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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

Shavano Re:How is that even possible? (262 comments)

Here's the other thing. This is either a fool's errand or bullshit/wild exaggeration. It's probably impossible and certainly impractical to make a complete map of the internet.

3 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Shavano Re:illogical captain (887 comments)

I find "distrust compassion" to be somewhat contradictory to "Never be a spectator of unfairness."

But I supposed Hitchens is aware of and is reasonably comfortable with the contradiction.

4 days ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

Shavano Re:This is not a new or unique problem (124 comments)

Though it is complicated by the government service issue, there are ways to measure performance...

- Salt the case load with fictitious, bogus applications intended to be declined. In fact, this can both detect work that is disingenuous, and start applying some quality checks. Applications that are so flawed as to be obvious can be expected to fall through as approved if examiners are just phoning it in.

- Break up the review process, no insight into the next step for any examiner. At some point, some examiners will be doing too little work to keep up, or the backlog will inspire some investigation. Perhaps.

- This is an oldie. Full tracking of the examiner's work, down to the keystroke.

- Even older, time to put up the performance chart. Peer pressure will probably not work in Civil Service, but it's a valiant try nonetheless.

Now, the real trick is how to measure performance. That scares me.

There's no need to salt the system with bogus applications. Simply review a sample of each employees work.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

Shavano Re:Solution looking for a problem (115 comments)

It's possible that they thought that was what they were doing, but it wasn't what they were really doing, at least not if they got hurt in Iraq or Afghanistan after 2002. Nevertheless, I have sympathy for them because they got seriously screwed over the the government.

about two weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Shavano Re:Scientific curiosity (228 comments)

Among other lots of good reasons.

Other examples:
* make it more disease resistant
* make it grow in more convenient places (my back yard, for example)
* self-roasting beans?

about two weeks ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

Shavano Re:Scary (174 comments)

There are vaccines for many of the most dangerous viruses. That's why nobody gets smallpox any more and very few people get polio or measles.

about two weeks ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

Shavano Re:Only a surprise if... (188 comments)

Well, I guess even Art Bell isn't always wrong.

But there's far more than just the government keeping you from getting useful news out of US news sources. They focus on what's cheap to produce and give you a steaming pile of it: sports "news", uninteresting "human interest" stories, commercials disguised as news, etc.

about two weeks ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

Shavano Re:No surprise here (188 comments)

It's interesting that you imagine this kind of behavior to be a new thing. As someone previously stated, this is what some reporters stoop to in order to get "access" that they hope other reporters won't have. It looks like Dilanian did it the wrong way, allowing the CIA to become his editors.

And if a news organization uses information from the government sources carefully, it can occasionally get information that you might not otherwise hear. Certainly what the CIA says about something that the CIA probably knows about is part of what the public ought to know, but it needs to be prefaced with something like, "according to official CIA sources" so the readers know they're reading what the government wants them to hear.

about two weeks ago
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Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

Shavano Re:Moon Ring Math (330 comments)

adjustments:

At any time, half of it is iluminated, forming the equivalent normal illuminated area of 3500km x 200km. Supposing the area utilization within the band is 90%, that's 630,000 square kilometers or 630E9 square meter. Assuming they're Si-heterostructure cells, they can produce 126 terawatts. Then the problem becomes not do you have enough power, but can you get it to Earth in a practical manner?

about 7 months ago
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Chevron Gives Residents Near Fracking Explosion Free Pizza

Shavano Can I get it too? (207 comments)

Explosion-Free Pizza, that is.

Everyone should get some.

about 7 months ago
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Paralyzed Woman Walks Again With 3D-Printed Robotic Exoskeleton

Shavano Re:3d-printed-exoskeleton LINER (41 comments)

In the old days, they would have done that by molding and sculpting to her contours -- if they had the tech to make the exo suit respond to her commands. That's by far the hardest part.

about 7 months ago
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Paralyzed Woman Walks Again With 3D-Printed Robotic Exoskeleton

Shavano Re:Fingers crossed for artificial vertebrae (41 comments)

I think it would be possible to design a two-part artificial vertebrum (a doral part and a ventral part) that would press together and form a solid-enough substitute. But how would you get the old deteriorated vertebrum out without damaging the spine and spinal nerves?

about 7 months ago
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Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

Shavano Re:they exist but do not have titles? (312 comments)

Do you have another word for something that you use to get work done that's not insulting?

Don't think so. You wouldn't understand, what with you being only a wog and all that, but pretty much every word in English is a euphemism for private parts or bodily functions of some kind.

Because this is literally what managers do with people.

You're a hoot at parties, aren't you? Theoretically speaking, of course.

I'm not here to amuse you, except incidentally. I'm more interested in making you think.

about 7 months ago
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US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

Shavano Re:How does press freedom drop because of leaks? (357 comments)

They were FIRST reported though the Guardian, but that hasn't stopped any US paper or other news outlet from covering the hell out of the story.

about 7 months ago
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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

Shavano Re:Bah, fake posturing. (401 comments)

They're already there. You have no point.

about 7 months ago
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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

Shavano Re:Given the mass extinctions... (401 comments)

It's not comparable. The effects of climate change advance slowly. Sure, every year more people might be exposed to storms but it takes decades for an area to become uninhabitable. It's enormously expensive and whole countries can be whittled away. Or in US terms, large portions of some states.

about 7 months ago

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Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial

Shavano Shavano writes  |  about 2 years ago

Shavano (2541114) writes "Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial Apple Inc. lost its bid to exclude evidence presented by Samsung Electronics Co. at the companies' patent trial in California about a tablet computer developed more than a decade before Apple's iPad was released in 2010. Judge Koh strikes for sanity again."
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Avecto Rollout -- How much pain are we in for?

Shavano Shavano writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shavano (2541114) writes "My company has just announced that it is rolling out Avecto "Privilege Guard" which will be running on everybody's computer and monitoring what applications we are running and keeping a central applications whitelist. As our IT explained it, applications not on the whitelist will run with a local override. But I just looked on Avecto's website and that's not what they say about their application. They claim that you will have security and IT support savings because users won't be able to run applications that aren't permitted. What they're advertising is supposedly huge savings that companies can get if they take away everybody's admin privileges.

I should mention that most of the computers at my company are in the hands of engineers, scientists and programmers. So everybody is running specialized applications and most of those people have admin rights to their machines because they run programs that require it and in the past IT trusted them to some degree. I think there's a degree of pain coming and I want a gauge of how bad it's going to be.

Does anybody have knowledge of how Avecto really works and whether users will necessarily be locked out of non-whitelisted applications or is it a case where the local user of unapproved programs gets a warning and can give the system temporary approval to run the program?"

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