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Comment: Re:Evolution at BYU (Score 2) 100

by DownWithTheMan (#46018059) Attached to: New Object Recognition Algorithm Learns On the Fly
I graduated from the Y too - and while most of my professors were not irrational about science, much of the student body was. I had a professor in a 100 level geology class who would start off most of his lectures by saying, "Now I know for some of you, your testimonies may tell you the earth is only such and such many years old. I'm not here to rock your testimonies or shake your faith, but simply to present scientific evidence as we understand it today."

I laughed every time he had to make a disclaimer to the believers about the validity of his lectures (and then face-palmed myself for going to a school where so much of the student body sticks their heads in the sand).
Wireless Networking

802.11n Should Be Finalized By September 104

Posted by Soulskill
from the speedy-process dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "It's probable that the 802.11n standard will finally be approved at a scheduled IEEE meeting this September, ending a contentious round of infighting that has delayed the standard for years. For the 802.11n standard, progress has been agonizingly slow, dating back almost five years to 2004, when 802.11g held sway. It struggled throughout 2005 and 2006, when members supposedly settled on the TGnSync standard, then formed the Enhanced Wireless Consortium in 2006 to speed the process along. A draft version of 802.11n was approved in January 2006, prompting the first wave of routers based on the so-called draft-n standard shortly thereafter."

Comment: Re:Never trust the computer! (even a Linux box?) (Score 2, Interesting) 528

by DownWithTheMan (#19347221) Attached to: New Anti-Forensics Tools Thwart Police
Speaking of rootkits, from TFA:

Linux servers have become a favorite home for memory- resident rootkits because they're so reliable. Rebooting a computer resets its memory. When you don't have to reboot, you don't clear the memory out, so whatever is there stays there, undetected.

I don't mean to sound like a moron or naive but are Linux rootkits really that prevalent? After doing a quick google search for "rootkits for linux", I found a few for the old 2.0 and 2.2 Linux kernels... Have updates that have since come out made life that much harder for the hacking community? Anyone have an idea of what's going on here, because I'm really surprised to see them make the claim that Linux servers are a new favorite home for rootkits...

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?

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