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Comment: Re:Why not have an in House IT for the work? (Score 1) 143

by LurkNoMore (#46958227) Attached to: How Dumb Policies Scare Tech Giants Away From Federal Projects
Because there are probably tens of thousands of units or departments that need IT in DoD.

I just got word that a project I worked on needed an Excel file loaded into SharePoint. But the file contents were large and the file size was 100+ MB and could not be loaded into SharePoint because of some obscure restriction. So what did the project manager do? With several programmers and tech support personnel at their disposal they came up with the great idea to pay a temp person $200 to split the file into files of manageable, uploadable sizes.

Now, I'm just going to imagine that because you're commenting on /. you, like me, could do that job in 15 minutes. Now multiple a whole career of bad decisions--tasks that effectively cost $800/hr--and you can understand why it's so expensive. People that can't find their own ass with both hands and a map are making IT decisions. That's a common enough theme in the private sector too but it is impossible to fire a government worker.

+ - Steam's Most Popular Games->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The folks are Ars Technica scraped a ton of gameplay data from Steam's player profiles to provide statistics on how many people own each game, and how often it's played. For example: 37% of the ~781 million games owned by Steam users have never been played. Dota 2 has been played by almost 26 million people for a total of 3.8 billion hours. Players of CoD: Modern Warfare 2 spend six times as long in multiplayer than in single-player. This sampling gives much greater precision than we usually have about game sales rates. 'If there's one big takeaway from looking at the entirety of our Steam sales and player data, it's that a few huge ultra-hits are driving the majority of Steam usage. The vast majority of titles form a "long tail" of relative crumbs. Out of about 2,750 titles we've tracked using our sampling method, the top 110 sellers represent about half of the individual games registered to Steam accounts. That's about four percent of the distinct titles, each of which has sold 1.38 million copies or more. This represents about 50 percent of the registered sales on the service. ... about half of the estimated 18.5 billion man-hours that have been spent across all Steam games have gone toward just the six most popular titles.'"
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+ - U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall 10% Since 2005, but HFC's still a problem->

Submitted by SpankiMonki
SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the U.S.'s 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.

Meanwhile, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) saw a dramatic rise of over 309 percent during the reporting period. Although the US and China recently agreed to reduce HFC production, the two countries accounted for the bulk of the increase in HFC emissions over the reporting period.

HFC use and emissions are rapidly increasing as a result of the phaseout of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and growing global demand for air conditioning. Although safe for the ozone layer, the continued emissions of HFCs – primarily as alternatives to ODS and also from the continued production of HCFC-22 – will have an immediate and significant effect on the Earth’s climate system. Without further controls, it is predicted that HFC emissions could negate the entire climate benefits achieved under the Montreal Protocol."

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Comment: Re:That's an awful lot of certainty... (Score 1) 869

Yeah, that's the part that astounds me. Has mankind used the Earth in news ways and introduced processes or stresses that are not part of the normal geologic process? Yes. But 500 years, in geologic terms, isn't even a rounding error. Unless the world is in fact 6000 year old. Sure we should be taking better care of the Earth. Sure there's plenty of avoidable waste. But for the umpteenth time, correlation != causation. If that were the case, maybe it isn't cars that cause global warming, maybe it's telephones? Or penicillin? Or books? Or guns? Could mankind be contributing to global warming? Potentially, based on our current understanding of global warming. But we need another Earth and 4.3 billion years to make a second data point.

Comment: Re:nothing ot see, move on (Score 1) 159

by LurkNoMore (#45278699) Attached to: Car Hackers Mess With Speedometers, Odometers, Alarms and Locks

all they could do with the brakes is turn off and on any "skid control" systems, the brake system on cars is STILL a mechanical/hydrochloric system , link from steering wheel to steering rack is not fly by wire in the EU, and cars still have "butterfly" valves for air intake, that is linked to pedal postion .. via mechanical cable

Wow, the EU must be a pretty backward place. From a performance stand point, I know when they unveiled the new 2005 Mustangs in America a lot of people griped that the throttle is electronically controlled, there is no direct linkage. Not to mention, luxury brands like Lexus, Range Rover, etc all use electronic throttle control. Hell, do you remember all of the "unexplained" acceleration problems that Toyota had? It was because of electronic throttle control. PS, they lost the lawsuit that dealt with a 2005 Camry.

Comment: Re:Life, Liberty, or Property? (Score 1) 183

by LurkNoMore (#45142177) Attached to: Ed Felten: Why Email Services Should Be Court-Order Resistant

What next? Complaining about hidden compartment in desks?

I was thinking that the court can just order all paper to be made un-burnable. Because what's to stop me from writing a juicy secret on a piece of paper, handing it to you and when you're done reading it, you burn it? Sounds like either candles should be outlawed or loose leaf paper should be made out of asbestos and kevlar.

Comment: Re:Bull Shit! (Score 1) 584

The problem is that the survey doesn't matter what level of privacy invasion is acceptable. "Some" invasion is okay. That means a lot to different people. Phone calls, internet monitoring, GPS tracking, car license plate readers and even grocery store receipts all count as privacy invasion but I'm betting more people get pissed at internet monitoring than grocery store receipt data mining. Of course, I would like to know how many terrorisms have been identified and prevented by any of the privacy invasions. Ultimately though I have to give a well thought out "Fuck you" to anyone that wants to start or continue privacy invasions for safety anyway.

+ - Internet Explorer Best At Blocking Malware 1

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An anonymous reader writes "NSS Labs released the results and analysis from its web browser security comparative evaluating the protection offered by five browsers — Safari 5, Chrome 25/26, Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 19 and Opera 12 — against malware downloads. While Chrome’s malware download protection improved significantly — rising to more than 83% from 70% in NSS’ October 2012 comparative test — Internet Explorer 10 continues to outperform the other browsers with a block rate of 99.96%. Safari, Firefox and Opera continue to lag far behind Chrome and Internet Explorer with overall block rates of 10.16%, 9.92% and 1.87% respectively."

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