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Comment Re:Censor science reports to prevent Terrorism? (Score 1) 273

It is like withholding information on how to produce high quality steel because it will be used to make very sharp swords, or nuclear energy and research is bad and information about it should be restricted because such knowledge is involved in producing bombs.

I was onboard until your argument produced holes in it. I agree with what I quoted, but tell me the benefit of making a deadly flu virus that doesn't spread over it's natural means? That doesn't provide a barrier to improve anything in my world. If anything someone funded it to do just that: Have scientific evidence for a terrorism report. Should we censor ourselves from providing information like this? Totally.

There are many other ways to massage a scientist's ego than let them do a dog-and-pony show to prove their funding was actually used for something. I don't think it advantageous to share things like this at all.

Comment Better change the slogan soon then! (Score 3, Insightful) 230

I mostly visit slashdot as an avenue for tech/science/nerd news, and an occasional giggle at flame wars. The growing trend of 'Ask Slashdot' posts I've never had a problem with; what is a problem is the growing rate of redundancy/frequency in question posts versus actual news, no one moderating the train wreck of flame wars and the shear lack of aptitude from the question poser in terms of topic worth.

'Ask Slashdot' used to be an infrequent-but-jolt-of-freshness into daily reading, now it's just being used WAY to often with poor content abandonment IMHO. I see more posts saying "Didn't we just discuss this last week?" followed by a link to a slashdot URL showing the evidence.

All cynicism aside, I'm not for it and I'm sure as hell hoping the next administrative post to slashdot isn't "We're changing our slogan to 'Slashdot: Regurgitated Tech Commentary and Questions. No News. Stuff that doesn't matter".

Comment Re:We are getting one (Score 4, Insightful) 381

$200 isn't that bad for a little net portal.

While I agree 100% with that, how many times over are you going to spend that kind of money to find the 'shining light' that holds it's weight against the iPad before ultimately spending enough of your own money on sub-par devices that you could outright owned an iPad?

No, I'm not a Apple fan boi, but the iPad is a pretty fantastic device. Nothing can touch it right now and I think what gets all of us as end-point consumers is everyone's marketing bullshit lately to get into the tablet market and make a quick, almighty dollar off all of us.

I think the e-Reader should remain an e-Reader. Period. Perhaps the slight reach to make it enough to casually surf the internet and check e-mail I can live with, but that's where B&N and Amazon are making their mistake IMHO: Taking something and making it something it's not. Let's not forget the iPad was a touch-screen computing device with 'e-Reader and multi-media capabilities' not the other way around.

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Submission + - The Technology Behind Footballs' Magical Line (jameco.com)

adosch writes: The latest lockout antics are ancient history, preseason brawls are over and America's number one sport is back in action. Football uses a lot of interesting technology that we take for granted, and in this article I'll answer the question, how the heck do they get that yellow first-down line on the field?

Comment Obvious Linus recourse (Score 1) 142

I wouldn't find this surprising at all. I don't see this as temporary by any means, but more of a 'loosing-faith' factor; I'd do the same with my life's prized work as well. I bet from now on, github is the main pickup for latest/stable/greatest kernel releases. I personally hope it doesn't, and perhaps becomes another avenue to get the kernel source.

Comment Mating with Neanderthals also provides... (Score 1) 190

1) Very good Saturday night entertainment. Not sure what I'd do without "Stupidest Criminals 3"...

2) Very good opportunities to take home a hot chick at the bar. Let all the idiots use the nauseating "Hey Babe, lets better our future children's immune systems.." pickup line and better your opportunities to take home that hot chick at the bar

Comment How many SysAdmins will be logged in on Sunday? (Score 1) 49

Next 24 hours puts this fix release on Sunday. I, myself, can't wait to let my Apache source compiles rip upon release.

All jokes aside, what baffles me is even if you're clueless when it comes to Apache webserver security, there's plenty of best practices out there, especially using mod_security with some tuned SecRule's. The mitigation steps Apache provided (using mod_rewrite) almost identically mirror the out-of-the-box SecRule's provided at gotroot.com. This isn't a soapbox plug, I just think that this attack really isn't "new" as I've compensated for it for years on any Apache webserver setup, public or private facing. Might be a good idea for 'whomever' is supporting Apache to spend some time securing it so you don't waste your Sunday evenings.

Comment This is our post-modern Jules Vern? (Score 1) 135

I think it's cool that someone is investing in a vision to near-space visitation for the common man (well, common man who's got TONS of money and has zero fear of death).

A few things that I just can't help but shake my head:

1) The nice, calm flow of launch-to-landing in the video. It just has that creepy aura of airline emergency landing documentation: all smiles, no fear, no chaos, and dawn your s/oxygen/ether/ mask before helping others!

2) Helium balloons in space is do-able. But it's just doesn't sound or have that captivating 'cool' feel to it. Feels like it's like a mosquito-leap up from the 'Elevator to space' idea.

Comment Ceglia must have deep pockets... (Score 1) 135

How does one even afford to open a somewhat baseless lawsuit (e.g. in terms of evidence and he-said-they-said arguments) against one of the biggest companies in the U.S. and not be poor bastard after a handful of months paying ridiculous amounts of hourly lawyer wages? I could care less of the outcome, but as far as his lawyer, it's a big risk if he/she is basing their profit off a 'win' in the courtroom I would think.

Comment Obviously? (Score 1) 323

Hasn't that always been the case? I can recount dozens of personal examples in undergraduate/graduate (high school was too distant, sorry! But nor did I really take that seriously) where outside the multiple choice or true-and-false realm, there is always that element of human favoritism and non-neutral judgement involved. Certain people would get a lower/higher grade on a paper/research project that had really close ideology, thoughts or facts, that matched the next person (all cheating trolls stay in your cave). More of the educator's time is then spent 'justifying' their grade than the time it took to grade the item to begin with at that point, IMHO.

It would be a very logical feat to have a knowledgeable, computer system be educated enough to look at styles, patterns for topic(s) 'xyz' than it would would be worth just to remove the human judgmental element factor. IBM Watson, I presume?

Comment Whistle-blower hacking --- Good or bad? (Score 1) 419

When Lulzsec started out, their main 'mission', that I could gather, was their shear intolerance of weak web security and exploitation that surrounded it. Exposing pron.com admin/end-user base? Great. Displaying Nintendo's Apache's configs? That's fine. With the latest news front about Lulzsec rants in regards to 'Anonymous' attacking Sega and the 'we-like-dreamcast-so-you-are-going-down' seems quite juvenile, but whatever. It's publicity and it's getting people to take them seriously, no matter if it looks like nothing more than a swinging dong contest on digital playground.

Now they've taken a big step to team up with another group. Nothing wrong with that. I think what's going to cause some stir is not perhaps gaining access to government networks and getting their mits on classified material? It's the release of 'all' of it with zero disregard to national security as a whole. I think that's a real big problem with groups trying to drop in line and be the next 'Wiki-leaks' because it's not the 'uncovering' as much as it is the 'bragging rights'. There's a fine line between whistle-blowing government wrong-doing and nefariously, not to mention recklessly, leaking and or all classified material they get a hold of.

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