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Managing Servers In the Frigid Cold

Securityemo Re:Wild climate in N. Sweden. (122 comments)

Naah, now you're pushing it. -30 is the usual minimum range for the whole of lappland, maybe -35 when it's really cold. But yeah, the summers are hot, you can swim outside in the rivers if you really want to. As for the reasons for the location of the datacenter, you're forgetting Luleå technical university.

more than 2 years ago
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The Poor Waste More Time On Digital Entertainment

Securityemo Re:Bite the snob bait. (515 comments)

Fuck all. What do you really expect, that people care? Just get ahead by any means you can like everyone else - and remember that people who laugh at you are dropping their guard.

more than 2 years ago
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The Poor Waste More Time On Digital Entertainment

Securityemo Re:No surprise there (515 comments)

There's also the kind of people that have no need to "be a part of society". I consider myself very lucky to be psychologically wired like that because otherwise I'd probably have grown up depressed in the manner that you're describing. I've seen it happen to others.

Also, do realize that people with truly poor executive abilities literally doesn't feel worried about things until they slap them in the face.

more than 2 years ago
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The Poor Waste More Time On Digital Entertainment

Securityemo It's not just impulse control, but... (515 comments)

ADHD is inheritable to a high degree, and even someone without the full-blown disorder can have traits of it. I don't think it's that simple though as many poor people I've observed actually exhibit good impulse control and reasonable planning/executive abilities. I think that it's a general inability to make their will and drive manifest (or a lack of such in the first place) that results in poverty, no matter the underlying cause. Someone could, for example, be so socially inhibited or incompetent that they can't get a good job.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Humanity Still Evolving?

Securityemo Re:Well of course we are (374 comments)

On the other hand, yes, I get what you are talking about. Normal people have smooth, continuous minds and mine is more digital/discrete. But a good enough approximation is good enough?

more than 2 years ago
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Is Humanity Still Evolving?

Securityemo Re:Well of course we are (374 comments)

I believe that the blind following of rules is a result of trying to adapt to an alien social environment, not one that is innate. A normal person stuck in a society of (functioning) autists/asperger people would be equally at loss, and would have to make up rules to get along. My mother has stated that she had to reason in this manner, both regarding me and regarding "aspie" colleauges and friends.

Also, for me at some point the rules turned into intellectual models about human behaviour that tries to relate my emotions and thoughts to those of others and thus lost much of their rigidity.

more than 2 years ago
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Study Suggests the Number-Line Concept Is Not Intuitive

Securityemo Re:Useless (404 comments)

Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that numbers might be innate to the human perception of reality? If our brains worked differently we might use an entirely other way of viewing quantities that, for example, relies entirely upon geometry or some other, completely alien faculty not just for expression but for actually thinking about them - like those of a mind (hypothetically, that of a little green man from alpha centauri) that sees reality as a continuum and doesn't think about discrete objects or groupings as such. Who's to say that such a mind wouldn't have a more accurate view of reality?

A friend of mine has dyscalculia, and he doesn't grasp arithmetic or more than very basic numeral manipulation - yet he obviously can judge quantities and can intuitively reason abstractly about logical relationships between things. He just can't do math like we others can.

about 2 years ago
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Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg

Securityemo Re:I agree with Bloomberg (738 comments)

Computer security is still obscure, but it's gaining ground. At my local university there's a course in secure programming and one or two courses in "computer security".

more than 2 years ago
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Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg

Securityemo Re:I think it depends on the industry (738 comments)

You trained them to program? Could you perhaps elaborate on what this "programming" was?

more than 2 years ago
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Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg

Securityemo Re:age into what? (738 comments)

Do you need to age into a career?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Patent Hints At Search Results Tailored To User's Mood, Intelligence

Securityemo Citizen (146 comments)

"Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to test a prototype software program designed to trap filthy Communists and Mutants inside a simulation of the life of a Red-level warehouse worker that Friend Computer has laboriously constructed. Unfortunately, the manual is marked Blue and cannot be accessed by a Red-level citizen such as yourself. Attempting to access the manual without clearance is Treason and punishable by termination. Friend Computer wishes you godspeed."

more than 2 years ago
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Whistleblower: NSA Has All of Your Email

Securityemo Re:easy way to find out (478 comments)

"They" "knew" about Sept. 11. And if we work backwards from the solution, physically stopping people from smuggling drugs across the border by force, isn't the problem fundamentally one of manpower?

more than 2 years ago
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Whistleblower: NSA Has All of Your Email

Securityemo Transparency (478 comments)

While this is certainly rather awesome, as a non-US citizen I think they should be open about it. Even if everyone else already assumed that they monitored everything they possibly could. Also, how did they ever think they where going to keep a domestic operation of that scale secret?

Besides, how could they monitor foreign computer/internet-based espionage and other such things without actually monitoring the entire domestic network? If they where more open about this they could perhaps release information about botnet activity or similar useful data.

more than 2 years ago
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Computer Game Designed To Treat Depression As Effective As Traditional Treatment

Securityemo Re:Chronic Depression, type 1 diabetes, (190 comments)

In the case of autism there's a quirk: "hyper-systemizing" people (i.e. potentially productive geeks) tend to have more children with autism and Asperger syndrome. This would indicate that there's a positive side to these genes that is maladaptive if taken too far.

more than 2 years ago
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Neal Stephenson Takes Blame For Innovation Failure

Securityemo Re:Not necessiarly (448 comments)

I've read a metric ton of golden-age science fiction, Gibson, Stephenson, etc. Personally I think that it's not so much darkness at all, but the fact that you need to elaborate on things to turn it into a story and that results in inventing hypothetical problems out of hypothetical advances.

The counterpoint to Gibson is the post-cyberpunk genre, like GITS and it's ilk. Personally I think that the pendulum swung full-circle towards darkness in the 90ies, much as with superhero fiction which I understand has gone through a similar cycle.

more than 2 years ago
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Sun Advice Columnist Advised MPs On UK Porn-Block Plans

Securityemo Re:Don't take them seriously (118 comments)

That's hyperbole. I refuse to believe that 25% of the population of any western nation has a reading age of 9. 14-16, perhaps.

more than 2 years ago
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15-Year-Old Arrested For Hacking 259 Companies

Securityemo Re:Not hacking (153 comments)

For defacement, "asshole" is a much better term regardless of skill level. Moral judgment should be separate from judgment of skill.

more than 2 years ago
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Florida Thinks Their Students Are Too Stupid To Know the Right Answers

Securityemo A terrible thing to be teaching smart children. (663 comments)

At worst, I guess that a system like this means that some smart children will be crushed. But certainly, a smart child would realize what the expected answer would be. However, what kind of mentality does that set up in a child? Having to lie/embellish the truth to authority figures because they don't know any better would certainly be alienating, and (speaking from experience as someone who probably would be considered "gifted" in the american education system) with all the other children having such different ideals and being angry at you for expressing complex and confusing opinions instead of just rolling along with the groupthink there's just not anyone else there (unless there's other smart kids to hang out with, I guess). This would set you up to go into adult life with the attitude that you're surrounded by dangerous cretins that you have to subjugate for your own safety - and only if they're strong enough to fight back you regard them as human beings. Not to start a flamewar, but this certainly explains the apparent popularity of "Atlas Shrugged".

more than 2 years ago

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Shadowrun Returns

Securityemo Securityemo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Securityemo (1407943) writes "Jordan Weisman, creator of the "Shadowrun" line of pen-and-paper role-playing games has apparently initiated a kickstarter project together with many long-standing Shadowrun authors and artists, aiming to create a 2D turn-based single-player game with a deep storyline and character developement. Will this game finally be the one that does full justice to the PnP version, making up for the mediocre 2007 first-person-shooter interpretation?"
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Critical flaw found in virtually all AV software

Securityemo Securityemo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Securityemo writes "The Register is running an article about a new method to bypass antivirus software, discovered by Maltousec. By sending benign code to the antivirus driver hooks, and switching it out for malicious code at the last moment, the antivirus can be completely bypassed. This attack is apparently much more reliable on multi-core systems. Link to original article here."
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