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Comment Re:Solving the wrong problem in the wrong way (Score 1) 142

I don't know about you, but I'd be very reluctant to have one of those phones in my hand when the thermite went off; that stuff is hot! Maybe it would be better to embed a coil of wire in the memory's casing and have the self destruct short the battery through it, both EMPing the memory and draining the phone's power. That way, they'll have to recharge the phone before they find out that the evidence is gone while you're making complaints about them holding you without good reason and demanding to see your lawyer. Then, when it turns out that your phone's been trashed, it's going to be that much harder for them to keep you.

Comment Re:OK, help me out... (Score 2, Insightful) 834

That's because most Slashdotters are either too young to remember Reagan, or not old enough to have understood what he was doing. Not only did he spend four years keeping as many campaign promises as he could, he ran for re-election on his record and earned another four years.

Comment Re:Surely an inadvertent target (Score 4, Interesting) 163

I'll go one further: have it run off of a Live USB that's mounted inside the box where the users can't get at it and no persistent storage. That way, even they leave personal data behind, it goes away at reboot. Not only that, but if you set it up in kiosk mode, with Firefox opening at boot, they'll never even know they're using Linux.

Comment A serious question from an outsider (Score 1) 172

I haven't used Windows for over a decade, now, running a strictly Linux household, so I'm in no position to judge the relative merits of different versions of Windows. I understand that some people have to use Windows 10 at work, because their company mandates it, or in a home office because they need to use software that insists on it. However, what, if anything, is so great about Windows 10 that would make you prefer it over any other version of Windows if you're able to decide for yourself which version to install?

Comment Re:VirtualBox (Score 4, Informative) 88

Using multiple VMs with different distros won't help a bit here, because when you come right down to it, they're all using the same hardware, and that's what this is exploiting. Now, if you had multiple graphics cards and let different distros use different cards, that might throw them off.

Comment Re:Did Europe just ban sex bots? (Score 1) 173

No, Asimov never set out to prove that his three laws are worthless. He did, however, write many stories showing under the right circumstances those laws could interact in unexpected ways causing problems that only a human could solve. One of the best examples is the story Runaround, where a robot is confused by a conflict between the Second and Third Laws, and is only brought back under control by use of the First Law to override the other two.

Comment One possible solution to the problem. (Score 1) 305

You can probably reduce the stress in the workers monitoring the porn by giving them two extra breaks to work off some of the physical tension their work leads to and a private fapping room so that other workers don't have to watch them. It probably won't help much with those watching the violent videos, but then again, we all know about people who get turned on by that.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 285

I wasn't trying to suggest that the damage was, or was likely to get as bad as those battlefields. I just wanted to remind people that the damage adds up over time and gave the most extreme example I knew of. I've been at Ground Zero in Nagasaki, and it's safer there than in the Zone Rouge because the radiation level has dropped so much over the years.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 5, Interesting) 285

The Army knows from history just how badly the environment can be devastated by combat, or in this case by being used as a training range. Small parts of northern France have been sealed off since the end of WWI as the Zone Rouge both because of the huge quantity of unexploded ordinance and the amount of other toxic materials in the ground, and it may take up to 700 more years before some parts become safe to use. In fact, there are two small pieces of ground where soil samples are up to 17% arsenic, and 99% of all plants that sprout there die. They're trying to find a way to prevent creating more dead zones by using practice ammo that's not made of toxic materials, and I think that's a Good Thing.

Comment Data metering and caps (Score 1) 70

There's a lot of people out there on a metered connection, or who have to pay extra if their downloads exceed a specified cap. I can't imagine a plan like that having enough bandwidth per month to cover a 53 GB download without extra cost. What I'd like to know is, who's getting stuck with the bill? Are the customers going to have to fork out or is Playground Games going to Do The Right Thing and cover the expense?

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