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Comment: Re:Not just the login error (Score 1) 176

by skurk (#39439253) Attached to: Disaster Strikes Norwegian Government Web Portal

You're making me violate my do-not-reply-to-anonymous-cowards policy here, shame on you.

Anyway, come on - it's an ambitious 1B NOK IT project which isn't only rendered unavailable due to "high" traffic, but also contains unforgivable flaws (like exposing "Kenneth") -- THAT, my friend, is a fucking joke, regardless of how profitable it is.

Comment: Not just the login error (Score 3, Interesting) 176

by skurk (#39438449) Attached to: Disaster Strikes Norwegian Government Web Portal

I normally wouldn't care about this, but since the Norwegian government (i.e. the people, myself included) paid 1 billion NOK for this solution, I expect it to WORK. Mind you, this is not the first time we've had problems with Altinn, this has been a recurring drama the past few years. As the article states; every year they claim to be prepared, and every year they are unable to deliver.

We're not *that* many people in Norway (recently hit the 5 million mark), and certainly not that many adults checking their tax returns online. Guesstimate: 1 million? And how many checks it simultaneously? Let's be generous and say half.

So how the hell can a 175 million USD project not be able to deal with 500k visitors? It's a fucking joke.

Space

New Europe-Wide Radio Telescope To Look For ET 49

Posted by samzenpus
from the phone-011-then-home dept.
astroengine writes "A new radio telescope is under construction, consisting of 44 stations (each consisting of several antennae) spread across Europe. The pan-European Low Frequency Array is half built and already returning unprecedented observations of cosmic radio sources. The best thing is, when it's complete, SETI will be able to use the array to seek out transmitting extraterrestrial civilizations in these untapped low radio frequencies."
Programming

+ - Wii Update patches, removes Twilight Hack

Submitted by skurk
skurk (78980) writes "From TFA: "The June 16th, or Version 3.3 update checks for and deletes Twilight Hack and any other Twilight Princess saves exploiting the same vulnerability. However, it does not do anything to existing Homebrew Channel installations. It does, however, fix the Signing bug, which could affect future installations of the channel."

The update isn't critical, so don't patch if you have plans to install the Homebrew Channel."
Patents

Nigerian Company Sues OLPC 277

Posted by kdawson
from the split-shift-key dept.
d0ida writes on the continuing troubles at the OLPC Association. Adding to the recent difficulties — the BBC has picked up the litany — a US-based, Nigerian-owned company has now filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against OLPC. Lagos Analysis Corp. claims that OLPC "made unauthorized use of LANCOR's multilingual keyboard technology invention in XO laptops." The suit was filed in Lagos.
Communications

Scientists Deliver 'God' Via A Helmet 1020

Posted by Zonk
from the don't-forget-the-devil-in-the-details dept.
prostoalex writes "Scientific American is reporting on scientific work done to map the euphoric religious feelings within the brain. As a result, it's now quite possible to experience 'proximity to God' via a special helmet: 'In a series of studies conducted over the past several decades, Persinger and his team have trained their device on the temporal lobes of hundreds of people. In doing so, the researchers induced in most of them the experience of a sensed presence — a feeling that someone (or a spirit) is in the room when no one, in fact, is — or of a profound state of cosmic bliss that reveals a universal truth. During the three-minute bursts of stimulation, the affected subjects translated this perception of the divine into their own cultural and religious language — terming it God, Buddha, a benevolent presence or the wonder of the universe.""
Slashdot.org

+ - Slashdot polls -- good idea, or useless?

Submitted by posterlogo
posterlogo (943853) writes "Do people find the tagging system to be useful? How frequently do you make use of it? Often I find stories tagged "haha", which doesn't seem to be all that useful for finding something specific, since more than half the stories get this tag. Worse, lately there's been a lot of politicizing — tags like "liberalpropaganda" or "republicansarefuckingfacists". These appear to be just another way to make an anonymous coward statement. Do you like the tagging system?"
Music

RIAA Seeks Royalties From Radio 555

Posted by kdawson
from the deja-vu-all-over-again dept.
SierraPete writes "First it was Napster; then it was Internet radio; then it was little girls, grandmothers, and dead people. But now our friends at the RIAA are going decidedly low-tech. The LA Times reports that the RIAA wants royalties from radio stations. 70 years ago Congress exempted radio stations from paying royalties to performers and labels because radio helps sell music. But since the labels that make up the RIAA are not getting the cash they desire through sales of CDs, and since Internet and satellite broadcasters are forced to cough up cash to their racket, now the RIAA wants terrestrial radio to pay up as well."
Biotech

Sport Is Unrelated To Obesity In Children 594

Posted by kdawson
from the who-you-callin-fat dept.
xiox writes "The UK government is planning to stop funding a study to understand obesity in children. The study fits children with accelerometers to measure how much energy each child uses in a day by moving. The results are surprising. Those children who do sports at school do not burn more calories than those who don't. Furthermore there is no correlation between body mass index and the number of calories used! The results are very interesting, suggesting that genetics and diet are the main reasons for childhood obesity, not sport. The UK government is trying to increase the amount of sport in schools."

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