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US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

benzaholic Re: It's The American Drean (1313 comments)

Were the Social Studies books chosen for replacement first due to their condition, or was it due to politically-driven changes to standardized content, which tends to affect Social Studies/History/Some Sciences more than Math. There's much less idealogical stupid bickering about how to teach Algebra.

about 2 years ago

Ask Dr. Robert Bakker About Dinosaurs and Merging Science and Religion

benzaholic Re:Class? (528 comments)

millions and millions and millions of years.

about 2 years ago

New Largest Known Prime Number: 2^57,885,161-1

benzaholic Re:YOU'RE A CROOK! (254 comments)

Don't be dissing the WonkMan, at least not the Gene Wilder version.
The lesson for children is to be honest even when it seems like there is no longer a need to do so.
Or that everlasting gobstoppers lose their flavor much more quickly than advertised.

about 2 years ago

Kaspersky Update Breaks Internet Access For Windows XP Users

benzaholic Re:When does AV become more risky than the virus? (92 comments)

To some extent, that kind of verification is market driven.
If somebody blows it too many times, or if someone else discovers that an AV package has become malicious, that vendor's reputation will be impacted, and reputation is a very big part of who gets the big money in the AV game.

Also, did you check the AV logs from all of your organization's workstations before claiming that the stuff has been useless?

about 2 years ago

Virtual Superpowers Translate To Real Life Desire To Help

benzaholic Poor, unsuspecting lab rats, er, students (56 comments)

So the real measuring point of the experiment wasn't until after all the VR stuff. The researcher would "accidentally" drop some pens. Interestingly structured.

Gotta stay hyperaware of everybody and everything these days. If, as I suspect without reading the article, the test subjects were a bunch of college students, then they were probably not yet sufficiently cynical to watch out for that kind of treatment.

about 2 years ago

Senators Seek H-1B Cap That Can Reach 300,000

benzaholic Re:Demand. (605 comments)

I demand my government stop trying to keep me in a life of involuntary servitude.

Rotsa Ruck.

about 2 years ago

$3,000 Tata Nano Car Coming To US

benzaholic Re:Cheap = shit (658 comments)

It's admirable of you to shill for Tata so aggressively, but this class of vehicle can only be successful where there is no vibrant used car market.
The changes necessary to make this vehicle acceptable to a sufficient number of buyers in the USA will ruin it's value position.

Even after Cash for Clunkers, we have an awful lot of used cars available here, many of which, believe it or not, have less than 100,000 miles on them.
Given that nearly all cars sold in the US in the last decade or so easily outlast 100,000 miles, there is just not enough space in our market for this.
People may gawk at it, but it will probably cost nearly $6,000 for a model without the amenities we have come to expect, and performance will be at a level that most American buyers (ignorantly) consider to be unsafe.

more than 2 years ago

Regulators Smash Global Phone Tech Support Scam Operation

benzaholic Re:Wait a second I never heard of this (110 comments)

oh god i wish i had mod points to give you today

"Must be Russia," he says.
You're killing me.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Install Their Software Themselves?

benzaholic Risk Management, Baby (288 comments)

Deployability is part of maintainability, and this should have been at least touched upon in the Requirements. Since this is "enterprise grade" stuff, there is almost no legitimate excuse for not doing so. Plan it into the project, including finding appropriate development resources.

We'll assume for many reasons that this is not a Windows-based package, but it can still be bundled into versioned installable packages appropriate for the operating system, or at the very least use WAR packages to deploy web app updates.

If the standard production deployment technique is too complex, it becomes its own significant risk area in the product. It therefore requires that QA test the Dev-provided deployment, upgrade, and rollback procedures in test or staging environments.

Or you can just Cowboy it and take your chances.

more than 2 years ago

Half of India Without Electricity As Power Grid Crisis Deepens

benzaholic Re:Wind Electricity (413 comments)

Not sure if you meant hell neighbor or hello neighbor. If the latter, on my block in a country town not too far outside of Austin, Texas, it's, "Howdy, Neighbor!" and we really do say it. Saves me from having to recall names when I'm too drunk or learn names for somebody that may or may not stay long.

more than 2 years ago

Is There Still a Ray of Hope On Climate Change?

benzaholic Re:Now see, it's hyperbole like this (462 comments)


Once I saw that unqualified phrase about the 13 warmest years for the entire planet, I just could not bring myself to read any more of the post.

Either it is true but unsupportable by documentation, or it is false as stated. Either way, it grossly diminishes the implied accuracy of any additional claims.

Props for getting first post with an intelligent bitchslap of bullshit.

more than 2 years ago

Oil Exploration Ramps Up In US Arctic

benzaholic Re:the what ??? (182 comments)


One spill wasn't stopped. Therefore, no spill can be stopped.

I applaud your flawless logic.



more than 2 years ago

Older Means Wiser To Computer Security

benzaholic Re:best antivirus / firewall for Windows? Linux? (181 comments)

First, prepare to be flamed as a likely ideal representation of users discussed in the article.

Second, at least you're asking, so that's progress.

Third, ditch that bloatware McAfee, but don't think that Norton/Symantec will be any slimmer.

Fourth, there is no "best" choice. Each is a compromise between speed, size, price, frequency of updates, effectiveness at detecting a variety of categories of bad things, minimizing false positives (where it mistakenly tells you that a safe file is unsafe), supported operating systems, and on and on and on. There are likely a few that will suit your needs well.

When researching, which we know you intend to do thoroughly, be sure to note the date of any reviews or comparisons. There's lots of old info still online, and this industry can change very rapidly.

That said, I currently like and use Avast on Windows.

more than 2 years ago

Why Groundwater Use May Not Explain Half of Sea-Level Rise

benzaholic Re:They can't even "count" groundwater (244 comments)

"These same people"? Do you mean all "scientists" look the same to you? Talk about hubris.... With that attitude, I guess I can see how people who think and who create and constantly refine mathematical models of real world effects in order to try to better predict them must all seem pretty alien to you. So sad.

more than 2 years ago

Satellites Expose 8,000 Years of Civilization

benzaholic Re:Or just a few decades (138 comments)

That example is interesting. Scrolling a little south, you find the names Powerline Trail and Pipeline Trail, suggesting that your north-south remnant is related to a pipeline rather than a railroad, but only suggesting.

more than 2 years ago

RDP Proof-of-Concept Exploit Triggers Blue Screen of Death

benzaholic Re:How important is this? (128 comments)

I of course have not RTFA, but if your organization is running stone-age ERP, or DNS/DHCP, or Active Directory Server, on the machine configured as your RDP host, then it logically follows that this must be the only computer in your entire organization, because nobody with a clue is likely to distribute core apps/services like that.

more than 2 years ago

Did Life Emerge In Ponds Rather Than Ocean Vents?

benzaholic Re:No (97 comments)

Even if you take that sh!t seriously, how would "Let the waters bring forth..." rule out ponds as compared to oceans?

more than 2 years ago

Ontario Teachers' Union Calls For Health-Related Classroom Wi-Fi Ban

benzaholic Re:Ontario? (365 comments)

"I was born and raised in Alberta and now live in Ontario, and I kind of resent these kind of stereotypes." Wow. It's a good thing you didn't invoke stereotypes, too.

more than 2 years ago


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