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Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce Someone To Star Trek?

douglips Re:Odd question. (634 comments)

I've got kids who are about the same age I was when I first saw Star Trek. I'm introducing them. Does that count?

My strategy is just to watch TOS, so far we've seen 4 episodes and they are popular with all the kids except one who is freaked out by Spock's ears. I think I'll wait a few months and see if he gets over that.

more than 2 years ago

Was Russia Behind Stuxnet?

douglips Full Nuclear Catastrophe? From a centrifuge? (281 comments)

Centrifuges can't cause a catastrophe, other than of the "oh shit my centrifuge just came apart and shredded my lab" kind. There is not a nuclear chain reaction to go out of control here.

more than 3 years ago

Construction On Spaceship Factory Set To Begin In the Mojave

douglips It'll never work (147 comments)

They can't be serious. Leading experts agree they must first build a SpaceshipFactoryProvider.

more than 4 years ago

Intel Wants To Charge $50 To Unlock Your CPU's Full Capabilities

douglips Re:I'm all for it (832 comments)

Cooking recipes can be patented. Copyright != patent.

more than 4 years ago

Magicjack Loses Legal Attack Against Boing Boing

douglips Re:Well, MagicJack succeeded in (148 comments)

Waste of time, really. All you have to do to get a BoingBoing post taken down is to somehow link the story to the words "Violet Blue."

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Photos Lead To Cancellation of Quebec Woman's Insurance

douglips Congress has limited power... (645 comments)

There is only so much Congress can do to effect change in Canada...

more than 5 years ago

Are There Affordable Low-DPI Large-Screen LCD Monitors?

douglips Re:Reading glasses are not a universl fix. (549 comments)

Separate pair of glasses that are monofocals. When you are sitting at your desk you only need to see the display, and the glasses can be optimally tuned for this. You just put the bifocals on the desk and pick up the reading glasses when you sit down, and switch when you stand up.

If you don't want to buy the $5 pair at Walgreens I'm sure your optician will be happy to sell you a $200 pair that is exactly right for you.

more than 5 years ago

Critical Flaw Discovered In DD-WRT

douglips Re:DD-WRT is not opensource! (225 comments)

I loved DD-WRT, and was saddened to see this exploit and the controversy. The exploit is definitely worth jumping ship for, and it took me 40 minutes to install tomato and get my configuration right. And that's only because I'm drunk.

more than 5 years ago

Critical Flaw Discovered In DD-WRT

douglips Re:Mod Parent Up (225 comments)

Not true. If someone in a forum you visit adds to their post and you read it, your box is owned. Remote access not required, password access not required. It's a bad vulnerability.

more than 5 years ago

Estonian ISP Shuts Srizbi Back Down, For Now

douglips Re:Who wants to bet... (237 comments)

Wait- are you saying that spammers won't violate the GPL? How will that help?

haxx0r: "Here's software to clean your computer!"
suxx0r: "Cool, thanks! Wait, where can I find the source for this?"
haxx0r: "http://fake.source.example.com/"
suxx0r: "Awesome! I just read every line of source and I can verify it has no security problems!"
suxx0r: [gets 0wned]

more than 5 years ago

Groklaw Says Microsoft Patent Portfolio Now Worthless

douglips Re:But really: What is a machine? (219 comments)

Simple. It has to be an actual, physical machine. Not a virtual machine.

So let me get this straight. A machine I design in CAD is not patentable. However, if I hook up a 3D printer and print my CAD machine to a real machine, I can patent it? How does that make sense?

more than 6 years ago



douglips douglips writes  |  more than 7 years ago

douglips writes "Beloved former Slashdot contributor Jon Katz has turned to gun violence. In this post-Columbine world, is it acceptable for journalists to make a profit on the slaughter of the innocent? Are firearms really the answer?"

douglips douglips writes  |  more than 8 years ago

douglips writes "Irreverent geek-leaning ecommerce site Woot sold 80 PS3 consoles today. The beautiful part is the item description, which is almost entirely dedicated to slamming the PS3 and touting the Wii. "In fact, we love the Wii so much, we want to give a Wii to everybody on our payroll. To fund this Wii-for-the-People program, we're selling this Sony PlayStation 3.""


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