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Comment Re: Isn't this thing already deployed? (Score 4, Insightful) 491

Just watch, the evaluation criteria will be designed to have the F-35 come out on top, even though it lacks the armor of the Warthog, which not only jeopardizes the crew but the astronomically expensive asset as well.

From TFA:

"We're looking at all the missions and where it would make sense to do comparison testing and where it wouldn't, and we're going to be working with the services to develop that plan."

In other words, that's exactly what will happen; they just need to figure out the best way to rig this in the shiny new thing's favour.

Comment Re:Not on List (Score 1) 311

Hah, I was thinking the same thing. Although I get them for free (well, through the taxes I pay), doctors are still reluctant to prescribe them because even the cheapest are around £25 ($40) for 50 retail.

Here, the companies that make the meters give them away to the health service for free, because they know they'll get the prescriptions for the test strips. It's a bit like inkjet printers.. the printer is really cheap, the ink is really expensive.

Comment porn.gov.uk (Score 0) 381

I read that the government is going to set up it's own porn portal for "approved" smut while banning everything else. I read it on the internet so it must be true.

Two things.. one, almost all of these porn sites are not in the UK so basically won't give a shit.

Secondly, isn't it the case the those people who are most on a crusade against porn are the ones with the really sick and disturbing fetishes. Perhaps I could have 30 minutes with David Cameron's personal laptop just to check?

Comment Re:Please insert Multics subthread here. (Score 1) 484

Agreed, GCOS is horrific and it is the OS That Will Not Die.

Multics (RIP) had some cool and interesting features. Everything was a file. Security Rings. A very consistent set of commands. But at a couple of million bucks at least per installation in 1980s money, it was a fairly niche product. I do remember having arguments with Unix folks about the strengths and weaknesses of both OSes. Of course Unix and its derivatives are absolutely everywhere now.


Learn-to-Code Program For 10,000 Low-Income Girls 473

theodp writes: In a press release Tuesday, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) announced it was teaming with Lifetime Partner Apple and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to engage 10,000 girls in learning computing concepts. "Currently, just 25 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science to count as a math or science graduation requirement," explained the press release. "Because boys get more informal opportunities for computing experience outside of school, this lack of formal computing education especially affects girls and many youth of color." HUD, the press release added, has joined the Commitment to Action to help extend the program's reach in partnership with public housing authorities nationwide and provide computing access to the 485,000 girls residing in public housing. "In this Information Age, opportunity is just a click on a keyboard away. HUD is proud to partner with NCWIT to provide talented girls with the skills and experiences they need to reach new heights and to achieve their dreams in the 21st century global economy," said HUD Secretary Julian Castro, who coincidentally is eyed as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, whose daughter Chelsea is the Clinton Foundation's point-person on computer science. Last year, Chelsea Clinton gave a keynote speech at the NCWIT Summit and appeared with now-U.S. CTO Megan Smith to help launch Google's $50 million girls-only Made With Code initiative.

Comment The data (Score 5, Informative) 173

The data is a apparently a subset of 60 million records that the hackers are threatening to release.

I've had a look at the data, there are very many easily identifiable people, for some of those there is date-of-birth data, ZIP code, "preferences", details of any money spent etc. There are a few people using their .gov email addresses for this, some of those can be verified by the IP address, some other email addresses belonging to other corporations. I would suspect that those are the people who are most at risk of blackmail. Remember too that an email addresses can be used to look people up on Facebook, which would make it easier for blackmailers to find potential victims.

Not revealed in the breach (so far) are credit card data, real names (although many are obvious from the email addresses) or passwords. Although I notice that some people were smart enough to sign up with a throwaway email address, if they have actually paid for anything then they would have had to supply real contact details somewhere.

The background story appears to be that a pissed-off affiliate who claims they were owed hundreds of thousands of dollars had a contact hack the database. It seems the hackers are demanding money else they will release the rest of the data.

Open Source

When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly 177

An anonymous reader writes: Bruce Byfield writes for Linux Magazine about the unfortunate side-effect of people being passionate about open source software: discussions about rival projects can get heated and turn ugly. "Why, for example, would I possibly to see OpenOffice humiliated? I prefer LibreOffice's releases, and — with some misgivings — the Free Software Foundation's philosophy and licensing over that of the Apache Foundation. I also question the efficiency of having two office suites so closely related to each other. Yet while exploring such issues may be news, I don't forget that, despite these differences, OpenOffice and the Apache Foundation still have the same general goals as LibreOffice or the Free Software Foundation. The same is true of other famous feuds. Why, because I have a personal preference for KDE, am I supposed to ignore GNOME's outstanding interface designs? Similarly, because I value Debian's stability and efforts at democracy, am I supposed to have a strong distaste for Ubuntu?"

Comment Re:Talk about creating a demand (Score 3, Interesting) 334

There are other -- probably cheaper -- solutions for local storage than batteries. A couple of off-the-cuff examples: lifting a very large weight with your excess electricity, then running a generator with it during peak loads or periods. (Did I say VERY large weight?)

Batteries are heavy. Why not do both?

Comment Higher, again (Score 2) 109

Higher than anticipated, again, because I still hadn't learned that my employer doesn't change the amount of tax they forward on even when they increase my salary. They wait for me to tell the tax office that my salary changed and for the tax office to tell them that my salary changed, even though they were the ones who changed it in the first place. Brilliant.

They also lose the documentation sent by the tax office at the start of each year and, in the absence of any better information, deduct SIXTY PERCENT. Every. Single. February. As well as the first month of my job, which is really handy when you've just moved to a foreign country and need to buy just about everything from scratch.

This year I got wise to it and told them to deduct extra. That way there's either a fat refund around Christmas or some margin when they cock it up yet again.