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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

sandbagger Re:No bigger than ... (325 comments)

I miss the old Slashdot when phrases like 'titanium or other such strong material' would not have appeared.

Titanium is many things but strong isn't one of them. Try again. The battery's probably a bigger concern.

about two weeks ago
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Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances

sandbagger Hahaha. No. (61 comments)

You have got to be kidding. What idiot MBA thought this idea up.

What practical use case does it solve for the end user that a better antenna on the main router wouldn't solve?

about 2 months ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

sandbagger Agile is the answer to everything (133 comments)

The only reason why you disagree is because you're doing Agile wrongly!

Yeah right. The Agile moonies need a slap. If Agile is so wonderful why don't you walk over to payroll and tell them to adopt it?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

sandbagger None, because the primary problem solved is ... (471 comments)

For Apple and not for the consumer.

Basically the iPhone is like DSLRs these days. Once you have one there's really no reason to upgrade generationally because they're THAT good. So what can Apple do? Well, sell you something for your iPhone.

So, it solves a problem for Apple. What critical-path problem does it solve for consumers? Well, you don't have to fish your phone from your pocket to see who's calling. That's a bit of an issue for those of us who live where we have winter but it's not a really, really do-or-die feature. So, really it's following the delude-yourself-into-thinking-this-will-make-you-lose-weight item like 99 per cent of the sports equipment out there.

Look, you'll either go running or you won't. You'll either play sports or you won't. It's a bit like saying you'd take up drawing if you had the right pencil.

I've not doubt that Apple will sell a lot of them but really it's a solution in search of a problem for consumers.

about 3 months ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

sandbagger Easy solutions to disabling equipment (448 comments)

* Fire all the technical writers and editors. I'm sure the engineers will have no trouble writing maintenance manuals using complete sentences.
  Eliminate inventory controls. Soldiers will steal anything not nailed down.

about 3 months ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

sandbagger We certainly can't thank Stephen Harper (221 comments)

That man ordered irreplaceable scientific records be taken to the dump, destroying generations of scientific data. He's closed musea in order to build up fake War of 1812 war memorials. He's closed the scientific lakes project that was the programme responsible for identifying acid rain thanks to decades of data.

This man has been utterly destructive to Canada's intellectual property, its scientific pedigree and ability to generate new knowledge. Moreover, he's gagged scientists from discussing their own peer-revirewed data. Instead, political interns get to act as mouthpieces.

Anyone in the scientific or technical community can't help but see how destructive Harper-ism is to Canada's ability to create the next generation of knowledge.

about 4 months ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

sandbagger Dance classes? (179 comments)

Just wondering.

about 4 months ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

sandbagger Fark's slow motion shark jump (748 comments)

Naturally over the years as Fark's membership has declined from the roaring highs, the owner has needed to look at ways of maximizing revenues. So, the boobies links got removed and put into a separate site etc. The core ethos of the site remained: be funny no matter how offensive you are.

This has been chipped away. Thus the core offering of Fark has been reduced.

It hasn't helped that the moderation has been inconstant, secret and users get banned or worse, shadow banned. This is the expensive way of moderating a web site because ideally you want to nudge the users so that they police themselves. One of the rules of Fark is that discussing moderation is cause for being banned. It hasn't helped that there's been no investment in the backend serving up Fark. No new features have been added, um, ever. I'd not be surprised to learn that they were using their original launch DB.

There has clearly been more of an effort to shape the conversation in Fark in recent years. The result is that the place is less interesting AND there are fewer page views. Discussions used to rocket to infinity twice a week. Discussions nearly never reach four digits these days. I understand why this was done. Many of the women posters on Fark appear to appreciate the intent. I understand. However, as a business offering, the result is that there's a smaller population mix in Fark these days making for a more uniform set of opinions. Thus, shorter discussion threads that are less likely to go to infinity and beyond.

The recent glut of MRAs blighting Fark has also been on Slashdot. I think this is a wave that will burn itself out in a year or so and turn into something else.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

sandbagger Bad documentation is very, very expensive (199 comments)

Being able to articulate your decisions, why and how things are built is a core competence. You will "pay" for poor documentation. It may never show up as a line item, but it can be costly.

It also needs to be someone's job. Depending upon engineers or the sales guys to generate documentation, courseware and manuals is a fast way to jack up your tech support costs.

about 4 months ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

sandbagger High IQ means you scored well on a test type (391 comments)

Nothing else.

First off, there are two Mensa-grade IQs on every bus at rush hour, statistically. Secondly, High IQ and no ability in music will not make you a 'genius' in music. High IQ and no work ethic will mean you'll end up in your underpants, yelling at the TV about the government.

At best, high IQ is useful for certain types pf intellectual problem solving. That's it.

about 4 months ago
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Ex-Autonomy CFO: HP Trying To Hide Truth

sandbagger Re:This is really egg on HP's face (59 comments)

They got suckered.

Right. It's the fault of the bad people. Management is only responsible for decisions that work out. Adverse effects of decisions, or a lack of due diligence, or anything else is someone else's fault.

about 4 months ago
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Ex-Autonomy CFO: HP Trying To Hide Truth

sandbagger A great, great company once (59 comments)

When I was a kid, HP meant rock solid. They made bench test gear you could drive a car over. Then something happened. They turned into a company that would install a root kit on a reporter's computer because of an exposé -- rather than fix the problem revealed.

I remember the very last time I bought something from HP. It was a CD burner that came out of the box broken.

There was a book called How HP Lost Its Way that came out a few years ago. I never read it but I'd say that these recent events are current data points on a long term trend, not anything new.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

sandbagger I still have Palm Treo ringtones if anyone wants (170 comments)

Reach out to me.

Once my phone went off and an older man next to me began roaring with laughter when he heard the Treo ring tone. Ah well, it was great in its day.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

sandbagger The best thing about Palm was the task manager (170 comments)

If someone would code that for iOS i'd pay. It was the best to-do list application ever.

Apple's Reminder's is so useless I can't imagine why any effort was expended coding it.

about 5 months ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

sandbagger As British as at it gets (143 comments)

How much did this cost?

about 5 months ago
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

sandbagger Such like won't have technology (97 comments)

Why?

No flint tools or fire. Ergo, when we get there we can eat them!

about 5 months ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

sandbagger Required quote from Casablanca (217 comments)

Major Strasser: We have a complete dossier on you: Richard Blaine, American, age 37. Cannot return to his country. The reason is a little vague. We also know what you did in Paris, Mr. Blaine, and also we know why you left Paris.
[hands the dossier to Rick]
Major Strasser: Don't worry, we are not going to broadcast it.
Rick: [reading] Are my eyes really brown?

about 5 months ago

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ALCU: NSA can't stop US citizen data if it wanted to

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about a month and a half ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The American Civil Liberties Association's Freedom of Information requests have revealed this tidbit in the NSA's reasoning: "As a practical matterit is not possible to determine what communications are to or from U.S, persons nearly as readily as is the case with telephony, and often is not possible at all."

In other words, since the poor guys just have to collect everything. Not their fault."

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Snowden: US intelligence has employees undercover at networking manufacturers

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 2 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. Thus, it appears that the fundamental core infrastructure of the internet has been more thoroughly compromised than suspected previously."
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Calling Mr Orwell, rejigged executive order makes collecting data not collecting

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 3 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "'...it is often the case that one can be led astray by relying on the generic or commonly understood definition of a particular word.' Specifically words offering constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. TechDirt looks at the redefinition of the term collection as redefined by Executive Order 12333 to allow basically every information dragnet, provided no-one looks at it. "Collection" is now defined as "collection plus action." According to this document, ot still isn't collected, even if its been gathered, packaged and sent to a "supervisory authority." No collection happens until examination. It's Schroedinger's data, neither collected nor uncollected until the "box" has been opened. This leads to the question of aging off collected data/communications: if certain (non) collections haven't been examined at the end of the 5-year storage limit, are they allowed to be retained simply because they haven't officially been collected yet? Does the timer start when the "box" is opened or when the "box" is filled?"
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European Union: We don't want public input on TAFTA/TTIP or CETA

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 3 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "One of the most glaring problems with TAFTA/TTIP is the lack of input from the public in whose name it is being negotiated says TechDirt. One million signatures must be gathered within one year to force the EU to respond to a public petition. Additionally, in seven EU states a specific minimum of supporters must be achieved, e.g. 72,000 signatures in Germany, 55,500 in France, or 54,750 in the United Kingdom et cetera.

This comes from a new site set up by the Stop TTIP Alliance, a pan-EU coalition that aims to seek support for the following petition: We invite the European Commission to recommend to the Council to repeal the negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and not to conclude the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)."

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Long weekend silliness: which was the worst Sci-Fi sequel?

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 4 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The long weekend is coming and many of us will be relaxing with a good film. Or a bad one. Many geeks have strong and passionate opinions about what is the best Sci Fi but what was the worst? Specifically, what was the worst sequel? The Phantom Menace? Star Trek V? Vote and let the world know what you think?"
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Motley Crüe's interesting take on photography copyright

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 5 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Concert photography sounds like a great job but like anything else, it's tough to make a dollar. The heavy metal band Motley Crüe's most recent photography licence appears to be making that harder. A leaked copy claims that "Licensor agrees that it shall not license any of the Materials (or shall not exploit any of the Materials) without the written consent of the Licensee which shall be withheld in Licensee’s sole discretion." Effectively, that professional photographers relinquish their copyright. This is followed by a secrecy clause that you can read more about on PetaPixel."
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Smelling farts may just save lives

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 5 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The hydrogen sulphide that's in the farts we know and love may have some health benefits when inhaled. Small doses may help stave off cancer, strokes, heart attacks and dementia, scientists have revealed. When cells become stressed by disease they try to draw in enzymes to generate their own minute quantities of hydrogen sulphide to preserve the energy creating mitochondria. Researchers have thus come up with a new compound named AP39 to assist the body in producing just the right amount of hydrogen sulfide that it needs."
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Today in year-based computer errors: draft notices sent to men born in the 1800s

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 5 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The glitch originated with the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles during an automated data transfer of nearly 400,000 records. The records of males born between 1993 and 1997 were mixed with those of men born a century earlier. The federal agency didn't know it because the state uses a two-digit code to indicate birth year."
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Lavabit founder Ladar Levison was on the radio this morning

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 6 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Lavabit founder Ladar Levinson was interviewed on CBC Radio One this morning. The operator of the private e-mail service used by Snowden man who got caught up in a legal battle with the US government for running an e-mail service, and his fight for privacy. CBC Radio is Canada's national public broadcaster."
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 6 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The UK has banned the teaching of creationism as science in all schools receiving public money. The new regulations were published last week with little to-do, state the 'requirement for every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school.'"
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Lavabit Mk2 ships to backers via snail mail, and to the public in 60 days

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 6 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Famously, Lavabit is the mail system Snowden used before the company shut down amidst legal woes after the Guardian and Post stories began running last year. A new version of the code has been funded via Kickstarter. The goal is to white label and release the source code that was used to power Lavabit as a f/oss project with support for dark mail added after. The first part of that initiative has occurred: CDs went into the post yesterday along with T-Shirts. The code will be released to the public in 60 days."
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Study: Two-Thirds of Adult Americans Are Infected with HPV

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 7 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Researchers have concluded that 69 percent of healthy American adults are infected with one or more of 109 strains of human papillomavirus (HPV). Only four of the 103 men and women whose tissue DNA was publicly available through a government database had either of the two HPV types known to cause most cases of cervical cancer, some throat cancers, and genital warts. HPV is so common that experts estimate nearly all adults contract one strain during their lives."
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Greenwald: The best is yet to come.

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 7 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who broke the Snowden documents story says that even bigger revelations are yet to come according to Glenn Greenwald's interview with GQ. 'I think we will end the big stories in about three months or so [June or July 2014]. I like to think of it as a fireworks show: You want to save your best for last. There's a story that from the beginning I thought would be our biggest, and I'm saving that.' Given everything that has come out since June of last year, what do Slashdotters think the finale will be?"
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Rent-a-cops delete photographer's memory card because of because we say so

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 8 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Chicago-based photographer Benn Jordan that shows the scary situation he found himself in recently while trying to capture a time-lapse of South Chicago. Security guards who refused to identify themselves, asked him to move from the area between the sidewalk and private property they protect, then confiscated his memory cards and deleted days of work. The Acme Refining guards' reasons and legal authority to do so seem to be 'because we say so.'"
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'Lost' moon photos recovered from analogue tapes.

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 8 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "In August of 1966 a NASA satellite was quietly snapping images of the moon onto 70mm film and processing them in its robotic body before beaming the resulting images back to the Earth over analog radio waves. Wired tells the story of how the tapes were rescued from storage in California by a NASA engineer and a 'space entrepreneur' who had also located the rare drives needed to extract data from them. They re-engineered the drives, and many of the parts needed to get the data off the well-preserved tapes came from eBay and Radioshack."
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Click Like? You may have given up the right to sue.

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 8 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "The New York Times reports that General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, 'join' it in social media communities. Who'd have imagined that clicking like requires a EULA?"
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Private crypto keys are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, new data shows

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 8 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Contrary to previous suspicions, it is possible for hackers exploiting the catastrophic vulnerability dubbed Heartbleed to extract private encryption keys from vulnerable websites, Web services firm Cloudflare reported Saturday. The success of this snoop has reportedly been confirmed, reports Ars Technica.

Okay boys, what's the best multi platform way to be checking for revoked certifications?"

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Photo web site offers a wall of shame for image stealers

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 8 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "Stop Stealing Photos is a resource in the pro photographer community for protecting consumers. How? By identifying wannabes who use images in their portfolios that they did not create. In this case, one "photographer" built a massive social media presence, in many platforms including Linked In where he includes System Architecture in his skills. However, such advocacy web sites are very manual and often run by non-programmers. How can the tech community help consumers in protecting them from phoney on-line presences? Or is this vigilantism?"
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Thanks anti-vaccination idiots: measles are back in NYC

sandbagger sandbagger writes  |  about 9 months ago

sandbagger (654585) writes "NYC may have to deal with a measles problem. New Yorkers are urged to make sure all household members, including young children, are vaccinated. To date, there have been four hospitalizations as a result of this outbreak. Vaccinations are in part a victim of their own success because people look around and see no polio or measles and so figure why bother? How do YOU think we can get through to the anit-vaxxers?"
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