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Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

balaband Re:soviet era crypto (128 comments)

I am not sure I follow your point.

You are arguing that it does matter who makes the software, yet take examples of the unchecked software to be examples of supporting your case. Even if you get down to hardware level, you are back to square 1 - unchecked code.

As for the build process, that only depends how thick is your tin-foil hat. I don't see any reason why Soviets are going to be any worse in producing your hardware then 'muricans or Chinese.


Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

balaband Re:soviet era crypto (128 comments)

Mod parent up.

It is not who makes it, it is how it is made.


Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

balaband Had to be said: (133 comments)


about three weeks ago

Mesa 10.2 Will Feature Better Adreno Driver, OpenMAX, Cherryview Support

balaband What is Mesa? (21 comments)


about 2 months ago

Hands-On With Sony's VR Headset

balaband Re:Summary (46 comments)

I would put "headphones included" as a minus; rather I get headphones I like + it doesn't become expensive paperweight in case one of the headphones goes funky

about 2 months ago

The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

balaband Re:Does not matter (209 comments)

I stand corrected. From the wikipedia:

"It is the only rocket-powered fighter aircraft ever to have been operational."

about 2 months ago

The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

balaband Re:Does not matter (209 comments)

Seriously, you are going to tell the pilot: "ok you have to spend ALL of your fuel before you land...because if you don't it will burn all of your skin...that is, if you are lucky not to catch fire". At least kamikaze pilots didn't have doubt about their plane flying them to death.

As for Valkyire, for a plane that costed more then 10x its worth in gold it should be expected operational use, not the gathering of "aeronautical data". No mather what was the change in military doctrine, after building working prototypes, couple of more planes could have need used for fast-response operations. If you think that is unreasonable, I will remind you that sr-71, plane that had similar flying characteristics, but much lower cargo load was in use until 1998. Which brings us to real reason - plane had problems: pieces of intake flew into the engine, wheels would lock up on landing, and electric currents where causing corrosion of the plane damaging the structural integrity. One of the problems that Concord technicians noted was difficulty in maintaining 2 internal engines...I can only imagine what would they say about Valkyires 6. The one prototype that survived was limited to 2.5mach speed because the honey-comb panels wouldn't really sustain 3+mach speeds.

Tomcat? Best time-to climb performance? No. Manuverability per size? Hell no. Phoenix missile was awesome, but plane doesn't take credit for it. For its service best plane that it took down was MIG-23...which is on this very list of "fails". For the way it looks, the plane is pure pornography, but for anything else...

And are really going to defend that one? The one that can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run?. The one that its cost is in the trillions? Seriously? Don't need to google, just check slashdot for the list of fails here, here and here it has been already discussed in the detail.

about 2 months ago

The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

balaband Re:Does not matter (209 comments)

Thanks, didn't check the link.

In all seriousness, money already poured in F-35 should already qualify it to this list.

about 2 months ago

The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

balaband Re:Does not matter (209 comments)

Already mentioned Komet probably tops the list. Although revolutionary design, and only rocket-powered plane ever built it had some serious issues - both fuel and oxidizer where really toxic and highly flammable, so slightest problem with landing could be fatal (and when you look at the construction I can imagine it was anything but easy to land).

Also, (these will be a definite karma burners) to two of the probably most beautiful airplanes that ever flew, but failed to show their promise:

Valkyrie , 6-engined supersonic bomber, 2 prototypes built (which remained most expensive prototypes to this day), run on special boron fuel, and although the icbm lobby had much in its project cancellation, it failed to convince its worth.

Tomcat, plane favored in the Top Gun, was expensive both in building, maintenance and operations, and although it has some combat record, never really showed itself on the battlefield (also, it was rumored that variable-geometry wings, due to its construction, were never perfectly aligned which presented problem in-flight)

Just remembered: how come nobody mentioned this one?

about 2 months ago

A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

balaband Re:Transparent OLED (135 comments)

Why transparent? Add camera and present image on the screen

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Narrows Down CEO Shortlist: Elop, Mulally, Bates, Nadella In Mix

balaband Slashdot is cheering for,,,, (183 comments)

...that guy that drives companies into ground.

about 9 months ago

Motorola's "Project Ara" Will Allow Users To Customize Their Smartphones

balaband Re:Fantastic for corporate users (112 comments)

Actually it is more than just you.

1. People who hate to change their phone. One little thing broke? Replace and continue. Even if it is a main board, changing this part will be cheaper that changing whole phone (and if you made a image of your phone, just flash the image and bam - proceed like nothing happened).

Getting use to new phone, buttons and layouts is stressful to most users. I know if you told my father he can have a phone that will serve him for the next 10 years, he would love it.

2. People who will want upgrades. Your screen is not full HD? Buy replacement screen, keep this one as a spare. You still have the same phone that you got use to, just it rocks a bit more.

But my favorite:

3. Phone hacking enthusiasts: You all probably know about Neo900 project by now. Imagine taking Neo (or some other open-source supported) main board + modules from this project. Now you can install Tizen (or whatever it is called these days)/Sailfish/Ubuntu/FirefoxOS and have high quality phone with the environment customized to your choosing.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Valve's Steam Machines Compete Against the Xbox One and PS4?

balaband Re:underestimating... (348 comments)

You just pick up your Steam controller and viola

Cool, they have "Viola Hero - Beethoven"?

about 10 months ago

Data Storage That Could Outlast the Human Race

balaband You know it is comming.... (231 comments)

Now we only need kickstarter to put all known port to couple of these babies

1 year,11 days

Kazakhstan Wants Russia To Hand Over Their Baikonur Space City

balaband Re:AC doesn't get it (131 comments)

> Kosovo is somewhat different in that genocidal warfare

None of that happened in Kosovo. It happened in other Yugoslavian republics, but not in Kosovo.


The justification doesnt matter as there is no independent third party to judge whether the justification is sufficient or not. Without an impartial judge, the Russian justification to attack Georgia as as good as the US/EUSSR one to attack Serbia. The Russians explicitly referenced the Kosovo precedent when they attacked Georgia. "If you can redraw other countries borders at gunpoint, so can we. Go figure!"

Where are my modpoints when I need them?

As a Serbian, I may be biased towards the happening at Kosovo, but the info that USA/EU public has been fed is nothing short of scandalous, and I really didn't expect from you guys to be so much misinformed. I guess it is easier to proclaim Serbia as a "bad guy", then talk about organ thefts, drugs and terrorism, or the fact that USA president can't hold his dick in his pants.

NOT posting as AC. Time to burn some karma, I don't fucking care - you need to get the version not edited by Fox news.

about a year and a half ago

Python Creator Guido van Rossum Leaves Google For Dropbox

balaband Re:Pay Decrease? (261 comments)


Fuck the shovel, I'll use the hands

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Stands In the Way of a Truly Solar-Powered Airliner?

balaband Re:Let's go retro... (590 comments)

What if you have to connect to points on land, not so easily accessible by roads?

135 km/h, straight line, no road charges, no traffic jams, no bad roads, no customs waiting....

about a year and a half ago


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