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Group Wants To Recover 36-Year-Old Historic Spacecraft From Deep Space

iroll Re:Satellite smash (48 comments)

Liability insurance would be cheaper than sending you to a community college class about statistics and probability.

3 hours ago

How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

iroll Re:A fool and their money... (48 comments)

Another amazing act of mental acrobatics and insane projection. Where dark corner of your pathetic psyche are you dredging up these things from? What am I distancing myself from? Or am I not distancing myself, I can't keep it straight.

In everything I've written in this thread, I've not made a single value judgment about illegal drugs, you raving lunatic. And by the way, you know a helluva lot less than you think you do. It is an undisputed fact of economics that contraband (guns, drugs, porn, forbidden politics, outlaw jedi) will command a premium proportional to the risk required to deliver it.

Maybe you should smoke a little less crack so that it's not so obvious to everyone what an insufferable idiot you are.


How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

iroll Re:A fool and their money... (48 comments)

If you deposit on a per-transaction basis, you can only lose as much money as you can lose if all of your transactions fail.

If you leave your money on deposit, or "store" your bitcoins there because you don't know how to drop a wallet into dropbox, you are basically dangling a carrot for somebody to steal (MtGox). I mean, think about PayPal for goodness sakes. After the whole minecraft incident, what sane person would just "let it ride" in a paypal account? PayPal is great for facilitating transactions, but there's no reason to trust them with massive deposits.

2 days ago

How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

iroll Re:A fool and their money... (48 comments)

TL;DR: you didn't read what I wrote, and responded to something you made up.

With a broker or an exchange, you only have risk associated with the transaction. You put money in, bitcoins come out. You put bitcoins in, money comes out. Or, alternatively, you put bitcoins in, special brownies come out. The risk is all associated with that transaction.

With a deposit, you're basically putting money in and crossing your fingers.

In the above-ground market, there are lots of rules to try and mitigate the risk, which is why the vast majority of us will go our whole lives without losing a deposit in a normal financial institution. When you put your money on deposit with DogeBank, you have none of that mitigation.

2 days ago

How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

iroll Re:A fool and their money... (48 comments)

This is the dumbest thing I've ever read. You have managed an astronomical level of projection.

I said that grey/black market transactions are risky, but the that the risk is limited to the transaction, while the risk making a deposit to a grey/black market bank is basically 100%. Buying contraband is risky; that's not a value judgement, it's a fact. That's why people make shitloads of money dealing in it.

2 days ago

How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

iroll Re:It's a design problem, not materials. (193 comments)

My NexusS has a plastic bezel and it shattered from a 2-ft drop onto a faux-wood (read: not that hard) surface.

Because our anti-anecdotes would annihilate each other in a flash of light, you're going to have to come up with a better line of reasoning.

2 days ago

How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

iroll A fool and their money... (48 comments)

These losses illustrate perfectly the stupidity of giving some pseudoanonymous sociopath on the internet your money to "hold" for you. WHY? WHY? WHY?

Nobody would ever think, "Hey! I've got $500 in my pocket, better give it to the first creep that I find in an alley!"

Using a shady, tor-based business to broker a transaction is risky, but it only risks the single transaction (or the consequences for making transactions in contraband). Putting your funds on deposit with a shady, tor-based business (or a Japanese trading card exchange) is dumb in ways that must boggle even the Princes of Nigeria.

2 days ago

Reinventing the Axe

iroll Re:For splitting wood. (214 comments)

Good point! Also, a standard axe might be good for other uses, but less effective at splitting wood.

3 days ago

SpaceX Successfully Delivers Supplies To ISS

iroll The BFD (87 comments)

Lost in the moronic editing by the eggs-and-dye-mostly department:

After the Falcon 9's first-stage section separated from the upper-stage motor and Dragon capsule, the discarded rocket relit some of its engines to slow its fall back through the atmosphere and position itself to touch down vertically on the ocean before gravity turned it horizontal. The booster also was equipped with four 25-foot-long landings for stabilization.

Data transmitted from an airplane tracking the booster's descent indicated it splashed down intact in the Atlantic Ocean - a first for the company.

"Data upload from tracking plane shows landing in Atlantic was good! Several boats enroute through heavy seas," SpaceX's chief executive, Elon Musk, posted on Twitter late Friday.

This is a Big Fucking Deal. SpaceX publicly gave odds for this working at about 1 in 3. This is an important incremental step in (literally) landing their lower stages, rather than trashing them (like every other launch system) or attempting to recover them after splashdown (like shuttle boosters).

4 days ago

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

iroll Re:Situation is a Shambles (239 comments)

Well, that just makes OP all the more rediculous. I can't believe he's modded to 5 now.

about two weeks ago

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

iroll Re:Situation is a Shambles (239 comments)

That sounds like a Mint thing. Seriously, Debian (the great grandparent of Mint) had the patch as fast as anybody. Heck, by the time I logged into my Mac at work, MacPorts had pushed the patch.

I wouldn't make such a sweeping statement about the "situation" when you've hitched your wagon to a project that's pulling from a project that's pulling from a project that's (etc).

about two weeks ago

OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

iroll Re:Yes!!! (303 comments)

It was clear from the beginning that Debian accelerating its release schedule from "plate tectonic" to "glacial" would bite us all in the ass! We've flown too close to the sun yet again!

about two weeks ago

Canonical's Troubles With the Free Software Community

iroll Re:Sadly for Canonical... (155 comments)

Canonical also dump buckets of money into a lot of things that are either of no interest to me (Ubuntuphones) or actively putting me off Ubuntu (divergence away from mainstream Debian and linux in general because of NIH syndrome). Covering such losses with cheap tricks like feeding Amazon search (yes, I know I can turn it off) just makes them even more unappealing.

If Canonical stopped tilting at windmills for five minutes and invested their money in finding ways to sell more real services, they'd probably be better off.

about a month ago

Debian Considering Long Term Support for Squeeze

iroll Re:Oldstable? (46 comments)

Wouldn't Wheezy (7) be oldstable when Jessie (8) becomes stable?

Now Squeeze (6) will be oldoldstable =)

about a month ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

iroll Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

It might be far less nefarious; maybe engineers designing these things are so used to grey-on-yellow that it has become the generic de facto color scheme for multimeters.

My trusty old BK is the same color:


about a month ago

Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

iroll Re:Not sure I see a problem (306 comments)

That's why IceCat (formerly Ice Weasel) exists.

Formerly? I use IceWeasel all the time, and I didn't know about this. Oh, wait:

The gNewSense BurningDog browser and the Debian IceWeasel browser are similarly derived from Firefox, also with the intent of being free software. Technically, however, these projects are maintained entirely independently of IceCat. (Previously, this GNU browser project was also named IceWeasel, but that proved confusing.)

Yeah, you know, that is pretty darned confusing, since I think that if you ask 100 slashdot users about IceWeasel, at least 99 would be thinking of the widely-distributed Debian software that originated the name...

about a month and a half ago

Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

iroll Re:Unregulated currency (704 comments)

The same said history lead our predecessors to make investments in security and regulation that make muggings and cons less likely and more risky today than they were historically.

about 1 month ago

Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

iroll Re:so what about all my old devices? (254 comments)

He was unhappy that new routers in the future might be incompatible with his old printer, necessitating him replacing his printer... but that assumes he has to replace his router. Getting mad about it now is something like shouting at clouds.

Because let's face it, it's pretty unrealistic to get bent out of shape because you can't buy daisy wheels or get 14k modem service anymore. Technology will evolve and things we use today will become obsolete, and we'll replace them when we have to or when we want to. Nobody is coming into your house and taking your 802.11b router away from you; on the other hand, there's no sane reason to believe that you'll always be able to buy compatible accessories.

about 3 months ago

Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

iroll Re:so what about all my old devices? (254 comments)

Why am I going to replace functional hardware JUST to "fix" a problem that isn't really a problem for me ?

Then why are you replacing your functional 802.11g router, smart guy?

about 3 months ago

New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

iroll Not unusual in the least. (230 comments)

I wonder if "First time accepted submitter inqrorken" comes from a warm climate; I remember that the facilities managers at a national park near where I lived would price out fuel oil, diesel, and Jet-A for oil-burning home heat in the employee housing every hear. The prices fluctuate based on a lot of factors, including refinery over-runs, gluts and shortages based on transport industries, etc., so while it was unlikely, it wasn't unheard of for Jet-A to be the cheapest option.

about 2 months ago



Govt. attacks paper; demands 4 years of reader IPs

iroll iroll writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iroll (717924) writes "The founders of the Phoenix New Times have been arrested for exposing a "secret" grand jury subpoena targetting their newspaper. From the New Times article:

The subpoena demands: "Any and all documents containing a compilation of aggregate information about the Phoenix New Times Web site created or prepared from January 1, 2004 to the present, including but not limited to :
A) which pages visitors access or visit on the Phoenix New Times website;
B) the total number of visitors to the Phoenix New Times website;
C) information obtained from 'cookies,' including, but not limited to, authentication, tracking, and maintaining specific information about users (site preferences, contents of electronic shopping carts, etc.);
D) the Internet Protocol address of anyone that accesses the Phoenix New Times website from January 1, 2004 to the present;
E) the domain name of anyone that has accessed the Phoenix New Times website from January 1, 2004 to the present;
F) the website a user visited prior to coming to the Phoenix New Times website;
G) the date and time of a visit by a user to the Phoenix New Times website;
H) the type of browser used by each visitor (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Netscape Navigator, Firefox, etc.) to the Phoenix New Times website; and I) the type of operating system used by each visitor to the Phoenix New Times website."

This story has been picked up by other media outlets around the country, including the NY Times"

Link to Original Source

iroll iroll writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Loins Aflame (717924) writes "Healthy young men and women take the same amount of time — about 11-12 minutes — to become sexually aroused, researchers at Canada's McGill University report.

The researchers did pretty much exactly what the average slashdot reader would do upon getting a new thermal imaging camera: they pointed it at some crotches. The study participants were "imaged" first while they watched Canadian travelogues and reruns of Mr. Bean, and then while they watched porn. Result: both sexes got hot in the pants in the same amount of time.

Next up on Ask Slashdot: How can I rig up a thermal imaging system to let me know how well my date is going?"

iroll iroll writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iroll (717924) writes "HP's leadership continues its winning-streak; from the article:

"Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn said Friday that several of her fellow board members want her to remain on the job despite a criminal investigation into her efforts to plug a media leak.

...As part of their surveillance, the company's investigators posed as HP directors and at least nine reporters to obtain personal phone records. As part of the masquerade, the investigators used the Social Security numbers of the people involved to dupe the phone companies into turning over the records.""


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