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Comment Re:that's sad (Score 1, Troll) 56

Given just how noxious most rocket fuels are and, no doubt, the number of safety corner cut in the rush to beat the Soviets, I suspect that most of these facilities are far too contaminated to be economically rehabilitated for any other use in the foreseeable future.

Submission + - Absolute Computrace rootkit revisited - Situation is now much much worse (securelist.com)

An anonymous reader writes: 5 years after the Computrace Bios Rootkit that infected more than 60% of laptops was covered on Slashdot, new research indicates that the rootkit is now pre-installed and pre-enabled on even more laptops, hidden from bios menu, phones home 1 minute after first windows login and is hard coded to be ignored by major anti-virus software.

What was marketed as an "anti-theft feature" has now become a default backdoor, all major brand laptops are affected, nothing it safe anymore.

Submission + - NASA physicist, artist unveil an enterprising warp-speed craft design

mrspoonsi writes: Thanks to a NASA physicist, the notion of warp speed might just travel out of sci-fi and into the real world.
NASA's Harold White has been working since 2010 to develop a warp drive that will allow spacecraft to travel at speeds faster than light — 186,000 miles per second. White, who heads NASA's Advanced Propulsion Team, spoke about his conceptual starship at a conference last fall. But interest in his project reached a new level this week when he unveiled images of what the craft might look like. Created by artist Mark Rademaker, who based them on White's designs, the images show a technologically detailed spacecraft that wouldn't look out of place in a "Star Trek" movie. Rademaker says creating them took more than 1,600 hours. In his speech, White described space warps as faraway galaxies that can bend light around them. "There's no speed limit on the expansion and contraction of space, You can actually find a way to get around what I like to call the 11th commandment: Thou shall not exceed the speed of light."

Comment Re:Dear George R R. Martin (Score 2) 522

One can tell you have probably never written anything longer than a snarky comment comprising of a handfull of sentences on /.

If by this you infer that Martin is a 'Grumpy old man' then you have to be, at least mentally and intellectually, a 'Hasty immature child'.

Wordperfect on DOS was close to perfect for writing. WordStar was not far behind and, in fact, provided the virtually standard program editor keystrokes on microcomputers for many years. You could write as the muse took you, never needing to faff around with a mouse, or wave your hands against an increasingly greasy touch screen. The modern GUI type interfaces may work well for 'bears of very little brain' but real writers much prefer to get ideas from their heads into the computer with as little interruption and distraction as possible.

Why not go research a little more, before being disrespectful to someone who has likely been far more productive and successful than yourself, and subsequently shooting your mouth off.

Submission + - How to complete the equivalent of a Computer Science BS for free online

An anonymous reader writes: I am a middle school math teacher and I also run a programming club. I recent completed my M.Ed in math education and was inspired to try to do the new GT online MS in Computer Science in a couple of years. I have some background in programming: 2 intro to comp sci course, Java, C++, Python, they main scripting languages and a bunch of math background. I also read through this great article on getting these pre-requisites completed through coursera but unfortunately you need to wait for courses to enroll. I would like to just learn these on my own time, no credit necessary. Suggestions?

Submission + - Windows XP To Still Get Security Updates -- In China (itworld.com)

jfruh writes: Microsoft has been trying to wean users off of Windows XP for years, and on April 8 the company will drop support and stop security updates for the twelve-and-a-half-year-old OS. But Chinese users will still be able to get support, thanks to partnerships with several Chinese security vendors. Windows XP is still the OS of choice for a majority of Chinese Internet users, not least because it's been widely pirated over the years.

Submission + - Red Sleeve Linux 6 (EL6 for ARM) Released (redsleeve.org)

An anonymous reader writes: After a lengthy test phase (it initially surfaced in 2012), Red Sleeve EL6 has just been released along with updates that bring it up to date with similar EL6 distributions (although none of the other EL6 distrubutions are for ARM). With the rising popularity of ARM based hardware in recent months this could be welcome news for those who prefer RPM based distributions but dislike the short deprecation cycle of Fedora. Maintainers also provide a list of packages they had to modify from upstream versions, with all patches conveniently provided. According to a recent message on the mailing list, an EL7 build is also in the pipeline.

Submission + - Bitcoin Transactions Carrying Wikileaks Files, Code, Pictures

An anonymous reader writes: Secret messages have been hidden in Bitcoin transactions since the first one 2009. By using hexadecimal messages hackers have found a way to send files. Since the blockchain is shared by every computer in the transaction, it is possible to retrieve these messages. On his blog, Ken Shirriff shares messages he's found, from pictures and Python code to a 2.6 Mbs Wikileaks manual.

Comment Re: France is obsolete today. (Score 1) 506

Telling people that their countries are not countries is insulting and just because you say it isn't doesn't make it right.

All of the bodies you cite are ephemeral modern organisational groups who will have a terminology to suit their uses and conveniences. Just because they choose to redefine something for their convenience doesn't make it a fact outside of their organisation.

Your choice of organisations to cite is also very amusing since most of them, except CERN, do have rather dubious reputations in many parts of the World. and I know a great many people, and likely many countries and nations, who would not accept their authority should they try to redefine ideas of nationality and country boundaries. And, frankly, were you really reaching to find something when you included CERN ?

Comment Re:Wander into a bar holding up a video camera (Score 1) 921

Are you saying Google glass is a religion?
Tech toys tend not to be as central to peoples lives as religion.

You get an F- for comprehension.

I am not saying it is a religion and I cannot see how anyone who actually reads with an intent to comprehend, rather than get off on deluding themselves they made a clever point, would infer that. I gave an example of not giving in to people who who hold an extreme position.

Go back and do the lesson again and try for a better mark next time.


Comment Re: France is obsolete today. (Score 1) 506

I didn't forget Northern Ireland but was talking about countries.

Northern Ireland is not a country by itself but is usually referred to as a province or region of the UK. There are many in Northern Ireland who consider themselves to be ethnically Irish and who's family lines and roots in that region pre-date the 'invasions' by the English and the Scottish Protestants. It was mostly these 'immigrants' who were concentrated in this area who forced the country to be partitioned in 1921 when the rest of Eire was given independence and became the Irish Free State. In many sporting and cultural events, many Northern Irish residents compete for Ireland, rather than Great Britain or the UK.

Northern Ireland is a very complex place/issue but, in and of itself, it is not a country

Comment Re: France is obsolete today. (Score 1) 506

Amusing but most British know that the correct response to 'England? Where's that?" is "Ah. You're an American. You have my fullest sympathies and I hear there are now therapies to help alleviate the symptoms. Just go to your psychiatrist and ask for a prescription of 'Education'. Hopefully, despite the indications, the FDA haven't yet officially banned it " :)

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