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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Alien54 Let's get this in writing. (348 comments)

After all, this is the vendor's recommendation, which should be in writing anyhow. Have the vendor sign a waiver accepting full responsibility for any damages and liability that could be attributed to not using a firewall I am sure that the company lawyers would be very eager to have something like this in place.

about 2 months ago

Studies Say Earth Won't Die As Soon As Thought

Alien54 Not the only thing to worry about (155 comments)

from wikipedia

In 600 million years

The Sun's increasing luminosity begins to disrupt the carbonate–silicate cycle; higher luminosity increases weathering of surface rocks, which traps carbon dioxide in the ground as carbonate. As water evaporates from the Earth's surface, rocks harden, causing plate tectonics to slow and eventually stop. Without volcanoes to recycle carbon into the Earth's atmosphere, carbon dioxide levels begin to fall.[30] By this time, they will fall to the point at which C3 photosynthesis is no longer possible. All plants that utilize C3 photosynthesis (~99 percent of present-day species) will die.[31]

in 800 Million years

Carbon dioxide levels fall to the point at which C4 photosynthesis is no longer possible.[31] Multicellular life dies out.[32]

I not that this would be rather inconvenient

about 8 months ago

Full Details of My Attempted Entrapment For Teaching Polygraph Countermeasures

Alien54 Re: what about (465 comments)

If the Americas were not there, then the climate would have been very much different. Which would have led to a very different alternate history.

about a year ago

OmniPage Maker Nuance Loses Patent Trial Over OCR Tech

Alien54 Re:Slashdot is run by idiots (56 comments)

There should be an alternate source for this sort of thing. Too bad Groklaw had to close up shop because of the government being an idiot.

1 year,24 days

Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?

Alien54 Typically, It's too late. (189 comments)

A lot of the time, by the time you hear that ABC place is the really cool place to be, the people who made it a really cool place to be have moved on to other locations, having been replaced by other people who have all these other ideas as to how a shop should run (which do not involve being cool), and now that really cool place to be is now "meh, not so much" similar to investing is stocks, by the time the mass market gets in on it you may be on the wrong side of the curve.

about a year ago

The Atlantic's Scientology Advertorial

Alien54 Re:If you sleep with a dog, you get fleas (213 comments)

Part of this is that everyone who participated in the 2008 protests thought that Scientology was dead and buried.
Suddenly here they are, bigger than ever, and vying for space in main stream media publications.
Most of the controversy is because it's THEM.
The statements that they make in the advertorial seem to be conservative positive reports about facilities they have opened, etc. This sort of thing is all verifiable, as well as the conclusion that this means something for their leadership.
Because it's THEM, this upsets everyone who thought they had killed Scientology.
It's like being in a bad horror movie, and the boss of the movie that you think you kicked butt on shows up again with only minor scratches.

about a year and a half ago

The Gradual Death of the Brick and Mortar Tech Store

Alien54 Re:I used to work for best buy (491 comments)

never mind that most of their profit comes from Monster Cables

more than 2 years ago

Cheaters Exposed Analyzing Statistical Anomalies

Alien54 Re:Headline misleading (437 comments)

I personally think that the whole cheating thing can be avoided by having a test bank of questions that is open to everyone, and which is sufficiently large that it is less effort to actually learn the principles, etc, rather than memorize the answers to 100,000+ questions for a specific course.

Let everyone download it.
With modern technology, you should be able to generate unique tests for each student, with each question identified by numeric code. Dump it into the scanner for a score.
If it is still an issue increase the number of test questions to 250,000 or more.
obviously the test bank could be inspected for grading the tests in situations where you are not doing multiple choice.

more than 3 years ago

Killer Apartment Vs. Persistent Microwave Exposure?

Alien54 Re:If you are worried about it... (791 comments)

There are paints you can get which have metallic dust incorporated into them. This will act as shielding. You can also go with a "Luster Dust" which would give a metallic sheen to your current wall color. Or even a straight metallic wall paint. There is also metallic wall paper.

see also Force Field Wireless for paint additive, although you could also experiment with various metallic powders on your own.

Ditto Storm windows with metal frames and screens. Apparently prefinished flooring also contains metallic powder which can reduce wifi signals. The new double pane windows also have metallic coatings that can reduce wifi.

Normal cell phone reception would have to come from the side of the building opposite where the transmitters are located.

more than 4 years ago

What Filters Are Right For Kids?

Alien54 Re: My daughter is using phrases like 'hot guys,' (678 comments)

Just how old is she, anyhow?

There's this whole controversy about what age is a good age for Sex Education, and how long to "prolong the innocence of Childhood". Sometimes people do this because it's "cute";- I consider it potentially damaging. But a lot depends on circumstances.

more than 5 years ago

What Filters Are Right For Kids?

Alien54 Re:Google moderate safe search (678 comments)

Oh, and build up her self-esteem. That is the critical factor in teen girls getting into situations they're not ready for.

In this regard, get her something like a rubics cube (if she is interested in it). Just being able to do something the grownups can't does marvels for the self esteem.

more than 5 years ago

"Smash Your Hard Drive" To Fight Identity Theft

Alien54 My personal favorite (527 comments)

1) dismantle the drive and twist the platters with heavy pliers into the shape of an ash tray

2) drill through the platters several times (with a half inch/ 1cm drill), then let soak in a bucket of salt water for a month to corrode everything together.

more than 5 years ago

Birth of the Moon: a Runaway Nuclear Reaction?

Alien54 How Big the Earth, How Thin the Crust (355 comments)

Just how much crust there is is often misunderstood.

Example: imagine a model of the earth where 1 mm = 1 mile. (or you can use 1mm = 1 km, if you like)

The earth is 7926.28 miles (12756.1 km) in diameter.

At this scale, you can make out significant mountain ranges, etc. The Atmosphere would be 4 or 5 inches deep. The crust is an inch or 2 thick.

And the Earth itself is more than 8 yards across. That inch or two of crust is sitting on a chewy molten insides. (check volcano flows, etc.)

The Earth is really a molten droplet spinning in space with the thinnest external layer where life has happened to accumulate, like the layer of tarnish on a coin.

more than 5 years ago



Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "Does the Israel Defense Forces believe incoming recruits and soldiers who play Dungeons and Dragons are unfit for elite units? Ynet has learned that 18-year-olds who tell recruiters they play the popular fantasy game are automatically given low security clearance. "We have discovered that some of them are simply detached from reality," a security source told Ynet. Most soldiers who play Dungeons and Dragons simply do not admit to it while they are in the army. Of course, there is more to this than meets the eye."

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "via the register
The leading DRM digital download service, Apple's iTunes, has experienced a collapse in sales revenues this year according to analyst company Forrester Research. Secretive Apple doesn't break out revenues from iTunes, but Forrester conducted an analysis of credit card transactions over a 27-month period. And this year's numbers aren't good.[...] And it isn't just Apple's problem. Nielsen Soundscan has grimmer news for prospective digital download services, indicating three consecutive quarters of flat or declining revenues for the sector as a whole.

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "Imagine charging all of your gear by placing them on a large flat plate, no more multiples chargers for all of your devices. Apparently, the WildCharge device is just such a plate-like accessory. Devices rest on top of it and charge through osmosis. The slight catch is that devices will need to be equipped with something of a special faceplate to allow the exchange to take place, but it's still a much easier solution than the alternative. Plans are for it to be available in Q1 of 2007. Why is my vaporware alarm going off?"

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "As reported on Info World, a 64-page electronic magazine named "Technical Mujahid", began circulating earlier this week on jihadist discussion forums. Like early hacking magazines, Technical Mujahid takes information that has already been published in discussion forums and Web sites and compiles it into one single source. According to Adam Raisman, an analyst with the SITE (Search for International Terrorist Entities) Institute, a terrorist tracking organization, it represents an evolution in the jihadist's documentation of computer security information. More info and screen shots at the mideast political site Memri, who note that the magazine is just one example evident on the Islamist websites of the growing interest on the part of the mujahideen in information technology, electronic data security, and hi-tech matters."

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "Striking new images of the Red Planet have raised hopes life could be found on Mars after all. Scientists say they have photographic evidence that suggests liquid water may have been on the planet as little as five years ago. Experts last night said Mars now appears more active than previously thought and the latest study shows why it is vital to continue to search for life on our planetary neighbour. - On a side note, the HiRISE team is now posting new large images on the HiRISE Website every week on Wednesday. (A file size and format warning is needed. The full super high resolution photo of the Opportunity landing site is 677 MBytes in JP2 format)"

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "The University of Arizona-based team that operates the high-resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, in conjunction with NASA, is releasing the first of what will be a non-stop flood of incredibly detailed Mars images taken during the spacecraft's two-year primary science mission.

"There's no Earth analog for some places we see, while other places look remarkably like Earth," said Professor Alfred S. McEwen of UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, HiRISE principal investigator. "The details we're seeing are just fantastic."

The HiRISE team is posting about 15 of the new large images on the HiRISE Website today. Last week, they added more than a dozen new Mars images, as well as reprocessed images, taken from low orbit during test imaging in early October. The team plans to release the latest HiRISE images on their Website every Wednesday."

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "A couple of weeks ago someone wrote about the top "Ten Servers that Changed the World." In reaction, his buddy decided to make his own list... The Ten Servers that Changed the Fictional World.

There are two guidelines for this list. One, they must exist only in the world of movies or TV. Second, they need to fit the basic definition of a server. The list even provides a cute analysis of what each would be in real life, complete with 20/20 hindsite. With that said, here they are. In no particular order..."

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "The Bush administration wants North Korea's attention, so like a scolding parent it's trying to make it tougher for that country's eccentric leader to buy iPods, plasma televisions and Segway electric scooters. The U.S. government's first-ever effort to use trade sanctions to personally aggravate a foreign president expressly targets items believed to be favored by Kim Jong Il or presented by him as gifts to the roughly 600 loyalist families who run the communist government."

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "Unless Congress and the Bush administration begin to pay a little more attention to how they handle Internet gambling, they could well end up creating an entirely avoidable headache for some very powerful constituents -- holders of U.S. copyrights and patents -- by punching a hole in the international web of agreements that protects them. Taken as a whole, these efforts offer a veritable master class in how not to regulate a 21st-century economy.

Bottom Line? The little country of Antigua could potentially have the right to suspend its own compliance with the treaty that obligates it to respect the United States' intellectual-property laws. In such a scenario, Antigua couldn't simply be ostracized as a rogue state. It would have every right under World Trade Organisation rules to pursue such a course. That, one can well imagine, might get Washington's attention.

You may even start seeing banner ads and spam promoting Antigua as the place to get your copyrighted and patented goods really cheap."

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "As Moore's Law continues to hold, IC designers are finding that they have more and more silicon real estate to play with. David Chisnall hazards some guesses as to what they might do with it. As he notes: 'Throwing more cache onto chips worked for a little while. Throwing more cores on will work for a little while longer. Eventually, however, a more intelligent solution will be required.'"

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "Several South Florida voters say the choices they touched on the electronic screens were not the ones that appeared on the review screen -- the final voting step.

Debra A. Reed voted with her boss on Wednesday at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center near Fort Lauderdale. Her vote went smoothly, but boss Gary Rudolf called her over to look at what was happening on his machine. He touched the screen for gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, a Democrat, but the review screen repeatedly registered the Republican, Charlie Crist.

That's exactly the kind of problem that sends conspiracy theorists into high gear -- especially in South Florida, where a history of problems at the polls have made voters particularly skittish."

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "I have come across an interesting situation by way of a conversation with a friend who is involved in the situation. [I am scrubbing the description to protect the guilty.] A local major regional company in the USA is upgrading servers at a variety of locations. The company has outsourced via a contractor, hiring a collection of local techs to help onsite with the upgrade at these locations, site by site over several weeks. (This is an OS upgrade along with several application upgrades). It has been discovered by the outsourced techs that the company in question is phasing out the inhouse techs, and that the inhouse techs are sabotaging the implementation of the new system to save their jobs as long as possible, blaming migration problems on the outsourced techs. Naturally, the outsourced techs are irritated by this, and feel it's not fair, among other things. The contractor also sees what is happening, and is not too happy. Okay, so what advice should I give to the tech who has discovered themselves in this position?"

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "Cornell University researchers are reporting what appears to be a statistically significant relationship between autism rates and television watching by children under the age of 3. The researchers studied autism incidence in California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington state. They found that as cable television became common in California and Pennsylvania beginning around 1980, childhood autism rose more in the counties that had cable than in the counties that did not. They further found that in all the Western states, the more time toddlers spent in front of the television, the more likely they were to exhibit symptoms of autism disorders. The Cornell study represents a potential bombshell in the autism debate. Original news item on Slate"

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "Users of online worlds such as Second Life and World of Warcraft transact millions of dollars worth of virtual goods and services every day, and these virtual economies are beginning to draw the attention of real-world authorities. "Right now we're at the preliminary stages of looking at the issue and what kind of public policy questions virtual economies raise -- taxes, barter exchanges, property and wealth," said Dan Miller, senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.

via Rueters who also happens to have a virtual news bureau online for Second Life"

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "Courtesy of the Register:
A meeting of EU interior ministers held in August in the wake of the 'liquid bomb plot' arrests called for the acceleration of European plans to tackle terrorism, and as part of these, for measures to "tackle the use of the Internet by terrorists to radicalise young people, spread messages of hate and plan mass murder" (see Home Office announcement). Ah yes, but how?

Speaking after the meeting Franco Frattini, Justice & Home Affairs Commissioner, said that the Internet should be made a "hostile environment" for terrorists. "I think it's very important to explore further possibilities of blocking websites that incite to commit terrorist actions," The Times reported. Yes Franco, but how do you propose to do that, exactly? Or even approximately?

After the August meeting Spy Blog wrote to Frattini asking for details of what he was proposing, and putting forward a detailed list of 17 questions covering consultation, mechanisms, definitions, distinctions and safeguards. Spy Blog now has a response from Jonathan Faull, EU Commission Director General for Justice, Freedom and Security, but although lengthy, the document sheds little or no light on the matter.

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alien54 (180860) writes "As seen here, scientists are planning to create a "frankenrabbit" by fusing together human cells with a rabbit egg. Teams in London, Edinburgh and Newcastle are to submit application to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority this month, requesting licences to create embryos that will be 99.9 per cent human and 0.1 per cent rabbit or cow. They are hoping the technique will lead to breakthroughs in stem cell research."



Monster Cables pushes around the wrong 'small' company

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago Audioholics has a fun read regarding a recent legal snafu by Monster Cables. As they report it:"Not long ago we reported that Monster Cable had issued a cease and desist letter to Blue Jeans Cable about their Tartan cables. Little did the lawyer drones over at Monster know that Kurt Denke, the president of Blue Jeans was, in a former life, a lawyer by trade. Oops! Someone pushed around the wrong "small" company! While we are no legal experts, we recognize humor when we see it. And this is funny. With Blue Jeans Cable's permission, we've included their full response to Monster's letter below. Kurt wants to keep this entire process completely open to the public and we're more than happy to oblige. Enjoy"


The Wetware Crisis: the Dead Sea effect in the IT workplace

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago An old hand writes about the current state of affairs in hiring in IT

Many large IT shops -- and not a few small ones -- work like the Dead Sea. New hires are brought in as management deems it necessary. Their qualifications (talent, education, professionalism, experience, skills -- TEPES) will tend to vary quite a bit, depending upon current needs, employee departure, the personnel budget, and the general hiring ability of those doing the hiring. All things being equal, the general competency of the IT department should have roughly the same distribution as the incoming hires. Instead, what happens is that the more talented and effective IT engineers are the ones most likely to leave -- to evaporate, if you will. They are the ones least likely to put up with the frequent stupidities and workplace problems that plague large organizations; they are also the ones most likely to have other opportunities that they can readily move to. What tends to remain behind is the 'residue' -- the least talented and effective IT engineers.


The Hardware Needed to Model a Human Brain

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago From Page 6 of an interesting 9 page article entitled "Out of the Blue":

the model is so successful that its biggest restrictions are now technological. "We have already shown that the model can scale up," Markram says. "What is holding us back now are the computers." The numbers speak for themselves. Markram estimates that in order to accurately simulate the trillion synapses in the human brain, you'd need to be able to process about 500 petabytes of data (peta being a million billion, or 10 to the fifteenth power). That's about 200 times more information than is stored on all of Google's servers. (Given current technology, a machine capable of such power would be the size of several football fields.) Energy consumption is another huge problem. The human brain requires about 25 watts of electricity to operate. Markram estimates that simulating the brain on a supercomputer with existing microchips would generate an annual electrical bill of about $3 billion . But if computing speeds continue to develop at their current exponential pace, and energy efficiency improves, Markram believes that he'll be able to model a complete human brain on a single machine in ten years or less.


YouTube hijacked by Pakistan, causing global outage.

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago The telecom company that carries most of Pakistan's traffic, PCCW, has found it necessary to shut Pakistan off from the Internet while they filter out the malicious routes that a Pakistani ISP, PieNet, announced earlier today. Evidently PieNet took this step to enforce a decree from the Pakistani government that ISP's must block access to YouTube because it was a source of blasphemous content. YouTube has announced more granular routes so that at least in the US they supercede the routes announced by PieNet. The rest of the world is still struggling.


A PC designed to be worn around your neck

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago A PC designed to be worn around your neck, design by Microsoft. With all of the movie cliches this feeds into, what could possibly go wrong?

Using the new light-weight Microsoft operating system, SLIM, this PC travels with you effortlessly. The projected touch-gesture interface allows you to interact with your software wherever you are without requiring interface peripherals but its wide-coverage 700 MHz WiFi wireless allows both connection to the web and to performance enhancing peripherals.


'Vista Capable' lawsuit against Microsoft now a class action

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago In a blow to Microsoft Corp., a federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit late Friday alleging that Microsoft unjustly enriched itself by promoting PCs as "Windows Vista Capable" even when they could only run a bare-bones version of the operating system, called "Vista Home Basic." During an earlier hearing internal Microsoft e-mails were quoted that appeared to show that employees within Microsoft had misgivings about the "Windows Vista Capable" campaign.


Site Generator Monitoring in a Small Package

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago There is no feeling like walking into the office @ 6AM on a Monday only to find out that you have a utility failure and your IT site generator has been running all weekend and will likely run out of fuel before you can get a truck there to re-fill. Servers will go down and heads will roll. This would be known as a Bad Thing(tm) Fortunately there is a solution. The GS5000 is a tiny gadget that will let you know via cellular that your site generator is running, has fuel, has moved from its designated location, and a whole lot more.


Google's Secret 10GbE Switch

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago It is the opinion of Nyquist Capital that Google has designed and deployed home-grown 10GbE switches as part of a secret internal initiative that was launched when it realized commercial options couldn't meet the cost and power consumption targets required for their data centers. This decision by Google, while small in terms of units purchased, is enormous in terms of the disruptive impact it should have on 10GbE switching equipment providers and their component supply chains. It is as if a MACHO just arrived in the Enterprise networking business and the orbits of the existing satellites have begun to shift without observers knowing why - until now.


Zogby/463 Internet Attitudes Poll

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago It won't make you dinner or rub your feet, but nearly one in four Americans say that the Internet can serve as a substitute for a significant other for some period of time, according to a new poll released today by 463 Communications and Zogby International. The Zogby/463 Internet Attitudes poll examined views of what role the Internet plays in people's lives and whether government should play a greater role in regulating it. The online survey was conducted Oct. 4-8, 2007, included 9,743 adult respondents nationwide, and carries a margin of error of +/- 1.0 percentage point. The full survey included detailed demographic information and is available at


'Mythbusters' to Test Cockroach Radiation Myth

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago After a nuclear holocaust, would cockroaches really be the last creatures standing? That's a question for the same people who've tested whether you can jump in a falling elevator to save yourself, whether throwing a toaster into a bathtub really will electrocute someone and whether dropping a penny from a skyscraper is lethal. The Discovery Channel's Mythbusters are at the Hanford nuclear reservation this week to get to the bottom of the nuclear survival myth. The experiment required 200 cockroaches from a scientific supply company. Fifty will get no radiation so they can be used as a control group. Another 50 will be exposed to 1,000 rad of radiation, the exposure that's lethal to humans. It gets worse from there for the bugs. The next 50 will be exposed to 10,000 rad and the final to 100,000 rad. The show is expected to air in about 4 months.


Congressional Hearing on Troubled 'Troubled Teen' Camps

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago First, we have this press release from a Statistics Watchdog Group in advance of a hearing held on Capitol Hill. You have to know that when the statisticians are after you, you have really screwed up. Then we have the congressional press release from the House Education and Labor Committee, complete with direct links (PDF warning) to the report and to transcripts of the testimony of several witnesses (1, 2, 3), from the hearing held this week. This is all about a new government report just released that found thousands of allegations of child abuse at private residential treatment programs between 1990 and 2007. Many were horrific. The report also examined in detail ten cases (from many more) of child abuse and neglect that resulted in death between 1990 and 2004. Of course, for those of us who remember (start from the beginning) the Slashdot series Voices from the HellMouth, we have to ask "who are the kids in these camps?"(via)


'We don't do open source because there's no one to sue'

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago Linux is carrying a detailed article regarding the security debate raging in corporations about using Open Source. One interesting quote: "We don't do open source because my lawyer says there's no one to sue," says Phil Maier, vice president of information security at Inovant, Visa's technology deployment division. "The lawyers had the final say." Maybe Shakespeare was right after all ....


Global Rent a Scope

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago Internet Astronomy has taken off in a big way. Highlighted by shows like the recent PBS special, Seeing in the Dark, digital imaging and the internet have combined to make many more resources available for the amateur astronomer than were possible even just a few years ago. Now we even have sites like Global-Rent-a-Scope, which let you control a network of research grade telescopes over the Internet with your web browser. This permits amateurs to perform real research, and make important contributions in a number of fields.


PC World declares Laptop bag 'Incompatible with Mac Laptops'

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  more than 6 years ago Earth to PC World. You have a problem. Via the Register The British retailer stocks a variety of bags including the Pakuma backpack, which it describes on its website as having been specifically "designed for endurance and travel". It goes on to explain that "strong and robust material has been used to make the bags to ensure you will use your Pakuma bag for years to come". One purchaser had a problem with a bag after several months of extensive travel. Since he had only purchased it a few months previously so he decided to return to PC World and request an exchange. However, "I was told, in no uncertain terms, that the bag that I had purchased was 'incompatible with Mac laptops'." This is getting to be as bad as BestBuy or Taco Bell and Two Dollar Bills


Comcast Slightly Clarifies High Speed Extreme Use Policy

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  about 7 years ago Comcast has finally clarified what "excessive use" is as any customer who downloads the equivalent of 30,000 songs, 250,000 pictures or 13 million emails in a month. In short, even if you played a marathon World of Warcraft session for weeks while downloading the massive amount of demos on Xbox 360 and sprinkled with the not so massive amount of demos on the PlayStation Network, you are still not close to getting banned on Comcast. And even I would have a question about a home account sending out 13,000,000 emails in a single month.


Dmoz Extortion

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  about 7 years ago I just came across this report iun which a DMOZ editor has apparently tried to shake down a blogger for cash for continued listing in DMOZ.

A while back I got a email from a guy claiming to be a DMOZ editor saying that I had to pay him $5,000.00 or he would have my site [...] removed from the dmoz. I thought nothing of it.... then today I got a email from him saying it was removed and I might want to rethink not paying him. I thought I would check just for grins. It was removed... WOW

Of course this opens an interesting can of worms for debate.


First Person Shooter Syndrome

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  about 7 years ago In the virtual gaming world, a plague has ravaged the population, and this time, head crabs and flaming skulls that turn you into Zombies are not the problem. The new illness is a psychological one. It is called 'FPSS' or 'First Person Shooter Syndrome.' FPSS is a psychological condition that causes gamers to feel like they are in a first person shooter, when they are really walking around in the real world. FPSS can apparently lead to paranoia and aversion to certain surroundings such as railroads and industrial warehouses, and certain problems dealing with the real world. Yes, it's satire.


Efficency of Programming Languages vs. Legal Languages

Alien54 Alien54 writes  |  about 7 years ago Both legal documents and computer programs are written in a language that looks somewhat like English, but isn't. You may recognize many words, but you are sadly mistaken if you think that fluency in English translates into LEGAL or COBOL. On the other hand, Legal is a lousy language as far compared to C, or even Cobol. Why is this so?

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