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Comment: Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (Score 1) 92

by RobinH (#48270021) Attached to: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter
When I tell people we don't have cable TV, and just stream, they're always interested in it, but few of them want to compromise. When I tell them you can't easily get sports though, then they usually say, "that wouldn't work for me." Plus, I know a lot of people that have tried streaming on their own, and they definitely end up on the "wrong" site and end up with a malware infested nightmare on their PC. We just stick with Netflix and Hulu mostly, with the occasional "rented" streamed new release and we have no issues.

Comment: Re:Standard Document Retention Policy (Score 1) 133

by bmo (#48269603) Attached to: Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

The county had to buy a spare server and restore each monthly tape to it and manually pick out the email messages

It's a fucking computer. How do you not even try to automate stuff like that? How stupid do you have to be to not even write a script, but sit there and fucking vgrep everything?

The cost was not because of the documents being requested or that the county kept the records too long, the cost was that their IT department is run by retards.


Comment: Re:warnings are out there (Score 1) 318

by Alioth (#48267929) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

Weather and climate prediction are two entirely different things.

Here's an analogy, it doesn't involve cars:

Take a pot of water and put it on the stove top, and turn the stove on. The analogy of the weather forecaster is that the weather forecaster is trying to predict every eddy, every bubble, every current in the pot of water. It gets extremely difficult to predict all the eddies even 10 seconds from now. The climate scientist on the other hand is just trying to predict the bulk temperature of the water in 2 minutes time. This is much easier to do and can be done with a lot more accuracy. In terms of global warming, the climate scientist is predicting how the rate of change will differ if you now put a lid on the pan, and what difference it will make if you (say) only half cover the pot versus putting the lid on completely.

Comment: Re:History is written by the victors (Score 1) 318

by Alioth (#48267913) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

Why would we end up with more arable land? Sure if you're used to looking at a Mercator projection map it looks like there's an awful lot of land above 60 degrees north, but simple geometry will tell you that this is not so, the horizontal distance shrinks in proportion to the cosine of degrees above the equator. For instance if you draw a square on a Mercator projection map at the equator, and this square is 1km x 1km and then moved this square up to 40N (where much of the arable currently is), the actual size underneath this square would now be 0.76km x 1km. Move this to 60N and it's now 0.5km x 1km, As you go further north, the horizontal dimension gets smaller at a much faster rate, go another 10 degrees north up to 70N and now your square is only 0.34km x 1km, so an area at 70N north that looks as big as an area at 40N is in reality only 45% of the area of the same sized looking area at 40N (and not only that you start running into the Arctic Ocean).

Comment: running strings on bad file also unsafe (Score 2) 54

by throwaway18 (#48263083) Attached to: Dangerous Vulnerability Fixed In Wget

Slightly related;
Lcamtuf writes that that running strings over a maliciously crafted file can probably result in code execution on your system.

The big picture is nothing new, when you use software, particularly software which is written in C/C++, to process data from untrustworth sources there is a reasonable chance of hard to spot security vulnerabilities.


Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying 138

Posted by Soulskill
from the pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-mirror dept.
blottsie writes: The most-valuable, second-richest telecommunications company in the world is bankrolling a technology news site called The publication, which is now hiring its first full-time editors and reporters, is meant to rival major tech websites like Wired and the Verge while bringing in a potentially giant mainstream audience to beat those competitors at their own game.

There's just one catch: In exchange for the major corporate backing, tech reporters at SugarString are expressly forbidden from writing about American spying or net neutrality around the world, two of the biggest issues in tech and politics today.

Comment: Re:The hardest part.. (Score 2) 51

by Sique (#48259391) Attached to: Getting Lost In the Scientific Woods Is Good For You
General Relativity was widely accepted four years after the initial publishing (after Sir Arthur Eddington published his fundamental Mathematical Theory of Relativity), and Special Relativity was a new mathematical approach to the Poincaré-Lorentz-cosmology of 1892, published more than a decade before (which in turn tried to incorporate the Maxwell equations from 1879 into Newtonian physics).

Quantum mechanics were proposed by Max Planck in 1900, 1905 it was used by Albert Einstein to explain the photoelectric effect (for which he got awarded the Nobel price in 1921), and by the 1920 it was already heavily reworked and modified by the works of people like Erwin Schroedinger, Werner Heisenberg, Louis de Broglie and Max Born.

So Relativity and Quantum mechanics are quite bad examples for what you want to say. They were adapted very quickly instead.

Comment: Looks cloud-enabled. (Score 4, Insightful) 58

by Animats (#48255935) Attached to: Google Developing a Pill To Detect Cancer

The pill transmits to a wrist sensor. Of course, that will transmit to an Android phone, which will upload the data to Google's servers. You'll need a Google account, of course. All that data will be available to you (and, of course, Google's "affiliates") via a newly reactivated Google Health.

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurence of the improbable. - H. L. Mencken