Interviews: Ask David Gallo About Ocean Exploration
Having watched the show SeaQuest as a teenager, and recognizing the participation from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (For the first season anyway), I wanted to ask about the feasibility of humans actually inhabiting the oceans and seas as depicted in the television series. I realize that the technology to bring the ship itself to reality is quite a bit ahead of where we are now, but do you think it's possible in the near-future that humans will begin to colonize the oceans?
DHS Steps In As Regulator for Medical Device Security
Sure, people in hospitals need information, but surely something which is assisting in the physical process of a surgery (etc.) doesn't need to be in the cloud, does it?
As someone who works for a company that writes medical systems software, I can tell you that at the very least the systems need network connectivity so that the different systems can consolidate data in one place for examination. The problem is that any network connected device is potentially vulnerable to random Joe plugging a laptop into the network and hacking away.
To illustrate why that's bad, I've run into situations in which a client site (read: Hospital) outright prohibited using SSL/TLS on their servers. They deemed their internal network secure and refused to budge on allowing secure communications between the clients and the servers. Authentication information should always be encrypted and some administrators just don't get that.
As a whole, I think the medical technology industry needs someone to force tighter security requirements on software developers and medical sites as a whole. This is a good thing in my opinion. If that appropriate someone is the DHS may require a different discussion, but some government body needs to start pushing information security in the medical industry.
Why Kids Should Be Building Rockets Instead of Taking Tests
I'm simply happy that the schools have the paper to actually print the tests. Here, the budget is so out of whack that most school systems require that parents to supplement their classrooms with much more than notebooks, pencils, and tissues. The budgetary issues aside, it comes down to the parents (who elect the folks in charge of the school systems) to decide how their children are taught. I do believe that children who are engaged are more apt to learn than those who are bored to tears. Go beyond engineering projects, teach kids that math can be fun, how to have fun with the English and/or foreign languages, or demonstrate how historical events can be fun to learn about. These things are important as well.
And if you feel like you child isn't getting enough education at school, try bolstering their education outside of normal school hours. Get involved with the education of your kids and find out exactly what it is that they're learning. Only then, can you as a parent determine where their education is lacking.
Astronomers Find Most Distant Protocluster of Galaxies
the cluster must still be in the process of formation.
Well, it's still in the process of formation where we can visibly see it. Given that it's 12.7 billion light years away, I'd like to believe that the galaxies are properly formed at this point. Though, given that not one person knows exactly how long it takes to form a proper galaxy, who's to say that it isn't finished. It's all best guess I suppose. Really cool science though, knowing that light from 12.7 billion years ago is illuminating our planet, however faint it may be.
Next Kindle Expected To Have a Front-Lit Display
I've got a huge library of .mobi books, and when I want to read one, I copy it to my kindle and it shows up in my list of available titles on my Kindle 3. Haven't had a single problem with any .mobi books and I've read hundreds that way.
Asus PadFone Combines Smartphone, Tablet, Keyboard
In the application settings for the stock Android browser and several other android browsers (firefox and opera come to mind), you can change the user agent string to use a desktop browser string, and all websites then show up in their full "normal desktop" glory. I had this exact same problem on my transformer. Once I changed that setting and I've not had a problem since. Just thought I'd let you know. In the stock browser, its under advanced settings IIRC.
Obama Pushes For Cheaper Pennies
This is also true in almost every movie theater I've attended in recent memory here in the US. All prices listed inside and out of the theater are tax inclusive. It's exceptionally convenient for me, since I can easily calculate in my head if I've got the spare change in my pocket to be able to get the larger size popcorn. It's the same thing with gasoline purchases. If I have a $20 in my pocket, I know that the most gas I can purchase is $20 worth. Given the current price of gasoline, however, good luck getting the dial to stop at exactly $20.
SOPA Goes Back To the Drawing Board, PIPA Postponed
the US government to stop thinking they can police the world.
If overseas pirating operations are what's causing all the ruckus, I don't see what passing stringent laws within the US borders will do to accomplish this task. It could just be me, but it seems that what the plan is with both of these acts is to try and police what happens on the internet worldwide. The United States has no business regulating the internet internationally. If they want to regulate it within their borders, that's the government's realm. Outside of the US, there's not one damn thing the US should be doing other than cooperating with other global governments to begin their own enforcement policies.
Not that I'm advocating internet regulation here, it just seems that the reasoning behind the acts is flawed, as is most of the data. I, myself, have created several copyrighted works, which found their way stolen and posted here and there. Sure it pissed me off, but as the person who owned the copyrights, it was my job to do the foot work responsible for making sure that either the content was taken down, or I was given appropriate attribution.
Going back to my primary point in posting, the US government, and US-based corporations needs to stop thinking that the US government is responsible for policing the world on any level.
That's just my $0.02.
Ask Slashdot: Networked Back-Up/Wipe Process?
You could use something like Altiris Deployment Solution which was bought by Symantec. Judging by the screenshots of the latest versions, it already has the backup and wipe capabilities built in. So it would be a one box solution. I know that you can assign initial deployment tasks to any new system detected by DS, so you can just set it up to perform the backup first, then perform a data wipe, and when it's completed, the new system will be identified in the UI as such.
I've used an older version primarily for OS deployments in a large-ish (500-800PC) network, and rarely had any difficulty. I think that the biggest downside, other than having to use Windows as your base OS, would be the costs for licensing. I think they sell it in blocks of 100 systems, and it isn't exactly cheap. It will, however, do exactly what you want in an automated fashion.
RIAA Lawyer Complains DMCA May Need Revamp
Basically they are complaining the the DMCA makes them responsible for policing their own content at their expense.
It's not the government or the ISP's job to monitor and/or determine the usage of the content available on the internet. Were I to publish a game, for example, it would then be up to me as an individual to research, inspect, and determine if anyone is infringing on the copyright of my game. Just because they're a large entity doesn't mean they should be exempted from the same issues facing the individual content owners.
Why should the ISP's be forced to swallow the costs of such a manhunt, when they receive zero benefit from the search, it costs them money, and it displays them negatively in the public light such that their brand is devalued, however slightly.
Essentially, content owners should be, and are, responsible for making sure that everyone who uses their content is abiding by their specified licenses, etc. If you're complaining about the costs that you incur whilst enforcing your licensing model, and want the government to help out, perhaps you should re-evaluate your licensing model. Of course, that particular dead horse has been beaten so severely, at this point, to be unrecognizable.
Nationwide Test of the Emergency Broadcast System
I know, that in this environment of increasing paranoia, I'm probably not the first person to think that announcing a nationwide test of the emergency broadcast system and giving the exact date and time of the test could potentially be a bad plan. It seems to me that perhaps someone wishing to perform any sort of nationwide nefarious activities would plan to do so on a day like that. I can see it now...
"Did you hear that there is a "
"Oh, don't worry about it, they were just testing the emergency broadcast system today. Nothing to worry about."
Just my $0.02 though.
Evaluating the Capabilities of Chip-Sized Spacecraft
Big problem: We only have so much helium on the planet.
We do, however, have plenty of hydrogen. That could be used instead of helium and we can send as many balloons as we wanted without a whole lot of fear of "running out" of the lift fuel.
Xbox Head Proclaims Blu-ray Dead
The point of HD is high quality, right?
Exactly! And the Blu-Ray format was invented to allow more storage on a physical disc media. Thus, you have the storage available to put an entire movie in High Definition on it(~10 - ~30Gb).
I have the fastest available broadband in my area(18Mbps down). To download an entire high def movie in that size would take significantly longer than I would want to wait in front of my television for it. I bought my Blu-ray player for the quality. If I'm going to be forced to download the same content, I expect, and demand, the same quality.
Also, let us not forget about the fact that a sizable portion of the US is still running on dial-up, so downloading a high definition movie is completely out of the question.
Unless the content providers are willing to invest heavily in the broadband infrastructure of the country then physical media like Blu-Ray is here to stay, at least for the next several years.
How Much Is Your Online Identity Worth?
If you fill out the quiz, and at the end, you elect not to protect yourself, you get to watch a video. At the end of that video if you choose not to protect yourself, you get another video, and yet another follows that.
That, is what it's doing in the background. Downloading video. Personally, the Shopping Network video scared me.
Tips For Taking Your Laptop Into and Out of the US?
I just came back in from a two week stay in Europe, where my travels took me through several countries there. While I was there, all the photos that I took were stored on the laptop, along with several movies that I'd ripped to the drive.
Upon my return to the states, the check-in process wasn't any different than it had been a couple of years ago. They asked no questions about my laptop, or if I even had one. The only time my laptop left my bag was when I put it through the X-ray machine.
That being said, it never hurts to encrypt your data anyway.
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