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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

cyberchondriac Re:Hint (109 comments)

Well, what the gp suggests is pretty much impossible, but the truth is, software *is* the weakest link. OSes and apps are never or rarely bug free, and each new patch often introduces new bugs. Some things, like OSes, have tens of millions of lines of code, and where just a missing or misplaced semicolon can wreak random havoc, that's practically a guaranteed problem waiting to happen.
Flexibility is proportional to complexity, and inversely proportional to reliability/stability. Dedicated hardware devices are the most stable, followed by firmware driven appliances. I've been in IT (repair, then administration) for about 20 years now, which is a fair amount of time, and I've seen far fewer hardware issues than I ever have with software.
Then there are the issues of security; Windows, for one example, has been around for two and a half decades now, and there are still numerous bug fixes and security patches released on a weekly basis. It is permanently flawed.

I sometimes wonder if it's really a language thing. I'm not a developer though. High level coding (that I'm aware of anyway) is in English, yet there is a pervasive attitude these days, even here at /. among IT and science people, against "grammar nazis", with the frequent defense of "you know what I meant". Well, computers don't know. And recently I've seen a surprising number of typos in SuSE/SLES conf file comments and whatnot.. it makes me wonder if developers are screwing up in the code too, syntactically.

11 hours ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

cyberchondriac Re:backup for 911 (109 comments)

Sounds like a variant of a famous joke.

Operator: 911. What is your emergency? Hunter: My hunting partner just had a heart attack. I think he's dead. Operator: Go make sure. [sound of a gunshot] Hunter: Okay. Now what?

Yep, this is the right way to phrase it, makes more sense this way.

12 hours ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

cyberchondriac Re:Hold on a minute (191 comments)

1) Why do teachers always rank as an all important metric? There are good teachers and bad teachers.. even lousy teachers, there's nothing that special about their profession compared to many others. They are not beneficent deities, shaping our future via our children, though the rhetoric would have you believe that. It's just another angle for the whole, "think of the children" routine.
2) My sister-in-law is a teacher for a high school in NJ, and makes over $80k a year. And that's for 9 months out of the year. I just don't see public school teachers who belong to the NJEA doing all that badly. Private catholic school teachers maybe, but public teachers in a union have it pretty good around here.

2 days ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

cyberchondriac Re:Need more explination of the tunneling (89 comments)

or Syndrome, defeating the Incredibles.
Anyway, I'm not aware of many other instances where particles wink in and out of existence (virtual particles)

5 days ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

cyberchondriac Re:Maybe you would and maybe you would not. (111 comments)

What you're - perhaps unintentionally - highlighting is itself interesting although something we've known for years that's illustrated perfectly by, say, Politico - modern political journalism is not about holding politicians to account, it's about gossip, being in with the in-crowd, and confusing the public interest with what the media thinks the public are "interested" in.

We're in agreement there, political journalism has gotten so yellow it looks like it's got a terminal case of jaundice. But when Obama stated his administration would be more transparent, it was in the context of the laws and executive orders he would sign/pass, the initiatives he would undertake regarding defense, the wars, the Patriot Act, the economy, and that's how most of us understood it. That's the important stuff of actual consquence. If the media wants to go all tabloid, that's on them, but I don't believe it absolves Obama from essentially reneging on his campaign rhetoric.

5 days ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

cyberchondriac Re:Maybe you would and maybe you would not. (111 comments)

No, "explicit" counter example is a strawman. No one seriously fucking cares about the first lady's workout schedule, that has no bearing whatsoever on the running of this country. That's not the kind of transparency we're talking about and you know it.

about a week ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

cyberchondriac Re:Maybe you would and maybe you would not. (111 comments)

Great, so he can tell us all about his golf score, but cover up actually significant stuff, the political shannigans? - y'know, the shit that actually matters, like he'd said he'd do when he campaigned for office. The only ones who care about pointless handwaving personal details are the tabloids.

about a week ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

cyberchondriac Re:I am not alone when I say.... (139 comments)

BeOS? Wow.. I haven't heard a mention of that OS in over ten years, blast from the past.
I would be game for this change: where HBO is concerned, I only care to watch Game of Thrones, and I don't see the point of paying for a full subscription for one show, because nothing else interests me, honestly (well, True Blood, but that's over now). But then I have to wait, and be a year behind everyone else in buying the BluRay when it's finally released.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

cyberchondriac Re:Timeline! (376 comments)

Technically, hazardous waste can still be used as a weapon though. I have a neighbor two doors down who was in Iraq during the Iraq war, and said they'd even found yellow cake uranium.

about a week ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

cyberchondriac Re:THIS JUST IN (252 comments)

If they want people to stop doing something, they should demonstrate that you can still get other things done without doing the thing they want people to stop doing.

Should people who are advocating for the legalization of assisted suicide kill themselves then?

Wow.. just, massive logic fail. That's not even a comparison. Advocating for the right to make your own choice regarding your life is nothing like being forced to kill yourself. I guess here we see some insight into the twisted perceptions of greenpeace whackos.

about two weeks ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

cyberchondriac Re:THIS JUST IN (252 comments)

Well, ultimately, yes, they are. Tacitly for now, more explicitly in the future.

about two weeks ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

cyberchondriac Re:ESSO (252 comments)

This. Exxon used to be called Esso, I remember the gas station downtown as a kid, and the big sign.. and the old coke machine too.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

cyberchondriac Re:Chimps have rights, babies don't (385 comments)

Oh, that's easy. because they had unprotected sex and didn't have the education for how to use contraception.

Independent voter here. I usually vote for moderate Republicans, Independents, or moderate Democrats.

Politically, I'm probably similar to you, (personally I lean slightly right yet am not pro-life, and anti-contraception is just insanely stupid, but hey, catholics) but I never got why using contraception requires special education and how that's an excuse. How friggin' hard is it to put on a condom, insert a diaphragm, or get birth control pills from a doctor? That requires lessons??
Or is that someone is that clueless or stupid that they are totally unaware that sex can cause pregnancy- in which case we may have even more serious problems. You'd have to be cut off from the Internet, TV, classmates and friends, and live in a bubble. I don't buy it. I don't think the problem is (lack of) education, it's just simple willful disregard. And to be fair, I remember well what raging hormones feels like, so I can sort of understand how the heat of the moment trumps their better sense in some cases.

about two weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

cyberchondriac Re:Plot line (238 comments)

Hollywood hasn't had a habit recently of depicting military brass as having any heart. Maybe a rebel, lower down in rank, but usually the military is depicted as shoot first ask questions later knuckle dragging neanderthals.

about two weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

cyberchondriac Re:Technology enables abuse on a large scale (238 comments)

This was the example I going to bring up, Star Trek TNG was all about how great technology would make life.
Up until a point though; from what I've read, after a few seasons, they started to realize this was a bit too "pie in the sky", and this is precisely why the Borg were introduced to the show, to illustrate that even technology can have a dark side.

about two weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

cyberchondriac Re:Technology enables abuse on a large scale (238 comments)

Sorry, that's faulty thinking, and belies the underying issue with such ideology. Nothing like that can simply fix human nature, and until we evolve further, become less self-centered, less egotistical, less fanatical, etc.. that won't change.
Technology is not a panacea, it's a tool, like any other in the sense that it can be used for good or evil at the whim of human nature.

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

cyberchondriac Re:Still being made... (304 comments)

It's not just Apple, all the PC manufacturers are doing that now too. I hate those keyboards, the feel is lousy.

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

cyberchondriac Re:disgusting (191 comments)

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

That's wrong though. What defines "terrorist" is someone who (keyword)deliberately targets civilians and innocents, primarily to sow fear and terror but also out of just plain blind hate. Conversely, Freedom fighters target the government and it's military they're rebelling against.
Example, the Rebellion in Star Wars would not be deemed terrorists because they only attacked Empire military installations or craft. The American soldiers in the Revolutionary War, the same; they may have resorted to some guerrilla warfare type tactics, but against British soldiers; they didn't sail off to Great Britain and start planting bombs in random horse carriages to blow up the civilians.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Verizon Internet to drop the alt. newsgroup

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cyberchondriac (456626) writes "From http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizon-Clarifies-Newsgroup-Changes-95333
As part of last week's anti-child-porn agreement with New York's Attorney General, Time Warner Cable and Verizon agreed to take aim at newsgroups. While Time Warner Cable confirmed to me they've eliminated newsgroup access entirely, Verizon says they're simply limiting the newsgroups offered. According to the company's policy blog, starting June 24, the telco will "only offer groups in the Big 8 newsgroups hierarchies." While over 1,000 hierarchies exist, Verizon will only offer access to comp, humanities, misc, news, rec, sci, soc, talk, and of course the Verizon support groups. Verizon Business customers meanwhile will no longer have the ability to view newsgroup images.

Well, there goes some of the appeal of having Verizon for an ISP. Are they're throwing the baby out with the bathwater?"

Journals

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Mod points

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 5 years ago I like getting mod points as much as the next guy, but when I do, why do I always always always get them on a Friday? I don't do /. on weekends. Aarrggh!
By the time I come back to work on Monday, I only have half a day left to use them. It's cruel I tell you. Cruel.

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Another shoot down

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 8 years ago Again some loser modded me down as overrated, when the post was only at the default "1" to begin with ?
What the hell is that about ?
I mean, who even cares to surf at 1 and knock people down to zero ??
That's some sick kicks.
Okay, the post wasn't fantastic - how many posts at slashdot are ? So long as you don't flame, any post represents someone's opinion and is worthy of a damn lousy "1". I thought mine was kinda funny, actually.

So... I guess I have a watchful enemy out there.
A post assassin, who remains cloaked, unnamed, and has no accountability for his actions. One who is willing to attack random, innocent people.
Hmm.. reminds me of a terrorist !

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Karma boost - w00t

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago I wonder when that happened -- I just noticed my karma is now rated as "good", rather than just "positive".
Did I really reach a new plateau, or, did /. just decide to change the scale or naming convention ?
I mean, gee, I feel so .. *sniff* .. so accepted by the brotherhood of geeks :-)

Okay, I know that just jinxed the whole thing now ..

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Who the hell is Colin Bayer ?

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago He showed up in my freaks list a year ago, but hardly ever posts.
Well hey, if you gotta go so far as to mark me as a foe, for whatever reason, then f you, right back at you. I don't even know who the hell you are or why you've decided to hate me. I wonder if he's the phantom jerk that seems to follow me around to try get any positive mods I might happen to accrue get knocked down by "overrated"s and bogus "redundant"s.
Of course, the problem with this delusional hypothesis is that he would have to have moderator rights all the time, extremely unlikely since he posts pretty scarcely... unless, maybe that's just an alias for one of the editors at /. who aren't too fond of me for some of my anti-left-wing political views. Or maybe I'm just getting paranoid in my cyncial old age. Unfortunately,however, my cynicism gets more justifiable everyday.
Hey, can I get modded down for Journal entries ?

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Anonymous Coward overload !

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm beginning to wonder what point there is in moderating. The sheer amount of anonymous cowards now posting nothing but trash makes it worthless to mod somebody down, as they get a low score anyway, and the few good posts you run across and would like to mod up are usually already scored at 4 or above. I'd have to have no life whatsoever to spend the time looking for somebody with a low score who deserves a mod up. Somebody like me .. ;-)
Here's an example:
I just made a post defending, logically, not passionately or obnoxiously, Gate's Knighthood, based on what I felt MS had contributed to the world, the US economy, and the tech sector in general, by making computers a household item. I got modded down.
The last time I posted on something about MS, it involved security, and I had been humorously negative... and got modded down. You can't win. Zealots to the left, zealots to the right. Sometimes you can't get a break !

Seriously though, I think the /. editors should track the number of AC posts that each member makes: If they post as ACs above a certain number of times within a certain time period, their ability to post at all should be revoked for some period. They're more than likely trolling.
Also, new members should not be able to post as ACs until they've made a predefined number of normal posts. This might help to stem the flood just a little.

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A double standard at slashdot ?

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 11 years ago Something just occurred to me. Many, many weeks ago, I'd posted something that I thought would found as humerous, albeit something that took a pot-shot at Microsoft, as many slashdotters do. It even included the obligatory " :-) ", normally a sign to intelligent life that the post was to be taken lightly.
For whatever reason, a moderator knocked me down a point as flamebait, and went un-metamoderated. Okay, I can stand to lose a point, no big deal, even if tens or hundreds of other slashdotters often say worse and get modd'ed up as funny. I've decided I have too much of a life to live or die by what somebody forever unknown to me thinks of my point of view on a website.
But what I just realized, was the that the icon Slashdot.org uses for Microsoft stories is itself derisive and derogatory.
How then, can the slashdot editors allow someone to mod a fellow slashdot denizen down for the very thing slashdot itself does on a daily basis ?
Things that make you go , "hmmmnn.."

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