×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

halivar Re:So which building will they blow up? (327 comments)

and throw in some mass drops of MP3 players loaded with Sony tunes on the country.

There's no call for such drastic and morally questionable measures, yet; let's just try airstrikes first.

2 days ago
top

"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

halivar Re:America! (229 comments)

"North Korea? Oh, Fuck no!" - Sony, Paramount, et al.

3 days ago
top

US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

halivar Re:The implications could be dire (182 comments)

What??? No, that's silly. The US is not going to war because they can't watch a Seth Rogan movie. The Hobbit? Maybe. Star Wars, definitely. But not this.

3 days ago
top

In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

halivar Re:About Fucking Time (424 comments)

What? Do you even know who the Republican leadership is? The ones that just ensured that executive immigration amnesty is funded without a fight (because they were pushing for it all along)? No rocks to live under, here. Boehner's tall on talk, but he's in the Go Along, Get Along Gang.

4 days ago
top

What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

halivar Re:They couldn't wreck the movement from the outsi (216 comments)

I don't know; the market looks very different than it did back in the Halloween Email days. There are two things going on here: 1) Ballmer and Gates are out at MS, and 2) server OS market share is not as important as sales of cloud services. It isn't what you're running on your box that they're interested in, anymore, it's what you're connecting to for your business layer. If they can get *nix customers connecting to Azure on .NET, I think they'd call that a win.

4 days ago
top

In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

halivar Re:About Fucking Time (424 comments)

Doesn't the revocation of the embargo require an act of Congress?

I don't think that's a problem as of last month.

4 days ago
top

In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

halivar Re:About Fucking Time (424 comments)

(Real) Cuban leaf is good. IMHO, Sumatra is better. Cuban cigars are desired primarily because they are illegal, and the forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest. I have never had real Cuban rum, so I will not opine.

4 days ago
top

New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

halivar Re:When I was in high school (208 comments)

In every nature vs. nurture argument I've seen, no one has ever taken the position of 100% nature. People are, at least in part, defined by their experience.

4 days ago
top

Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

halivar Re:As if anyone will be playing fair (189 comments)

The US has strategic interest in Denmark getting this oil: providing Europe with a cheap alternative to Russian oil and natural gas. The US can't leverage the deposits for the same purpose nearly as easily as the Danish can.

5 days ago
top

Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

halivar Re:That much oil... (189 comments)

Dammit, I hate those special pieces. They're like cheating.

5 days ago
top

Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

halivar Re:Britain (189 comments)

and the Falkland Islands

"Ok, ok; if we call them the Malvinas, will you shut up?"

5 days ago
top

Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

halivar Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

That comic is in relation to Brandon Eich, and it has no relevance. Mozilla did not stifle Brandon Eich's speech, or tell him to stop supporting or giving money traditional marriage causes, or by any other means stifle his freedom of expression.

Sony, on the other hand, is.

about a week ago
top

Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

halivar Re:Road neutrality (Re:It's a public street) (594 comments)

That would be rather inconvenient for the residents themselves, would not it?

It doesn't have to. As long as residents in the neighborhood can still enter and leave, the inconvenience of not having a straight-shot going in the direction of the highway should be outweighed by the lack of rerouted traffic.

Why, yes, this is a great argument to justify selective enforcement of traffic laws too — tell the police to only ticket non-residents. Still feeling good?

Why would I feel bad? Selective police enforcement was your idea, not mine.

about a week ago
top

Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

halivar Re:Write a program to report crashes daily (594 comments)

No, further in the article. Waze explained that if Waze users make the trip without incident (which they would in the event of a fake accident), it does not reroute people to avoid it.

about a week ago
top

Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

halivar Re:It's a public street, too bad. (594 comments)

Actually, complaining is very effective. All it takes is a municipal decision to make the road one-way (in the wrong direction) or install speed bumps, or four way stops at every intersection. And local municipalities care more about what their residents think than what passing commuters think. I expect a good bit of road construction in these burbs soon, and the commuters aren't going to like it.

about a week ago
top

How Birds Lost Their Teeth

halivar Re:Wasn't there a book about this? (138 comments)

Is this quite as true of the 1960 and 2002 movies of The Time Machine? I watched both and my first disbelief breaker was how English survived 800 millennia when Proto-Indo-European fractured into modern languages in only six.

Oh wait, the Animal Crossing anime isn't a sequel to The Island of Dr. Moreau, is it?

As a sci-fi fan, I struggle with this wherever I encounter it: Dr. Who, SG-1, and yeah, both adaptations of the Time Machine. In the last case, I think that taking the artistic liberty of adding an actual story, with a real conflict to be resolved, necessitates communication of some kind. While the solution in both movies (people still speak English!) leaves something to be desired, it is still better than the boring temporal travelogue that makes up the source material.

about a week ago
top

How Birds Lost Their Teeth

halivar Re:Wasn't it becsause...? (138 comments)

Where did the extra 6 years come from, heretic? Cardinal Fang! Fetch... THE COMFY CHAIR!!!

about a week ago
top

How Birds Lost Their Teeth

halivar Re:Wasn't there a book about this? (138 comments)

In most cases, HG Wells' novels are vastly improved upon by their movie adaptations (even starring Tom Cruise), with the notable except of the The Island of Dr. Moreau.

about a week ago

Submissions

halivar hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

halivar has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?