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Comment: Think about this bug vis a vis SourceForge... (Score 1) 239

by decaffeinated (#46711459) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Suppose SourceForge is/was vulnerable (I don't know that that's the case...I opened a ticket to find out).

Suppose a developer's login credentials were grabbed before SourceForge reacted and closed the hole.

Great. Now a bad character can upload malware as the latest release for any of the compromised developer's SourceForge projects.

Yeah...chew on that.

Comment: Re:Mountain out of a molehill (Score 1) 239

by decaffeinated (#46711399) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Me too. I also want to know what company Dreamchaser works for. Dreamchaser's infuriating condescension is why so many people despise picking up the phone and calling the IT dept. for help ("Yeah, sure, I'll call the helpless desk and they'll fix my problem. Ya, you betcha."

Or maybe Dreamchaser does all his banking with paper checks.


+ - spam starting to become an issue in slashdot discussions->

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decaffeinated writes "I used most of my mod points 2nite to mod down repeated Louis Vitton spam posts to an article regarding the alleged Intel X86 tax. I'm wasting my mod points to help tamp down slashdot's spam problem, but that's NOT a good use of a scarce resource. I hope the admins are looking into this issue"
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Comment: Re:Declining to vote for Obama. (Score 1) 765

I don't care if the upcoming election pits Lucifer vs. Obama, I'm voting for Ron Paul. As Matt Damon famously said, "I'm terribly disappointed in Obama."

Money Quote from Mr. Damon:

"“I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level,” he told ELLE. “One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician.’” That was Damon just getting started. He added later, “You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.”

Comment: Treat yourself and avoid United (Score 1) 74

by decaffeinated (#36484304) Attached to: United Airlines Passengers Stranded By Computer Outage

After spending 36 hours in DIA (Denver Intl Airport) due to a spring snowstorm that shut down the entire airport, I will never again fly United if I can help it and DIA (United's major western hub) is to be avoided at all costs.

The most demoralizing thing in the world is to wake up from a night sleeping on the airport floor and watch freshly scrubbed local customers board the plane that you could not fly out of town the night before. That's right: United dumped all (paid, booked) passengers from our previous night's canceled flight on standby.

Want to feel a real kick in the nuts? Walk up to a departure gate and ask how many passengers are wait-listed to your home town...Ans: 99.

The only way we escaped DIA in a relatively short period of time was due to my wife's "constructive confrontation" with a United ticketing agent.


Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes After All 269

Posted by Soulskill
from the act-now-while-supplies-last dept.
cremeglace writes with this excerpt from ScienceNOW: "You've heard the controversy. Particle physicists predict the world's new highest-energy atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, might create tiny black holes, which they say would be a fantastic discovery. Some doomsayers fear those black holes might gobble up the Earth — physicists say that's impossible — and have petitioned the United Nations to stop the $5.5 billion LHC. Curiously, though, nobody had ever shown that the prevailing theory of gravity, Einstein's theory of general relativity, actually predicts that a black hole can be made this way. Now a computer model shows conclusively for the first time that a particle collision really can make a black hole." That said, they estimate the required energy for creating a black hole this way to be roughly "a quintillion times higher than the LHC's maximum"; though if one of the theories requiring compact extra dimensions is true, the energy could be lower.

Comment: Re:Attacks targeted IE6 (Score 1, Insightful) 318

by decaffeinated (#30775732) Attached to: IE 0-Day Flaw Used In Chinese Attack

The stupid but obvious question: why are people at these companies using IE6?

Some companies employ IT as an afterthought and, consequently, staffing suffers as a result. Typically, the help desk is outsourced and the local IT employees are simply not empowered to make bold decisions (like, say, forcing everyone to fix their IE6-dependent apps).

At the company where I work, I suspect we'll migrate off IE6 when some external entity forces our hand. For example, if/when Google withdraws support for IE6.

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