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Comment: Re: Can't troll worth a shit, so wall of text? (Score 1) 274

by khayman80 (#48685693) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

Look, all this isn't remotely believable. You clearly compounded that account's massive spamming attempts by needlessly quoting obscenely huge chunks of his nonsense. [Rujiel, 2014-12-28]

Needlessly? How else should I debunk his baseless claim that I was "rude and insulting" when Jane/Lonny Eachus was actually just projecting his own obscene insults onto me? And if you have a better approach in mind, why not just suggest that better approach rather than repeatedly suggest that I kill myself?

Are they hiring you losers while still in high school these days? The bar for paid oil trolls sure is a low one--any stupid thing to prevent the discussion of the oil cartel's impunity. Do the world a favor and kill yourself. [Rujiel, 2014-11-20]

He's a paid shill and so are you--no amount of verbose whining on your part could hide the role of spamming you were playing in that thread. [Rujiel, 2014-12-28]

Once again, Rujiel accuses me of being a paid oil shill. But once again, why would the oil industry pay me to debunk the same baseless accusations they're helping to spread? I've been debunking misinformation about climate from Jane/Lonny Eachus and many others for 5 years now. Again, why would the oil industry pay me to do that?

... Save our collective unconscious from your fevered ego--kill yourself. your net sum contribution to society is at a negative. [Rujiel, 2014-11-26]

Really? Among other things, I've contributed open source software to estimate mass changes on the surface of the Earth using GRACE satellite data. Here's my dissertation which explains the methods. Does that count for anything, or should I kill myself?

Your response is akin to someone who has just spent the last hour rolling in his own shit and flinging it at passers-by, standing up all at once and asking the surrounding crowd what's wrong. You're seriously so bad at this. Even your employer would be better off if you killed yourself. [Rujiel, 2014-11-30]

I really don't understand why people like Jane/Lonny Eachus and Rujiel are filled with so much hatred. However, sociology research suggests that people are less likely to hurl abuse at people after seeing their faces. So here I am at JPL's open house explaining how our CO2 emissions are causing ice sheets to melt. And here's a clip from the Weather Channel where I explained (at 19m36s and 26m34s) how NASA measures these ice sheets from space.

Rujiel, now that you've seen my face, do you still hate me so much that you still think I should kill myself? Or would you like to retract those odious statements?

Comment: Re: who cares how many children (Score 1) 233

by hey! (#48685669) Attached to: AirAsia Flight Goes Missing Between Indonesia and SIngapore

That's an interesting take on the idea. There may be, almost certainly is an "optimal" point of view where the balance of future carrying cost, productive potential, experience and future work expectancy.

If you value experience the highest, then older people are the most valuable. Children have highest carrying cost, least experience, but the highest adaptability and future earning potential.

Now you could take a *market* approach to valuing lives by holding an auction to see how much people will contribute to save a life. In that case I have no doubt that children would win hands down. In a sense we do this already; charities which rescue children have a distinct advantage over those that target adults or the elderly.

Comment: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices? (Score 1) 78

by chihowa (#48685471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

This one's easy: don't.

If they're not taking security seriously, that's a bad sign and you should reconsider giving them your personal information. If they're actively trying to hide their own contact information, that's a huge red flag and you'd be crazy to do business with them.

There's no need to overthink this. This is the internet equivalent of the shady guy selling Armani suits out of a stolen car (actually happened near me, recently). Just avoid shady businesses.

Comment: Re:don't fucking post it! (Score 1) 202

by chihowa (#48685439) Attached to: Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

He's got a point, though. Facebook is the creepy guy in the van trading pictures of your kids for candy. They're not exactly shy about sharing the fact that they want to monetize every bit of information you give them.

You're just playing the "Don't blame the victim!" card... I can feel sorry for the guy while still hoping that he (and others) learns from this incident.

Security

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices? 78

Posted by timothy
from the stochastic-protection dept.
An anonymous reader writes Despite recent highly-publicized hacking incidents making the news, companies continue to practice poor cyber-security. I signed-up to buy something from [an online vendor] and upon completing signup through HTTPS, was sent my username and password in plain-text through e-mail. This company has done everything in its power to avoid being contacted for its poor technical practices, including using GoDaddy's Domains By Proxy to avoid having even WHOIS information for their webmaster's technical contact from being found. Given such egregious behavior, what do you do when you're left vulnerable by companies flagrantly violating good security practice?

Comment: Re:No problem. (Score 1) 128

by chihowa (#48685055) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

If you read through the issue database for Privacy Badger, it seems like the devs are very concerned with not alienating the tracking companies. In many cases, this includes ignoring user input and instead trusting the tracking companies (eg, looking for a /.well-known/dnt-policy.txt file and if found, disregarding the user's desire to block attempted connections).

I think their intentions are good and the plugin has potential, but it seems that the devs see the tracking companies as honorable players and respect their desires a little too much.

Comment: Re:Why not include the original IBM design? (Score 1) 155

by hey! (#48684259) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

I actually dug out my old Model M last year. Aside from the fact that the rubber.insulation had flaked off the keyboard cord, it still worked perfectly. And it was every bit as good as I remembered it being for typing, and if I replace the cord it will last forever.

There's only one problem with the thing: it's so damn loud. Every damn keypress is accompanied by a loud "POK!" Forget about annoying other people, *I* was annoyed. Years of typing on pretty good Thinkpad "scissor switch" keyboards had accustomed me to a low, pleasant sussuration.

Cherry makes a "brown" switch that is not quite as loud as the classic buckling spring. I have a cheap nixeus keyboard that uses "brown" knock-offs. They're pretty good and not so loud as to be annoying. I wouldn't use this keyboard in public, at a Starbucks or in the library, but it's fine in my home office.

Comment: Re:Tip of the iceberg (Score 1) 116

by Copid (#48682747) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance

And as for the analyst who was spying on her spouse, she's damn lucky she got a slap on the wrist. She could have gotten much, much worse for that.

That's kind of the problem. She could have and should have gotten much worse. The fact that she didn't indicates a serious dysfunction in the system. And it's the type of dysfunction that sounds a lot like the type of arrogant, "The rules don't apply to us," and, "If you're not police, you're nobody," attitude you get from dangerously corrupt police forces in countries we sneer at. That's not good. Not good at all.

Given that, I have a very hard time buying the idea that these people take their jobs seriously at all. Anybody who took that job seriously would have immediately stomped down on that person, drummed her out of the service, and immediately made changes to make sure it didn't happen again.

Comment: Re:The only negative reviews are coming from... (Score 4, Informative) 258

by Copid (#48682711) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea
I think he's saying that a restaurant reviewer who goes into a burger joint and shits all over it in his review because they didn't have sushi is probably not adding much useful information to the review-o-sphere.

I don't like most childrens movies because I'm an adult and I find them childish. But if somebody was paying me to write informative reviews and I had to review a kids' movie, I wouldn't spend a lot of time bemoaning the simplistic plot line, limited charater development or overly bright color pallette. Complaining that the latest Disney Princess movie didn't have the same set of elements that made No Country for Old Men appealing sort of misses the point. It's not even sensible enough to be considered wrong.

+ - Airbus A350 XWB Enters Field Operations

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "The wait is finally over for aviation aficionados wanting to book a flight aboard the Airbus A350 XWB. Qatar Airways, the global launch customer of the plane, accepted delivery of their first A350 of 80 in order, during a ceremony at Airbus' headquarters in Toulouse, France, on Monday morning. This particular A350-900 will enter regular commercial service in January, operating daily flights between its Hamad International Airport hub in Doha, Qatar and Frankfurt, Germany. There are three different iterations of A350 XWB being built: the A350-800, the A350-900 and the A350-1000, which seat 270, 314 and 350 passengers, respectively, in three-class seating. The "XWB" in the name means "extra wide body." The A350 is the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer. Curious what it was like to be on the Tuesday delivery flight? Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren was onboard that flight and chronicled the landmark trip in photographs."

Comment: Good salary better than free education (Score 1) 517

by Roger W Moore (#48678989) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Just make all the STEM programs FREE.

Making one program free while the rest remain expensive (all subjects should be free like they are in school) is not a good way to motivate students to take a STEM degree. You will end up with lots of poorly motivated students who cannot afford to take the subject they really want. The best way to ensure that students want to take STEM is to ensure that there are lots of well paid jobs waiting for them. This provides monetary incentive to people planning to make a career in STEM which is what you want.

The problem with society today is that STEM is viewed as hard by most students and leads to a job which is ok but requires real work. Compare that to the view of subjects like business studies or law where the view is that you can get a well paid job and have to do far less actual work to get the same (or even better) salary. That's not to say that there are a lot of really hard working lawyers and MBAs out there but the general perception is that you can get by doing far less work if you want to and still get a better salary than a STEM worker at least based on my interactions with prospective students.

Businesses

Prosecutors Raid LG Offices Over Alleged Vandalism of Samsung Dishwashers 83

Posted by timothy
from the aren't-you-glad-those-are-machines dept.
As reported by Reuters, Korean manufacturing giant LG's Seoul headquarters have been raided over allegations that LG employees sabotaged dishwashers made by rival Samsung. The Samsung machines were "on display at two stores in September ahead of the IFA electronics show in Berlin." From the article: On Friday, investigators searched the Seoul offices of LG Elec's home appliance head, Jo Seong-jin, and others and secured documents and computer hard disks related to the IFA fair, Yonhap News Agency said. They also combed through LG Electronics' home appliance factory in the southeastern city of Changwon, the report said. ... Samsung sued LG Electronics employees after the incident in Germany, and LG said the company has counter-sued Samsung employees on Dec. 12. Media reports have earlier said prosecutors banned LG's Seong-jin from leaving the country ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to be held January 6-9.
Cloud

Romanian Cybersecurity Law Will Allow Warrantless Access To Data 58

Posted by Soulskill
from the what-happens-in-romania-stays-in-romania dept.
jfruh writes: The Romanian Parliament has passed a bill that will allow its security services widespread access to data on privately owned services without a warrant, and once the president signs it, it will become law. The law would have widespread impact beyond Romania because the country is a hub for IT outsourcing.

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