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Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 2) 44

by toshikodo (#45931417) Attached to: Small Satellite Dish Systems 'Ripe For Hacking'
I disagree, we never had a choice to do anything other than build these systems with their bugs. I know because I was there back in the dawn of remote digital telemetry systems. We had enough issues with just getting the stuff out of the door on time and to budget (and usually failed on both counts). Development models such UML & quality standards like ISO9001 just didn't exist back then.

We we pioneers, not engineers.

The real problem here is with the CEOs of the corporations that use this old tech. They won't do anything about it until they are forced to, either because some hacker causes the sort of damage that results in multi-million dollar law suits, or (and this is much less likely) the legislators force them to do something about it.

Comment: childline blocked for u12s (Score 5, Interesting) 148

by toshikodo (#45762497) Attached to: UK Govt's Censorware Blocks Tech, Civil Liberties Websites
I just checked to see if the filter would block children from accessing the website of the UK's most important helpline for children, childline []. Guess what? It does - you really really really couldn't make this shit up. Lets hope the little darlings aren't feeling suicidal as a result, because it also blocks their access to the Samaritans []. Speechless!

Comment: Re:No need for 100% accuracy (Score 0) 227

by toshikodo (#45734123) Attached to: UK ISP Adult Filters Block Sex Education Websites Allows Access To Porn
The accuracy these filters, or rather their lack of, is a bit of a moot point. The biggest problem from my point of view is that these filters are optional. This means some kids won't be protected by these measures because they will still have access to unfiltered Internet content. One draconian option could be to make the filters mandatory for everyone, but even Cameron would probably think that that would be a bad idea. I'd like to suggest an alternative, namely that content filters should be mandatory on all Internet connections used by children. The UK public are quite happy with age based censorship in the film & video game industries, and there are plenty of other things that adults can legally do that children can't, so maybe what the government should be doing is to make it an offense to allow a child to have unfiltered access to the Internet.

+ - UK ISP Porn filters snafu

Submitted by toshikodo
toshikodo (2976757) writes "The BBC is reporting that Internet content filters being rolled out by major ISPs in the UK are failing to allow access to acceptable content, such as sex education and sexual abuse advise sites, while also still allowing access to porn. According to the article, "TalkTalk's filter is endorsed by Mr Cameron but it failed to block 7% of the 68 pornographic websites tested by Newsnight". The ISPs claim that it is impossible for their filters to be 100% accurate, and that they are working with their users to improve quality. I wonder how long it will be before one of these filters blocks access to the Conservative Party's website, and what will Cameron do then?"
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I went out and cleaned the snow off of the lights and windows and drove off. It was really slick. I cashed a check, drove home and called the cleaning lady. "I'm not making you go out in that," I said. "You get a paid vacation today, I'll give you thirty next week." She works an hour on Saturday mornings. She's been here to clean once and the house is a lot better.

+ - Genome of Neandertals Reveals Inbreeding-> 1

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "In a report on the most complete genome of a Neandertal ever sequenced, an international team of researchers has found that the parents of a Neandertal woman from Siberia were as closely related as half-siblings. The genome also shows that at some point the Neandertals interbred with other human groups, including their cousins the Denisovans, and our own modern human ancestors. There are even signs of Denisovans interbreeding with a mysterious archaic species. In all, the study suggests very close encounters among the several kinds of hominins living in the past 125,000 years. The detailed genome of the extinct Neandertals—our closest relatives—also offers a new look at the genetic differences that set our species apart from all the others."
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+ - Ammo going unleaded. Regulations, bans force switch to 'green' ammo-> 3

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The last bullet-producing lead smelter in the US closes its doors on Dec. 31. This will mark a major victory for those who say lead-based ammunition pollutes the environment, but others warn 'green' bullets will cost more, drive up copper prices and do little to help conservation.

The bid to ban lead bullets, seen by some as harmful to the environment, started slowly more than a decade ago. But with two dozen states, including California, banning bullets made of the soft, heavy metal, the lead bullet's epitaph was already being written when the federal government finished it off.

First, the military announced plans to phase out lead bullets by 2018. Then the EPA, citing emissions, ordered the shutdown of the Doe Run company's lead smelter in Herculaneum, Mo., by year's end.

Maybe it's also time to discontinue the penny due to the cost of copper and its lack of usefulness."

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+ - Panel Urges Major NSA Spying Overhaul->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "A board set up to review the NSA's vast surveillance programs has called for a wide-ranging overhaul of National Security Agency practices while preserving "robust" intelligence capabilities. The panel, set up by President Obama, issued 46 recommendations, including reforms at a secret national security court and an end to retention of telephone "metadata" by the spy agency.

The 308-page report (PDF) submitted last week to the White House and released publicly Wednesday says the US government needs to balance the interests of national security and intelligence gathering with privacy and "protecting democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law."

Panel members said the recommendations would not necessarily mean a rolling back of intelligence gathering, including on foreign leaders, but that surveillance must be guided by standards and by high-level policymakers."

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Comment: Re:yea right (Score 1) 230

by toshikodo (#45727811) Attached to: Unreleased 1963 Beatles Tracks On Sale To Preserve Copyright
Copyright would be fine if it benefited all those involved in the creative process, but it hasn't benefited those who have enabled the musicians to live for the rest of their life on the back of a few years work. I'm referring to the engineers & academics who designed the recording equipment and the means to then mass produce cheap copies of the musician's works. These engineers & academics will have gotten nothing more than a one time wage payment for their work, but without them, musicians would have to actually work for a living, just like everyone else.

Comment: Re:oh Opera, why..? (Score 1) 381

by toshikodo (#45638507) Attached to: Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?
Opera will be dust long before they get the chance of fixing the things they broke - though to be honest I've never understand how they've managed to keep going after they dropped their ad banner - how do they make money? I will miss Opera12 if it becomes too dangerous or impossible to use, but until that day I'm sticking with it. As to my next browser, I may well go for IE, especially if it keeps dropping down in the usage stats. After all, what self respecting crook is going to target a browser that is only used by 1% of their target market.

+ - Peer reviews not working as intended?->

Submitted by Papaspud
Papaspud (2562773) writes "According to the author, the process of peer review isn't working very well. She quotes a study which shows that 47 out of 53 major medical studies were flawed, and couldn't be reliably repeated.
  Is this due to the pressure put on scientists to publish or die, or is it just the good old boy network, passing each others reviews? Any slashdotters have experience in this?
  Read the whole article for a nice insight to the process."

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