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Comment: Re:MS not in Gang of Four.. then neither is Facebo (Score 1) 398

by toastking (#41625599) Attached to: Why Eric Schmidt Is Wrong About Microsoft Not Mattering Anymore
I think the point was they are quickly fading into obscurity, the new IE ads that are everywhere and Windows 8 are signs of their losing grip on the pc market. Where people would usually buy a laptop running windows they buy a tablet running a simple to use OS, and that scares Microsoft quite a lot.

+ - Coming Next: TSA Taser Bracelets?->

Submitted by CaVp
CaVp (746780) writes "From the article: "The TSA’s security policies are getting more and more bizarre, from testing people’s drinks for explosives to ordering all travelers to freeze on command, but could a frightening policy that was seriously explored by the DHS be resurrected – forcing people to wear taser bracelets that would deliver an electric shock if they got out of line?" Fox coverage here.

Imagine a nutjob with a radio transmitter tuned to the bracelet radio frequency... instant bacon!..."

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+ - Conficker worm still being tracked, but evidence collection slows->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "The notorious malware known as the Conficker worm still infects computers, a sort of wild horse with no rider, but investigators appear no closer to finding its creator. Also known as "Downandup," Conficker was discovered in November 2008, exploiting a vulnerability in Windows XP that allowed remote file execution when file-sharing was enabled. Microsoft patched it a month later. At its peak, Conficker infected upwards of 7 million computers, and Microsoft still ranks Conficker as the second-most prevalent malware family on domain-joined computers. Security researchers with the Conficker Working Group along with vendors including Microsoft successfully cut off the Conficker's operators from the botnet, but the group is still working to try to find Conficker's master. The problem is that botnet operators have stayed away from Conficker and not tried to reclaim it, a welcome development but one that leaves researchers with a lack of fresh electronic leads. "Well, we sort of won in that regard," , said Jose Nazario, a malware researcher. "On the other hand, if they're not interacting with it, there's no more evidence coming in.""
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Comment: Re:Truly looking forward to this (Score 0) 67

I think we should celebrate both the business and research side of science and technology. Gates and other such as Larry Ellison should be applauded for how their products helped society, the computer you're using was made possible by Gates and the web server slashdot uses was made possible by Ellison. But, too often history is told by the victors, as is the case here. Teaching people about Tesla is great but I think we also need to delve deeper in the past to Newton and Hooke. http://www.scienceandyou.org/articles/ess_14.shtml

Comment: Re:Oh bullshit. (Score 2) 113

by toastking (#41564931) Attached to: The Computer Science Behind Facebook's 1 Billion Users
Facebook isn't just about status updates. They have a whole robust API they use to interact with apps and other websites. It hosts music, events, photos, videos, app data, along with tons of user data with timeline. You can share anything from a cat video to a milestone of you losing weight. Serving up all that data in quick and well-presented manner to millions of people around the world is very difficult.

Comment: Volunteers Perspective (Score 1) 33

by toastking (#41553687) Attached to: Pictures From an Exhibition: World Makerfaire 2012 NYC
I volunteered at Maker Faire this year, and it was a really fun experience. I helped a guy in the craft area but what I really took away from the experience was how nice and helpful everyone was. I was able to go take a break to see seminar or the faire if I wanted to, and they even let my friends help out even thought they signed up late. I love the friendly and intelligent culture of the event, I learned a lot about robotics chasis from exhibitors and some helped me with my tee shirt cannon bot idea. Overall I think Maker Faire is a great event that far surpasses any other convention I've been to.

Comment: Re:Get with the times (Score 3, Insightful) 215

by toastking (#41533343) Attached to: What Happened To Diaspora, the Facebook Killer? It's Complicated
I honestly forgot about Diaspora until I saw it on Reddit a few weeks ago. It is predominately a techie thing and may never catch on main stream due to its technical and open source nature. Non-tech people won't see its advantages and may see its open source nature as inviting "hackers".

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