want people to poison themselves when they try something illegal. Technically it is not captial punishment.

about 4 months ago
top

How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Synonymous Homonym Re:Starship Diversity? (392 comments)

Generation ships docking in space is an interesting concept.

Before ships couple their docking ports and become as one, they should first make sure that the other ship is trustworthy, it's intentions sincere, their expectations compatible. They should spend some time communicating to get to know each other before physical contact. There is also the magnetic potential to consider.

Once engaged, there will certainly be a lot of transfers between the ships: data, crew, atmosphere, maybe even liquids, but there is also the potential of communicable diseases spreading from ship to ship, that one crew or the other might not have built an immunity to yet.

about 5 months ago
top

How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Synonymous Homonym Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

Why would any generation born and raised on a starship ever want to colonize a planet?

about 5 months ago
top

Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Synonymous Homonym Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

The only reason to be against it is because other people might be against it?

There ought to be a name for that.

Politics?

"Infinite loop".

about 5 months ago
top

Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Synonymous Homonym Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

The only reason to be against it is because other people might be against it?

There ought to be a name for that.

about 5 months ago
top

NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

Synonymous Homonym Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

The U.S. didn't benefit from the Iraq vote (most of the oil contracts went to non-US companies).

Saddam Hussein wanted to trade the oil in Euros. With the new government, Iraq's oil is still traded in Dollars. In which country the oil is traded is immaterial; it is exported mostly to the USA anyway.

I think the U.S. was wrong to invade without UN approval

In fact, it was a war crime, violating article 2.4 of the UN charta, and public international law.

Russia did benefit from the Crimea vote - they annexed a huge amount of territory.

And Crimea's debt, which they now must help pay off. At least in the short term, the annexation of Crimea was a loss for Russia.

If Russian had simply stood by the sidelines

Their naval base in Sewastopol made it impossible for them not to be involved in some way.

demanding secession from Ukraine

The Autonomous Crimean Republic had existed since 1921. It was put under Ukrainian governance in 1954. When the Ukraine seceded from Russia in 1992, Crimea became an autonomous republic again, albeit as part of the Ukraine.

the results are indistinguishable from if they invaded and held a rigged election.

Crimea invited international observers to the elections because of these concerns. There is no evidence of vote rigging.

about 5 months ago
top

Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

Synonymous Homonym Re:Warrant? No. (137 comments)

The spyware was installed on a computer in Iran. If installing spyware is illegal in Iran (as it would have been in the USA absent a warrant), then the FBI has commited a crime.

if war is a necessity, it will be because of crazy leaders in Iran more then anything else.

What does that say about the leaders in the USA that they went to war with Afghanistan because of a crime commited in the USA?

Installing software that exposes the location of a computer used in violation of a country's laws should not be an act of war under any sane interpretation of any country's sovereignty.

As long as the interpretation is sane: In 2011, the USA have declared that they might retaliate against cyberattacks with a nuclear strike (though to be fair the cyberattack would have to be on the scale of Stuxnet).

about 9 months ago
top

Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

Synonymous Homonym Re:Warrant? No. (137 comments)

The FBI is a police organisation, not a spy organisation (though catching spies is also part of their duties). So everything you said about spying is not relevant in this context.

You have a point in that they first needed to find out what country the person of interest was in. When they found out it was Iran, it should have become the responsibility of Iranian police.

Whether Iran would have to hand over one of their citizens for crimes comitted in the USA depends on whether Iran and the USA have a mutual extradition agreement.
It is possible (IANAL) that the FBI violated Iranian laws by installing spyware on someone elses computer in Iran. (They didn't have a warrant from an Iranian judge.) Would the USA be willing to deliver those responsible, or would they rather harbour criminals within their borders and make war "a necessity"?

about 9 months ago
top

Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

Synonymous Homonym Re:Another Ministry of Propaganda piece. (137 comments)

The point of the article is that if you are not American, you have no rights. Even if you did nothing illegal in your own country, the FBI will still get you. If you are American, don't leave the motherland if you know what's good for you.

The other point is that having to get a warrant hampers police investigations, so let police do whatever they want to whoever they want whereever they want already.

about 9 months ago
top

Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

Synonymous Homonym Re:Warrant? No. (137 comments)

If America was a civilized country, they would colaborate with foreign police in foreign countries, the way police in civilized countries does, rather than ignore the laws of other countries and treat them like lawless territories.

about 9 months ago
top

Military Drone Attacks Are Not 'Hostile'

Synonymous Homonym Re:"Not hostile" (892 comments)

What happens to military officers and personnel who follow and carry out illegal orders?

more than 3 years ago
top

Anti-Porn Facebook Page is Deleted, Then Restored

Synonymous Homonym Re:My thought (145 comments)

Eventually this mentality demands a broader and broader definition of who the "oppressors" are.

-- crush all humen --

Why would you expend all the effort and expense to do all of that? As it stands now, all you'd have to do is leave them to their own devices.

Yes, their own devices shall have this effect.

more than 3 years ago
top

Pentagon Says Cyberattacks Can Count As Act of War

Synonymous Homonym Re:treason, too. (282 comments)

You'll find it harder to drop a nuke on the accessible part of the Pentagon
than targeting Shub-Internet, somewhere deep within the bowels of the Pentagon's basement, with a Low Orbit Ion Cannon or two.

Nowhere does it say that the attack needs to be successful to be considered an act of war.

(DO NOT wake the Beast That Must Not Be Pinged, Eater Of Packets, from its slumber! It is said that it will launch an ICBM towards the location of whoever dared disturb it. Or it might eat your internet connection. Either way, don't.)

shub-internet.ims.disa.mil

more than 3 years ago
top

What Internet Searches Reveal About Human Desire

Synonymous Homonym Re:Expectation (224 comments)

I know quite a few girls who get turned on by "gay action". But I guess it's not the same reason a lot of guys enjoy "lesbo" flicks, it's simply that she could be part of it without having to really participate.

Sound exactly like the reason why guys enjoy lesbo flicks.
No icky phallus to disturb the picture of beauty of women in love.

(Be the stallion for women who don't want or need a stallion is appealing? Well, some people seem to enjoy rape fantasies; people like Pauline Reage.)
(Threesomes are a different beast. Girl getting it on with two straight men is a frequent women's fantasy, completely unlike men's threesome fantasies involving two women.)

Rarely do I meet a woman who talks to men she doesn't want to sleep with. And if one does, her peers have usually branded her a slut - while men enjoy her company for completely non-sexual reasons.

Likewise, rarely do men talk to women they wouldn't want to sleep with. And if one does, he has usually a reputation of being gay - among his peers, not necessarily among the women.

more than 3 years ago
top

Anti-Porn Facebook Page is Deleted, Then Restored

Synonymous Homonym Re:My thought (145 comments)

Eventually this mentality demands a broader and broader definition of who the "oppressors" are.

-- crush all humen --

more than 3 years ago
top

Does Quantum Theory Explain Consciousness?

Synonymous Homonym Re:Recently? (729 comments)

what the nature of [conscious experience] actually is.

It is an illusion. It doesn't exist.

People flatter themselves thinking they have a property they call "consciousness", that sets them apart from lesser things like rocks and machines and animals. They use this concept to obscure the fact that they only react to external stimuli, like everything else.

Brains keep an internal state that allows people to make predictions about themselves and their environment, including other people. This state is built - informed - from external stimuli, and modified by external stimuli, and just because it informes their actions, some which they observe, further modifying their brain's state, some people think they are somehow special.

The machina carnis is just that. There is no helmsman driving it. Consciousness is a myth, a convenient lie.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

Synonymous Homonym hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

Synonymous Homonym has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>