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Comment Re:Regressing (Score 2) 123

You may hate Mr. Zuckerberg for all you want,

I don't hate Mr. Zuckerberg; I'm just not interested in the product he sells . . . or, more astutely stated, I have no interest in becoming his product. He can sell all the used ball-bearing Rigid Fidget Digits he wants for all I care.

but as a president he most likely would be 100 times or a 1000 times better for the USA, and the rest of the world.

. . . and you are basing that metric on . . . whatever you happened to be vaping at the time of posting? I could imagine Mr Zuckerberg resurrecting the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), since not using Facebook is an Un-American Activity. By not using Facebook a person is "evading essential state security surveillance", and must have something grimy underneath his fingernails . . . kinda sorta like "Criminal Drug Evasion" in THX-1138.

After all he speaks more than one language

For folks of limited intellectual faculties, learning a second language merely guarantees that they can say the same stupid things in Yet Another Language. A major systemic failure in US education policy was the misguided notion that sending *everyone* to college would make everyone smarter. What really happened was the adulteration of college degrees and an explosion of costs.

and visited more countries than Mr. Trump.

So I guess you'll be supporting Justin Bieber for President, since he has given concerts in even more countries that the Zuck has visited! The amazing thing about American folks like Zuckerberg, is that they can visit so many other countries in the world . . . and still not realize that not every country in the world is just like it is in the US.

"We are here in Heidelberg, Germany! Where is the Applebees!? Where is the Applebees!? Kenneth, Kenneth . . . what is the frequency!?"

Usually, at this time, the Joseph de Maistre retinue would manifest itself here, and state that with Mr. Trump, the Americans got the government that they deserve. However, your comments have convinced me that with Mr. Trump, the whole world has gotten the US government that it deserves.

"The World is My Oyster!" -- William Shakespeare

"The World is My Dumpster!" -- Donald Trump

And for you family loving americans

American? . . . Ain't that you?

he actually has a family and not half a dozen divorces.

Ah, yes . . . Charles Manson also has a family . . . so he would be your other choice for president, since "family values" seems to be your Shtick. Or maybe your beloved Kardashians . . . they are also very "family oriented".

Unfortunately, the most horrific atrocities committed by humanity, against humanity had "family oriented" at their Hearts of Darkness. One of my personal favorites: Margot Honnecker, "the Wicked Witch of the East":

Margot Honecker was widely known as the "Purple Witch" for her tinted hair and hardline Stalinist views, and was described as "the most hated person" in East Germany next to Stasi chief Erich Mielke by former Bundestag president Wolfgang Thierse. She was responsible for the enactment of the "Uniform Socialist Education System" in 1965 and mandatory military training in schools to prepare pupils for a future war with the west. She was alleged to have been responsible for the regime's forced adoption of children of jailed dissidents or people who attempted to desert from GDR, and she is considered to have "left a cruel legacy of separated families." She also established prison-like institutions for children, including a camp at Torgau known as "Margot's concentration camp."

The fine Christian folks in Kansas bomb abortion clinics . . . to protect, "family values" . . . as do the bearded guys with rags on their heads who clamor on board intercontinental flights wearing Nitrogen Triiodide Adult Pampers . . . to protect Islamic "family values" . . .

So, no . . . I just can't see how Zuck would be far better or worse that Trump. Maybe the US could try this novel idea: Electing a professional politician. Sure, professional politicians are sleazy and can only be trusted as far a you can throw them. In the case of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, NASA's extra-super heavy duty Space Launch System won't be able to budge him from his beach chair. However, at least you know what ya got . . . and not some Jimmy Swaggart or Jim and Tammy Fay Bakker hypocrites, preaching "family values", while getting it down dirty . . .

. . . and now . . . if someone could please explain why the DNS entry prereq check for my RHEL running under VirtualBox on my SchmackBookSchmoe fails for IBM Maximo Asset Manager. If I get that figured out, I'll do some more work today, and stop posting more nonsense like this.

I promise.

Comment Re:What can we do with it? (Score 4, Funny) 94

Where did you read that the 360 was so slow it could only handle one user?

This rumor originated in Dr. Gene Amdahl's lesser known history of the IBM mainframe titled, "The Apocryphal Man Mouth," which examined the contradictory cognitive dissonance of software project managers who think that they are running a development process, when, in fact, they are simply running their own mouths. The book is filled with the taller tales of the seminal computer industry, like the instance of Professor Forman Acton of referring to the inventors of that new-fangled language, collectively as, "The FORTRAN Boys."

Apparently, a disgruntled IBM customer complained about about the one user design limitation of OS/360, and asked the IBM sales rep when an upgrade to more than one user would be available. The IBM sales rep pulled out a little plastic case containing resistors, uttered some bizarre incantation like, "Bad Booze Rots Our Young Girls But Vodka Goes Well", and enumerated the prices of the resistors, and how many users each one would support. One cold solder joint later, and the IBM customer was a happy camper.

There was also something in there about Oliver North nearly starting World War Three, because he was forced to use IBM's OrifaceVision/2, which was like their PROFS Professional Office System for mainframes, but it was much more secure, because it was based on OS/2, which meant it never ran or was used at all, and you can't get any more secure than something that just doesn't work . . .

. . . oh, and speaking about IBM SAA AD/Cycle, don't mention that, unless you say "Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman" three times to a mirror, and conclude it with that Islamic curling Eight-ender cry, "Allah Hu Almaraq!", ("God is Gravy!"),

. . . and . . .

Comment Re:Regressing (Score 1) 123

You'll be paid in FacebookCredits,

. . . which will be known among financial folks as simply: "Zucks."

Yeah, it's the old company town, revisited, but The Hypno- Zuck will live there himself, and he just absolutely loves you, and the rest of humanity, as well (promiscuous, indeed), which is why he will be elected the next president, since all that love that the Zuck's been "spreading" around has not gone unnoticed, so living with the Zuck in his factory facetown will be like everyone's dreams come true, living in Calabasas with Justin Bieber . . .

Vanity currency names didn't work out very well for Charles Bedaux, either . . .

Comment Re:Air Gap (Score 1) 91

Are the control systems at plants not isolated from the outside world?

Air Heads trump Air Gaps . . . the biggest threat to your computer system security is mechanical: "The loose nut behind the keyboard."

If not, why not?

Nothing can be made foolproof, because fools are so ingenious.

It seems obvious that they should be.

"Well, I don't think there is any question about it. It can only be attributable to human error. This sort of thing has cropped up before, and it has always been due to human error."

Comment Re:All those Americans who want to leave can now g (Score 3, Informative) 257

Great opportunity for all those Americans who want to get away from the current government to leave. Of course, they have to have a useful skill.

There is only one skill you will ever need to get any job anywhere in the world that you want:

You need the skill to be willing to work for less than anyone else who wants the job.

It's just like the two guys getting chased by a bear . . . you don't need to run faster than the bear . . . just faster than the other guy.

High Tech "bosses" lie like rugs when they claim that they want to attract high skill folks. All that they really want are cheaper "human" resources.

I say we haul those execs up in front of a Congressional investigative committee, and ask them, Big Tobacco Style, if they truly believe that cigarettes are healthy and non-addictive. In this case, ask them if they need to attract the best talent, or if they are just "bottom fishing"; trying to see have far they can push down IT wages.

Comment Re:It's not the bikes... (Score 1) 236

Two strokes run rich throw raw, unburned fuel out the exhaust.

. . . would adding afterburners help . . . ? It sure would look cool at night.

That combines with the oil burning to give them their distinctive smell.

Ah, that smell! Smelled like . . .

Unburned HCs are the single worst automotive emission.

victory. Someday this emmision's gonna end...

Comment Re:So Make Hydrogen (Score 4, Funny) 324

Do we really need to do anything really useful with it, at all? I mean, the article states that the problem is that all this "hot" energy will overheat the grid, so it just needs to get off the grid . . . what we do with it, is just for shits and giggles anyway.

Which is why I would like to just plain dump the energy into the world's largest Californian Tesla Coil! It will be a great tourist attraction on humid nights: pulsating insect-zapping plasma tracers lighting up the skies . . . and the Little Fluffy Clouds . . .

Comment Re:Packaging is a disaster (Score 1) 216

We live in the over-packaged world - everything that is sold and used comes with packaging that often eclipses the amount of material (and labor) for the product itself. This problem will not solve itself, unfortunately.

Edible Packaging! It solves World Hunger, too!

If the material for the Edible Packaging is sourced from a Soylent Green factory, then we've solved the Overpopulation Problem, as well.

Comment Re:UW study contradicts... (Score 1) 511

The University of Washington study comes to a very different conclusion than a UC Berkeley report.

So the CEO of a company needs a new CFO and has narrowed his choice down to three candidates: An Engineer, A Mathematician and an Economist. So the CEO asks the Engineer, "What's one plus one . . . ?"

The Engineer types that in his smartphone and shows it to the CEO, "There! One plus one is two!" So the CEO asks the Mathematician, "What's one plus one . . . ?"

The Mathematician scribbles something on the wall and shows the CEO, "There! I have proved that one plus one is two!" So the CEO asks the Economist, "What is one plus one . . . ?"

The Economist leans forward and whispers to the CEO, "How much do you want it to be . . . "

I think there is a South African version of this joke where the Economist is named "Van der Merwe".

Kurt Gödel also postulated, for a given finite set of mathematical rules and a finite set of data . . . there is an infinite set of mutually contradictory correct conclusions can be calculated as answers to the same questions.

Apparently, in private, Gödel chuckled about this when describing the behavior of competing academic camps of thoughts. He once said, "You know . . . it is normal for those of us in these academic groups to vehemently disagree with each other. In the Science of Mathemetics, the tempers run so high, because the stakes are so small. Imagine creating a theory that not only contradicted the work of others . . . but implied by its very definition that the work of others could even exist in the first place . . . ?"

How a Rising Minimum Wage Affects Jobs in Seattle https://www.nytimes.com/2017/0...

Oh, I see . . . you're posting pay-walled links because you get a "piece of the action" from the New York Times.

"What's the Turk paying you to set up my father, Captain?"

Comment Re:Sounds great... (Score 5, Funny) 181

As long as they have a good definition of terrorist.

By today's definitions, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Alexander Hamilton were terrorists because of their thoughts and activities in The Thirteen Colonies.

Alexander Hamilton was extra-terrorist-ty, because he wouldn't stop singing all the time.

Comment "Well-Known" Hackers, that is . . . (Score 1) 263

So the title should have read:

Why So Many Well-Known Top Hackers Come From Russia

Really good hackers don't get caught, and don't even leave a clue that they were there at all.

The really interesting top technical hackers . . . well, we haven't heard of them yet, and probably never will, if they are that good.

Wherever they are . . . or, better said, "are not" . . .

Comment Re:I'm all for privacy and all that... (Score 1) 265

...but it seems rather reasonable that if a court of law orders you to submit something, the fact that you had stored in another country shouldn't be much of an excuse for not doing so.

Oh, well that's a grand idea. So I guess it's ok if a foreign court of law rules that it is ok to hack your elections, huh? The problem is that a while back folks in the entire world looked up to and respected the US legal system. And the governments of US were reciprocal in respecting the laws of other countries.

That legal system in the US is no more, gone to meet its maker, toast, pining for the fjord, stunned and resting. The governments and their puppet courts in the US no longer respect the laws of its Constitution protecting its own citizens, and certainly don't give a rat's ass about the "rights" of any other human beings on the planet.

If you take a look at Islamic Hellholes on this planet, when a leader with megalomaniac intentions gets in control, he first Shanghai's the judicial system stacks it with kangaroo cronies and uses that to whack-a-mole the opposition into oblivion. In the US now, the government uses the fear of terrorism to arbitrarily snoop into the underwear drawers of every living being on the planet for "shits and giggles."

To put it bluntly . . . the US has tossed away the "trust" that it built up over a long period of time with the rest of the world. If the US is now trying to get this spying "legally" approved by the Supreme Court, which isn't a court of law any more, put a political arm of the government, you can be sure a shit that they are spying illegally on this data.

Foreign government officials will tell you privately that it is ok for them to store data on servers that are even remotely related to a US entity. However, they consider any data stored there as "compromised", and therefore, justly don't store anything important there.

Comment Re:Beware of strangers bearing buzzwords. (Score 1) 118

What cool new technology! We should use it!

Questions are no longer necessary in the post-paradigm innovative DeadOps things connected to other things world.

You just proceed directly to the answer.

It is best to combine microservices with fuzzing technologies, so when folks ask you what you are working on, you can say with straight face:


Comment Re:"I'm off to the pub." (Score 0) 44

Why is it too bad?

It's too bad if you are a EU citizen living in the UK . . . or a UK subject (the UK doesn't have citizens; it's not written into the constitution that they don't have).

Should he not be compensated for the work he did, and not get to spend it the way he wants?

The current government of the UK hasn't really done any work on planning for the Brexit, while the clock is already ticking on the exit date. The negotiations with the rest of the onery EU members will be about as easy as negotiating The Treaty of Ghent (look it up, if you don't know what that means).

The EU tabled an offer to grant all UK citizens living in other EU countries permanent rights to live, work and receive social benefits. The UK countered that offer, and tabled up . . . jack shit. You can read all about it in The Economist; it isn't even pay-walled. To put this in a way that US oriented folks can understand, it would be like telling foreign folks in the US with green cards . . . that, oh, sorry, your "permanent" green cards will expire in a year. Since it looks like the UK is going to screw over the EU citizens, the EU, in their fine gentlemanly way, will respond by screwing over the UK citizens abroad.

I happen to know a few IT British expats, and this is all a very serious matter for them. Imagine sitting down with your manager, who tells you he is more than satisfied with your work, but doesn't know if he will legally be able continue employing you when the Brexit hits the fan.

In this situation, I would expect the government to be working days, nights and weekends to "get that puppy project shipped". But their government is currently being led by a Schrödingeresque creature that is both a "daft twat" and a "right cunt" at the same time.

Maybe she should just toss some more housing project subjects onto the barby . . . that might help.

. . . or maybe not.

At any rate, I already know what "The Economist" thinks about the current situation, and so I am anxiously awaiting my new copy of "Viz". To really understand the UK, you need to read both to get full coverage from the high brow musings down to the "A Pint and a Fight, a Great British Night!" knocked off a bar stool with a pool cue gut reactions.

Saying, "oh, email hackers, I'm off to the pub" is pretty sad to hear from a British MP. I mean, it's not America, is it . . . ?

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