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HBGary Federal Hacked By Anonymous

SignalFreq Misleading summary as always (377 comments)

source article

There was no FBI involved in this. It was some random company's attempt at PR (I'm sure they regret it now). The original article even says that the information would not be useful to police and that they planned to give it away at a conference in San Fransisco next week.

Not exactly "cooperation with an FBI investigation"

Seriously Slashdot... when are you going to hire editors who actually verify submissions before letting them onto the front page. No better than the national enquirer...

more than 3 years ago
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Has the Industrialized World Reached Peak Travel?

SignalFreq Age, baby boomers... (314 comments)

The leveling has little to do with money or infrastructure and everything to do with the composition of the population.

The per-capita mileage has leveled because we have a lower percentage of people in the younger, more mobile age groups. The baby boomers are reaching an age where they stay home more than in the past. The less-populous generations behind them are still working, traveling, driving as much as ever... there are just LESS of them as a PERCENTAGE of the population.

more than 3 years ago
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Super Strong Metal Foam Discovered

SignalFreq Re:Body Armor (367 comments)

Thus, while you can knock someone down by shooting them (since as mentioned above the shooter can brace against the recoil) it's impossible to shoot someone with a standard slug from a hand-held weapon and make them fly through the air from the impact.

I never said anything about "fly through the air". My post said thrown back or bruised, I suppose thrown back could be interpreted to mean flying through the air. That was not the intent in my statement, so let me rephrase: "Then you could survive being shot and also continue to return fire without being as easily knocked off balance, spun, or badly bruised."

more than 4 years ago
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Super Strong Metal Foam Discovered

SignalFreq Re:Body Armor (367 comments)

Maybe if you are wearing full Level IV body armor. Most of the lighter stuff traditionally worn by law enforcement still imparts a great deal of impact to the body, especially with higher mass or higher velocity rounds.

more than 4 years ago
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Super Strong Metal Foam Discovered

SignalFreq Body Armor (367 comments)

Place this behind an existing body armor compound (one that stops the bullet) and use the foam to absorb the remaining shock. Then you could survive being shot and also continue to return fire without being thrown back or suffering bad bruising.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone Has 46% of Japanese Smartphone Market

SignalFreq Re:Remember when smartphone meant something? (214 comments)

Nope, she doesn't have long nails. She thinks it may be because her hands are usually cold, though I'm not convinced. She does use moisturizing lotion and hand sanitizer fairly often, which I think that is a more likely cause for poor conduction.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone Has 46% of Japanese Smartphone Market

SignalFreq Re:Remember when smartphone meant something? (214 comments)

Ah, I see that now, I haven't updated my iPhone since mid-August... it will be nice to finally have MMS... but the 3G (battery/coverage) issues and AT&T's network (though some analysts say it is the iPhone hardware) will still drive me to a different phone.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone Has 46% of Japanese Smartphone Market

SignalFreq Re:Remember when smartphone meant something? (214 comments)

Their definition seems pretty broad, basically any phone that can run any of the smartphone OSs. More interesting is that the iPhone's main competitor, the W-Zero3, was built and released in 2005, 2 years before the iPhone American release in 2007 and 3 years before the Japanese release. The W-Zero3 has equal or better features with the exception of a touchscreen. So the iPhone is winning the market in Japan based upon marketing and the interface.

I own an iPhone. I am definitely moving away from it as soon as my contract expires... a few reasons: 1) horrible battery life with 3G usage, 2) lack of MMS, and 3) AT&T's network is sub-standard (I experience 2-3 dropped calls every day).

Interestingly, my wife refuses to use any iPhone, since the touchscreen never responds accurately to her touch. Most of her friends have similar issues, and now that I think about it, I don't see many women using an iPhone.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows 7 Reintroduces Remote BSoD

SignalFreq The SMB2 flaw is very easy to fix! (427 comments)

SMB2 is not required, it can be disabled.

From an Administrative prompt issue the follow:

"net stop mrxsmb20"

To make the change permanent, also issue:

"sc config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb10/nsi"
"sc config mrxsmb20 start= disabled"

Seriously, why is everyone getting so bent over something that is a three-line permanent fix?

about 5 years ago
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Appropriate Interviewing For a Worldwide Search?

SignalFreq Re:Good developers dont have time to take many tes (440 comments)

I like your method. Put them in a situation that relates to the job you expect them to do.

I have been employed by three companies in the past 22 years. Each time I moved on, I left on good terms with my current employer and listed my previous boss on my resume as a reference. In my current position, I do the technical interviews, generally over the phone or a lunch meeting. I usually prepare for the meeting by contacting the listed references and asking them about the applicant. If someone lists three college buddies, or three junior coworkers, or three people from completely non-related fields, then I have a pretty good indicator already that they were not respected by management or senior developers in their last job. I find a loose correlation between the quality of the references and the quality of the applicant.

In my interviews, I generally give a simple requirement and ask how they would solve it. I don't care if they know the details to implementing the latest and greatest algorithms or programming methods. I care how they approach the problem, what questions they ask, and how they think through the solution. Also, within ~10 minutes of questioning, you can determine if the applicant really knows programming or just knows buzzwords and for loops (and if you can't, then perhaps you are the one who just knows buzzwords.)

Talking to and assessing references can give you a good indication of work ethic and behavior.

Talking to and assessing the applicant can give you a good indication of knowledge and talent.

Between the two, I've been very successful in hiring quality developers for our company.

about 5 years ago
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Initial Tests Fail To Find Gravitational Waves

SignalFreq Re:what to do, what to do (553 comments)

A statistical test akin to testing for a biased coin would be sufficient to create an ID test.

So then do it. Create the test and give us the results, let us verify your test methodology and your data and your results. Until such a time, ID is merely conjecture and not a scientific hypothesis.

more than 5 years ago
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Which Language Approach For a Computer Science Degree?

SignalFreq Re:Hobby (537 comments)

Which method of teaching is going to better provide me with the experience I need, as well as the experience an employer wants to see in a college graduate?

As others have said, learn the concepts.

You should also find a class that requires group programming. Learn how to interact with fellow programmers, how to operate within a team environment, and how to document your thoughts and processes. I've found that social skills are very valuable in any organization.

more than 5 years ago
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Researchers Enable Mice To Exhale Fat

SignalFreq Re:TEACH? (328 comments)

Exhale fat? Great... now I'll have to worry about someone breathing second hand fat in my face...

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Moves To Keep Revenue Info Secret

SignalFreq Re:Dumb question? (130 comments)

Dumb question here, but why not look up the tax returns they've filed with the IRS?

FTA:
"By July 10, 2009, the Plaintiffs shall provide the Defendant with yearly estimates, beginning in 1999, of the revenues generated by their copyrights in the specific songs for which they intend to prove infringement at trial. They should separate physical and digital music sales and should provide Defendant with a description of the methodology used to arrive at these figures."

Tax returns would not contain revenue information for each individual song.

more than 5 years ago
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Small, High-Resolution LCD Monitors?

SignalFreq Re:Syncmaster (370 comments)

ASUS VW192T+ 19", 1680 x 1050, $120
http://www.superwarehouse.com/ASUS_VW192T+_19_Widescreen_LCD_Monitor/VW192T+/ps/1562122

ViewSonic VX1940w 19", 1680 x 1050, $150
http://www.superwarehouse.com/ViewSonic_VX1940w_19_Widescreen_LCD_Monitor/VX1940W/ps/1504859

Or if you want really high resolution (and have too much money):
EIZO RadiForce GS310-CL Single Head 20.8", 2048 x 1536, $6k
http://www.superwarehouse.com/EIZO_RadiForce_GS310-CL_Single_Head_20.8_LCD_Monitor/GS310-CL-SH-MMP3P/ps/1543964

more than 5 years ago
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Rhode Island Affiliates Banned From Amazon.com Sales

SignalFreq Re:Absolutely not (532 comments)

This is where the Federal Government actually has the authority per the Constitution to step in and regulate interstate commerce. Congress needs to dictate ONE tax rate for all Internet purchases.

You aren't going to trample the sovereignty of my state because your business is too lazy to implement a lookup table to comply with my laws. That's bullshit.

You aren't going to trample the sovereignty of my state because you are too lazy to self report your out of state purchases to comply with your laws.

more than 5 years ago

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Tesla receives $465M loan to build Model S

SignalFreq SignalFreq writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SignalFreq (580297) writes "Tesla Motors, based in San Carlos, California, was approved yesterday for $465M in loans from the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. Tesla plans to use $365M of the money to finance a manufacturing facility for the Model S (review, Letterman video) and $100M for a powertrain manufacturing plant in the SF Bay Area. "Tesla will use the ATVM loan precisely the way that Congress intended — as the capital needed to build sustainable transport," said Tesla CEO and Product Architect Elon Musk. Tesla expects the Model S to ship in late 2011 and the base cost to be $57,400 ($49,900 after a federal tax credit). Ford received $5.9B and Nissan received $1.6B under the same program."

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