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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

watermark Punishment (598 comments)

So what's this kid's punishment for doing a gun related school project?

about a week ago

GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

watermark You called? (126 comments)

I'm everywhere

about three weeks ago

WebODF: JavaScript Open Document Format Editor Deemed Stable

watermark As long as you don't use page breaks (91 comments)

It's stable and ready for every day use, as long as you don't need page breaks. I have a 3 page odt containing page breaks and WebODF just throws all of the text and images at the bottom of the first page.

How is this ready for every day use without supporting something as basic as page breaks? Page breaks go back to Word 1.beforeiwasborn

about 3 months ago

Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

watermark Sanitize crazyness (215 comments)

I understand why this works and I understand the need to sanitize user input, but this is dumb. Even if there are workarounds. It's obvious what the intent of "tar cf archive.tar *" is suppose to be, it shouldn't be treating file names as additional arguments. Anyone actively using this "feature" for anything legitimate is dumb too.

This seems very similar to the whole "we need some other language than C" argument. Sure, you *can* make secure code with zero overflow vulnerabilities, but damn near all software has them. You can only blame the user/coder for so long for doing something "wrong", but when 90%+ people are doing it "wrong" then you probably need to change how the thing works.

about 3 months ago

Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

watermark Re:CS grad, took both, and working as a programmer (155 comments)

Universities feel the need to teach you much more than is required for your field (to be well rounded). I suppose I was saying many more classes depended on calc than stat, so calc in highschool would have helped more.

Several discrete math classes came in college and I do find parts of those useful, but I'm not sure they have a place at the high school level. Perhaps a class where you had to build/design turing machines would be interesting enough to be useful.

about 3 months ago

Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

watermark CS grad, took both, and working as a programmer (155 comments)

I'm a CS grad and I took AP Stat and AP CS in high school, and I'm currently working as a programmer. In relation to programming, stat is very nearly worthless. There are certainly things I learned in stat that I use every so often, but nothing in relation to a programming task. In my high school, I had to choose between AP stat and calc and calc would have helped a lot more in college. Granted, for my line of programming, calc doesn't help either, but it would have helped more in obtaining the degree.

about 2 months ago

Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

watermark Propaganda (346 comments)

Just more propaganda and doubt to bring into the mix

about 3 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

watermark New Market (626 comments)

This is creating a market for even tinier violins. I can't seem to find one small enough.

about 4 months ago

US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

watermark Solution to my housing crisis (627 comments)

I bought my house and went crazy upside down on it. I'm in the better part of nation for climate predictions. Looks like my property value is set to skyrocket once everyone else runs out of water/food.

about 4 months ago

How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

watermark Download and never watch (200 comments)

Wouldn't it cost Hulu/Netflix more bandwidth to allow this (and therefore more money in infrastructure)? Many users are going to download movies and never watch them, causing them lost bandwidth and possibly lost ad revenue. With a streaming model if you decide you don't like the movie, you just stop streaming. If you had downloaded the movie, the bandwidth required to give you that part of the movie you didn't watch is "wasted".

about 5 months ago

HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

watermark Re:Psh, jQuery. (573 comments)

Ya, just write these 20 lines of code to do what one line does with jQuery. I think the point of the site is that you can easily write your own wrappers for IE9+. Then again, since jQuery 2.x doesn't support IE below version 9, presumably 2.x is such a wrapper (2.x has a notably smaller file size than 1.x). It just wraps everything you could possibly need. If you only need fade in/out, perhaps you should just write your own wrapper.

about 8 months ago

Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

watermark Multiple protocols at the same time? (254 comments)

Excepting noise, is there a reason you can't implement 802.11 and a new protocol at the same time? Similar to the 2.4 and 5Ghz dual band devices?

about 8 months ago

Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

watermark Little yellow street view guy (255 comments)

The same reason the little yellow street view guy wasn't in the new version either (he is now). They are releasing a rolling beta and using you to test their products.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

watermark gmail plus sign postfix (388 comments)

Well, I have a solution to your "email has already been registered" issue. Gmail will treat as the same address as, both will go into the account. Give the site an email address with a plus sign postfix like that and it should detect it as a new unique address. Some sites don't allow the plus symbol in email addresses (even though it's a valid character), so mileage may vary.

about 8 months ago

Intel Challenges Manufacturers To Avoid "Conflict Metals"

watermark Re:Just the processors (123 comments)

Intel recently stopped making motherboards

about 8 months ago

Hearing Shows How 'Military-Style' Raid On Calif. Power Station Spooks U.S.

watermark Old Man Winter: The Terrorist (396 comments)

Terrorists should just pray for snow, that seems to take out the power to enough people every season. It's completely ridiculous for so many thousands of people to be losing power in 2013 due to weather that's predicted to happen several times each year.

about 9 months ago

Google Testing Smart Appliance, Would Compete With Nest Thermostat

watermark WebApp runs through their servers (139 comments)

I'm not buying a Nest, so please don't make that the quality target.

With the Nest, the thermostat sends data to their servers and your browser/phone app communicates to their server. What if they decide to close shop next year? Definitely no web access anymore. What else on the thermostat will stop working without a server to phone home to? Not to mention, if you want to find your foil hat, why do they need to know when I'm home or not?

Why can't we just have UPnP and connect directly to the thermostat? You might say that's too complicated for the average person, but that's the point of service people, to fix things you can't or don't want to fix yourself. Why do I have to give up so much because Uncle Joe still uses AOL?

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Simple Backups To a Neighbor?

watermark raspberry pie and a usb drive (285 comments)

Probably a only suitable for a pure Linux solution, but I have this setup using a raspberry pie, a usb harddrive (that has it's own AC adaptor), and rsnapshot. I mount a scp share that uses a truecrypt file volume. This way I get point in time snap shots, using all free software, and the remote computer doesn't need to know the encryption keys.

about a year ago



Banks foreclosing on small business

watermark watermark writes  |  more than 3 years ago

watermark (913726) writes "Banks are foreclosing on small businesses for no apparent reason. Even if you have never missed a payment, they can send you to the unemployment line. They accept bailouts from tax payers and use the money against the very people that supplied it."
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Poll: Oracle/Sun

watermark watermark writes  |  more than 3 years ago

watermark (913726) writes "Since Oracle bought Sun, my opinion of Sun's old products...

1. Hasn't changed
2. Changed for the better, give me more
3. I used Sun products before, but I won't now
4. I never used them before Oracle bought them
5. Fork!
6. There are better options out there
7. Cowboy Neil, yatta, yatta"


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