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!



Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

liquidsin Re:The solution is obvious (555 comments)

So here's what we're actually dealing with. Google maintains the Android Open Source Project, or AOSP. Every handset manufacturer uses this as a base for their own "distribution". The only distributions that Google actually builds are for their own branded handsets and tablets (the Nexus line). All of the other handset manufacturers build their own distribution(s) for their hardware, which effectively makes them the OS vendor for that hardware. It's analogous to other situations in open source software, where, for example, the kernel is developed and maintained by one group, but the individual distributions' maintainers (Debian, Ubuntu, etc) will package/build the kernel for their own distros and release it through their own repositories (ie when I run apt-get on an Ubuntu machine I'm pulling updates from Ubuntu and not, for example, from kernel.org).

This leads to situations like the current one, where the updates have been rolled into new versions (in this case you upgrade 4.3 to 4.4.x) but not every vendor has chosen to build and distribute these newer versions to their customers; Google is no more able to push these updates than the kernel.org maintainers are of pushing new kernels onto your Slackware machine.

2 days ago

Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

liquidsin victim blaming (893 comments)

I absolutely do not condone the molestation of small children, but what did they expect? Walking around the sacristy, all sexy in their long flowing vestments. They are provacateurs.

about two weeks ago

MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

liquidsin Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (323 comments)

and if mcdonald's used quality beef for their burgers and tripled the price i'd imagine most people would pass on it too. so they use the cheapest product from big volume suppliers who don't care about their livestock and sell you 99 cent burgers. you get what you pay for.

about 2 months ago

Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

liquidsin take a page from the video pornographers' playbook (475 comments)

Just make sure the first picture you draw of your underage-looking manga pornstar shows her holding up her vehicle operator's license (or other gov't approved photo ID). Also, make sure to draw the ID so it indicates that she's legal.

about 3 months ago

New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

liquidsin Re:Oh Canada! (326 comments)

Much of Canada is already quite easily habitable, it's just that there's nothing there to draw people to it. For a simple example take a look at Alberta. Looking at 2011 numbers the population of the province is 3.6 million, with about two-thirds of that living in Calgary and Edmonton. There's a LOT of wide open land that could easily be filled up with people and their stuff. If you had ten million people and some start-up capital you could build a metropolis somewhere between Calgary and the Montana border with easy access to roads, rails, farmland, water, etc. For reference, New York City has an area about 15 sq. mi. smaller than Calgary and roughly eight times the population.

about 4 months ago

Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

liquidsin Re:Nope they are clever (336 comments)

McDonald's has NFC enabled Interac handsets in their drive-thru. I wave my wallet at a machine for coffee a couple times a day. It's really more uncommon for me to find a vendor/retailer who *doesn't* have the NFC terminals these days. Back on topic, does this mean the new iPhones won't be able to use their NFC for anything besides payments? I quite like touching the backs of two NFC enabled android phones together to send links, contacts, photos, etc.

about 4 months ago

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

liquidsin Re:No sovereign immunity (534 comments)

I've never been involved in a SWAT raid but my understanding from TV and movies is that they have to identify themselves when they enter. Are they identifying themselves as police or as private security? If it's the former, can they be charged with impersonating police officers? And if it's the latter can they be charged with break and enter? I feel like the castle doctrine/"stand your ground" law would absolve you of guilt if someone busted through your door yelling "PRIVATE SECURITY CORPORATION" and you shot them in the face...

about 7 months ago

Test: Quantum Or Not, Controversial Computer No Faster Than Normal

liquidsin Re:The real question in my mind (119 comments)

not sure how easily verified these would be, but this page gives a list of things they claim it's a better fit than conventional methods.

about 7 months ago

Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

liquidsin Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (517 comments)

The science is not, in fact, that easy, for a number of reasons. Off the top of my head:
  - "Energy Out" calculations can't be made in a vacuum; the amount of energy your body burns doing any exercise (even at rest) is largely determined by your current body composition, ie. more muscle mass takes more energy to maintain
  - All calories are not utilized the same; protein, for example, is used to build/repair structures and is not burned as "fuel". Counting protein calories is essentially useless, though tracking the amount consumed can be helpful (approximately one gram per pound of lean mass per day is considered a good baseline for an adult male of average activity level)
  - Certain foods trigger certain hormonal responses in the body that can effect metabolism. Insulin is a storage hormone. Anything that triggers a strong insulin response (sugars/grains) will predispose you to storing more of your "energy in". Likewise, staying too low on the "energy in" side of the equation will make your body think it's starving which will adversely effect metabolism. There are numerous studies showing that starvation diets don't work beyond short-term.

These are just the easy ones I can come up with without doing any real research. For a great example of how you can lose a lot of body fat (not just "weight") while not counting calories in/out, see "Four Hour Body" by Tim Ferriss.

about 10 months ago

White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

liquidsin Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (578 comments)

Fellow Canadian here. I'm fairly ignorant on all of the health care stuffs as I seem to have been blessed (so far) with decent health and no major accidents or injuries requiring expensive treatments. I'm a 35 y.o. male with no dependents or pre-existing conditions and a non-smoker. My health care costs show up as a $26 line item on my bi-weekly paychecks. What the fucking fuck America?

about 10 months ago

PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken

liquidsin Re:Fun exercise (191 comments)

Have yourself a look at the diet of the Maasai; meat, milk, and blood - all raw. Some groups eat small quantities of fruits and veg, some do not.

about a year ago

Using Handheld Phone GPS While Driving Is Legal In California

liquidsin Re:Dumb ruling (142 comments)

On a recent trip I rented a Hyundai Elantra. The bluetooth-enabled stereo wouldn't let you sync a phone while the vehicle was in gear, which kind of frustrated my passenger who wanted to sync up his phone and listen to some tunes.

about 10 months ago

Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

liquidsin Re:"To Stop Fracking"? (317 comments)

Can you point out to me where in the document you link for "Haliburton Loophole" it says that that's a myth? All I see is the Energy Policy Act of 2005; Section 322 of that document indicates that ‘‘(ii) the underground injection of fluids or propping agents (other than diesel fuels) pursuant to hydraulic fracturing operations related to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities.’’ are exempted from the "Underground Injection" provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Additionally the Clean Water Act was amended to clarify that "water, gas, or other material which is injected into a well to facilitate production of oil or gas..." are NOT classified as pollutants. These two things together seem to indicate that they can in fact pump whatever they'd like into wells to facilitate oil production, even if it's not labeled specifically as "The Haliburton Loophole". Am I missing something?

about a year ago

FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

liquidsin Re:This was my submission... (235 comments)

I clicked your username to see if it shows on your page, and sure enough there's the submission, with your proper full name. I'm hoping Dick Butkus submits a story, just to see if it's changed to "Richard B". HEY DICK! YOU READING THIS?!

about a year ago

Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

liquidsin Re:Early Posts Win With Beta (299 comments)

My problem with this reply from Soulskill is that he's talking about a feature that's very core to the /. experience as the community has come to expect it. To say that it's been on the to-do list for that long and remains unimplemented is silly. And since they're redirecting users that aren't logged in to the beta, any new visitors are either going to see a site missing features and leave, or get upset at the constant change as issues are resolved. It really is closer to an alpha. Maybe calling him a liar and a fool is uncalled for but calling the website a beta when you're that far away from feature parity with your current offering is disingenuous at best.

about a year ago

New Zealand Spy Agency Deleted Evidence About Its Illegal Spying On Kim Dotcom

liquidsin Re:SLASHBETA ADMINS (222 comments)

i used up the last of my mod points last night, but as soon as i get more i'll be back to modding everything 'fuck beta' as insightful, and everything else as 'off topic'. drown 'em in noise, boys!

about a year ago

Extinct Species of Early Human Survived On Grass Bulbs, Not Meat

liquidsin Re:A blow to vegetarians (318 comments)

Exactly what I came here to say. It doesn't have to be all-or-nothing; you don't have to "be paleo". You can follow "the rules" as best you can and still get most of the benefits. CAFO beef likely isn't as good for you as free-range/pastured, but it IS probably better for you than a plate full of pasta. Or if you just have to have the free-range, go for the less expensive cuts. Roasts are generally much less expensive than steaks. Get bones and make a good, nutrient-dense stock. Try out some organ meats, which are full of vitamins and also tend to be inexpensive. Make intelligent choices when you eat out. Doing something 50% right for your health is still better than not trying because 100% seems unattainable.

1 year,15 days


liquidsin hasn't submitted any stories.


liquidsin has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?