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Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 5, Informative) 449

by gutoandreollo (#49083897) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV
Your next creditcard (in a couple years) will probably have a chip-and-pin system, which can not be easily cloned as the magstripes of today can. The analysts cited believe fraud will escalate soon, while most people still DON'T have a chip-and-pin card, since defrauding those people will be harder in a couple years.

Comment: CCP has been there before, and survived (Score 1) 329

by gutoandreollo (#48838337) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files
CCP's EVE Online once accidentally erased user's boot.ini file during a major patch.. They survived, and there is even a commemorative item in-game in remembrance of the event. I think Steam will work this out, too. Any word on how many were affected?

Comment: Re:FOG Project for Imaging (Score 1) 202

Disclaimer: I've managed a large machine deployment with FOG, and developed quite a workflow and even some patches based on that. IF (that is a big IF there) all your machines are equal;, and mostly if the Windows Install is the same (as in stock windows install), FOG would be a really good choice for that.. The easiest think would then be capturing one of the windows installs, reformatting it as you see fit, and then capturing that installation, and deploying it to all the stations.. with multicast deployment, cloning 29 machines takes as long as cloning a pair of them. Don't forget to TEST. After you capture your windows machine, redeploy it to the same hardware to double-check your process!! If it fails, capture another machine and keep redeploying on the same one until you're absolutely sure it works. You have even better changes if your windows install is still factory sealed (never been booted). I've had huge success with dell machines, where I could simply reinstall a machine with factory windows as needed (full AD join), and then back to linux in under half an hour. Also, with a FOG server, you can always add other boot options to the already configured PXE environment (LTSP or ThinStation, for instance).

+ - Google researchers propose TCP performance tweaks->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Some portions of TCP could be tweaked to
improve web performance in today's world of relatively plentiful bandwidth and broadband connections, according to Google researchers studying web performance. In a blog post, a team member outlines four proposals for modifying TCP to reduce web latency. These proposals include increasing the initial congestion window from 3 to 10 segments (or 4.5KB to 15KB using the Ethernet MTU), and lowering the initial timeout from 3 seconds to 1 second.

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+ - The Physics and Chemistry of Cocktails

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Physics World reports that for years bartenders have relied on trial and error to refine recipes, but now tools and techniques borrowed from research laboratories in physics and chemistry, such as rotary evaporators, thermocouples and centrifuges, are helping bartenders to put their innovative drinks ideas into practice and allowing a more systematic approach to developing new drinks (reg. req.). For example whether by dare or by choice, many have experienced the hot, burning sensation you get in your throat and chest if you drink neat vodka or tequila. In fact, too much spirits in a cocktail can overwhelm the desired mix of flavours. The alcohol burn can, however, be reduced by lowering the temperature of the beverage, which is why aquavit, vodka and other straight spirits are often served cold, at temperatures of around –18 C. The precise temperature of the drink also strongly affects the complex balance between these flavours. A chilled martini, for example – consisting of gin and vermouth – is crisp and balanced, whereas the gin can overwhelm the flavour near room temperature. As food-science author Harold McGee explains, "the bartender's challenge is to make drinks that have a balanced taste foundation and aromas that suit that foundation, and retain that overall structure reasonably well over the drink's lifetime, as it becomes diluted or warms up"."

Comment: Re:I don't see what's to stop... (Score 1) 196

by gutoandreollo (#38216852) Attached to: Civilian Use of Drone Aircraft May Soon Fly In the US

Have you not seen the video out of Iraq or Afghanistan of individual insurgents being hunted down by UAVs? Just replace the Hellfire with a patrol car and you've got the picture.

FOR NOW you replace the hellfires with patrol cars.. And when that becomes insuficient, you bring back the hellfires..

Comment: Mandatory (Score 1) 390

by gutoandreollo (#38121220) Attached to: WRT to the next major election where I live:
Voting is mandatory here in Brazil.. If you don't vote, you at least have to go to a precinct and fill out a justification form. Not doing that means you can't get a passport, can't get a public job and a lot of other things.. Also, if you don't show up on election day, and want to rectify the situation later, you have to pay a fine.. It's a symbolic value (like R$ 2,00 or so.. about a dollar maybe).. BUT, you have to wait in line for the whole day, probably, just to do that.. THAT is the real penalty.. :(

Intel To Pay NVIDIA Licensing Fees of $1.5 Billion 135

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-exactly-pocket-change dept.
wiredmikey writes "NVIDIA and Intel have agreed to drop all outstanding legal disputes between them and Intel will pay NVIDIA an aggregate of $1.5 billion in licensing fees payable in five annual installments, beginning Jan. 18, 2011. Under the new agreement, Intel will have continued access to NVIDIA's full range of patents."

+ - How do you prove software testing saves money?

Submitted by cdman52
cdman52 writes: I work at a small software development company. We have one app that is used by a few hundred clients and was initially developed by a few undergrads about 10 years ago. The app is collection of about 25 developers preferences and ideas. Testing wasn't an initial concern since it was created as an internal application, I guess. Anyway, the app is now large and used frequently. Part of my duties are to fix bugs users find, I'm on a team with a few other people and at least once every 2-3 months I see some bug I fixed come back, and I can only assume it's because we don't have a formal test suite. The owner doesn't want to invest time or money in getting one set up, but I'm sure that in the long run it would save time and money.
Can anyone offer suggestions for how to convince the owner that setting up a test suite is in his own best interest?

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson