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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?

csoto Don't worry about it (1016 comments)

Nobody wants your shit, anyway.

more than 2 years ago

Your State University Doesn't Want You

csoto State schools aren't really state these days (551 comments)

For example, the University of Texas at Austin's state funding comes from the Available University Fund, a contribution from the Permanent University Fund, largely derived through land usage income (oil, minerals, etc.). This is about $158 million out of the University’s total budget of $2.26 billion — about 7 percent. So, you could say its president's income (around $750K salary, plus benefits) is only 7% indebted to the state.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?

csoto Re:I've never had a problem with my (398 comments)

Loving my WRT610n. Just installed it on the wall of a central closet and get fantastic connectivity at both 2.4 (iPhones) and 5 (iPads, iMac).

more than 2 years ago

China Makes World's Fastest Supercomputer

csoto Meh (222 comments)

The only reason it's so fast is because a half hour after you feed it data, it's hungry again...

more than 3 years ago

Guaranteed Transmission Protocols For Windows?

csoto UUCP (536 comments)

Or I guess that would be WWCP. WWJD?

more than 5 years ago

Why Isn't the US Government Funding Research?

csoto One word... (599 comments)


more than 5 years ago

Hubble Repair Mission At Risk

csoto We have to stop... (224 comments)

Megatron and his dastardly Decepticons!

more than 5 years ago

Fannie Mae Worker Indicted For Malicious Script

csoto Re:I have always said this is the wrong approach (325 comments)

Actually, that's the point. By effectively canceling out transactions, you don't raise any alarms, like "where'd all our money go?" Rather, you cause chaos because nobody can tell who owes what money to whom. It's really quite sinister. Considering how the uncertainty surrounding CDOs and mortgage backed securities screwed with the financials, a complete lack of trust in any balance sheet would positively destroy them.

Anyway, if you do this, just let me know before you do it to MY banks :)

more than 5 years ago

Fannie Mae Worker Indicted For Malicious Script

csoto I have always said this is the wrong approach (325 comments)

The "Fight Club" style of "getting back at the Man" isn't very practical. There would be some period of disarray, but if you really want to screw things royally, you would introduce random, but very small data errors that hopefully get overlooked. Over time, these affect the balance sheets, the "business algorithms" in place, and generally make it a nightmare to figure out how to fix things. All of this "silent data corruption" would be propagated to disaster recovery systems. Your "backup tapes" would basically contain a perfect copy of bad data. Yes, eventually, you could find the point at which the "disaster" occurred and go back to that time, but if days, weeks, months have passed, how do you replay all of those transactions from that point on? The bank (market, economy, etc.) is screwed.

Yes, this is a little like the "Superman 3 Salami Slicing Fraud" but the only reason that gets flagged is because there is a net output from the balance sheet. If everything just got twisted up internal to the bank, it would be much easier to hide.

more than 5 years ago

An Optimized GUI Based On Users' Abilities

csoto Dialog box sizes are fixed in the HUI for a reason (114 comments)

If you put too much stuff on a dialog box, it's no longer as effective. There's clear research in this. If you have lots of informative text or selectable options, you're either not using the right kind of UI element, or you're not narrowing choices sufficiently.

more than 5 years ago

Most of Woolly Mammoth Genome Reconstructed

csoto You'll be sorry when... (245 comments)

we discover mammoths have a taste for human flesh!

more than 5 years ago

Woman Admits Sending $400K To Nigerian Scammer

csoto She has already demonstrated gullibility (857 comments)

After all, she's a "reverend" so she she already honestly believes in fairy tales. If we could only eliminate superstition, then religions would stop creating so many "sheep" like this.

more than 5 years ago



Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 goes RTM

csoto csoto writes  |  more than 6 years ago

csoto (220540) writes "On Monday, Nov. 19, Microsoft announced that Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 were released to manufacturing (RTM). With more than 250 new features,Visual Studio 2008 includes significant enhancements in every edition, including Visual Studio Express and Visual Studio Team System."


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