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The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:Hackers? (88 comments)

Given the negative connotations of the word "hackers" - how about "dedicated engineers" instead?

I prefer restoring the original meaning of the "hacker" badge to its original lofty meaning as "one who hacks and hacks and hacks in the manner of a dedicated engineer until it rocks." ... and this clearly rocks.

yesterday
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:Article is empty (289 comments)

What I got from it is that someone wanted to write a book for the $ake of writing a book.

And personally, fuck doors. Its a game....I deal with doors all day IRL and they suck too. Focus more on axes or sharks with laser beams.

Roll a 10 sided die and be done with it! Oh, wait... wrong century...

yesterday
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Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:When I'm ready for the rest home... (68 comments)

And also very useful against a salesman.

Salesman HUD: BasilBrush: cynic, distrustful of salesmen. Use humble approach C7

BasilBrush HUD: Salesman detected: will probably try to appeal to your ego. Suggest applying tissue damage to left leg. Knives are aisle 3, viable bludgeons are aisle 8.

Clearly, the fist of death is the only solution here.

yesterday
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Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans

ThatsDrDangerToYou When I'm ready for the rest home... (68 comments)

As long as I can have my implanted device remind me that, yes, it's my daughter visiting today. Her husband's name is X and they're kids names are... Technology will totally save my ass someday.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:Not passwords (168 comments)

Fourth, evaluate your software update policies and IT budget and staffing.

LOLS! What is this "IT budget" of which you speak? Staffing?!

I worked for a series of startups, and at the last place the CEO was like "Wtf am I paying $10k a year for with this IT management company?" Hilarity ensued. :-|

2 days ago
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David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:Hello, Security. Nice to meet you. (84 comments)

But AOL’s client had a security bug in it, called a buffer overflow. [...] AOL knew about this bug in their program and now they were exploiting it! That was what all those double zeros were for—they were just filling up space in the program’s buffer until they hit the end of the AOL client’s buffer and started overwriting executable code with the remainder of the protocol message. AOL was causing the client to look up a particular address in memory and send it back to the server.

There's something that you could always count on AOL for -- Respect for the users. Most companies, when faced with a trivially exploitable buffer overflow that could cause their chat client to execute arbitrary code would classify it as a bug and feel compelled to fix it, but that's not the AOL way. Instead they changed it from a bug to a feature which enhanced security by verifying the client's identity.

And if somewhere along the way someone else used it to own an army of AOL-zombie PCs, then that's just the price you pay. You can't make an omelette without breaking a few arms.

'Round here we calls 'em armlettes.

2 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:401k (466 comments)

Actually, there is generally one mistake here: company 401k's tend to not have great investment selections and fairly high fees. Be sure to roll all your savings into low cost index funds.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:401k (466 comments)

Yes, please explain why a 401k is a mistake.

In short, you should have both a Roth and a 401k if you are in the US. The conventional wisdom is that you should save about 10% of your income for retirement. If you rely on your tech IPO to make you rich, well, good luck with that.

about a week ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (267 comments)

Moses even had tablets, but they were pretty slow I'm told.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

ThatsDrDangerToYou 401k (466 comments)

Well, if you work at a fairly professional wage, put away a decent chunk in a 401k, perhaps get some company match, the millionaire mark isn't out of reach for most professionals.

Then again, I too have been guilty of riding the startup dream.

about a week ago
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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:Hoverboard flips? SOLVED. (98 comments)

"so your hoverboard would constantly flip over as you floated around moving from a state of repulsion to attraction with the magnets." That's not a problem. Use many tiny magnetized cylinders beneath a hard top for standing. The cylinders can constantly flip, it wont affect the top which can be held in place separately - but they will be able to keep whatever they're holding up afloat. The rider wont even feel the cylinders spinning or flipping. Innovation lab my ass, pfft. :D

Fuck, why didn't I think of that? I mean, sorry, I already thought of that--my attorney will be in touch with your attorney shortly.

about a week ago
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Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:Machine Language (80 comments)

I'm going to make our programmers code everything in machine language so they can learn to be gods.

Actually, forget machine language, they have to assemble the computer from discrete logic gates!

Come on man, at least give us paper tape.

about two weeks ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:Open the pod bay door HAL (71 comments)

"Investigators were not mollified by the discovery that the devices were not explosive in nature, stating they still intended to determine "if this event was a hoax or something else entirely". Though city prosecutors eventually concluded there was no ill intent involved in the placing of the ads, the city continues to refer to the event as a "bomb hoax" rather than a "scare"."

Hmm.. yes, marketing pretty much == terrorism. .. but what the investigators really meant was: "fuck it--we wanna blow something up!"

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:Empty summary (135 comments)

The only issue noted was too many researchers. Well, that's a self-correcting problem, isn't it.

Clearly we need more researcher cage matches. It would be awesome... "Slasher Jones was just about to get funded when Bubba Nesmith took him out with a rare mutation of the ebola virus. Nesmith gets funding AND a publication!"

about two weeks ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:It was a "joke" back then (275 comments)

Also, does it come with an inflatable bench? Because I need one with a built-in bench.

about two weeks ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:Open the pod bay door HAL (71 comments)

...which is, of course, the elimination of the moon people.

What did they ever do to you to deserve annihilation?

about two weeks ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:Knowing your tools (136 comments)

Or engineering or development.

[John]

Oh hey, watch it buster. This is /.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Man On Trial For Spreading False Rumors Online

ThatsDrDangerToYou In other news... (53 comments)

My penis is 3 feet long.

about two weeks ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

ThatsDrDangerToYou Re:i pledge to you... (723 comments)

When government saves a life, Jesus punches a dolphin in the gills.

So does he ask his father to put the gills on the dolphin first, or how does that work?

They're proverbial gills you insensitive clod! It's like poetry man, artistic license and whatnot...

about two weeks ago

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