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Comment WordPress is a security problem (Score 5, Insightful) 51

WordPress is a security problem

I know I'm going to catch flak for this.

WordPress and all of it's plugins and themes are a huge target for hackers and reliably available online.
The main problem is that users don't regularly update, or rather that they can't in many cases.
That is, assuming the plugins are updated for security holes at all.

I wouldn't be surprised if hackers had databases of the exact versions, plugins and themes of millions of WordPress installations.
Just wait for a new public disclosure, replicate the exploit and attack the matching sites in your database.
They could have hundreds of freshly hacked WP sites every week.
These sites may only stay hacked for a few days or weeks, but it's simple economics.

Comment Re:Metabolic rate doesn't vary that much (Score 1) 380

The idea that weight purely depends on intake and activity is as insane as the idea that weight is purely genetic.
Many factors weigh it (no pun intended) and there is no generic "recipe" that applies to all humans.
This MIT thing is not going to be a solution for every obese person, but it may well help some to control their weight better.

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 4, Interesting) 751


Costs of an "everybody the same" system could be much lower. Less overhead for inspectors, services, etc.
Any employment would benefit the unemployed immediately (starting to work 1 or 2 days a week is actually a financial loss to somebody on welfare).

Some people will game the system (probably the same that are currently gaming the welfare system), and these will more likely go unpunished.
For a community as a whole, this may actually be cheaper than trying to go after these hopeless cases.

It's not clear whether it'll work, but it might. The Dutch Utrecht-experiment will be interesting.

Comment Re:Seconded (Score 1) 350

Running Netbeans with a WAMP-server with ~10GB database, 4GB has significant performance problems for me.
8GB runs smooth. Haven tried 16GB as I don't have any need to add more memory.

Obviously, memory requirements are totally dependant on what you do with it.
Games run fine in 4GB, because games are designed to run with 4GB, because 4GB is the current norm. If 8GB becomes the norm, games will start requiring 8GB.

Comment Counterproductive (Score 4, Interesting) 170

I've worked at a company where people were required to be at work for 40 hours (not counting lunch) each week.
The company did not have any systems to check this and they suspected people cheated.
So they implemented a time registration system which required employees to justify their working hours using a feedback system.
Turns out most employees were doing well over 40 hours without noticing, so the employees started leaving for home earlier.
A few months later the feedback system was disabled, so employees no longer got reports of the registered hours.
By then, the employees had grown accustomed to monitoring their working hours and kept going home on time instead of too late.
A few months after that, the entire system was removed.
In the end, the whole ordeal managed to catch a handful of cheating employees and taught ~1,500 honest employees to work less hours.

Comment Re:Thoughts (Score 1) 158

They may be very vocal, but they are few.

I'm guessing most people in rural areas live there because they either were born there and simply see no good reason to leave, have rural jobs or like the peace and quiet.

You mention laws limiting placement, not banning them altogether. I wouldn't be surprised if New York had a law limiting placement of antennas on the statue of liberty either. "Ruins the view" is a pretty good reason to limit corporate interests.

The only difference between a car salesman and a computer salesman is that the car salesman knows he's lying.