"Going Up" At 45 Mph: Hitachi To Deliver World's Fastest Elevator
Some of these towers have an upper lobby. So you take the express from 1 to 75, then a 'local' from 76 to 100.
Usually the 'important people' are on the top floors so the elevator ratio is better and there's little waiting in the upper lobby. Unless you stop at the bar.
Once in a blue moon there's an express to the penthouse, but to pay for an entire express elevator entirely in the rent of the penthouse apartment isn't feasible for all but the ultra-ultra rich.
OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture
It was the lack of altruistic eyes scrutinizing it.
That was a secondary effect. People who might want to analyze code want to do a good job, and there's a lot of code worth analyzing.
To do that job there are tools that help with that analysis. OpenSSL's use of non-standard internal memory management routines makes it resistant to use of such analysis tools.
Is it impossible for a code auditor to keep everything in his head? No, but it's tough and error-prone. Some people have found OpenSSL bugs before, of course, but there are ways to make it easier for auditors to stand a fighting chance.
That's largely what the OpenBSD team is doing - ripping out all of that unneeded memory management crap, killing OS/2, VMS, and MacOS7 support code, etc. The payoff should be more people looking at it, but it sure wouldn't hurt for some companies that save millions by using OpenSSL to throw the team a few bones once in a while to make it more regular. Or hire their own internal folks to do the same, if that would work out better.
OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone
$300 for the 16 GB model and $350 for a 64 GB model? Knowing what Samsung charges for comparable devices
Yes, but the recent build estimate based on tear-down for the S5 was $255 or so.
That gives these guys in China almost a hundred bucks, which is a good margin for any business. Samsung is just making money hand-over-fist, but there's plenty of long-tail to profit in.
Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips
Scalia never met a search he considers unreasonable ...
Except for this one? Did you miss that Scalia wrote the dissent while Thomas wrote the majority opinion?
Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later
Too bad they didn't make it to 8Mp. That would give video producers a bunch of creative options while working in 4K. Next rev!
Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?
Or more succinctly: incentives matter. What incentive does an employee have to keep data secret? Will he be demoted in rank and lose pay if he does something stupid?
What incentives do companies have to maintain a secure infrastructure? Will their insurance policy hold them liable if they do not?
I'm just in the middle of polishing up a puppet module to deploy a bunch of new certs on my infrastructure. My incentive is that my reputation looks pretty bad if I advise clients to be secure but my own infrastructure is not up to snuff. That's really an incentive to avoid lost opportunities, I suppose.
Google is talking about scoring up pages that are secure. Another very wise incentive.
Let's keep this ball rolling: what other incentives can we offer or explain?
Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea
Seriously, airplane security is clearly full of holes and the sham of passenger security checks is just that, a sham meant to make us 'feel' safe while wasting our time and shoveling tons of dollars to the TSA.
Well, any good government repression solves multiple problems, but the point of TSA is behavioral conditioning - giving away tons of money to political cronies is just a bonus.
Our Education System Is Failing IT
If you're willing to pay you can hire good people. It's just that the big publicly-owned Silicon Valley companies can use their funny money to pay more than you can.
If you go to places where people are living for quality-of-life and not just money, you'll find more of the competent folks. The competent folks in sucky-places-to-live have all moved to the aforementioned corporations or nicer places to live.
Joss Whedon Releases New Film On Demand
Please justify the $5 cost to rent your film. I can rent your latest superhero blockbuster over the weekend for $2 from Redbox. I can own Louis CK's latest show forever for $5. Why is your content so much more expensive?
Because people are willing to pay $5 to watch it now. If Whedon's company is smart, the price will go down over time to pick up the folks who won't pay $5 to watch it out of the gate.
If it goes down to $2 in a year, then to me that's better than 100% RoI in 1 year, so it's a great deal to me to watch it next year. But some people value being able to be the first to blog about it, chat about it over the water cooler, etc. I watch TV on Netflix 2-3 years after it's been on a network (because cable & satellite are way too much money), but I realize I'm very atypical in that view.
Check out some stuff from Menger if you want a more academic treatment.
Joss Whedon Releases New Film On Demand
I get breakups all the time from home (DSL) on Vimeo but Youtube's Flash Player works, even in hi-def.
Just tried this trailer from work with a 40meg fiber (same telco) and it worked fine. Maybe it's just time of day, maybe Google has better peering, I dunno.
Experiment Suggests Monkeys Can Do Basic Math
Show your dog three biscuits. Give him two. See if he goes and lays down or if he calculates the number of biscuits in your hand to be larger than zero.
The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face
Right, ethics classes won't help. I left a good career at a major medical center when I was told that we were going with the technology that would likely create medication errors because the correct software was too expensive and it would be cheaper to settle the lawsuits.
Nobody needs an ethics class to know that that's wrong behavior, and taking an ethics class would not have changed that behavior. And it certainly wasn't the programming staff that needed ethical correction.
404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages
I use ErrorZilla Mod. It lets me 'wayback' with one click, and then I get to choose which dates make sense.
L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects
Lets burn the lawyers offices down.
The lawyers are powerless without the courts. It's the Court orders, backed by ... wait for it ... men with guns that make this environment possible.
Do you know why everybody is so jumpy and the cops are doing summary executions now? Because everybody is a criminal, everybody is a suspect, and the cops and the courts enforce these absurd laws rather than than defend the Constitution as a co-equal branch.
Hell, the Constitution didn't even make it past 1803 intact in design, and FDR accepted the Supreme Court's final surrender in 1937 from Chief Justice Hughes as a settlement to his plan to expand the Court with its cronies. Overnight, SCOTUS began finding all of Roosevelt's programs suddenly Constitutional even concluding that growing wheat for your family farm is part of "Interstate Commerce" and suddenly of Federal providence.
The problem now is that it's impossible for the People to know what the Constitution says because (supposedly) it doesn't mean anything until SCOTUS tells us what it means, which might well be the opposite of what we "think" it means (that is, the plain English meaning). The catch is that the Constitution is what authorizes the government in the first place. If the People aren't competent to understand their agreement with that government, then they weren't competent to create it in the first place and the grant of power is void.
L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects
This is not about science, it is about tje progressive anti-gun stance.
Seriously - stop spreading their propaganda. They explicitly want those in power to have all the guns they need. They just want the People to be disarmed and figure their friends will be in power.
This is not at all an anti-gun stance, it's a central-control stance. This gives them a sense of security, like those living under Mao or Pol Pot.
SpaceX Successfully Delivers Supplies To ISS
Somebody tell the Georgists that there's lots of land on Mars to not own and let's see them beat Musk to the stars. The more the merrier!
OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week
yep. This may be a case of "medicine that tastes awful".
Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?
Seriously, wtf is up with people thinking that they should get everything they want all the time?
That's what we call 'entitlement'. It's the confusion of cause and effect when applied to societal systems.
Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field
Can boken be overdone? Sure. A 1mm think depth of field is overdoing it, but so is shooting at f/16 everywhere. But even a thin DoF and the right can result in some magical results
Just because you know what you're talking about, and we're among friends:
It's bokeh, with an 'h'. And it refers to the character of the blur, not the blur itself. If you've got an image, say f/3.4, a hipster might say "nice bokeh" to you, but he means that you have a good lens, not that you've selected a good aperture. And then he might also suggest you make a "glisse" print. ;)
And, of course, shallow depth of field is a huge fad, and there's an entire generation of kids who won't ever be able to tell where they were in any of their childhood pictures. *That* will seem very "early 21st century" in a couple decades.
Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate
There's no one-size fits all solution. I've made the argument for informed disclosure here in the past, but in this case it probably wouldn't work. The DTLS code is so small and self-contained and the code so obvious to an auditor that just saying that there's an exploit in DTLS or to compile without heartbeat is probably enough to give the blackhats a running start. But there are other situations where informed disclosure is better than responsible disclosure.
Did Google do the right thing here? I'm not sure, but it's not completely clear that they didn't. There are several factors that bridge the gap between theoretical ideal and what can work in every situation in the real world.
Idle Friends Purge
I'm removing non-fan friends who haven't posted in two years since I'm at my limit and I use friends to game the scoring system to see more interesting posts.
Any of you who have been discontinued - send me a note if you start posting again and I'd be happy to re-friend you.
Signal to Noise Ratios
Slashdot user padonak discontinued his relationship with me today. I have no idea if he was a fan or a freak, but I went to look at his page and found this:
wow. And his account is still active.
Addicted to Slashdot?
iPod Shuffle Clone Shown at CeBit
An outfit out of Taiwan, Luxpro, has introduced a digital music player, the Super Shuffle, that's a no-tradedress-barred physical clone of the iPod Shuffle. Available in .5 and 1GB models, it lacks AAC but adds WMA, FM Radio, and Voice Recording. Playlist has the story.
Atlantic Mega-Tusnami to Hit North America
Massive Solar Flare Headed Straight For Earth
At 1110 UT this morning, the third largest solar flare on record erupted from the Sun, sending a coronal mass ejection directly towards Earth at 5 Million MPH (picture, animation), and starting a solar radiation storm. We may see bright auroral activity tonight. Passengers on high-altitude airplane flights may receive chest-x-ray-level dosages of radiation.
You're In A Political Party's Database
The Democratic and Republican parties have 158 and 165 Million voters in their databases, "DataMart" and "Voter Vault", respectively. They track how you vote, what issues you're concerned about, demographics about your home and family, and who you associate with. From it they mount door-to-door, telemarketing, spam, and junk mail campaigns offering customized versions of the political party to appeal to your passions, while avoiding issues that might offend you.
W32.Blaster linked to Blackout