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The Evolution of Diet

avgjoe62 Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

I'm willing to bet that those "...losers who have nothing better to do with their time than putz about the countryside" still lead a better life than some lardass troll that has nothing better to do than sit around in their Mom's basement and make asinine comments on /.

4 days ago

The Evolution of Diet

avgjoe62 Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

Reminds me of the Amish Diet - eat whatever you want, but walk everywhere. One Amish farmer in a study I remember reading of around 15 years ago walked 28 miles per day on average. The average for all the Amish in the study was 16 miles per day.

4 days ago

Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

avgjoe62 Re:The roads are designed for flooding in Iceland (69 comments)

Actually, no, that's not the way the bridges work.

You see, that area of Iceland is actually rather swampy and it is sort of daft to build a bridge on a swamp, but they build them all the same, just to show it can be done. Then it sinks into the swamp, so they build a second one. That sinks into the swamp. So they build a third. That usually burns down, falls over, and sinks into the swamp. But the fourth bridge -that stays up. And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest bridges in all of Europe.

about two weeks ago

Transparent Fish Lead to Stem Cell Research Breakthrough

avgjoe62 Yeah, Yeah (33 comments)

We've all heard these "stem cell breakthrough" stories a thousand times over, but really, a breakthrough from studying transparent zebra fish? I'll believe it when I see it.

about two weeks ago

Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

avgjoe62 I Wonder... (126 comments)

How many of those 1.2 billion passwords are "password"?

about three weeks ago

Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

avgjoe62 Re:Let's Define Success (387 comments)

I didn't say that violence was rising. I didn't say we were worse off now than earlier. All I said was that we had better define what we mean by "Success" in the context of what I quoted.

I really doubt that anyone living in just the three events I linked to would be comforted by the fact that the world as a whole is now a better place to live. They would certainly not think they were living in a world that demonstrates "...the acceleration of cultural and technological innovation that is the hallmark of modern human success".

So where do we set the goalposts? How do we define "success" in creating a more cooperative and less violent culture? That is what I want to know when I look out at the world as it is now. Yes, it is a better place but I think it is far from a success when we still have nations using force to solve their problems. I suppose for me the definition of success would be an end to war and I think we are very, very far away from that.

about a month ago

Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

avgjoe62 Let's Define Success (387 comments)

"Whatever the cause, reduced testosterone levels enabled increasingly social people to better learn from and cooperate with each other, allowing the acceleration of cultural and technological innovation that is the hallmark of modern human success," says University of Utah biology graduate student Robert Cieri.

The Peaceful Middle East

The newest country on Earth

Civil society in the West

I am not a pessimist, but I will say that we are a far cry from being a "success".

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

avgjoe62 No and Hell No (348 comments)

If a developer or vendor cannot tell you what ports and protocols their software uses it is time to re-evaluate how much you need their software.

In most companies of any size that I have been involved with an application portfolio would need to list the ports and services that it would use.

You could also turn off the firewall, run nmap against the system and see what ports are open. Ask the developers what their application uses from the ports discovered and then turn the firewall on again. Then block what you don't need and open what you do. Yeah, it's a pain in the ass, but not every machine inside your network is always going to play nice with everyone else, so firewalls on important systems are needed.

about a month ago

Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

avgjoe62 Re: Not Just Phones (281 comments)

Hell, I'm a lot slower than I used to be.

Wonder where I can get a firmware upgrade?

about a month ago

New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

avgjoe62 Re:Whitelisting with mobile admins (168 comments)

VPN to an admin workstation in the DMZ. That admin workstation will of course be on the access list.

Or you could run a virtual firewall (running an Open VPN client to your main firewall) and admin station inside your laptop and tunnel from your workstation to your firewall.

There are a ton of ways to do this depending on the time and options you have access to.

about a month and a half ago

New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

avgjoe62 Re:Derp (168 comments)

Firewall. Whitelist. Limit access to SSH to systems on the whitelist.

No need to block entire countries - just allow SSH access to those systems that need it.

Now, if you want to talk about blocking access to your web or mail server from anyone in East Elbonia, then you can implement a package like Country Block, or use a service like this one, depending on your firewall.

The lesson from this? Restrict access to important services via a whitelist, block access to public services with a deny list.

about a month and a half ago

DNA Study: First Farmers Were Also Sailors

avgjoe62 Re:Hard Not To Farm (40 comments)

I wonder if any of these farmer-sailors were growing spinach and eating olive oil...

about 3 months ago

Strange New World Discovered: The "Mega Earth"

avgjoe62 Re:Remember the state of cosmology (147 comments)

I also lay aside all ideas of any new works or engines of war, the invention of which long-ago reached its limit, and in which I see no hope for further improvement... - Sextus Julius Frontinus, governor of Britania, 84 C.E.

Mathematics is inadequate to describe the universe, since mathematics is an abstraction from natural phenomena. Also, mathematics may predict things which don't exist, or are impossible in nature. - Ludovico delle Colombe

The abolishment of pain in surgery is a chimera. It is absurd to go on seeking it... Knife and pain are two words in surgery that must forever be associated in the consciousness of the patient. - Dr. Alfred Velpeau

When the Paris Exhibition closes electric light will close with it and no more be heard of. - Erasmus Wilson

This `telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a practical form of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. - Western Union internal memo, 1878

Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia. - Dr. Dionysus Lardner

That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced. - Scientific American, Jan. 2, 1909.

There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will. - Albert Einstein

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. - Lord Kelvin, 1895

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home. - Kenneth Olsen, president and founder of Digital Equipment Corp

about 3 months ago

B-52 Gets First Full IT Upgrade Since 1961

avgjoe62 Oh Damn... (190 comments)

Now Skynet has bombers!

about 3 months ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

avgjoe62 Re:Excellent (322 comments)

If you can, watch The Inner Light. It is about the only episode of ST:TNG I will watch whenever it is available.

about 3 months ago

Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

avgjoe62 Re:What's the problem? (1198 comments)

Apples and oranges - there is a difference between killing those that you are certain beyond any doubt are trying to kill you and killing those that you are sure only beyond a reasonable doubt killed someone else.

about 4 months ago

Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

avgjoe62 Re:What's the problem? (1198 comments)

I too would prefer the guilty walk free over the innocent being condemned to death. This has nothing to do with the crime, but rather the punishment. I would rather imprison every convicted murderer for life rather than execute one innocent person.

"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." - Gandalf, The Lord of The Rings

about 3 months ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

avgjoe62 Re:...a doubling of carbon-dioxide levels in the a (869 comments)

February 2014 was the 21st warmest February on record since 1880. The temperature was yet again above the 20th century average, for the 348th consecutive month. That is every month above the 20th century average for the last 29 years. Please, tell me just how you determined the temperature is going down?

about 5 months ago


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