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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

Amorymeltzer Re:Exploit that only affects Mac and Linux (163 comments)

I actually like this piece which makes the argument that it's not a bug, but a feature:

I would argue that the bash security concern is not a bug. It is clearly a feature. Admittedly, a misguided and misimplemented feature, but still a feature. The problem is that it was designed 25 years ago. ...The problem we have is not a bash bug, but is basically similar to the Ariane 5 bug: using a component from an earlier systems out of specifications.

2 days ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

Amorymeltzer Re:How many? (342 comments)

Buggy whip makers went out of business because people did not want buggy whips.

Exactly. Nobody stopped cars (or highways) because the buggy whip makers weren't allowed to restrict development and innovation. That would've been crazy. The argument the GP is making is that to allow ABC et al. to shut down Aereo would be akin to letting buggy whip makers prevent cars. Which would be absurd. Reductio ad absurdum, some might say.

about 5 months ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Amorymeltzer Re:Nuclear is obvious, an energy surplus is desire (433 comments)

Nuclear is cleaner than coal barring an accident. Coal is guaranteed to kill and hurt people. With Nuclear you at least have a chance of everyone being healthy.

I beg to differ: nuclear is cleaner than coal even if you include accidents. The calculations on that page are admittedly from early 2011, but it accounts for 4,000 deaths from Chernobyl. I could add up a bunch more from Wikipedia, but screw that, lets just throw in Hiroshima and Nagasaki into the mix - about 250,000 deaths. And then let's round that to an even one million for the heck of it.

The death rate is still lower than coal by an order of magnitude. Nuclear is cleaner than coal even if you include 4x the deaths of atomic acts of war.

That whole piece is fascinating, especially for insights such as

Coal and fossil fuel deaths usually do not include deaths caused during transportation. The more trucking and rail transport is used then the more deaths there are. The transportation deaths are a larger component of the deaths in the USA than direct industry deaths. Moving 1.2 billion tons of coal takes up 40% of the freight rail traffic and a few percent of the trucking in the USA.

and

Those who talk about PV solar power (millions of roofs) need to consider roof worker safety. About 1000 construction fatalities per year in the US alone. 33% from working at heights. Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. An average of 362 fatal falls occurred each year from 1995 to 1999, with the trend on the increase.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Amorymeltzer Block 'em all (423 comments)

I work in a lab in a large research university, and they are taking it very seriously. All of our lab machines are being swapped out for Windows 7 - a non-trivial task given some of the individual software for certain lab machines is... clunky at best. Any computer that must stay running XP (because the instrument's software requires it) will be removed from the network. Personally, I only run XP (for said lab purposes) in VirtualBox, completely cut off from the web. There has even been serious discussion amongst school administrators to proactively block any machine running XP from even connecting to the school's network. Drastic, perhaps, but I can understand it from their point of view.

about 6 months ago
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Happy Pi Day

Amorymeltzer Re:Rest of World (218 comments)

This is the first Pi day that Americans can co-celebrate with their international brethren.
03/14/14 Vs. 14/03/14

about 7 months ago
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Iran's Hacking of US Navy 'Extensive,' Repairs Took $10M and 4 Months

Amorymeltzer Re:Asymetrical warfare (147 comments)

Asymmetrical? Heard of a little thing called Stuxnet? Centrifuges, uranium, and control systems aren't exactly cheap either.

about 7 months ago
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Google's Motorola Adventure: Stinging Defeat, Or Semi-Victory?

Amorymeltzer Re:Wait is youtube that profitable? (139 comments)

Well, according to Variety it is:

YouTube is expected to generate about $5.6 billion in gross advertising revenue worldwide this year, according to a report from research firm eMarketer — an estimate considerably higher than previous Wall Street forecasts.

Google doesn’t break out financial results of YouTube, the Internet’s No. 1 video destination by a wide margin. The eMarketer analysis, based on data points gathered from multiple research reports, tops previous projections for 2013 from firms including Jefferies & Co.’s $4.5 billion and Barclays Capital’s $3.6 billion.

YouTube will net $1.96 billion in ad revenue, up 66% from 2012, after paying content and ad partners, according to eMarketer. YouTube’s projected $1.1 billion in U.S. net revenue would represent 6.3% of all of Google’s net ad revenues for the year, the firm estimated.

About 79% of YouTube’s U.S. ad revenue is from video advertising, with an estimated $850 million in for the year. That would give it a 20.5% share of the overall $4.15 billion U.S. video ad market. In 2014, eMarketer estimates YouTube video-ad revenue to hit $1.22 billion taking a 21.1% share.

To analyze YouTube revenue, eMarketer said it developed forecasting models based on third-party research on its ad revenue, ad impressions, rates, usage, partner fees and other figures.

about 8 months ago
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The Mystery/Myth of the $3 Million Google Engineer

Amorymeltzer Minor error (173 comments)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, the average salary for an application software developer was $93,000, with only 90% of such developers making more than $139,000 in salary.

That should be 10%, from the BLS data he quotes.

about 9 months ago
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Watch Out, Amazon: DHL Tests Drug-Delivery Drone

Amorymeltzer Re:Laugh =) (134 comments)

You may be joking, but Samy isn't:

Today Amazon announced they're planning to use unmanned drones to deliver some packages to customers within five years. Cool! How fun would it be to take over drones, carrying Amazon packagesor take over any other drones, and make them my little zombie drones. Awesome.

Using a Parrot AR.Drone 2, a Raspberry Pi, a USB battery, an Alfa AWUS036H wireless transmitter, aircrack-ng, node-ar-drone, node.js, and my SkyJack software, I developed a drone that flies around, seeks the wireless signal of any other drone in the area, forcefully disconnects the wireless connection of the true owner of the target drone, then authenticates with the target drone pretending to be its owner, then feeds commands to it and all other possessed zombie drones at my will.

SkyJack also works when grounded as well, no drone is necessary on your end for it to work. You can simply run it from your own Linux machine/Raspberry Pi/laptop/etc and jack drones straight out of the sky.

about 10 months ago
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Facebook Patents Inferring Income of Users

Amorymeltzer Do they get royalties (129 comments)

Whenever someone uses a correlation statistic? What about when someone uses a set of data to infer something about other populations?

It may sound an awful lot like they patented statistics, correlations, and sampling, but it's different 'cause it's on a social network. Totally different.

about 10 months ago
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King James Programming

Amorymeltzer Re:Hey!!! (184 comments)

Given their repository it should be trivial.

about 10 months ago
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You're Invited: Take a Look At Slashdot's New Beta

Amorymeltzer Poll now REALLY unscientific (69 comments)

I know the poll was never really valid, but now when I vote it takes me to the results, and presents me with the same poll but I'm not blocked out. Voting again immediately does in fact update the numbers.

1 year,12 hours
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You're Invited: Take a Look At Slashdot's New Beta

Amorymeltzer Option for public terminals (69 comments)

The "this is a public terminal" option was prominently displayed but is no longer there. That's a minor and simple piece of the site that could have a major impact for an individual.

1 year,12 hours
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Predictors of Suicidal Behavior Found In Blood

Amorymeltzer Re:Combined mood and mental state (209 comments)

FTFA:

When the biomarkers were combined with clinical measures of mood and mental state, the accuracy with which researchers could predict hospitalizations jumped from 65% to more than 80%.

about a year ago
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Obama, Romney Data Scientists Strike Out On Their Own

Amorymeltzer Re:Changing for the worse (120 comments)

Politicians mining the data to see which opinions they need to have during the election to get them elected.
Once elected they continue to do what they really wanted to do anyway.

Are broken promises really that much worse than kept bad promises? The triumph of hope over experience depends on the former.

about a year ago
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Def Con Hackers On Whether They'd Work For the NSA

Amorymeltzer Best response? (126 comments)

"At the end of the day, there is no freedom, anyway," he said. "I need to pay my mortgage, I need to feed my family. Guys living in the bushes might be better off, but is that even freedom? Who knows. Here, have a beer. I'm off."

about a year ago

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We like you so much and want to know you better

Amorymeltzer Amorymeltzer writes  |  about a year ago

Amorymeltzer (1213818) writes "When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

You can read an excerpt here."

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Why you won't see or hear the 'I have a dream' speech

Amorymeltzer Amorymeltzer writes  |  about a year ago

Amorymeltzer (1213818) writes "In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, The Washington Post has an opinion piece by lawyer Josh Schiller detailing how copyright will prevent the full speech from being heard or seen by most:

A few months after King delivered the speech, he sent a copy of the address to the U.S. Copyright office and listed the remarks as a “work not reproduced for sale.” In legal terms, this is also known as an unpublished work. He subsequently sued to enjoin two publishers from distributing phonographic reproductions of the address.

Since 1963, King and, posthumously, his estate have strictly enforced control over use of that speech and King’s likeness. A few years ago, the estate received more than $700,000from the nonprofit foundation that created and built the monument to King on the Mall in order to use his words and image. The only legal way to reproduce King’s work — at least until it enters the public domain in 2038 — is to pay for a licensing fee, rates for which vary.

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iPhone 4: Coming soon to Verizon!

Amorymeltzer Amorymeltzer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Amorymeltzer (1213818) writes "Verizon Wireless plans to announce on Tuesday that it will soon begin selling Apple’s iPhone 4, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans.

On Friday afternoon, Verizon invited reporters to a news conference on Tuesday morning at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. The company did not say what it planned to announce, but given the timing less than a week after top Verizon executives gave a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, speculation in tech circles was rampant that Verizon would announce that it would begin selling the iPhone.

“It will significantly shift the power again toward Apple,” said Roger Entner, a telecommunications industry analyst with Recon Analytics. Mr. Entner said that in other countries where the iPhone added new carriers, including Britain, Apple’s market share rose sharply. “Apple will significantly blunt the growth of Android,” he said. Any shift toward the iPhone could be slowed by long-term contracts that may keep some customers from switching. Customers “will not switch the first day,” said Charles Wolf, an analyst with Needham & Company. “It is going to take two years before everyone is out of a contract, but the shift will be dramatic,” Mr. Wolf said.

About frackin' time."

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Lieberman et al. Introduce anti-Wikileaks bill

Amorymeltzer Amorymeltzer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Amorymeltzer (1213818) writes "Sens. John Ensign (R-Nev.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) introduced a bill Thursday aimed at stopping WikiLeaks by making it illegal to publish the names of military or intelligence community informants. ( http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/131885-senators-unveil-anti-wikileaks-legislation ) Leaking information is already a crime, but the proposed SHIELD Act (somebody watched Iron Man 2 recently) would go after publishers of information. Sen. Ensign (recently cleared http://www.8newsnow.com/story/13597653/breaking-news-sen-john-ensign-cleared-by-justice-department) claimed Assange was making US sources "death targets" for Al Qaeda. Of course, since criminal laws can't be retroactive, this will have no bearing on current Wikileaks activity."
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Central Dogma of Genetics maybe not so Central

Amorymeltzer Amorymeltzer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Amorymeltzer (1213818) writes "RNA molecules aren’t always faithful reproductions of the genetic instructions contained within DNA, a new study shows. The finding seems to violate a tenet of genetics so fundamental that scientists call it the central dogma: DNA letters encode information, and RNA is made in DNA’s likeness. The RNA then serves as a template to build proteins.

But a study of RNA in white blood cells from 27 different people shows that, on average, each person has nearly 4,000 genes in which the RNA copies contain misspellings not found in DNA.

Published in ASHG www.ashg.org"

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