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Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

asifyoucare Re:But the press has stopped talking about it... (198 comments)

I agree. The reassurances being uttered recently by health authorities were totally a odds with the facts. Two western patients and three resulting infections to health workers, despite having all the facilities and protective gear.

I'm still somewhat confident it could be contained in a major western country (if we can stop those stupid exposed health workers mingling with the general population), but imagine it getting into parts of Asia and South America.

11 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

asifyoucare yacc, of course (223 comments)

yacc is very likely to be useful there

also awk and lex.

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

asifyoucare Why would it matter? (237 comments)

I assume "damage public transport" actually means "lessen demand for public transport". How is that a bad thing?

about two weeks ago
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Fabiola Gianotti To Take Over As CERN Director-General

asifyoucare Re:Hope she is successful (23 comments)

this is like the most prestigious post a female scientist has had, in the physical sciences. I knew one of the previous directors, and he was very laid back, I think she'll do fine.

... and possibly the most prestigious post for a person with the initials FG who was born on her birthday.

Being a woman doesn't mean she's competing in the scientific special Olympics.

about three weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

asifyoucare Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

Oh, come on. Following your logic, criminals could just toss evidence of any sort into the sea with impunity.

"Sorry your honour, I did not destroy those financial records. I tossed them into the sea, and they're probably still there."

about three weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

asifyoucare Re:If they're going literal.... (251 comments)

"Overly literal"; Seriously, for a law? Laws are supposed to be taken literally.

If congress hadn't intended this outcome (and I'm just assuming from the summary that this outcome is indeed a direct consequence of the law) then they should have passed a different law.

about three weeks ago
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Using Naval Logbooks To Reconstruct Past Weather and Predict Future Climate

asifyoucare Re:But I thought .... (102 comments)

Well we did before we started adjusting them down.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

asifyoucare Russell Crowe (87 comments)

I hear Russell is good at fighting ebola, or something like that.

about a month ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

asifyoucare April Fools? (111 comments)

Adobe lecturing anyone on security?

I must have imagined all those flash vulnerabilities.

about a month and a half ago
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China Bans "Human Flesh Searching"

asifyoucare s/Fresh/Flesh/ (109 comments)

Nice racist typo!

about a month and a half ago
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Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

asifyoucare Re:What about iCloud? (146 comments)

Is iCloud encrypted under the consumer's key? That seems like the smart thing to do.

No, that is absolutely not the smart thing to do. Brute force attacks on the key are throttled by the phone hardware, but there would be no throttling on internal iCloud attacks on that same key. Not only could a government get your data from the cloud but it then has the key for anything you didn't backup to the cloud.

Presumably attacks within the cloud could normally only be performed by government agencies, and I guess its is slightly better that your naked selfies be accessible to only the government than available to any skilled hacker.

about 1 month ago
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The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

asifyoucare Re:What an asshole (305 comments)

Facebook is disingenuous. If there's no problem with their policy, how can enforcing it be a problem? OK, so this guy is weird and his reports targeted a specific demographic - but why is Facebook apologising? Is Facebook henceforth only going to enforce the policy against non-drag members, or are they going to ensure that the policy enforcement proportionately represents all demographics, or are they going to do nothing and keep this policy - while mouthing some PC mumbo jumbo?

about 2 months ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

asifyoucare Irrevocable License (161 comments)

Presumably Apple has this. Or, someone is due an ass-kicking.

about 2 months ago
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Underwater Landslide May Have Doubled 2011 Japanese Tsunami

asifyoucare The size of Paris? (27 comments)

Nice choice of units. Luckily volume isn't important.

about 2 months ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

asifyoucare cut utility profits from 8% to 41% (517 comments)

cut utility profits between 8 and 41 percent? Many panel installations are subsidised. Probably that won't continue if market penetration increases 50 times. No, I haven't read the article to see whether they've taken that into account, because I'm not new here.

about 2 months ago
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Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right

asifyoucare Re:Does life depend on the right twist of DNA? (120 comments)

... and if right or left twisting DNA could equally support life, then the fact that all DNA is right-twisting suggests that life arose just once (or very few times).

about 2 months ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

asifyoucare A matter of trust (191 comments)

Do you trust Alibaba to distribute their profits to shareholders? I don't. I don't expect dividends or buy-backs, but I do expect that shareholders will be left holding theoretical chunks of value that can never be realised, and that are thus worthless.

about 2 months ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

asifyoucare 8,300 ? (249 comments)

The council has 8,300 PCs to administer a city with less than a million people? Wow, what the hell do these people do all day?

about 2 months ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

asifyoucare Romero? (266 comments)

Was he that guy who was lucky enough to hire Carmack?

about 3 months ago

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asifyoucare asifyoucare writes  |  more than 8 years ago

asifyoucare (302582) writes "One of the more interesting aspects in the SCO v IBM case is the investment by Baystar in SCO. Baystar's Larry Goldfarb has long alleged that he was encouraged by Microsoft to invest in SCO, thus giving SCO the cash to continue their apparently meritless suit. He claims that Microsoft said they would "backstop" the investment, and presumably that word means some sort of guarantee of the investment.

It has long been alleged that Ex-Microsoft employee Richard Emerson promoted the SCO investment to Baystar, but in his latest declaration Goldfarb also names Kenneth Lustig and Tivanka Ellawala. So, if Goldfarb is to believed, and there seems to be no reason to doubt him, the encouragement to invest in SCO was not the work of a lone misguided employee. Rather, it was done with actual authority from Microsoft.

It is ironic that this declaration was in response to claims of tortious interference by IBM in SCO's business. IANAL (yet) but it looks like the beginning of similar suit that could be brought by IBM against Microsoft.

As usual, Groklaw has all the juicy details."

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