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Comment Re:Depends on what you do with the data (Score 4, Insightful) 170

I see a lot of these comments assuming that there is an infinite workload. Many knowledge based jobs are task driven and there is downtime while you're waiting for the next task. As long as that time isn't spent doing something detrimental or offensive, I don't see why it should be looked down on.

Example being, if I spend the time while waiting on a quote from vendor reading about technology trends or just the news, I don't see a big deal. If I'm reading MLP fan fic, well, then, I can see my manager taking a walk down the hall.

Comment Re:Does Laid off = fired? (Score 1) 179

In my case, they didn't replace me, they created a new position. I was a Security Analyst 1, got laid off, and they hired a SA2. That was the title that I was supposed to have been promoted to six months prior but they invented some outrage over a change management control that I missed, had me fail my yearly review, and then fester waiting for the ax to drop.

It was for the best since I was miserable working there and they weren't happy with my output.

Comment Re:Piss off- text of her blog which was taken down (Score 1) 229

Someone commented and/or tweeted that having no sympathy for her stance means that you've never been handed a 400 page Nessus report and been told to "Fix it all." So, yeah, I have some sympathy from that angle. However, one can't deny the value of outside research and analysis when she writes herself that 10% of the vulnerabilities found come from either the customer base or researchers.

Submission + - A tool to break into computers using PowerShell (

hackthegibson writes: Here is a tool which can be used to hack computers with PowerShell. A hacker released this tool today on the infamous mailing list Full Disclosure. I like tools which use something already present on the system. Go, hack the gibson.

Submission + - Gaining Info On Tech Execs With Just Their Email (

jfruh writes: "Did you know that Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has an loyalty points account with the Starwood hotel chain? Did you know that both Tim Cook and Steve Ballmer have Dropbox accounts? All this information — and much more — can be found out because so many prominent executives use their corporate email address for their account logins, and most sites make it possible to see if an email address is associated with an account even if you don't have the account password. Just knowing that such an account exists can lead to technical and social engineering attempts to crack it, as happened in the case of Wired's Mat Honan."

Submission + - NASA's Own Video of Curiosity Landing Was Blocked by YouTube 1

derekmead writes: NASA’s livestream coverage of the Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars was was practically as flawless as the landing itself. But NASA couldn’t prepare for everything. An hour or so after Curiosity’s 1.31 a.m. EST landing in Gale Crater,the space agency’s main YouTube channel had posted a 13-minute excerpt of the stream.

Ten minutes later, the video was gone, replaced with an alien message: “This video contains content from Scripps Local News, who has blocked it on copyright grounds. Sorry about that.” That is to say, a NASA-made video posted on NASA’s official YouTube channel, documenting the landing of a $2.5 billion Mars rover mission paid for with public taxpayer money, was blocked by YouTube because of a copyright claim by a private news service.

Submission + - Managing Servers in the Frigid Cold (

1sockchuck writes: Some data centers are kept as chilly as meat lockers. But IT operations in colder regions face challenges in managing conditions — hence Facebook's to use environmentally controlled trucks to make deliveries to its new data center in Sweden, which is located on the edge of the Arctic Circle. The problem is the temperature change in transporting gear. "A rapid rate of change (in temperature) can create condensation on the electronics, and that’s no good,” said Facebook's Frank Frankovsky. What experiences and tips to Slashdot readers have in managing servers in frigid environments?

Nuclear Power Could See a Revival 415

shmG writes "As the US moves to reduce dependence on oil, the nuclear industry is looking to expand, with new designs making their way through the regulatory process. No less than three new configurations for nuclear power are being considered for licensing by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The first of them could be generating power in Georgia by 2016."

Comment Re:August (Score 1) 1146


Really, make a txt file or scribble it on your hand or something. You will be a mega hero when you pull out the set of Red Dwarf on Valentines Day that she mentioned in September. Gifts with an inside joke or personal meaning mean a lot more to everyone but especially women in particular so while a lot of people might think you're a fool for getting her Death with Big Pointy Teeth, she'll remember that she mentioned that she loved Monty Python on your first date six months ago.

It might sound a bit cold or mechanical but I think that it's simply a difference of the male mind that we don't put emotional events like that into long term memory and need to augment it a bit.

Comment Re:Buttload of data (Score 1) 101

Working with Illumina in a busy lab turns into a battle of platters faster than most people want to believe.

The next thing to hit is supposed to be 3D DNA modeling where the interactions within the genome is mapped. Meaning; if x and y is present b will be produced but will only be active if x is at position #100 or position #105 if it's at another position c will be created, etc. It differs from normal mapping because the code AND position within the code is taken into account so there are conditions added to almost every code sequence. Won't cause much more disk overhead but will kill processor time and I'm too young to retire before then...

Submission + - Pilot errors down despite looming troubles (

coondoggie writes: "Perhaps it is better onboard technology, or maybe it's better trained personnel but pilot error is much less of a factor in US airliner crashes now than it was in the early 1980s, a new study says. While the overall rate of airline mishaps remained stable, the proportion of mishaps involving pilot error decreased 40%. The report was issued before NASA yesterday released partial results of a massive air-safety survey of airline pilots who repeatedly complained about fatigue, problems with air-traffic controllers, airport security, and the layouts of runways and taxiways. The NASA database, which included more than 10,000 pages of information, was based on extensive telephone polling of airline and general aviation pilots about incidents ranging from engine failures and bird strikes to fires onboard planes and encounters with severe turbulence."

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