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Philips Releases 100W-Equivalent LED Bulb, Runs On Just 23 Watts

OpieTaylor Re:This is why they passed the law (529 comments)

"Having a homosexual marriage is like having dry water."

Cool, I had no idea that human relations were like physical properties. What happens if two men try to marry--do they fly apart like magnets? Dissolve into thin air? Have any pictures of this?

more than 2 years ago

Philips Releases 100W-Equivalent LED Bulb, Runs On Just 23 Watts

OpieTaylor Re:This is why they passed the law (529 comments)

Attila: you tell 'em! It's damned gobmint conspiracy! Next thing you know they'll make us have gay marriages!

more than 2 years ago

NSF Funds Mind-machine Interface Center

OpieTaylor I for one.... (60 comments)

...welcome our new Sensorimotor Neural Engineering overlords.

more than 3 years ago

Vivek Kundra On US Government Inefficiency

OpieTaylor Re:Possibly another reason (306 comments)

phantomfive wrote: "we have Republicans who say, 'government is too big, we need to either cut it or cut its budget'"

You didn't put enough emphasis on the word SAY. Republicans **say** government is too big, but what they mean is: give some of that money to our interest groups (defense, fossil fuel, financial, health insurance, etc. companies). I'm not defending Democratic spending--I'm just saying at least they don't lie about it.

Look it up: spending under Republican presidents Reagan, Bush1, and Bush2 all went way up.
Reagan - 80% increase
Bush1 - 30% increase
Bush2 - 67% increase

source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2010/assets/hist.pdf

more than 4 years ago

Over Half of Software Fails First Security Tests

OpieTaylor Re:Platforms (145 comments)

tjarrett wrote: "We acknowledge the inherent selection bias (the applications in the report come from our customers) in the methodology section."

It's good of him to point that out, but that's not the only flaw in the study I'm sure. First of all it was done by someone with a stake in the outcome, which is always problematic, even with the purest of intentions.

Second, the article says "[t]he vulnerability with the highest total count was cross-site scripting (XSS), and was the third most prevalent flaw."

In my experience that's usually an artifact of the application server and the test tool--not the code. Out of the box most app servers error pages echo back arguments like parameter=evil_script. The tool says that's XSS. The vendors like BEA, Sun, Oracle don't seem to agree, although they'll send you a patch if you beg.

I wonder whether Veracode actually validated that the "vulnerabilities" were actually exploitable.

more than 4 years ago

Relaunched Recovery.gov Fails Accessibility Standards

OpieTaylor shocking! (197 comments)

Obama refuses to use markup "...to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers. "

Impeach him!

more than 5 years ago

Porn Surfing Rampant at US Science Foundation

OpieTaylor Re:Websense? Nonsense. (504 comments)

FACT: NSF did implement a site filtering tool (Blue Coat WebFilter) in 2008. This story is old news, the employees involved were fired or disciplined.

The Washington Times is just exploiting this for sensationalism and political points.

more than 5 years ago

Fertility Clinic Bows To Pressure, Nixes Eye- and Hair-Color Screening

OpieTaylor Re:I don't get it... (847 comments)

The pontiff complained, âoeA new mentality is creeping in that tends to justify a different consideration of life and personal dignity.â

But what he was thinking was: I wonder if we can get hotter-looking Catholics this way? Cuz the ones around here...

more than 5 years ago

Majel Roddenberry Dies At 76

OpieTaylor Re:A fitting epitaph (356 comments)

Without Majel Barrett, there can never be another Star Trek movie or show. It is forbidden.

more than 6 years ago

What Examples of Security Theater Have You Encountered?

OpieTaylor Re:My experience with the TSA and Patriot Act (1114 comments)

You wrote: "That was the day that I lost all faith in our government."

You mean your faith in your government was dependent on the perfect execution of intricate security procedures by $20K/year TSA guards?


more than 6 years ago


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