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Comment Because its not just a NASA facility (Score 4, Interesting) 59

The facility was originally constructed in 1940 at the village of Michoud, Louisiana on behalf of the United States government for the war production during World War II. The site was a production site for the Korean war as well as the bulk of the US space race. the US Army Corps of Engineers knew exactly what they were about when evaluating it from a strategic perspective. This thing was a big chunk of the US space race (a wholly owned subsidiary of the cold war.) during Katrina, so it wasnt your average office park. most importantly, facility ride-out crews pumped more than one billion gallons of water out of the facility because that was what it was designed to withstand. They actually won an Exceptional Bravery medal from NASA for this.

New Orleans on the other hand was crumpled like a beer can under the might of Katrina, and smelted in the incompetent furnace that was the Bush administration. the new levy cost us 14 billion dollars. or coincidentally, almost 1 year of NASA budget.

Comment brinksmanship. (Score 4, Interesting) 179

industries that cater to law enforcement are playing a rather dangerous game. in this case a politician was greased to allow this technology through, seemingly with very little regulatory oversight. The politician has nothing to lose thanks to constituents who dont question lock-step tough on crime policies. The industry, in turn, fully expects lucrative future contracts from a proving ground/municipality it can exploit in the future in advertisement and case study. But what does it mean for crime?

these drones will be seen as a threat to personal freedoms and liberty interpreted by the constitution and beaten like a dead horse every other year by politicians. fugitives knowing these systems are in place will trade up their knives and pistols for shotguns, just as we do in Half Life 2 when the hacks approach. determined futitives will don chemical protection and equip their clothing in makeshift faraday decor to defeat these drones. it cannot be stressed enough that drones do not contribute to the de-escalation ethos of law enforcement. However, far more effective strategies are also far more likely to be viewed as 'soft on crime.' De-escalation in practice gets police chiefs fired and politicians run out on a rail, whereas we championed madness like 3 strikes and mandatory minimums for 25 years before wondering why we led the world in citizens incarcerated. Drones will beget more powerful weapons, which in turn will beget more lethal drones, and so the knot will tighten until police are dealing with 3d printed swarms of gun toting quadrocopters that respond from anonymous command by Tor node to riddle a target with rounds from similarly 3d printed mounted firearms.

Comment stifling? hardly. (Score 1) 95

The actualization of a tribes core concepts isnt synergizeable without touchstone verbage or as you call it "buzz words." For example, just last fiscal i was strategizing with a subject matter expect to disintermediate out-of-the-box solutions through our learning teams. She actualized that clicks-and-mortar partnerships should streamline frictionless functionalities toward the change agent, and I maintained mesh magnetic communities would then incentivize real-time niches for the students or as we know them, learning partners.

its all very simple really and at the end of the day, the "student" comes first when taking classes like Bird-Dog 2.0 convergence of the disintermediate intuitive web-readiness burning platform.

Comment generally good idea. (Score -1, Troll) 235

as a member of the law enforcement community id like to offer my suggestion: whenever. If i get up on a tuesday and my dogs crapped the kitchen floor, Im late to roll call, and I spill coffee down my trousers, I'd like the option of an impromptu game of demolition derby.

It may sound unfair, but try to consider it from my perspective. If you dont let me do whatever I want, I will probably beat you senseless in the name of some arcane law that hasnt been enforced since the Taft administration. Wouldnt it be much better if i could blow off a bit of steam after watching some overweight pensioner buy up the last cream donut at my favourite bakery with a nice game of Mario Kart along a downtown freeway?

Comment this comes as no surprise. (Score 3, Funny) 52

As a researcher whos grant money is majority funded by federal dollars, I can assure you we face much more stringent requirements in the lab than the private sector. At the end of the day we're in charge of switching off lights, computers, machinery--basically everything. For about 10 years now our benefactors have decided thats not enough, and have insisted we start switching off things like the mitochondria lest it waste energy. Switching off things like centrifugal force, strong and weak forces, and even electromagnetism (where applicable) has saved many countless grant dollars. So when we're researching cancer, its only logical we'd switch that off at the end of the day as well.

In fact, ill let you in on a little secret. The heat death of the universe is billions of years away not because of some natural phenomenon, but because the research into the expansion of the universe is constrained by a mandate to make sure we put up all the timespace in the locked cabinet near doris' office at the end of the day.

Comment how the investment takes place (Score 1) 46

Colleges: tell our investors to buy stocks in this technology. we might be able to fire a few more adjunct faculty members and finally rid the cafeteria of the last remaining actual food product to be derived from real animal or vegetable.

Investors: tell the undergraduate money factory we bought those stocks they wanted.

Comment this is old hat. (Score 4, Funny) 48

I'm an engineer for Wayne Enterprises and I can assure you we've had this technology for 7 years available to purchase by military and defense agencies. Its only ever been used twice though, once for system testing and another time by Lucius Fox, one of our business section managers who said he was demoing it for a bat sanctuary or something.

Comment an overview of the dash button for geeks. (Score 5, Funny) 254

For the uninitiated, the dash button is an electronic wireless device branded with the logo or namesake of your favourite brand or product. Pushing the button automatically incurs an order for the product and should you be sufficiently removed from the understanding of how this technology works, you'd be inclined to insist its nothing short of magic. It isnt. As a geek, you must understand this technology is a powerful and its opportunities are many. For example:
1. Reprogramming. What if the tide button closed the garage door? opened the trunk? set off the neighbours sprinklers or fired up the coffee maker? Amazon is offering for a discount the opportunity to break out that sweet oscilloscope and crack away at some assembler. Its a discount wireless device that can actuate a solenoid and pour cottage cheese on the cat at the press of a button
2. relocation. Place the device in more suitable areas. What if every time your neighbour sat down on the couch they inadvertantly ordered a 12 pack of bleach? how about whenever the dog bolts through the doggie door your inlaws end up ordering a 24 pack of disposable diapers? The potential is endless and the power is great. you control who gets two crates of macaroni and cheese, how often, and even when.

Comment a timeline for those new to the neighbourhood (Score 5, Funny) 151

1991: Linux torvalds pulls a fresh cup of coffee off the pot and announces hes got an idea. Little does he know this idea will mean 24 years of shepherding a child through a forest of shady characters from Hans Reiser to Leonart Pottering.
1992: not even a year old and Linux is caught messing around with windows despite very specific instructions to practice her POSIX. she gets good at CIFS, confusing most of the parents around her and once she starts pretending to be a domain controller at the Active Directory dance its gloves off for the Microsoft PTA.
1998: Linux finishes her ALSA class and in 2 years starts singing the chart-toppers in mp3 format, much to the dismay of the RIAA.
2010: in a rebellious phase, Linux stops doing one thing and doing it well and starts hanging out with SystemD, who convinces her she can do anything all the time so long as hes in charge.
2011: Weird emo/goth/Gnome3 phase means Linux wears a lot more bling than she used to...Parents of Unix long since departed now sigh and stare at the shelf where the pictures of little Linux dressed in Bash rest alongside her achievement for learning computational fluid thermodynamics and wonder where they went so wrong.
2015: at 24 Linux flies planes handles social media, and directs traffic. She knows windows inside and out, and can hang out with everyone from stuffy government types to the art crowd. She composes music, builds cars, and even folds proteins when shes bored. Old man Torvalds still shows up from time to time to remind parents not to be lazy, friends not to be greedy, and people not to expect him to be around for every little thing Linux may or may not choose to do.

Happy 24th, Linux.

Comment lets not beat around the bush. (Score 5, Interesting) 154

Finance. finance declares after 4-6 quarters of overspending on marketing and travel that belts need tightening and austerity is upon us. ragged edge carpeting and burnt out sections of office that havent seen a new coat of paint or replaced bulbs since the Clinton administration are passed over and the finger is pointed squarely at the company to stop renting beamers for golf outings. IT staff with crispy mice and rubbery keyboards are glowered upon and in turn the management steps in, begrudgingly, and does what management does to get the harsh glare of 'why do you have 5 monitors' off the team. Clouds are looked at, RFQ's are drafted, 30 minute powwows with the team are conducted and the reigning PHB compiles a short-shot list of the top 3 potentials to outsource the companies infrastructure to at a greatly inflated cost savings.

then its up to "the business" which in turn will glaze over as 3 choices are paraded out and the one with the most ad-buy in the seatpocket magazines on the flight to shanghai the CEO had to memorize for 17 hours gets chosen. After 3/4ths of the infrastructure is hauled kicking and screaming into the cloud, BIS screams bloody murder and keeps their mainframe while the exchange instance now shits the bed once every week. bitchcraft from the business about slow access, lost data, weird permissions, unplanned outages and lack of any discernable support chain are summarily compiled into a ticket system and ignored as IT staff shuffle together the last mighty years of their work into a functional CV and start shoveling tradeshow trinkets from their desk into boxes 'just to clean up a bit.'

6 months later half the team bails, the last guy who knew how to handle multifactor stuffs a notebook full of scribblings into a managers mailbox, and "the cloud" suspiciously gains 3-4 new employees with an impeccable history of providing excellent service and designing robust systems.

Comment an objective analysis (Score 4, Funny) 98

Im sure plenty of slashdotters will invest time and effort in explaining how this can be manipulated by unscrupulous hackers and foreign intelligence agencies to undermine user security. Yet other slashdotters will wax prophetic on how the erosion of our freedoms at the hands of malevolent corporations will be our downfall

I on the otherhand am offering a completely different take on this Skylake report. As a coincidental shareholder in the tinfoil industry I believe Skylake and other technologies will be a win-win for all parties involved: consumers, producers, and the spider people of Adramalech the dark Samarian god to whom children are sacrificed...remember, without your patented TIN FOIL helmet, Skylark will inform them of how many licks it took YOU to get to the center of the tootsie roll pop.

The road to ruin is always in good repair, and the travellers pay the expense of it. -- Josh Billings