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Comment For even more fun, put a "Try Again" button (Score 1) 60

beneath the "access denied" and watch a few of them try for 10 minutes straight to load it by clicking again and again, then leave it open and tap it once or twice a day for two weeks before giving up.

I know a couple people like this. You ask, "But what if the link is malware?" and they respond with "But what if it's something great?"

On a similar note, I once sent a bad link by accident to a person who was in college at the time. I then sent a follow up email saying, "Sorry, bad link. Try this one."

They then called me an hour later to say that they kept trying the first link I'd sent, but couldn't get it to load, and asked if there was anything I could do to help. I said, "But I thought I mentioned—that was a broken link, it doesn't work. I sent the right one!" And they responded with a variation on the above—"I know, but you never know, maybe I'd like it! I'd at least like to see it!"

Comment Re:Vertical, not horizontal (Score 1) 197

Tokyo has many skyscrapers, and in 2011 was hit by the 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake

Yes, indeed, because all 9.0s are created equal.

"Hello, Central Casting? Okay, what I need is ... I need a blonde 9.0."

"Oh, you've got one? Great! No, I don't care if she's three miles right of Ann Coulter. Just send me a blonde 9.0: they're all the same."

What's funny here is that even the Richter scale itself comes in numerous flavours.

Several scales have historically been described as the "Richter scale", ...

But I guess it's somehow still comforting to know that if we build Tokyo-style buildings, on Tokyo-style geological strata, Radiant City Vertigo will emerge unscathed from a Tokyo-style 9.0.

Comment Vuze is malware too (Score 1) 48

If you are looking for a new BitTorrent client, then avoid Vuze. It used to be a superb client but recently they switched to the malware model. Last update it infected all my broswers with redirecting ad ware. My search engines were all set to Yahoo and it installed multiple extensions. It was painful to remove it all.

I'm not making this up since the company fully admits they do this on their own forum web pages. Well they don't use the word malware, but if it quacks like a duck.

Comment Re:Not so SWIFT afterall (Score 2) 24

It is nice that you feel a cool and confidant as wherever you work hasn't been hacked yet.

Security problem is across all sectors Government, Non-Profit, corporate...
Why? Well IT Security is a relatively new problem. As we are hooking many systems together. However organizations are still not thinking in terms of IT Security. And also the Buzzword friendly "Agile/Nimble..." organization has no time for such security problems as Good IT people are Expensive, and this Security Work isn't directly affecting the bottom line.

Comment Re:Prepare to be (Score 1) 399

If it manages to violate conservation of momentum and that stands up to the inevitable scientific pig pile that follows, I'll be impressed.

Conservation of momentum is what makes most of the universe inaccessible to us in practical terms. If it is only a rule of thumb rather than an absolute law, then perhaps more of the universe is within our reach than soberly critical thinking people currently believe. Obviously not with this device, but at least in principle.

But I don't expect any results to survive the pile on. I hope they do, but what I hope and what I expect are two different things.

Comment Here's the only relevant bit (Score 1) 93

While middle-aged and older Facebook users don't like seeing news in their feeds, those aged 18-29 were much more interested and excited to see even more news articles on Facebook.

This is the segment marketers and advertisers covet the most. The early years of independent adulthood is when habits that will endure for decades are formed. The party a young person votes for in his first two or three elections becomes the party he will vote for for the rest of his life. If he buys ACME brand rocket roller skates, chances are he'll never buy another brand of rocket roller skates.

Comment Re:Java? (Score 1) 367

Java is a good choice for bosses who are still stuck on decade old buzzwords and you don't want to use .NET.
Because of that it is a language known by a lot of people and schools teach it as part of the Computer Science Program. So it is easier to find people with that set of skills for larger projects taking a team of developers.

In the 1980's we had COBOL -- Built mainly for mainframes and filling out forms data and parsing fixed sized files (often compatible with magnetic tape)

In the 1990's we moved to C/C++/Visual Basic -- We moved to the slower PC hardware so we needed the Speed of C/C++ and/or the ability to handle he new GUI capabilities that VB offered.

In the 2000's we moved to Java/.NET -- Finding that are gping to be moving from 32bit to 64bit computing also dealing with many rough OS upgrades the bytecode languages offered easier migrations. Here is Java Strongest point, because compared to .NET you could actually make cross compatible products.

In the 2010's we are moving towards JavaScript/Python/Ruby -- As our personal devices are getting smaller at the expense of performance we are moving towards cloud based solutions so we emphasising more on Web Technologies and Server hosted processing.

Comment Laser thruster and cooling (Score 1) 399

I wonder if this thing is more efficient than radiating the same amount of microwaves or laser light out the back of a rocket. That is does it derive thrust resonantly with no loss of photons (other than imperfections) or is it a trade of one photon for one photons worth of impulse (same as a laser thruster).

And I also wonder how they cooled this thing. if it was in a vaccuum and power goes in then it heats up. It would heat up indefinitely if it did not radiate somehow. Perhaps the radiation isn't isotropic?

e.g. a selective absorber heated up should do the same thing right?

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