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Comment Re:digital Blackwater eh? (Score 1) 77

That sounds like a particularly nasty mess right there, as most of the attacks originate from foreign soil.

This is terrible terrible news for the coffee shops of the world that offer free wifi.

Because if someone can break in, either the company broken into is completely incompetent at their own security, or the attacker is good enough to have the foresight required to not to launch an attack from their own network.

Comment Re:Yes. (Score 1) 1127

It's not that most of these guys are necessarily bad people, but hackers (in the DEFCON sense) do tend to follow alpha male mentality. Now mix that up with copious amounts of alcohol, the poor social adjustment that many geeks have, and the "anything goes" attitude of Sin City, and yeah you'll have problems.

My experience was that most attendee's poor social adjustment manifested as incredibly timid behavior. You know, just like any nerd-out-of-water ever.

The guy I went to Vegas with made it his mission (and I eventually joined him to a small extent) to spend the weekend pulling people out of their shells.

Comment Re:Fair Warning (Score 1) 269

Business is usually more concerned with people than technology.

Correct. High level businesspeople don't not care about social relations, statistically they're actually more likely than the general population to be psychopaths, and even when they're not diagnostically so, they make use of the same social toolbox as a psychopath.

Comment Re:Fact check (Score 2) 568

Fix the families. Restore family values. Education and all other aspects of life will follow.

I agree that parents are the problem, they need to take a more active role in their children's education, but what are family values? And how are they going to fix the educational life of any child?

I'm not being sarcastic, I actually want to know what "restoring family value" means, because as far as I've been able to tell its a dog whistle term for other things, most of which don't have anything to do with parenting and the few that do are about sheltering children from sex. None of which does dogshit towards making kids care about their own education.

Comment Re:Doesn't violate network neutrality? (Score 1) 284

This is the core issue of network neutrality! A network provider should be a neutral network provider, it should not prioritise one vendor's service over another vendor's equivalent service

Yup, this really is the core of the issue. Now, its easy to understand why this exception they've given themselves seems to make sense, the problem is what it implies. A popular 'worst case' is that service providers can't just buy bandwidth and sling to all consumers limited only by the bandwidth they buy and the network path to the consumer. Now, with comcast pulling this, it will eventually be rightly called out as anti-compeptive, they will go to whatever authority calls them out hat-in-hand and say they just can't afford to pull all that data from an outside network, but offer to allow content providers unlimited access to their customers if the other provider does the legwork to get the traffic on comcast's "internal" network, now to "remain competitive" the Netflixs of the world have to start eating more and more costs as they rework their locations and their choice of upstream provider to conform with every consumer ISP whos customers they want to serve to get around artificial roadblocks erected by the ISP.

Comment Re:Who should I hate? (Score 1) 59

at least there is a bit I admire from them and it's their independence. They are only pursuing the IPO because they are forced to, but Zuckerberg has attempted to keep things indie (huge indie but still indie) all this time.

Facebook stopped being indie years and years ago (issuing shares, taking VC cash). Since then its all been carefully managed image and branding. He was never forced to IPO, its just his chickens coming home to roost.

Comment Re:No policing neologisms (Score 2) 775

The vast majority of people searching for santorum are searching for info about the candidate, not obscene material. If Google wants to provide useful search results, they will change the policy.

They don't need to change the policy. If its not what they're looking for, spreading santorum will start naturally falling in the results. The fact that its not falling is proof that people are searching for 'santorum' to get some laughs from Savage's page.


Controlled Quantum Levitation Used To Build Wipeout Track Screenshot-sm 162

First time accepted submitter gentryx writes "Researchers at the Japan Institute of Science and Technology have build a miniature Wipeout track (YouTube video) using high temperature superconductors and quantum levitation. Right now this is fundamental research, but in the future large scale transportation systems could be built with technology akin to this. I have a different vision: let Nintendo sell this as an accessory for the Wii U. I'd buy several of these tracks, let the gliders race through the whole house and track them on our TV!" Update: 01/05 22:08 GMT by S : As many readers have pointed out, this is CGI.

Comment Re:And money changes hands... (Score 1) 373

I'd heat water with it but have yet to find an effective and efficient means to do so with wood or paper.

Back when we had an electric hot water heater we just built a metal reservoir into our wood stove and plumbed it into line with the cold water feed to the heater. The heater still functioned normally, but whenever we were heating with wood the input water was already at temperature and the tank would only have to maintain (or slightly heat) the input water.

Its a start, and not hard to hack into your existing setup. What we had was pretty simple, but knocked a huge chunk from the electricity used by the heater. I don't think you'll find a good way to use paper/wood as the primary source of heat, but as a secondary that does most of the lifting you'll find a lot of options.

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