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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

TranceThrust Meanwhile... (454 comments)

an Israeli from Tel Aviv estimates the success rate at 90%, which is thus high that some civilians actually go out and see the interceptions, instead of going into the shelters. Of course, Tel Aviv is farther away from Gaza and possibly has less rockets fired at them, but the difference in ground reports and what is reported here is staggering. Maybe these scientists need to dial back and first get some more data, instead of just looking at a couple of videos and/or photos.

about two weeks ago

Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

TranceThrust Fortunately..? (125 comments)

Why fortunately? Is this a Microsoft press release? Windows tablets are crap. I've played with one recently, and Windows without a keyboard is indescribably awkward: all use cases I was trying (starting notepad, type something in it, browsing apps, looking for the configuration screens/system info) go forward in snail speed. That's less than turtle. Even the salesperson standing next to me had nothing to say in defense.

about two weeks ago

French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

TranceThrust So... (424 comments)

Mod parent up. Still I think the judge an idiot for ruling like he did. The reason for not having a lawyer and just paying whatever fine would apparently be the blogger was scared of any extra costs the lawyer would have brought in face of the non-certainty of winning (which still might have been more expensive than what she paid now if the procedure was lengthier but in the end still not in her favour). The restaurant owner was trolling, there's just no better word for it. By awarding even this tiny win the judge is inviting his whole judicial system to similar crap (and threats to ordinary citizens). On the other hand, wasn't there a public lawyer she might have used?

about two weeks ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

TranceThrust LXDE (611 comments)

LXDE. Then perhaps GNOME 2, tty/bash, BASIC.

I wonder if this gets awarded 5 mod points too.

about 2 months ago

Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

TranceThrust Why is this on slashdot? (479 comments)

A badly written rant containing ill-informed opinions, even when accounting for the author being no `geek', as she puts it.

The problem is not the `glorification' of hackers (seriously?). The problem is that laws remain outdated to cope with this digital age. The problem is that governments rely on badly protected and badly regulated technologies.

The problem is not having enough hackers.

about 5 months ago

Google Patents Software To Identify Real-World Objects In Videos

TranceThrust Re:Update on Allison Chang case (150 comments)

It does seem a bit odd to sue in Texas. Did they file a case in Australia as well?

about 2 years ago

Unbreakable Crypto: Store a 30-character Password In Your Subconscious Mind

TranceThrust No coercion? (287 comments)

How does the scheme prevent ``play this game or I'll kill your family''?

about 2 years ago

German Science Minister Faces Plagiarism Scandal

TranceThrust Embarassing... (166 comments)

to get caught, yes.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Copyright Terms For a Thesis?

TranceThrust Re:post it online; problem solved (211 comments)

Yep, exactly what parent says. I don't see any problem (what more, I have not encountered problems) with just reserving all rights for yourself (copyright by you, as is (should be) possible with any respectable university), and then distributing it yourself, over the internet. Free and open access, and nobody can legally run off with it or put it on shady websites.

more than 2 years ago

Pledge Asks Chinese Hackers To Reject Cybertheft

TranceThrust Re:This is a good thing (48 comments)

What the hell kind of news are you watching then?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Clusters On the Cheap?

TranceThrust All the cloud-goers; (264 comments)

give some thought to data security as well please. If the research done is sensitive, don't use clouds.

On the other hand, costs of self-hosting are indeed underestimated very quickly, which is not a good thing when budget is low.

Also, while manycore machines seem cost-effective, look at the solutions you are using for computation; it is hard to press a 48-core machine to peak performance, much harder than driving more standard distributed-memory supercomputers. But this depends on your application.

Buying time on an existing cluster (local university, or a dedicated HPC company) seems the surest way, and also reasonably secure when done at a trusted institute or company.

more than 2 years ago

Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

TranceThrust Re:Reading comprehension #fail (500 comments)

Not even with a `left-wing' government dude. I can imagine only one left-mid party who would maybe support it, but both green parties would never support the idea as it is presented in this slashdot article due to privacy.

more than 2 years ago

Internet-Spreading American Gets 15-Year Sentence In Cuba

TranceThrust Completely biased , /. (386 comments)

The article linked to speaks of 'covert actions' to bring about 'democratic reforms', and the slashdot article speaks of a 'social worker'. Site's losing trustworthiness quickly this way. Sad.

more than 3 years ago

'Anonymous' WikiLeaks Proponents Not So Anonymous

TranceThrust Sorry, but (390 comments)

this is inane. The point is the attacks not only come from the LOIC network, but other bot networks can also be employed. Therefore it is not possible to differentiate if the computer involved with an attack is a willing participant or a worm victim. So unless the authorities act on every IP-address involved and pay those IP users a personal visit, and IF these people indeed have used LOIC and managed not did not wipe it, only then they have a problem with their non/relative-anonymity. Every one of the conditionals is very questionable to ever occur.

`Anonymous' as the group is called is called such only to indicate that this group does not exist in the sense of identity or organisation. It is plain stupid to speak of anonymous as a group of this or that. One can laugh about it if the mass media doesn't get it, but it's said when universities think something like this is noteworthy. If anon bombs an address with pizza deliveries, it has never been implied that the people who call the pizza delivery companies did so using a untraceable telephone connections. Please.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Word Patent Case Going To Supreme Court

TranceThrust Canadians (207 comments)

Microsoft will not be arguing software patents are ludicrous before the supreme court; it will be arguing the patents are not valid. Translated: the rules apply, just not to Microsoft.

Let them get bitten in the ass by their own supported rules, and hope it happens enough times so they'll reconsider their stance.

more than 3 years ago

Going Faster Than the Wind In a Wind-Powered Cart

TranceThrust Seriously (315 comments)

how about editing summaries before putting them on? This reads like, and I am sorry to say, a story straight from elementary school.

more than 3 years ago

Developing StarCraft 2 Build Orders With Genetic Algorithms

TranceThrust I submit (200 comments)

that this can be more efficiently calculated using simple linear programming. Solutions are then even sure to be optimal, in contrast to when using GAs.

more than 3 years ago

Bjarne Stroustrup Reflects On 25 Years of C++

TranceThrust Re:the best. (553 comments)

In case of gcc, consider using -Wall and it will pick up on such things. Apparently it's somehow just not really forbidden by the standard. Also realise that C++, for all its OO-ness, still is a language built to give the programmer ample low-level power. With all the ugliness and weirdness that may come from it.

more than 3 years ago

Why Warhammer Online Failed — an Insider Story

TranceThrust This is EA (235 comments)

I already did not expect anything else. Look at Dragon Age. Good game, but bugfest galore when it comes to DLC. And who'd you think is primarily concerned with that specific part: Bioware or EA? And do you think EA even cares, or even puts up half able people at their service desk?
More recent then: Dragon Age: Awakenings, expansion of the aforementioned game. I have never played a game which was more blatantly unfinished. Characters were rushed in, options were butchered-out. How do you know? Well, because they didn't even have the time to properly remove all traces. I realise this has been getting the norm for more and more games nowadays. But it's affecting more and more potentially really good games. Civilisation 5 anyone? Or Neverwinter Nights 2 back in the day?

My only hope is on consumer power. I will not buy any product, specifically EA products, before I *know* it is proper. I will not buy at launch. I will sit and wait until the bugs have been fixed, or until I forget about it. I hope many will do the same and companies will again produce only products which are *finished*, and developers regain their pride and tell publishers to sod off when they have to.

But thanks to the insider speaking out, confirming once again rushing is the norm nowadays.

more than 3 years ago

BT Seeks Moratorium On Internet Piracy Cases

TranceThrust Am I the only one (71 comments)

who initially thought of the artist instead of the telephone company?

more than 3 years ago


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