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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

Lawrence_Bird another "Meta" study (348 comments)

the soft sciences have a hard enough time reproducing the results of even one study and yet these guys (and they are not alone) are doing meta analysis of many other studies. Uncle. I would love to see how they calculated their error bars.

4 days ago
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

Lawrence_Bird Re:stop already (331 comments)

Why thank you for putting me in the tech industry after twenty in finance. But it is true, before I was in finance I was in "IT" for three years. And now I dabble in app development.

As to women plumbers - virtually any plumber is freakin rich. Have you hired one to do work (most often on the 'omfg get here an hour ago!' basis)? The point was that there are many career tracks available to women which can pay extremely well.

Unfortunately, people seem hell bent on seeing discrimination and other boogie men around every corner. Just as an FYI, when I was in IT, in that Arpanet only age, every boss I had was ... gasp... a woman! And I know this might really throw you for a loop. The next level up (VP that is) were also women.

5 days ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

Lawrence_Bird Re:90 days may be a little short (261 comments)

You are a freakin idiot. Go tell your boss that you are releasing your "patch" into his production system and then plan to submit more "revised" patches when new problems/incompatabilities are found. Please do not ever work for a bank or aerospace company.

about a week ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

Lawrence_Bird Re:But CERT Also Allows Variances (261 comments)

You really woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. Crime? There is no obligation by any of these companies to you to repair or replace any of the flaws. You license (or buy outright) the software AS IS. That you may also buy some type of "service contract" that provides for periodic ugrades, updates and fixes does not in any way oblige the software producer to fix any one specific flaw.

You may not like that system and you can certainly chose to go open source... where btw, who is guilty of the "crime" when a flaw is not fixed for months or years?

about a week ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Lawrence_Bird Hey Dems! (554 comments)

Hows that hope and change thing feelin on ya right now? You really thought he was different. A civil libertarian. Wow. Talk about gullible.

about a week ago
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

Lawrence_Bird stop already (331 comments)

you know what? most stylists are women or gay men. Oh no, I'm being discriminated against! And women plumbers are totally under represented (though the ones who are doing it are freakin rich).

Perhaps its time to consider whether anyone has asked the question: do women really really want to work in IT? Or do they prefer other professions? Accounting? Sales? Something else?

about a week ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

Lawrence_Bird 90 days may be a little short (261 comments)

but in principle I agree with what Google is doing. In effect they are trying to destroy the market for zero day exploits and forcing the companies involved to not site on their hands and hope nobody uses them.. like cybercriminals and the various three letter agencies.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Lawrence_Bird your needs and commitment level? (402 comments)

From the description "to migrate my homebrew router/firewall/samba server to one of the BSDs" it sounds like you need/want more than just a straight forward firewall. Based on that observation, I would go with FreeBSD. It has the largest install base, a great handbook, many online guides and a lot of helpful people on irc, etc.

If it were just the firewall alone you could make an argument for OpenBSD and while you can probably still do all the other stuff, you will probably be more frustrated when you run into problems. While I would like to recommend the red headed step child of NetBSD, been there, done that, only FreeBSD now.

about two weeks ago
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Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

Lawrence_Bird Major? (257 comments)

Like Charlie Whosit major? We are so weak and pathetic. What was the toll? 10? 15? More people probably choked and died eating fast food that day. And thousands march supposedly to defend "freedom of speech" at the same time their leaders/legislators wish to take as much of it away as possible.

Oh did anybody march in Nigeria this week? Last month? How many world "leaders" showed up there? More died as a result of terrorism there in the past month than probably in the past five years (if not quite a bit more) in Europe.

Terrorism as existed for ages. To get wound up and bent out of shape the way people do now over a handful of deaths is insane and contributes to the continuation of the attacks.. If this is the best that Al or Bob Qaeda and ISIS can manage can't we all just give it a freakin rest? It is one thing to feel some sorrow for the families of those kiled but quite another for whole societies to change their principals and ways of life.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Lawrence_Bird Streisand effect (872 comments)

just fucking ignore those people then. Skip the "news" reports. Don't go to those "offensive" websites.

And this idiotic notion of "hate" speech or "hate" crimes. Does it really matter why someone murdered you? Murder is a crime. So is assault. So is battery. And to our German friends - are the printed words of Hitler and associates really that scary? Or are you just pathetically weak of mind that you would fall for that tripe again?

When society gets to the point of legislating "offend no one" we all might as well put a gun to our heads as its just not worth living anymore.

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

Lawrence_Bird The UK is an evil place (329 comments)

as is its little brothers Australia and NZ. Canada gets a pass since they have hockey.

about two weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

Lawrence_Bird Know for years (490 comments)

isn't it hilarious how MI-5 says these attacks show why they need even more super powers... yet forget the fact they had these guys on watch lists for years. I mean, even Santa checks the list twice, right?

about two weeks ago
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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

Lawrence_Bird Re:sue them. (165 comments)

you mean.. sue the pants of them, don't you?

about two weeks ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

Lawrence_Bird Re:Take the snark elsewhere (681 comments)

He's doing important work explaining science in a comprehensible way to a lot of people who aren't scientists

A lot of people are engaged in public endeavours of all types. Yet few have their own cult followings.

People make important decisions based on whether they understand science.

Some people make such decisions, most do not.

Would you prefer your doctor treat you based on mythology instead of science?

A doctor for all intents is a scientist.

Scientists in general are terrible at public relations so having some guys like NDGT who are actually good at it is hugely beneficial to all of us.

Generally the people who view him (or Cox) as particularly "good" are those who don't need to watch. The Fox only ratings of "Cosmos" were pretty dismal so maybe we should also rethink NDGT's "appeal" to the wider community?

about three weeks ago
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FBI Monitoring Hacking Targets For Retaliation

Lawrence_Bird Ok for them (96 comments)

but not ok for anyone else. this is what happens when governments routinely skirt the law.

about three weeks ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

Lawrence_Bird Who gives a rats? (681 comments)

Why on earth people are so infatuated with Neil DeGrasse Tyson or Brian Cox (UK) is beyond me. What's next? People magazine, science edition?

about a month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

Lawrence_Bird Re: Collosal waste of money (219 comments)

The "space" program involves far more than the ISS. The ISS was a giant money suck which I'm sure fed many a corporation and congress critter's constituents. Beyond that, hard to find anything of significant value from ISS to justify the cost.

about a month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

Lawrence_Bird Collosal waste of money (219 comments)

Certainly one of the biggest boondoggles ever. At an estimated cost of $150B through 2015, that is $24 million per day! (based on 6250 days by end of 2015). Extending the math, that is just over $1.5 million per orbit.

And for what? What inventions or unique processes have been discovered or perfected and put into use on earth to better our own lives? What scientific results have been significant? (I won't even ask for memorably significant) What non-human experiments were done what could not have been done far cheaper by other means? Did the TV news ever lede with "An incredible scientific breakthrough by astronauts/researchers on ISS was announced today...."

Using just a third of that money, NASA (and lets be honest, almost the entire cost is paid by the US) could have spent over $6B more on exploratory missions to each of the other 8 planets (including Pluto). And still had $100B left over to spend on projects, scientific or otherwise, at home.

about a month ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

Lawrence_Bird What the UK needs now is (360 comments)

the Sex Pistols. God you are a miserable fucking country.

about 1 month ago
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'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

Lawrence_Bird Tremendous Fail (163 comments)

He has no standing. This is not a book written by Snowden so there is no "preapproval" requirement. The movie is a journalistic documentary. Is same complainant also suing WaPo, NYT, LAT, etc for releasing the same information and being paid?

I wonder, is he suing over the "We shot Bin Laden" movie? All of that was also classified.

about a month ago

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Plummeting BDP on High Speed Lines

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "In trying to track down a tcp problem today I've stumbled upon what seems to be a nasty little issue — incredibly low ping times!

I have a 25Mbps line and in checking RTT to places I frequent, I found that the times are tanking. Not that long ago, a fast link was like 60ms with most around 90-120ms, twice that overseas. Now many are coming in the 45-80ms range. But quite a few others, like youtube (6ms) google (7.5ms), apple (15ms) cbs.com (20ms) slashdot (30ms) , are a lot shorter.

This presents a very difficult problem. How to best tune RWIN? The rule of thumb had been to make rwin just greater than your typical BDP and most information on the topic is written at a time when high speed lines were starting to appear but latency was still high (>100ms). But now we have a situation where yes, rated speeds are high, but latency has dived to next to nothing for major internet sites but may still be high(er) elsewhere creating not a 2 or 3 to 1 range of RTTs but instead as high as 25 or 30x!

To optimize for google would require setting it to under 24,000 bytes. In fact, any average ping time below 48ms will (I think) saturate if RWIN is over 65,535 (the point at which scaling would take over). Yet there are still a goodly number of places that are over 80ms (say stanford.edu) and of course europe and asia can be 200ms.

So I am curious what others are doing to tune RWIN to provide the necessary throughput on the longer latency runs against these now incredibly short pings"
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Ron Paul Raises More Than $3M Online in 18 hours

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Republican Presidential candidate has raised in excess of $3 million since midnight. Grassroots supporters organized a 'money bomb' campaign for 5 November — Guy Fawkes day (remember, remember the 5th of Novemeber). At about 5:50pm EST, the total passed the $3 mio mark and is on a pace for over $4 mio by midnight. The NY Times political blog has more details."
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Ron Paul More Cash On Hand Than McCain

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Longshot Republican presidential hopeful and internet phenom Ron Paul (TX-14) reported today his campaign has more cash on hand ($2.4M) than does John McCain ($2M) and only slightly less than Mitt Romney ($3M excluding his personal loans). Paul's spokesman noted(nytimes) that most of the donations were via the internet and that Paul is able to run a much more frugal campaign (he has only 11 staffers) because of his wide spread support via sites such as youtube and meetup. The campaign was also the first to provide an iPhone specific platform to allow access to campaign materials."

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