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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

Psychotria WTF is a PAC? (224 comments)

See subject

about a month and a half ago

Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Psychotria Re:Seems to be fixed for me(?) (318 comments)

Umm, isn't that showing that you are (potentially) vulnerable? I.e. the "echo completed" is being executed. Change that to some other arbitrary shell command, e.g. ls -al

about 3 months ago

Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

Psychotria I'm afraid that I... (212 comments)

I voted for the current government. Why? Because of the fiasco with the previous government changing leaders every 10 minutes and some proposed legislation (by the current opposition) I didn't -- and don't -- agree with.

The problem from my point of view is that I voted to try and make the best of a bad situation. Unfortunately, both major parties seem to have the same policy ideas! So, shit, they may as well be the same party. How can we elect leaders when they all seem to have the same ideas (well, once elected)? So, as mentioned I am part of the problem (because I gave them my vote) but what is the solution?

Anyone would think that we're a country led by the USA rather than a Commonwealth country of Britain. It's stupid. And this all started with the Free Trade Agreement. Personally I'm sick of the USA sticking their nose up other people's arses, but I'm out of ideas on what to do about it.

about 3 months ago

Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

Psychotria Re:Is it running Windows? (155 comments)

You're probably joking, but the OS is VxWorks.

about 4 months ago

Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

Psychotria Spread their terror (97 comments)

The group quickly spread to League of Legends and Path of Exile before deciding to spread their terror to PlayStation Network.

Terror? People were terrified by this? Really?

about 4 months ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Psychotria Re:Unit Tests are Not Optional Anymore (447 comments)

No production code without unit tests. Every possible type or class of input must be tested. All assumptions must be tested. All outputs must be verified for each possible combination of inputs. All failure modes must be exercised. No excuses, just do it.

Nope. It's a waste of time. Much of the time the people writing the unit tests are the same people writing the code, so their assumptions are also in the unit tests.

about 8 months ago

Emails Reveal Battle Over Employee Poaching Between Google and Facebook

Psychotria Re:There is a major difference (132 comments)

There was a real practice among facebook recruiters to search through linkedin and any other source, where they could identify Google engineers and contact them. I saw enough evidence pointing towards those people being contacted simply because they were currently working for Google. Personally I had zero interest in switching from Google to facebook, I don't think I even bother answering, when I was approached by facebook..

For what other purpose would you put your employer in your linkedin profile?

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

Psychotria Re:You appear to not know fundamentals. (306 comments)

At the very least, you'd benefit from using some type of interface builder to build a GUI program; it doesn't matter if it's for iPhone or Mac Desktop or Windows. You *can* learn to do this on other platforms, but they're generally pretty poor IDE environments compared to the ones available from commercial vendors like Apple and Microsoft, and it won't *force* you to think the right way about the problem space, if you use something like "Eclipse".

And what, exactly, does using an "interface builder" to build a GUI program teach you? Nothing. Respectfully, it seems that you seem to be part of the problem rather than the solution.

Commercial IDEs from vendors like Apple and Microsoft are "better"? Better for what? I think that after a statement like (in addition to the "gui builder") that you need to take a step back and consider what your stance is and how well you really understand things.

Tell me, what is the "order of the algorithm" that the gui builder generates?

about 9 months ago

WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

Psychotria WTF (144 comments)

I know that editor's at slashdot have a reputation for not editing summaries, but this has got to be the worst example of a summary I've ever seen. Perhaps Timothy's shift key is broken, or is it now acceptable to start sentences with a lowercase letter? Proper nouns seem to have escaped the need for an uppercase letter as well. I normally just ignore typos in the summaries, but this is beyond belief.

about 10 months ago

Could an Erasable Internet Kill Google?

Psychotria Re:Obligatory (210 comments)

That might be interesting if: (a) somebody didn't reference the law every time they see a headline ending with a question mark (i.e. every couple of minutes) - I assume to look intelligent; and (b) if it were actually true. Did you know that any headline ending in a question mark can also be answered 'yes'? Or even, shock, 'maybe', or even more shocking 'possibly'?

about a year ago

Developing Games On and For Linux/SteamOS

Psychotria Re:Its (145 comments)

I agree that the grammar could use a lot of work, however their name is Panagiotis. This name suggests to me that English is not their native language, so I'll cut them some slack. Delving deeper, the name Panagiotis suggests that the person is from ancient Greece. I'd have to do some more research but it's even possible that they're from a period even earlier than the so-called Archaic Period. This dates them at somewhere between 2000 and 4000 years of age. Given the transformations that all languages have experienced throughout the last 2000 to 4000 years it seems reasonable to expect some differences in grammar and punctuation.

about a year ago

Book Review: Digital Archaeology: the Art and Science of Digital Forensics

Psychotria Fifth Post (14 comments)

Finally I got 5th post!

The only thing detracting from my enjoyment is that it's possibly the last post in this thread as well.

about a year ago

Scientific Data Disappears At Alarming Rate, 80% Lost In Two Decades

Psychotria And this study will be lost as well (189 comments)

a) because it's behind a paywall; and b) how can the original data even hope to be located when a majority of the population can't even read the paper?

1 year,1 day

Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

Psychotria Re:Not Amazon's Fault (606 comments)

What happens if they do make a billion dollar fuck up? They get a big golden parachute and dismissed. Big deal; i.e. there is no risk for them.

1 year,3 days

Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

Psychotria Just to make it clear (606 comments)

I am not labelling the majority of individual US citizens as sadistic, egotistical, greedy, sociopathic, controlling, corrupt, stupid and dishonest. Just the US nation as a whole (i.e. your government, your spies and the business and banking leaders and their "top people".) The rest of the world is waking up to the disease that's called the US, the internal stability of the US is eroding rapidly, and we're quite possibly witnessing the spiralling downfall of a once great nation. I empathise with those in the US who have or will be caught up in this downfall, but your own government will probably just call it collateral damage.

1 year,3 days

Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

Psychotria Not Amazon's Fault (606 comments)

I'm not sure why Amazon is being singled out here, except perhaps that it's a great example. The root problem is the greed of American-based companies and their total disregard or apathy towards their employees. The only people working for these parasitic companies that make money are the directors and C*s; their inflated value of what the "top people" do and the remuneration they award these so-called "top people" is outrageous. There really does need to a proper evaluation of how wages within a US-based company are distributed amongst the employees. Is a CEO really worth the same as 10000 (or more) "workers"? No, of course not. For a start, without workers there is no company and there is no profit because without workers the damn company can't even make a cent. And don't get me started about boards having to look out for their shareholders; if that was truly the case then proper and fair distribution of remuneration throughout the workers would be exactly the same (it's just the the C*s wouldn't earn 10 (or more) figure salaries whilst the minions earn 5 figure salaries, or maybe 6 if they're lucky.) The greed is sickening. The US culture is sickening. More and more countries are realising this. I fully support the workers; if they don't stand up, who will? It does seem that US workers seem to just accept this shit, but fortunately the rest of the world does seem to have more of a clue.

1 year,3 days

EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

Psychotria 911? Seriously? (1010 comments)

I thought 911 was meant for emergency calls. This hardly seems like an emergency.

1 year,16 days

Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

Psychotria Re:Aging workforce (629 comments)

Well, don't fucking burn your employees out then.

1 year,23 days



Stanford offering more free online courses

Psychotria Psychotria writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Psychotria (953670) writes "Stanford university is offering more free online courses that begin in January and February 2011. From a message posted in the Introduction to Databases forum:

We are launching several free, online classes for January/February 2012 today:

CS 101 by Nick Parlante @ cs101-class.org

Natural Language Processing by Dan Jurafsky and Chris Manning @ nlp-class.org

Software Engineering for SAAS by Armando Fox and David Patterson @ saas-class.org

Human-Computer Interfaces by Scott Klemmer @ hci-class.org

Game Theory by Matthew Jackson and Yoav Shoham @ game-theory-class.org

Probabilistic Graphical Models by Daphne Koller @ pgm-class.org

Machine Learning by Andrew Ng @ jan2012.ml-class.org (Same class as current ml-class.org)


New Study Estimates 8.7 Million Species of Life

Psychotria Psychotria writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Psychotria (953670) writes " A study published in PLoS provides a new estimate on the number of species inhabiting our planet. The study predicts that there could be approximately 8.7 million eukaryotic species globally. This suggests that some 86% of the species on Earth, and 91% in the ocean, still await formal description and classification. In 2007 E.O. Wilson stated "We live on a mostly unexplored planet." It seems that it may be more unexplored than we thought."
Link to Original Source

DNA from 1000 Year Old Viking

Psychotria Psychotria writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Psychotria (953670) writes "Wearing protective suits to ensure contamination didn't occur, scientists have extracted the DNA from the teeth of a 1000 year old Viking skeleton.

From the article: Using freshly sampled material from ten Viking skeletons from around AD 1,000, from a non-Christian burial site on the Danish island of Funen, Dissing and colleagues showed that it is indeed possible to retrieve authentic DNA from ancient humans."

Backup solutions for a home network

Psychotria Psychotria writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Psychotria (953670) writes "I know that this has probably been asked on Slashdot before, but not for a while. I currently have 6 computers in my home — three Linux boxes, a window box and an OSX laptop. I am considering buying another box dedicated to backing-up each of these computers on the network. My question is: Is there a Linux application that can achieve this? Ideally, I would like to turn the "backup box" on once a day and do incremental backups of selected areas on each of the machines mentioned above. Would I need to configure SMB shares to do this, or is there some magic application which will allow me to achieve this?"

Psychotria Psychotria writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Psychotria writes "I have a Windows XP box that I use mainly for games. In the last couple of months I've noticed a decrease in performance (for example, frame-rates are lower). I don't think this is due to any additional software being installed (as I mentioned, I only use the machine for games). I reinstalled XP and the problem went away — until the Windows updates were installed. Now, the frame-rates in my games have dropped again. Additionally, svhost spends the first few minutes after booting at 100% CPU. I don't want to seem paranoid, but has anyone experienced this? Is it possible that a "performance decreasing" feature has been added to XP to encourage users to upgrade to Vista? I'd like to hear of any similar experiences."


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