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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

dfn5 Irreversible? (708 comments)

The article's title is "Irreversible Damage Seen ..." and the very first line is "Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage ...". Well, which is it?

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

dfn5 Re:Cost (550 comments)

Also, having worn glasses for so long I've gotten used to the built in "objects flying at my eye" protection they offer.

You can still wear glasses. You'll just be doing it ironically.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

dfn5 Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

Because the pilot union doesn't want that data to be available for anyone to look at outside of an accident situation. Consider if your car had a black box, which it should. But in addition to collecting the data was transmitting that information continuously to the government for them to peruse any time they wanted. One already gets speeding tickets automatically when your fast lane toll pass records you traveling between toll plazas faster than you should be. Imagine if that was all the time.

about 3 months ago
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Civilians Try to Lure an Abandoned NASA Spacecraft Back to Earth

dfn5 Salvage or Space Looting (53 comments)

Either way, I reckon they should be quick about it before the Alliance shows up.

about 4 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

dfn5 Re:IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

IPv6 addresses are so long that you can't remember them long enough to read the address from one machine and type it into another.

This problem was solved waaaay back in 1996 by the IETF in RFC 1924 [ietf.org].

It was actually solved back in 1983 by RFC 882.

about 4 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

dfn5 Re:It's not really a myth anymore (222 comments)

That's what I was just coming here to say: robots and AI doesn't have to be evil as long as the people controlling the string are.

I think the point is that if AI is involved then the machine is stringless. It doesn't sound like Hawking is saying don't do it. He says understand the risks beforehand. i.e. instead of after it is a problem. That sounds prudent, not fear mongering.

In addition, I don't see what transcendence has to do with AI. A human consciousness in a computer is still a human consciousness. It seems that we are mostly worried about AI because it lacks humanity. So in transcendence we are just dealing with more sophisticated humans against less sophisticated. This is a problem humanity has faced since the invention of tools. People being dominated by other people.

about 4 months ago
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Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module

dfn5 In my day... (143 comments)

... any competent Unix admin could write a device driver. Now a days they barely know the grep.

about 5 months ago
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Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

dfn5 Re:Lies. (293 comments)

Lies.

Everyone knows you can only keep a wormhole open for 38 minutes.

Except when it is connected to a black hole.

about 5 months ago
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Who controls the HVAC at work?

dfn5 Guy with the screwdriver (216 comments)

The guy with the screwdriver who managed to open his un-openable window.

about 5 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

dfn5 Re:A bunch of nuns? (800 comments)

What if my autonomous car decides that the action to take that is likely to cause the least harm is to kill the driver?

That would violate the first rule of robotics.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

dfn5 Re:None (114 comments)

s/telnet/ssh/ I prefer my critical infrastructure management to be somewhat secure.

It could be kerberized telnet.

about 7 months ago
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No Question: Snowden Was 2013's Most Influential Tech Figure

dfn5 Most influential in Technology? (108 comments)

Most influential maybe in terms of politics, but technology? What was the technology he pioneered or employed? Copy? Not very influential in my opinion.

about 10 months ago
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I'd rather pay for my space latte with ...

dfn5 Re: D'oh (265 comments)

I pay with the three seashells.

Again, we are talking about currency here. The three seashells were a method for ... well let's not get into that.

about 10 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

dfn5 Re:Complete overhaul please (462 comments)

2. replace all time zones with UTC so that the current time is expressed exactly the same regardless of geographic location, therefore no further need for the International Date Line (take that you smug Kiwis and Aussies!)

I completely agree. As a pilot I have to convert from local time to UTC to do any kind of planning. As an IT admin in a global corporation I have servers in lots of different time zones making scheduling jobs non-trivial. When choosing a datatype for my db columns do I choose a regular datetime or a datetime with timezone. Timezones, let alone DST, make things overly complicated. I am ready to get rid of them.

about a year ago
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Fracked Shale Could Sequester Carbon Dioxide

dfn5 fracking tag? (235 comments)

This article is tagged fracking. I do not think it means what you think it means. You know, this being slashdot and all.

about a year ago
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A Commencement Speech For 2013 CS Majors

dfn5 true... true (144 comments)

I've been an IT professional since '95. Unix admin / DBA / network admin / SAN admin / Release Engineer / etc. etc. This advice really speaks to my career. You have to have passion for technology and you have to be willing to learn new things on your own. I run into so many people who want nothing to do with technology when they go home. I feel they are in the wrong industry.

about a year ago
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Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

dfn5 My first experience with EA (427 comments)

Pinball Construction set for the Mac 512. The 800k floppy disk was DOA. Was I ever pissed. Got a free hat for my trouble, though, so...

about a year and a half ago
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China Says It Is the Target of US Hack Attacks

dfn5 Tor Nodes (242 comments)

U.S. claims Tor nodes were running on their machines and so not responsible.

about a year and a half ago
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Local Emergency Alert System Hacked, Warns Dead Rising From Graves

dfn5 Re:find him, prosecute him (235 comments)

This is an obvious prank, and is unlikely to cause any harm, except to embarrass those who ought to be embarrassed. It would have been much more harmful to send an alert about a more believable disaster.

Such as an invasion from Mars?

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe's Strange Software Giveaway: Goof, Or Clever Marketing?

dfn5 Re:Not on modern Macs (385 comments)

It's made for PowerPC Macs, so the rest of us using Intel Macs are out of luck. :(

You're only out of luck if you want to pirate it natively on your Mac as a Mac App. One still has the option of running it on a pirated Windows XP under a pirated VMWare Fusion.

about 2 years ago

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dfn5 dfn5 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Komo news is reporting that in Seattle, Washington the line for Star Wars Episode III has already begun. With only 132 days until opening night, devoted fan Jeff Twieden is not even sure the film will play the cinema he is waiting at. However, he appears to be in good spirits and was quoted as saying he's "having the time of his life". I was quoted as saying "Dude, get a job".

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