Re: Dependency (Score: 1)

by in The Solitude of the Internet on 2014-05-01 11:34 (#19W)

Thank you for the complement on the username. :) I did not. Sadly it was very cloudy the night of April 15th. I will have to hope for better weather October 8th 2014, April 4th 2015, and September 28th 2015. At least we get a few more chances.

Dependency (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in The Solitude of the Internet on 2014-04-30 10:43 (#19H)

It might be nice to have that technical connection if you urgently need some weather or life saving information, but I think it's a distraction otherwise. The first world has become too dependent on technology. We can't seem to put our phones, tablets, whatever down. We are much more disconnected than we think we are, but not in a technical sense. The wifi won't do much for you if Yellowstone does ever happen to go boom. We're better off relearning some basic survival skills. One day, technology may not be here.

Re: I wish I had time (Score: 1)

by in Introducing: the Raspberry Pi-Phone on 2014-04-29 17:56 (#192)


Nice update! (Score: 1)

by in Comment Reply Notification on 2014-04-28 11:49 (#17H)

I've not found any issues, and I look forward to comment reply notifications.

Re: pfft (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Netgear Hides Router Backdoor Instead of Fixing It on 2014-04-25 18:31 (#16A)

You're only hurting yourself sir.

Re: Confusing article (Score: 1)

by in ISC Ends BIND Development and Renames it Bundy on 2014-04-21 12:21 (#14W)

I like where BerkeleyNextgenDaemon was going. How about BerkeleyExtensibleNextgenDaemon(BEND) :)

Re: Update Schedule (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Audit of TrueCrypt disk encryption software reveals low source code quality on 2014-04-16 19:06 (#13K)

My coworker has stated a few times that he once encountered a corruption with an encrypted volume he created using TrueCrypt. I've never experienced this myself. From an outsider perspective, I thought the application was fairly stable myself. It has worked quite well. I welcome this analysis. Could they do the same for Keepass?

Neat! (Score: 1)

by in Linksys WRT1900AC Router on 2014-04-16 12:44 (#13A)

Pastebin I found with some more info:

Jokes on us... (Score: 4, Funny)

by in Cherry trees blossom six years early after a trip to space on 2014-04-16 12:32 (#139)

burst into blossom on April 1, possibly a full six years ahead of Mother Nature's normal schedule.

Pffffft....Those crazy cherry trees and their jokes :D

Re: You're not linking to the original OpenSSL repo (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in OpenSSL bug sparks new development on 2014-04-16 12:25 (#138)

Not sure where I saw it yesterday, but someone else made a similar statement in that the changes they are making over at openBSD might never end up merged back into openSSL proper. If they do merge the changes into openSSL proper, excellent. If they don't merge the changes from openBSD, then I don't really mind a fork in the name of security. If that were the case, hopefully other *nix OSs would switch.

Re: Followed but taken no action (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Because of the heartbleed bug, I... on 2014-04-15 12:43 (#12Q)

Given the breaches we've seen lately, and after going through a few sites on I'd be wary of believing what they tell you. How can you verify the person you communicated with was indeed educated enough, and had accurate knowledge of the infrastructure to make that statement?

How about.. (Score: 3, Funny)

by in OpenSSL bug sparks new development on 2014-04-15 12:31 (#12P)

Java or anything Oracle?

Re: LEGO Blocks (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Science Toys For Girls on 2014-04-10 12:44 (#11K)

We had female LEGO people when I was growing up. They were the same flat chested LEGO people with a different hair piece. The stuff they are making now is ridiculous. The girl stuff is all pastels, and the girl LEGO characters are different...WHY?!? I completely agree with you. LEGOS should be unisex. By creating gender roles and pushing gender stereotypes through "special" girl sets, LEGO is crushing the imaginations and futures of half the human population. Girls are being silo'ed into thinking they should grow up to be what the company thinks they should be, and not letting the child really discover what they can be, anything they want. Girls that play with these sets are more likely to fail in life. Not because they are incapable of the same things boys are, but because the company has successfully tricked them into thinking that through marketing.

Society still needs to change.

Re: In Response to Editor's Note (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Link between video games and violence might be user frustration on 2014-04-10 12:21 (#11J)

Indeed I think the link between frustration and aggression is demonstrated all around us each day. With some people, it may be a political debate(sadly), a tough time debugging some code, or perhaps getting headshot one too many times in CS:S. I think politics have definitely caused aggression and ultimately harm/death to some of those involved. We've seen this throughout history. When dealing with inanimate, non-sentient(sometimes this appears arguable) things such as a bug in a computer application, we may be tempted to take a bat to our dev box, or perhaps we just get a bit irritated and snarky with those around us. It isn't their fault though. It's not so much that we want to channel the anger at them as it is we need an outlet for the frustration. That outlet should be something else constructive. In the last case, the adversary is a human being, much like politics. However, with the advent of the internet, the online adversary is somewhat anonymous and the interaction is not as personal. With that comes trolling and uncooth AC's. Perhaps without the ability to identify the outlet for their frustration (the specific online individual grieving them), people ultimately bottle up their anger and then start taking out their frustrations on innocent people in the real world.

Re: Why abandon the pipe-dot concept? (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Pipedot Logo on 2014-04-07 11:48 (#10B)

Agreed. I think it does lose touch with the slogan a bit, but I do like the new logo.

Re: security through obscurity (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in Xbox password flaw exposed by five year old boy on 2014-04-07 11:37 (#109)

Did anyone get reprimanded for this? They should have.

Re: A few (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Where to find credible, interesting science and tech stories to submit? on 2014-04-04 18:34 (#ZJ)

make error -_-

A few (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Where to find credible, interesting science and tech stories to submit? on 2014-04-04 18:33 (#ZH)

Nature -

Hacker News -

Mke -

The devs? (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Pet peevs of website design on 2014-04-01 12:05 (#X8)

From the developer side of things, can we just say Internet Explorer X, where 4 ≤ X ≤ 11? I've never used anything below IE4. Metro and lack of standards compliance get double votes.

Re: For me it would be the (Score: 1)

by in Pet peevs of website design on 2014-04-01 11:54 (#X7)

But seriously, that site is awful. Given the size of that project, I expect better from them.

Re: For me it would be the (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Pet peevs of website design on 2014-04-01 11:52 (#X6)


Re: Beta hate much (Score: 1)

by in Pet peevs of website design on 2014-03-31 14:10 (#WE)

Whatever could you be referring to?

Re: Good (Score: 1)

by in Gunshot Victims Placed in Suspended Animation on 2014-03-31 12:28 (#WA)

I'd never thought of using it at a day spa! Though given the danger of not waking up and legal waivers involved, I can't see anyone short of Elon Musk at this moment attempting such a venture. On the other had, there are companies out there that make money by offering people the chance to jump off of tall structures or out of planes with various safety devices. I guess it just depends on the individual being willing to take the risk and what kind of experience they are going for.

Good (Score: 1)

by in Gunshot Victims Placed in Suspended Animation on 2014-03-28 13:15 (#V6)

Glad to see they are proceeding with this technique. I wonder if this will lower medical costs as well as save more lives.

A small bug (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Pipedot Status Update on 2014-03-24 11:50 (#S1)

When I select "poll" from the left nav menu, it takes me to the correct page, but I noticed "pipe" is the menu item which receives the grey, selected, outline.

Re: where is intelligence located (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Fruit Flies are Better at Calculus than You on 2014-03-21 13:58 (#R4)

Heh, same here. I can be a creature of habit, but creating those habits can be quite difficult. Exercise habits are losing the fight.

Re: better service versus privacy (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Airlines using wearables to get more personal on 2014-03-21 12:24 (#R0)

I think what has been mentioned regarding databases and lack of control is indeed scary. But even scarier in my opinion is when the flight attendant greets you by your name or possibly leaks other information into the surrounding public ear through "corporate, forced, discussion" with you as she hands you that in flight drink. I don't want random people on a plane knowing anything about me. It's not their business, or the business of the airline. By forcing more intimacy between flight crew and customer, they are leaking personal information to potential identity theft.

Re: being conned (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Canadian Bitcoin exchange defrauded of $100,000 BTC on 2014-03-21 12:11 (#QW)

Momentary stupidity can be a bitch. One second you're guarded, then next moment you realize that guy who asked you what time it was intended to act as a distraction while you take your hands out your pockets to look at your cell or watch. Your guard is down, and his friend has your wallet.

That appeal for help is a preying on human generosity and sympathy. Events like that have sadly made me and I bet a large number of people in this world very callous individuals.

Re: where is intelligence located (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Fruit Flies are Better at Calculus than You on 2014-03-21 11:56 (#QV)

This article suggests muscles retain information about the individual's past muscular fitness and ability through use of DNA. DNA memory coupled with millions of years of selective evolution would create some pretty efficient muscular systems (If said memory can be passed down through offspring).

Re: where is intelligence located (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Fruit Flies are Better at Calculus than You on 2014-03-21 11:42 (#QT)

"Miracle Mike"

Re: Good for them (Score: 1)

by in Mozilla pulls the plug on Win8 version of Firefox, citing lack of demand on 2014-03-19 23:15 (#PN)

Cool, thank you :)

It's ending (Score: 1, Insightful)

by in Lumia Icon, best Windows Phone ever, receives tepid reviews on 2014-03-19 13:01 (#P5)

I think the days of the mass consumed proprietary OS are coming to an end. If you don't give your customers what they want, they aren't going to remain happy. And if the customers aren't happy, and know of an alternative that can be customized to fit their needs, they will leave you for said alternative.

Linux has matured over the past decade. It isn't perfect, but neither is Windows. At least Linux allows more freedoms to its users. Many thanks to Linus and all the kernel developers for their work. Valve and Google have also done a great job leveraging Linux in their technological and commercial offerings. People may finally be waking up to the realization there are other options.

Re: NY State of Health (Score: 1)

by in MA Fires CGI for Health Connector Site Failures on 2014-03-18 18:58 (#NQ)

The whole system has been so horribly botched.

We need more people (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Which features are the most important? on 2014-03-18 12:50 (#N9)

I like how the site is progressing, but I think what is needed most is more users. I haven't the foggiest idea how that may be implemented through code. We could write an AC Bot! *Kidding* :D As a user, I can start posting pipedot in all my sigs to try and spread the word.

It feels weird always having mod points.

Yay (Score: 1)

by in Nano-scale Laser Amplifier Could Lead to Ultra-sensitive Radio Wave Detection on 2014-03-18 12:40 (#N8)

This is awesome. Sounds like this may allow for better detection of exoplanets, or highly accurate mass spectrometry readings of known exoplanet atmospheres. :D Still can't go there though. :(

Good for them (Score: 4, Funny)

by in Mozilla pulls the plug on Win8 version of Firefox, citing lack of demand on 2014-03-18 12:31 (#N7)

I think Mozilla made they right decision here. I have heard very few people happy with or actually using the Metro interface.

My favorite comment from the linked article:
Dear Microsoft,

Metro is bad and you should feel bad.

Damn Near Everyone

Though that makes me wonder why they continue trying to push the Firefox OS. How many people are actually using that? I'm not saying it's bad or I dislike it, but I've never actually seen a device running Firefox OS in person.

Anyone here at |. running Firefox OS? What device do you have?

Re: Radiant heat loss (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in How about an array of orbiting servers? on 2014-03-12 21:06 (#H5)

Yeah, you end up expending a lot of resources in order to get the servers up there. Then they eventually fall from orbit and burn up. There's not even the chance of recycling/reusing the old parts.

Good for them (Score: 4, Insightful)

by in Valve's Direct3D To OpenGL Translation Layer ToGL Published on 2014-03-12 11:43 (#H1)

I'm glad to see Valve trying to push this further. Are they currently using this translation layer for their own ported titles like HL2, L4D/L4D2, etc? I thought they were doing complete ports to OpenGL. Perhaps the overhead is minimal to neglegent. Either way, they have done a great job. I think my games perform better under Linux than Windows. The only down side was losing a few titles that haven't been ported, yet.

Ya (Score: 5, Interesting)

by in Temporarily Offline? on 2014-03-11 17:15 (#F7)

Tis a sad state of affairs. I hope it is all sorted out or they migrate here. I like both sites. :(