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Comment Re:They've got money to burn (Score 4, Informative) 225

The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater [boston.com] than a household headed by someone under 35. This wealth gap is now more than double what it was in 2005 and nearly five times the 10-to-1 disparity a quarter-century ago.

Isn't that as it should be, after working and saving all your life? Net worth includes possessions, house, savings for retirement, etc. Also, take the aging one-percenters (or the 0.1%) out of the numbers (or use median instead of mean) and I bet the disparity growth is a lot flatter. Fundamentally, there's a difference b/t being well off because you worked hard all your life and being well off because you (1) owned the means of productions, (2) bought off legislators, and (3) found a way to exploit others.

Comment Re:Marketing (Score 1) 168

It would imply that the NSA is decades ahead of academia in not only cryptography but almost every area of computer science. Considering how inefficient and incompetent the rest of the government is (even the DoD, i.e. unencrypted drones) I just cannot believe that is the case.

In 1995, NSA added a single bit-rotation to SHA that made it considerably stronger, but they didn't explain their reasoning at the time. It took several more years before academia found significance weaknesses, with 2004 being the year that SHA-0 (as the original, non-rotated version is now called) was really cracked wide open. That (arguably) puts them about a decade ahead (in a situation where they willingly tipped their hand). These folks employee the most math PhD's in the world and have their own chip fabs... it's not hard to imagine them being two decades ahead on some important cryptographic questions.

Comment Re:Moo (Score 1) 9

Heh. I'm using my mac mini (to type this comment) with a "Windows" keyboard and mouse. Which many people to find more functional than the apple thin, no spaces stuff. Then again, apple keyboard functional is quite lacking.

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I've been logging in lately, posting JEs and commenting (read:fishing), just because.

And now i have mod points. That's just weird. I don't care. No, that's not right. I shouldn't care, but i do. :(

I hate myself.

Comment Moo (Score 1) 9

I'm tempted to get an ipad (after i get a job and have the money to purchase it), but every time i pick up one of these pad devices, i find myself at a loss for how to use it. It's like it's the exact opposite of a functional device, instead being flashy and smooth, and whatever.

So why do i want an ipad? Well, it's a nice computer to run those nifty apps, and is more convenient than a laptop.

Wait, wait, i'm rambling again.

Comment What's the problem? (Score 1) 3

As far as I know there is nothing special about low PIDs. They get assigned sequentially. For more detail, see the wikipedia article. Now, if you didn't install it, then I'd be worried. I can't say for the latest versions, but on my 12.04 LTS (work laptop), this is what I get when grepping processes on the string "tor".

jorg@jorg-Latitude-E6500:~$ sudo ps axuw | grep tor
[sudo] password for jorg:
jorg 2945 0.0 0.6 486580 24216 ? Sl 09:18 0:00 /usr/bin/python /usr/bin/indicator-cpufreq
jorg 2966 0.0 0.0 72220 3836 ? S 09:18 0:00 /usr/lib/gvfs/gvfs-gdu-volume-monitor
jorg 2967 0.8 0.2 425168 11868 ? Sl 09:18 0:10 indicator-multiload
jorg 2998 0.0 0.0 143880 2512 ? Sl 09:19 0:00 /usr/lib/gvfs/gvfs-afc-volume-monitor
jorg 3004 0.0 0.0 62136 2544 ? S 09:19 0:00 /usr/lib/gvfs/gvfs-gphoto2-volume-monitor
jorg 3060 0.0 0.2 431360 11000 ? Sl 09:19 0:00 telepathy-indicator
jorg 3075 0.0 0.0 4400 616 ? Ss 09:19 0:00 /bin/sh -c /usr/bin/compiz-decorator
jorg 3076 0.0 0.3 322508 12216 ? Sl 09:19 0:00 /usr/bin/gtk-window-decorator
jorg 3085 0.9 0.1 769244 6456 ? Sl 09:19 0:12 /usr/lib/indicator-appmenu/hud-service
jorg 3107 0.0 0.1 531544 7440 ? Sl 09:19 0:00 /usr/lib/indicator-sound/indicator-sound-service
jorg 3108 0.0 0.2 491228 10188 ? Sl 09:19 0:00 /usr/lib/indicator-printers/indicator-printers-service
jorg 3113 0.0 0.1 632828 7384 ? Sl 09:19 0:00 /usr/lib/indicator-datetime/indicator-datetime-service
jorg 3114 0.0 0.1 650524 6736 ? Sl 09:19 0:00 /usr/lib/indicator-messages/indicator-messages-service
jorg 3115 0.0 0.1 669616 6080 ? Sl 09:19 0:00 /usr/lib/indicator-session/indicator-session-service
jorg 3117 0.3 0.1 495504 5272 ? Sl 09:19 0:04 /usr/lib/indicator-application/indicator-application-service
jorg 3332 0.0 0.1 391600 4488 ? Sl 09:20 0:00 /usr/lib/unity-lens-music/unity-musicstore-daemon
jorg 3352 0.0 0.0 289492 3720 ? Sl 09:21 0:00 /usr/lib/deja-dup/deja-dup/deja-dup-monitor
jorg 4273 0.0 0.0 15388 900 pts/0 S+ 09:41 0:00 grep tor

Comment Moo (Score 5, Funny) 473

In other news, Slashdot has decided to get rid of the commenting system, noting that most comments are not informative, and only serve to derail the important points with discussions of overlords, hot grits, and first posts. Instead, only the Slashdot team will be able to comment, limited to which "dept" the story came from.

The change on slashdot was well received according to the poll asking about it. The one choice, Cowboy Neal, which was explained to mean "yes", was the overwhelming choice by voters. The change is expected to make it easier on new users.

Erstwhile administrator and founder Cmdr Taco, said simply, "In Soviet Russia, this is how we did it."

Submission + - Naps Nurture Growing Brains (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Few features of child-rearing occupy as much parental brain space as sleep, and with it the timeless question: Is my child getting enough? Despite the craving among many parents for more sleep in their offspring (and, by extension, themselves), the purpose that sleep serves in young kids remains something of a mystery—especially when it comes to daytime naps. Do they help children retain information, as overnight sleep has been found to do in adults? A new study provides the first evidence that daytime sleep is in fact critical for effective learning in young children.

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