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Comment Re:Zuckerberg (Score 5, Informative) 279

RTFA. Ownership of a grant total of 8 acres entirely enclosed within Zuckerberg's land is unclear. Nobody lives there. Nobody's paid taxes on the land in decades. The lawsuit basically says, "step up or shut up." If anyone actually steps up and says, "It's mine, here's the taxes and the proof I own it," then it doesn't get sold.

Comment Never (Score 1) 4

I have never lost a headphone cable that way even after many years of use. Not even with cheap earbuds. What are you doing to stress the cable? Does the way you wear the device put pressure on the connector?

On the other hand, I destroy most shoes in a matter of weeks so I get where you;re coming from.

Next time, consider replacing the connector with something like and see if that helps.

Submission + - A Case of Legalized Software Vulerability Exploitation? (

Required Snark writes: CIO Magazine reports that a venture capital firm teamed up with a medical software security company to monetize a flaw they found in a medical device. The security company is MedSec, and the device is a pacemaker manufactured by St. Jude Medical. The venture capital firm is unnamed.

For better or worse, a security firm’s attempt to cash in on software bugs — by shorting a company’s stock and then publicizing the flaws — might have pioneered a new approach to vulnerability disclosure.

Last August, security company MedSec revealed it had found flaws in pacemakers and other healthcare products from St. Jude Medical, potentially putting patients at risk.

However, the controversy came over how MedSec sought to cash in on those bugs: it did so, by partnering with an investment firm to bet against St. Jude’s stock.

Is this a good development or another litigation nightmare that will consume resources and deter innovation? Given that companies find critical flaws and never disclose (or even fix) them, is the legal system and effecting stock values a reasonable remedy?

This is the first instance of clearly explosive trend. One security researcher said “Every single hedge fund has reached out to me.”

Comment "consider" (Score 3) 218

I consider big-o every time I write code but after decades in the field I only stop to evaluate the big-o if my gut warns me of a problem. I rarely have to resort to a profiler, and when I do it usually finds a problem in an underlying library that I must either replace or work around.

Comment Makes no sense (Score 1) 1

"This is calculated based upon a figure of $100,000 (the rough, annual pay estimate for my position) times 5 (the number of years for which I would estimate that it would take to create a similar job in the U.S., once you outsource this position to a more 'cost-effective' country of your choosing)," Culver wrote.

This is supposed to make Carnival and Capgemini behave differently? If I were working at one of those companies and read this, I'd respond, "Yep, that's someone we don't need to keep."

Seriously, rough annual pay estimate? As an IT guy you don't know exactly how much you make? And you should pay him because it'll take him 5 years to get a comparable job? (Not exactly what he said, but it's how it reads.) Yeah, that's a quality guy you want to keep!

Comment Building (Score 2) 303

Putting this in a separate building instead of renovating a room in your house creates some major cost.

A separate structure will require power and HVAC and unless you fancy running through the cold when you need to pee it'll require plumbing too.

HVAC is a tricky beast. You have to control both temperature and humidity. You can hack together temperature control with cheap window units but if you want humidity control so you're not wet in the summer and sick (because of the dryness) in the winter you'll need real (expensive) HVAC.

Power is a fiddly beast too. You're not just running an outlet here, you're feeding a subpanel.

You're not erecting a shed here. You're in to at least a few tens of thousands of dollars. Just how generous is your new employer?

Submission + - Google Has the World Upside Down (

rupert.applin writes: Google's splash page is commemorating 105th anniversary of first expedition to the south pole, however they seem to have things upside-down and back to front.

The image they are showing, as the South Pole at the top (which is correct from a certain point of view) but they have labelled the South Pole at 0 degrees, rather than the conventional -90 degrees!

Submission + - FAA Tells Dreamliner Operators to Just Reboot It

Jay Maynard writes: How often do we tell computer users to just reboot it and see if the problem goes away? The FAA is now doing just that. They've issued an airworthiness directive — an order that must be complied with in order for an aircraft to be legal to fly — that requires operators of Boeing 787 Dreamliners to completely power off the aircraft at least every 21 days in order to reset the systems. The reason? They had received reports that all three flight control computers would simultaneously reset themselves on day 22.

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