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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

bickerdyke Re:so what is the problem? (156 comments)

Please define "simulation".

You can't test some rare situations in real life because they are so rare.

For example car accidents. We're glad that they have been greatly reduced in real life and aren't predictable enough so that cars can be deliberatly sent into real life accidents. That's why we're running simulated accidents, crash tests. Of course not a computer simulation, it's still a simulation that neglects human factors. (evasion maneuvers might lead to other impact angles and speeds, passengers tensing and bracing for impact are simulated by limp dummys)

These "actual physical" simulations also only test what the test designers have accounted for. (It's just that hurling a large mass at a concrete wall isn't a highly dynamic system so it can be safely assumed that all important parametrs have been accounted for)

(Wow, i guess that's the first correct car anaolgy...)

6 hours ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

bickerdyke Re:Free market (227 comments)

Well, I once thought that too.

But after receiving the same shitty customer "service" from a more expensive phone company, I decided that if I'm to get screwed over, I'm not going to pay extra for it.

yesterday
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

bickerdyke Re:One solution (365 comments)

Call the unexploded scotsman disposal squad?

yesterday
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Correcting Killer Architecture

bickerdyke Re:How about preventing KA? (98 comments)

Sunshields would be a workaround and not a PREVENTION.

Prevention starts at the problem source, which is a curved, reflective surface. Making the curve non-parabolic or pointing the aperture north would have been prevention. But sunshades are rather acknowleding the problem and working around it. (Usually adding more complexity and points of failure, but that's another story)

Yes, sometimes you have to use workarounds, maybe the source of the problem might be the solution to an even bigger problem, or the new problem isn't big enough to warrant fundamental design changes, but still that's not prevention.

about a week ago
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Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' To Treat Drug Addiction

bickerdyke Re:Unrealistic... (47 comments)

OK, you're right with that, but on the other hand it would be okay to measure the results of any therapy only compared to the number of patients who want it to be successful in the first place.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' To Treat Drug Addiction

bickerdyke Re:Unrealistic... (47 comments)

This is about teaching on HOW to say no despite peer pressure.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

bickerdyke Re:Fire(wall) and forget (348 comments)

No. Exactly not. Windows and doors are like open ports. If you have them, you need to secure them. A firewall works fine in those cases.

Putting a firewall where no open ports are makes as much sense as locking non-existant doors. That makes only sense if you're expecting doors to magically appear in your house. Which for a typical windows installation, is less absurd then it may sound. But then those appearing doors are your main problem.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

bickerdyke Re:Fire(wall) and forget (348 comments)

But again. What IS the threat of network traffic to a port no one is listening on? None. What your firewall is you protecting from is NOT bad stuff from the outside. It's protecting you from the inside danger that some service suddenly opens a port which is reachable from the outside. (Hate to dig out the old Win vs. *nix, but the usual suspects for this are usually Windows servers you need to lock down first, as they're usually asuming that they're in a friendly network. On *nix machines you usually need to manually add those services one by one, as you would open the ports on your firewall)

about three weeks ago
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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

bickerdyke Re: 'unreliability' (189 comments)

Spot on... Wikipedia is only as unreliable as WE are. If we see an error and don't fix it, we're part of the problem.

Bt when you encounter a lemma about a childrens book you don't know, you usually assume it's just a book you don't know! Which is usually not an error, unless you can claim to know all childrens books. (and the standard pronounciation is pretty far from the prank call like "I'm a liar" that's probably supposed to be)

about three weeks ago
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Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

bickerdyke Unrealistic expectaitions? (122 comments)

Unrealistic expectations?

Not for the best of the Best of the BEST, SIR!

about three weeks ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

bickerdyke Re: uno (160 comments)

youporn, pornhub and redtube?

Real and respected brands in their field of business.

In related news: Who is surfing to such sites without AdBlocker and NoScript shields up?

about three weeks ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

bickerdyke Re:Anybody know? (234 comments)

thx

about three weeks ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

bickerdyke Re:Anybody know? (234 comments)

- Does SecuROM cause security vulnerabilities on PCs on which it is installed?

Adding a method to hide processes running on your system may be considered a security vulnerability. Such systems are usually used only by malware and legitimate software should NOT use any technology to counter the work of anti-virus software. Either your antivirus is weakend (which should be considered a security vulnerability) or "real" malware might also hide under the "invisibility cloak" set up by SecuROM to hide itself.

SecuROm may not be a security threat in itself, but it uses typical malware patterns and generally weakens your system security.

- Does SecuROM prevent applications - other than pirated copies of the game it is supposed to "protect" - from functioning on PCs on which it is installed?

OK, I'm recounting a user report on forum from years ago from the back of my memory here, so take this paragraph with a grain of salt: (may have been a similar copy protection system, if not exactly SecuROM)

I remember a user reporting a broken DVD writer. He bought a new one and replaced the "malfunctioning" drive only to find out that the new drive was also "broken". Turned out it was a DRM system that blocked the DVD writer and that user threw away a perfectly functioning DVD writer. Actual monetary damage here.

- Does SecuROM create any kind of "always on" background process that consumes resources and potentially reduces performance on PCs on which it is installed?

If it is not uninstalled with the software, it permanently eats up ressources that can't be reclaimed by the legitimate owner by uninstalling, as it is hiding itself from the computers software/process management system. (see "rootKit" in #1) As it is hidden, there is no indication that any problem showing up years after the deinstallation of a computer game (#2) might still be connected to a residual software component (read: garbage) from a casual game from a few years ago.

If the answer to any of the above is "yes" then obviously there is a fairly major problem here. If the answer to all of the above is "no", then I'm not quite sure what people are getting upset about given that we are talking about a free game (SecuROM being bundled with paid-for games is another issue entirely).

No. ESPESCIALLY for free games. Why add copy protection to free stuff anyway? It's free to begin with! No one needs or wants to "pirate" it. Unless of course you need a "pirated" copy of the game to keep the negative SecuROM effects from your system.

about three weeks ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

bickerdyke Re:Anybody know? (234 comments)

"Root your system" not as in "rooting your cellphone to get privileged access to do it's job" as your cellphone backup app or filemanager does.

"Root your system" as in applying stealth technologies used to hide malware from your antivirus software, as a so called "RootKit" (special class of malware using said stealth technologies) is doing.

And no, my video driver isn't doing that.

about three weeks ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

bickerdyke Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (928 comments)

That's interesting, but irrelevant. You don't fix disgruntled paying customers by humiliating them in front of a crowd.

[citation needed]

In what way was he "humiliated"?

Advising a passenger that non-frequent flyers can't board during frequent flyer boarding is NOT humiliation.

What's next? Someone blogging and making someones life living hell just because he was "rude" and "humiliating" by insisting that you need to buy a ticket to watch that movie in the theater?

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

bickerdyke Re:He is lucky not being labelled a terrorist... (928 comments)

After all, he committed several unforgivable sins in a police state:
1. Being critical of authority

And what state would thet be where you think some company clerk is "authority"?

Corporate america where they brainwashed you that it is completly ok if money has power over the weak ones?

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

bickerdyke Re:Where is Kimberley S? (928 comments)

And exactly THAT is why it is not as "harmless" to call out names on the public internet as some posters here claimed it was.

Thank you for the demonstration.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

bickerdyke Re: this is messed up.. but what's worse (928 comments)

> I think he made a huge mistake in calling out the agent by name on the internet.

What's the point of saying so-and-so is rude if it doesn't warn anyone she's rude? He wanted Southwest and everyone else to know who he was talking about.

She denied non-frequent fliers frequent fliers perks. This is anything but rude. So publishing a statement that someone is rude (on those grounds) is libel. So there's something here that would justify letting the lawyers from their leash.

On the other hand, this is nothing that couldn't have been handled well AFTER the flight.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

bickerdyke Re:What?!? (928 comments)

I kinda agree with you, and kinda really don't.
That being said, it's pretty obvious that this was abuse of power, but in no way suggestive that said "air waitress" should not have the power to evict motherfuckers off planes before they take off, especially if they perceive said fuckwad being a problem once the tinderbox is up in the air, and she's facing down the lot of you shitheads solo.
Disclaimer: I fly a lot. Airline passengers make me embarrassed for our species.

Yes. And I'd say THAT's what changed over the last 25 years. Flying has been something special and passengers did not see paying for an airline ticket as an invitation to act like jerks. But with Joe Sixpack and his guys taking a plane to their booze trip to Mallorca.

And every passenger should be glad that drunk people or people who insist to smoke or pee on the floor (google for the celebrity...) are thrown out. It's not that the "air waitresses" have gained more power to do so. It's more people acting up like that!

And it's not the "air waitress" who has any power to do so. It's the captain, who is in full command and full responsibility for the vessel. And like captain at sea, this means full disciplinary command over crew and payload (self stowing* or not)

*Yes, that's what we are: self stowing payload.

about a month ago

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Telecommunications data retention unconstitutional

bickerdyke bickerdyke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bickerdyke (670000) writes "The highest german court ruled this morning that the advance retention of telecommunications data is unconstitutional. Collected data has to be deleted immedeatly.

Comming into effect January 2009, telephone and internet providers had to store information about each and every telephone, internet or email connection for 6 months. 35,000 people sued against that law at the Bundesverfassungsgericht

Article in german: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Karlsruhe-kippt-Vorratsdatenspeicherung-2-Update-943695.html
Press release: http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/pressemitteilungen/bvg10-008.html"

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