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!



Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

ThatAblaze Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (542 comments)

Oh no! It's a holy war against the internet!

I wonder how well that will work out. Will the internet fight back?

about three weeks ago

Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

ThatAblaze Re:Human Subjects (91 comments)

When the human testing starts, should it be old people first? afftected-continent people first? family-receives-high-payment people first?

I think they should be volunteers at the very least.

If you RTFA you'll notice that human testing has already started.

about three weeks ago

New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

ThatAblaze Re:WAMSR? (191 comments)

I think the only problems with their implementation are political ones.

about three weeks ago

Future Hack: New Cybersecurity Tool Predicts Breaches Before They Happen

ThatAblaze Re:66%? Worthless trash... (33 comments)

I'm pretty sure your algorithm would be worse than 50%. It basically amounts to "which even comes first? A) site gets hacked or b) site gets taken down."

I think more sites get taken down every day than get hacked.

about a month ago

The Billion-Dollar Website

ThatAblaze Re:Technical People (194 comments)

Unless the project is R&D or entirely new and unknown architecture should be the larger job. Building without planning really only works when you aren't working with a team.. so it hardly ever works in a corporate or government environment.. as demonstrated by the article.

about a month ago

Project Un1c0rn Wants To Be the Google For Lazy Security Flaws

ThatAblaze Re:I predict... (43 comments)

Not if they don't make any money. Punkspider has been available for over a year now, and it does much the same thing.

about 3 months ago

Study: Rats Regret Making the Wrong Decision

ThatAblaze Study: Scientists play with rat's emotions (94 comments)

They have created a maze that inevitably leads to rats regretting their decisions, no matter what logic they use to make them. Do you know what this means? We've given rats a taste of politics!

about 3 months ago

Driver Study: People Want Fewer Embedded Apps, Just Essentials That Work Easily

ThatAblaze Re:Need to be able to use without looking at it (148 comments)

Unfortunately, I don't see simple car interfaces coming back.. not if Google gets "behind the wheel" of the next car revolution. Google Cruse is going to be the next app store for your smartcar, mark my words. Everyone is going to get WAYYY more features than they ever wanted and end up with a car that freezes for 5 - 10 seconds before pulling into drive (just like an android). They'll convince everyone they love it, though, by offering 100 different choices for the voice that naggs you when your gas (battery) gets low and offers you three EXCELLENT choices of stations (2 of which have paid for premium placement in the notification system).

about 3 months ago

The NSA and Snowden: Securing the All-Seeing Eye

ThatAblaze Re:Bad logic (97 comments)

That's like saying when aliens attack you'll be glad you bought UFO insurance. Just because you can imagine a scenario does not make it likely. I have seen no compelling evidence that terrorism is a battle worth giving up my privacy and freedom for.

about 4 months ago

The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

ThatAblaze Re:Just because they dont overlap (107 comments)

The worst company in the world? I thought that ignoble award still went to Wal-Mart.

about 5 months ago

FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

ThatAblaze Re:This is only the beginning (218 comments)

Awesome. Looks like I'll be using old jet engines to keep drones off my property in the future. Suck them up and sell em for scrap.

about 5 months ago

FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

ThatAblaze This is only the beginning (218 comments)

This is just the start of something larger. Drones will get smaller and smaller until the technology will be there to release a cloud of gnat-like drones to monitor the entire world. What will the FCC say then if the gnat operators start suing people who have wind power generators for destroying their property? They need a policy that stretches back as far as possible. Without a defined line to draw it's just a long series of incremental advancements between RC planes and gnat drones.

about 5 months ago

Cuba: US Using New Weapon Against Us -- Spam

ThatAblaze Re:The amusing thing is... (139 comments)

Sure, right now. But I have no doubt that if all the "off limits" stuff dissipated tomorrow it would be neigh on 5 years before 5 star hotels and brand new sandy beaches with golf courses popped up.

about 5 months ago

Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

ThatAblaze Re:hoping that Windows 8 is like Vista,.... (294 comments)

Windows 3.1: good
Windows 95: bad
Windows 98: good
Windows ME: bad
Windows XP: good
Windows Vista: bad
Windows 7:good
Windows 8.x: bad
Windows 9: ???

I always figured it was a marketing strategy on a good day. On a bad day I figure it's a cycle of Lazy -> Oh shit! -> motivated -> relief -> lazy

about 5 months ago

NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

ThatAblaze Re:Rediculous (277 comments)

Yes, you have a point. Although I do actually think that the classical rainbow table would fail there. Considering that with a classical rainbow table it is trivial to try, lets just say, 100 most common passwords. If those 100 don't work find a new user account and try again. With this method, however, it would actually be 10 billion combinations you would have to try, since you don't know which of the stupid passwords might correspond to which accounts. (Actually I think, knowing something about the math, that it would be less. I think that if you knew you were dealing with the same 5 users each time then the password wouldn't have to match that specific user. e.g. user A + pass 1 + user B pass 2 would be equivalent to user A pass 2 + user B pass 1).

However, that just defeats a single method of attack. Since we don't care about which accounts we use we could maybe look through the password hint field and find 5 people who set their password hint or challenge question to something that basically tells you the password, like "Shobiny and then the number seven" thinking they were clever. Don't allow password hints? Well.. there's another huge constraint.

I still think the worst part of this system is like I said above: While the system is running, any attempt to crack a password would essentially lock down the entire password management system for everyone, since chances are there would be at least one bad password in every block.

about 5 months ago

Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

ThatAblaze Re:My guess... (273 comments)

BM has lots of rules.. made up streets, leave no trace rules, public bikes which people manage not to steal. People at BM follow rules a lot better than people in your average rural town. Your ridiculous assertion is obviously based on something you saw on TV. Southpark perhaps?

about 5 months ago

Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

ThatAblaze Re:Dirt Simple (273 comments)

BRILLIANT! Ohh wait... this is exactly what they do. Maybe this problem has already been solved.

about 6 months ago

Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

ThatAblaze Re:No point; BMorg doesn't want to solve the probl (273 comments)

Swing and a miss. Disney doesn't have to deal with a single two lane road. If there was a second way in and out of BM then there would be hardly any line at all.

about 6 months ago


ThatAblaze hasn't submitted any stories.


ThatAblaze 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>