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Comment: Re:Maybe they did it wrong... (Score 1) 395

by TrueKonrads (#34110706) Attached to: A Decade of Agile Programming — Has It Delivered?
The key message behind that principle is: "Don't deliver working software that has no more purpose for business". If you can deliver a well QA'd and developed software that is obsolete by the time it is shipped then that is money wasted. If the development overall objective is always slipping, but along the way useful software modules are delivered to the users and they make money, then it is a success.
United Kingdom

Badgers Digging Up Ancient Human Remains 172

Posted by samzenpus
from the someone-get-a-snake dept.
One of England's oldest graveyards is under siege by badgers. Rev Simon Shouler now regularly patrols the grounds of St. Remigius Church looking for bones that the badgers have dug up. The badger is a protected species in England so they can not be killed, and attempts to have them relocated have been blocked by English Nature. From the article: "At least four graves have been disturbed so far; in one instance a child found a leg bone and took it home to his parents. ... Rev. Simon Shouler has been forced to carry out regular patrols to pick up stray bones, store them and re-inter them all in a new grave."

Comment: Re:Challenge response or custom hardware (Score 1) 1155

by TrueKonrads (#33866920) Attached to: British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password
I think it is important to make sure no trickery occurs - the system has to be reasonably secure even if all implementation details are known.

Encryption key could be stored in self-destructing HSM. And forgetting a passphrase/password or PIN is a common thing. You could try to perform trickery and say "I am confused and these are my likely guesses". Then watch as police type pin 3-5 times wrong and HSM self-destruct. Proving that you intentionaly misled police would be very difficult, I believe (IANAL).

Comment: Re:Only 16 weeks? (Score 1) 1155

by TrueKonrads (#33805142) Attached to: British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password
Here's a simple option that might very well work. Design a simple challenge response device with LCD which requests PIN code and then provides the long password. Have one PIN that opens and another, say 0000 that unloads a lot of energy into the simple memory chip frying it. Then, when police come, let them guess the PIN or give thre incorrect attempts saying that all this stress caused me to forget exact combination.

+ - SPAM: 5 Biggest Interview Blunders Ever ?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "There’s no need to reinforce how important the interview is to landing the job of your dreams. Yet, many hiring managers continue to be disappointed by the majority of college graduates who have not properly prepared.If you want to stand out and make a good impression with prospective employers, there are a number of things you need to do well and others you want to avoid. Here is a list of five major blunders to avoid during your interview and how to turn things around If needed. Keeping these items in mind will make your interview memorable (in a good way) to help you land that job."
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+ - Prius problems possibly a hoax->

Submitted by colin_faber
colin_faber (1083673) writes "After last weeks exciting news that there might actually be a verified case of a Toyota Prius going out of control due to the mysterious accelerator control problems discussed here many times. It appears that the drive may have faked the incident. In the recent investigation of the Toyota Prius involved in a dramatic incident federal officials along with engineers from Toyota Motor Corp. found a particular pattern of wear on the car's brakes that doesn't seem consistent with the driver's story.

This does not surprise the submitter at all, as these types of cases have been going on for years now, especially when you factor in the driver being 61 years young."

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Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun's Great Conveyor Running at Record Speed->

Submitted by rubycodez
rubycodez (864176) writes "The scarcity of sunspots in the last three years might be explained by the Great Conveyor belts of the Sun moving at never before seen speed. It was until recently thought that faster motion of the plasma streams would cause higher solar activity, but instead this has coincided with a deep solar minimum. Even more puzzling is a second abnormality, that the bottom of the conveyor is moving at a record slow speed. Though not at all addressed in the article, if we understand so very little about the Sun, and have been so horribly wrong about predicting peak and weak cycles, what does that say about our ability to model climate, which after all is driven by the Sun?"
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+ - Worker Threatened to be Fired Over Web Site Visits->

Submitted by SpicyBrownMustard
SpicyBrownMustard (1105799) writes "A poster going by the pseudonym of "Misoir" reports that his supervisor has threatened to fire him over a web site he visits on his personal time. He writes: "I work weekends at a grocery store called Win Dixie. Yesterday I was on a lunch break and the store supervisor walked up to me while I was sitting on a bench and on Above Top Secret via my laptop and he walked over and leaned against the wall. Then he leaned forward and told me that he doesn't want me visiting these websites because they lie and distort facts. I was stunned and did not reply, and then he started to walk away and told me if he catches me on this website again I will be fired." His full story is related here which brings up a number of interesting questions, including; can an employer rightfully control the online access of workers during break time?"
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Space

+ - SpaceX Conducts First On-Pad Test-Fire Of Falcon 9->

Submitted by FleaPlus
FleaPlus (6935) writes "On Saturday SpaceX successfully conducted a launch dress rehearsal and on-pad test firing of their completed Falcon 9 rocket, with the 15-story tall rocket held down to prevent launch (Videos). SpaceX is one of several likely competitors (ranging from the upstart Blue Origin to the more experienced Boeing) in NASA's new plans for commercial crew transportation to low-Earth orbit. SpaceX has been cleared by Cape Canaveral for the Falcon 9's first orbital launch next month, carrying a test model of the company's Dragon cargo/crew capsule, although CEO/CTO Elon Musk has cautioned that they're still in the equivalent of 'beta testing' for the first few flights."
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Science

+ - New unit proposed for energy efficiency->

Submitted by tugfoigel
tugfoigel (80286) writes "Pioneering French physicists Marie and Pierre Curie have the curie, a unit of radioactivity, named after them. Renowned inventor Nikola Tesla is honored with the tesla, which measures a magnetic field. And now, the Rosenfeld, proposed as a unit for electricity savings, will be named after the man seen by many people as the godfather of energy efficiency, Arthur Rosenfeld.
Courtesy California Energy Commission

“In keeping with the tradition among scientists of naming units in honor of the person most responsible for the discovery and widespread adoption of the underlying scientific principle in question,” a group of scientists propose today in a refereed article in Environmental Research Letters to define the Rosenfeld as electricity savings of 3 billion kilowatt-hours per year, the amount needed to replace the annual generation of a 500 megawatt coal-fired power plan"

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