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Comment Re:Why do these phones always suck? (Score 0) 142

Continuing way the fcuk off topic, I've recently been enticed by the Spice we call the interwebs to read about this civet coffee Jack Nicholson drank in The Bucket List. Evidently, more than half the World's supply is counterfeit. Of the remaining available "genuine" shit, much of it is farmed from caged civets, so the heralded civet-selection-of-the-finest-beans cull is out the window. There are literally PETA-level outcries for the caged stuffing of these poor damn creatures who are being fed beans like a duck bred for foie gras. Do y'all remember "Beans, beans, the magical fruit..."
Security

Submission + - How Lockheed Martin's 'Kill Chain' Stopped An Attacker Already Inside (darkreading.com)

ancientribe writes: Lockheed Martin's director of cybersecurity provided a rare inside look at how the Defense contractor was able to stop sophisticated attackers who had gotten inside its network from actually stealing anything. Lockheed's multi-million dollar Cyber Kill Chain framework, a combination of security intelligence tools and manpower was built to prevent determined attackers who inevitably gain a foothold in the network from taking anything with them. This Dark Reading article highlights an incident where an attacker posed as one of Lockheed's business partners, using legitimate credentials and a stolen RSA SecurID token.

Submission + - Computer Repair Company Takes Revenge on Devious Customer (callnerds.com) 3

herrshuster writes: Nerds on call, a small computer repair company, was sued for $500,000 dollars by a customer claiming that they had lost critical information in his litigation. But when they looked into his history, they found this was not the first time he had tried to get money from a company through either his own error or ignorance: http://blog.oregonlive.com/complaintdesk/2011/07/when_store_clerks_give_advice.html In retaliation, they posted an explanation of the circumstances on their site that totalled more than 17,000 words in an attempt to google-bomb his name. Their closing statement: "In the end we won’t label him a scam artist, or assume he had nefarious intent, however, we will let the entire history of our interactions with him stand on their own."

Submission + - Progress Bars 6

hyperorbiter writes: How come after 25 years in the tech industry someone hasn't worked out how to make accurate progress bars? This migration I'm doing has sat on "less than a minute" for over 30 minutes . . . I'm not an engineer, but is it that hard?
Science

Submission + - Appendix Evolved More Than 30 Times (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: The appendix may not be useless after all. The worm-shaped structure found near the junction of the small and large intestines evolved 32 times among mammals, according to a new study. The finding adds weight to the idea that the appendix helps protect our beneficial gut bacteria when a serious infection strikes.

Comment Re:Why is this on Slashdot? (Score 2) 270

Nerds live side-by-side persons of merely average intelligence and are equally affected by evil governmental regimes and happenstance. We don't all write code for a living or live in our mother's basement. Hell, I think two or three of us even have women. Sit back, pipe down, and let the number of comments sort this out.

Comment Re:In a poll by Peak Oil For Climate Change... (Score 0) 266

Funny. No mod points. Apparently riding the dog like a small horse is frowned upon in this establishment. Since I'm here, I hope you won't take umbrage if I offer a tweak to the new mod. Drunken Rambling should like the Ace of Mods...it could be used as in poker as ace high or ace low. 'Cause you know, sometimes drinking makes you real smart.

Comment Remember it's not if, but when... (Score 1) 266

Multiple variant linear regression analysis is inclusion-free on the order of flawless a life changing asteroid impact with our rather inhabitable little rock will occur. Whether it is an extinction event or merely teleports us back to the Stone Age is irrelevant with regard to the loss of all human technology and scientific progress. A robotic presence during exploration is invaluable. Robotic slaves at the off-planet human settlement will be handy like a pocket on a shirt. Without a human presence, well, there goes our entire legacy.

Comment Benefits are a given but which flag flies over it? (Score 1) 266

Any possible scenario for a lunar (or Martian settlement) involves eminent loss of life and hardship, especially at the outset when our learning curve begins. One of the difficulties an American expedition would encounter is the high price placed on each American life. The Chinese might have an edge here, and could perhaps design equipment and housing without the quintuple safety redundancies that have made NASA projects so time consuming and expensive. Backslash is onto something though...nothing would fire up the US government's interest in off-earth exploration faster than a threat to national security.

Comment Easy ... (Score 1) 164

Easy there... this is Slashdot and generally folks here who exploit weaknesses in security systems without regard for personal gain are on the white hat side of the field. Here's what should happen: these two will make their 15 minutes complete with a round of guest appearances on the morning show circuit, and if the story really catches on, maybe even culminating with a nighttime appearance on Letterman. If any lesson is to be learned from this breach by security forces, it is probably one they already suspect: their job is a hoax. It is impossible to keep an event like this secure and they are there to perpetrate the illusion of security. The Superbowl sites are picked years in advance. There are years for 'neer-do-wells to access the structures.

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