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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

AftanGustur Please stop arguing and think like a scientist. (295 comments)

This only means that we still can't explain the "pause" in global warming. It does not mean that the model is based on "bad science".

The Quest for an explanation must continue.

about 4 months ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

AftanGustur Who in their right mind ... (399 comments)

... is using bash scripts to generate web content in 2014?

Look, there is a bug, obviously, but to say that it is "remotely exploitable" is a half-truth, and that it is "on level with or worse than heartbleed" is nonsense.

There are a lot of things that need to "line up" in order for this to be remotely exploitable.

about 4 months ago

Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

AftanGustur Quiz (418 comments)

Human rights for 100 points:

It is 2014 and anonymity is a crime, what country are we thinking of ?

about 4 months ago

Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

AftanGustur Re:Russian Programmer's are Brilliant! (157 comments)

I've been hearing all this about the much vaunted chops of these Russian coders, but frankly I don't ever see it.

There is also the possibility that the project was sabotaged by an external actor.

Maybe it is a coincidence but the one who profits the most from this failure is the same as has been working hard during the last 10 years to get rid of the Galileo program and is also the same nation as is known for being the most technically capable in electronic warfare/hacking.

about 5 months ago

Crytek Ports CRYENGINE To Linux Support Ahead of Steam Machines Launch

AftanGustur A 10 year old rendering engine? (132 comments)

Am I correct in that this is *the* Cryengine, which was developed between 2001 and 2004?

about 10 months ago

You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

AftanGustur Re:All I Have To Say Is (437 comments)

The car will now require an always on connection to work.

Not only that, but you will be committing a crime if you modify your car so that it doesn't require an active internet connection.

Once again, the criminals will be the only ones to have what they want.

1 year,3 days

Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap

AftanGustur How "open" in OpenStreetmap? (162 comments)

I have seen so many projects that started as "community data gathering" projects and then went commercial and stopped providing free access when some business wanted to buy them.

So just how "Open" is "OpenStreetMap"?

Can I download the data and set up my own server in case OpenStreetmap closes it's free access?

1 year,10 days

UK Men Arrested For Anti-Semitic Tweets After Football Game

AftanGustur Re:On Racism and Hate Speech (598 comments)

What you are saying is that my free speech stops where your hurt feelings begin?

about a year ago

UK Men Arrested For Anti-Semitic Tweets After Football Game

AftanGustur In the UK (598 comments)

Your freedom stops where other people's hurt feelings begin.

about a year ago

More Students Learn CS In 3 Days Than Past 100 Years

AftanGustur Great! (287 comments)

Now give them all work at Microsoft as programmers!

about a year ago

IDC: PC Shipments Decline Worse Than Forecasted, No Recovery Expected

AftanGustur The PC market has driven development (393 comments)

This is sad news. the PC market has so far been the one who has driven development and innovation.

Want a bigger disk? Buy a bigger disk and put it in your PC!
Want more memory? Buy more memory and put it in your PC!
Want a faster CPU? Buy a faster CPU and put it in your PC!
Want a faster GPU to play games? Buy a faster graphics card and put it in your PC!

The rest of the market, phones, tablets and consoles is all "consumer packaged components" which are not replaceable or upgradeable.

The whole AMD/Intel war would not have happenbed without the PC.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

AftanGustur The evolution of IT (465 comments)

For the last 5-8 years there has been an ever increasing pressure on companies to "do more with less", "document operations" and "create procedures", i.e. to "streamline" all the "cost" centers of the organisation. IT is generally viewed as a "cost center" That is: costs money and does not create any output for the company.

This has led to a mindset where the whole of IT has been defined in terms of "projects" with inputs and outputs and companies want to "buy talent instead of careers" meaning that the company wants your work but not you as a person.

This has then led to companies running most things on "temporary staff" like consultants and contractors.

The effect this has had on IT is that knowledge about the infrastructure, systems, their quirks and how everything works together is not retained in the company and IT operations down to the little details are defined by non-IT people who think in terms of "procedures" "inputs" and "outputs".

So when you see something like "System administrator wanted, has to know XYZ operating system version 10,04 LTR, and the systems HPBS and VLSN" you can be sure that this requirement was written by a non-it person who thinks in terms of "inputs" to a problem.

about a year ago

Code.org: More Money For CS Instructors Who Teach More Girls

AftanGustur Only 5 people allowed in class (381 comments)

I have a hunch that boys will be allowed in CS classes as long as their number dont damage the "40% girls" proportions.

about a year ago

Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?

AftanGustur Re:corn vs algae (330 comments)

corn fields are cheap to operate, ..

Actually, without government subsidies, corn-based ethanol would not be economically feasible fuel.

about a year ago

NSA Chief Keith Alexander Takes His PRISM Pitch To YouTube

AftanGustur Re:Willful or knowing violations (165 comments)

So, just involuntary and ignorant violations, then.

I see what you did here and more people should be doing this, listen to what words he uses and then think, "why is he using these words and could he be trying to sidestep the truth with the use of selected words."

Because that's that he is doing!

about a year ago

Samsung Offers Patent Cease-Fire in EU

AftanGustur Re:The EU must like expensive toys (80 comments)

Apple's patents can all be worked around.

Oh, really?

"Round Corners"

How are you going to design around that one Sherlock?

about a year ago

Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

AftanGustur A Sensor to unlock with Fingerprint? (773 comments)

a sensor built into the home button that will allow you to unlock the device with your fingerprint

That's called a "fingerprint scanner", right?
Apple just put a "Fingerprint Scanner" on it's latest iPhone!

Come on say it: "FingerpriNSA canner"!

about a year ago

Google To Buy Waze For $1.3 Billion

AftanGustur The problem with the Law (153 comments)

Waze is actually illegal in France. If you get cough with a device that can alert you to police presence and the exact location of speed cameras, you will loose 6 points of your permit and get a € 1500 fine.

Yet, Waze is extremely popular in France (the French generally find this law to go against their "liberties").

This has worked up until now because the company that makes Waze does not have any business presence in France, and the French government cannot exercise any pressure against the Israeli company.

Google, on the other hand, does have a business presence in France so these "features" of Waze will likely disappear as soon as Google becomes the owner of the service.

about a year and a half ago



HBGary developed a attack against Wikileaks.

AftanGustur AftanGustur writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AftanGustur (7715) writes "Through the 50.000 leaked emails, last weekend from HBGary Federal, it has surfaced that the company worked with two other technology companies, Palantir Technologies and Berico Technologies to develop "a strategic plan of attack against WikiLeaks."

The plan included pressing a journalist in order to disrupt his support of the organization, cyber attacks, disinformation, and other potential proactive tactics."

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