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Comment: Re:Give the money to Elon Musk (Score 1) 88

by Z00L00K (#49498861) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt

Since I'm working in a large organization I have come to realize that the amount of documentation in many projects is huge - often so large that essential key information is masked away, or right out FUBARed.

It's also not uncommon that the customer requirements are "interpreted" by people with no technical knowledge whatsoever and they have a tendency to eradicate information that they think is "too technical", or information that they think drives unnecessary cost. Some people also have a tendency to rename things to a semantic that is to common people fuzzy. Even obfuscation occurs. At the same time documents are filled with a large number of pages listing old or discarded alternatives.

Comment: Re:Why the hell ... (Score 3, Interesting) 118

by Z00L00K (#49478273) Attached to: Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Found In Windows HTTP Stack

It's easier that way - no need to be concerned with rights management. You can also get performance benefits from having it as a kernel driver.

But we also see the disadvantages - security holes.

I suspect that this also influences Windows XP, and it's quite interesting that a lot of ATMs and other embedded systems still uses XP.

+ - In New Zealand, a legal battle looms over streaming TV->

Submitted by SpacemanukBEJY.53u
SpacemanukBEJY.53u (3309653) writes "After a threat from a law firm, two New Zealand ISPs have withdrawn services that let their customers navigate to content sites outside the country that world normally be geo-blocked. Using VPNs or other services to access content restricted by region isn't specifically outlawed in either New Zealand or in neighboring Australia, but it appears the entertainment industry is prepared to court to try and argue that such services can violate copyright law. Intellectual property experts said the situation in New Zealand, if it goes to court, could result in the first test case over the legality of skirting regional restrictions."
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+ - Can civilization reboot without fossil fuels?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We often talk about our dependence on fossil fuels, and vigorously debate whether and how we should reduce that dependence. This article at Aeon sidesteps the political bickering and asks an interesting technological question: if we had to rebuild society, could we do it without all the fossil fuels we used to do it the first time? When people write about post-apocalyptic scenarios, the focus is usually on preserving information long enough for humanity to rebuild. But actually rebuilding turns out to be quite a challenge when all the easy oil has been bled from the planet. It's not that we're running out, it's that the best spots for oil now require high tech machinery. This would create a sort of chicken-and-egg problem for a rebuilding society. Technological progress could still happen using other energy production methods. But it would be very slow — we'd never see the dramatic accelerations that marked the industrial age, and then the information age. "A slow-burn progression through the stages of mechanisation, supported by a combination of renewable electricity and sustainably grown biomass, might be possible after all. Then again, it might not. We’d better hope we can secure the future of our own civilisation, because we might have scuppered the chances of any society to follow in our wake.""
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+ - 1980's Soviet Bloc Computing: Printers, Mice, and Cassette Decks->

Submitted by szczys
szczys (3402149) writes "Martin Maly rode the wave of computer evolution in the 1980's while living in the former Czechoslovak Republic. Computers themselves were hard to come by, peripherals were even more rare and so enthusiasts of the time hacked their own, like dot-matrix printers and computer mice. If your build was impressive enough, the government would adopt it and begin manufacturing the design somewhat widely. Was your first computer mouse built into a plastic spice container?"
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+ - The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301->

Submitted by sharkbiter
sharkbiter (266775) writes "The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R.1301 — has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle — seven Republicans and five Democrats.

HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners' association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions, and restrictions" (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress."

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Comment: Re:You have to be careful (Score 4, Insightful) 173

We know some things at least so far. California have over-used the water for a long time now, the ground water table is a lot lower than it was a century ago. The dam fill levels have varied up and down more and people have a tendency to look at them when it comes to how much water that can be consumed.

There have been periods of drought before through history - at which time major population movements were necessary. In some cases enough to end empires.

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir