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Comment Ransomeware Gold (Score 2) 229

How long before the criminals use the Bluetooth connection to turn off various important household systems? When it's -10 degrees F/ -23 C in the upper Midwest of the US and in Canada it is highly inconvenient to get a message to the effect that "Your Carrier Xfinity Furnace has been turned off and locked by us by remotely disabling the furnace control board firmware. To receive the code to unlock it and restore heat in your house, please submit 2 Bitcoin (about US$ 2000) to the following account before your pipes and your family freeze. And by the way, we also opened your garage door for your convenience and more rapid cooling." I would be very interested to know how to disable the Bluetooth API in the new versions of Chrome/Chromium. (I run both).

Comment Re:There is a difference ... (Score 5, Informative) 105

I am an anesthesiologist who takes care of adults primarily. I did about 9 months of pediatric anesthesia in my 36 month residency after medical school. The pediatric anesthesiologist I trained under were spectacular and caring clinicians. I think you might be generalizing in your post. Until the late 1980s, doctors did not anesthetize boys routinely for *circumcision*. For other operations, infants and children were anesthetized similarly to adults. Studies came out around that time (late 1980s, IIRC) on the levels of circulating stress hormones like cortisol during circumcisions that proved the infants were responding physiologically exactly like older children and adults feeling pain. That was the end of the 'babies don't feel pain' hypothesis, which no one subscribes to any more. Remember that anesthesiologists are parents too. A lot has changed in medicine and anesthesia in 30 years. Undergoing anesthesia can be as scary as needing surgery in the first place, so I wanted to say anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists study a long time (and are tested repeatedly!) to make sure we know how to get patients through surgery without feeling pain in the OR. If you or your child needs surgery, talk to the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist!

Comment Re:Newsflash! Amazon to Provide Discount Buggy Whi (Score 1) 95

I much prefer the thoughtful posts prior to yours that helped me understand the limitation of current e-book technology such as formatting problems and other limitations, such as expiration of access to the electronic textbook. You chose to call me a moron. That really doesn't advance the discussion. As far as "19-century technology," I am talking about the modern idea of mass-produced textbooks for use in schools, with machine-made bindings, pages of paper, not velum or papyrus, along with layouts, graphics, tables of contents, indices, that we would recognize. I'm not talking about Gutenberg's Bible. If you're such an expert on the textbook publishing business, please enlighten us with your gift of knowledge. I do know this: textbooks as currently conceived are an anachronism and will be largely supplanted by electronic media in some form in the next 50 years. Anachronism. That's a big word. You might want to look it up. Unless you work for a big publishing house, in which case you don't want to know what that means, because you have a vested interest in ass-raping a few more generations of college students. Amazon may have it's disadvantages, but watching it eat the lunch of self-serving dicks like you is quite satisfying.

Comment Newsflash! Amazon to Provide Discount Buggy Whips (Score 1) 95

My only reaction to this piece is: why is Amazon investing and 're-inventing' 19th-century technology? Why do major universities of the world even have paper textbooks? Their professors' course material should all be online, and in many cases it already is. That way it is accessible to everyone who needs it and pays for it. (no back orders!) The other benefit is that the author can update the text to reflect new information, and everyone has the new version instantaneously. And no more rapacious profits for publishing companies who push new, trivially updated editions of standard textbooks upon academic departments which then force students to buy them.

Comment NZ Mint Security (Score 1) 129

I went to the site, added two sets of the 999 silver coins to my Cart. Went to pay for it, and noticed the website was NOT secure. No "https" in the address line. This NZ Mint appears to be completely clueless about security OR the entire thing is a giant SCAM. It's actually hilarious: the place in NZ that MAKES THE MONEY does not know how to secure an online order form. Maybe they don't have criminals down there? BUYER BEWARE. I canceled my order, and my 11-yr-old will never know what he almost got for his birthday. Did anyone else notice this? I'm in the US using Chrome 13.0.782.112 (the latest) on OS X Snow Leopard, fully updated. (Chrome is very clear when a secure page has been loaded)

Comment How Much Data Is This and What Will This Cost? (Score 1) 132

Can anyone with relevant experience at a major ISP give an estimate of how big the 90-day rolling logfile would be for even one company? Would it be terabytes/million subscribers and exabytes for an entire country? Do any of the major ISPs have the infrastructure to store this much information at the moment? Imagine the electrical power needed to store this much (mostly useless) information--not exactly environmentally friendly. Perhaps a Beowulf cluster could... (ducks)

Red Hat Settles Patent Case 76

darthcamaro writes "Red Hat has settled another patent case with patent holding firm Acacia. This time the patent is US Patent #6,163,776, 'System and method for exchanging data and commands between an object oriented system and relational system.' While it's great that Red Hat has ended this particular patent threat, it's not yet clear how they've settled this case. The last time Red Hat tangled with Acacia they won in an Texas jury trial. 'Red Hat routinely addresses attempts to impede the innovative forces of open source via allegations of patent infringement,' Red Hat said in a statement. 'We can confirm that Red Hat, Inc and Software Tree LLC have settled patent litigation that was pending in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.'"

Girls Bugged Teachers' Staff Room 227

A pair of enterprising Swedish schoolgirls ended up in court after they were caught bugging their teachers break room. The duo hoped they would hear discussions about upcoming tests and school work, allowing them to get better grades. It worked until one of them decided to brag about it on Facebook, and the authorities were called in. The girls were charged with trespassing and fined 2,000 kronor ($270) each in Stockholm District Court.

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