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McAfee Exaggerated Cost of Hacking, Perhaps For Profit 105

coolnumbr12 writes "A 2009 study (PDF) by the McAfee estimated that hacking costs the global economy $1 trillion. It turns out that number was a massive exaggeration by McAfee, a software security branch of Intel that works closely with the U.S. government at the local, state and federal level. A new estimate by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (and underwritten by McAfee) suggests the number is closer to closer to $300 billion (PDF), but even that much is uncertain. One of McAfee's clients, the Department of Defense, has used the $1 trillion estimate to argue for an expansion of cybersecurity, including 13 new teams dedicated to cyberwarfare. Despite the new data, Reuters said McAfee is still trying to exaggerate the numbers." The $1 trillion study has seen other criticism as well, so the new data is a step in the right direction.

The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same 384

Bruce66423 writes "This Slate story explains how a 2005 book has led to all Hollywood movies following the same structure — to a depressing extent. From the article: '...Summer movies are often described as formulaic. But what few people know is that there is actually a formula—one that lays out, on a page-by-page basis, exactly what should happen when in a screenplay. It’s as if a mad scientist has discovered a secret process for making a perfect, or at least perfectly conventional, summer blockbuster. The formula didn’t come from a mad scientist. Instead it came from a screenplay guidebook, Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need. In the book, author Blake Snyder, a successful spec screenwriter who became an influential screenplay guru, preaches a variant on the basic three-act structure that has dominated blockbuster filmmaking since the late 1970s.' I've always known we could be manipulated — but this provides a segment by segment, almost minute by minute, guide how to do it."
Star Wars Prequels

Star Wars City Doomed By Sand Dunes 166

An anonymous reader writes "The buildings and set of the fictional city Mos Espa are set to be swallowed by migrating sand dunes in the Tunisian desert. From the article: 'Ralph Lorenz, from Johns Hopkins University, US, together with Jason Barnes, from the University of Idaho, and Nabil Gasmi, of the University of Sousse, Tunisia, visited the Mos Espa site in 2009, and noted that part of a nearby set used in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope had already been overrun. Using satellite images of the site, they were able to determine the speed of dune movement, which is approaching the buildings once inhabited by such luminaries as Anakin, his slave owner Watto, and rival podracer Sebulba.'"

The Man Who Convinced Us We Needed Vitamin Supplements 707

An anonymous reader writes "The Atlantic has an interesting piece on the life and work of the scientist most responsible for moms around the world giving their kids Vitamin C tablets to fight off colds, Linus Pauling. From the article: 'On October 10, 2011, researchers from the University of Minnesota found that women who took supplemental multivitamins died at rates higher than those who didn't. Two days later, researchers from the Cleveland Clinic found that men who took vitamin E had an increased risk of prostate cancer. "It's been a tough week for vitamins," said Carrie Gann of ABC News. These findings weren't new. Seven previous studies had already shown that vitamins increased the risk of cancer and heart disease and shortened lives. Still, in 2012, more than half of all Americans took some form of vitamin supplements. What few people realize, however, is that their fascination with vitamins can be traced back to one man. A man who was so spectacularly right that he won two Nobel Prizes and so spectacularly wrong that he was arguably the world's greatest quack.'"

Comment Re:Linus management technique works (Score 1) 1501

Saying the things that one thinks is a quality, more so in a world where form is not only getting more important than substance, but it is also becoming antithetical to it. I have an uncomplicated nervous system and I much prefer people telling me directly what they think about me or the things that I do, rather than having to do social reverse-engineering in order to figure out what smiling, polite and necktie-wearing colleagues say when I'm not there.

(And by the way, being able to understand and potentially appreciate jokes is an important trait for social interaction, and the whole LKML thread we're talking about was clearly tongue-in-cheek.)

Comment Re:When you ride at night, (Score 1) 413

50 km/h is still too much in case of fog or blind curves. I'm thinking about the kinds of road where you can expect to find bicycles, not motorways.

You have no idea of the things I've found behind one of those curves: cows, landslides, drugged bikers... once even a wise man who deemed it a good idea to have a kid drive his car on one of those roads that have a stone wall on one side and a chasm on the other.

Comment Re:When you ride at night, (Score 3, Insightful) 413

And no amount of driving skill can protect you from invisible stupid bicyclers.

Actually, it's quite easy, you just have to drive slow enough to be able to brake before hitting anything that is in front of you. That would have avoided most of the accidents I've seen.

Or they did not want to go to jail for 20 years for a no-fault accident.

A no-fault accident is when a biker appears from the side of the road and you can't manage to avoid hitting him. In this case, the biker was hit from behind, so the fault his the driver's, full stop. Moreover, when you have an accident, you don't get to decide whose fault it is. You stay there and help the victim. If you run, you're a criminal, no excuses.

Comment Re:When you ride at night, (Score 1) 413

Or they panicked, which is a thing that happens.

Indeed it happens, and when it happens you go to jail for it, and justly.

I would venture to guess they probably do value human life, just not as much as their freedom, which is not 0.

People who give more value to anything than human life are criminals, what's your point? What if somebody values my life a lot, but just a bit less than taking all my money?

Comment Re:Gratuitous criticism against Oracle (Score 1) 219

AGPLv3 is identical to GPLv3 with the following section added.

13. Remote Network Interaction; Use with the GNU General Public License.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this License, if you modify the Program, your modified version must prominently offer all users interacting with it remotely through a computer network (if your version supports such interaction) an opportunity to receive the Corresponding Source of your version by providing access to the Corresponding Source from a network server at no charge, through some standard or customary means of facilitating copying of software. This Corresponding Source shall include the Corresponding Source for any work covered by version 3 of the GNU General Public License that is incorporated pursuant to the following paragraph.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this License, you have permission to link or combine any covered work with a work licensed under version 3 of the GNU General Public License into a single combined work, and to convey the resulting work. The terms of this License will continue to apply to the part which is the covered work, but the work with which it is combined will remain governed by version 3 of the GNU General Public License.

How does this violate freedom zero?

Comment Re:Gratuitous criticism against Oracle (Score 1) 219

there are a number of different projects that are going to be affected by this including Debian's package manager, apt

From the list:

Sorry for not checking apt license myself. Anyway... effectivelly relicensing apt to GPL-3 might not be a problem for apt

There's a lot of FUD on that list, too, by people who didn't even know what license BDB was under in the first place. They thought it was under the BSD license, while it was under the Sleepycat license instead, which is a strong copyleft, GPL-like license. Now I'm not saying that changing a license is an easy thing to manage, just that answers like "AGPL kills kittens" are unacceptable.

Comment Re:Gratuitous criticism against Oracle (Score 1) 219

The people who initially created BDB (past tense) now work for Oracle, or have worked with Oracle as long as they've worked on BDB, and they're working there on further development of it.

So Oracle have the past, the present and presumably the future of BDB within them, whether we like it or not.

Comment Re:Gratuitous criticism against Oracle (Score 1) 219

Oracle paid the people who wrote it in order to acquire that software.

That is not even vaguely close to the same thing as developing it themselves, and no amount of wishing will make it so.

That, together with

Oracle is currently paying their wages while they continue to develop the software.

is the same thing as "developing it themselves", and no amount of changing the point of the discussion will make your initial answer any less wrong.

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