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Autonomous Trucking

iroll Re:Prepare Now (142 comments)

Yes, clearly we must protect obsolete industries at any cost.

about three weeks ago
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NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

iroll Re:when Wall St. gets theirs... (220 comments)

>somebody got away with something so nobody should get prosecuted for something different

GJGE

about a month and a half ago
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NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

iroll Re:give them probation.... maybe felony if necessa (220 comments)

This is a felony. It's fraud and theft. Good engineers don't get fired for stealing 10% or less of what good engineers in the prime of their careers are making.

He didn't download a movie. He didn't copy that floppy. He appropriated a taxpayer resource to line his pockets.

about 1 month ago
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Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

iroll Re:hmmm (119 comments)

Being reclusive doesn't make you a recluse. A recluse withdraws from society; Watterson is just largely withdrawn from participating in the popular media. For someone as famous as he is, who is actively sought by writers and interviewers, that's reclusive behavior.

about 2 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

iroll Re:Their business model sucked (338 comments)

Google "Earth Class Mail."

These services existed before Outbox and continue to exist now that it's gone. They just don't assume that the USPS wants to facilitate their businesses for free (or at a loss), so you don't see their CEOs being interviewed for hand-wringing articles about how bad the government is.

I have no doubt that the USPS is run by incompetents, but that doesn't mean they're the only incompetents in this story.

about 3 months ago
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Group Wants To Recover 36-Year-Old Historic Spacecraft From Deep Space

iroll Re:Satellite smash (141 comments)

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

about 3 months ago
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How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

iroll Re:A fool and their money... (50 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.

about 3 months ago
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How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

iroll Re:A fool and their money... (50 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.

about 3 months ago
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How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

iroll Re:A fool and their money... (50 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.

about 3 months ago
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How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

iroll Re:A fool and their money... (50 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.

about 3 months ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

iroll Re:It's a design problem, not materials. (195 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.

about 3 months ago
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How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

iroll A fool and their money... (50 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.

about 3 months ago
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Reinventing the Axe

iroll Re:For splitting wood. (217 comments)

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

about 3 months ago
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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).

about 3 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago

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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"

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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?"
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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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