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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

al0ha Re:So... (253 comments)

Oh by the way, if you need a corporate example of how well Germany's life/work balance succeeds, consider the fact that Volkswagon has taken over 2nd place in global vehicle sales from General Motors.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

al0ha Re:So... (253 comments)

This is such a joke, America is an employee wasteland, enslaved to their corporate masters in part by huge amounts of debt assumed due to an increasingly higher cost of funding higher education, we've basically become a country of indentured servitude, and this is totally unnecessary if the people would only wake up and refuse this system that's been thrust upon them by the greedy 1%

Germany, which has one of the strongest economies on earth, is a nation where employees work 35 hour weeks, are given 6 weeks of vacation standard, and women may take as much time off as they need for motherhood, then return to their jobs. Not to mention that, they are considering making it illegal for your employer to email you after 6pm.

Germany's a perfect example of an extremely successful economy based on the idea of working to live, not just working, and their economy, vastly better than the US, shows this sort of philosophy works.

about two weeks ago
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Drone spots massive shark circling surfers

al0ha Pretty cool (1 comments)

That's pretty cool and serves as just another reminder that sharks are not simple indiscriminate killing machines, nor for the most part are they dangerous to humans. Shark attacks on humans are unfortunate anomalies and continued drone and helicopter sightings like this will prove that point once and for all. Sharks have been among us surfers undetected all along, the only difference now is that sometimes we are finally able to see what they are up to.

about a month ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

al0ha An expert opinion, a Distopian future? (191 comments)

Sci-Fi can paint any picture it wants, but so far it has never asked, "Will people still be useful in the 21st Century?" Great question and the answer is likely no, and that answer in no way leads to Utopia in my opinion.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/17/...

about a month and a half ago
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Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

al0ha The good news is (130 comments)

My 1968 Plymouth is certainly going to gain in value over the years, it has a lot going for it. No onboard spyware and being it uses a points distributor, EMP proof as well. w00t!

I strip away the old debris
That hides a shining car
A brilliant blue Barracuda
From a better vanished time

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

al0ha Re:Arrogance is bad even if it is true (262 comments)

Let's get one thing straight, very few in the dotCom world are geniuses, and Mr. Zuckerberg is so far from being a genius he's almost not worth mentioning, there's no genius in Facebook, it's sheer luck and good timing. The entire idea that Silicon Valley is populated and run by geniuses is laughable. I work in a place where there are more bonafide geniuses per capita than anywhere else in the world, and though they may start out that way, very few remain arrogant as each of them eventually comes to the realization their view of their level of genius was skewed by the big fish small pond effect.

One of the greatest geniuses I've even had the pleasure of meeting, who has won a Nobel Prize in a physical science which certainly proves his particular genius, is a down to earth person and very respectful of everyone, unless of course you are a poser, then you might experience the wrath of his genius as understandably, nobody likes to suffer fools.

about 3 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

al0ha Re:"Undead" doesn't mean vibrant, though. (283 comments)

I don't know about Python, I could never get used to indentation to represent blocks of code, too easy to get lost. { } makes much more sense to me...

about 4 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

al0ha It's an artform (240 comments)

I began a career in photography in the 80s and as such I can definitely understand the kid's appeal to traditional photographic methodology, it is a true art form where skill and knowledge must be developed over time in order to achieve spectacular results. It is very gratifying to manipulate both film and chemistry in order to achieve the image you have imagined, and watch it unfold slowly in real time on paper as you swirl the chemistry over it. Good times for all, keep it up kids!

about 4 months ago
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Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

al0ha Blood donors shortening their lifespans? (333 comments)

Wow, the fact the stem cells that regenerate blood cells wear out is something as a blood donor I'd not considered. According to this article wearing out has nothing to do with age and everything to do with the total amount of use per each stem cell.

I've always donated blood and most recently been donating red cells which takes twice the number of cells as a regular blood donation, but now I wonder if I am shortening my own life span by helping complete strangers who mean nothing to me? I am all for helping humanity, but not really at a profound cost to myself. I'd sure like to see a study of lifespan as it relates to long term blood donors, and until I do I am not sure I will be donating any more blood.

about 6 months ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

al0ha Re:Don't bother. (509 comments)

>> most of this country is horribly undereducated and ignorant of how the world actually works.

Yep and that is part of the cloaked Right Wing agenda that is turning the US into an oligarchy. Every politician since time imemorial has stated education is their top priority, but the facts of the state of the educational system in America proves they are liars, every one of them. Now the worst of the Bush II Presidency has just been revealed with the latest Supreme Court ruling on money in politics.

In the government and in politics it's far worse than simple ignorance of scientific fact, there is active anti-truth campaigns funded by big money Super PACs. Now with the recent Supreme Court folly the Tea Party and other scientific denier whackos will have even more Super PAC money to continue their dirty work in the name of the 1%.

Our only hope to continue as a true Democracy is to figure out how to use the Internet to get money out of politics completely. That is what every brilliant mind should be working towards if we want any hope for the future generations.

about 7 months ago
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Schneier: Break Up the NSA

al0ha Dang nobody bit (324 comments)

Dang a month ago I made a submission related to Bruce meeting with Congress and asking if Bruce Schneier will save us from the NSA - not one person on /. bit on it.

http://beta.slashdot.org/submi...

Now at least I can answer my own question... YES!!!!

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

al0ha Guess I'll have to go old school then (731 comments)

And revive my list of advertising hosts to point to 127.0.0.1 in my local hosts file.

about 9 months ago
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TrueCrypt Master Key Extraction and Volume Identification

al0ha Re:Still working as intended (222 comments)

Sorry bad logic. Nobody has any idea of Truecrypt's integrity as the entire project has never been peer reviewed and nobody knows all of the persons who contribute to it, so until proven it can't be and hasn't already been compromised, nobody can be confident of its security.

Nobody has claimed to have compromised Truecrypt, that is true, but as we know the NSA and other spook orgs would never admit it if they have and for all we know one of the anonymous developers works for a spook org.

about 9 months ago
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A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin

al0ha Re:Bitcoin is irrelevant today (396 comments)

You have that right but for the wrong reason. Bitcoin is irrelevant because the underlying software is OpenSource - get it people? Anyone can quickly and easily created their own Bit-whatever currency- as we've seen people doing. What is happening now with Bitcoin itself is the same old pump and dump that happens with penny stocks and the old unregulated wall st of the early 20th century. Remember the Winkle-who-the-f-cares twins are promoting their investment as are others; it's all in the name of making some rich and leaving the rest holding the bag. When will people learn?

Time will tell if I am correct on my view or not...

about 10 months ago
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Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

al0ha Being fired was the correct response regardless (399 comments)

The point of her being fired has nothing to do with public outrage, hysteria, infotainment.

This person is a highly paid corporate PR professional and her tweet showed that she is not that good at her job after all, thus being fired. My wife is a PR professional who would never make such as stupid mistake, because she's a professional to the core at all times.

about 10 months ago
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Fearing Government Surveillance, US Journalists Are Self-Censoring

al0ha The Solution is a Truly Free Press (376 comments)

I've said it before and I'll say it again; if Bill Gates and Warren Buffet really want to make the greatest impact on humanity, use every cent of your wealth to establish a global free press foundation beholden to no person, corporation or government. Only via this method can humankind be as sure as is humanly possible that we're getting an unbiased view. Fund a Free Press Foundation now!

Journalists are likely not self-censoring out of fear of the government as the only reason - but out of fear of losing their job since their corporate owners have their own agendas in the name of money grubbing and are of course in bed with the current power brokers.

about a year ago
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A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

al0ha Re:Why subsidize? (1030 comments)

"Old school republicans and libertarians both distaste government intervention"

Correct - unless such intervention benefits them or their cronies...

I for one love the infighting in the GOP - John McCain is my hero for giving Sarah Palin a national platform and launching the deniers in the anti-intellectual Tea Party. Anti-intellectual... hmm that sounds a lot like Deutschland many years ago...

The sooner the GOP morphs into something better than what it has become the better for the entire world.

about a year ago
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Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

al0ha Re:couldnt agree more (343 comments)

Elon is not the only genius who thinks an MBA is bogus and he's 100% correct; but we have to give FZ his due as he was way ahead of the curve on this thinking.

" When people started taking MBA seriously, that was the beginning of the ruination of the American industrial society. When all decisions are based on an MBA's concept of numerical reality, you're in deep shit, because the only thing that can be judged as real is that which can be proved by a column of figures. And when all aesthetic decisions are turned over to these kinds of people, who use these criteria to make steering decisions for a company with no regard for people and no regard for what the product really is, and the only thing that matters is maximizing your profit, you have a problem. Because you can't have quality then; you cannot have excellence. Quality's expensive. I think most of these people that come from business schools have the desire to make sure everything is cheesy. That's what happens when you do things that way." - FZ

http://home.online.no/~corneliu/mother1.htm

about a year ago

Submissions

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Will Schneier Help Save Us From The NSA?

al0ha al0ha writes  |  about 9 months ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Schneier briefs members of Congress on the NSA in a closed door meeting. According to Bruce, "Surreal part of setting up this meeting: I suggested that we hold this meeting in a SCIF, because they wanted me to talk about top secret documents that had not been made public. So we had to have the meeting in a regular room."

I am so very happy to hear a rational expert, that is almost uniquely able to explain complex subjects and their potential ramifications to those of us possessing less than brilliant minds in this world, has been briefing Congress on the NSA."

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The Memristor - It may transform computer hardware

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "The first new passive circuit element since the 1830s might transform computer hardware.

In a thriving transistor monoculture where more transistors are created than grains of rice grown world wide; can a new circuit element find a place to take root and grow? That’s the question posed by the memristor, a device first discussed theoretically 40 years ago and finally implemented in hardware in 2008. The name is a contraction of “memory resistor,” which offers a good clue to how it works."

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Why Is Slashdot Session Management Insecure

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Why is it that Slashdot session management is insecure? If you force HTTPS during login, then session cookies are set for encrypted sessions only, so for the rest of the site you are not logged in. If you login over insecure HTTP, then the session cookies are set for any connection.

This is totally lame and makes session hijacking via FireSheep simple, as well as credential sniffing on the wire and wireless.

How Geeky can Geeknet be if they can't even handle session management appropriately?

The password change page and login pages should be protected by HTTPS. Then session cookies appropriate for general content, or privileged content (like changing account information) should be set where privileged content always runs over HTTPS."

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Android Trojan captures credit card details

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "A team of security researchers has created a proof-of-concept Trojan for Android handsets that is capable of listening out for credit card numbers — typed or spoken — and relaying them back to the application's creator."
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Worry About Little Brother

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "To paraphrase the article: "These days, the main enemy of privacy is not Big Brother, but a whole bunch of Little Brothers. I grant you that long experience teaches us that the government itself must be watched. However, if you think that it is the main threat to your privacy these days, I humbly suggest that you think again.""
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Dissecting the neural circuitry of fear

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "In this week's issue of the journal Nature, a research team led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has taken an important step toward understanding just how this kickoff occurs by beginning to dissect the neural circuitry of fear. In their paper, these scientists—led by David J. Anderson, the Benzer Professor of Biology at Caltech and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator—describe a microcircuit in the amygdala that controls, or "gates," the outflow of fear from that region of the brain.

Read the Paper if you have No Fear; of real science. :-)"

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School; where most Americans learn science. NOT!

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 3 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "From American Scientist: "Although data show that taking college-level science courses dramatically improves public science literacy, only about 30 percent of U.S. adults have ever taken even one college-level science course."

This is an interesting statistic; I guess..."

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Haystack Security Goes Up in Flames

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Among many others I also found myself very skeptical that this self-proclaimed, "Whiz Kid" could code a truly useful and secure application in a few days.. Seems it turns out to be just another example of over-hype by the media regarding a product they themselves never saw. How pathetic."
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Possible Dark Matter Discovery

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "TWO small signals detected in an experiment deep underground in an abandoned US iron ore mine could be the first glimpses of the mysterious dark matter that is thought to make up about 24 per cent of the universe."
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Browser Security Courtesy of the American Taxpayer

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Invincea, a security firm originally funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to build a prototype virtualized browser, today rolled out a Windows application that places Internet Explorer (IE) into a virtual environment in order to protect the underlying system from Web-based attacks.

While the product is an interesting idea and may be useful, I totally object to the pricing as an American taxpayer. I have already helped pay for the development of this product; the CEO must be related to Bush/Cheney somehow. What a scam."

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University of Virginia p0wn'd for almost a million

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Er, trojan anyone? "According to several sources familiar with the case, thieves stole the funds after compromising a computer belonging to the university’s comptroller.""
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Active Govt. SSL MITM Spying

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "From the article, "A paper published today by Chris Soghoian and Sid Stamm [pdf] suggests that the threat may be far more practical than previously thought. They found turnkey surveillance products, marketed and sold to law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the US and foreign countries, designed to collect encrypted SSL traffic based on forged 'look-alike' certificates obtained from cooperative certificate authorities."

There is protection via an FF add-on..."

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Darl, please go away now like a good boy

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Today, the jury in the District Court of Utah trial between SCO Group and Novell issued a verdict.

Novell is very pleased with the jury’s decision confirming Novell’s ownership of the Unix copyrights, which SCO had asserted to own in its attack on Linux. Novell remains committed to promoting Linux, including by defending Linux on the intellectual property front.

This decision is good news for Novell, for Linux, and for the open source community.

Well as long as Larry never buys Novell that is!"

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SCO and McBbride refuse to die

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Desperate to fund its seemingly-endless legal battle for Unix copyrights against Novell and others, SCO Group has found someone willing to buy the bankrupt company's mobile assets — and it's none other than Darl McBride, the former SCO chief executive sacked as a result of his ruinous crusade to claim Unix."
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Avoiding a Digital Dark Age

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "This is an excellent piece well worth the read for all /.ers

"It seems unavoidable that most of the data in our future will be digital, so it behooves us to understand how to manage and preserve digital data so we can avoid what some have called the 'digital dark age.' This is the idea—or fear!—that if we cannot learn to explicitly save our digital data, we will lose that data and, with it, the record that future generations might use to remember and understand us." "Unlike the many venerable institutions that have for centuries refined their techniques for preserving analog data on clay, stone, ceramic or paper, we have no corresponding reservoir of historical wisdom to teach us how to save our digital data. That does not mean there is nothing to learn from the past, only that we must work a little harder to find it." — Kurt D. Bollacker PhD"

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How Cocaine Scrambles Your Brain

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "It's hardly a secret that taking cocaine can change the way you feel and the way you behave. Now, a study published in the Jan. 8 issue of Science shows how it also alters the way the very genes in your brain operate. Understanding this process could eventually lead to new treatments for the 1.4 million Americans with cocaine problems, and millions more around the world."
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Trouser-bomb clown attacks

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "A nicely written and thoughtful piece, the TSA and other air security entities, as well as all people, should read and comprehend.

I for one have been laughing heartily regarding the fact this loser pretty much burned off his johnson. Perfect price to begin payment for such an idiotic act."

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Next Gen Offline Web App Security Risks

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

al0ha (1262684) writes "Presented by the Los Angeles chapter of OWASP, the linked PDF is a nice overview of some new security risks to help spark the imagination of security practitioners.

From the introduction, "As the line between desktop and web applications becomes increasingly blurry in a web 2.0 world, browser functionality is being pushed well beyond what it was originally intended for. Persistent client side storage has become a requirement for web applications if they are to be available both online and off. While all such technologies offer great promise, it is clear that the vast majority of developers simply do not understand their security implications.""

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Journals

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Damn I hate /. interface

al0ha al0ha writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I have to admint the /. interface is extremely buggy and frustrating. I don't think they actually know where all the CSS loads, or how it effects pages and submissions. Pages are rendered differently in different areas for whatever reason, fonts bigger, bold, etc.; and submissions? Forget about it - I have ended up accidentally creating multiple submissions several times due to this stupd interface which is out of control.

Web 2.0 is completely insecure at worst and makes /. a bug filled nightmare at best.

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