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New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

Old Fatty Baldman Re:IE EIGHT? (134 comments)

A hundred bucks? Gosh, considering they probably bought Windows XP over a decade ago, they would have needed to save up about 80 cents a month to afford that upgrade. [Shakes fist at those fat cats in Redmond.]

about 2 months ago

What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

Old Fatty Baldman Re:The human is just a passenger (301 comments)

Google. Better one: If the company that made the car goes out of business, do you have to start paying for insurance?

about 2 months ago

Static Electricity Defies Simple Explanation

Old Fatty Baldman subaday (86 comments)

"They gently heated fresh grains to liberate the trapped electrons and let them "relax" back into less energetic states...The tally showed that the beads start out with far too few trapped electrons to explain the static buildup" Jared!!!

about 2 months ago

Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

Old Fatty Baldman Re:Centralized Control... (564 comments)

A long time ago I worked in a place that had a lab full of test machines and a team web server, which were on adjacent shelves. About once every year or so, they would hire a new contractor and say, "those are your test boxes over there," then be utterly shocked when he flattened the web server later that day. Switching from SCCM to a guy with sneakers and a LiveCD isn't a magic bullet.

about 2 months ago

Finding More Than One Worm In the Apple

Old Fatty Baldman Re:From whence the headline? (116 comments)

...testing that would have caught this bug would have involved creating tests that virtually duplicated the system under test...

This isn't even remotely true. Each one of the 'if' statements in the function could have been tested with a certificate that was broken in the way that the statement was checking for:

foreach (cert in MyBigAssCollectionOfCerts)

I'm guessing the test team (if they had one) didn't have a tool for creating a broken cert for each case.

about 2 months ago

US Navy Develops World's Worst E-reader

Old Fatty Baldman Re:Very bad summary title (249 comments)

Still, it sounds like they've spent millions of dollars on it and only produced 300 units. Doesn't that count as failure, when you could just buy a Kindle off the shelf, apply some exacto-knifing to break the wireless and USB, then hermetically epoxy it shut?

about 3 months ago

US Navy Develops World's Worst E-reader

Old Fatty Baldman Re:There's a reason books can't be updated (249 comments)

I've always thought it was admirable how the cell phone towers at the airport can handle 200 people turning on their cell phones simultaneously when the plane lands. I can see how it would be less than desirable to have 5000 GSM and WiFi enabled devices transmitting aboard your aircraft carrier.

about 3 months ago

Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

Old Fatty Baldman Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (634 comments)

Fortran is 40% QBasic and 60% OMFG ALL CAPS. Ideal for folks who are fundamentally ignorant of software development. You think I jest... SUBROUTINE SUB1(X,DUMSUB) INTEGER N, X EXTERNAL DUMSUB COMMON /GLOBALS/ N IF(X .LT. N)THEN X = X + 1 PRINT *, 'x = ', X CALL DUMSUB(X,DUMSUB) END IF END

about 3 months ago

Luke Prosthetic Arm Approved By FDA

Old Fatty Baldman Re:Wait, I'm confused (59 comments)

Because you presumably aren't going to ask your health insurance or medicare to pay for that wicked-cool bionic third arm?

about 3 months ago

The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

Old Fatty Baldman Through... (264 comments)


about 3 months ago

Europe's Cybersecurity Policy Under Attack

Old Fatty Baldman Re:What a nice dream.... (22 comments)

From what I've seen, government-mandated security auditing results in two things: 1) 10%-20% of your IT staff is always offline while they try to figure out why they can't log in today. (What was the 20 character password I used for that one account in the Prague datacenter?) 2) The auditing misses all of the gaping holes in the home-brewed software running in the datacenter.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

Old Fatty Baldman Re:Well.. (245 comments)

He mentioned ICE papers. Do you want *your* tax dollars paying for the disposal of some unidentifiable foreigner's charred remains?

about 3 months ago

Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Old Fatty Baldman Re:it wasn't botched (1198 comments)

I don't think so. His painful death was an accident, just as much as if he'd slipped on a banana peel and brained himself on the way to the execution chamber.

about 3 months ago

The Ways Programming Is Hard

Old Fatty Baldman Re:It's hard but not that hard (278 comments)

7) independent thinking about things involving organizing other humans who were hired to do independent thinking but actually turn out to be duds who come in at 11:00 and just sit around drinking the free coke for six months then get pissed off when they don't get "genius" on their performance review then they go around trying to start a rebellion and eventually need to get canned and escorted out by security and you inevitably see them come back in three months as a vendor and as sad as that is at least it reminds you you'll never be out of work (even harder than that)

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

Old Fatty Baldman Re:Slow follower (179 comments)

That's a little off-topic, but at the same time, I think comparing a surface to a Linux tablet makes more sense than comparing a Surface to an iPad or an Android tablet: The Surface is a full-featured PC in a tablet form factor, but iPad and Android are basically spiffed-up cell phones in a tablet form factor.

about 3 months ago

DarkMarket, the Decentralized Answer To Silk Road, Is About More Than Just Drugs

Old Fatty Baldman Re:People are willing to trust some random softwar (251 comments)

Considering how hard it is to find "accidentally leak a couple of bits of your private key" bugs when you've got the original source code, I don't know if that improves the situation. I'm too lazy to click around and find out, but I assume they published their protocol so there can be multiple implementations of the client.

about 3 months ago

DarkMarket, the Decentralized Answer To Silk Road, Is About More Than Just Drugs

Old Fatty Baldman Re:So go ahead - what are the legitimate uses of t (251 comments)

I like Cuban rum and cigars, and I disagree with the outdated embargo law that prevents me from getting them at the local rum and cigar store.

about 3 months ago

Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

Old Fatty Baldman Re:Not all vegetarians would like vegetarian meat. (466 comments)

People are so fervently against giving up meat because the substitutes that have been put forth (tofu, soy) generally suck in most forms people consume them in.

What would happen if you gave up meat but didn't substitute it with anything? Go to a vegetarian Indian restaurant sometime and see if you can't have a perfectly tasty, filling meal without eating any meat or "substitute" thereof.

about 3 months ago


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