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Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?

tolomea I want a tiling with good mouse support. (1040 comments)

I don't care about the desktop and I have all the other crap squished down into a single little task bar across the top of one of the screens. My remaining issue is window placement and the solution has to support the mouse well out of the box. I've got better things to do than learn new keyboard shortcuts and tinker with config files. Using terminator for my terminal interface got me a chunk of the way there. Looking around the next Gen UI's the only thing I like is Win7's maximise to left and right half of the screen operations.

more than 3 years ago

Verizon Cracks Down On Jailbreak Tethering

tolomea This is why unlimited data plans are stupid (286 comments)

Nothing is ever really unlimited, they are just making assumptions about your potential usage based on device. If just you paid for the data you used they wouldn't give a damn what you were using it for and would actively encourage things like tethering as a way of encouraging you to use more data.

more than 3 years ago

Computer Learns Language By Playing Games

tolomea strategy guide (133 comments)

The obvious next step would be to feed it a fan created strategy guide and see if it gets even better.

more than 3 years ago

Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player Legal?

tolomea It's a trap... (226 comments)

To make efficient use of the storage space these services will hash the mp3's, store each unique file once and record which users have uploaded it.

Then the RIAA will subpoena the lists of which users have which mp3's. If a hundred users all have the exact same mp3 and it didn't come from one of the (very few) legal sources of mp3's then at least 99 of them copied it.

Game over.

more than 3 years ago

Google's Six-Front War

tolomea Re:Patents (249 comments)

The problem is with the term "intellectual property", it's not property. It's government granted and enforced monopolies on the exploitation of ideas. Calling it intellectual property is an instance of framing aka the art of choosing the words to bias the discussion, much like calling tax cuts "tax relief".

more than 3 years ago

Sophos Researcher Suggests Password 'Free' to Spur Wi-Fi Encryption

tolomea encrypted but not authenticated (332 comments)

Currently we have a Wifi security mode that is unencrypted and unauthenticated (open) and several that are encrypted and authenticated (wep, wpa1, wpa2 etc) There is a need for a Wifi security mode that is encrypted but not authenticated. Which is essentially what this proposal is getting at. Of course the actual proposal fails miserably because WPA is not secure against attackers who know the shared secret. So we need a new security mode that fills this role in a secure manner.

more than 4 years ago

PhD Candidate Talks About the Physics of Space Battles

tolomea Re:Article and grandparent are just wrong. (361 comments)

1) What would you consider suitably big? Tsar Bomba was 50MT, that gives you a range increase of 7x.

2) From digging around it seems that it takes a couple of thousand rem to straight out kill someone, less than that and they are going to survive for at least a few days.
Cranking the numbers on yield (assuming no shielding) I figure you get a dose of about 3400 rem from a 50MT at 1000 miles. So it will probably be immediately fatal out to 1300 miles. And reliably fatal out to 2300 miles.
The 1MT nuke at 1000 miles would be essentially harmless and would only deliver immediately fatal doses out to a couple of hundred miles.
So it would appear that with a suitably large nuke and no radiation shielding you are correct.

3) True

more than 5 years ago

PhD Candidate Talks About the Physics of Space Battles

tolomea Re:not quite (361 comments)

to point high-power radar-reflection surveillance satellites at certain empty reaches of space

That isn't going to work for stealth spacecraft which are a trivial engineering problem next to propulsion. Space is huge, you're going to need very very powerful sensors to find anything the size of a ship.

It's not that big, about 40,000 square degrees for a full spherical sweep, a wide angle lens is 100 square degrees, so call it 500 exposures. Assuming the crew have turned off everything except life support then it'll be radiating at some 280 kelvin against a background of nearly 0. Which is good and bright in the thermal band. But to be conservative we'll assume that it needs a full minute per exposure, that's

Of course the real situation is much simpler than this needle in a hay stack approach. Presumably you know who your enemies are. So you know where they are coming from. There a basically 2 ways of getting from A to B in space. Transfer orbits and continuous thrust maneuvers. Transfer orbits greatly limit the amount of sky to be searched. And something thrusting continuously is going to be a lot lot more visible.

more than 5 years ago

PhD Candidate Talks About the Physics of Space Battles

tolomea Re:Article and grandparent are just wrong. (361 comments)

The dispersal of the radiation is going to follow the inverse square law.
A 1 megaton weapon delivers ~4e15 joules of energy. At a range of 1km thats 300megajoules per square meter. And it's going to come in a rather short pulse. Thats enough to solidly mess up your day, it will vaporize Aluminum and depending on the duration may even induce impulsive shock.
At 10km it's drops to 3Mj that's still enough to melt the surface of the Aluminum.
At 100km you are down to 300Kj, that's just going to make it moderately warm.
Obviously crew sensitivity to radiation is quite high, but I find your claim of thousands of miles quite dubious.
Additionally a thousand miles is a fairly close hit, the ISS for example covers that distance every 200seconds.

more than 5 years ago

New Improvements On the Attacks On WPA/TKIP

tolomea Re:Does that mean... (166 comments)

WEP - old very broken WPA with TKIP encryption (aka WPAv1) - aging and showing it WPA with AES encryption (aka WPAv2) - best currently available

more than 5 years ago

Hello World!

tolomea Re:Not Python! (199 comments)

Tabs and spaces are treated as distinct, so a block indented with 'tab''sp''sp' is indented with precisely that and no other combination of tabs or spaces is acceptable.

Additionally the language doesn't care how much white space you indent with, only that there is some indentation and that it is consistent, so you could have a class and indent all the stuff in that class with 'tab''sp''sp' and then indent the bodies of the functions in the class with a further 'sp''sp''tab''tab' for a total of 'tab''sp''sp''sp''sp''tab''tab'. And of course this restriction only applies to white space at the start of statements, when you break statements across lines you can do whatever the hell you want. Although why you would want to do anything aside from a normal straight forward indenting scheme totally escapes me.

That said every serious programming project I have ever encountered (regardless of language) has had an indentation policy and anything that would have make it past any of those policies would be just fine with python.

As others have mentioned, it sounds wrong and for the first week or two you'll be constantly thinking about it worried you'll mess up somehow, but after that you indent you code just like you always do anyway and you don't notice.

more than 5 years ago

SPORE Released 5 Days Early In Australia

tolomea Re:Importing (179 comments)

In Australia it's called GST and it's 10%, which still doesn't account for the ridiculous prices.

more than 6 years ago


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