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U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

Crudely_Indecent Re:Once more (99 comments)

I can't completely disagree with that, but there will always be someone to maintain the equipment at regular intervals. They're not unmanned 24/7, someone is there occasionally to maintain and service the equipment. These sites would definitely need fuel level monitoring automation. I was thinking more of gas stations and truck stops where the high volume of fuel sold would require constant monitoring of the fuel levels, a mundane task better left to automation.

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U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

Crudely_Indecent Re:Once more (99 comments)

I don't think it's to get rid of people, but taking away a responsibility from unreliable people. There will always be need for someone on site, but can they be trusted to catch a problem (like a low fuel tank) and notify the right people in time to actually do something about it?

The station can't sell gas they don't have, so it's in their best interest to never run out. By connecting them to the internet, an automated system can be used to monitor level and usage to make predictions about when the tank will need to be refilled. A properly configured system would place an order for more fuel with enough lead time that when the fuel truck arrives the station has both not run out, and is in need of refill.

People are unreliable, especially when it comes to repetitive and mundane processes. Machines don't care how often they have to perform an action, neither do they get bored doing them.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

Crudely_Indecent If you're a trailblazer, yes (296 comments)

There are guys like Matthew James Taylor and David Walsh who code new and innovative interfaces and widgets - but even their sites are database driven (even maybe homegrown) CMS that they use to display their code inventions.

I write extensions for a popular CMS which make it more useful for myself and others, but an HTML/CSS only designer will have a tough learning curve to jump into that type of development as there are many languages working in concert (PHP/ASP/Java, JS, JSON, XML, SQL, INI, HTML, CSS, ???) with HTML/CSS being perhaps the least used.

Not that I couldn't, but I wouldn't hand code an entire site these days. Efficiency and productivity is the key now and you just can't compete with a modern CMS in those regards.

3 days ago
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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

Crudely_Indecent Re: Umm, no. (187 comments)

I'm a racist (as usual) says the anonymous coward (Marc, is that you?) who can't accept that I'm not the only one to experience this phenomenon. I've worked with a few very intelligent Indian IT workers, and I love Indian culture (especially the food, mmm-mmm - makhani chicken). I think it's sad that some institutions pushing students out the door without the skills they need are giving a bad reputation to an entire race of people.

about two weeks ago
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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

Crudely_Indecent Re: Umm, no. (187 comments)

That's the problem I've seen with Indian workers as well, and several people I've worked with have seen it too. It seems to be a real problem, because they will not say no to their bosses - about anything. If they're given a task beyond their skillset, they say yes anyway because saying no would be disrespectful (or so I understand).

On one occasion, I was hired to spend a day working with the IT manager of a company in Dallas - to find what was happening with their network performance. I found (poorly configured) routers everywhere. Triple, quadruple, quintuple NAT, cross linked networks - dueling DHCP servers. It was a mess. It turned out that their IT manager managed to graduate his Indian university with a computer science degree and yet knew virtually nothing about anything. When his boss said add another router - he said yes.

I left after turning those routers into switches and restoring the performance they were missing, but not the performance they could have had if they'd put it together with the right parts to begin with.

I was paid in cash, by the IT manager - so I suspect that I was paid out of his pocket to save his job.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Update Will Deal With Opportunity Flash Memory "Amnesia"

Crudely_Indecent Re:Flash memory sucks (52 comments)

I said the same thing until I saw firsthand the performance benefits.

Since then, I've taken a hybrid approach. My laptop ultrabay has a normal magnetic drive, and the primary drive is a 256gb ssd. My system is installed on the SSD, all frequently written directories are mounted on the ultrabay platter drive.

It's not as fast as it could be running entirely from SSD, but I get a big speed boost with the security of magnetic media for my files.

I've had one failure on the SSD, which the manufacturer resolved quickly under warranty. Recovery was simple because even though the SSD failed, all of my user files were safe on the still working platter drive.

about two weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

Crudely_Indecent Re:Remove the goddamn box (320 comments)

I'd probably help them build it (to learn from their mistakes, and make mine better)

about two weeks ago
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Hubble Reveals a Previously Unknown Dwarf Galaxy Just 7 Million Light Years Away

Crudely_Indecent Re:Don't Order From Slashdot Deals (70 comments)

Somewhere, there's an shipping and receiving clerk jamming out to some awesome tunes on his new headphones!

about a month ago
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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

Crudely_Indecent Re:Wait till they see water! (128 comments)

It is the most abundant material on Facebook.

about 2 months ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Crudely_Indecent Re:Summary of Trailer (390 comments)

It doesn't reflect bullets

Haha, right. Jedi/Sith attempts to deflect a bullet - and the light saber wielding bad-ass gets a face full of melted lead and copper jacket.

about 2 months ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Crudely_Indecent Re:Summary of Trailer (390 comments)

So what's Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker's excuse? Anakin was supposedly this technical wizard, why doesn't he have a freaking 12 bladed light saber sphere? Did Vader opt for a plain light saber because he has the cool suit? Did Anakin lose the fine motor control required to construct light saber bad-assery when he was put into the life support suit? Did he just say "fuck it" because - who's he gonna fight?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Crudely_Indecent Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

I've seen the clown car/duggar meme too. When I showed it to my wife, she hated me for it.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Crudely_Indecent Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

There is something you can do about all of those conditions.

With cloud, you just wait for the rain (outage). You can pray (call an outsourced tech support department) for it to stop raining (services restored), but until god (cloud provider) decides the rain is done (fixes the problem), you're getting wet (offline).

That gives me a new "Cloud" tagline:

Cloud - We will definitely rain on your parade.

about 2 months ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

Crudely_Indecent Re:ignorant rubbish (264 comments)

Any SCUBA diver can tell you that an abundance of sand is expelled from the vents of parrot fish, after they eat their favorite coral. Much of it is literally - fish poop.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Crudely_Indecent Re:Against it (613 comments)

way to pimp your incomplete website

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Crudely_Indecent Against it (613 comments)

I'd like to see DST disappear, and a system of time zones based on lines of longitude. Every 15 degrees of longitude from the IDL being an additional hour of timezone offset.

Knowing the timezone for a particular place would become dead simple. Know the location and you know the timezone.

about 3 months ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

Crudely_Indecent Re:It's easy (328 comments)

Why not use something other than a finger? Oops, sorry officer - it seems that my fingerprint doesn't unlock my phone....

Who knew the phone was unlocked by nose-print!

about 3 months ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Crudely_Indecent Re:weev (728 comments)

It's so beyond pointless.

Worse (for him) is the fact that his identity is known now.

At some point he'll target the wrong victim, and he will end up dead - all "for lulz".

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

Crudely_Indecent Re:Just a word of warning (154 comments)

I wish I had mod points because you make several very important statements.

To add to your good advise, I'd say that back exercise is also very important for anyone who has already had a back injury. I've slipped a disk three times. The first time was lifting something that was too heavy for me to lift (I did it, but paid for it and continue to pay for it). Now it's weakened in that area, it comes out easier now. My back exercises and stretching help me to reduce the chances of recurring injuries as a result of my now weakened back.

After my first injury, I spoke to my boss and informed him that I would periodically (maybe a couple of times per day) need to slip off to stretch for 10 minutes or so. Several times I'd have co-workers walk into a conference room for an impromptu meeting only to find me laying on the floor stretching my lower back with a towel on my feet. Since they had seen me walk around for a week using a cane, they understood - but the first few times asked if I needed help. I just said, "no thanks, this IS my recovery"

about 5 months ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Crudely_Indecent Automate it (228 comments)

I've done this many times.

In one instance it wasn't my task, but the task of 2 employees that I was supervising. My boss had given them a task that took each of them 8 hours to complete (turning phone logs into readable reports, daily). One would start the process and hand her work off to the other which was then turned into management at the end of the second shift. Each day, processing the logs from the previous day. At best, the report data was 24 hours old - often indicating trends after it was too late to deal with them.

The IT department had tasked several of their workers to automate the task but none were able to do it over the course of 6 months.

I spent three days learning what these ladies were doing and another three days coding it. When I was done, management could get the report they wanted up to the previous hour, and it was searchable.

At the end of the day, I got two workers back on the phones doing what they were hired to do.

I quit two days later - but that's another story.

about 6 months ago

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NASA Confirms New EM Thruster Violates Laws Of Conservation

Crudely_Indecent Crudely_Indecent writes  |  about 6 months ago

Crudely_Indecent (739699) writes "Mentioned here in a previous story ( http://slashdot.org/story/06/0... ), the EM thruster that generates thrust using no fuel, only electricity has been tested by NASA and confirmed to work!

Is this the Star Trek future tech we've been waiting for?

The NASA report titled "Anomalous Thrust Production from an RF Test Device Measured on a Low-Thrust Torsion Pendulum" was published 3 days ago and can be found here: http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.js... From the abstract:

This paper describes the eight-day August 2013 test campaign designed to investigate and demonstrate viability of using classical magnetoplasmadynamics to obtain a propulsive momentum transfer via the quantum vacuum virtual plasma.

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Joomla! 1.6 released

Crudely_Indecent Crudely_Indecent writes  |  about 4 years ago

Crudely_Indecent (739699) writes "Being an extension developer and a huge fan of Joomla! I was excited when Joomla! 1.6 was released last night. It's been a long wait. This new version brings a more flexible ACL, a content category depth enhancement (beyond the 2 levels offered in versions 1.0 and 1.5), and numerous API enhancements. FTA:

Rebuilt from the ground up in much of the application, this latest Joomla release will delight the casual site builder while helping small, medium, and enterprise businesses succeed in delivering web sites, intranets and applications to their respective markets.

Expect to start seeing sites running the newest version within a few days."
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University of Glasgow pioneers 1000 core processor

Crudely_Indecent Crudely_Indecent writes  |  about 4 years ago

Crudely_Indecent (739699) writes "

Scientists have created an ultra-fast computer chip which is 20 times faster than current desktop computers. Modern PCs have a processor with two, four or sometimes 16 cores to carry out tasks. But the central processing unit (CPU) developed by the researchers effectively had 1,000 cores on a single chip. The developments could usher in a new age of high-speed computing in the next few years for home users frustrated with slow-running systems.

1000 cores could make short work of the video encoding that I'm doing tonight. Lets hope they finish their research soon and put a price tag on this technology!"
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Berners-Lee says Internet access is a right

Crudely_Indecent Crudely_Indecent writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Crudely_Indecent (739699) writes "

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has likened being forced offline to 'imprisonment' and attacked the Digital Economy Act's lack of 'due process'

According to Sir Tim, "freedom to access the internet could even be linked back to Magna Carta.""
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Rupert Murdoch claims to own the "Sky" in "Skype"

Crudely_Indecent Crudely_Indecent writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Crudely_Indecent (739699) writes "Not content to own just the news stories, Rupert Murdoch is now going after individual words!

Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB is fighting a legal battle with the internet telecommunications pioneer Skype, claiming that it owns the “Sky” in “Skype”.

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Crudely_Indecent Crudely_Indecent writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Crudely_Indecent (739699) writes "I've always known that there is something wrong with this country. It was hard to put my finger on. Perhaps it is the fact that we haven't been out of war since WWI. There is always some sort of conflict...some kind of assault on another country, or watching good people become outcasts in their own country because of an accusation of wrongdoing. Or, perhaps it was watching politicians get away with anything, while the rest of us had to watch our every move.

Aaron Russo has produced a film entitled "America - Freedom to Fascism" and I believe it adequately explains much of what I feared about my government. The officials elected to serve us have been serving a different master. If you have two hours to spare, hop over to google video and search for "America Freedom to Fascism Authorized version"

This powerful movie depicts our government as a corrupt and wholly owned entity. It doesn't use accusation to make this point, but the words of our elected officials and court record.

This video has reached the google top 100 overnight."

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Draft on the mind of government officials

Crudely_Indecent Crudely_Indecent writes  |  more than 8 years ago

An article titled "Selective Service to test draft machinery" on San Jose Mercury News
FTA:

The Selective Service System is making plans to test its draft machinery in case Congress and President Bush need it, even though the White House says it doesn't want to bring back the draft.

Members of Congress seem interested in bringing back the draft.

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