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Comment: Size matters? (Score 5, Interesting) 444

by Tim99 (#46031351) Attached to: Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?
A few years back a rep told me that 2.5" drives were generally more reliable than 3.5" because 2.5" were designed for laptops, were they would be expected to have a hard life, and 3.5" were generally used in desktops where they would be less likely to be knocked and dropped. He said that the smaller drives reliability was was still better even when based on relative capacity (say 2x 500GB 2.5" vs 1x 1000GB). Obviously the cost differential for large amounts of storage is not favourable (except to the rep), but for home use or where reliability is important it might be worth thinking about - YMMV based on how careful you are?

Comment: Oracle and Java What the hell happened? (Score 3, Interesting) 154

by Tim99 (#45925337) Attached to: Oracle Promises Patches Next Week For 36 Exploits In Latest Java
Oracle and Java exploits - An anecdote:-
A couple of weeks ago I tried to log into my superannuation account, the browser fired back an authentication error, so I notified the company (MLC) who asked me to send them as many technical details as I could. After a little bit of looking around, I noted that the Oracle Access Management system that gave me the error code was was at version ( Oracle's currently version was Not too surprising, a supplier that had not patched to the current version.

What did surprise me was that Oracle's Identity Management Patch Set that was available for the version displayed was >2GB - A compressed Java application and framework for a database authentication application that was over 2 Gigabytes in size .

It has been a few years since I wrote any Oracle stuff, but that is ridiculous, what the hell have web based script kiddy/Java type developers been up to. Admittedly I started with Oracle in the Stone Age (V3) and actually shipped an application that used V4. By V6 the C interface which included all the necessary external validation code was small enough to be easily understood and modifiable by a single programmer. My memory is going now, but I seem to remember that in the 1990s all of the code for an early web CGI Oracle interface, including user validation would fit on a floppy.

Comment: Re:Outsource it to the Americans (Score 1) 752

by Tim99 (#45398897) Attached to: Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners
Sorry, yes, my Google-foo failed. However as another poster has written, SWEDEN had conscription until 2010 and had a high level of their population with military training. Sweden, while not having as many guns/head of population does have a high degree of gun ownership Wikipedia Link

+ - Cryptolocker Ransomware: What You Need To Know->

Submitted by kn9sli001
kn9sli001 (2884913) writes "Just last month, antivirus companies discovered a new ransomware known as Cryptolocker.This ransomware is particularly nasty because infected users are in danger of losing their personal files forever.Cryptolocker will encrypt users’ files using asymmetric encryption, which requires both a public and private key.
The bad news is decryption is impossible unless a user has the private key stored on the cybercriminals’ server.Currently, infected users are instructed to pay $300 USD to receive this private key.Infected users also have a time limit to send the payment. If this time elapses, the private key is destroyed, and your files may be lost forever"

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+ - Claims that Lorentz system describes human emotions debunked

Submitted by Enokcc
Enokcc (1500439) writes "In a series of research articles it was claimed that a famous system of nonlinear differential equations originally used to model atmospheric convection can also be used to model changes in human emotions over time. It took an amateur in psychology with computer science background to notice how extraordinary these claims were, and with the help of experts on psychology he has now published a critique. The latest of the questionable research articles with 360 citations is now "partially withdrawn"."

+ - What Science Says About the Fireplace Delusion 1

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Sam Harris has an interesting essay with an example of secular intransigence that may give readers a sense of how religious people feel when their beliefs are criticized and it has to do with the phenomenon called “the fireplace delusion.” On a cold night, most people consider a well-tended fire to be one of the more wholesome pleasures that humanity has produced writes Harris. "A fire, burning safely within the confines of a fireplace or a woodstove, is a visible and tangible source of comfort to us. We love everything about it: the warmth, the beauty of its flames, and—unless one is allergic to smoke—the smell that it imparts to the surrounding air." But if you feel this way about a wood fire, you are not only wrong but dangerously misguided. Here is what we know from a scientific point of view: There is no amount of wood smoke that is good to breathe. It is at least as bad for you as cigarette smoke, and probably much worse. The smoke from an ordinary wood fire contains hundreds of compounds known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic, and irritating to the respiratory system. Residential wood combustion emissions also contain sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and potentially carcinogenic compounds including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, formaldehyde and dioxins (PDF). One study found it to be 30 times more potent a carcinogen. Children who live in homes with active fireplaces or woodstoves, or in areas where wood burning is common, suffer a higher incidence of asthma, cough, bronchitis, nocturnal awakening, and compromised lung function. Among adults, wood burning is associated with more-frequent emergency room visits and hospital admissions for respiratory illness, along with increased mortality from heart attacks. The case against burning wood is every bit as clear as the case against smoking cigarettes. "I have discovered that when I make this case, even to highly intelligent and health-conscious men and women, a psychological truth quickly becomes as visible as a pair of clenched fists: They do not want to believe any of it," writes Harris. "And yet, the reality of our situation is scientifically unambiguous: If you care about your family’s health and that of your neighbors, the sight of a glowing hearth should be about as comforting as the sight of a diesel engine idling in your living room." Of course, if you are anything like my friends, you will refuse to believe this concludes Harris. And that should give you some sense of what we are up against whenever we confront religion."

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