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Comment Re:the lard of hosts for fat ads (Score 1) 352

A host file only works when the content and ads come from different servers. That's such an obvious weakness it amazes me that most people don't see it. Don't listen to apk's spam, a host fire is not a silver bullet that will solve all the world's problems. It has its up sides and down sides, and there are several problems/use cases it can not solve that can be solved by a browser plugin or a firewall. Depending solely on a host fire to block ads is like holding a shield in front of you and expecting to never be attacked from behind.

P.S. We solved the problem of sharing the host file with everyone back in the 80s with a thing called DNS.

Comment Re:It's what we "do" (Score 1) 109

All 3 of those use a computer which was originally developed for military use. All 3 of those use the internet which was originally developed for military use. And funny you should specifically say the navy for selfies since they were funding research into optics 100 years ago for range finders on battleships. Then of course there's bomb sites and spy plans and spy satellites all of which need advanced optics.

Comment Re:Does anyone else see the irony? (Score 2, Insightful) 545

Obviously each state has it's own personality for lack of a better term.

I'm mostly just annoyed at how he made a broad sweeping generalization of an entire state with a less than favorable one liner and got modded up for it. Here I can do the same thing. Everybody in Kentucky is a hill billy. Everybody in Georgia is racist. Everybody in China is a communist. You see how stupid it sounds, and he got modded up for saying that crap.

Comment Re:There are no rules like with engineering (Score 0) 508

I think the point you and a lot of other people in thread are missing is nobody is asking for perfect software, just for programmers to not repeatedly make the same mistakes over and over again. How is it that brand new software is still being exploited by SQL injections and buffer overflows? Those two problems have been know about for decades yet programmers are still happy to churn out code vulnerable to them.

Nobody holds an engineer liable when something fails in a new and previously unknown way, but they do hold the engineer liable when he builds something with widely known flaws.

Submission + - Launching Frequently Key to NASA Success ( 1

teeks99 writes: Even NASA could benefit from the "Launch Often" idea that is often refered to in the software development community. However, in NASA's case the "Launch" is a bit more literal. Edward Lu, writing in the New York Times, points out that by lowering the conquenseques of launch failure, and making frequent launches available to engineers, NASA could open up a new wave of innovation in space exploration. If there were weekly launches of a rocket, there would be many oppertunities for new ideas to be tried out in communications, remote sensing, orbital debris mitigation, robotic exploration, and even in developing technology for human spaceflight. Another benefit would be that the rockets would be well understood, which would improve reliability.

Submission + - Will Windows 7 finally get IPv6 deployed?

Esther Schindler writes: "As Steven Vaughan-Nichols writes in his article at IT Expert Voice, Windows 7 and IPv6: Useful at Last?, we've had so many predictions that this is "the year of IPv6" that most of us stopped listening. But the network protocol may have new life breathed into it because IPv6 is a requirement for DirectAccess. DirectAccess, a feature in Windows 7, makes remote access a lot easier — and it doesn't require a VPN. (Lisa Vaas interviews security experts and network admins to find out what they think of that idea.) The two articles examine the advantages and disadvantages of DirectAccess, with particular attention to the possibility that Microsoft's sponsorship may give IPv6 the deployment push it's lacked."

Submission + - Intel Patches Flaws in Trusted Execution Tech (

An anonymous reader writes: Invisible Things Lab issued the results of their research in which they describe how flaws in Intel's Trusted Execution Technology (whose function is to provide a mechanism for safe loading of system software and to protect sensitive files) can be used to compromise the integrity of a software loaded via an Intel TXT-based loader in a generic way, fully circumventing any protection TXT is supposed to provide. The attack exploits an implementation error in the so called SINIT Authenticated Code modules and that could potentially allow a malicious attacker to elevate their privileges.

Submission + - e-Readers to Evolve in 2010 (

Velcroman1 writes: Ex-PC World editor Harry McCracken has started writing a column for FoxNews. The first installment deals with the topic of e-book readers, focusing on the Nook but also looking ahead to the future of the gadgets:

Postpone your e-reader purchase, and you'll also have more hardware to choose from. A startup called Plastic Logic plans to release details at January's Consumer Electronics Show about its big-screen Que, which will be sold at Barnes & Noble stores. Also coming soon is the EnTourage eDGe, a unique two-screen gadget that claims to be part e-reader, part netbook mini-laptop. And with Amazon's last major overhaul of the Kindle almost ten months old, there's a strong chance a next-generation model isn't far off.

Then there's the hottest product of 2010, which remains a persistent rumor rather than a confirmed reality: The Apple tablet. Just about everybody in the business of watching Steve Jobs' company thinks he'll release a device that resembles a giant iPod Touch — a slick gizmo with a color touchscreen that does music, movies, the Web, apps ... and e-books, one assumes. An Apple tablet wouldn't match the marathon battery life of today's dedicated readers, but it would be infinitely more versatile.


Submission + - Stopping global warming with a hose ( 3

FutureDomain writes: Nathan Myhrvold from Intellectual Solutions has proposed a hose to pipe sulfur particles to the stratosphere as a temporary solution to stop global warming. Noting the recent Climategate emails and distrust of global warming science, he suggested that an open scientific study should be done of global warming, with everything above board and dissenters included. If the study concludes that global warming is occurring, then a temporary solution of pumping sulfur particles into the atmosphere should be started while the world moves to clean energy as a permanent solution. The sulfur particles will dim the sun's light just enough to counteract any warming, with the particles only making up an extra 1% of the sulfur particles already in the stratosphere from volcanoes. The scheme would only cost $250 million dollars, compared with a loss in GDP of $151 to $210 billion in 2020 and $631 to $639 billion in 2030 for the Lieberman-Warner bill currently in congress.

Submission + - SPAM: Report: Russian gang linked to big Citibank hack

alphadogg writes: U.S. authorities are investigating the theft of an estimated tens of millions of dollars from Citibank by hackers partly using Russian software tailored for the attack, according to a news report. The security breach at the major U.S. bank was detected mid-year based on traffic from Internet addresses formerly used by the Russian Business Network gang, The Wall Street Journal [spam URL stripped] said Tuesday, citing unnamed government sources. The Russian Business Network is a well-known group linked to malicious software, hacking, child pornography and spam. The FBI is probing the case, the report said. It was not known whether the money had been recovered and a Citibank representative said the company had not had any system breach or losses, according to the report.
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