×

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!

Comments

top

Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

danlip Re:Why do people listen to her? (582 comments)

ignorance is not inherited

The kind of willful ignorance exhibited by the anti-vax crowd and the christian right is certainly indoctrinated into children by the parents. The children will likely display the same trait as the parent. Certainly some children overcome it, but that is a de novo mutation. Evolution is always statistical, not absolute, and nothing has to be 100%. So if you have 2 populations, and one is less likely to survive than the other because of a trait like this, I think that is a valid invocation of Darwin's name.

2 days ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

danlip Re:Medical doctor (723 comments)

I think sterile needles would probably be the weak point. Other than that I agree that vaccine and antibiotics are low tech and among the most important things to have.

3 days ago
top

Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

danlip Re:"smallpox OR guns OR other unknown diseases" (351 comments)

The problem with the sentence is not "and" versus "or", it is really the placement of the word "other" e.g. "smallpox and other unknown diseases and guns".

about a week ago
top

Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

danlip Re:Good for you. (641 comments)

Avoiding the available security updates for XP seems particularly kooky to me. Backup before you install the patch (you should be backing up anyway) and restore if it trashes your system.

about two weeks ago
top

Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

danlip Re:Good for you. (641 comments)

Stuck with IE8? How about Firefox or Chrome, both of which still support XP. Why would you be using IE anyway?

about two weeks ago
top

Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

danlip Re:I can save Americans $4.3B/year (218 comments)

This. Plus there is an assumption that if losses decrease insurance premiums will decrease, as opposed to the insurance companies just pocketing the profits.

about two weeks ago
top

West Nile Virus May Have Met Its Match: Tobacco

danlip summary so wrong (54 comments)

It wasn't "found" in tobacco, it was inserted into tobacco by genetic engineering. Even by slashdot standards that is a terrible summary.

about two weeks ago
top

Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

danlip Re:Not words... Context. (512 comments)

I agree. I hate this episode. I can suspend disbelief about how ridiculous a universal translator is in the first place and enjoy most episodes, but not an episode that specifically calls attention to the universal translator. Most SciFi has some ridiculous elements that exist purely for convenience and should not be turned into plot devices. Except for Doctor Who, which can turn any kitsch into cool.

about two weeks ago
top

Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

danlip Re:Titanium? (314 comments)

So I could equip my car with rocket launchers to blast away any obstacles, and it's not my fault that the other cars can't safely deal with my rockets?

about three weeks ago
top

Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

danlip Re:Human guided missile? (314 comments)

Maybe the next KITT will be a Tesla. It's only important that the bad guys have big fireball explosions.

about three weeks ago
top

Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

danlip Re:mass in motion (262 comments)

Axis perpendicular to the road. Plane of rotation parallel to the road.

about three weeks ago
top

Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

danlip Re:mass in motion (262 comments)

If the flywheel spins parallel to the road I don't think it would affect turning left or right - except it would resist the car leaning to the side on a sharp turn, which might be a good thing.

about three weeks ago
top

Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

danlip Re:An advantage (299 comments)

My grandparents were pretty upset when they could no longer get the party line discount because party lines didn't exist anymore.

about a month ago
top

Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

danlip Re:SCOTUS (299 comments)

There are state Supreme Courts, and other countries have them too, so unless you are going to type out the entire thing, SCOTUS is more specific. Are you opposed to all acronyms, or just this one for some reason?

about a month ago
top

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

danlip Re:Ok (451 comments)

If I get fired then I get hired somewhere else tomorrow. Big deal. Being my own boss means doing lots of shit that is not the shit I love to do (sales, marketing, accounting, etc.). I'd rather let someone else do that and pay me.

about a month ago
top

RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

danlip Re:RIP for a slow death (423 comments)

My parents had one (they may still have it). They had a business writing custom software, so I guessing that if they had one it's because a customer had one. So that's 2 out the 3 you claim were sold right there!

about a month and a half ago
top

IEEE Predicts 85% of Daily Tasks Will Be Games By 2020

danlip Gaming the system (146 comments)

gives a whole new meaning to the phrase

about a month and a half ago
top

Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

danlip Re:Vive le Galt! (695 comments)

No ones money was taken at gun point. Did someone point a gun at you? Yes, I realize that if you don't pay your taxes, someone will eventually point a gun at you and put you in jail, but it is not taxation without representation, you get to vote on the representatives that vote on how your taxes are used. Don't like how it went down? Become more active in politics (griping on Slashdot doesn't count).

about 2 months ago

Submissions

top

Target Says Encrypted PIN Data Taken in Breach

danlip danlip writes  |  about 4 months ago

danlip (737336) writes "Target says Encrypted PIN Data Taken in Breach but doesn't think they can be unencrypted by whoever may have taken them because they never had the key in their system. The article has no details on exactly how they were encrypted, but it doesn't seem like it would be hard to brute force it given that there are only 10^4 possibilities for each PIN."

Journals

danlip has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

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>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...