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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

bytesex Re:Ironic and Iconic (275 comments)

I guess this is what that moment is called just before somebody makes a million bucks off of a simple idea.

3 days ago

Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

bytesex Re:What "let"? (134 comments)

They will also be held accountable, at least internally, if, when it becomes known, and subsequently there is damage to the interests of the US. So in spite of your rhetoric, it's always a gamble. And I think in this particular case, we have reason to believe the man: the damage would have been potentially too great. And there is, in this particular case, seemingly no real reason to lie.

5 days ago

How Airports Became Ground Zero In the Battle For Peer-to-Peer Car Rentals

bytesex The Internet will meet its match (66 comments)

Never mind spying governments, Microsoft and/or Apple, or the RIAA - anywhere where the Internet will try to compete with the mafia, the Internet will fail. Because just like the mafia, the Internet is an unregulated bunch, but unlike the mafia, the Internet does not use fists and/or real-life weaponry when it doesn't get what it wants.

Taxi-business, garbage-collection - Internet people shouldn't even try it. They'll come after you.

about two weeks ago

Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

bytesex Re:"Victims" (357 comments)

You realize that there is no biologically acceptable definition of 'race', right?

about three weeks ago

CIA Accused: Sen. Feinstein Sees Torture Probe Meddling

bytesex Re:I saw it coming (187 comments)

"The difference between you, Senator, and me is that you can make it all go away with a vote."

So can you.

about a month ago

NASA Admits It Gave Jet Fuel Discounts To Google Execs' Company

bytesex Of course this can be fixed (126 comments)

Google is just going to have to be a little bit more compliant when it comes to FISA orders, that's all.

about a month ago

Plan 9 From Bell Labs Operating System Now Available Under GPLv2

bytesex Re:Hot grits (223 comments)

Can I get an invitation to your birthday party? Your hipness is off the scale!

about 2 months ago

L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

bytesex Funny thing (158 comments)

Just the other day I read in a magazine how a lot of LED lights are not at all EMC-proof. They may have an efficiency of 80+ percent, but they emit radio for the rest of it.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

bytesex Re:Turning ads on, and right back off again (731 comments)

That's why, next to adblock, you also need flashblock. Autoplay of flash is not only of the devil esthetically, flash itself is a major vector of infections.

about 3 months ago

Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

bytesex Re:The Internet of THINGS! (219 comments)

You forgot to put the word 'cloud' somewhere in your buzzword-bingo post. And it would have been so easy, too ! What with your coffee analogy an' all.

about 3 months ago

Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

bytesex Re:good piece (573 comments)

Your analogy is a strawman. The 'NSA also does good' isn't necessarily predicated on the snooping side of the NSA; the NSA is divided into several parts, some of which have nothing to do with spying but, for example, making cryptography safer.

about 3 months ago

Ancient Pompeii Diet Consisted of Giraffe and Other "Exotic'" Delicacies

bytesex Re:Typical Roman cuisine (172 comments)

Lions roamed the mountains northern Greece/Thrace until some time in 1400's, if I recall correctly. In fact, they had a presence in the entire 'arc' around the eastern mediteranean. Hercules wore a lion's skin.

about 3 months ago

CSI Style Zoom Sees Faces Reflected In Subjects' Eyes

bytesex Re:Thank you, slashdot (103 comments)

It's a bit of shame that you feel the need to react so bitterly to an experiment whose real-life ramifications will be upon you soon enough. 39 megapixel is expensive today - will it be in five years?

about 4 months ago

RSA Flatly Denies That It Weakened Crypto For NSA Money

bytesex Re:RSA official response is limp and evasive (291 comments)

"Then why did they have to pay you to use a 'good' algorithm? If all they had to do is convince you it was awesome that would have been enough. How fucking dumb do you think we are?"

Amateurs and open source developers are not the only people using crypto. A lot of the time it's government or other (contract-) workers that need to comply with standards. To make something part of a standard, you need to pay. If only because it's work.

about 4 months ago

Life-Sized, Drivable 500,000 Piece Lego Car Runs On Air

bytesex Re:Fake? (73 comments)

Torque - the guy is *sitting* in it! Have you ever thought of what tension the weight of a grown man puts on something built out of Lego over the distance between the front- and hind-wheels?!

about 4 months ago

Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

bytesex Re:so letting the nsa hire someone (280 comments)

Because it's based on assymetric encryption and only they have the private key?

about 4 months ago

Senators Propose Bill Prohibiting Phone Calls On Planes

bytesex If madame Feinstein is against it.. (513 comments)

I can only suspect that it has a security angle. As in: she can't listen in those calls or something.

about 4 months ago

Was Julian Assange Involved With Wiretapping Iceland's Parliament?

bytesex Re:WTF? (167 comments)

I think this is why he said he would claim asylum in Iceland at first - remember that? - thinking 'I have a nice scoop for the people there on the activities of the NSA'.

about 4 months ago



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