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Oracle Ships Java 7 Update 11 With Vulnerability Fixes

RockMFR Java 64-bit has no auto update? (243 comments)

While I was manually updating to 7u11, I found out that the 64-bit version does not even have auto update - only the 32-bit version does. How the hell can Oracle be so irresponsible? I know most people use the 32-bit version, but still, what the fuck.

about a year and a half ago

In the World of Big Stuff, the US Still Rules

RockMFR Re:Thank Goodness (184 comments)

I agree. We Americans do have rather large penises.

about 2 years ago

Twitter Based "Ted" System Warns of Earthquakes Earlier

RockMFR Re:Confusing data and information (64 comments)

These two quotes from the article are confusing to me: "We do have sensors and it usually takes about five minutes before the sensors will see the earthquake" and "scientific alerts can take between two and 20 minutes".

Why would a seismometer take so long? Can someone explain this?

As far as I know, the USGS website has data in realtime and doesn't necessarily wait for any kind of human verification. For example, within approximately 15 seconds of the Virginia quake last year, I checked the USGS site and they already had it in their list of recent quakes. For other quakes I've seen reported on Twitter, the USGS site has always had data up at least as soon as the first tweets I've seen.

about 2 years ago

LHC Discovers New Particle That Looks Like the Higgs Boson

RockMFR Fake! (396 comments)

Obviously this is a grand conspiracy by the Europeans to distract us from what really matters today - blowing shit up! If they really wanted to celebrate the Fourth, they would have blown up CERN.

more than 2 years ago

Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

RockMFR Original link (618 comments)

The original source of this article, which was copied verbatim, is NASA Earth Observatory. Give credit where credit is due.

more than 2 years ago

New Version of Flashback Trojan Targets Mac Users

RockMFR Java version? (160 comments)

Which versions of Java are vulnerable? Basic details are nice to have...

more than 2 years ago

TSA Groper Files Suit Against Blogger

RockMFR Re:Gee no bias here. (699 comments)

She always carries four days' supply of salami with her, in case someone serves her some pasta, which she does not eat.

I think I'm in love.

about 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

RockMFR Great job (1521 comments)

Slashdot is an amazing site. Thanks for creating it. Great work.

about 3 years ago

Yahoo, Facebook Test "Six Degrees of Separation"

RockMFR Re:its a scam (228 comments)

There are all kinds of strategies that can be used to speed this up.

Let's say that we're trying to find a short path between someone in the US and someone in China. Start by trying to find a link that allows you to hop the Pacific ocean as quickly as possible. Try to find an American friend of the Chinese guy, or vice versa. When you've got it to two people in the same country, then start picking the nodes that allow you to hop the greatest distance.

You could come up with a group of highly-connected people to start with - the people who have lots of connections in various countries, economic classes, interests, etc. Create a graph of these people and pre-compute all the shortest paths between them. Then when you're going through all the combinations, you just need to get to brute-force your way to this central graph.

Of course this won't get you the shortest path between each pair of people, but it'll probably get you pretty close. Close enough to say if an average of "six degrees" is reasonable.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon EC2 US-EAST-1 Outage

RockMFR And.. (1 comments)

And already back up. Outage actually started around 10:24 EDT.

more than 3 years ago

Volunteer Towns Sought For Nuclear Waste

RockMFR mod parent up (279 comments)

Haha. Mod parent up please.

more than 3 years ago

Crowdsourcing Analysis of the Palin Email Trove

RockMFR Chicken pox (284 comments)

There was a series of chicken pox vaccine emails from around January 18, 2008, that caught my eye. Somewhat worrying that these emails have so many redactions. Seems like there might have been a turf battle between the governor's office and the Board of Education, and maybe the governor's office was engaging in some campaign to torpedo the immunization regulations. Here's part of them:

From: Sarah Palin
To: Frank Bailey; Sharon Leighow; Beth Leschper; Kristina Perry; Talis Colberg
Subject: Re: Fw: fyi-Chicken-pox immunization regulations

Thanks - the Lt. Governor's release will hopefully clarify. I'll ask Talis to [REDACTED]

From: Frank Bailey
To: Sarah Palin; Sharon Leighow; Beth Leschper; Kristina Perry
Subject: Re: Fw: fyi-Chicken-pox immunization regulations

We can try to get this word out. I believe Gail Neubrugge's grandaughter (?) was severely disabled by a vaccine. Dan Saddler's pretty sharp on this issue as well. This'll be a tough pill for some folks.

From: Sarah Palin
To: Sean Parnell, Mike Tibbles
Subject: Re: fyi-Chicken-pox immunization regulations


From: Sean Parnell
To: Mike Tibbles
Cc: Sarah Palin
Subject: fyi-Chicken-pox immunization regulations

We received a regulations packet from the Board of Ed in which they mandate immunizations against chicken-pox for kids in school beginning July 1, 2009. [REDACTED]

more than 3 years ago

Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert

RockMFR Ultimate hack target (374 comments)

I wonder if they have thought out the security of this system. Sending a message to nearly every person in the United States at the same time would be an amazing hack. Is it supposed to be all automated, or does each provider have to get the message from FEMA and then manually send it out on their network?

more than 3 years ago

The Sum Total of the World's Knowledge: 250 Exabytes

RockMFR Editors, please edit (168 comments)

The submitter messed up two of the basic details of this story - the number is actually 295, not 250, and this value is as of 2007, rather than the implied present day. (I know, I must be new here.)

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Warns 3D Games Can Ruin Children's Eyes

RockMFR Re:which one (229 comments)

It's really bizarre that every comment that has pointed out this error has been modded down to -1. Facts are overrated, I guess.

more than 3 years ago

DC Suspends Tests of Online Voting System

RockMFR Oblig (170 comments)

Fuck Michigan

more than 3 years ago

Creative Commons Video Challenges Hollywood's Best

RockMFR Legal? (455 comments)

Is this legal? I thought the MPAA cartel automatically owns the copyright to everything. These pirates should pay some sort of fine for attempting to subvert our capitalist democracy. Maybe send them to gitmo.

more than 3 years ago

Cooling Pump Malfunction On ISS

RockMFR 8pm EDT (86 comments)

8pm EDT, not GMT.

more than 4 years ago

US Deploys 'Heat-Ray' In Afghanistan

RockMFR Re:NO-AD (406 comments)

The Coppertone girl must have mod points today.

more than 4 years ago



Nielsen Sends Wikipedia DMCA Takedown

RockMFR RockMFR writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RockMFR (1022315) writes "A DMCA takedown notice sent by Nielsen Media Research to the Wikimedia Foundation has resulted in the deletion of over 300 pages on the English Wikipedia. The pages were "templates" and categories that listed television stations within various geographical markets in the United States. Discussion of the deletions has focused on whether this type of information can actually be copyrighted, though the content of the takedown notice have not been made public."
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