Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
Risk - Odds are everything will go fine but my eyes are pretty important to me. Is it that big of an inconvenience wearing contacts? Not for me. Been wearing them for over 25 years with no issues. If I couldn't wear contacts though, laser surgery would have been more tempting.
Risks of eye infection from contacts is very real and proven. Happens more than damage from a skilled professional performing eye surgery...
Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?
Someone willing to take a life when their own life or another's life is not in danger is not the type of person who should own guns. Gun owners need to know when using lethal force is just. Saving your possessions is not a good reason to take a life.
Who's Getting Pay-By-Phone Right? The Fast Food Industry
No. His card is on file with Google or some other provider. Paypal, Square, Google Wallet, etc. let you give THEM your credit card. They pay the vendor.
Most Doctors Don't Think Patients Need Full Access To Med Records
Malpractice, not malpraxis.
Voxel.js: Minecraft-like Browser-Based Games, But Open Source
Am I the only one who caught the names and the tie to "Ready Player One"?
James Donovan Halliday and Ogden Morrow are characters in that book. Audio book narrated by the inimitable Wil Wheaton. Good book.
Dead Pigs Used To Investigate Ocean's "Dead Zones"
The sharks and bottom feeders wouldn't eat them out of professional courtesy.
"Loud Commercial" Legislation Proposed In US Congress
Yes, we do. We do not have to watch channels that have tactics we do not like.
Yeah, but this is a tiny thing. If you're going to stop watching a channel over this as the sole reason, then with a standard so tight you probably will end up not watching TV at all.
I like to turn on the TV in the mornings to see how the weather is going to turn out. My wife is still sleeping so I keep the volume low. I absolutely refuse to watch Kare 11 here near Minneapolis and have decided I detest Amb*** CR due to their advertisements (*** inserted to avoid improving their Google ratings with my rant about them). At 5:10am they have a commercial for their sleep aid with a rooster at extremely high volume, much higher than the rest of the news cast. I have no idea what made the advertiser think it was a good idea to have a sleep aid advertised during "quiet hours" with a very loud commercial. Asinine.
Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best?
I manage a data center where we use many of the twist-lock outlets. True, you can't get them out quickly when the robots start taking over the world. Terrified me greatly. I locked all of the equipment up in racks with locking doors on the cabinets. Can't be too safe!
Schneier on Un-authentication
Wow did you miss the point. He wasn't recommending using your face as the unlock mechanism. He was recommending using the lack of your face as a locking mechanism.
French Deputies Moving Against Photoshopped Ads
Depends on placement, I suppose. In the back, it would probably not alter someone's worldview to the point they would want to emulate you in any way.
What the DHS Knows About You
No, of course not. That would infringe on rich people's rights. That would be crazy!
EA Spends 3x on Marketing Than Development
Oh my god. That is quite literally the funniest thing I've read in a very long time. Well played, sir!
URL Shortener tr.im To Go Community-Owned, Open Source
Probably. You might not, though as you're telling someone the URL from memory while sitting at the beach...
What Would You Want In a Large-Scale Monitoring System?
I looked at many different commercial options here at work and purchased EMC Smarts. The root cause analysis is very helpful. It has saved us a lot of time tracking down some outages we've had here. It can tell you, for instance, that a specific port on a switch is down or flapping which is causing problems.
Most of the other tools we looked at would tell you that all of the servers at a remote facility was down but Smarts will take it one step further and identify the root cause so you do not spend time figuring out if one of the routers on one side or the other is down, if it is the link itself, a firewall, etc. It is all information you could tell on your own but none of the other tools even went to the detail necessary to track the problem down using only the information presented in the tool. Smarts goes even further and specifically points at the problem point.
There are a bunch of other modules you can buy to help you automatically model application/system dependencies to find out which business units are impacted by an outage, what systems/applications would be impacted by a DB outage, etc. Other modules can track application performance in all of the steps from workstation all the way through the network into each server and DB using just network monitoring or through synthetic transactions.
It is not cheap by any stretch of the imagination but implementation is fairly easy with its autodiscovery providing huge value. If you want to use it to its fullest, it will take some learning and a bit of time from a good administrator.
Before anyone asks, I was unsuccessful getting open source tools seriously considered. I had implemented OpenNMS very successfully and was using unofficially to monitor for outages and track system availability.
Doing this right is not a light task if you want all of the detail necessary to properly manage a large-scale network. We getting into the level of detail of monitoring server memory utilization, disk space utilization, CPU, switch/router port utilization, etc. It is taking at least one full-time administrator just to manage it. I wish you luck on developing a new tool. I would encourage you to look at some of the existing tools before trying to build your own. Just implementing a tool that has been around a long time is a huge process. Building and implementing....
PostgreSQL 8.4 Out
Well, you can use Access against a PostgreSQL database. Other than that, there is Rekall as an option. OpenOffice.org's Base is available as well.
PostgreSQL 8.4 Out
OK, the windowing functions are exactly what I was waiting for. RANK and DENSE_RANK are phenomenal.
See the presentation by Hitoshi Harada here: PDF Presentation
Finally ... PostgreSQL 8.4
OK, this is really exciting. I have been anxiously awaiting the windowing functions. RANK and DENSE_RANK are huge benefits as are all of the other windowing functions.
See this presentation by Hitoshi Harada here for more info. Windowing Functions Presentation
Cotton Swabs are the Prime Suspect In 8-Year Phantom Chase
No, think about it this way. Had everyone who worked on the assembly line simply provided their DNA up front as part of the hiring process, they could have eliminated this person as a suspect the first time contamination occurred and maybe focused more tightly on the correct perpetrator instead of spinning their wheels for so long looking for a serial killer.
Come to think of it, anyone who provides supplies to any forensic company should probably also be included in the elimination DNA sample set too. Everyone from picking the cotton used in the swabs or creating the man made textile on the swab if not real cotton, to everyone who may have contributed to the paper or plastic used in the swab to everyone... Carry on ad nauseum and you have a solid case for collecting from the whole population.
Really, it's for the good of the country. Think of how many people died because they did not catch the real perpetrator earlier due to a simple DNA contamination that could have been resolved with a simple elimination sample from the employees.
That was tongue-in-cheek in case you didn't notice.
Amazon Fights Piracy Tool, Creators Call It a Parody
No, this is Amazon, the one-click people.
New law in 1.