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Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 599

by supabeast! (#49129499) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

In comparison, this measure seems to have been abandoned without much fight. I can't help but wonder why.

The GOP realized that this is not a policy that’s going to help them keep the Senate in 2016. Right now the GOP is dominated by old Republicans who want the party to attract young voters, so ginning this issue up into a war wasn’t worth pissing off the young voters. The other important group in the GOP are the sham libertarians who are trying to bring wealthy techies into their camp. Going to war over net neutrality would halt Rand Paul’s advance into silicon valley. All the money the telcos and cable companies can throw at the GOP isn’t really worth pissing off all the people who want uninterrupted streams from Chaturbate and Russian pirate TV streams.

Comment: We should teach everyone *some* code (Score 1) 291

by supabeast! (#49056439) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?

Unless you’re retired it’s almost impossible to live in the developed world and not interact with computers on a daily basis. So computer literacy is an important part of daily life in the USA. So everybody needs to know something about programming or they’ll be incapable of understanding basic and important concepts that are relevant to daily life.

But that doesn’t mean that we need to reshape our entire educational system to crank out more software developers so that tech companies can pay lower salaries, which is really what’s behind many of these big efforts to push coding into schools.

Comment: Re:Who they do not attempt to stay relevant? (Score 1) 145

by supabeast! (#48873449) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Could Move

How about using talents and energies on real problems, identified using old fashioned scientific method called prioritization, in IT world knowing as function "sort".

Solving problems like war and climate change pretty much requires getting into politics. If you were a nobel laureate would you want to spend your time dealing with the idiots people vote for?

Comment: Just make an SUV with Dad mode (Score 1) 283

by supabeast! (#48111935) Attached to: Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

“Safety features have also been enhanced, adding "adaptive cruise control and the ability to read speed limit signs, stop itself if a crash is imminent, stay in its lane, and even park itself in a street spot or in your garage."”

I need that right now in a two ton all-wheel drive SUV so I can drive sanely while yelling at my kids in the back seat. Please Elon, hurry up and take my money!

Comment: Definitely (Score 1) 763

by supabeast! (#26936707) Attached to: Do Video Games Cost Too Much?

The $60 price point has really turned me off from gaming. Alone the $60 game might not be a killer. But combined with the game industry's obsession with pleasing hard-core gamers you have a recipe for me walking away from gaming. Why would I pay $60 for a game that requires me to unlock most of the content? Or for a game that requires lots of trial-and-error? Or for a game that was released unfinished with showstopping bugs? I'd rather stick with $10 downloads.

Comment: How it really works (Score 1) 1055

by supabeast! (#26447641) Attached to: How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?

The 9/80 work schedule is a scam. Youâ(TM)ll have worked the 80 hours, but on Friday there will be a big meeting and youâ(TM)ll need to work. The next off Friday some important maintenance task will come up and youâ(TM)ll need to work. After that there will be a client interaction and youâ(TM)ll need to work. Your company will not pay you overtime for any of these extra Fridays because youâ(TM)re a salaried professional.

Itâ(TM)s a trap!

Comment: Take what you can get! (Score 1) 372

by supabeast! (#26410429) Attached to: How Will Recent Financial Downturns Affect IT Jobs?

Right now is a terrible time to be looking for an entry-level niche position. Those jobs are being filled by mid and senior level workers who just got laid off and will work for an entry level salary to keep their family fed. And if you do get a niche job, youâ(TM)re likely to become the new senior technician when the more expensive hackers get laid off and their jobs are dumped on youâ"which is not a fun situation to be in.

What you need to do is get into a whatever IT job you can, keep working on security stuff at home or in test labs at work, and ride the recession out. Make connections. If you have security people on staff get to know them and show interest so that you might get promoted when something opens up. But whatever you do, donâ(TM)t sit around unemployed and hoping that the perfect niche job pops up, because in this economy thatâ(TM)s not likely to happen.

Security

+ - VM-based rootkits proved easily detectable->

Submitted by paleshadows
paleshadows (1127459) writes "A year and a half has passed since SubVirt, the first VMM (virtual machine monitor) based rootkit, was introduced. The idea spawned two lively slashdot discussions: the first, which followed the initial report about SubVirt, and the second, which was conducted after Joanna Rutkowska has recycled the idea (apparently without giving credit to the initial authors). Conversely, in this year's HotOS workshop, researchers from Stanford, CMU, VMware, and XenSource have published a paper titled " Compatibility Is Not Transparency: VMM Detection Myths and Realities" which shows that VMM-based rootkits are actually easily detectable. The introduction of the paper explains that

"While commodity VMMs conform to the PC architecture, virtual implementations of this architecture differ substantially from physical implementations. These differences are not incidental: performance demands and practical engineering limitations necessitate divergences (sometimes radical ones) from native hardware, both in semantics and performance. Consequently, we believe the potential for preventing VMM detection under close scrutiny is illusory — and fundamentally in conflict with the technical limitations of virtualized platforms."

The paper concludes by saying that

"Perhaps the most concise argument against the utility of VMBRs (VM-based rootkits) is: "Why bother?" VMBRs change the malware defender's problem from a very difficult one (discovering whether the trusted computing base of a system has been compromised), to the much easier problem of detecting a VMM.""

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Music

+ - Radiohead lets you choose the price of music->

Submitted by tehnoir
tehnoir (1074803) writes "Apparently Trent Reznor isn't the only one getting away from the standard music industry mentality. Radiohead currently has their upcoming album available for pre-order. Currently you can order a box set for the album, or you can order a digital download of the album for whatever you think you should pay. While you must fill in an actual value, 0 is acceptable. Hopefully as more and more artists start exploring new avenues for release, the rest of the industry will catch on; though I'm not holding my breath yet."
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Microsoft

Microsoft Publishes Free XBox Development Tools 221

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the compile-once-crash-twice dept.
prostoalex writes "Microsoft announced the release of free XNA Game Studio Express tools for developing C# games that run on both Windows and XBox. They're also selling XNA Creators Club subscriptions, which, similar to MSDN subscriptions, offer access to sample code and additional documentation. Also, Microsoft is explicitly aiming towards uniting the Windows and XBox development platforms: 'You will have to compile the game once for each platform. In this release simply create a separate project for each platform and then compile them both. Our goal is to allow as much code as possible to be shared between those two projects, allowing you to use the same source files in both projects, but platform-specific code will need to be conditionally-compiled.'"

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