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Comment Re:Just kick him out. (Score 2) 338

I think that's they key there. You know what's expected of adults, and you decided you're going to be one. I would venture to guess that your parents raised you up to become the responsible adult that you are--that you only stayed for a week after you got your post-college job. In situations like this, I say that the parents are just as responsible as the adult child. Like others have said, give the kid a month to get his act together or he's out of the house. There comes a point when the parents needs to disconnect themselves from their children.

Comment Re:Tech time lines (Score 3, Insightful) 179

Years ago I met a CFO who had just finished grilling his tech guy for over an hour getting the tech guy to come up with a worst case scenario for the project they were about to begin. In that hour the tech guy nearly tripled his time and cost estimates. After he left the CFO doubled the time and cost estimate for the budget. In the end the CFO was nearly bang on.

I would say this is a good CFO. The CFO understood that he had a choice: get it done quickly, or get it done right the first time; and he chose the latter.

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Submission + - MS funded study says forcing users upon IE cuts costs (

Billly Gates writes: Microsoft and its browser are under more threat than ever. Not only are consumers no longer willing to use their outdated browser. We are starting to see corporations warm up as well. Many have BYOD and offer Firefox as well. A supposedly independent study that somehow is linked in Microsoft's website is being touted as a way to reduce costs. One standard, one OS, one browser, at one version ensures maximum security and functionality with less malware and viruses. This sounds somewhat familiar like we heard this before? I am sure as 2014 approaches that those 10 years ago who thought like this with their web apps thought what could possible go wrong!

Submission + - kickstarter and game development highlighting linux support (

An anonymous reader writes: This is part 6 of a 7 part series highlighting some of the game developers supporting linux. Overclockers spoke with photon productions about their upcoming game forsaken fortress a post apocoliptic rpg/rts game

Submission + - Did Google pay Belgian newspapers a $6M copyright fee? (

SternisheFan writes: In a blog post on Wednesday, Google said it has resolved a long-running dispute with Belgian newspapers that have demanded copyright fees every time Google displays a link or excerpts to one of their stories. Google’s announcement says the parties are “collaborating” to make money but also takes pains to note that “we are not paying the Belgian publishers or authors to include their content in our services”. Oh, really?
    US press outlets have noted Google is paying all the legal fees but have generally framed the deal as a tie or a win for Google. The Europeans, however, have been less gracious. Le Monde‘s triumphant account begins by explaining that the Belgian papers “forced Google to bend” and that Google will “compensate” papers and journalists to the tune of “2 to 3 percent of sales” —or “around 5 million euros” ($6.5 million). So what exactly happened? Did Google pay up or not? The solution to the mystery lies in a part of the blog post where Google explains the ways it will work with the papers, including: “Google will advertise its services on the publishers’ media.” In other words, the American search giant appears to have bought millions of dollars of advertising in the hopes of staving off a direct copyright levy. The company did not immediately reply to a request for comment


Submission + - Denial-of-Service Attack Found In Btrfs File-System (

An anonymous reader writes: It's been found that the Btrfs file-system is vulnerable to a Hash-DOS attack, a denial-of-service attack caused by hash collisions within the file-system. Two DOS attack vectors were uncovered by Pascal Junod that he described as causing astonishing and unexpected success. It's hoped that the security vulnerability will be fixed for the next Linux kernel release.

Submission + - California Medicaid department publishes 14K SSNs on public website (

PantherSE writes: The State of California's Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has acknowledged that it accidentally published 14,000 Social Security numbers online for nine days last month.

Between HIPPA, PCI, and the many initiatives out there, one would think these type of issues are a thing of the past.


Submission + - Iran threatens legal action against Google for not labeling Persian Gulf (

PantherSE writes: From the article:
Iran has threatened legal action against Google for not labeling the Persian Gulf on its maps.
"Toying with modern technologies in political issues is among the new measures by the enemies against Iran, (and) in this regard, Google has been treated as a plaything," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Thursday, according to state-run Press TV.
He added that "omitting the name Persian Gulf is (like) playing with the feelings and realities of the Iranian nation."


Submission + - DARPA seeks Holy Grail: Quantum-based data security system (

coondoggie writes: "Information security systems based on quantum computing techniques are one of the holy grails of the industry but the scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency want to change that with a program that could develop such a system in 3 years. The main goal of the new program, called Quiness is to demonstrate that quantum communications can generate secure keys at sustainable rates of 1-10 Gbps at distances of 1,000-10,000 km."

Submission + - HP reveals robots that stress-test laptops (

nk497 writes: "HP has revealed how it stress tests laptops, putting them through military grade benchmarks using robots, such as one that opens and closes the lid 25,000 times, the equivalent of ten times a day for seven years. Keyboards are hit with 10 million keystrokes , while HP shocks laptops with up to 15,000 volts and tests them at temperatures as low as -20. HP also drops them 30 inches from a table, not once, but 26 times on each side."

Submission + - History's first prank call is almost as old as the telephone (

netbuzz writes: "You could picture the event as a 19th Century Bart Simpson making history’s first documented prank phone call to Mo’s Funeral Home. The documentation comes via Google Books from the February 1884 edition of The Electrical World – only eight years after Bell’s famous summoning of Watson — and the one-paragraph story is headlined: “A grave joke on undertakers.” The little-publicized gem was unearthed by Portland State University professor Paul Collins, who is also known at The Literary Detective."

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