Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

metrometro Re:Start here (1145 comments)

2012-02-12 is the ISO, because it works OK in all regions, save a few Buddhist calendar countries.

about a year ago
top

EVE Online Getting TV, Comic Book Adaptations

metrometro Oh yeah, XLS. (81 comments)

I don't play the game, but I am a huge fan of the spreadsheet adaptations. I mean, when you see a Titan stretched out on a pivot table, it's like, oh yeah. This is the medium it was meant for.

about a year ago
top

Startup Founder Plays Tech Press Like a Fiddle

metrometro Re:Template (135 comments)

Look at the "press" involved: VentureBeat, HuffPo, Yahoo!, AOL, GeekWire. These aren't reporters. They're press release curators, with a little commentary around the edges.

about a year ago
top

How To Build a $30M Startup Without Spending Any of Your Money

metrometro Re:A Black Eye for Female CEOs (120 comments)

...and the male Yahoo! CEOs have had a good run?

about a year ago
top

Most Projects On GitHub Aren't Open Source Licensed

metrometro Re:The Public Domain (630 comments)

If only there were a global information system capable of streamlining the transmission and storage of "paperwork".

about a year ago
top

Most Projects On GitHub Aren't Open Source Licensed

metrometro Re:real software projects? (630 comments)

Most of what I've posted to Github was a snip of example code that I needed to share with exactly one person. The only real project I have there was AGPL, and it's an enormous piece of work. By project, I'm 5% open licensed. By lines-of-code, it's more like 99%.

about a year ago
top

Teachers Know If You've Been E-Reading

metrometro Real world trials... (348 comments)

How it should be used: "This section here doesn't seem to provide value to our students"

How it will be used: "You read the book, but your page rate was excessive in parts, so the computer gave you a reading score of 87%."

about a year ago
top

Apple Loses the iPad Mini Trademark

metrometro Trademark law is not copywrite law (144 comments)

Copyright is completely fucked. Trademark law is more or less sensible, and does useful things to protect consumers. This is an example.

about a year ago
top

Lawmakers Seek To Ban Google Glass On the Road

metrometro Re:Need for Emphasis on Public Transport (375 comments)

You forgot availability. If If could hop a train to skip my 1.25 hour commute, I'd be on it in a heartbeat. Funding is an issue, but inter-jurisdictional planning is also a major barrier to getting anything useful done. Of course, big pots of Federal money tend to make the locals work together.

about a year ago
top

SXSW: Elon Musk Talks Reusable Rockets, Tesla Controversy

metrometro Re:Musk still claiming that review was "false" (167 comments)

Who puts this bullshit as "insightful"?

I have a botnet, and the terms of my parole say I can only use it on Slashdot.

about a year ago
top

SXSW: Elon Musk Talks Reusable Rockets, Tesla Controversy

metrometro Re:Musk still claiming that review was "false" (167 comments)

The logs were never released. Seriously, where's the download? Instead, a summary chart was released. They have not, meanwhile, released any recordings of Broders several calls to Telsa support to discuss the fluctuating range indicator. Tesla makes nice cars, but they are not being transparent.

about a year ago
top

SXSW: Elon Musk Talks Reusable Rockets, Tesla Controversy

metrometro Re:Musk still claiming that review was "false" (167 comments)

When he left the last charging station the car very clearly stated that it would not be able to reach the destination.

... because Tesla support told him, via phone, that the range indicator was unreliable below freezing, and that "range" would return as the battery warmed. They were right - the range improved - but not enough to get to the charger. You'll still filtering the story down to support the PR version of events.

Funny that Musk has declined to release logs of those phone calls.

about a year ago
top

SXSW: Elon Musk Talks Reusable Rockets, Tesla Controversy

metrometro Musk still claiming that review was "false" (167 comments)

The fundamental claim that Musk put out -- that the reporter intentionally drained the battery, and that the towing was faked -- has been completely disproven. The reporter used the car in non-optimal user behavior, and the car failed. This is entirely legitimate reviewing, and Musk called him a liar. '

about a year ago
top

Rand Paul Launches a Filibuster Against Drone Strikes On US Soil

metrometro Re:Almost... (693 comments)

Unfortunately, looking at how the FBI abused its powers decades ago....

Decades ago? You apparently haven't been following the sad story of the FBI and anti-globalization protestors in the 1990s, anti-war protestors in the 2000s, and Occupy activists in the 2010s.

about a year ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

metrometro Re:it's not the computer, it's you (301 comments)

A) This is inconsistent with the research into the neurology of "surfing." The machine influences how your brain behaves. You need to fix the machine. OP is asking for ways to do that.

B) Putting limiter software on is exactly the sort of self-imposed "remind yourself" that you're talking about. It's not like you can't uninstall it.

Change is hard. I get irritated with people insisting people "take responsibility for yourself" when they are, in fact, doing exactly that.

about a year ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

metrometro Productivity Owl (301 comments)

Chrome extension. Whitelists, blacklists and time-limited-browsing. Work hours / free hours set by weekly schedule. Set it and leave it. My favorite use case: kicks me off the web at midnight.

http://www.productivityowl.com/

about a year ago
top

Controversy Over Violet Blue's Harm Reduction Talk

metrometro Re:No. Just no. (562 comments)

> If you're defective, you should get that fixed. Not expect the rest of us to modify our behavior.

This statement is the de facto definition of white male privilege.

about a year ago

Submissions

top

An international Open Government club launches

metrometro metrometro writes  |  more than 2 years ago

metrometro writes "The Open Government Partnership, a new international initiative to improve governments, launches today. Live stream of kickoff here. OGP goals here. The initiative, co chaired by the US and Brazil (drawing some snark), seeks to unify civic hackers and open data with older transparency and democratic participation movements. There are inevitable of questions of sincerity, but it's not just governments: the activist orgs participating are legit; Google and O'Reilly Media are also involved."
Link to Original Source
top

Etsy.com publishes names and purchases of buyers

metrometro metrometro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrometro (1092237) writes "Last week, crafting marketplace Etsy.com published the real name and purchasing history of their buyers to the Web. These purchases include sex toys, gay literature, drug pipes and other presumably private transactions. This purchase history appears well liked by Google's search algorithm."
Link to Original Source
top

Tsunami Causes Cooling Crisis at Fukushima Reactor

metrometro metrometro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrometro (1092237) writes "The Union of Concerned Scientists has a non-hysterical rundown of a developing doesn't-sound-good situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, as backup AC power remains offline and battery backup cooling systems are approaching depletion.

If the China Syndrome happens in Japan, do they call it the Canada Syndrome?"

Link to Original Source
top

Librarians boycott Harper Collins ebook killswitch

metrometro metrometro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrometro (1092237) writes "boycottharpercollins.com has the story of Harper Collins attempt to end the right to loan a purchased ebook, via a license which kills the book after 26 reads. Librarians are not pleased: "We're not a business, we're a commons... this turns us into a rental outfit in the long-term." Video rental won this battle in the 1980s. Will librarians win today?"
Link to Original Source
top

The rise and fall of open data site Swivel.com

metrometro metrometro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrometro (1092237) writes ""Earlier this summer, the visualization website Swivel.com disappeared from the internet (only the externally-hosted blog is still there). To find out what happened, I tracked down and interviewed Swivel's two founders, Brian Mulloy and Dmitry Dimov." The Swivel.com CEO's refreshingly humble comments point to some broader questions with open data: How much of this is actually useful? And how many people have the skills to use it?"
top

Backscatter reveals TSA cop's insecurity, penis

metrometro metrometro writes  |  more than 4 years ago

metrometro (1092237) writes "A TSA officer in Miami allegedly jumped a coworker with a police baton after a backscatter X-ray training that included a supervisor making jokes about his penis size while he was scanned. Local NBC reports, "Sources say [TSA officer Rolando] Negrin stepped into the machine during the training session and became embarrassed and angry when a supervisor started cracking jokes about his manhood, made visible by the new machine... According to the police report, Negrin confronted one of his co-workers in an employee parking lot, where he hit him with a police baton on the arm and back." I feel safer already."
Link to Original Source
top

NSA exec charged with 10 felonies for alleged leak

metrometro metrometro writes  |  more than 4 years ago

metrometro (1092237) writes "The Washington Post reports that "A former senior executive with the National Security Agency has been indicted on 10 felony charges related to the alleged leaking of classified information to a newspaper reporter in 2006 and 2007, the Justice Department announced Thursday morning. Thomas A. Drake, 52, headed an office in the NSA's signals intelligence and engineering directorates at Fort Meade between 2001 and 2005, U.S. officials said." Alleged leaks were to an award winning intel reporter, then at Baltimore Sun. Based on her stories, her source mostly trashed NSA leadership for lack of direction.

Of note: the government says the alleged NSA mole uses Hushmail, which is all the endorsement I need for a security system."

Link to Original Source
top

Lessig: Too much transparency, democracy doomed

metrometro metrometro writes  |  more than 4 years ago

metrometro (1092237) writes "In a bizzare departure from the open gov movement he helps lead Lawrence Lessig highlights "the perils of open government". Lessig argues that having too much information will make people (in turn) more confused, easily mislead, or sad. "Reformers rarely feel responsible for the bad that their fantastic new reform effects. Their focus is always on the good... Likewise with transparency. There is no questioning the good that transparency creates in a wide range of contexts, government especially. But we should also recognize that the collateral consequence of that good need not itself be good. And if that collateral bad is busy certifying to the American public what it thinks it already knows, we should think carefully about how to avoid it."

The Sunlight Foundation and others have issued immediate rebuttals. Lessig is on the Sunlight Foundation's advisory board, for now."

Link to Original Source
top

NATO spin manual cracked with password "progre

metrometro metrometro writes  |  more than 5 years ago

metrometro (1092237) writes "Encrypted on a US military server with the Orwellian but not-very-secure password "progress", an unclassified document intended to lay out the thematic content of military messages to the media (read: spin), regardless of the details of the story at hand. Whistleblowing portal Wikileaks.org posted the document, a link to the original server and the password on their website. The entire server (http://oneteam.centcom.mil) has since been taken offline."
Link to Original Source

Journals

metrometro has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...