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Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

w_dragon Re:What?/ Just 2 Km? That's it?! (243 comments)

2km for a building full of usable space like offices and hotels. A space elevator only requires a cable. That said, no, no space elevator any time soon.

2 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

w_dragon Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (461 comments)

To me it would make sense to separate traffic enforcement from policing. Create a traffic patrol that has only very limited police powers to enforce the traffic laws, and let them call in the police if there's something they can't deal with. They have less power so can be paid less, and it may lower the risk of violence at a traffic stop if the dealer in the car knows the worst the person pulling him over can do is write a ticket for speeding. Then the police are free to deal with crimes that people actually care about and can work on improving their image.

3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

w_dragon Re:If all goes well. . . (228 comments)

Source?

Google sells ads, I haven't heard of them selling any info, and I suspect doing so would be illegal in many countries they operate in.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

w_dragon Re:Be afraid, be very afraid (570 comments)

They're upgrading existing installs - you're already a customer to take advantage of this. Besides that they're probably just trying to drive up their pre-SP1 numbers to convince some of their corporate customers to upgrade sooner. They're also upgrading machines that would be pretty unlikely to be upgraded otherwise.

about a week ago
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Elon Musk Plans To Build Hyperloop Test Track

w_dragon Re:cost? (165 comments)

And hyperloop could, theoretically, move people and goods at several times the speed of sound for cheap, once the vacuum is established. Much faster than any other current method.

As to Musk being overhyped, he sold a game he programmed at age 12, was founder or co-founder of zip2, PayPal, spacex, tesla, and is credited with the concept of SolarCity. The only other person I can think of with that kind of diversity is Richard Branson. Maybe Paul Allen, but everything he's touched since Microsoft has failed. He certainly isn't always right, but he seems to have a knack for founding companies that work in areas that are just ahead of the curve.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

w_dragon Re:Perfect? Really? (340 comments)

Limit yes, heads-up rarely unless it's the final round of a tournament. One on one hold'em is almost a different game from multi-player.

about three weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

w_dragon Re:I hate these misleading statements... (388 comments)

They're removing security clearance from someone who is clearly easily bought. What's the problem?

about 2 months ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

w_dragon Re:Entrapment is lazy policing (388 comments)

Stupid and greedy is a good definition of someone who should not have security clearance.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

w_dragon Re:I want something simpler. (247 comments)

You know that a smartphone with NFC can generally duplicate a RFID token, right?

about 2 months ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

w_dragon Re:This is laughable... (455 comments)

Yet we still can't answer basic questions about ourselves like 'why do we require sleep?' or 'what is a healthy diet?'. I think it is the height of arrogance to think we can achieve in a few decades what took nature billions of years. Today's computers are intelligent in the same way that a parrot is fluent in language.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

w_dragon Re:Mod parent up. (176 comments)

The founder should be a subject matter expert. They should be the one guiding the product to the first release. Unless the product is a compiler it doesn't matter much if they can code. They need to have a vision of what the product will be, not what widgets are required for every function.

about 2 months ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

w_dragon Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (323 comments)

I'd say chocolate is more like coffee. There are a few snobs who will happily pay incredible prices for what they're told is the best quality, a lot of people who want something that tastes right, and the majority that have never tasted it without drowning it in milk and sugar.

about 2 months ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

w_dragon Re:No. (206 comments)

Video ads are exactly as blockable as image ads. If it's served from the same domain as the content it's hard to block, otherwise it's easy.

about 3 months ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

w_dragon Re:Number is irrelevant compared to severity (170 comments)

I would guess that they release when it is likely that they themselves are exposed, or when it is possible that the exploit is already used by others, which may increase their chance of being caught. Their ideal exploit to keep secret is probably in the realm of mathematical cryptographic weaknesses, random number generators being weighted, and other things that are really hard to find and hard to determine if your data has been exposed.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

w_dragon Re:Ought to bring down ... (151 comments)

I worked in IT for a police force for a time. These systems have already been in place for more than 10 years, Ford is just making them an option on the Interceptor rather than requiring an after-market solution. And yes, police do get in shit for going 50kph over the speed limit without their siren on. Not that that stopped some of them.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

w_dragon Re:Because they don't want to. (265 comments)

There are lots of legitimate sites that send emails on behalf of someone not on the domain. A lot of 'email this content to someone' links work that way. Maybe Microsoft understands how email is used in the real world far better than you do.

about 4 months ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

w_dragon Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

That's interesting. Here in Ontario it's the opposite, people are almost always let go without cause and given at least the minimum severance required by law so they won't sue. I'm not a business owner, but I think the employment insurance payments are set based only on an employee's pay. Fascinating how much small differences in similar government programs can affect behavior.

about 4 months ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

w_dragon Re:Not surprising (392 comments)

You haven't worked much as a developer. Having built systems used by tens of millions of users I guarantee you that every time Amazon rolls out an update to the store or cloud software there's an ops person biting their nails hoping the system doesn't die. When Google released Gmail they only allowed each user to invite a certain number of friends in order to slowly ramp up the system. Writing any software that is made to have millions of users on day one is really fucking hard.

On top of that steps 2 and 3 require interacting with external systems who may also not be able to handle load well, and probably use a combination of buggy and poorly documented interfaces, and step 5 requires reading a bill so long that the people who voted for it didn't bother to read it. You're grossly trivializing the problem.

about 4 months ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

w_dragon Re:Standards (152 comments)

It's worse than that. Large companies will lobby government to make sure that not only government contractors must be certified on the standard, so must anyone who sells to certain regulated industries. Want to sell to airlines or food processors, even if it's non-critical software? Hope you're certified.

about 5 months ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

w_dragon Re:Hardwoods and a broom (338 comments)

It's cheap, and no matter how crappy a job the builder did on your subfloor the carpet will not crack when the boards start to move apart. It also absorbs a lot of sound and causes less injuries when the kid falls down the stairs.

about 5 months ago

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