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Comment: Re:It only takes one ... (Score 4, Interesting) 381

by weave (#48157991) Attached to: How Nigeria Stopped Ebola
That's my fear too. I live in a small town in Appalachia with dirt-poor but stubborn^H^H^H^H^H^Hproud conservative folk. When they get sick, they just don't go into the hospital. They ride it out at home. They have no health insurance and won't even sign up for it if they can because -- Obamacare. They *may* go to the free clinic in town that's open Tuesdays from 1-3pm. They live in remote areas down dead-end gravel roads that lead to the side of a mountain that other locals know you don't drive down if you have no business going down. If Ebola comes to visit it'll wipe out my mountain town. :(

Comment: Re:Worse than Heartbleed? (Score 4, Informative) 318

by kuhneng (#47996325) Attached to: Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Heartbleed has already been confirmed at the initial attack vector for the breach of a large healthcare system that stole 4.5M patient identities. Given the difficulty tracing Heartbleed attacks, it's likely other systems were compromised in the same way.

Comment: Cinelerra or Creative Cloud (Score 3, Insightful) 163

by thedbp (#47808743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

The first one that springs to mind is Cinelerra:

There's also the Community Version of Cinelerra:

Honestly though no open-source solution is going to come CLOSE to Premiere. And since you can get Creative Cloud for $50/month, it isn't THAT big of an expenditure up-front, and if you're making money from the editing (and, if you're looking at a Premiere-level video editing platform, I would hope this would be something you're monetizing) $50/month isn't much to get all the tools you'd need for editing, compositing, graphic design, etc etc etc.

So, yeah, my suggestion is to find a way to afford $50/month for Creative Cloud, and barring that, check out Cinelerra.

Comment: misleading (Score 1) 462

by Elwood P Dowd (#47079785) Attached to: Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

The issue is that in California they have to sell a certain portion of their fleet with zero and low emissions. He is saying that in order to convince people to buy the zero or low emission vehicles in adequate proportion, they have had to subsidize the price by $14,000. He does not expect that they will "sell too many" â" they picked this price because it's the number they expect will sell exactly the right amount.

Comment: 2nd SOMALGET country leaked by contractor resume (Score 1) 241

by Elwood P Dowd (#47079741) Attached to: WikiLeaks: NSA Recording All Telephone Calls In Afghanistan

The 2nd SOMALGET country was first leaked by defense contractor resume. Hinted at, in any case. Defense Contractors put all the illegal shit they do in their resumes to get more jobs doing those things.

Christopher Soghoian's tweet on the subject.

Erica A's resume

Erica A spent December 2012 to October 2013 in Afghanistan, is an expert in "Somalget Retro GUI" and is available for hire immediately.

Comment: For a small shop, maybe (Score 1) 409

by weave (#47015639) Attached to: Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

For a small shop that it's not feasible to hire their own IT shop, I think it's viable. Other than that, no.

I was a very early advocate of moving stuff into the cloud and a very early victim of getting screwed by it. Before the cloud I could spend countless sleepless hours pacing around dealing with things like praying that a SAN spins back up after an extended site power failure with a backup generator fault failure or dealing with irate users on a Christmas morning wondering why I scheduled an email migration to happen that required email to be down for 24 hours. But at least it was my fault and I was in control.

After moving to the cloud I had things like extended service outages where I had irate users and I could do nothing but sit around and look stupid and helpless saying "the vendor is working on it" and not know even if anyone was actually doing anything besides refreshing the ticket system and occasionally posting a ticket update begging for a status update.

Comment: Chip and Signature, not Chip and PIN (Score 3, Interesting) 210

by weave (#46881671) Attached to: Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

Most US cards being issued with a chip are Chip and Signature, not Chip and PIN -- because banks have trained Americans to think PIN means debit so banks fear applying a PIN to a credit card would confuse people.

I have one of these Chip and Signature cards and on my last trip to UK it was a real PITA, especially at self-checkouts. Like at ASDA there was a signature signing pad but I had to wait for a clerk to come over to give me the pen and then she checked my signature real closely. Same thing at the duty free at the airport. The self-checking stopped and alerted the clerk to come over to check my signature. Then at other stores the clerk couldn't find a pen, or was surprised when paper spit out and had to ask a manager what was going on.

(I had one clerk hand me the slip to sign, checked my signature, then put the signed slip into the bag with the receipt! If I was an "arse" I probably could have disputed the charge and gotten away with it because they couldn't produce a signed slip)

At the ASDA (far away from where tourists usually go) the clerk remarked it's been years since she saw someone have to sign for a charge. I apologized, said I was an American, and that our banks think we are too stupid to remember a PIN. She got a good chuckle out of that...

Some of my readers ask me what a "Serial Port" is. The answer is: I don't know. Is it some kind of wine you have with breakfast?