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Comment: Bug in their bug (Score 3, Insightful) 52

by tomhath (#49548849) Attached to: Buggy Win 95 Code Almost Wrecked Stuxnet Campaign

We've noticed that the slide showing the Stuxnet disassembly doesn't support Werner and Leder's comments regarding the worm and Windows 9x

It appears they misunderstood the code they were looking at. But another quote earlier in the story is more relevant anyway:

either the worm couldn't find any old Windows boxes, or perhaps the Iranian boffins were used to Windows 95 and 98 falling over anyway

Really, who would be surprised by a blue screen from a Windows 95 box?

Comment: Re:GeoThermal Energy anyone? (Score 1) 150

by tomhath (#49541971) Attached to: Yellowstone Supervolcano Even Bigger Than We Realized
Reminds of a great calypso song by Shango

Day after day, more people come to L... A...
Don't you tell anybody, the whole place's slipping away
Where can we go, when there's no San Francisco?
Better get ready to tie up the boat in Idaho

Where can we go, when there's no San Diego
Better get ready to tie up the boat in Idaho
Do you know the swim, you better learn quick Jim
Those who don't know the swim, better sing the hymn

+ - Median age at Google is 29, says age discrimination lawsuit->

Submitted by dcblogs
dcblogs writes: The typical employee at Google is relatively young, according to a lawsuit brought by an older programmer who is alleging age discrimination. Between 2007 and 2013, Google's workforce grew from 9,500 to more than 28,000 employees, "yet as of 2013, its employees' median age was 29 years old," the lawsuit claims. That's in contrast to the median age of nearly 43 for all U.S. workers who are computer programmers, according to the lawsuit.
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+ - Two huge magma chambers spied beneath Yellowstone National Park->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit writes: Underneath the bubbling geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming sits a volcanic hot spot that has driven some of the largest eruptions on Earth. Geoscientists have now completely imaged the subterranean plumbing system and have found not just one, but two magma chambers underneath the giant volcano.
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Comment: That's not what they tried to make it say (Score 2) 668

by tomhath (#49537177) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Roughly two thirds of the people surveyed in the US have an opinion (or even recognize the name). You need to drill into the original survey to find that number.

Of the people who have an opinion, in the usual demographic breakouts only the 18 to 34 y/o group tends to have a positive opinion of him.

+ - New e-paper could replace expensive electronic displays->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a cheap and durable e-paper technology which can be written and drawn on with a magnet. The base technology, named ‘twisting ball displays’, was originally developed over 40 years ago and uses bicolored microparticles moving around an elastic silicone sheet between two parallel electrodes. In their new version the Tokyo researchers added a magnetic field to control the flow of particles. The black hemisphere of the microparticle contains a negative charge as well as a group of magnetic nanoparticles which pull towards the surface as a magnet is passed along the white display – making it possible to write and draw with a magnetised stylus. Applying a voltage then wipes the surface clean. The Japanese research team hopes that its new lightweight electronic paper could be used as a replacement for whiteboards and blackboards in classrooms, and as a cheaper alternative to expensive electronic displays. The team claims that the technology could eventually reduce reliance on real paper, curbing waste and deforestation.
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+ - House bill slashes research critical to cybersecurity->

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dcblogs writes: A U.S. House bill that will set the nation's basic research agenda for the next two years increases funding for computer science, but at the expense of other research areas. The funding bill, sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chair of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, hikes funding for computer science, but cuts — almost by half — social sciences funding, which includes the study of human behavior. Cybersecurity uses human behavior research because humans are often the weakest security link. Research funding social, behavioral and economic sciences will fall from $272 million to $150 million, a 45% decrease. The bill also takes a big cut out of geosciences research, which includes climate change study, from $1.3 billion to $1.2 billion, an 8% decrease. The insight into human behaviors that comes from the social science research, "is critical to understanding how best to design and implement hardware and software systems that are more secure and easier to use," wrote J. Strother Moore, the CRA chair and a professor of computer science at the University of Texas.
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Comment: Re:I'm a bit conflicted (Score 1) 602

by tomhath (#49532121) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

the "fair" thing to do would be to give the family a refund on the school district's share of their taxes

I would agree, but that opens the debate over vouchers for education. Anyone could claim the refund by stating that their child is not vaccinated.

However, I do think vouchers are a good idea in general. That would make it easier to ban the unvaccinated from public schools.

There are no data that cannot be plotted on a straight line if the axis are chosen correctly.