Question, if the vax works so well, why then are the vaxxed so worried about the few who dont. Dont give me this herd immunity rubbish. I want the people who make these things to expose themselves to the pathogens to prove they actually work.
Half a billion dollars has been stolen. Where's the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department? This is their job. It's embarassing that they haven't made any arrests.
Read the whole article. It's quite good.
It's not "youth" that's the problem. It's banality. "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks." - Jeff Hammerbacher, Facebook. Most of the "app" companies are not "tech" companies. They're fad publishers. The technology for doing routine web apps and phone apps is pretty much standardized now.
The engineering that goes into phone hardware is just awe-inspiring. Electronic design today is brutal. You barely get to use any power, the budget for each function is tiny, the size has to be very small, you have to operate multiple radios without interference right next to each other, and there's a new product to get out every six months. Most of that engineering is not done in the US. That's a big concern. The US probably doesn't have the technology to build a cell phone any more.
It's not as bad as the first dot-com boom. This time, there's usually revenue. Income, even. Even Twitter claims to be profitable (although they're not, really. Look at the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles results, not the ones excluding "one-time expenses".)
What we've learned so far from Bitcoin:
- The distributed, eventually-consistent blockchain anchored by mining works and is quite robust against attack. Nobody has yet successfully attacked the basic Bitcoin system and stolen money. So the low level technology appears to be secure.
- Irrevocable, remote, anonymous transactions are the con man's dream. Especially when they're assocated with a whole community of suckers who think anonymous anarchy is a good idea. The scam level in the Bitcoin world is huge. Over half the exchanges have gone under, and that was before Mt. Gox. Bitcoin-oriented "stocks" and "Ponzis" have an even worse record.
- Personal computers are not secure enough to store money. "Bitcoin wallet stealers" are a major problem. Many "online wallet" services turned out to be scams. Storing Bitcoins safely while still being able to use them is quite hard.
- Volatility is far too high for Bitcoin to be a useful currency. Since last October, Bitcoin has gone from $100/BTC to $1100/BTC to $600/BTC. Daily variation often exceeds 10%. The companies that accept Bitcoin for real products have to reprice every few minutes. Bitcoin behaves like a pink sheet stock. Too many speculators, not enough real customers.
- There are scaling problems. Currently, every user has to have a complete copy of the entire transaction journal back to the first Bitcoin, and has to keep up with all the transactions as they happen. The confirmation process has a 7 transaction per second limit. Confirmations take about half an hour before they can be trusted; longer during busy periods.
- "Mining" is more centralized than expected. The original idea was that "mining" would be a spare-time activity of each user's computer. In practice, "mining" is done in large data centers with custom water-cooled ASIC chips. Two mining pools control more than half of Bitcoin's mining capacity, and they have the power to set fees and change the rules.
How do we know that the next update on linux is safe?
That's a very good question. Linus's position on the Intel random number generator not needing additional enthropy indicates he can no longer be trusted.
Asking around among our tech-savvy friends though, no one has a good answer to the question, 'how would you backup 20TB of data?'. It's not like you could just plug in an external drive, and using any cloud service would be terribly expensive. Blu-Ray discs can hold a lot of data, but that's a lot of time (and money) spent burning discs that you likely will never need. Tape drives are another possibility, but are they right for this kind of problem? I don' t know. There might be something else out there, but I still have no feasible solution.
So I ask fellow slashdotters: for a home user, how do you backup 20TB of Data?" Even Amazon Glacier is pretty pricey for that much data.
Sigh. My obvious password detector, published in 1984:
The algorithm used requires that the length of the password be within configurable length limits, and that the password not have triplet statistics similar to those associated with words in the English language. This is an inversion of a technique used to find spelling errors without a full dictionary. No word in the UNIX spelling dictionary will pass this algorithm.
Users should be advised to pick a password composed of random letters and numbers. Eight randomly chosen letters will pass the algorithm over 95% of the time. A word prefaced by a digit will not pass the algorithm, although a word with a digit in the middle usually will. Two words run together will often pass.
(The code linked is the original version in pre-ANSI C. Yes, kiddies, that's what C code once looked like.)
The article lists only one Wikipedia article, and it's for a silly game. The article isn't particularly bad, although it could be trimmed a bit. It looks more like fancruft than promotion. A better (worse) example is needed.
The biggest big government police state lover Swinestein is mad at the evil police state she helped create?
so basically if they start building the uranium enrichment plants now, they might have a working nuke in 10-20 years.
There's an existence proof that it can be done in four years, if someone is willing to devote sufficient resources to it.
Yup. I tried a different plugin that accomplishes the same thing. I had to uninstall it almost immediately because it worked so poorly and gave false positives constantly. I honestly don't even understand why anyone maintains any of those plugins, since they're useless.
It is a difficult role the school has to take on the role of parent or guardian which does mean filtering the content the kids are exposed to.
That's fine, as long as I as a parent would get some say over what gets filters. Personally I feel that Rush Limbaugh is a horrible influence on little minds. He's a horrible person and I'd prefer nobody ever see his ugly face, or listen to his poisonous words.
Can I have him filtered out? Maybe even any website (including this one now) that has the words "Rush Limbaugh" in them.
Spend your childhood being a child
Ha! This is the classic example of adults either not remembering or projecting their own ideas about what childhood is/was like. I remember being a kid and having sexual thoughts in maybe 3rd or 4th grade. I've asked other people if they had similar thoughts, and they did. By the time you get to HS, EVERYONE has sexual thoughts and urges. Wanting to look at porn and people fucking is PART of being a child. Your ideas of childhood innocense are a drastic distortion of childhood, likely influenced by what society wants us to believe about childhood.
But hey, at least the conservative impulse has settled down to "Wait till you're an adult to look at pussy" rather than "OMG!! NEVER EVER Look at pussy!"
I don't like censorship more than anyone else, but this is the real world and sometimes ideology has to take a back seat to practicality and an angry mob of parents.
More like, ideology sometimes has to take a back seat to someone elses ideology, because there's more people who espouse it.