top Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus
When we see carpet made from fungus, then we'll really be in trouble.
top Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"
Using the beta slashdot instead of classic is all the slow lane experience I need.
top Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA
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.
top Most Alarming: IETF Draft Proposes "Trusted Proxy" In HTTP/2.0
Is that Section 7, "Privacy Considerations," has no content.
top Tiny Motors Controlled Inside Human Cells
top I'd prefer my money be made of ...
my money to be made from razor blades and hate.
top TSA Orders Searches of Valet Parked Car At Airport
"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.
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top Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked
about a year and a half ago
top Warner Bros. Sued By Meme Creators Over Copyright Infringement
Doesn't Nyan cat use the image of a Pop Tart as the body of the cat?
about a year and a half ago
top New Smart Gun Company Hopes To Begin Production This Summer
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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top National Security Letters Ruled Unconstitutional, Banned
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.
top Joyent Drops Lifetime Account Holders
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.
top Ask Slashdot: Documenting a Tangle of Network Devices?
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.
top California Governor Vetoes Ban On Warrantless Phone Searches
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.
top Mobile Carriers Impose Handicaps On Smartphones
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.
top Lodsys Sues 7 iPhone Devs Over Patent Infringement Claims
Boo to the Eastern District Courts of Texas!
top Are 10-11 Hour Programming Days Feasible?
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.
top Comcast Awarded the Golden Poo Award
top "Supertaskers" Can Safely Use Mobile Phones While Driving
Like why I can drive while getting a blow job.
top C-Span Posts Full Archives Online
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.....
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