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Comment Re:I think the article makes a good point (Score 1) 308

Robots can do all the work we need to do and do it for many many years, like the space probes we've sent and are still working after so long. We do the exploration by proxy then, what's wrong with that? Eventually humanity may even be followed by a cybernetic civilization, if we can manage the tech before we go extinct.

Why not go out into space? We have the resources, if we can stop wasting it. We have the technology, if we can get some projects together to actually do it. Hell, we haven't progressed in space in 40 years, since Skylab. That's pathetic. Right now small companies are doing what it took NASA and the military orders of magnitudes more time and resources to do, send stuff into space. Screw Apollo. That was not the way that the scientists wanted to do, with a couple of guys in a tin can for a couple of days, but we had to get it done before the "end of the decade." This Manhattan Project. The best and brightest given all possible resources working on a common goal. The only thing stopping us from being permanently on the moon is the apathy of the population and the corruption of the elite.

We need to stop looking inward toward made-up worlds, and just look up into the sky where the real adventure is. That's our universe, and we're still stuck on this tiny little rock. This has nothing to do with science. This has everything to do with being scared to take those first steps.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2) 61

So, it's the NASDAQ website. Who goes the NASDAQ website? You can't trade stocks there. Financial information was not leaked, so BFD. This is fairly common on any website. Sounds to me like a single security research got butthurt because they didn't acknowledge his finding quickly enough.

Agreed. So they emailed NASDAQ. Who at NASDAQ? Who picks up and reads that email? Was it just the web site tech support number? That might get read only once a week if you are lucky. Unless they actually spoke to a manager/director at NASDAQ who is responsible for security, then they were not really talking to "NASDAQ."

Comment Arrogance (Score 1) 169

Only the arrogant idiot who thinks that he is smarter than the instructors believe that lectures are worthless. Or maybe I just went to a school where people actually took classes because they were challenging, not because they were easy A's. University is probably the only opportunity that most of us will have to try to glean some of the brilliance of the top researchers in their fields. Why would you want to throw away any minute of lecture?

Comment Re:Referendum against diverting flood water (Score 1) 85

In keeping with Boulder's progressive nature I have filed a request for referendum at city hall that would make it illegal to direct, divert, absorb, or otherwise disrupt the natural flow of flood water through the city. Unfortunately this will mean homes and businesses will be flooded beyond repair but someone must represent Mother Nature's interests.

Yeah, it's called building where the river DOESN'T flood. Common sense is often bad for business, especially all those contractors ready for public dollars to build dams and sewers where they would not be needed except that some business decided that it's cheaper to build there.

Comment Re:why this news? (Score 2) 552

Why is this news... is this our version of People magazine, where instead of hearing about all the details of the Kardashians' lives, we hear about every email or event that happens to Linus?

It shows that the best or at least most respected in the business can still be stupid when it comes to simple things like backups. Seriously, there is no reason in this day or age to lose more than a couple of transactions if you are careful. Someone kick Linus in the ass for being so sloppy and lazy.

Comment Don't Call Us (Score 3, Insightful) 176

This is purely publicity and funding for the "Program." Let's be serious. Donating their $35 does not in any way make them eligible for anything. Everyone knows that, or they are delusional. If anyone is going to Mars, they will be chosen based a long sequence of qualifications and skills, and sending in $35 is not one of those.

Comment Re:So, bad then? (Score 1) 314

(That, and stuff like buproprion, which can short-circuit the addiction mechanism.)

You win a cigar! (pun intended)

The majority of people who smoke are using nicotine to increase their dopamine. Reduce this need with bupropion (wellbutrin), and you reduce the cravings for nicotine. Trying to quit smoking makes you irritable and depressed. Wonder of wonders. This is why the smokers are so vehement about their "right to smoke." Can't take away the baby's candy without a lot of crying.

Comment Re:Please just get over it! (Score 1) 762

Women have boobs. People jerk off. Stop trying to hide obvious human sexuality issues from everyone. EVERYONE does this stuff. Why hide it? This puritan crap needs to go away.

Because in both cases it was displayed as something that SHOULD make you embarrassed, something to be ashamed of. That's why it was supposed to be funny. If anything, your argument is the absolute opposite of your position.

Comment Re:Yay for monopoly! (Score 1) 130

Apple said,here is what i am paying, if you let someone else get the book for less, then this is the new price I am paying.

Not correct at all. The rules stated that if any other retailer sold the book for less than what Apple was, Apple could change their price and take it out of the publisher's percentage. Apple was all about protecting their 30% and not actually competing as a retailer.

That just means that Apple is guaranteed to get the same price as any other vendor. I'm still not seeing how this is price fixing, that is, keeping a price artificially low or high when you have total control of a product. There's gotta me more to it.

Comment Grass roots (Score 1) 227

The only way I've been able to implement proper security at any site has been from the ground up. You find a couple of developers or application support folks with a clue, and get their systems and processes into shape. At the same time, streamline and increase stability. Hopefully other teams will see the benefits of your changes, and follow suite. The only security that comes from on high is security theater, e.g. PCI compliance auditing, which never addresses any real security issues, only check boxes to justify the auditor's fee.

Comment Re:How about a little more balance? (Score 1) 294

Excluding, of course, the fact that Microsoft remains the company it's cool to hate. Nevermind everything they've enabled over the last few decades.

I think that's the reason that so many people DO hate Microsoft, everything they've managed to do the last few decades, or in most cases, not managed to do.

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