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New Theory About the Source of Pioneer Space Probe Deceleration

drumcat Redesign (156 comments)

Maybe in the future, the design of probes should be such that the emanation of energy creates a micro-sail. Maybe it won't matter given the heliosheath, but all other things being equal, I'd prefer its own forces to accelerate it, rather than hinder it.

about a year ago

Dropbox Can't See Your Dat– Er, Never Mind

drumcat YOU encrypt it first (333 comments)

This is simple. If you use a service like dropbox, simply house an encrypted "disk" on the site. You can put anything you want in it, but dropbox doesn't have the key. Sure, if you put a naked file up there, and they encrypt it for you, *they* have the key. If you're that worried about your files, it's probably not a good place for them.

more than 2 years ago

Senator Wants to Tax Internet Shopping

drumcat Which state? (705 comments)

I didn't realize there was Federal Sales Tax. They have the constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce, but the Constitution prohibits its tax:

Art I, Sec 9. "No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another; nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another."

about 3 years ago

The Abdication of the HTML Standard

drumcat Re:HTML *was* simple (298 comments)

And this is exactly the point. Why is it that we have to give up ease to have an application? Why can't we have both? Or, at least, why can't we have a set of "you can do this" that doesn't change for at least 5 years?

more than 3 years ago

The Abdication of the HTML Standard

drumcat Re:HTML *was* simple (298 comments)

We replaced B with STRONG and I with EM which are effectively the exact some thing. If you think its different, sorry you're confused.

Tell me why exactly we needed to change tags?

Explain to me how change the name of a tag from B to STRONG actually made it so your screen reader worked better. I'm pretty sure if it knew the difference between B and STRONG it could do whatever it want with text and wouldn't care if the tag was B or STRONG.

Some douche's in a commitee sat down and decided the B was a display thing and STRONG was a speech thing and they are different and should be handled as such ... except ... they are used for the exact same thing. Same with EM and I.

An intelligent solution would have been much simpler ... 'when people use B they mean to make that part strong and stand out, lets treat it as such.' instead of 'hey, lets create a new tag, that is visually identical to B out of the box, but has a different name, so that way we can identify it ... unlike bold where we have no way to identify it at all!'

EM and STRONG are shining example of retarded changes to a protocol because some people involved in the discussion don't have a clue.

This is what I was trying to say. You, sir, nailed it.

more than 3 years ago

The Abdication of the HTML Standard

drumcat HTML *was* simple (298 comments)

Remember when it was ok to use a "b" tag, and no one scoffed? How about table layouts? It's funny, the new standards aren't always better. This is why a format "of the people" isn't going anywhere. I could teach my grandparents how to edit HTML 10 years ago. Now, not so much. Is that better? I'd argue, no. It's not that editing is hard; it's not. The problem is that we're turning the browser into an application-level container. HTML should be more focused on making layouts easier, and faster. It should not be focused on animation. This is where MS Word has fallen off a cliff. If you want more adoption, focus HTML on what actually is important - layout that's understandable to the masses.

more than 3 years ago

DoE Develops Flexible Glass Stronger Than Steel

drumcat Obligatory... (242 comments)

Transparent Aluminum!?!

more than 2 years ago

Low Quality Alloy Cause of Shuttle Main Tank Issue

drumcat Heard this before? (118 comments)

See: Titanic.

more than 3 years ago

London Police Credit CCTV Cameras With Six Solved Crimes Per Day

drumcat Solve yes... (280 comments)

Solve, sure. Prevent? Clearly no. Cameras do not prevent crime; only assist in prosecuting.

more than 3 years ago

A Klingon Christmas Carol

drumcat Ugh... (170 comments)

You lost me at "in Klingon". Lame.

more than 3 years ago

Swiss Bank Has 43-Page Dress Code

drumcat Documentation (212 comments)

We should all aspire to such clean and complete documentation. This is a 5-star effort.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Ends Massive Porn Lawsuit

drumcat Pulling out early? (181 comments)

Clearly he didn't want to finish...

more than 2 years ago

Should Wikipedia Just Accept Ads Already?

drumcat Just be super-upfront (608 comments)

Look, PBS has ads now. They still require donations, but they have ads. Just keep the bar very high, and the disclosure very clear. Maybe you make it so that companies can advertise, but cannot advertise with any product specificity, and that all images must carry a small (a) sign to signify it's an ad? It's not impossible. Look, many companies advertise on PBS to improve their image. Wikipedia can position itself the same way... as an image builder. Just get past the begging though. It's old. If your idea is *that* good, you shouldn't have a problem getting ad money.

more than 3 years ago

McDonald's Hacked and Customer Data Stolen

drumcat The Draft (178 comments)

Remember, 40 years ago it was a scandal that the free happy meal postcard you filled out was how you were tracked for the draft. My dad taught me this lesson early on, and it's nothing but magnified. BTW, Thank You EFF for winning today!

more than 3 years ago

EasyDNS Falsely Accused of Unplugging WikiLeaks

drumcat Truth matters? (267 comments)

Accuracy matters not in Security Theatre.

more than 3 years ago

'I Just Need a Programmer'

drumcat Re:Wrong and wrong (735 comments)

what it would be like if marketers could implement ideas (not necessarily their own)?

God I Don't Believe In, help us all...

more than 3 years ago

'I Just Need a Programmer'

drumcat It's bologna (735 comments)

If someone says that, "they just need a programmer", they haven't vetted the idea. If they really knew what they wanted, they wouldn't need a programmer - they'd need a contract fulfilled for a specific task. If you say that crap, you're just a bullshit marketing guy.

more than 3 years ago

Curious NASA Pre-Announcement

drumcat It's smoke and mirrors (286 comments)

They want you talking about aliens instead of TSA Gate Rape and Wikileaks. Simple as that.

more than 3 years ago



The Electronic 4th

drumcat drumcat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drumcat (1659893) writes "Finally, a petition at the new White House site is attempting to tackle the nearly-impossible. It looks like someone wants the government to actually define electronic rights. Whether this happens or not remains to be seen, but for those at Slashdot who want these things seen, it seems like this might be a new hope."
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