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Comment Re:Amazing. (Score 1) 121

The only people who are saying "default for the first time in history" are Democrats who are fear mongering to scare little girls like you; and it has happened before. The reality is that the United States would not default; the government would use the money it brings in to service the debt and there would be a partial government shutdown.

The spectator goes on to point out that at the time the dollar was backed by gold. Presently the US dollar is backed by the US dollar, which makes a potential default impossible as the Fed can just print more money.... unless the rest of the world stops using the US dollar as its reserve currency. I'm not an economist or an accountant, but it seems to me that the resulting inflation would make it impossible for the government to service the debt. Again, this hinges on the rest of the world changing reserve currencies, but really what incentive to non-US nations have to stick with the US dollar?


Submission + - OSX 10.7 Lion Released to Developers (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has released the much anticipated Mac OSX 10.7 Lion 'Golden Master' to developers. For those that are wondering what 'Golden Master' means, it is pretty much the term Apple uses to reference a final build that hopefully doesn't have any last minute hiccups or bugs before it hits the public.

Submission + - Facebook More Hated Than Banks, Utilities (

jfruhlinger writes: "According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, Facebook raises a lot of ire among its customers — more than Bank of America or AT&T Mobility. This bodes ill for the company — as blogger Chris Nerney points out, many of the others on the most-hated list are utilities and other companies with monopolies, which can hold customers despite bad service. At least Facebook edged out MySpace."

Comment Athabasca (Score 1) 2

I don't know if the program is any good or not, but Athabasca University, located in Alberta, Canada has an online CS program. The degree is at least a legitimate accredited degree...

There's a $100CAD application fee, but I think they take anyone pretty much. You'd probably be able to fast track a little too... The unfortunate part is that the cost is comparable to actually going to a Canadian school, and they may charge more for foreigners...


Submission + - Top Home Energy Hogs Are DVRs and Cable Boxes 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Elisabeth Rosenthal writes that cable setup boxes and DVRs have become the single largest electricity drain in many American homes, causing an increase of over $10 for a home with many devices with some typical home entertainment configurations eating more power than a new refrigerator. The set-top boxes are energy hogs mostly because their drives, tuners and other components are running full tilt, 24 hours a day, even when not in active use consuming $3 billion in electricity in the US with 66 percent of that power wasted when no one is watching and shows are not being recorded. “People in the energy efficiency community worry a lot about these boxes, since they will make it more difficult to lower home energy use,” says John Wilson, a former member of the California Energy Commission. “Companies say it can’t be done or it’s too expensive. But in my experience, neither one is true. It can be done, and it often doesn’t cost much, if anything.” The perpetually “powered on” state is largely a function of design and programming choices made by electronics companies and cable and Internet providers, which are related to the way cable networks function in the United States. Similar devices in some European countries can automatically go into standby mode when not in use, cutting power drawn by half and go into an optional “deep sleep,” which can reduce energy consumption by about 95 percent (PDF) compared with when the machine is active but cable companies say US customers will not tolerate the time it takes to reboot the system once the system has been shut down or put to sleep. Although the EPA has established Energy Star standards for set-top boxes and has plans to tighten them significantly by 2013 cable providers and box manufacturers like Cisco Systems, Samsung and Motorola currently do not feel consumer pressure to improve box efficiency. When Wilson asked box makers why the hard drives were on all the time, using so much power. The answer was: “Nobody asked us to use less.”"

Comment Re:Good (Score 3, Informative) 412

I am currently dowloading hte battlefield heroes userdata to see if I am on it. I have to take time out of my life to do shit like this cos they released user data. If they had just withheld the usernames and passwords and threatned the source with releasing them if they didnt up their security I would have been much much happier... and supportive.

Well if you're smart you use unique passwords for your online services, so log in and change your password. Give Visa/Mastercard/Amex or whomever a quick call, tell them what happened. Problem solved.

Imagine for a second hackers more malicious than the LulzBoat stole your data (especially financial data), they probably wouldn't publicly post it, they'd sell it, or use it in other ways that are far more aggravating than spending five minutes changing a password, and/or a telephone call to your credit card company.... Granted this still doesn't make the Lulz crew's actions 'right', but there are SERIOUS online crimes going down every second...

the worst part about the Lulz debacle isn't the possible net regulation the future holds... that's speculation. the worst part is the REAL criminals are still flying under the radar hacking the RSA, Lockheed Martin, etc...

The Internet

Submission + - Afghans Build Open Source Internet From Trash (

An anonymous reader writes: Residents of Jalalabad have built the FabFi network: an open-source system that uses common building materials and off-the-shelf electronics to transmit wireless ethernet signals across distances of up to several miles.

Comment Re:Good (Score 5, Insightful) 412

As much as I'm for protests and such, these kids were just out to cause harm because they could. They need to get a legitimate cause, and stop pissing on ( innocent ) people randomly, or be gone.

They give the rest of us a bad name.

Aside from doxing Arizona law enforcement, what harm did they really cause? They've really just managed to point out a lot of trivial security flaws... I suppose one could argue that they cost Sony billions of dollars, but fighting Sony was a legitimate cause...


Submission + - Lulzsec announces that it is done (

MaxBooger writes: LulzSec, the notorious hacker group that's been on a rampage, just announced that it's disbanding.

This follows 50 days chaos during which time it took down several websites (including at one point), exposed passwords, exposed documents of the Arizona penal system, and at one point threatened to hit Too Big To Fail banks.

Obviously, it's possible that the group will not abide by its promise to quit. Nobody knows.

Submission + - 50 Percent of Smartphone Materials Invented Here (

An anonymous reader writes: The engineer who invented 50 percent of the materials inside your smartphone or laptop just won $650,000 for the Kyoto Prize--the nerd-version of the Nobel Prize. Also winning this year was the astrophysicist who figured out how to look back in time by observing background radiation from space. The art award when to a guy who dresses in drag for a living in Japan. Cool (I think, what do you think?)

Comment Re:Forget this idea! (Score 1) 6

Having been to a variety of schools, worked a variety of jobs, and spent time working people who's educations varied from multiple Ph.D's to high school drop outs, I'd have to disagree with you. Don't get me wrong, I see value to the university education system, especially in maths, sciences, and engineering, but as far as undergraduate electives go, I see it as a waste of time. Maybe your university offered more substantial electives, outside of the CS program, but the three schools I've been to did not.

I don't think the electives I took were worthless, I value education highly, but the materials covered in every elective I took were entry level, designed to 'level the playing field' to account for students' varied high-school experiences.

I would agree that in an employee I definitely want additional background, but I want that background to come from outside of the undergraduate system, and here's why. When I was in school, I divided people in two two categories. The first category were the people at school for education, and the learning experience. The second were those who were in school to get a job. The people in the job seeking demographic for the most part didn't seek understanding, they just wanted to get a degree and get paid.

I remember having an assignment in Small Talk programming lab, and we all were given partners at random. My lab partner was a memorizer, not a learner, the assignment was ten questions, all geared towards problem solving and learning Small Talk. Once we'd read the read the first question, and my lab partner didn't understand it, he went immediately to the prof's office to wait in line, and query him. I stayed in the lab and experimented with Small Talk, solved the problem, and moved on to the next question. By the time my lab partner got back, I was on the third question. I taught my partner how to do questions #2 and #3, and then we read question four. Needless to say, he didn't 'get it' and went right back to the prof's office.

It was that day when I knew the post secondary education system was largely bullshit. Sure there are people there to learn, there are people there to teach, but most people are there to milk the cow.

Also I have no idea how to hold a straight face and say "BA and valid degree" in the same sentence, so kudos.

So if davidj can find a way to avoid taking a few electives, I'm all for it, and I'd happily interview him for a job in the future. Maybe it's just me, but I hire people based on what they can do, not the tissue of lies they call a 'resume'.


Submission + - Google and MIT Enable Task Transfer Among Devices (

An anonymous reader writes: A new software app by Google, developed in cooperation with MIT, enables one-step task transfers between Android Smartphones and PCs. If your are like me, you transfer tasks from smartphone to the desktop the hard way at least once a day, so lets get together and crowd-poll Google to commercialize this app so its as easy as taking a picture with our smartphone!

Submission + - Malware, Exploit Kit Writers Merging Their Skills (

Trailrunner7 writes: Botnets have been around for more than 15 years now, and for much of that time they've been the favored platform for attackers looking to compromise users on a large scale and monetize those infected machines. But now, as researchers and authorities begin to have more success with botnet takedowns and arrests, the attackers behind malware kits and exploit kits are beginning to work together and learn from one another.

"Today, exploit kits and malware kits are sold separately, but we believe you'll see one combined kit to build and control malware soon," said Aviv Raff of Seculert, who has been researching the trend.

Those two functions in recent years have been performed by distinct groups, one of which develops and sells malware kits and another that does the same for exploit kits. But as the attack landscape continues to evolve and broaden, those functions are becoming more closely related and intertwined.

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