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Comment: Re:One habit is ... (Score 4, Funny) 136

by Fallen Kell (#46726687) Attached to: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins
The reason there are more fat people in IT isn't because we want to be. It is because the GOOD IT people get fat because they know that the best IT people never need to leave their seats. If you have to leave your seat to do something as an admin, you are doing something wrong and not using the technology that is available to you to be able to fix everything but physical hardware failure or installation from your seat.

Comment: Re:Need to follow the proper approach (Score 1) 141

If you read the summary in the /. post that you commented on, you would have seen that someone did bring the suit before a lower court. The lower court ruled that the practice was unconstitutional, but stayed their judgement on appeal as they knew it would be appealed. That being said, usually when the Supreme Court denies hearing a case, it means that the last ruling was the correct ruling. However, in this case, the plaintiffs simply need to appeal to the full appellate court.

Comment: Re:Simple.... Odds are even (Score 1) 167

by Fallen Kell (#46670563) Attached to: A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser
Actually now that I think about it more, it is much more difficult that it at first seams... The fact that he plays rock 50% of the time really has no bearing on what he plays the other 50% of the time. If you do the 100% paper, you will eventually only win 50% of the time.

After that you need to run a probability set on all the possible combinations, with the unknowns for his paper and scissors, only knowing that they total to 50%.

Comment: I think the problem is exactly your last statement (Score 1) 1482

by Fallen Kell (#46632959) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

what happened to live and let live?

This is someone who has documented history of not being able to do so. Instead of just letting other people live they way they want to, he is spending money and political clout to force others to live only the way he wants people to live.

Comment: Hawaii? (Score 1) 75

by Fallen Kell (#46589423) Attached to: Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map of the World
Ummm... hasn't anyone told these scientists that Hawaii is the Pacific headquarters of the US Navy, including such things as nuclear powered aircraft carriers and nuclear powered submarines? I would think this is a horrible place to run an experiment given the fact that you would never know if the results were due to a submarine entering, leaving, or patrolling....

Comment: Re:Why are there so few black engineers? (Score 1) 397

by Fallen Kell (#46530785) Attached to: Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

Many places have had wages taken so high that there is insufficient teacher presence in halls, yards and stairwells that bullying flourishes in these areas, and this bullying chills many black students into mediocrity.

I think you are reading more into the issue than "high wages" for teachers causing a lack of teachers. If teachers charged the city/state like lawyers do for every minute that they worked, you would see that teachers are far from underpaid even at your "wages taken so high" rates that you currently claim. Even with summer "off", and not including time spent at "teacher meetings" or pre/post school year, teachers in primary and secondary schools work on average just 100 hours less than a person with a 40 hour work week does across the entire year. If the pre/post school year time, and days that teachers are required to report when students do not are included, teachers work more hours during the 180 day school year than a normal person does across the entire 260 day work year.

To be quite honest, I think teachers should be paid by the minute, just like lawyers charge. Maybe then we might actually have teacher salary that reflects the work they put in and people like you would see the actual time spent to do the job. Remember, when the students go home, the teachers still need to grade assignments/tests, create tests, update lesson plans, student learning plans, input grades into school grading software, possibly hold office hours for after/before class assistance, hold shifts covering detentions, call parents, hold parent teacher conferences, etc., etc.. All of which adds up to a lot of time over the 6 hour 40 minute "school day" that you think is the end of the time a teacher needs to be on the clock...

Comment: Re:Arcs are a lie (Score 1) 145

by daknapp (#46503283) Attached to: US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

But the timing will not be known perfectly and neither will the height of the plane, so the location of the arc will not be known perfectly. Knowing how imperfect the information is and hence how wide an area on either side of the arc needs to be searched would seem rather important.

The fact that you cite the altitude of the plane as a potential source of error pretty much demonstrates that you have no idea what you are talking about. The satellite is in GEO, which means it is about 36,000 km above the surface. You think that an effect from 10 km elevation would show up?

Likewise, the timing is probably known to about a few microsec, which amounts to a distance of a few km. Once again, not a big error.

Comment: Re:hmmm (Score 1) 104

by Fallen Kell (#46431725) Attached to: BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website

If the security industry at large actually knew what they were doing, websites wouldn't be instituting such asinine password rules, and my own employer wouldn't have recently cited "industry standard practice" as a reason for requiring I include special characters in my domain password.

But the security industry does know what they are doing. The "industry standard practice" for special characters is to limit the ability of a brute force attack of your password. By requiring a special character, they increased the search space needed to find the password. For an 8 character length password requiring lower case letters, there are 8*26 possible passwords. Add upper case letters, and there are 8*52 possible passwords. Add numbers and there are 8*62 possible passwords. Add special characters and there are 8*94 possible passwords. This requirement fights a specific type of attack vector.

Are there other attack vectors? Sure, and they too have their own security rules to mitigate the chances of a successful attack.

Comment: Re:hmmm (Score 1) 104

by Fallen Kell (#46430741) Attached to: BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website
This isn't about the hacking groups being able to hurt anyone. It is about doing proper security and handling of personal information. The data was being stored improperly, end of the discussion. It doesn't matter if a hacker group then hacked the website or not and discovered the data and stole it. The data should never have been there to begin with for the hackers to get to, and that is the problem. However, doing things "right" costs money. Businesses and organizations need to know that cutting corners with personal information will not be tolerated, and heavily fined, so much so that it is cheaper to do the work correctly than it is to not do it correctly and pay the fines.

Comment: Re:So what happens (Score 1) 253

by Fallen Kell (#46405667) Attached to: Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots
You assume their logs will even record that data. And even if that happens, the FBI/Secret Service will claim that they simply did not recover the exact piece of hardware that you used because you either a) hid it b) spoofed the MAC Address or c) got rid of it. The benefits of the a) and c) arguments are that they don't need to recover incriminating evidence on your other devices (i.e. CP, etc.) because you also only used that particular device, but with the "facts" of the logs and your username/password usage, they know for a fact that you had such a device and did such activity because they have the logs, and the logs do not lie.

Comment: Re:Wilhelm Roentgen Would be Proud (Score 4, Interesting) 23

by daknapp (#46293149) Attached to: Supernova Secrets Seen In X-Rays

Universal, no, but physicists agree, and, really, who else matters? X-rays are emitted by electrons (atomic transitions or bremsstrahlung); gamma rays by nuclear transitions. Those definitions have been pretty well agreed upon by physicists for at least the last 15 years.

Astronomers, however, seem to characterize photons only by energy, which kind of makes sense if you realize that they frequently don't know the origin of the observed photons and build instruments for energy ranges instead.

But nonetheless it is still incorrect to characterize these photons as "x-rays."

Comment: Re:Wilhelm Roentgen Would be Proud (Score 4, Informative) 23

by daknapp (#46293041) Attached to: Supernova Secrets Seen In X-Rays

Unfortunately, in this case the observed photons were actually low-energy gamma rays. I guess they are called "x-rays" in the article because they fall into the region of the electromagnetic spectrum that is usually associated with x-rays. Ti-44 undergoes electron capture to Sc-44, which emits the two gamma rays at 78 and 68 keV, and then the Sc-44 decays (again by electron capture) to Ca-44.

But they are not true x-rays.

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