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Comment: Re:Sony security: strong or weak? (Score 2) 324

Apparently this critter is so new that by the time we checked, only a few AV companies had caught on to it.

What this shows yet again is that anti-virus scanners are a flawed methodology. There will always be a delay between a virus being released and the signature updates getting to the clients. It's inherent in the concept.

Unfortunately, some early technology journalists were partially responsible for this because, in reviews, they ranked anti-virus products that identified threats by signature higher than ones that identified threats through behaviour -- and this was because signature analysis also provided a name to the threat. In other words, the flawed idea that if you tell the user a name for the threat, you provide better protection than if you just block it. This reinforced the concept of signature analysis and slowed down research of identification of threats based on generic behavioural patterns.

Comment: Terciles (Score 1) 178

by tverbeek (#48633445) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...

It's a simple matter of terciles and life expectancies. Average life expectancy in the post-industrial world is about 80 years. Dividing that into three equal categories, you get (roughly) 0-26 = young age, 27-53 = middle age, 54-80 = old age. Of course with increases in life expectancy (and to make the math easier), you could use 30-59 as the middle group, and save a bunch of late-20s people the anxiety of already being "middle-aged", but it's still a bit silly how that term has become (in some people's minds) a euphemism for "old".

(And for the record, I'm 49: very accustomed to being "middle-aged".)


Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release 580

Posted by samzenpus
from the nothing-to-see-here dept.
tobiasly writes The country's top five theater chains — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment — have decided not to play Sony's The Interview. This comes after the group which carried off a massive breach of its networks threatened to carry out "9/11-style attacks" on theaters that showed the film. Update: Sony has announced that it has cancelled the planned December 25 theatrical release.

Comment: Re:Classic pricing problem (Score 1) 324

by whoever57 (#48614993) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

If this actually turns into an El Nino year (the forecasts for this are mixed, but generally unreliable either way) this may be another flood year

Sorry, but El Nino only brings large rainfalls if there is a very large El Nino event. Since we know that it won't be a big El Nino year, don't look for help from this direction. However, there are other factors that affect the weather on a cyclic basis and, if this winter isn't very wet, California should be in for a wet winter soon.

Comment: Re:11 Trillion Gallons? (Score 1) 324

by whoever57 (#48614929) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

The real question is, what does an average average californian rainfall look like.

There is no such thing. California is a very diverse state, with very different climates in different areas. California has both the highest point in the lower 48 states (Mount Whitney) and the lowest point in the lower 48 (Death Valley).

Comment: Re:summary of SCOTUS case law: "pppphhhhhhtttttt, (Score 1) 250

by whoever57 (#48606789) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Boies may be a douchebag, but he's a douchebag who actively practices law and apparently reads the cases in full, unlike the good Professor Volokh, who has never actually practiced.

You know that he lost a case to a gardener, who was unrepresented by a lawyer, right? His firm did not cover itself with glory in the SCO cases either.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming