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Comment People have workflows. (Score 4, Informative) 384

They invest the time and the learning to master a workflow. They expect a payoff from this investment in their ability to use these workflows to achieve other ends. When you mess with a workflow, you negate that investment. They have to spend time learning and mastering a workflow all over again before they can apply it toward their actual goals.

Nobody uses software "to be using software" or "for a good experience." They use it to get things done. If they have to spend two weeks mastering a new workflow then your improvements had better deliver a multiple of that value in return, or they're going to come back with "that's cool, but it would trip me up for all of my muscle and click memory to be invalidated."

People aren't averse to improvements. They're averse to evolutionary improvements that cost more to the user in practice (time invested and mistakes avoided) than they deliver on the other end. "Small tweaks" often fall into this category. Some dev moves a button to a more "logical" placement and for the next two weeks, the users lose five or ten seconds every single time they need to use it because their absent minded clicking—absent-minded because they're focusing on what they're really trying to accomplish, not on 'using the software'—keeps ending up in the wrong place vs. what they're accustomed to.

Dev says "BUT IT'S BETTER." User experience is actually that of being irritated and not getting things done as efficiently as usual, so their response is "IN PRACTICE, IN THE CURRENT CONTEXT OF MY LIFE, NO IT'S NOT."

Comment Meh. What is science but a guess (Score 4, Interesting) 307

CNN has a similar article about disappearing Louisiana coastline. One of the people interviewed has been shrimping for 54 years. His best comment, "It doesn't concern me.What is science? Science is an educated guess," Dotson says defiantly. "What if they guess wrong? There's just as much chance as them to be wrong as there is for them to be right."

Mind you, Louisiana is the top most uneducated state in the nation and this particular area of Louisiana, Cameron county, has the highest percentage of people who do not believe climate change has an effect on plants or animals. Not man-made climate change, but any climate change.

Another person in the article says he likes his AC and gas at reasonable prices so therefore, why, based on a prediction alone, should humans try to limit CO2 production?

Comment Re:Well there's your problem (Score 0) 106

Keep digging your hole deeper.

Why you should use your parking brake

When a car with an automatic transmission is put into park, a device inside the transmission called a "parking pawl" engages. A parking pawl is a metal pin that engages into a notch ring that is attached to the transmission's output shaft. When engaged, the pawl restricts the transmission's output shaft from turning.

Unfortunately, parking pawls can break or possibly become dislodged. While this is not a common occurrence it can happen, and if it does your car may end up rolling down the street.

Use your parking brake

You can use your emergency brake to park your car on level ground, too. When you park your car, put it in neutral, set the emergency brake, then release the brake pedal. With the emergency brake holding the vehicle, put the transmission in gear or "Park," and shut off the car. It reduces pressure on the clutch, transmission, parking pawl and CV joints - and reduced pressure means reduced wear.

Always use your parking brake

This is because the weight of the car is resting on the transmission, rather than the parking brake. By following the above instructions, you're ensuring that the weight of your vehicle is resting on your parking brake, and not your transmission.

Always use your parking brake

Additionally, the constant use of only the parking pawl, especially on hills, subjects the transmission and drive train to constant loads and stress, This will eventually lead to failure of the parking pawl or transmission linkage.

But go ahead, keep insisting you're right and everyone else is wrong.

Comment Re:NK is a real problem (Score 1) 296

Predictions are difficult, especially with regards to the future.

You can also google all the predictions about NK's nukes. They unfortunately eventually panned out.

Getting a means to get their nukes close enough to the US is a much easier problem than to assemble one in the first place.

Comment NK is a real problem (Score 0) 296

No American president can afford to allow NK to have nukes and intercontinental carrier capacities, or the ability to launch nukes from subs.

I don't think Trump should have ever been in the White House, but this is his problem to deal with now, because it looks like within four years NK will almost certainly get there.

Submission + - Inside the Tech Support Scam Ecosystem

Trailrunner7 writes: A team of three doctoral students, looking for insights into the inner workings of tech support scams, spent eight months collecting data on and studying the tactics and infrastructure of the scammers, using a purpose-built tool. What they uncovered is a complex, technically sophisticated ecosystem supported by malvertising and victimizing people around the world.

The study is the first analysis of its kind on tech support scams, and it’s the work of three PhD candidates at Stony Brook University. The team built a custom tool called RoboVic that performed a “systematic analysis of technical support scam pages: identified their techniques, abused infrastructure, and campaigns”. The tool includes a man-in-the-middle proxy that catalogs requests and responses and also will click on pop-up ads, which are key to many tech-support scams.

In their study, the researchers found that the source for many of these scams were “malvertisements”, advertisements on legitimate websites, particularly using ad-based URL shorteners, that advertised for malicious scams. This gives the scammers an opportunity to strike on what would seem like a relatively safe page. Although victims of these scams can be anywhere, the researchers found that 85.4 percentof the IP addresses in these scams were located across different regions of India, with 9.7 percentlocated in the United States and 4.9 percent in Costa Rica. Scammers typically asked users for an average of $291, with prices ranging from $70 to $1,000.

Submission + - Kimbal Musk's Tech Revolution Starts with Mustard Greens (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: Farmers have always had a tough time—and now they're facing new competition in the form of Brooklyn hipsters, growing crops in high-tech farms at a startup co-founded by Kimbal Musk, sibling to Elon and board member of Tesla and SpaceX. Square Roots is headquartered in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant, and is currently made up of 10 shipping container farms, each manned by an individual entrepreneur. At Backchannel, Steven Levy offers a deep look at Square Roots's mission to become "the Amazon of real food" and, in the process, overthrow Big Ag.

Submission + - With this new system, scientists never have to write a grant application again (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Almost every scientist agrees: Applying for research funding is a drag. Writing a good proposal can take months, and the chances of getting funded are often slim. Funding agencies, meanwhile, spend more and more time and money reviewing growing stacks of applications.

That’s why two researchers are proposing a radically different system that would do away with applications and reviews; instead scientists would just give each other money. “Self-organized fund allocation” (SOFA), as it’s called, was developed by computer scientist Johan Bollen at Indiana University in Bloomington. When he first published about the idea in 2014, many people were skeptical. But interest appears to be growing, and thanks to the work of an enthusiastic advocate, ecologist Marten Scheffer of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, the Dutch parliament adopted a motion last year asking the country’s main funding agency, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), to set up a SOFA pilot project.

Submission + - Does space heat up when you accelerate? Physicists to test controversial idea (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: More than 40 years ago, a leading relativity theorist made a surprising prediction. Whereas empty space should feel immeasurably cold to any observer gliding along at a constant speed, one who is accelerating, say because he's riding a rocket, would find empty space hot. This so-called Unruh effect seemed practically impossible to measure, but now four theorists claim they have devised a doable experiment that could confirm the underlying physics. Skeptics say it will do no such thing—but for contradictory reasons.

"The hope is that this will convince skeptics that the whole thing is coherent," says Stephen Fulling, a theoretical physicist and mathematician at Texas A&M University in College Station who was not involved in the work. But Vladimir Belinski, a theorist at International Network of Centers for Relativistic Astrophysics in Pescara, Italy, says, "The Unruh effect is nonsense, it's based on a mathematical mistake."

Submission + - New theory may explain the 'music of the meteors' (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: For centuries, some observers have claimed that shooting stars or meteors hiss as they arc through the night sky. And for just as long, skeptics have scoffed on the grounds that sound waves coming from meteors should arrive several minutes after the light waves, which travel nearly a million times faster. Now, scientists have proposed a theory to explain how our eyes and ears could perceive a meteor at nearly the same time. The hypothesis might also explain how auroras produce sound, a claim made by many indigenous peoples living at high latitudes

Submission + - FDA slams St. Jude Medical for ignoring security flaws in medical devices (securityledger.com)

chicksdaddy writes: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a letter of warning to medical device maker Abbott on Wednesday, slamming the company for what it said was a pattern of overlooking security and reliability problems in its implantable medical devices at its St. Jude Medical division and describing a range of the company’s devices as “adulterated,” in violation of the US Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Security Ledger reports. (https://securityledger.com/2017/04/fda-st-judes-knew-about-device-flaws-2-years-before-muddy-waters-report/)

In a damning warning letter (https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2017/ucm552687.htm), the FDA said that St. Jude Medical knew about serious security flaws in its implantable medical devices as early as 2014, but failed to address them with software updates or by replacing those devices. The government found that St. Jude, time and again, failed to adhere to internal security and product quality guidelines, a lapse that resulted in at least one patient death.

St. Jude Medical, which is now wholly owned by the firm Abbott, learned of serious and exploitable security holes in the company’s “high voltage and peripheral devices” in an April, 2014 “third party assessment” commissioned by the company. But St. Jude “failed to accurately incorporate the findings of that assessment” in subsequent risk assessments for the affected products, including Merlin@home, a home-based wireless transmitter that is used to provide remote care for patients with implanted cardiac devices, the FDA revealed. Among the security flaws: a “hardcoded universal unlock code” for the company’s implantable, high voltage devices.

The report casts doubt on a defamation lawsuit St. Jude filed against the firm MedSec Holdings Ltd over its August, 2016 report that warned of widespread security flaws in St. Jude products, including Merlin@home. The MedSec report on St. Judes technology was released in conjunction with a report by the investment firm Muddy Waters Research, which specializes in taking “short” positions on firms. (https://securityledger.com/2016/08/the-big-short-alleged-security-flaws-fuel-bet-against-st-jude-medical/) At the time, MedSec said that the security of the company’s medical devices and support software was “grossly inadequate compared with other leading manufacturers,” and represents “unnecessary health risks and should receive serious notice among hospitals, regulators, physicians and cardiac patients.” St. Judes has called the MedSec allegations false, but it now appears that the company had heard similar warnings raised by its own third-party security auditor more than a year prior.

Submission + - Shadow Brokers Release New Batch of Files Containing Windows and SWIFT Exploits (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: On Good Friday and ahead of the Easter holiday, the Shadow Brokers have dumped a new collection of files, containing what appears to be exploits and hacking tools targeting Microsoft's Windows OS and the SWIFT banking system. The tools were dumped via the Shadow Brokers Twitter account and were accompanied by a blog post, as the group did in the past. This dump contains three folders named Windows, Swift, and Oddjob. The Windows folder contains 23 Windows exploits ranging from SMB to IIS, while the OddJob folder contains an eponymous implant for Windows operating systems. The folder claiming to hold SWIFT exploits also contains Excel files that hint the Equation Group had hacked several banks across the world, mainly in the Middle East. One of these tools was previously linked to the NSA by Snowden.

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