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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

RichMan Liability, Funding, Responsibilities (347 comments)

Until the dangers of sitting at a desk get raised up a few more levels the spectre of injuries in shop class has pretty much banished the once wonderful hands on practical skills from the ciriculum.

The lessons of the table saw and possibility of losing fingers or getting a 2x4 in the gut were taught to me in grade 8. I can't imagine the number of permission slips needed to allow such adventures in our modern school system. Also given the lack of funding currently in our systems the need for shop equipment, supplies, trained teachers and insurance is a financial burden I can't see the system taking on.

Certainly there are pockets were it could but done but but it would take several revolutions in funding, responsibilty and trust before it could be implemented on a wide scale.


RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

RichMan Script Kiddy (104 comments)

Ah the brilliance of youth -
"I have a script for an exploit"
"I can try it against the tax man"
"I won't get caught"
"I'm not going to use the results so no-bad"

"Hey what's with the cuffs!"

about a week ago

Canada Halts Online Tax Returns In Wake of Heartbleed

RichMan Honest? (50 comments)

Is this the most honest response? The Canadian banks as a group say "our procedures mean we were never at risk".
Who do you trust more to be truthfull?

Is there any incentive for the banks to be honest about this?

about two weeks ago

Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

RichMan bin trades and add randomness (342 comments)

a) resolution in 5 second trade blocks
            - don't resolve trades with bid/ask when they arrive. Accumulate 5 seconds of incoming bid/ask then resolve. Pass the remaining unresolved to the next interval.
b) Arrival time +10 to 20 seconds random interval -> fuzzy bin boundaries and fixed "lag". Not guaranteed to get simultaneous orders into the same trade bin. Keeps trading honest and less able to be gamed.
c) fixed lag and binning means no insta-cancelling orders.
d) no cancelling once posted into the (b) queue. Yes you trade in the lag. So does everyone else. The traders can factor that into their margins and strategies.

about two weeks ago

How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

RichMan Inter generational transfer (392 comments)

What about intergenerational genetic transfers? No persons genetic info should ever be lost in such a scenario.
Even now we can freeze sperm and ovum.

Also we would not need to send 40,000 people. Just that many genetic samples.

about three weeks ago

Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

RichMan Another Cloud Dispersal (161 comments)

The non-permanence of cloud services like storage and sharing is going to be hard to solve. Sure some will last. But some will not. How do you choose the ones the will?

How will the industry handle the increasing number of people that have suffered "cloud failure". These people are going to be reluctant to use future services.

about three weeks ago

Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

RichMan mass in motion (262 comments)

The big factor is mass. To store energy you need to spin up and down the mass. However to drive in general you want to carry less mass on the vehicle.

Factor #1: A more massive flywheel can store more energy at slower spin rates.
Factor #2: A more massive flywheel is going to be more of a load in general driving.

The optimium point of flywheel mass is going to depend on driving conditions. Really you should have at least 2 interchangeable fly wheels that you physically replace in the vehicle. One flywheel for city driving one for highway driving.

Factor #3: A spinning flywheel is one hell of an energy store. Having a stopped vehichle with a fully spun up flywheel hit could release the spinning flywheel to the detriment of pedestrians in the neighborhood.
Factor #4: Starting from a stop and attempting to corner, left or right, having a spinning flywheel is going to do gyroscopic things to the vehicle.

There are all sorts of tradeoffs and safety considerations here.

about a month ago

Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

RichMan Re:History Lesson:German occupation of Czechoslova (551 comments)

Unfortunately we are in the very dangerous point of really needing lots of people to die to stop Putin. I am sure he knows this and knows that until he encounters a country
a) willing to commit to the loss of lives
b) expecting to be able to "win" should a) occur
Putin is going to be able to do whatever he wants.

After the interventions in Iraq and Afghanistian it is clear that the west is highly resistant to (a) and is uncertain if (b) is even possible. With those massive levels of innertia Putin is going to be able to march all over the Ukraine and likely several other "Soviet" regions as well.

about a month ago

Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

RichMan History Lesson:German occupation of Czechoslovakia (551 comments)

At the time Germay was "reoccupying land dominated by Germans". The League of Nations stood by and actually there were negotiated terms, the Munich Accord which spelled out what would happen.

However, Germany was emboldened by the success of expansion. And the occupation was far from the end of the aggression.

about a month ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

RichMan Uhhmm,, replace the case. Destroy bad cases. (653 comments)

Why not create 2,000 new blue and green cases? Ship those cases in and then simply replace the cases on all the units rather than destroying them.

about a month ago

New Facial Recognition Software May Detect Looming Road Rage

RichMan even angrier (133 comments)

So someone gets cut off. They get mad. Then the system auto-controlls or shuts the car down.
Then the person gets even madder.
And as they cannot even chase the original cause will then just open up on the traffic flow in general.

I don't see this fixing anything unless it autoinjects some nice drugs.

about a month ago

Power Cables' UV Flashes Apparently Frighten Animals

RichMan Re:Is "impact" such a bad thing? (183 comments)

As people don't like living under power lines the land is often left wild, a lot of power line corridors are counted as wildlife corridors. This would tend to indicate that animals also don't like living under power lines and that corridors should not be counted as wildlife corridors.

about a month and a half ago

70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

RichMan Cut Them, Not Me (676 comments)

And if you talk to anyone it will be "Cut their benefits. Don't touch mine".

Deductible mortgages, supplement this, old age that, infrastructure projects, pork projects, transport, farm, pretty much everyone gets multiple handouts of one form or another.

If you want to open the can of worms go ahead, but it generally is worse than the hydra that grows back heads for everyone cut off.

about a month and a half ago

Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

RichMan Re:This is why I'm not that concerned about the NS (299 comments)

Actually this is why you should be very concerned about the NSA. The people doing NSA surveillance know what they are doing. The oversight does not. That is the scary thing.

about a month and a half ago

RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

RichMan Re:Radioshack's main problem... structure (423 comments)

They should have changed their business model to match their business setup
#1 order on line for parts
#2 pickup in store using their existing delivery network to "ship for free"
They could have had 1 week delivery. Essentially 1 or 2 days for most places near a distribution center. They had weekly or 2x weekly shipments.

Rather than a limited in store inventory. That
a) frees up store space
b) reduced individual store inventory
c) gets a much wider array of parts
d) drives foot traffic

about a month and a half ago

Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

RichMan Security is Job #1 (704 comments)

The data penetration market is currently very involved and you need very good security, on all three levels, electronic, physical and personnel to keep data secure. I think the lure of the bitcoin profit was too easy for new people to enter.

So people set up these multi-million dollar value exchange/vaults without security as thought ONE. I think this is more a testament to the cowboy free range nature of the bit coin market when faced with organized criminal hacker cultures.

about 1 month ago

Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

RichMan What do you mean by web devlopment? (246 comments)

#1 Do you mean planning and implementing a sever base? From customer requirements, backup provisioning, security and obselecense planning, servicing and reliability infractructure ....
#2 Do you mean using a MS based GUI to stuff a toolkit based web site onto a cloud service server?

There are several worlds of difference between #1 and #2.

about 1 month ago

Cops Say NDA Kept Them from Notifying Courts About Cell Phone Tracking Gadget

RichMan Bad logic (235 comments)

If they need a warrant for something, but they can't tell the judge because of an NDA then they can't do anything.
Because the NDA says they can't tell the judge does not mean they get to bypass the Judge, it means they can't get the warrant and they can't do the investigation.

It means saying to the manufacturer, "We would really like to use your device but we need to get the judges permission, either you modify the NDA or we can't use your device."

The cops are in the wrong here. The manufacturer is stupid but it is the cops that went along with it and violated the law.
The courts are at fault though for letting the cops get away with it.

about 1 month ago



It's raining in Iqaluit

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "If you are freezing in Europe, or suffering under snow on the usually warmer US east coast and wondering where the heat went, it went north. It's January, and it is raining in Iqaluit . Apparently the feeder airstream that normally flows over the gulf current and on to Europe has taken a detour to the north.
While other places might be suffering from the snow. Iqaluit is suffering from the lack of cold. Roads and the ice just are not as solid as they should be.
Just so you know where your heat went."

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Novell has UNIX copyrights, SCO does not

RichMan RichMan writes  |  about 4 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that the jury has reached a verdict in SCO's slander of title case against Novell. Apparently SCO does not own the copyrights it accused Novell of slandering.
  A federal jury Tuesday found that Novell Inc., and not The SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix computer operating systems used by many businesses.

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ICANN lost its own domain registration

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes " icann-pwned (cbc.ca) The news organization actually used pwned in the page name. Looks like someone was able to steal the registration for ICANN which strangely seems to be registered with another organization.

ICANN, said it happened on June 26 when an internet registration company it oversees got fooled into transferring the domain names to someone else. .... The domain names hijacked were ICANN.com and IANA.com

And it should be a reminder that domain redirection can happen to anyone, no matter high up the supposed registration tree they happen to be."


April 1: Holiday for the information age

RichMan RichMan writes  |  about 6 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "Is April 1, April Fool's day, the holiday which best represents the information age?

Whereas the internet represents the medium for the information age where information is king, is it not most appropriate that the amazing mess disinformation of front page replacements and headlines that appear on this day are a most appropriate celebration of this new holiday?

Or are we overdoing it by messing everything up?"

Direct Electronic Theft Thwarted by Plug

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "Not really enough information in the article to figure out what was going on but it is way more sophisticated than Nigerian letters or other bank scams. It looks like physical security of computers is going to be a big problem.

The would be bank robbers had placed "advanced technical equipment" under the employee's desk that allowed them to take control of his computer remotely, prosecutor Thomas Balter Nordenman said in a statement.
Now think about a cleaner just pushing a USB device into the back of machine. It autoloads the device driver and away it goes."

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "This is under politics and patents because that is where the real subject is. Sure Microsoft is threatening Linux but the real deal is the approach to customers and business strategy fostered by the consumer environment.

Jonathan Schwartz shares his thoughs on Sun's history with open development and customer relations. Sure it reads a bit like PR but some good history and points and lots of good quotes.

With business down and customers leaving, we had more than a few choices at our disposal. We were invited by one company to sue the beneficiaries of open source. We declined. We could join another and sue our customers. That seemed suicidal. We were offered the choice to scuttle Solaris, and resell someone else's operating system. We declined. And we were encouraged to innovate by developers and customers who wanted Sun around, who saw the value we delivered through true systems engineering.


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