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Comment: Re:Heartbleed (Score 1) 205

by dissy (#48918877) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

How many years was Heartbleed around before anyone noticed? Apparently "many eyes" were not reading that bit of code.

Even you admit heartbleed *WAS* around (not *IS* around) and thus was found and fixed.
Clearly at least two eyes reviewed the code, found the bug, and it is now fixed as a result.

That is two more eyes than is searching through closed source code.
Two is still greater than zero so it is still a net positive.

Comment: Problem was underinvestment (Score 5, Interesting) 390

by gurps_npc (#48914859) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms
Up until recently, the US weather prediction was SIGNIFICANTLY inferior to European. They talked about the American Model vs the European Model, and the European Model was consistently correct.

People have finally begun to realize this problem, and created a new American Model. The predictions of large NYC and Philly snowfalls came from the Old American Model. The new American Model, along with the European Model, both correctly predicted the snowfalls.

The New American Model requires significantly more computer power to use. It has not been thoroughly tested. But expect to see it being used more often after this success.

Comment: Re:Consumers? No just whiny fanboys (Score 1) 113

by dissy (#48908997) Attached to: NVIDIA GTX 970 Specifications Corrected, Memory Pools Explained

As an owner of a GTX 970 card, all I can say is I can run Shadow of Mordor at full 1920x1080 res with the "ultra" texture setting and it never dips below 30fps, usually getting 45-60.

The additional fact I got the card as an open-box return at the local computer store for $220 makes things a no-brainer for me even if the allegations of 3.5gb vram were true.

There is no game in existence that a 980 or titan card can play that my 970 couldn't, even if I had to bump the settings down to just "very high".

If I bought a thousand of the things for super computer style multi-GPU number crunching, then I would probably be more upset and yelling a bit louder at Nvidia.
As a gamer I just can't see myself getting any worked up over this.

Comment: Re:Missing (Score 2) 476

by mrex (#48904789) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

Don't forget what they did to Q!!

All the rest I can overlook, because we can all just put it out of our minds and pretend like the USS Voyager never existed. Barclay, Riker... even fucking up the Borg, OK whatever. Hive mind cyborgs are a cool concept and it sucks to see them ruined, but no huge damage to the legacy and meaning of the work.

But they retconned Roddenberry's single greatest character creation, the lynchpin of the whole damn TNG series and all that came after, into some weird sitcom character for Janeway to teach "humorous" life and child-rearing lessons to. Yes, there's nothing Janeway can't do, including educating the (formerly?) ageless, immortal, omnipotent, omniscient being that mentored Jean Luc Picard.

Comment: Re:Once more (Score 1) 100

by dissy (#48889009) Attached to: U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

>We have to ask why everything NEEDS to be internet connected. A local connection to the sensors will allow the station to determine when they need to refill said tanks. Not much point in putting it out there on the big scary internet. :D

It isn't a "need", it is only a "want"

Just imagine the cost difference between a fleet of IT people posistioned in every city the gas station chain does business in, paying their US pay rates - compared to a poor lone indian guy on the other side of the planet being paid a tiny fraction of US pay rates, not multiplied by the number of employees (or multiplied by one technically) able to manage all 100000 pumps owned by the chain.

The psychopaths at the top of the gas station chain companies get to keep that unspent money for themselves, so the less they pay out the better it is in their mind.

Of course you both get what you pay for, and must suffer the consequences of your own choices and actions once made, but it's pretty rare either of those factors even pops into their minds - and when it does the only reaction is to beef up the golden parachute package for when the inevitable happens.

The point is the whole intention here is not to do things right but to save money and raise profits without concern for the future or security of the company as a whole.

Going by those terms, not only do the pumps need to be on the Internet, but does make them more short term profits, so clearly is the correct solution to their incorrect and needless problem.

Comment: Re:Crash-testing & strength? (Score 1) 128

Most of the plastics used in 3d printing are high strength.

Remember, you can print a gun now - so it is roughly equivelent to metal.

You may have to make certain arts slightly thicker, but I don't see any problem with crash-testing and safety standards.

What I do see a problem is COST. Usually 3d printing is very expensive when compared to mass produced. Not only are materials more expensive, but the time of the 3d printer is worth money. It takes time and effort to 3d print, rather than pour stuff into molds. There is a reason Ford adopted the Assembly line.

I see this kind of thing being a rich man's toy, not a real person's car.

That said, I can see replacement parts being made this way. Cheaper to store 10 lbs of print stock and 1,000 designs, than 1,000 parts each weighing 0.16 oz.

Comment: There is no shortage, but (Score 1) 512

by gurps_npc (#48884399) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration
the problem is all about money. Similarly, the solution is all about money. Currently foreign workers tend to earn about 20% less than actual citizens

What we should do is simple - let anyone and EVERYONE in that wants a short 6 month work visa. Charge them a fee, around $1,000 for the visa. Also, don't let pregnant women purchase the visa. Require any business hiring them to pay all standard US taxes plus an additional 20% foreign worker tax. Finally, have the foreign workers list all jobs they took during the period, offering them a sizable bounty if the employer turns out not to have paid the tax.

Businesses can now get the people they really truly need - but have to pay the same amount of money.

Foreigners that are desperate can enter and work here - without the US having to worry about work visas being used to obtain citizenship for kids.

The government gets a boost of information and far fewer criminals would bother trying to sneak into the US just for work. Lets us concentrate on the terrorists and drug smugglers instead.

Comment: The ominous humm.... (Score 1) 809

by gurps_npc (#48877275) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
As Sgt. Schlock says, "I like the soothing sounds I get out of this one.

Who are we to take them away?

Of course, by the same argument, do you really have to make it a requirement? Better to make it an option so that those of us that don't want the extra noise don't have to pay you extra to get it.

Which is the real point of course - stop charging me for things you think I want, without getting my specific permission. This clearly should be an add-on option, not a requirement.

Comment: Re:Result of the Glengary Speech . (Score 2) 263

by gurps_npc (#48869695) Attached to: The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Your basic problem is you don't understand how the world works. You live in a black and white world where there is either success or failure, nothing in between. The real world has grays and colors.

The real word DOES pay off on a good try. It does so all the time. People go to college and fail out. Yet they still do FAR better with the partial education they got then people that graduated:

In the real word, people get married have children, and then divorced. Their marriage failed. but ask them if they wish they had never got married - and never had those children - and they will say HELL NO. Not to mention the fact that they learn from their failures.

The same applies to businesses. The far majority of small businesses are outright failures by pretty much any meaning of the word. How do they keep on going? Simple - the owner works a shit ton of overtime and barely manages to pay his bills. People that could work for someone else making $200,000+ a year, struggle on an effective salary of $50,000, all because they would rather work for themselves than be a cog in someone else's machine.

Same applies to art - see Vincent Van Gogh. Just read his life story, it's clear that trying does pay off. The world, his friends, his family all paid off for his good try at being an artist, even though he clearly failed and committed suicide because of his failure.

The real world routinely and consistently pays off on a good try. That applies to survival, business, relationships, art, and pretty much everything else.

Yes, a perfect win does pay off better than a good try. But you live in fantasy world if you think that a "good try" doesn't pay off.


by gurps_npc (#48868831) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?
1) If you point a camera at everything, you are just an paparazzi douchebag begging to be punched. It doesn't matter that cameras have become de-rigeur on other technology, this isn't other technology.

2) Make it look like a REGULAR pair of glasses. Don't try to make it all Apple-chiq. There is a difference between a signature piece of technology that you take out to be cool, and something you are wearing all/most of the time. The first wearable tech should be unassuming and blend in, not stick out like a sore thumb.

Now for the stuff you should add in that only a face worn PDA can/should have. A) Project to both eyes for real 3D displays

B) Monitor your eyes. Not only should blinking be a command, but a solid camera pointed at your eyeball should be able to detect health issues.

Comment: Schools? No. Cops, yes? (Score 4, Insightful) 322

Schools are not law enforcement agencies. Worse, they have repeatedly proven they are not trustworthy - even worse than cops. They are VERY easy for rather small minded, viscous people to take over, as repeatedly shown in Texas and other states. School boards are elected, not appointed, in small elections where most people simply don't care. This lets highly motivated fanatics take them over.

A prime example is how many school boards illegally try to harass black students in the 60s and homosexual students today.

Schools jobs are education, not law enforcement.

They can in no way be trusted with passwords.

The real problem is that people expect the schools to deal with the bullying. NO. Bullying is a criminal matter and the cops need to get involved. If the child in question is a severe bully, arrest and charge him.

If not, have social workers take over - and let the social worker assigned to the case have access to the password, not some school board.

OS/2 must die!