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Comment: Colorado State PHD student article from a week ago (Score 1) 514

by Kincaidia (#48939313) Attached to: The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know
http://blog.sustainability.col... Pretty timely, and hopefully more people in the scientific sector will take this approach: winning the hearts and minds of the public isn't primarily a facts-driven task. It's one that has to take into account the origin of the fears and is as much a public relations issue as "THE SCIENCE SAYS ...". Even if the science does say :)

Comment: Re:Headers (Score 5, Insightful) 562

by Kincaidia (#41979075) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: AT&T's Data Usage Definition Proprietary?
That's not accurate. They are selling you a service by a standard measure, and that should be an absolute measurement. When you buy gasoline, you are buying a fairly exact amount, and the pumps are regularly measured to ensure they're providing the stated amount. If the petrol station started using their own "proprietary" measurements? GTFOOT.

+ - Major Outage at DreamHost-> 1

Submitted by dgrotto
dgrotto (2588895) writes "Following the trend from last year, DreamHost is suffering from what they describe as "connectivity issues to some of our datacenters". What I find interesting is that all of my WordPress installations on DH are compromised (BASE64 encoded binary in all PHP files). Is this a symptom of the "connectivity issues" or a result?"
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Comment: Re:A child died, playing hide and seek (Score 2, Insightful) 284

by Kincaidia (#39146151) Attached to: Submitting "Nuking the Fridge" To Scientific Peer Review
Sorry, bullshit on that. Growing up, we hid in cupboards, under the kitchen sink, in the fridge, everywhere when playing hide and seek. My dad actually went through several plate glass windows in one game. You're severely underestimating the imagination of children, or you had a crappy childhood.
Firefox

+ - Time: Firefox 4 RC 1 Posted, IE9 Launch Confirmed->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The next generation of browsers is ready to land. Microsoft just confirmed that IE9 will launch on March 14 (9am for those who cannot wait) and Mozilla is just released the download link of Firefox 4 RC1. As usual, the official announcement is expected to arrive later today. Mozilla said that it does not expect to make any changes to this release anymore and (hopefully) publish it as Firefox 4 shortly."
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Comment: The world is full of pansies now. (Score 2) 352

by Kincaidia (#34860200) Attached to: Balancing Choice With Irreversible Consequences In Games
Does anyone remember the old days of Everquest? Now THERE were consequences. You've played played the character for YEARS as opposed to a measly 50 hours, and you kill one random fish and "Feel the hatred of an entire race"... Or part of your epic quest requires you to sacrifice being able to enter your home city without being attacked. So people worrying about small forks in a game where you can always just start over make me chuckle inside. Oh, how soft we've gotten... and I'm sure the Barbarians of Halas still hate my ranger, as well as the High Elves, just for killing that Royal Fish in Lake Rathetear... Consequences make you care.

+ - Is Skype down?->

Submitted by ghstridr
ghstridr (974069) writes "I'm in an online class today, using Skype for conferencing to a Fuze meeting. Upon further investigation, the main website is up, but neither support.skype.com or heartbeat.skype.com seems to be reachable."
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Security

+ - NSA Considers Its Networks Compromised-> 1

Submitted by Orome1
Orome1 (1901578) writes "Debora Plunkett, head of the NSA's Information Assurance Directorate, has confirmed what many security experts suspected to be true: no computer network can be considered completely and utterly impenetrable — not even that of the NSA. "There's no such thing as 'secure' any more," she said to the attendees of a cyber security forum sponsored by the Atlantic and Government Executive media organizations, and confirmed that the NSA works under the assumption that various parts of their systems have already been compromised, and is adjusting its actions accordingly."
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Sci-Fi

Dr. Who's Sonic Screwdriver Exists 179

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the master-still-not-real-tho dept.
Phoghat writes "Television's favourite Time Lord could not exist without his trusty sonic screwdriver, as it's proved priceless in defeating Daleks and keeping the Tardis in check. Now Doctor Who's famous cure-all gadget could become a reality for DIY-ers across the world, say engineers. Ultrasonic engineers at Bristol University and The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair are uncovering how a real life version of the fictional screwdriver — which uses sonic technology to open locks and undo screws — could be created."

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