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Comment Human Ocean and Sea Habitability Possibilities (Score 3, Interesting) 35

Having watched the show SeaQuest as a teenager, and recognizing the participation from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (For the first season anyway), I wanted to ask about the feasibility of humans actually inhabiting the oceans and seas as depicted in the television series. I realize that the technology to bring the ship itself to reality is quite a bit ahead of where we are now, but do you think it's possible in the near-future that humans will begin to colonize the oceans?

Comment Re:Nuance (Score 4, Interesting) 123

Sure, people in hospitals need information, but surely something which is assisting in the physical process of a surgery (etc.) doesn't need to be in the cloud, does it?

As someone who works for a company that writes medical systems software, I can tell you that at the very least the systems need network connectivity so that the different systems can consolidate data in one place for examination. The problem is that any network connected device is potentially vulnerable to random Joe plugging a laptop into the network and hacking away.

To illustrate why that's bad, I've run into situations in which a client site (read: Hospital) outright prohibited using SSL/TLS on their servers. They deemed their internal network secure and refused to budge on allowing secure communications between the clients and the servers. Authentication information should always be encrypted and some administrators just don't get that.

As a whole, I think the medical technology industry needs someone to force tighter security requirements on software developers and medical sites as a whole. This is a good thing in my opinion. If that appropriate someone is the DHS may require a different discussion, but some government body needs to start pushing information security in the medical industry.

Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - Disney Buys Lucasfilm (

Tha_Big_Guy23 writes: The Walt Disney Company agreed Tuesday to buy Lucasfilm in a stock-and-cash deal valued at $4 billion.
The deal will make Lucasfilm owner George Lucas a significant shareholder in Disney, which will pay for the film company with $2 billion cash and around 40 million shares of its stock. Lucas said he will work as a creative consultant on Star Wars Episode 7, the first of a planned new trilogy of live-action Star Wars movies. It is targeted for release in 2015, Disney said.

Comment I agree, make education fun, however... (Score 1) 381

I'm simply happy that the schools have the paper to actually print the tests. Here, the budget is so out of whack that most school systems require that parents to supplement their classrooms with much more than notebooks, pencils, and tissues. The budgetary issues aside, it comes down to the parents (who elect the folks in charge of the school systems) to decide how their children are taught. I do believe that children who are engaged are more apt to learn than those who are bored to tears. Go beyond engineering projects, teach kids that math can be fun, how to have fun with the English and/or foreign languages, or demonstrate how historical events can be fun to learn about. These things are important as well.

And if you feel like you child isn't getting enough education at school, try bolstering their education outside of normal school hours. Get involved with the education of your kids and find out exactly what it is that they're learning. Only then, can you as a parent determine where their education is lacking.

Comment Not quite a young cluster (Score 1) 129

the cluster must still be in the process of formation.

Well, it's still in the process of formation where we can visibly see it. Given that it's 12.7 billion light years away, I'd like to believe that the galaxies are properly formed at this point. Though, given that not one person knows exactly how long it takes to form a proper galaxy, who's to say that it isn't finished. It's all best guess I suppose. Really cool science though, knowing that light from 12.7 billion years ago is illuminating our planet, however faint it may be.

Your Rights Online

Submission + - Building a Privacy First Internet Service Provider

Tha_Big_Guy23 writes: In a time where we hear constantly about our privacy being taken away from us, one person is stepping forward to try and get back some of it. Nicholas Merrill is planning to revolutionize online privacy with a concept as simple as it is ingenious: a telecommunications provider designed from its inception to shield its customers from surveillance. The ISP would not merely employ every technological means at its disposal, including encryption and limited logging, to protect its customers. It would also — and in practice this is likely more important — challenge government surveillance demands of dubious legality or constitutionality. "The idea that we are working on is to not be capable of complying" with requests from the FBI for stored e-mail and similar demands," Merrill says.

Comment Re:Netbooks turning into Hybrid tablets (Score 3, Informative) 77

In the application settings for the stock Android browser and several other android browsers (firefox and opera come to mind), you can change the user agent string to use a desktop browser string, and all websites then show up in their full "normal desktop" glory. I had this exact same problem on my transformer. Once I changed that setting and I've not had a problem since. Just thought I'd let you know. In the stock browser, its under advanced settings IIRC.

Comment Re:You can't eliminate them (Score 1) 825

This is also true in almost every movie theater I've attended in recent memory here in the US. All prices listed inside and out of the theater are tax inclusive. It's exceptionally convenient for me, since I can easily calculate in my head if I've got the spare change in my pocket to be able to get the larger size popcorn. It's the same thing with gasoline purchases. If I have a $20 in my pocket, I know that the most gas I can purchase is $20 worth. Given the current price of gasoline, however, good luck getting the dial to stop at exactly $20.

Submission + - Apple intern spent 12 weeks porting Mac OSX to ARM (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple hasn't released a Mac OS X device running on ARM yet, but a recently discovered thesis from a former Apple intern going by the name of Tristan Schapp, details a 12 week project carried out in 2010 to port the OS to the ARMv5 architecture. The port got as far as booting to a multi-user prompt, but then hit hurdles to do with drivers and cache.

The good news is that same intern now works for Apple as part of the CoreOS team. With rumors last year that a MacBook Air running on ARM could appear by 2013, could he be part of a team making that happen? If he is, I bet it will use the new ARMv8 architecture announced late last year.

Comment What we really need is... (Score 5, Insightful) 267

the US government to stop thinking they can police the world.

If overseas pirating operations are what's causing all the ruckus, I don't see what passing stringent laws within the US borders will do to accomplish this task. It could just be me, but it seems that what the plan is with both of these acts is to try and police what happens on the internet worldwide. The United States has no business regulating the internet internationally. If they want to regulate it within their borders, that's the government's realm. Outside of the US, there's not one damn thing the US should be doing other than cooperating with other global governments to begin their own enforcement policies.

Not that I'm advocating internet regulation here, it just seems that the reasoning behind the acts is flawed, as is most of the data. I, myself, have created several copyrighted works, which found their way stolen and posted here and there. Sure it pissed me off, but as the person who owned the copyrights, it was my job to do the foot work responsible for making sure that either the content was taken down, or I was given appropriate attribution.

Going back to my primary point in posting, the US government, and US-based corporations needs to stop thinking that the US government is responsible for policing the world on any level.

That's just my $0.02.

Submission + - Getting into Management Without a Degree

Tha_Big_Guy23 writes: At the beginning of my IT career, after I left college, I got a leg up from a friend of mine and acquired a job working in IT. Since then, I've worked more than a decade as an application developer and/or sysadmin. Along the way I've been team leads, project leads, and a senior developer. At this point I'm looking at trying to transition away from what I'm currently doing into more of a managerial position. The problem is that I don't have a college degree. While the college degree isn't absolutely necessary for what I do, given my past experience, it seems that any management track requires some type of formal education. I estimate that It would take several years to complete my degree and/or an MBA going to school for each only part-time. Upon completion of said education I would be in my mid 40's. So I ask the slashdot crowd, how would you go about getting into management in the IT fields without a degree, or is going back to school my only option?

Comment Re:Homebrew (Score 1) 253

You could use something like Altiris Deployment Solution which was bought by Symantec. Judging by the screenshots of the latest versions, it already has the backup and wipe capabilities built in. So it would be a one box solution. I know that you can assign initial deployment tasks to any new system detected by DS, so you can just set it up to perform the backup first, then perform a data wipe, and when it's completed, the new system will be identified in the UI as such.

I've used an older version primarily for OS deployments in a large-ish (500-800PC) network, and rarely had any difficulty. I think that the biggest downside, other than having to use Windows as your base OS, would be the costs for licensing. I think they sell it in blocks of 100 systems, and it isn't exactly cheap. It will, however, do exactly what you want in an automated fashion.

Comment Re:"responsible for policing their own content" (Score 4, Insightful) 303

Basically they are complaining the the DMCA makes them responsible for policing their own content at their expense.

It's not the government or the ISP's job to monitor and/or determine the usage of the content available on the internet. Were I to publish a game, for example, it would then be up to me as an individual to research, inspect, and determine if anyone is infringing on the copyright of my game. Just because they're a large entity doesn't mean they should be exempted from the same issues facing the individual content owners.

Why should the ISP's be forced to swallow the costs of such a manhunt, when they receive zero benefit from the search, it costs them money, and it displays them negatively in the public light such that their brand is devalued, however slightly.

Essentially, content owners should be, and are, responsible for making sure that everyone who uses their content is abiding by their specified licenses, etc. If you're complaining about the costs that you incur whilst enforcing your licensing model, and want the government to help out, perhaps you should re-evaluate your licensing model. Of course, that particular dead horse has been beaten so severely, at this point, to be unrecognizable.

Comment Announcing the exact date seems bad... (Score 2) 271

I know, that in this environment of increasing paranoia, I'm probably not the first person to think that announcing a nationwide test of the emergency broadcast system and giving the exact date and time of the test could potentially be a bad plan. It seems to me that perhaps someone wishing to perform any sort of nationwide nefarious activities would plan to do so on a day like that. I can see it now...

"Did you hear that there is a "

"Oh, don't worry about it, they were just testing the emergency broadcast system today. Nothing to worry about."

Just my $0.02 though.

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