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Why You Shouldn't Panic Over Mac Malware

arminw Re:Now I am _really_ panicked (370 comments)

It's amazing how many prophets we have here on Slashdot! However, I don't think they are any better at prophesying than Harold Camping was in foretelling the end of the world. Of course Apple will greatly encourage the use of their App Store because they make money from it. That does not mean however they will prohibit Slashdot nerds from installing whatever software they wish. They will just make it harder, but not impossible for the ordinary user to do that.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do When the Rapture Comes?

arminw Re:Going out on a limb here... (673 comments)

The end of the world happens for you when you draw your last breath and your body releases your soul. For a lot of people on this earth the world ended on this day, May 21. So for these people the prophecy did come true, but for the rest of us this prophecy will also come true in due time. Harold Camping correctly prophesied to the fate of every human being, but he got the timing wrong for those of us who are still here breathing.

more than 3 years ago

For Mac Developers, Armageddon Comes Tomorrow

arminw Re:If it means less bloat, then YAY! (429 comments)

.....small, simple apps that do one thing. Do it exceedingly well, and do it quickly is a huge thing....

How about the idea of small modular apps that can be added to as needed. For example, a simple photo edit application that does most of the common things that people need to do most often. Anybody who needs to do more than the basics, can buy an additional module doing various specialized functions that are integrated with the main application. Sell the main application for five dollars and also each add-on module. If the application has say 10 modules, that together do most or all of what Photoshop does, it should be a big seller. That way, people can buy whatever functionality is needed at any time.

more than 3 years ago

Compiling the WikiLeaks Fallout

arminw A world without secrets -- paradise or hell? (833 comments)

If someone discovered a simple technology whereby all secrets, no matter by whom they are held, could become known by anyone, would that be a good thing or would it be terrible? If all the thoughts and intentions of people could be read like an open book, some sort of universal mind scan technology, who would benefit more from this, those intent on doing evil or those intent on doing good?

about 4 years ago

Mob-Sourcing — the Prejudice of Crowds

arminw Re:Dead Fish always float only downstream (178 comments)

How can an opinion be substantiated? Is an opinion not by definition an unprovable idea? If I express the opinion that Democrats are worse than Republicans, how can that be substantiated?

more than 4 years ago

Mob-Sourcing — the Prejudice of Crowds

arminw Dead Fish always float only downstream (178 comments)

That is precisely why an my karma is in the cellar. Anyone who disagrees with the crowd anywhere, even on Slashdot, will get moderated into oblivion. I really think they ought to have a disagree option in the moderation system.

Nowhere ever, even once, has a crowd of people ever come up with anything great or outstanding. Progress in almost every human endeavor is made by people who are willing to swim against the current carrying all the dead fish that are floating downstream.

more than 4 years ago

Looking To Better Engines Instead of Electric Vehicles

arminw Re:energy density (570 comments)

How will the police officer know that the electrons in your battery came from an untaxed source? Wouldn't it be simpler to have some sort of a weight-mileage-based tax? Every time you get a new sticker for your license plate, the DMV would read the odometer and charge you the appropriate tax. Even with the tax, electricity would be vastly cheaper than current gas prices.

Another advantage is that we would not be subsidizing terrorism from certain oil-rich countries.

more than 4 years ago

Mr. Pike, Tear Down This ASCII Wall!

arminw Re:Would it be less tedious to have 10,000+ keys? (728 comments)

I was thinking more in terms of a computer that you could talk to in order to tell it verbally to do a trend analysis on the million data points and possibly where to find those data points. The computer that would have a vocabulary of a two-year-old along with the ability to understand commands wouldn't be bad now would it?

Programming a computer is almost as tedious as it was when computers had a set of binary switches on the front panel. Speech to text programs, if they are trained to a particular speaker, are not bad, but they are still making a lot of mistakes. Computers are still a long ways off that will understand any human spoken language spoken by anyone. The dream of a telephone, where a person can speak English into at one end and flawless Chinese or French comes out at the other, is still a distant dream.

more than 4 years ago

Mr. Pike, Tear Down This ASCII Wall!

arminw Re:Would it be less tedious to have 10,000+ keys? (728 comments)

It is too bad that we still need keys at all. Even the most powerful computer is still incredibly dumb compared to my 17-month-old grandson. Last weekend we were in the kitchen and I asked him to show me his toy box with the new truck he just got. He had no trouble toddling all the way down the hall, into the living room straight to the toybox, and with a big smile on his face hold up and show me his new toy.

It seems to me that by now we should be able to talk to our computers at least as well as to a two-year-old. I wonder how far we are away from that.

more than 4 years ago

Can We Travel To That Exciting New Exoplanet?

arminw Re:Can we travel to it... (662 comments)

---So even if you could travel at 92% light speed, you'd still die before you got there.---

So then we would have to conquer death first it seems to me. It turns out that someone on this earth did that already. His name is Jesus Christ. He made the seemingly preposterous claim to be God himself come to earth in human form. As such he made the promise that anyone who believes him will also permanently escape death and be resurrected in a body that transcends time and space, just as he was.

Anyone who carefully studies what his body was like after the resurrection, will realize that it was recognizable as human, but also had powers and abilities which we deem supernatural. He was able to transcend the limits of time and space. He had a body of flesh and bone, no blood. In our earthbound natural thinking, we cannot see how this can be.

Of course most of /.ers don't believe in anything supernatural. What we call supernatural is obviously beyond the reach of our science right now, but that does not mean it's not real. Jesus Christ demonstrated a technology so far beyond our own, all most people do is label it myth and fiction.

When Jesus finally left the Earth for "heaven" wherever that is, he did not need a huge rocket or spaceship. There was no searing flame, no earthshaking thunder or anything else that we have come to associate with space travel. His technology was even far beyond the imaginations of Star Trek.

Someday, those who trust and believe God, will be able to explore the ENTIRE universe God has created. Traveling to a planet 20 light years away will be easier for the resurrected, transcendent, eternal human beings, than it is today for a person to go from the kitchen to the living room.

more than 4 years ago

Safety Commission To Rule On Safety of Rulers In Science Kits

arminw Re:Improvised/Kitchen chemistry for the win (446 comments)

...When I was a kid....

I was able to buy those things at the corner drugstore and use them to make gunpowder with those ingredients. My parents got me a Gilbert chemistry set, which would be required by the EPA to be disposed of by men in hazmat suits today. Any parents that did such a thing today (if they even could) would be hauled off to jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. I had a glass bottle containing 5 pounds of mercury. Now and then I would enjoy the feel of it, pouring some of it from one hand to the other, before putting it back into the bottle one squiggly little silvery drop at a time.

It is my generation that survived going to the moon and other dangerous stuff. I feel sorry for the kids growing up nowadays. What can they do to learn by doing? Can they enjoy riding around town in the back of their dad's pickup truck on a warm summer day? Can they feel the warm breeze ruffling their hair as they ride a motorcycle or even their bicycle down the road without a suffocating helmet?

Highschoolers can do simulated chemistry and physics experiments on sophisticated computers, but they don't actually get to smell that hydrogen sulfide or burning sugar and jump out of the way as the heavy steel ball rolls down the inclined plane missing its container and falls to the floor.

Oh yes, they can now walk down the street yakking on their cell phones and play video games all night instead of reading a book. Fun!

more than 4 years ago

Other Tech the Senate Would Have Banned

arminw Re:Nothing else going on, apparently (264 comments)

---In November, many of those unemployed folks are going to be at the polls. We shall see ......

I hope that all incumbents will be thrown out of office and we get some new blood in there. In the long run, the new politicians may not be any better, but at least it will take them a while to reestablish all their bribery connections. If this happens, at least it will send a message that the people are fed up with business as usual and with the people of both parties currently in office. Maybe after that shakeup, politicians everywhere will listen just a little tiny bit better to those they are supposed to represent, the voters, not the corporate fat cats with their huge bankrolls.

more than 4 years ago

E-Books Are Only 6% of Printed Book Sales

arminw Re:meh (437 comments)

E-books have many advantages, but they also have at least two big disadvantages. The first is that you can't sell a used e-book. This is not as important for cheaper paperback products but a significant disadvantage for more expensive books like textbooks. The second disadvantage is that you cannot lend an e-book to a friend.

If all books become only e-books, libraries will go extinct eventually. Also normal printed books don't require any additional equipment. Everybody's got a pair of eyes. All e-book readers have ever seen so far are rather fragile, but printed books are incredibly rugged. They can take abuse that will kill an e-book reader many times over.

Many people have shelves full of decades-old print books. I cannot imagine that there will ever be decades old e-books because electronic devices don't last very long and become obsolete almost by the time you walk out the shop door with one

For me the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages, especially for ever buying a dedicated e-book reader device. At least an iPad can be used for all sorts of other purposes that are often accomplished by a computer.

Only paperless books and the paperless office will happen sometime after we have paperless toilets.

more than 4 years ago

Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

arminw Re:disallow all devices (870 comments)

---I simply disallow any electronic devices during exams---

When your students get out into industry, having a real job in the real world, will they not be allowed to use every tool that exists for their work? All electronic devices are tools are they not? Is the entire Internet really not much more than a huge sophisticated library that can be used to get the needed information to help solve problems? Why do colleges and universities artificially limit the tools that the students will use routinely after they graduate? Is a college education not designed to teach people how to solve problems using whatever tools are applicable and available?

It is of course a lot more work to structure your tests and assignments in such a way that the student who has truly learned to solve problems can demonstrate to you that this is true. Multiple guess and true false tests are easy to develop and grade, but rarely if ever test anyone's ability to really solve a problem. Testing for rote knowledge that anyone can look up when they actually need the information is easy. Testing for real knowledge and problem solving ability, independent of the tools used, is difficult. It is your job to teach your students how to think and solve problems. It is also your job to determine if you are really successful at this. That is a lot of hard work for you, the professor.

more than 4 years ago

Judge Allows Subpoenas For Internet Users

arminw Re:And just how do companys (338 comments)

----When i give my address to an ISP its for billing and maintenance ONLY---

Why do ISPs have to maintain records connecting an IP address with your name and street address? Are they required to do so by law? If not, it seems that an enterprising ISP could get quite a few extra subscribers by advertising that they do not keep any records on the connection between an Internet address and the real physical address of a customer.

When such an enterprising ISP provider then gets a subpoena for this information, they can honestly tell the judge or lawyer that they do not keep this data, at least not for more than a month or two. Is the perpetual keeping of this connecting information really at all valuable to any ISP? It seems that combing through a pile of records by the ISP is not exactly free either. Would it not be cheaper for them to simply send a form letter to the requester of a subpoena stating that they never record or no longer have the requested information.

more than 4 years ago

Court Says First Sale Doctrine Doesn't Apply To Licensed Software

arminw Re:Yay! (758 comments)

---A decent lawyer ---
I did not now there was such thing, at least not in the USA.

more than 4 years ago

Researchers Say Happiness Costs $75K

arminw Re:A relevant Bible passage (772 comments)

Jesus the Christ said:

Mark 8:35 For whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's, he shall save it.
Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?
Mark 8:37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Mark 8:38 Therefore whoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My Words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man shall also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.

No amount of money can buy happiness because only God can and does give blessings to anyone who believes Him and because of that belief does the will of God.

more than 4 years ago

NIH Orders Halt To Embryonic Stem Cell Research

arminw Re:Maybe know they'll change their focus (593 comments)

----They tend to hang on longer and die for other reasons---

In the United States life expectancy is about 77.5 to 80 years. That is the same as what God said through the psalmist about 3000 years ago.

Psalm 90:10 The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Despite all modern medical knowledge and scientific research, the human lifespan today is no better than what God said it would be.

The world average lifespan is 67.5 years which is actually less than what was given to the people who lived 3000 years or more before our time. Now about all of this research can do is to make this allotted lifespan healthier and more pain-free, but not extend it much if at all.

more than 4 years ago

NIH Orders Halt To Embryonic Stem Cell Research

arminw Re:Maybe know they'll change their focus (593 comments)

---Both ASC and ESC research may have the potential to cure diabetes, Alzheimer's, etc. ----

If such research really could come up with viable cures for such diseases, then any one of the super rich megacorporation pharmaceutical companies would be doing this without the help of a single cent of federal tax money. They could use as many embryos as they could get a hold of because of the law only applies to the use of taxpayer funds.

They could come up with a patented drug or process and make millions. Obviously they don't see a big pot of gold at the end of this particular research rainbow, otherwise they would be doing this research themselves or at least funding it to be done at advanced university laboratories.

more than 4 years ago



Taiwan Suicide Rate

arminw arminw writes  |  more than 4 years ago

arminw (717974) writes "I did not know where to reply, but hope that some human eyes will read this at Slashdot and maybe, just perchance, hopefully do something about the broken moderation system.

Compared to the suicide rate in China... (Score:0, Troll)
by stephentyrone (664894) Alter Relationship on Friday May 21, @02:17PM (#32299170)
The factory in question supposedly employs 400,000 workers. The annual suicide rate in China (as reported by the WHO) is 16.7 per 100,000 people. That means that in a population of randomly selected Chinese the size of the factory workforce, we should expect to see 400000 people * 16.7 suicides/(100000 people * 1 year) * 5 months / 12 months = 27.8 suicides so far this year.

Can we conclude that assembling shiny gadgets makes it less likely that one will commit suicide? It meets the standards for publication...


Here is an example how the Slashdot moderation system is totally broken. Obviously, the moderator disagrees with a rational presentation of a mathematical fact. I suppose though, that as long as the site gets enough hits, to make advertisers happy, nothing will be done about it.

Because of this screwed up moderation system, I too have been moderated into oblivion by those trolls who disagree with me. If the people that run the site really cared about objective fact filled posting or free speech in general, they would fix this glaring shortcoming of this site. However since they are a business, like any other business, the biggest consideration is the bottom line. Truth and justice are never considered."

Microsoft Releases First iPhone App

arminw arminw writes  |  about 6 years ago

arminw writes "Is it possible some at Microsoft find the iPhone a more attractive platform than the software giant's own Windows Mobile? Engineers in the company's Live Labs have released the company's first application for Apple's popular smartphone--even before making it available on Microsoft's own mobile platform. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10122751-37.html Seadragon Mobile, which was added to Apple's App Store on Saturday, is a free image-browsing app that allows users to quickly "deep zoom" images while online and is intended to demonstrate what is possible with a mobile platform. Seadragon is the backbone for Microsoft's Photosynth, which allows users to take a grouping of photographs and stitch them together into a faux 3D environment. So where's the Windows Mobile version of Seadragon? "The iPhone is the most widely distributed phone with a (graphics processing unit)," Alex Daley, group product manager for Microsoft Live Labs, told TechFlash. "Most phones out today don't have accelerated graphics in them. The iPhone does and so it enabled us to do something that has been previously difficult to do.""

Literally Freeze Decryption Key In Memory

arminw arminw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

arminw writes "Computer scientists have found a way to steal critical data from computers by freezing memory chips with liquid nitrogen and breaking the encryption system used in programs like Microsoft's BitLocker and Apple's FileVault.


"There seems to be no easy remedy for these vulnerabilities Simple software changes are likely to be ineffective; hardware changes are possible but will require time and expense; and today's Trusted Computing technologies appear to be of little help because they cannot protect keys that are already in memory.

If the police confiscate your encrypted laptop, they may now be able to get your data."

Greenland was once green

arminw arminw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

arminw writes "Greenland is named that becuase it was once green, forested and warm. This is according to an article in Scientific American found here:

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=9860B8B 0-E7F2-99DF-32AE7FF8D8922266&chanID=sa007

From the article:

In 1981 researchers removed a long tube of ice from the center of a glacier in southern Greenland at a site known as Dye 3. More than a mile (two kilometers) long, the deep end of the core sample had been crushed by the pressure of the ice above it and sullied by contact with rock and soil. By destroying the pattern of annual layers, this contamination seemingly made it impossible to assess the region's ancient climate. But DNA extracted from the previously ignored dirty bottom has revealed that Greenland was not only green, it boasted boreal forests like those found in Canada and Scandinavia today.

According to the article, that was between 400,000 and 800,000 years ago, not all that long in geologic time frames."

arminw arminw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

arminw writes "David Kirkpatrick, Fortune Senior Editor writes an article quoted on CNN here: http://money.cnn.com/2006/02/09/technology/fastfor ward_fortune/index.htm, about the Slashdot website. The article talks a little about the history of Slashdot and it is very informative, both for long time reder here and those relatively new. The title of the article is "Is Slashdot the future of media?" The article also mentions Slashdot companion site, Sourceforge.net in a very positive manner."

arminw arminw writes  |  more than 8 years ago

arminw writes "One in 10 internet users respond to phish attacks!

It seems incredible that the numbers are this high. No wonder I get a large number of these in my junk mail box.

Here is from the article in New Scientist:

One in 10 internet users may be lured into handing over sensitive personal information such as a credit card number, by fraudulent "phishing" emails, research suggests.

A phishing message closely resembles a legitimate email from a genuine bank or online shop. It typically encourages the recipient to click on a link that leads to a bogus version of that company's website, where they are asked to enter their account information. This data is then captured and can be used to pilfer a bank or shop account.

The rest of the article is here:

http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn10347-on e-in-10-snared-by-fake-phishing-messages.html"


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