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+ - Re-checking the ReactOS project - a large report->

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jeditobe (2701857) writes "The ReactOS project is rapidly developing.
We analyzed this project once some time ago. The results of that check were described in the post "PVS-Studio: analyzing ReactOS's code" . After re-checking the project, we have found a lot of new bugs and suspicious code fragments.
One of the developers participating in this project suggested that we re-analyzed the source code, as the code base is growing fast. We were glad to do that. We like this project, and we'll be happy if this article helps the developers to eliminate some bugs. Analysis was performed with the PVS-Studio 5.02 code analyzer."

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+ - Human Brain Cells Injected In Mice, They Get Smarter->

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kkleiner writes "In an experiment that might seem like something only a mad scientist would conjure, researchers injected human brain cells into the brains of mice to see how it would affect the way the mice thought. It did: the mice got smarter. But the cognition boosting cells weren’t neurons, they were the red-headed step-children of neuroscience called astrocytes. The study turns on its head the role historically attributed to astrocytes of simply supporting the all important function of neurons without playing a significant role in how we learn and think."
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Comment: Re:Hope no one hacks our entire Air Force one day (Score 1) 622

by lpt1 (#43135371) Attached to: Future Fighters Won't Need Ejection Seats

Actually, defeating stealth isn't all that hard.
One way takes 2 sites and some comparison of the returns. Site A sends the signal, and maps the return. Site B reads the signal from A, then compares it to the signal received by A. If there's a weird "hole" when you overlay the two received signals, there's something there that doesn't bounce radar...

Comment: Re:Fixed (Score 1) 1106

by lpt1 (#43030319) Attached to: The U.S. minimum wage should be

Your repeated question was answered long ago. One fellow off the top of my head who understood the answer would be Henry Ford. Not a shining beacon of democractic thought, but even he understood you can't afford to continue to manufacture any product no one can afford to buy.

When you raise the price of unskilled labor, unskilled laborers have (marginally) more money to spend.
If you have a larger pool of people to purchase products/services, you are likely to need more unskilled labor to produce products/services.
Simple, no?

Is it a 1:1 ratio? That's a good question, worthy of respect.

Comment: Final answer to: Do I need a lawyer. (Score 1) 305

by lpt1 (#42793971) Attached to: Piriform Asks BleachBit To Remove Winapp2.ini Importer

The answer is simple:
You need a lawyer to tell you if you need a lawyer.

Can we come up with a new law for this question, kinda like Godwins?

Tip: What some might call a "0 hours minimum" service contract, a lawyer calls a retainer. You pay whether you use it or not, it's usually cheaper than paying per incident, and if you use it more than a time or two, you'll either get canceled or offered a nice shiny new contract with a newer shinier not-so-nice price.

Comment: Questions... (Score 1) 8

by lpt1 (#41203813) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Stories Would You Like to See Investigated?

First, I would have to ask if you work for an independent newspaper.
Or, if you prefer, would the newspaper you work for actually publish intelligently written, well researched, possibly controversial, and almost assuredly politically or corporately upsetting stories?

If you can truly answer in the affirmative, then, and only then, would I be willing to suggest topics.

Comment: Just turn the key off; simple but not workable. (Score 1) 911

by lpt1 (#39703463) Attached to: Mandatory Brake-Override Proposed For All Cars

Simply turning the key off, or shifting into neutral sounds like an easy fix, but actually doesn't work very well.

The problem is that most cars use (heavily) vacuum assisted braking. That depends on a running engine producing vacuum, not an engine turned off or blown out.

Try getting in your car without starting it, pump the brakes 3 or 4 times, then see how hard it is to push the pedal even halfway to the floor.
According to the ASE (http://www.freeASEstudyguides.com/brake-booster-operation.html) : Brake booster failure will leave a vehicle with a hard brake peddle making it much more difficult to stop.
A loss of vacuum from the engine simulates very nicely a brake booster failure.

If you turn the key off, that's usually a lock position combined with the off position. Because of the way most steering locks work, you then have to fight against the steering torque binding the locking pin to get the key back to the on position.
Put your key in your car, turn the steering wheel mildly hard against the lock, then try to turn the key to the on position. Not as buttery smooth as you might think?

Now imagine trying to do all this under the stress of a situation that triggers "fight or flight" adrenaline surges and guess how well you remember all this.

Comment: Missing the point? (Score 1) 171

by lpt1 (#39536829) Attached to: Software-Defined Radio For $11

What everybody seems to be missing that worries regulators/spectrum enforcers is that this opens the way for the radio equivalent of script kiddies.

Sure, you could disassemble your Radio Shack scanner, desolder this, resolder that, jumper the other, and receive whatever you wanted.

Now, you download this, dbl click that, agree to a EULA, and you're done. Better yet, a fairly simple data wipe of that directory, and there's no evidence.

Consider if this hack did apply to a transmit capable device:
Would you be comfortable with script kiddies being able to transmit on your local fire dept/ambulance freqs?
Do you really think a script kiddie will respect freq allocations? Even emergency ones?

Now, consider trying to track down every l33t teen kid who runs the software. Make enforcement a nightmare when you go from a couple of thousand complaints a year to tens of thousands a month.

Comment: Which means it won't be used for old hardware, (Score 1, Interesting) 488

by lpt1 (#37955380) Attached to: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Won't Fit On a CD

And thus, one of the most common entry points into Linux is lost to Ubuntu.

How many of us actually installed Linux, for the first time, onto a Factory Fresh machine?

Better yet, how many of us then reinstalled windows _just_ long enough to get online and figure out why Linux wouldn't partition/install/boot?

So, keep on about "CD's are soooo last decade", but please keep in mind just how many Linux users saw the light on old hardware of the kind that might only have a CD-ROM.

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