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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

uvajed_ekil Vertical lane changes? (190 comments)

The summary mentions the screens activating when a driver "checks over their head to switch lanes." Are new Jaguars and Rovers able to leap up or fly or something? I don't understand how or why you might check over your head to begin with, and especially in the context of making a lane change.

5 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

uvajed_ekil Re:What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (465 comments)

Please don't equate Greenpeace assholes with everyone younger than you. Most "millenials" are not trampling your lawn or ruining Debian. Do you care to make up any more stereotypes?

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

uvajed_ekil Re:Cage fight! (465 comments)

We need a PETA vs Greenpeace death-by-irony cage fight.

...and as soon as they are inside the cage we need to blow it up. Then maybe actual, reasonable environmentalists can make some headway. Extremists are of no use to anyone, even if they claim to be on your side.

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

uvajed_ekil Screw Greenpeace (465 comments)

While I envy their goals, Greenpeace are nothing but a bunch of assholes whose antics are counterproductive. The court system is not the only way to go about protecting wildlife and the environment, I get that. But the inflammatory things they say and their repeated criminal actions not only make them incapable of affecting any meaningful change, but instead they galvanize those they accuse of wrongdoing and hurt the abilities of reasonable people to carry on the mission. Every time I see Greenpeace in the news I can't help but wish they'd just go away, so the rest of us might be able to talk some reason into the polluters and habitat destroyers of the world. With them present it is impossible to convince many on the wrong side of environmental issues, because Greenpeace are so needlessly combative and wrong-headed.

about a week ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

uvajed_ekil Re:North Korea? (528 comments)

There's a lot of talk going around right now, mainly from Sony itself, that North Korea is likely behind it. Seriously though - would expect a bunch of people who don't know what Internet is, who likely don't live and breathe IT, security - basically everything capitalism stands for, let alone having a pipe fast enough to rip 100TB of data... Now I understand they could be trained and based elsewhere, but might as well say the Martians did it...

You obviously don't understand North Korea. Despite their terrible economy, widespread hunger, and stunning lack of technology in the hands of citizens, they still have an active standing army of over one million people, and count many, many more as available reserves. "Defense" spending is big there, so if they decide to hack, they can hack, and they will put government resources behind with little trouble because they have no fear of internal or national backlash. I doubt North Korea publishes accurate statistics, but it is a safe bet that they spend a much higher proportion of their GDP on defense (which includes hacking, propaganda, and internal oppression) than most countries. Militarily they are relatively weak on a per man basis due to most units being woefully equipped (and fed), but when they get the notion to do something (think nukes), they do it.

This may not have been North Korea, and I have no idea really, but one can't assume it wasn't them because simply because they are poor and uber-wacky.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

uvajed_ekil Re:Sauce for the goose; sauce for the gander (528 comments)

I don't know about that. When the Empire moves into your neighborhood, you don't have a lot of choice - if it comes down to supporting my family or taking the moral high ground and not taking a job with a company with a dubious past, I'll have that direct deposit form signed in no time flat. I view huge corporations the same way I do governments and their armies - I support the individual soldiers even when they are called on to do unspeakable things as a group.

It's hard out here for a pimp.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

uvajed_ekil Re:Sauce for the goose; sauce for the gander (528 comments)

Good God, so I'm not the only one who both remembers Sony hacking their own customers, and hates to see their employee data stolen? I feel for the workers, but I don't give a damn about that horrible company.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

uvajed_ekil Re:Good God! (528 comments)

Note the modifier "business data".... Not videos, not apple pie recipes sent by Aunt Bertha... If you are talking about strategically stored data and not user home folders, the signal/noise ratio is significantly better.

Actually, it may have been all of those things, including personal crap.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

uvajed_ekil Re:How long did it take to steal 100TB? (528 comments)

Is there any information about how long it took hackers to steal this 100TB? Did no one notice the unusual amount of traffic? I have a 40Mbit connection at home and with overhead I can usually download at up to 4Mbytes/sec. At that rate 100TB is something like 300 days of 24/7 downloading. Even if I had a gigabit connection directly to sony that would take 12 days!

Clearly this was not done by someone in his mom's basement with a 40Mbit Time Warner connection to his laptop. It was perpetrated by someone with considerable resources and a considerable ax to grind. Going after employees but stealing everything related to them is not cool, but screw Sony, they kind of had it coming.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

uvajed_ekil Re:Who's minding the store? (528 comments)

How do you steal 100 TB of sensitive data without any network, database or IDS alerts going off?

Choose your target carefully, of course..

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

uvajed_ekil Never forget (528 comments)

Remember how Sony used to hack *us* with rootkits, they phoned home without informing us, escalated the copy protection war, and then lied to us as if we were stupid? While I am not a proponent of ever exposing data related to workers, I sure didn't shed a tear when I heard Sony got mega-hacked.

I know there's a Soviet Russia/Sony hacks you joke in there somewhere.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

uvajed_ekil Re:What's wrong with calling it (128 comments)

No, it should be pretty hot down in there. But not liquid.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

uvajed_ekil Re:Summary is wrong (128 comments)

Actually, some of it *is* on the Earth; at least some samples are. It's not like they dug a hole to examine it there and say "Sorry, boys, but we gotta leave this thing in the Earth if we're gonna say 'It's in Earth.'"

No, if you're talking about the sample mentioned in the article, that is not even from Earth to begin with, so it can not even be safely assumed to be identical to lower mantle material. Some meteorites may be similar, but until we examine actual mantel bridgmanite we're not truly confirming anything. So as far as we know, there has still been no mantle bridgmanite found on Earth.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

uvajed_ekil Re:Better Question (116 comments)

Best way to disable a camera drone?

If I see a drone outside my second story window, I'd like to take it out. Water gun? Frequency jam? Simple pellet gun?

Simple: shotgun. Or find the kid operating it, punch him in the eye, and take the controller away from him, or tell his mom he was spying on your wife.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

uvajed_ekil Re:wait for it (116 comments)

whatever is $500 today, will be $150 tomorrow. time is your friend.

"Tomorrow" doesn't mean tomorrow, and Christmas presents will be unwrapped in less than a month, so waiting for prices to drop may not be an option for a lot of people. Time is not your friend when you are working with a set timetable. Got a more helpful answer?

about three weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

uvajed_ekil Re:Under what grounds (219 comments)

Facilitating illegal sales IS indeed illegal, very much so. Torrent trackers exist in a sort of gray area because they amount to little more than links, while these drug markets are clearly illegal. Even if they weren't acting as a middleman and transferring payments (which is what makes them popular), simply maintaining a site that explicitly connects illegal drug sellers to buyers is illegal. The difference with Craigslist is that illegal transactions are banned by the site's policies and are often taken down quickly, they account for a minuscule portion of the site's traffic, and CL does not handle the money. How your site is used IS your fault if you put it up to facilitate crimes and you know that it is being used for that purpose.

about a month and a half ago
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"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

uvajed_ekil Re:One of the most listened to Engineers (82 comments)

Hell I was never a "car guy" and had ZERO interest in cars yet whenever i would find their show on i just had to listen, because they were just so fun and had such a great back and forth you couldn't help but like 'em.

To me that is what makes a great entertainer, when you can make even those that don't care about the subject listen in, RIP.

Yes, Tom and Ray had such a large following not because they were car experts (which they were), but because they were incredibly entertaining. I am a little bit of a car guy, and trying to guess solutions before them was fun, as well as hearing their car tips, but it was really their humor and banter that made the show so good. It was a great run.

about a month and a half ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

uvajed_ekil Sabotage (443 comments)

Hmm, now who would want to see Orbital fail? Would anyone stand to benefit from that? Any companies that they are competing with for contracts or investment? Hmm...

about 2 months ago
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OpenSUSE Factory To Merge With Tumbleweed

uvajed_ekil Re:Tumblewhat? (24 comments)

And Google isn't exactly hemorrhaging money because they use idiotic names for Android versions, or because it is open source.

about 2 months ago
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OpenSUSE Factory To Merge With Tumbleweed

uvajed_ekil Re:Tumblewhat? (24 comments)

Still, you gotta wonder about what is wrong with most open source folks, especially the Linux crowd, that comes up with the stupidest, non relevant names for their software which sucks so bad they have to give it away. FTFY

Right, because closed-source companies like Microsoft never use irrelevant code names for products, like versions of Windows known as Snowball, Chicago, Mantis, Whistler, and other code names like Metro. Oh, wait...

And, BTW, giving software away is a part of the business model of most open source companies, not a result of producing junk as you say.

about 2 months ago

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LucasFilm Ltd. protects lightsaber design

uvajed_ekil uvajed_ekil writes  |  more than 4 years ago

uvajed_ekil (914487) writes "From the article:
""Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to force a laser company to stop making a new, high-powered product he says looks too much like the famous lightsaber from his classic sci-fi series."

The laser does look vaguely like a lightsaber, or at least the hilt of the Jedi weapon. Nevermind that it is not a lightsaber, is not intended as a weapon, can not be used like a lightsaber, and is not marketed as one. LucasFilm Ltd. has insisted that it be pulled from the market anyway. Is this a legitimate demand to protect intellectual property and a somewhat novel design, given that LucasFilm does not sell a working lightsaber, and has no apparent intentions to develop one?"

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