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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

linear a Re:Home of the brave? (574 comments)

Of course I go! Internet Tough Guy has No Fear!

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

linear a Re: America, land of the free... (717 comments)

Hiring is often a big filtering process. Get all the resumes and go into a throw-away frenzy. Keep 10% of them at most. Felons very likely to end up in the throwaway pile. Even worse I suppose if a corporate HR department is pre-filtering resumes. My standard advice for ex-cons is to see if they can start and run a small business. Some businesses require background checks to be able to work in (government contracting, anything to do with schools, etc) but some don't have customers who check backgrounds (small IT repair shops). Unfortunately, this requires some capital to get going and also require some ambition and willingness to fail to try starting a business.

about two weeks ago
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Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

linear a Definition of human? (89 comments)

Is getting wasted what sets humans apart from animals? What about party animals then?

about three weeks ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

linear a Makes perfect sense (433 comments)

Self-serving republican who drove their company into the ground. Sounds like the standard model of a republican US president

about three weeks ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

linear a Re:Ba Da ... (400 comments)

Yahoo has a search engine?

about 1 month ago
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Robots Put To Work On E-Waste

linear a Isn't that creepy for them? (39 comments)

Robots dealing with a bunch of electronic innards? Seems like working in a morgue.

about a month ago
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Flaw in New Visa Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card

linear a Needs to be real money (126 comments)

I'll be interested once they get the stealable amount up to something more than chump change.

about a month and a half ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

linear a Re: Orbital (443 comments)

I expect with some cross-insurance between carriers they could cover it. Question is however, since the insurance will be pretty high compared to the cost of the cargo, did somebody buy insurance.

about 1 month ago
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Taking the Census, With Cellphones

linear a Re:easy but inaccurate (57 comments)

Simple. Redefine "human" to mean entity that owns AND USES a cell phone.

about 2 months ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

linear a Re:Litigious Forbearance (320 comments)

Inevitably sometimes it WILL be the manufacturer's fault. Paying for those liabilities has to be built into the system somehow. Nobody will want to build them until they don't have to face possible billion-dollar judgments against them. Also inevitable that some bad designs will get out that will be obvious in retrospect.

about 2 months ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

linear a What needs to happen (320 comments)

Not a complete list but I believe these all must exist before broad general acceptance. 1 Autonomous driving becomes better than human driving, including "edge cases" (e.g., junk falling from a truck, ball rolling out in front of car, etc). 2 Some way to deal with the inevitable liabilities. Cars will still kill people. Maybe something built into all car insurance and/or into the price of cars to fund liability payments. 3 Some way to deal with all the insane people in non-automated cars.

about 2 months ago
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

linear a Clippy! (209 comments)

Gimme my Clippy!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

linear a How about (115 comments)

Fox?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

linear a Re:ndt (294 comments)

That's why you test multiple sources and see what the plateau of performance tends to be. You get various low values but will get a sort of upper limit where some values cluster. Except for, when i tested this, the widely known speed test sites I used were 2-4 times faster than anything else. This was a really obvious effect a year ago when I had satellite internet.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

linear a Re:ndt (294 comments)

Won't work if it's widely known. Speed test sites don't need to be in collusion. ISP's just prioritize their traffic. It's quite obvious with my ISP if I do speed test sites versus just finding something large to download from a cloud storage service.

about 2 months ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

linear a Re:Dubious claims.. (405 comments)

What is this "Tesla" you speak of?

about 2 months ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

linear a Maybe if they didn't abuse (354 comments)

Maybe if the government didn't abuse privacy and freedom at every turn they wouldn't be facing this situation.

about 3 months ago

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Latest Windows patch may brick laptops

linear a linear a writes  |  about 5 years ago

linear a (584575) writes "The latest (today) Microsoft patch seems to have bricked my HP Pavillion laptop running Windows XP. Nuff said."
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Nature reports Di-positronium created

linear a linear a writes  |  more than 7 years ago

linear a (584575) writes "Di-positronium has apparently been created for the first time according to the journal Nature — http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6991030.stm. Positrons and electrons can pair up and form "condensed" molecules of multiple pairs. It lasted for about 1/4 nanosecond, not quite the stuff of antimatter engines just yet.

My favorite part is the potential to build "gamma-ray annihilation lasers". Hope my side gets that one built first."
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Unencrypted passwords at "secure" sites

linear a linear a writes  |  more than 7 years ago

linear a (584575) writes "I've noticed that quite a few web sites do *not* encrypt user passwords. I've gotten into the habit of hitting the "email me my password" from them to see what happens. So far I've found maybe 6 that must store passwords in clear since they were able to return the original password back to me. Clearly this is Bad Security Practice. Also, I've had notably bad progress when I ask them to fix this practice. Some of these are sites one would clearly expect to have better security (e.g., a software vendor and an online bank). Do you have thoughts on how to better encourage better password practice at these places? Also, is this is really as common as it seems to be for me?"

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