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Working Handgun Printed On a Sub-$2,000 3D Printer

gregfortune Re:and because of this. (521 comments)

Predators are far short of 100% efficient (citation needed; I am lazy!),

Empirical evidence is pretty strong ;)

about a year ago

How a 1960s Discovery In Neuroscience Spawned a Military Project

gregfortune Re:Welcome to the future (112 comments)

Absolutely, be we have a ways to go before we can solve the power problems. Even in the prescription glasses form-factor, power is not a solved problem.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Language Should a Former Coder Dig Into?

gregfortune Re:It's not (just) the language - it's the API (530 comments)

Trying *both* Python and Ruby is a very good plan. They are both are scripting languages with large libraries and solid user communities and similar in a lot of ways. Oddly, every developer I've talked with that has tried both loves one of them to death and hates the other with an ever burning passion. To me, Ruby is completely backwards and nothing works as I would expect it to. Python seems to do everything I want to do in exactly the way I want to do it. Another guy I worked with felt exactly the opposite.

I suspect if you try both, one of them will feel breezy and the other will feel odd and clunky.

more than 2 years ago

LED's Efficiency Exceeds 100%

gregfortune Re:No. (502 comments)

The LED is "consuming" external heat to produce the additional light. The article is pretty clear and an enjoyable read.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Releases JIT PHP Compiler

gregfortune Re:I hate all languages that start with P (244 comments)

It's ironic how close P and R happen to be. Ruby fan, I take it?

If not Ruby, what do you use for a scripting language? Please don't tell me you decided long ago that if it's possible to do everything in assembly, it must be done in assembly.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: To Hack Or Not To Hack?

gregfortune Contact someone for legal advice (517 comments)

Yep, I found it rather quickly myself. I'm not about to touch it myself with a 70 foot pole, but I wasn't looking to rip off any account info either.

As far as advice goes, you're in pretty deep already. Given the discussion here and the information that is already available, I don't think you're going to be able to back out now. You've already reported it to the company, but now it's publicly available and I worry that they might implicate you in damages. IMHO, get a lawyer. Now. They should be able to tell you what kind of liability you're facing. They should also be able to give you good advice on how to mitigate your own risk.

Frankly, I think it's stupid that someone pointing out a security flaw could be liable in any way, but that's the way our screwed up system works. Best of luck.

more than 2 years ago

One Tenth of China's Farmland Polluted With Heavy Metals

gregfortune Re:Are you interested in lessening your impact? (412 comments)

Nah, I have an older computer that I upgraded from 4GB to 12GB. In a few years when that computer no longer performs in the way I need for compiling code and running games, I'll get a new computer. At that point, my current computer turns into the family model for browsing the web and doing homework. Those tasks don't take next year's top end computer to run.

The point here is that some people still use hardware until it dies rather than buying a new computer every three years. For most tasks, older computers are perfectly capable. Some of us are already "lessening our impact" and have been doing so for years.

more than 2 years ago

One Tenth of China's Farmland Polluted With Heavy Metals

gregfortune Re:Are you interested in lessening your impact? (412 comments)

Agreed, but phones are a poor example right now.

My phone is getting replaced at the two year mark this time because I caught the front end of the android market with a cheap android phone two years ago and the advance in hardware/software is too great to ignore. Once phones slow back down a little, I'll go back to long spans with a single phone (my last phone was 8 years old when I replaced it, good old Motorola V550). Stuff's just changing too fast right now for that to be realistic on phones.

On the computer front, it's now more realistic to run a computer for 5-10 years without upgrading. Current upgrades are pretty small jumps and even newly released games are running on much older hardware than they have before. I increased RAM on my desktop from 4GB to 12GB a couple days ago and that should extend the life of that machine by another 2-3 years before being handed down to my kids.

more than 2 years ago

Autism Traits Prove Valuable for Software Testing

gregfortune Re:And.... (180 comments)

The actual statement that you make is that "x is UNLIKELY to case y" along with a degree of confidence. artor3's comment is stated as an absolute so don't bother tossing stats into the discussion. Stats deals with estimation, likelyhood, probability, forecasting, etc. See and

artor3's comment is also stated without citation. Not a good start :(

more than 2 years ago

SAIC Loses Data of 4.9 Million Patients

gregfortune Re:holy crap, what idiots (182 comments)

Ah ha, it came from the second link rather than the PDF it appeared to be linked to. Come on guys, at least link silly quotes like that to the right article.

Tricare did not indicate whether SAIC encrypted the information on the stolen tapes, but Raley said, "It's very hard to encrypt a backup tape." Tricare did not respond to a request for comment on the HIPAA issues.

Brilliant :(

more than 2 years ago

SAIC Loses Data of 4.9 Million Patients

gregfortune Re:holy crap, what idiots (182 comments)

I didn't see any mention of encryption in the PDF linked off of that quote either. Wonder where it came from?

more than 2 years ago

Tom's Hardware Pits Newest Firefox, Opera and Chrome Against Each Other

gregfortune Re:Now if only they could measure user experience. (272 comments)

"The constant barrage of updates for Firefox"....
"I switched to Chrome and have progressed through 8 whole versions"

Really? Is the release cycle really the problem for you or something vague about extensions? I find the release cycle of Firefox rather awkward but I'd never switch to Chrome if that was really my problem.

Further, it doesn't really need to measure user experience as that is going to vary based on the audience. You can take this benchmark and then compare that with your own user experience to decide if the wins for Firefox are worth the user experience.

more than 2 years ago

Designer Creates "Euthanasia Roller Coaster"

gregfortune Elegance and Euphoria? (409 comments)

I used to have nightmares that played out almost exactly that way. Also, who's going to test this and tell us they had a good time?

more than 2 years ago

Casio Paying Microsoft To Use Linux

gregfortune Re:A good sign (262 comments)

Microsoft is implying that it will sue and extorting money to protect against that possibility.

"Hey Johnny... You wanna do business on this block, just remember that windows get broken from time to time by... well.. let's just say people. Pay us and we'll make sure you personally don't have a rock thrown through your window."

Pretend I did a mobster impression.

more than 2 years ago

Arduino Goes ARM

gregfortune Raspberry Pi (144 comments)

I don't believe Raspberry Pi is available yet (see, first line), but I'm seriously considering picking one up when it's available. Arduino is definitely an amazing platform, but I just don't need something quite that low level. I'm currently toying with turning one of those cheap $10 "cameras" into a wireless surveillance cam. As far as ARM goes, I'm not deep enough into the hardware to care either way anyway.

more than 2 years ago

DOS, Backdoor, and Easter Egg Found In Siemens S7

gregfortune Re:Only quickly scanned TFA.... (121 comments)

That's a little naive. I can promise you PLCs running unpatched versions of software are running accessible from the internet and no amount of "You shouldn't have done that, dummy" is going to magically secure them overnight. The reality is that our industry simply isn't as security conscious as it needs to be and while some of us recognize the PLC systems should be air-gapped anyway, I doubt that's the norm.

If your power goes out tonight, I'm going to smile a little inside. Deserved?

more than 2 years ago

Amazon App Store 'Rotten To the Core,' Says Dev

gregfortune Re:Give away 1 or 1,000,000,000 (346 comments)

Read the article and note the increased support and hardware costs.

more than 2 years ago

Is Google+ a Cathedral Or a Bazaar?

gregfortune Re:Choice is good (200 comments)

The problem I have with this is that establishing a clean "reputation" is as easy as creating a new identity. In effect, I can only record trust but I cannot reliably track distrust. I'm glad that we do have anonymous environments and mechanisms for those that are oppressed to speak freely, but I would also like to have an environment where reputation actually matters. The ability to choose between the two is ideal.

more than 2 years ago

Is Google+ a Cathedral Or a Bazaar?

gregfortune Choice is good (200 comments)

This is a social media environment that I might actually join and one I may let my children join. Linkedin is the only other "social media" account I have and I will never have a Facebook account and shunned MySpace when it was introduced. For me, the lack of any social decency that stems from anonymity is simply not worth it. If I'm going to build relationships with people (isn't that the point of social media?), I'd like to have reputation as collateral for bad behavior.

Perhaps we will return to a point where people think before they speak/post and self censor out of respect for their fellow man. For my tastes, the streets of the Bazaar are pretty filthy but to each his own.

more than 2 years ago


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