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Comment: Re:Don't Go All-in at Once (Score 1) 451

by LeadSongDog (#46716969) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?
Key question: do you need to work with MS Exchange? If so, ask yourself whether you have a suitable replacement for MS Outlook. Pretty much anything else, office workers can adjust to, but most live in Outlook. Not being able to identify coworkers, set up meetings, in the familiar way is damn-near an impossible sell. Thunderbird etc isn't really a convincing answer. Of course, if you moved all that onto their personal smartphones first, then the proposition changes...

Comment: Re:1980s fuzzy search called (Score 1) 275

a problem for transliterations

Nah, there's no exemption for roman alphabet spelling, they get that wrong too. Not long ago there was a US Secretary of State with a French name "Boucher" didn't get pronounced "booshay", but "bowtshur". This guy must have had the whole of the corps diplomatique giggling inside.

Comment: Re:Linux kernel (Score 1) 373

by LeadSongDog (#46584485) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

Code quality in the Linux kernel varies a lot per individual driver or subsystem

Well, Linus uses a broader definition of kernel than is customary, referring to a monolithic (macro) kernel. If you really seek elegance in OS code, you start by looking at microkernels, stripped of all the device-dependent clutter. Harmony, for instance was a mere 20 kbyte kernel, even on 68K architectures. This led to the even more succinct MQX, which is embedded in quajjillions of devices.

+ - Black Markets For Hackers Are Maturing

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Black and gray markets for computer hacking tools, services and byproducts such as stolen credit card numbers continue to expand, creating an increasing threat to businesses, governments and individuals, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Hacking used to be an activity that was mainly carried out by individuals working alone, but over the last 15 years the world of hacking has become more organized and reliable. In certain respects, cybercrime can be more lucrative and easier to carry out than the illegal drug trade. What makes these black markets notable is their resilience and sophistication. Even as consumers and businesses have fortified their activities in reaction to security threats, cybercriminals have adapted."

Comment: Re:Too difficult to confirm (Score 1) 517

Placebos are pretty well understood. The BS enters when you pretend that one sugar pill is vastly more valuable than another and charge accordingly. Of course big pharma does the same with real drugs (look into "evergreening" sometime), but for them, it's more of a sideline. The basic idea is still to find treatments that actually do work better (and safer) than currently available options.

Comment: Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (Score 1) 517

There's a reason there's an entire field called evidence-based medicine [], which from its very name makes it distinct from just plain-old normal "medicine."

If you prefer, we could just distinguish "real medicine" from "pretend medicine"... Of course individual practioners use a mix of the two, particularly when there's no real treatment for a diagnosed condition that is either untreatable or harmless. That in no way makes pretending a full-time substitute for evidence.

Comment: Cost of $10/flight (Score 1) 1

So, less than five cents per ticket on a 200 pax aircraft could pay for sending basic telemetry: lat, lon, airspeed, elevation every four minutes. That doesn't sound like much, until you think that there are 3 billion tickets a year. Still, $150 million/year to avoid having to run searches for missing aircraft might be a good deal, especially in cases where there are survivors to be rescued.

+ - Missing Plane Would Have Been Found By Now If Communications Box Had $10 Upgrade-> 1

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "The missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 might have been found by now if a small communications box on the plane had been configured to send out more frequent reports, according to British satellite communications firm Inmarsat.

Critics of the aerospace industry are now calling out its "outdated" accident investigation process and asking for data from the black box to be streamed in-flight to the cloud, which could be expensive, but Inmarsat's Senior VP Chris McLaughlin says that the plane could have been found by now if the communications box buried in the plane's avionics had been configured to send out more frequent reports.

"What we have at the moment would have been fine if the airlines had been mandated to provide data on all their flights. The only area where data is mandated is on the transatlantic route, which is so busy that everyone needs to know where all the other planes are," he said. "We may never know what happened to the plane because the cockpit is not mandated to be monitored in other areas, and we urge regulators to look into this.""

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+ - It was the worst industrial disaster in US history—and we learned nothing-> 1

Submitted by superboj
superboj (3534991) writes "Forget Deepwater Horizon or Three Mile Island: The biggest industrial disaster in American history actually happened in 2008, when more than a billion gallons of coal sludge ran through the small town of Kingston Tennessee. This story details how, five years later, nothing has been done to stop it happening again, thanks to energy industry lobbying, federal inaction, and secrecy imposed on Congress."
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Comment: Re:units . . . (Score 1) 70

You've forgotten that the Hz represents cycles/s, not just 1/s. Hence their so-called "spectral efficiency" is 5.7 bits/cycle. The problem of course is that the article does not address the SNR nor the BER that it took them to get that 5.7 result. If you need cryo-tech photodetectors and massive FEC to get that result, it's less impressive than doing it with the existing kit and minor data redundancy.

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