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Comment: Re:DB indexed on the wrong key, obviously ... (Score 1) 299

by sudotron (#29046221) Attached to: Database Error Costs Social Security Victims $500M
From what I remember about database theory, the logical and correct thing to do in the case that two tables do not have a common primary key is to either A) not relate the tables, as doing so would be prone to producing errors, or B) create a third table to relate the primary keys of one table with the other.

It would be interesting to see if the actual statute included rules for what was supposed to happen in such cases. However, something makes me rather doubtful that anything like that crossed our elected officials' minds.

Comment: Re:Jesus Fucking Christ (Score 1) 693

by sudotron (#28915359) Attached to: UK Plans To Monitor 20,000 Families' Homes Via CCTV

Putting cameras in their homes might be better than sending them to jail.

In the US, we have a nice little thing called due process, which guarantees (or at least it used to) that, before a person could be deprived of their rights in such a way as having a camera installed in their home, they are entitled to a fair and impartial trial by a jury of their peers.

Comment: One comment/suggestion (Score 1) 677

The author suggests that math be taught more as an art than a dry requisite skill. This presents somewhat of a problem though: A great deal of a person's mathematical ability depends on how strongly they understand the foundation of a particular area of study. If we were to treat math courses as "elective", I could forsee all sorts of problems arising.

I've always done well in math and enjoyed it thoroughly, but I'm not to naive as to say that I would enjoy learning about differential equations without first understanding functions, slopes, derivatives, etc. Taylor Series, Fourier Transforms--these are all beautiful and intricate mathematical concepts, but without understanding the fundamental building blocks which make infinite series work, they are all but useless.

Comment: Obligatory South Park Reference (Score 1) 373

by sudotron (#28097977) Attached to: Company Claims EEG Scans Can Help Identify ADHD
Okay, so kids, to see if you have attention deficit disorder, I'm going to start by reading you "The Great Gatsby", by F. Scott Fitzgerald...

(Several Hours Later)
--So we beat on, boats against the current, bourne back ceaselessly into the past.

So children, who can tell me the kind of car that Gatsby drove in chapter three? Anybody? My god, these kids all have ADD!

+ - Log into a linux system as 'root' user

Submitted by meriksen
meriksen (65059) writes "Kon-Boot is an prototype piece of software which allows to change contents of a linux kernel (and now Windows kernel also!!!) on the fly (while booting). In the current compilation state it allows to log into a linux system as 'root' user without typing the correct password or to elevate privileges from current user to root. For Windows systems it allows to enter any password protected profile without any knowledge of the password. It was acctually started as silly project of mine, which was born from my never-ending memory problems :) Secondly it was mainly created for Ubuntu, later i have made few add-ons to cover some other linux distributions. Finally, please consider this is my first linux project so far :) Entire Kon-Boot was written in pure x86 assembly, using old grandpa-geezer TASM 4.0."

Comment: My biggest issue with the movie (SPOILERS) (Score 1) 592

by sudotron (#27981419) Attached to: What Did You Think Of The New Star Trek Movie?
Although, the setting and scenes of the movie, as well as the characters' personae, were generally accurate, the thing that killed it for me was the "red matter".

Seriously, one of the reasons that I've always liked Star Trek is that the technology and phenomenon used has some sort of grounding in real (or at least theoretical) physics: The introduction of some arcane black hole-producing substance made me WTF for the rest of the movie.

Comment: Re:Funny... (Score 4, Insightful) 172

by sudotron (#27852527) Attached to: IP Enforcement Treaty Still Being Kept Secret
Sadly, neither party seems to be particularly true to their own ideals anymore. The Dems claim that they are the party of the workers and unions, yet they use taxpayer dollars to bailout the big corporations instead of helping the increasingly unemployed population. The GOP claims to favor less government regulation and intrusion in people's lives, yet doesn't object when the government ruins the lives of non-violent drug users, tells people they can't have sex if it's for money, or makes any other legislation of the perceived morality of someone's private life.

The two parties in this country are more alike than you think. And they both want more power and money in their pockets than anything else.

Comment: Fuel Efficiency? (Score 2, Insightful) 253

by sudotron (#27852351) Attached to: External Airbag Designed to Protect Pedestrians
It seems like we're fighting this never ending battle to shove more worthless equipment into cars while at the same time attempting to increase fuel efficiency. We'll never be able to have both. Every ill-conceived and improperly tested safety feature that's put in a vehicle will either increase its weight, sap power from the engine, or both. Call me nostalgic if you want, but I miss the cars of 20 to 30 years ago: Light, fuel efficient, and simple. I highly doubt that any of the cars coming out today will be running a few decades from now, what with all the cheaply made electronics that are essential to their function.

If you want my two cents, I'd say that all cars should be made with five-point safety harnesses and a roll cage integrated into the frame. This would be light, not require constant electronic monitoring of status, and sufficiently protect the vehicle's occupants. After all, race drivers have had these for years with mostly positive outcomes.

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