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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

joshuao3 Re:Fair-weather power sources are lame... (337 comments)

A bit more detail: nuclear batteries used to power probes like Voyager used plutonium-238, which is available via the US and Russia. Bottom line, the ESA would need to rely on it's supply of americium-241 to create the next generation of batteries. The conversation about using the stockpiles of americium-241 to create batteries really started in earnest (media coverage-wise, at least) in 2012, which was after this probe was deployed.

about a week ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

joshuao3 Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

I read something a few months back that really struck me. I don't recall the source, so I'll try to paraphrase to the best of my ability. The basic tenant is that punishing a crime with the intent to get back at the offender is nothing more than revenge and is not the intent of the rule of law. The rule of law is to 1) remove violent and disruptive individuals from society, 2) discourage others from perpetrating the same crime.

In cases with violent and disruptive components, such as assault and drug dealing, it's very clear that incarceration is the best option. For non-violent crimes, such as IP theft, money laundering, etc, it's not really so clear. Since the intent this time wasn't to remove the individual from society (which I think we call can agree wasn't necessary in this case) that means that the judge somehow A) determined the value of the stolen film, B) decided that 33 months was the amount of incarceration that would discourage others from stealing the same "value" of property. The judge ruled out public service, ruled out probation, and ruled out fines as an acceptable deterrent to future offenders. While it's easy not to agree with the ruling, it takes a very good understanding of human psyche to know when a penalty is enough to discourage OTHERS from committing the same crime.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

joshuao3 backups, then continuing ed... (208 comments)

If this were for my company, I'd want to do two things with the hardware. First, use it to back up the cloud environment. Maybe not the applications, but definitely the data. Disaster recovery is always paramount in the corporate world.

Second, I'd want the hardware used to try out some new software, techniques, file systems, media servers, etc. It's never too late to learn new skills, and what better to learn on than servers you don't mind wiping if they get messed up. Using them to mine bitcoins is far less valuable (in a corporate environment) in the long run than using them to learn new skills, and exposure to new software.

about 4 months ago
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Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

joshuao3 Re:Same as Facebook (109 comments)

I was thinking the same thing... this is what Facebook did as a social experiment in a way. Personally, I'm supportive of Facebook's experiment as it added to the scientific body of work about social manipulation. In my opinion there's no expectation of equal "news" coverage on a social site, website, blog, TV station, or anywhere. As long as there are other options available, I say that "news" services can run their service without editorial oversight by the Government.

about 4 months ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

joshuao3 Re:Good? (273 comments)

You mean, kinda link a limo service does now? In other words, there's already a "private club" service that let's the wealthier and frequent fliers get whisked efficiently to where they are going.

about 5 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

joshuao3 Re:Fix according to Apple is (415 comments)

The email Verizon sends an Android upgrader includes a link labeled "Prepare and Activate". The page clearly explains how to deal with this. This ENTIRE ARTICLE is about somebody who didn't RTFM and got bit in the butt.

http://www.verizonwireless.com/support/how_to_use/cpo_activation.html

about 6 months ago
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

joshuao3 Re:Article is empty (305 comments)

Which is the authors point. A programmer, not just a person who programs, has a special way of looking at the world and its systems. The conversation she's having with people is designed to separate those two kinds of people. Systems are generally more complex than they appear on first glance--and a real programmer is very able to visualize, define, and describe the system to whatever level of complexity is required. That being said, a GOOD programmer (and his manager) is able to keep feature creep in check by not getting distracted by out-of-spec parameters.

about 7 months ago
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Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

joshuao3 Re:Flying pigs (374 comments)

So turn it sideways so that one slightly non-tiny object can destroy the entire ribbon? :-)

about 9 months ago
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MIT Develops Inexpensive Transparent Display Using Nanoparticles

joshuao3 One-way for windshields (87 comments)

To be useful for windshields, I think it would be necessary to allow light in from the outside (into the car) regardless of wavelength. I watched the video but it wasn't clear to me that they could make the reflection only occur on only one side of the surface.

about 10 months ago
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Researchers Develop "Narrative Authentication" System

joshuao3 Prior Art (117 comments)

Narrative authentication has been used by the military for years to authenticate the identity of soldiers found in the battlefield who are able to communicate but don't have any form of identification.

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

joshuao3 No bullets (1191 comments)

In the new design, the bullets in the articles don't have bullets! This makes for some weird looking posts. For example, check out this same article in Beta.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

joshuao3 Re:Extensions needed! (399 comments)

Your first paragraph is already implemented in something called SPF. It already works using the existing DNS infrastructure. The problem is that creating SPF records is effectively voluntary, so operators of mail servers are only able to use existence of the records as a way to increase trust, and not using the absence of the records as a way to decrease trust. Until everybody is on board with it, unfortunately, it's usefulness will be limited.

And, just for clarity, a POP3 "server" doesn't accept mail. POP3 is a protocol for retrieving mail from a mail server that likely received the mail from another mail server via SMTP. SMTP is the problem, not POP3.

And no, it won't solve the NSA problem, or the Google problem. They'll just build bigger and faster computers to decrypt the emails.

about a year ago
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Red Hat Ditches MySQL, Switches To MariaDB

joshuao3 I'm glad I'm with MS! (203 comments)

So, I paid a couple thousand dollars for my SQL Server license, but I get a more feature complete, more stable product that does exactly what I need it to do. I'm a bit glad I didn't adapt the apparently unstable MySQL. As a business person, and not as a developer, MySQL (and it's forks) seems to be turning into a train wreck that is best to avoid.

about a year and a half ago
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USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

joshuao3 Re:Someone start a defense fund (955 comments)

I agree a defense fund should be started. Not because I think he's innocent, but because spending more time in the courts about the broader subject of privacy and the limiting of the government's grasp is important. He fell on the sword--he's brave wrong man.

about a year and a half ago
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Saudi Arabia Blocks Viber Messaging Service

joshuao3 What about other services? (83 comments)

Does this article suggest that all other messaging that are operational in Saudi Arabia are being monitored? Would something like Facebook chat, if it's transported over SSL, be considered encrypted? If it's operating in SA (not sure if it is... just asking) does that mean that the SA government has been given the "keys to the castle" so to speak?

about a year and a half ago
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Narrowing Down When Humans Began Hurling Spears

joshuao3 Hurling? Really? (208 comments)

Perhaps they mean "Hurtling"?

about a year and a half ago
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UW Imposes 20-Tweet Limit On Live Events

joshuao3 Re:Fair enough I suppose (196 comments)

"Random fan" probably doesn't have nearly as many followers as the media tweeter. So, no problem.

about 2 years ago

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