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Comment Re: Because global warming? (Score 1) 84

You're not even trying.

A. Coward, what you have just written is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point in your incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this thread is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Comment Fragmented ecosystems (Score 1) 49

Yeah, the purported security benefits of heterogeneous systems don't fully apply here. Different android versions are still getting a lot of common code on top of them with google play services incorporating more components to help deal with various vendors not offering updates. Speaking of updates, how many stagefright fixes posted now, and how many vendors not keeping up anyway?

Comment BLM (Score 1) 314

Mod me down for this?
How many more incidents do we need on video where J. Random Citizen is complying and gets shot anyway before we admit there's a problem?
ou gonna claim something off-camera required THAT action in every one of them?
Seriously, fuck you for continuing to exist if all you're gonna do is mod me down for expressing a view you don't like. Get bent, then remove yourself.

Submission + - 386BSD 1.0 and 2.0 released (

An anonymous reader writes: Who could forget 386BSD? This precursor to the modern BSDs was once released along a series of articles on the Dr. Dobb's Journal in 1991. The last known public release was version 0.1. Until today, when Lynne Jolitz, one of the co-authors of 386BSD, released the source code to version 1.0 as well as 2.0 on Github.

386BSD takes us back to the days when you could count every file in your Unix distribution and more importantly, read and understand all of your OS source code.

386BSD is also the missing link between BSD and Linux. One can find fragments of Linus Torvalds's math emulation code in the source code of 386BSD. To paraphrase Linus: "If 386BSD had been available when I started on Linux, Linux would probably never had happened."

As of today, you can boot this OS off Qemu and have a go at it.

Submission + - New formula massively reduces prime number memory requirements.

grcumb writes: Peruvian mathematician Harald Helfgott made his mark on the history of mathematics by solving Goldbach's Weak Conjecture, which every odd number greater than 5 can be expressed as the sum of three prime numbers. Now, according to Scientific American, he's found a better solution to the Sieve of Erasthones:

In order to determine with this sieve all primes between 1 and 100, for example, one has to write down the list of numbers in numerical order and start crossing them out in a certain order: first, the multiples of 2 (except the 2); then, the multiples of 3, except the 3; and so on, starting by the next number that had not been crossed out. The numbers that survive this procedure will be the primes. The method can be formulated as an algorithm.

But now, Helfgott has found a method to drastically reduce the amount of RAM required to run the algorithm:

Helfgott was able to modify the sieve of Eratosthenes to work with less physical memory space. In mathematical terms: instead of needing a space N, now it is enough to have the cube root of N.

So what will be the impact of this? Will we see cheaper, lower-power encryption devices? Or maybe quicker cracking times in brute force attacks?

Comment Press as the enemy? (Score 1) 236

Oh you poor deluded soul ...

"Free-Speech Zones" ring any bells? Ya know, those nice fenced-in places for protestors to cool their heels, far enough away from any event that the general public won't be bothered by them? First used sometime 'round the 60s? Also a nice place for less "cooperative" journalists to get tossed into?

Submission + - SPAM: A Medical Mystery of the Best Kind: Major Diseases Are in Decline

schwit1 writes: Something strange is going on in medicine. Major diseases, like colon cancer, dementia and heart disease, are waning in wealthy countries, and improved diagnosis and treatment cannot fully explain it.

Scientists marvel at this good news, a medical mystery of the best sort and one that is often overlooked as advocacy groups emphasize the toll of diseases and the need for more funds. Still, many are puzzled.

“It is really easy to come up with interesting, compelling explanations,” said Dr. David S. Jones, a Harvard historian of medicine. “The challenge is to figure out which of those interesting and compelling hypotheses might be correct.”

Of course, these diseases are far from gone. They still cause enormous suffering and kill millions each year.

But it looks as if people in the United States and some other wealthy countries are, unexpectedly, starting to beat back the diseases of aging. The leading killers are still the leading killers — cancer, heart disease, stroke — but they are occurring later in life, and people in general are living longer in good health.

Colon cancer is the latest conundrum. While the overall cancer death rate has been declining since the early 1990s, the plunge in colon cancer deaths is especially perplexing: The rate has fallen by nearly 50 percent since its peak in the 1980s, noted Dr. H. Gilbert Welch and Dr. Douglas J. Robertson of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt., in a recent paper.

Link to Original Source

Comment Further cloud integration? (Score 1, Insightful) 88

"Storage space maxed out? No problem. macOS Sierra can help make more room by automatically storing rarely used files in the cloud and keeping them available on demand. It can also help you find and remove old files you no longer use. So there’s always room on your Mac for new files and the ones you’ve used most recently."

Uhm, no. I do NOT want or need anyone managing my storage for me, or to deal with service outages leaving my files unavailable. Thanks, but no thanks. Take your cloud service and shove it sideways up your ass until you can taste it.

Comment Re:How to fix for good: (Score 1) 212

How about when Windows Update helpfully reverted this change for you?

How about when Windows Update helpfully started the upgrade process on domain-joined systems, despite MS claiming it wouldn't?

(take your pick on links)

MS keeps demonstrating that they can't be trusted, and I for one am tired of having an adversarial relationship with them.

I'm done, they can go fuck themselves.

Submission + - State Department to release Clinton TPP records ... on date that doesn't exist ( 1

v3rgEz writes: Last July, reporter David Sirota filed a FOIA with the State Department for all communications sent by Hillary Clinton referencing the Trans Pacific Partnership. After an initial estimate that records would be ready for release by April 30th, 2016, just last week the agency wrote that due to unavoidable delays, that would have to be revised ... to November 31st, a date that is not only after the election, but which doesn't actually exist.

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