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Comment Re:What about new talent? (Score 1) 1501

Interesting point - is verbal abuse the only way to get an incompetent or obstructive person out of the flow of an open source project, where you can't fire people? Would it be possible to politely say, "Go away until you actually know what you are doing?" (I know; just imagine I said it politely), and actually make it stick? I have my doubts...

Submission + - ISS laptops switching from Windows XP to Debian

SgtKeeling writes: Dozens of Windows XP laptops on the International Space Station are being switched to Debian 6. A manager involved in the switch said, "We needed an operating system that was stable and reliable – one that would give us in-house control. So if we needed to patch, adjust or adapt, we could." The Linux Foundation provided two development courses to help with developing apps related specifically to the needs of the ISS.
In 2008 Slashdot noted a story about a virus on the ISS laptops which had come up on an astronaut's USB flash drive.

Comment Re:Vaccines should be mandatory. (Score 1) 1025

Unfortunately, "college graduate" and "educated" aren't synonyms. Most liberal arts majors couldn't tell you how a vaccine works. I had a close friend who was an honor student at a decent college, who thought the atom bomb was dropped in 1900. Millions of "educated" Americans think the theory of evolution may be in doubt, a far larger percentage than anywhere else in the world - a larger percentage than in the Vatican.

You can't change a person's mind with evidence, if they're invested in their position; they'll just dismiss you. The Vaxxers desperately want someone to blame for their childrens' conditions, and they've chosen vaccination as the goat.

Comment How does this affect age estimates for the Sun (Score 3, Interesting) 95

What I would like to know is how this change in measured convection rate affects our models of solar lifecycles. Granted, this may be a methodology error; IANAP (anymore), so I can't answer that question, but it seems to me some important new questions arise as a result of this finding. Does this mean stars age slower than we thought, or faster - or is the rate unchanged? Is the overall heat transfer is slower, is some other known mechanism transferring more heat, or is there some unknown transfer mechanism we have yet to discover? There's a lot of work for some lucky grad students out there.

Comment Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 351

Why not just call Chuck Norris a wimp? I've never heard of Schneier being described as naive (except, perhaps, by the TSA), much less a fool. While it's possible for very educated and accomplished people to be foolish, I think Bruce's long history of excellent work in the field, his written work, as well as his job history with the US DoD, BT, and Counterpane Security would lead me to at least respect his opinion, even if I disagreed with it.

Comment Re:Not all religions are bad (Score 1) 910

This assumes that faith and reason operate on the same level; they don't. Open-mindedness and Religiosity are orthogonal. You can either present facts, or make an appeal to faith, not both. This is the same argument that people use to advocate for teaching Creationism in schools, and it's just as false in this case.

Submission + - 3DES smart card hacked (iacr.org)

chomsky68 writes: 3DES encrypted smart card encryption hacked by side channel analysis.
Christof Paar from Ruhr-University has led a team that hacked 3DES using a low-cost system to break in with just a few hours of work.


Submission + - Saving Money With Digital Textbooks (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "Faced with a bill for $200,000 for statistics textbooks for their 3,100 high school sophomores, teachers at Blaine High School northwest of Minneapolis decided to write their own digital textbook. Cost? About $25,000. Books will be offered for free to other districts next year after some updates this summer. (Teachers are paid to write the material, and to update it)."
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Submission + - The F-35 story (bloomberg.com) 1

phyzz writes: "After 10 years in development and numerous cost and schedule overruns, the JSF program aimed at replacing several aircrafts from three major military services and partner nations with a fifth generation aircraft capable of STOVL as sustained supersonic flight in an affordable package finally gets some test points validated, yet faces an uphill fight against budget reductions. Bloomberg has this interesting story about the program's troubled past."

Submission + - Global CO2 levels rise past worst-case scenarios (washingtonpost.com)

phx_zs writes: Many news sources recently reported on the latest figures from the US government agency CDIAC (Carbon Dioxide Information & Analysis Center), which showed an alarming rise in CO2 levels beyond the IPCC's "worst case scenarios" from 2009 to 2010. Actual data here: http://cdiac.ornl.gov/trends/emis/perlim_2009_2010_estimates.html

Also to note:
"Much of the 5.9% global increase from 2009 to 2010 is due to increased emissions from the world's largest fossil-fuel emitter, the People's Republic of China, where emissions rose 10%"


Submission + - Massive DNS Cache Poisoning Hits Brazil (net-security.org) 1

Orome1 writes: A massive DNS cache poisoning attack attempting to infect users trying to access popular websites is currently under way in Brazil, according to Kaspersky Lab expert Fabio Assolini. Brazil has some big ISPs. Official statistics suggest the country has 73 million computers connected to the Internet, and the major ISPs average 3 or 4 million customers each. If a cybercriminal can change the DNS cache in just one server, the number of potential victims is huge. And that is exactly what has been happening during last week. Users trying to reach Google, YouTube, Facebook and other popular global and local sites were being faced with pop-up windows telling them to install "Google Defence" and similar thematic software or Java applet in order to be able to access the wanted site.

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