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!



Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

doconnor Re:Not sure how I feel about this one (336 comments)

I Canada OTA broadcasters don't get money from cable companies, but they manage to survive. (Non-OTA channels do get some money from cable companies)

Of course, in recent years the cable companies now own all the OTA broadcasters.

2 days ago

Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

doconnor Re:Am I reading this right (151 comments)

Once difference is that the energy is spread out over kilometers rather then all at one point near the surface.

This Quirks and Quarks story on the The Chelyabinsk Meteor talks about this and how the data suggests impacts are more common then we thought.

2 days ago

Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

doconnor Re:Get rid of income Tax (422 comments)

His stimulus during the Great Depression was good, but didn't go far enough. The New Deal was very controversial at the time, so perhaps he would have gone further if he could.

about a week ago

Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

doconnor Re:Get rid of income Tax (422 comments)

"If you take productive money and piss it away on boondoggle projects instead of useful purposes then it's a complete loss for the economy."

What about the most massive boondoggle project in history: World War II?

Massive increase in government spending, massing increase in government debt and massive increase in taxes all to build highly specialized equipment, ship it over seas and where it gets blown up.

The result: decades of economic growth and prosperity ending only with the rise of neo-Liberalism.

about two weeks ago

VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

doconnor Re:Apps (170 comments)

No tiles, yet, but the Mac App Store was introduced a few years ago.

about a month ago

Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

doconnor Re:Prior data may suggest what is going on (625 comments)

You raise a good point. Maybe people are moving left socially, but right economically.

about 2 months ago

Journal of Cosmology Contributor Sues NASA To Investigate Mars "Donut"

doconnor Secrative (140 comments)

If the thing was life, NASA would be highly secretive about it until everything has been checked and reviewed and the President make the announcement.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

doconnor Re:Raspberry PI (420 comments)

The Raspberry PI is both very small and very cheap while maintaining the flexibility of a desktop computer makes it an exceptionally versatile device.

about 3 months ago

Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

doconnor Re:hrm (730 comments)

She has the power to resolve conflicts between the executive and the legislative branches of government, usually replacing the executive with someone that the legislature can support or by forcing an election. Recent experience has shown that is something that could be useful in the United States

about 4 months ago

South African Education Department Bans Free and Open Source Software

doconnor FOSS (185 comments)

Aren't there a couple FOSS compilers that support Delphi to a greater or less degree?

about 6 months ago

When Does the Universe Compute?

doconnor Definitions (182 comments)

Sounds like they are arbitrarily defining computing as a simulation of the universe, therefore the actual universe cannot compute. I think this unnecessarily limiting people's imagination.

Besides, from the inside of a simulation its all real to you.

about 7 months ago

Silk Road Shut Down, Founder Arrested, $3.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin Seized

doconnor Re:Long Overdue (620 comments)

Using the word "evildoers" in a context other then a Saturday morning cartoon means that he is brainwashed.

about 7 months ago

How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas

doconnor Re:Wrong party (688 comments)


If you look into what caused the banking crisis of 1998, the gentle dance between companies and insurers turned into a disastrous death spiral of greed and stupidity. The Libertarian solution of letting the banks fail would have caused a depression, the mother all externalities.

about 7 months ago

Elon Musk's New Hologram Project Invites 'Iron Man' Comparisons

doconnor Re:Elon Musk... (135 comments)

They probably said that about the ENIAC, too.

about 8 months ago

Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via 'Pipelight'

doconnor What is the point of the DRM (303 comments)

I thought the whole point of these elaborate DRM schemes was to prevent the movies from being played in an emulated or virtualized envirnment where the video could be intercepted.

If it does, why bother?

about 8 months ago

Silent Circle Follows Lavabit By Closing Encrypted E-mail Service

doconnor Re:enigmail/pgp/gpg (470 comments)

One advantage of these 3rd party email services is that you can't tell who is emailing who without getting access to their servers. It seems some of them are willing to go out of business to prevent that.

about 8 months ago

Edward Snowden is ...

doconnor Lets talk about the NSA (601 comments)

Many people point out this discussion about Snowden is a distraction from the discussion of the information he reveled. Perhaps the same poll should be done about the NSA.

about 9 months ago

Attackers Tweet As They Assault UN Development Program Compound

doconnor Re:Why... (240 comments)

I'm sure some of them try do something, although I'm sure some of them are dead now. Do we abandon them?

Of course, most people just go with the flow. Do you condemn them for being human?

Despite this setback conditions in Somalia are improving. Pretty good for the most lawless place in the world.

about 10 months ago

Attackers Tweet As They Assault UN Development Program Compound

doconnor Re:Why... (240 comments)

The people engaging in these attacks represent a minority of the people who live there.

about 10 months ago

ITIF Senior Fellow Claims "America's Broadband Networks Lead the World"

doconnor Improving (298 comments)

"improving at a more rapid rate than networks in most developed countries"

I guess that's because the US has the most room for improvement.

about 10 months ago



How often do you put pen to paper?

doconnor doconnor writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doconnor writes "Throughout the day
Once a day
Once a week
Once a month
Once a year
Pen? I haven't used a stylus since the iPhone came out."

When to round

doconnor doconnor writes  |  more than 3 years ago

doconnor (134648) writes "We do a rather complex financial calculation involving a fair number of steps, like multiplying and dividing by various factors, choosing one value or another based on criteria. The issue has been raised about what steps along the way we should round to the nearest cent. These steps are showing in various reports with various levels of details. Should only the major input and output values be rounded, should rounding be done after each step that is shown in the reports or is it worth rounding at all?"

Canadian investigators hack unsecured wireless net

doconnor doconnor writes  |  about 6 years ago

doconnor writes "Canadian human-rights investigators used a women's unsecured wireless network to post on white supremacist websites as part of an investigation. It was discovered when the source of the source of the messages was subpoenaed from Bell. The office of Privacy Commissioner is investigating. The article goes on to warn of the dangers of unsecured wireless networks."
Link to Original Source

Ulysses spacecraft on its last legs

doconnor doconnor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

doconnor writes "JPL announced that Ulysses' mission will be ending after 17 years. The power generated by the decay of a radioactive isotope has been slowly decreasing. To conserve power its main transmitter was shut off. Unfortunately due to a fault in its power supply it cannot be turned back on. The team plans to continue operating the spacecraft in its reduced capacity, using the alternate S-band transmitter, for as long as they can over the next few weeks."
Link to Original Source

doconnor doconnor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

doconnor writes "The Canadian version of TV Guide (which is completely separate from the US version) will stop publishing Nov 20 and go online instead now that so many people get their TV listings online or through settop boxes. It has been publishing since 1976."


doconnor 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