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Comment: Re:Country that forbids use to internet (Score 1) 163

They are known to have a 'hackers university', state sponsored thats considered one of the best places to work. Not only are you taken care of and live in a life of luxury, so is your family, and its a pretty good life by all accounts, especially for a NK citizen.

'Hacking' isn't difficult when you're paid to sit around and do it all day long. Any serious network admin knows just how painfully easy it is to get into pretty much any network outside of a place like Google which has the knowledge and understands the dangers of bad IT.

Someplace like Sony? Please, Nessus probably explodes when doing a basic scan of their systems, let alone any actual effort into cracking them wide open.

Comment: Re:So the question is... (Score 1) 80

by BitZtream (#48644009) Attached to: Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

Extreme low pressure starts moving in, they feel it, move away from low pressure. They feel the low pressure pass, and go back. Its not difficult or magic or even an unknown process. They detect the storm coming in the exact same way the weatherman does. These pressure gradients cover large areas, 500 miles isn't that far for such a thing.

Comment: U.S. stands by its assertion (Score 3, Informative) 163

Here's an update: North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

The FBI said technical analysis of malicious software used in the Sony attack found links to malware that "North Korean actors" had developed and found a "significant overlap" with "other malicious cyber activity" previously tied to Pyongyang. But it otherwise gave scant details on how it concluded that North Korea was behind the attack.

+ - NASA emails a Socket Wrench to the ISS

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Sarah LeTrent reports at CNN that NASA just emailed the design of a socket wrench to astronauts so that they could print it out in the orbit. The ratcheting socket wrench was the first "uplink tool" printed in space, according to Grant Lowery, marketing and communications manager for Made In Space, which built the printer in partnership with NASA. The tool was designed on the ground, emailed to the space station and then manufactured where it took four hours to print out the finished product. The space agency hopes to one day use the technology to make parts for broken equipment in space and long-term missions would benefit greatly from onboard manufacturing capabilities. "I remember when the tip broke off a tool during a mission," recalls NASA astronaut TJ Creamer, who flew aboard the space station during Expedition 22/23 from December 2009 to June 2010. "I had to wait for the next shuttle to come up to bring me a new one. Now, rather than wait for a resupply ship to bring me a new tool, in the future, I could just print it.""

Comment: Re:How soon? (Score 2) 121

by DexterIsADog (#48642171) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch
Well, 1) it was a flippant comment, but then 2) you went and riled me up by making that bogus comparison to physical artifacts.

People like you can't seem to wrap your heads around the difference between the physical product of some unit of manual labor, and the creation of an idea. Compare the value of all the tea in crates on docks in Boston harbor in 1776 against the intangible ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and tell me which was more valuable.

We could have this big conversation about it, but you just won't understand. I believe you when you say you "can also never figure out..." So, take this as a statement that here's another thing in the world that you cannot comprehend, and I'm done here.

Comment: Re:How soon? (Score 1) 121

by DexterIsADog (#48641685) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

Yes, the public should be allowed to profit from the work of others.

That's exactly true, and in fact that's the reason that the US Constitution plainly states that copyrights are to be granted only for limited times. The founders of this country clearly wanted the public to profit from the works of others, after as little as 14 years.

Well, yes, but when the constitution was written, 14 years after publication, the creator of the work was likely dead of the scurvy, or gout.

Comment: Great observational skills (Score 4, Insightful) 80

by BitZtream (#48641637) Attached to: Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

Wow, someone just now noticed that animals can easily detect incoming low pressure fronts and hide from the weather.

Guess what, humans are essentially the only ones who can't tell when bad weather is coming. Ask anyone who spends some time in nature rather than hiding in some office or school room.

Fish, cows, horses, dogs, cats, squirrels, birds, pretty much anything you can think of takes cover well before a storm, except us.

The warblers weren't running form 'tornados' they were running from low pressure gradients moving in rapidly.

+ - Ask Slashdot: So now that .NET's going open source...? 1

Submitted by Rob Y.
Rob Y. (110975) writes "The discussion on Slashdot about Microsoft's move to open source .NET core has centered on

1. whether this means Microsoft is no longer the enemy of the open source movement
2. if not, then does it mean Microsoft has so lost in the web server arena that it's resorting to desperate moves.
3. or nah — it's standard MS operating procedure. Embrace, extend, extinguish.

What I'd like to ask is whether anybody that's not currently a .NET fan actually wants to use it. Open Source or not. What is the competition? Java? PHP? Ruby? Node-js? All of the above? Anything but Microsoft? Because as an OSS advocate, I see only one serious reason to even consider using it — standardization. Any of those competing platforms could be as good or better, but the problem is — how to get a job in this industry when there are so many, massively complex platforms out there. I'm still coding in C, and at 62, will probably live out my working days doing that, but I can still remember when learning a new programming language was no big deal. Even C required learning a fairly large library to make it useful, but it's nothing compared to what's out there today. And worse, jobs (and technologies) don't last like they used to. Odds are, in a few years, you'll be starting over in yet another job where they use something else.

Employers love standardization. Choosing a standard means you can't be blamed for your choice. Choosing a standard means you can recruit young, cheap developers and actually get some output from them before they move on. Or you can outsource with some hope of success (because that's what outsourcing firms do — recruit young, cheap devs and rotate them around).

To me, those are red flags — not pluses at all. But they're undeniable pluses to greedy employers. Of course, there's much more to being an effective developer than knowing the platform so you can be easily slotted in to a project. But try telling that to the private equity guys running too much of the show these days...

So, assuming MS is 'sincere' about this open source move (big assumption),

1. is .NET up to the job?
2. Is there an Open Source choice today that's popular enough to be considered the standard that employers would like?
3. If the answer to 1 is yes and 2 is no, make the argument for avoiding .NET."

Comment: Re:The day the music and freedom died. (Score 1) 121

by jones_supa (#48641327) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

Sums up the mickey mouse laws that Sony, Disney and their ilk have created in the industry. It has nothing to do with copyrights it has everything to do with control of content.

I don't see a problem with Disney still retaining full rights to Mickey. The company still exists and actively uses the character in their works.

Mediocrity finds safety in standardization. -- Frederick Crane

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