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Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus

redshirt Zerg Rush! (52 comments)

When we see carpet made from fungus, then we'll really be in trouble.

about two weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

redshirt Slashdot ahead of the game (91 comments)

Using the beta slashdot instead of classic is all the slow lane experience I need.

about 4 months ago
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Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

redshirt FAA & Public Safety (236 comments)

I'd like to read the court's judgement to better understand the reason, but while the FAA may seem overbearing in this case, the FAA is charged with public safety, and they take it very seriously. Anyone that did complain to the police or the FAA had Good Reason. Incidents with RC aircraft are not uncommon. I have to agree with the FAA on this one. If someone is appearing to be reckless with their aircraft, regardless of the type, it needs to be addressed.

about 9 months ago
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Most Alarming: IETF Draft Proposes "Trusted Proxy" In HTTP/2.0

redshirt My Favorite Part (177 comments)

Is that Section 7, "Privacy Considerations," has no content.

about 10 months ago
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I'd prefer my money be made of ...

redshirt I prefer (532 comments)

my money to be made from razor blades and hate.

about a year ago
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TSA Orders Searches of Valet Parked Car At Airport

redshirt The Truly Sad Part of the Story (453 comments)

Is that: "Iacuzza said she doesn't mind the security measure. She just wants to be told if her car is getting searched." Somehow knowing that it happens make her ok with it. After all, she doesn't have anything to hide. She's is consenting to continued violations of the 4th Amendments because she's bought a season pass to the security theater.

about a year and a half ago
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Warner Bros. Sued By Meme Creators Over Copyright Infringement

redshirt Pot, meet Kettle (210 comments)

Doesn't Nyan cat use the image of a Pop Tart as the body of the cat?

about a year and a half ago
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New Smart Gun Company Hopes To Begin Production This Summer

redshirt Re:I suggest a better feature. (632 comments)

If it's as poorly written as most software, it would likely prompt:

Would you like to cancel your trigger pull request?
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about a year and a half ago
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National Security Letters Ruled Unconstitutional, Banned

redshirt Justice Department is just like an HR department (231 comments)

Many people think that a corporation's Human Resources department is there for the protection of the employees. In reality, the opposite is the case - to protect the management from the employees. The same is true for the Justice Department. It doesn't exist to protect the people, but rather to protect the administration and control the population. Sure every once in a while they manage to do the right thing to satisfy the people. My HR department organizes an annual summer picnic.

about 2 years ago
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Joyent Drops Lifetime Account Holders

redshirt Small Claims Court (443 comments)

I haven't read the ToS, but if there aren't any disclaimers that allow them to arbitrarily change the terms, small claims court is the place to go. They are essentially not fulfilling the contract, and you can probably get some, if not all, your money back. If enough people do this, it can become a real hassle to the provider.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Documenting a Tangle of Network Devices?

redshirt SNMP (165 comments)

Why would you spend time doing this by hand when you can have SNMP probe the network for you? It can collect nearly all that information. You might have to put in some smarts to correlate switch port activates and new clients requesting DHCP, but that's easy (hint: your key is MAC address). If you need to, you can have the SNMP client supply custom OIDs to query for more specific information. Then just dump into the DB of your choice. THEN you add the appropriate DB driver to your visualizer of choice (Excel, for example) and you can generate reports.

This isn't too complicated to set up on your own, but there are off-the-shelf products that do this, too. I've used OpenNMS with success for this purpose.

more than 2 years ago
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California Governor Vetoes Ban On Warrantless Phone Searches

redshirt Re:Correct me if I'm wrong (462 comments)

That's right. The officer doesn't. Those records are actually best and easily obtained from the wireless carrier with a warrant. The evidence (in your example) won't change state if the investigators follow the constitution.

more than 3 years ago
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Mobile Carriers Impose Handicaps On Smartphones

redshirt Re:Wilfully drain batteries? (174 comments)

Another issue is that a lot of developers are writing mobile applications the same way they might for a desktop computer in an office with a significantly more reliable Internet connection. They aren't considering the reality that a connection may be intermittent, or drop off unexpectedly, and the effort the phone goes through to re-establish that connection.

more than 3 years ago
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Lodsys Sues 7 iPhone Devs Over Patent Infringement Claims

redshirt Boo! (123 comments)

Boo to the Eastern District Courts of Texas!

more than 3 years ago
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Are 10-11 Hour Programming Days Feasible?

redshirt Profitable?? Ha Ha (997 comments)

Don't be fooled by that. Management always gives some abstract time period during which the employees will need to sacrifice. It's like "War on drugs" or "War on terrorism". You'll work like a bitch, and in the end get nothing.

Don't tell me that your company gets revenue from advertising, too.

more than 3 years ago
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Comcast Awarded the Golden Poo Award

redshirt That's... (286 comments)

Comcastic!

more than 4 years ago
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"Supertaskers" Can Safely Use Mobile Phones While Driving

redshirt Explains a lot (388 comments)

Like why I can drive while getting a blow job.

more than 4 years ago
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C-Span Posts Full Archives Online

redshirt Re:Close captioned? (115 comments)

I used to work there back in the early 90s when it was still the Public Affairs Video Archives. Not long before I left, I wrote software to parse closed-captioning and generate metadata for the program. It would collect things like what part of the session congress was in, the topics being discussed, who was talking, vote outcomes, etc.

The biggest problem by far was there because it is a live program, there were a lot of misspellings that had to be accounted for, as the people doing the closed captions didn't really pay any attention to what was being said, just what sounds they heard. A lot of times, a word or part of a word, would be spelled like a similarly sounding word.

I'm not sure what ever happened to it after I left.....

more than 4 years ago

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Cyberdyne Introduces Thought-assisted Exoskeleton

redshirt redshirt writes  |  more than 6 years ago

redshirt (95023) writes "Cyberdyne introduced their thought-assisted exoskeleton for paralysed persons today. The technology detects nerve impluses and moves the associated limbs. 500 suits, each weighing only 11 kg, will be released to hospitals and rehabilitatin centres. Despite the sharing the name of the Evil Corporation in the Terminator series, Cyberdyne's founder has said, "I refuse any possible military use of my robot suits." Naturally, the Military will comply."
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