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Submission + - F-35 To Face Off Against A-10 In CAS Test->

An anonymous reader writes: Lara Seligman from Defense News reports that the capabilities of the Joint Strike Fighter are to be evaluated for close-air support (CAS) missions. She writes, "To gauge the joint strike fighter's ability to perform in a close-air support role, the Pentagon's top weapons tester has declared the sleek new fighter jet must face off against the lumbering A-10. The Pentagon's Office of Operational Test and Evaluation plans to pit the full-up F-35 against the legacy A-10 Warthog and potentially other fighter jets to evaluate the next-generation aircraft's ability to protect soldiers on the ground. The tests will identify the assets the F-35 brings to the close-in fight, and where it falls short compared to legacy planes, according to DOT&E chief Michael Gilmore."
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Submission + - Chris Christie Proposes Tracking Immigrants the Way FedEx Tracks Packages->

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Saturday that if he were elected president he would combat illegal immigration by creating a system to track foreign visitors the way FedEx tracks packages.

I just spit out my coffee . . .

Mr. Christie, who is far back in the pack of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, said at a campaign event in New Hampshire that he would ask the chief executive of FedEx, Frederick W. Smith, to devise the tracking system.“At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane,” Mr. Christie told the crowd in Laconia, N.H. “Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them.” He added: “We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in.”

I'm sure foreign tourist will be amused when getting a bar code sticker slapped on their arm.

A FedEx spokeswoman declined to comment on Mr. Christie’s remarks.

Mr. Christie, get your lips away from the crack pipe.

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Submission + - Poll: Hell

Z00L00K writes:
  • Is exothermic.
  • Is endothermic.
  • Where did I put my Hellschreiber?
  • Something that Cowboy Neal cares about.

Comment Re:10 years later, I'm annoyed at the news (Score 1) 125

I saw some news about people that did move back - and they regretted it. They realized that it was actually better if they had stayed where they had been evacuated.

In any case - I was (and currently am as well) stuck on the other side of the Atlantic so it was more like a cursory interest in the events.

Comment Re:Advertisers, worry about security? Get real (Score 4, Insightful) 236

Yet another reason to make sure you have a good adblocker with a good filter setup.

At the same time newspapers starts to complain when you use an adblocker, so it means that the use of adblockers are successful and effective.

Now web browsers need to work on improving security even more to avoid cross-site content and block suspicious sources even better. This is not only the ordinary cookies or injected ads that are to be considered but also "super-cookies" and cookies/caching of plugin data. Virtualization by default may also be useful - so that each program runs in its own sandbox.

And Android do have some concept of security permissions where the app requests rights before getting installed but at the same time it don't allow the user to actually say no to the request and still install the app. That is something that has to be improved, I as a user can accept that the app I install don't have the full functionality if I for example deny access to the address book.

Submission + - Inside the booming, unhinged, and dangerous malvertising menace->

mask.of.sanity writes: A feature on the online malicious advertising (malvertising) menace that has become an explosively potent threat to end-user security on the internet. Experts say advertising networks and exchanges need to vet their customers, and publishers need to vet the third party content they display. Users should also consider script and ad blockers in the interim.
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Submission + - Hungary to send more police to secure borders from migrants->

Bradley28 writes: Hungary is set to send up to 2,000 extra police to help secure its borders, its Interior Ministry said Wednesday, amid concern over increased numbers of migrants attempting to cross into the country.

Thousands of men, women and children — many fleeing conflict in Syria or Afghanistan — are on the move toward northern Europe, where they hope to claim asylum in European Union countries such as Germany.

The mass movement of people has led to tensions in non-EU countries on their route, including Macedonia and Serbia.

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Submission + - In Praise of the Solo Programmer writes: Jean-Louis Gassée writes that once upon a time, we were awestruck by the solo programmer who could single-handedly write a magnum opus on a barebones machine like the Apple ][ with its 64 kilobytes of memory and an 8-bit processor running at 1MHz. Once such giant was Paul Lutus, known as the Oregon Hermit, who won a place next to Jobs and Wozniak in the Bandley Drive Hall of Fame for his Apple Writer word processor. "Those were the days Computers and their operating systems were simple and the P in Personal Computers applied to the programmer," writes Gassée. "There’s no place for a 2015 Paul Lutus. But are things really that dire?"

As it turns out, the size and complexity of operating systems and development tools do not pose completely insurmountable obstacles; There are still programs of hefty import authored by one person. One such example is Preview, Mac’s all-in-one file viewing and editing program. The many superpowers of Apple’s Preview does justice to the app’s power and flexibility authored by a solo, unnamed programmer who has been at it since the NeXT days. Newer than Preview but no less ambitious, is Gus Mueller’s Acorn, an “Image Editor for Humans”, now in version 5 at the Mac App Store. Mueller calls his Everett, WA company a mom and pop shop because his spouse Kristin does the documentation when she isn’t working as a Physical Therapist. Gus recently released Acorn 5 fixing hundreds of minor bugs and annoyances. "It took months and months of work, it was super boring and mind numbing and it was really hard to justify, and it made Acorn 5 super late," writes Mueller. "But we did it anyway, because something in us felt that software quality has been going downhill in general, and we sure as heck weren't going to let that happen to Acorn."

To be or not to be, that is the bottom line.