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Comment: The "definition of broadband" did NOT change. (Score 1) 276

by Futurepower(R) (#48934865) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband
Seems correct. In this case, the situation is entirely faked. The "definition of broadband" did not change.

The "definition" being discussed is only the electrical connection speed. The actual information delivery speed can be anything a huge, abusive company wants.

What matters is the delivery speed. Supposedly the speed of the connection I am testing is "25 Mbps". SpeedTest.net says the speed is more than "50 Mbps".

The actual information delivery speed measured by numion.com is:
Kilobits/second (Kilobytes/second)
Surfspeed inside United States: 239.24 (29.90)
Surfspeed average (worldwide): 198.64 (24.83)
Surfspeed outside United States: 187.24 (23.40)

A local city leader told me it costs "$400,000" to get elected. Any government that requires leaders to spend huge amounts of money to be elected isn't actually a democracy.

+ - 'Anonymized' credit card data not so anonymous, study shows->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included — and this is after companies "anonymized" the transaction records, saying they wiped away names and other personal details. The study out of MIT, published Thursday in the journal Science, examined three months of credit card records for 1.1 million people.

"We are showing that the privacy we are told that we have isn't real," study co-author Alex "Sandy" Pentland of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in an email."

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+ - FDA wants to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "In an attempt to curb outbreaks of two devastating tropical diseases in the Florida Keys, the FDA is proposing the release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the area. Scientists have bred male mosquitoes with virus gene fragments, so when they mate with the females that bite and spread illness, their offspring will die. This can reduce the mosquito population dramatically, halting the spread of diseases like dengue fever."
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+ - US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One->

Submitted by Tyketto
Tyketto (97265) writes "Following up on a previous story about its replacement, the US Air Force has selected the Boeing 747-8 to replace the aging Presidential fleet of two VC-25s, which are converted B747-200s. With the only other suitable aircraft being the Airbus A380, the USAF cited Boeing's 50-year history of building presidential aircraft as their reason to skip competition and opt directly for the aircraft, which due to dwindling sales and prospects, may be the last 747s to be produced."
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+ - LibreOffice gets a streamlined makeover, native alternatives for major Microsoft->

Submitted by TechCurmudgeon
TechCurmudgeon (3904121) writes "From PCWorld:
The Document foundation announced availability of the latest version of LibreOffice on Thursday, which it says is the most beautiful version of the open source productivity suite yet. LibreOffice 4.4 also fixes some compatibility issues with files that are saved in Microsoft's OOXML formats. LibreOffice 4.4 has got a lot of UX and design love," Jan "Kendy" Holesovsky, who leads the design team for Libreoffice, said in a statement.

LibreOffice 4.4 is currently available for Windows: https://www.libreoffice.org/do..."

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Comment: Re:What's more irritating? (Score 1) 239

by arth1 (#48929845) Attached to: One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Neither. I agree with the hype about IoT. I think it will be as big a change to society 40 years' time as the Internet has been so far.

Now what is irritating, though, is all the Slashdot posts complaining about IoT...

Ah, would you perchance happen to be the submitter?

Because most others here think buzzwords like these are pretty damn lame, and says more about the user than the technology. Let technology lead where it may, and don't try to put premature labels on stuff.

+ - Spider spins electrically charged silk->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "In their quest to make ultrastrong yet ultrasmall fibers, the polymer industry may soon take a lesson from Uloborus spiders. Uloborids are cribellate spiders, meaning that instead of spinning wet, sticky webs to catch their prey, they produce a fluffy, charged, wool-like silk. A paper published online today in Biology Letters details the process for the first time. It all starts with the silk-producing cribellar gland. In contrast with other spiders, whose silk comes out of the gland intact, scientists were surprised to discover that uloborids’ silk is in a liquid state when it surfaces. As the spider yanks the silk from the duct, it solidifies into nanoscale filaments. This “violent hackling” has the effect of stretching and freezing the fibers into shape. It may even be responsible for increasing their strength, because filaments on the nanoscale become stronger as they are stretched. In order to endow the fibers with an electrostatic charge, the spider pulls them over a comblike plate located on its hind legs. The technique is not unlike the so-called hackling of flax stems over a metal brush in order to soften and prepare them for thread-spinning, but in the spider’s case it also gives them a charge. The electrostatic fibers are thought to attract prey to the web in the same way a towel pulled from the dryer is able to attract stray socks."
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Comment: My experience is different. (Score 3, Insightful) 29

by khasim (#48927043) Attached to: Book Review: Designing and Building a Security Operations Center

The truth is that many firms simply don't have the staff and budget needed to support an internal SOC. They also don't have the budget for an MSSP. With that, Mike Rothman of Securosis noted that these firms are "trapped on the hamster wheel of pain, reacting without sufficient visibility, but without time to invest in gaining that much-needed visibility into threats without diving deep into raw log files".

In my experience it is not the budget but the politics.

Is your company's security worth the expense of an additional tech? Or are office politics the reason you cannot get an additional tech?

Does whomever is in charge of your technology have the authority to say "no" to requests from other departments? And the political capital to make it stick?

I've seen too many examples of companies "suffering" from the problems their own decisions/environment created.

Retrofitting security is not the answer.

Comment: Re: just put a motor on the elevator itself (Score 1) 242

by arth1 (#48926067) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

Elevator brakes are one of the most elegant solutions known to man, and perhaps more crucial to the continued popularity of the cabled elevator. The brake is held open by spring tension generated by the interaction of the elevator and the cable. If the cable gets cut, the brake engages. That's it. Any other type of elevator would need a more complicated break system. Detection of fault conditions would be a separate action that triggers the brakes. That means delays, and the possibility of errors. It is practically impossible for a properly built cable elevator to plummet. You cannot say the same for any cableless concept design. One of the simplest ideas in legal liability is that if you opt to do something the more dangerous way, you're liable. You must have very good grounds to justify the risk.

You miss that in a pinion or cog driven elevator with the motors in the building, there is no need for emergency brakes - being stationary is the default state. Only if a motor moves the cart along will it actually move - up or down.
To me, that seems like far less risks than having a system where you need emergency brakes for safety, no matter how elegant.

And this system is in use in many assembly lines. The motors are stationary, and the carts won't move unless driven. And while most are horizontal systems, there are vertical ones too. Boxes with holes or pinions on the side are lifted or lowered by cogwheels, and there is no possibility of them falling. They can reach quite high speeds too, unlike the typical self-driven pinion-and-rack lifts that you see on boatyards and libraries.

+ - Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "One thing we all remember from Windows NT, is the security feature requiring the user to press CTRL-ALT-DEL to unlock the workstation (this can still be enabled with a policy setting). The motivation was to make it impossible for other programs to mimic a lock screen, as they couldn't react to the special key combination. Martin Gräßlin from KDE team takes a look at the lock screen security on X11. On a protocol level, X11 doesn't know anything of screen lockers. Also the X server doesn't know that the screen is locked as it doesn't understand the concept. This means the screen locker can only use the core functionality available to emulate screen locking. That in turn also means that any other client can do the same and prevent the screen locker from working (for example opening a context menu on any window prevents the screen locker from activating). That's quite a bummer: any process connected to the X server can block the screen locker, and even more it could fake your screen locker."
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Comment: Re: just put a motor on the elevator itself (Score 1) 242

by arth1 (#48920975) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

The motor on an elevator like Noah is suggesting would have to provide enough force to counteract the entire weight of the elevator + payload + motor + friction, which is at least an order of magnitude more than a traditional elevator.

Not necessarily, no. Put fixed motors on the shaft walls, not in the elevator, and put pinions on the outside walls or corners of the elevator. The only extra weight would be of the elevator itself, less the weight of the hanging cable which elevators today have to move, and less the weight of the braking system, which would now be in the building, not the elevator.
And the much smaller building mounted motors can recuperate some of the energy whenever the elevator is descending.
Because each motor would only have to lift the elevator for a small distance before the next motor takes over, I imagine that higher speeds can also be attained, with less energy expenditure.

+ - What Makes a Great Software Developer?->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "What does it take to become a great—or even just a good—software developer? According to developer Michael O. Church’s posting on Quora (later posted on LifeHacker), it's a long list: great developers are unafraid to learn on the job, manage their careers aggressively, know the politics of software development (which he refers to as 'CS666'), avoid long days when feasible, and can tell fads from technologies that actually endure... and those are just a few of his points. Over at Salsita Software’s corporate blog, meanwhile, CEO and founder Matthew Gertner boils it all down to a single point: experienced programmers and developers know when to slow down. What do you think separates the great developers from the not-so-fantastic ones?"
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Comment: Re:Finaly. (Score 2) 222

by kimvette (#48919441) Attached to: YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

The problem really isn't and hasn't ever been animation sites. The problem is that Flash has often been used where it doesn't belong; forms on business sites, ENTIRE web sites built using flash so you cannot bookmark a page, and stuff like that, and Flash doesn't work particularly well on touch screens. Like BLINK, Flash has been used and abused to the point where it is an abomination.

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