Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues
Except this isn't "I forgot to turn off the coffee maker and my coffee burned" territory. It is closer to "I forgot to de-ice the Pitot tubes and a plane full of people crashed." Companies have figure out how to manage stuff like this when it is important enough (process, checklists, redundancy, etc), Sony just failed to do so.
Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?
I object to the phrase word "Man in the Middle Attack" because that phrase has a very specific meaning. This is not a MITM attack -- at least not a successful one. The submission suggests that the corporation is exploiting some security vulnerability, when really it is just using trust in a completely appropriate* way.
*Note that all of my comments are about computer security, not acceptable corporate behavior. Whether this is a case of corporate douchebaggery is a separate issue. I didn't comment on that part of the issue because it doesn't interest me.
Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?
This is not a MITM attack -- it is a trusted proxy. The employees all trust the proxy, so everything works as it should. You don't trust the proxy, so you get a certificate validation error, so everything works as it should.
Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?
Students would not learn enough higher math, algorithms, and data structures to be viable employees when their industry changes every five years
Why Johnny Can't Code and How That Can Change
The problem is that people entering college now are too young to remember when they were first exposed to computers because computers are everywhere and they've had them all their life. I remember being excited about my family's first computer (and IBM PC XT) and wondering how it works, but that was because I was 9 at the time. Computers are so commonplace today, and many are not even recognizable as computers, that we shouldn't expect kids to have an immediate sense of wonder about them.
Another issue is that young people probably see computers and software as these mystical things that are handed down to us from large, powerful companies like Apple and EA. So they may need to be informed that it is within their means to tinker with software and build things on their own.
Cooperative Cars Battle It Out In Holland
Self-driving cars hold a lot of promise, but I think it will always be better to deliver your children in a hospital.
Evolution Battle Brews In Texas
Atheism is a luxury that prisoners cannot afford. They are in an unpleasant situation and thus they are more likely to require the comfort of religion.
CERN, LHC Sets New Luminosity World Record
"Higher intensity means more data, and more data means more science!"
Glasses Purge 3rd D From Films
The glasses don't do anything about the plot or the characters, which are already 2-dimensional.
Wi-Fi Shown To Interfere With Aircraft Systems
Blank display is a term used in avionics to describe a condition in which a display is blank. This condition could could be caused by any number of things, including failure of the computer that is driving the display. It's not necessarily "momentary."
BBC Astronomer Misses Meteor During Live Show
I do too! But I don't live in New Jersey, so I have to watch them on TV.
Microsoft Reportedly Working On TV Service For Xbox 360
Even if you have the codecs installed, it cannot browse or play non-WTV or DVR-MS without the use of something like MediaBrowser (which itself, is a slick application).
I feel compelled to correct this in case others misunderstand you and it reflects poorly on Media Center. Media Center can play videos in a variety of containers and codecs. I commonly put m4v files encoded using h.264 in my "videos" folder. Media center picks them right up and allows me to play them (even on my extenders). Perhaps what you mean is that you can't play these files from your "Recorded TV" folder (perhaps this is the case -- I've never tried it).
Real-Life Gadgets For Real-Life Superheroes
Agreed. I think the douchebaggery peaked at this point:
"Right now, the suit is still largely on the drawing board...We are just finishing up the ideation phase and beginning design and prototyping.”
Still, this part gives me an entertaining mental image of some superhero trying to get tech from his supplier, only to be met with a Dilbertesque sequence of overhyped marketing, corporate buzzwords, and eventual disappointment.
MySpace Revamps Site To Recapture the Magic
From the point of view of marketing, you die when you turn 30 and come back to life when you turn 55. In between that time, you have just the right combination of poverty and responsibility that prevents you from throwing money away based on advertising.
The PlayStation Move Arrives — a Hands-On Report
There were *NO* commercials on television touting the new product.
There were commericals on TV. For over a week now. I saw them while watching football (which is the only time I watch live TV and therefore commercials). They weren't very memorable, though. Didn't tell me much about the product and they certainly didn't make me want to buy the thing.
Sorry about the sentence fragments. Been reading too much Cormac McCarthy.
Europe Proposes International Internet Treaty
The difference between the internet and space is that only advanced western states have access to space. All states feel like they need to protect their own resources on the internet from hackers (mostly non-state actors), so they will want complete freedom when deciding how to do that. As soon as western countries believe that Al Qaeda (or whoever we are afraid of at the time) has any change of destroying their satellites, they will pull out of the Outer Space Treaty for the same reason.
Woman Trademarks Name and Threatens Sites Using It
Helicopter Crashes While Filming Autonomous Audi
Right, this was probably an expensive INS (e.g. ring laser gyro) + GPS system. I imagine they would use something like this for a prototype, because they can get precise acceleration information without having to recalibrate after changes to the vehicle. The good news is that it is easy to get acceleration data for cars because they only have one axis of rotation, and they have wheels that are always on the ground. For production cars with this sort of technology, they can probably just use the speedometer along with something that measures how much the front wheels are turned. Maybe they will throw in a cheap INS to detect loss of wheel traction or otherwise improve the quality of the speed/acceleration data.
Of course, this only helps for navigation, which is probably the easiest part of the problem. Collision avoidance would probably be done with cameras, radar, ultrasonic ranging, etc.
Man Patents Self-Burying Coffin
This is great! I've been looking for a new metaphor for my current software project. The "two story outhouse" metaphor wasn't quite working anymore.
Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church
I prefer to say "I don't believe in God." instead
Myself I prefer to say "I don't believe in an anthropomorphic god".
My line is "I assert nothing." I don't believe anything is true unless I can prove it using mathematics. If I need any information that cannot be obtained by proof, I just do the best that I can, and I accept that my information may be incorrect.
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