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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

Killer Instinct Re:Dust? (133 comments)

Its coming...with one hand apparently...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Killer Instinct My experience (392 comments)

If you can get a job in the field you would like, then it doesn't matter. How you go about getting the first job isn't clear (or wasnt clear to me at first) but here is how I did it. I got a job as a very very low paid software tech (under $10/hr in the mid '90s), then met a contractor who told me about contracting. I sent out 20-30 resumes to job shops (used CE Weekly). Got my first job (1800 miles away) as a contract systems engineer. Talked my new boss out there into letting me code. 6 months later was hired as a contract software engineer back at the place I originally started as a software tech. The rest is history. Have almost 20 years experience now. And I have no colleg or university degree. So i'm not so sure it matters what degree you have, as long as you can code and understand technical problems and solve them not just patch them(engineering). A degree probably makes it 100% easier to get that first job, BUT its not the only way.. (hence the type of degree wont/doesnt matter)

about two weeks ago
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Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue

Killer Instinct Re:HAL9000 (143 comments)

Dave's not here, man....

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

Killer Instinct Re:From someone who *was* in healthcare IT (150 comments)

BTW, one of the sites i worked for was located in the same terremark data center, in culpepper virginia, as healthcare.gov was hosted in. I was able to get it moved to a different host finally. But terremark, i believe, still hosts healthcare.gov...security as tight as a whales ass..bunch of old web applicances tied together with yarn and chicken wire....assume everything you type into healthcare.gov is being sent directly to ISIS and you probably wont be to disappointed when only a few script kiddies and the NSA have your data

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

Killer Instinct From someone who *was* in healthcare IT (150 comments)

I am not posting this AC cause I dont care, you need to know..,.I just left the healthcare IT industry after 4 years...because security was a sham. It was up to me, the admin, to go on my own and secure everything. I had to do this after hours, on my on time, cause during the core business hours I had to do releases, stand up more servers, baby sit the dev's, fix customer SSO issues, etc. Developers run the web sites..dont believe me..well try to get Ruby devs to change the code ruby auto generates from "Select * from users" to only select the user. Try to make the DB not return a query formed like that. try to break the tables apart so when the code is trying to verify a user who is loggin in, the same row doesnt contain EVERYTHING about them.The devs shit bricks and bitch they cant meet schedule... cause THATS HOW RUBY WANTS IT (or java to some extent). and these are the devs on US soil. the ones in india dont really care, they get paid by the hour, a low amount, so why not argue over shit like this for weeks and miss schedule and drive up the cost(their income) I have worked for two large healthcare websites, that currently hold around 100+ million US users PHI data, and the systems are not as secure as they should be. If they were targeted, they would fold. I know because for some long periods of time i was the ONLY admin at these sites. when i try to lock some things down, ruby or java broke. The customer wants a new feature, by next week, then we did it. Customers like CVS pharmacy, Cigna, Humana. Not to mention the the majority of US companies are going towards a tele-health option for their employees. So when YOU get that letter in the mail saying you now havea tele-health option, guess what, we already have ALL your personal data, from your employer.. whether you choose to sign up or not. Im not saying telehealth is a bad idea, just that in today's society, profit drives everything, security is way down the list of priorities...and as these breaches continue to happen, remember it is not THE ADMINS fault...we can only do so much. yes this is Obamas fault, he is like the CEO. every CEO i have worked for has been more concerned with profit, schedule, capabilities then securing YOUR data.

about three weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Killer Instinct Re:Anarchist Cookbook (231 comments)

ah the good ole days. We got caught using primers (the kind in pistol ammo) as loads for our sling shots. I once set one off, in Elementary school, using a thumb tack and the chair leg. Cracked the tile, bent the leg. Was sent to principles office, got reprimanded. They tried to suspend me for violating the student handbook rule of not bringing a firearm to school... Which I argued I did not bring a firearm, its a primer.... the next year there was a change to the handbook. But back to tech, I tried a lot of things on the computer (TI99 4/a then a C64) back in the day when I was learning/experimenting. Once I was on a gov't computer looking around (never did any harm) and the sysop asked me to not get log on anymore. That was the extent of punishment/security back in the day. And for the record, I did not log back in to that system...

about a month ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

Killer Instinct Re:"Stuff that matters" (169 comments)

Its a "advert" to drive hits to DICE.COM :/

about a month ago
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Ask Steve Wozniak Anything

Killer Instinct Re:Education (612 comments)

I had hoped by now we would have computers in the classroom teaching, with teachers available to answer the questions various students had along the way. My kids are a lot like me in school, bored out of their mind most of the time. (although they seem to not get in as much trouble as i did) And it seems like the class material is being watered down to help with the gap between various students range of understanding, but that really hurts everyone.
As a follow up question...Would computers presenting material at the speed of each students understanding be at least a small step towards " when a computer becomes conscious and caring and becomes the best friend that each student wants to be with.." And if so, what is the biggest hurdle of getting a system like that in place? Hardware costs? Software costs? Voter apathy towards education?
-KI

about 2 years ago
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Ask Steve Wozniak Anything

Killer Instinct Education (612 comments)

Woz,
What changes would you recommend to fix the K-12 education system in the u.s. ?
-KI

about 2 years ago
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Even Windows 8 Users Prefer Windows 7

Killer Instinct Re:Makes sense? (436 comments)

impossible, it is not. very costly is more accurate...its done all the time. think FAA certification or FDA certification.

about 2 years ago
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NZ Broke the Law Spying On Kim Dotcom, PM Apologizes

Killer Instinct US govt has apologized before (235 comments)

here although it only goes through 2003...but yes it has happened..perhaps 2003 was the last time...

about 2 years ago
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Tesla Reveals Charging Station Sites In 3 US States

Killer Instinct Re:Huge increase in total travel time (332 comments)

What if I drive past you at 90, stop for 30 min to charge up, and repeat....(technically im averaging 45 mph)... u want me to lose my license? GTFO

about 2 years ago
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FAA Permits American Airlines To Use iPads In Cockpit "In All Phases of Flight"

Killer Instinct Re:You can be specific about fuel savings (372 comments)

I worked on the Flight Management System (back in 98-99) for the Boeing 777. It could take off, fly the designated route, and land without any human intervention. I would not be surprised if there have been flights using only the FMS and no human interaction. The reason given why they were not using it was no one would fly on a plane without a human pilot...not that the pilot HAD to fly the plane. Chances are there are flights everyday where the pilot is just along to make u feel "safe".

about 2 years ago
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I go through keyboards ...

Killer Instinct Re:Letter erosion and touch typing (341 comments)

same here. a combo of a few fingers usually works best (i.e. do u look at her face and see the results of your fingers, i didnt think so)

about 2 years ago

Submissions

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Anonymous says its taking down Fox News Site Nove

Killer Instinct Killer Instinct writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Killer Instinct (851436) writes "To combat what it calls Fox News' "continued, right-wing conservative propaganda," the video announces the kickoff of "Operation Fox Hunt," and says that on Nov. 5, Anonymous members will destroy the Fox News website, (the video does not specify how). Not only does the video promise to take down the news site, but Anonymous, the video says, will "also engage in a propaganda campaign of our own to show them how it feels to be chastised."
>So what do they mean by destroy the web site? Its one thing to do a DoS, or even hack in and change the front page. But to destroy the web site would take a lot more then anonymous has done before."

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Xbox Live users suffering hacked accounts

Killer Instinct Killer Instinct writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Killer Instinct (851436) writes "Microsoft responded to complaints that their XBOX Live network had been hacked ...oeWe do not have any evidence the Xbox LIVE service has been compromised. We take the security of our service seriously and work on an ongoing basis to improve it against evolving threats. However, a limited number of members have contacted us regarding unauthorized access to their accounts by outside individuals. We are working with our impacted members directly to resolve any unauthorized changes to their accounts.

So the only thing they have done is ...."Microsoft's response has been to lock down affected accounts for 25 days while the company investigates the charges."
Has your XBOX Live account been compromised?
"

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Blackberry Outage caused by March on Wall Street h

Killer Instinct Killer Instinct writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Killer Instinct (851436) writes ""The banker is one of millions of BlackBerry users in various regions around the world who have been plagued by service disruptions over the last three days, with North American users of Research in Motion's popular handheld device being the latest to get hit on Wednesday."

Rumors abound that Anonymous may be in on this too. Seems the march on wall street and banks got interesting."

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Content Management vs Framework

Killer Instinct Killer Instinct writes  |  about 7 years ago

Killer Instinct (851436) writes "Which would you recommend, content management system or a framework? If it matters, PHP is the underlying language. I work in a small group developing internal web pages for our company. We call them "tools" since they basically enforce a process and allow for metrics to be produced for management. The group started with 2 people 6 years ago, but now we have a few more members of our team. PHP was selected at the start, and has worked fine. However we are now at a point where a Framework or a Content Management system could allow us to be more productive, and are at a crossroads. We do have new tools to create, but basically everything is tied together with a backend database and code, which link many of what used to, and are often used as, standalone tools together. Most of the group can write decent SQL, a few of us are engineers, and a few are programmers. From your experience, what is the deciding factor to make a change to a framework, and when do you think a content management system should be used, instead of a framework."

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Effect of Speed on cells

Killer Instinct Killer Instinct writes  |  more than 2 years ago from Time Dilation Wiki
"one year of travel might correspond to ten years at home. Indeed, a constant 1 g acceleration would permit humans to travel through the entire known Universe in one human lifetime."

So why is the biological clock which controls cells slowed down if time is a dimension? Shouldn't our biological clocks be independent ?

-KI

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