In a Cloning First, Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adults
Yeah, but talk about proof that Caffeine can arrest development.
... and I bet that any kid that starts out this way is gonna be a mondo caffeine addict.
How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?
Anybody who states it that categorically is stupid, ignorant, full of hubris -- or setting up a straw-man.
The problem here is that people have been using the argument that Open Source is better because these issues can't happen "because" of the visibility.
Pretty much anything built by man is subject to errors. That includes source code -- open or closed. Any sane programmer knows this. The difference with open source is that the code is open to the users. Especially in the case of security, correctness is a high priority for many users, and those users can drive the bug-hunt process. As such, bugs tend to get found and fixed (sometimes proactively) faster with Free and Open Source code than with proprietary code.
For companies, on the other hand, security and correctness, in general, is a cost centre. It's often only pursued to the extent to which ignoring it affects profits. If it's considered better for the bottom line to ignore/hide a critical security bug than to fix it, then it may never get fixed. -- "Better for the bottom line" includes being paid to keep a bug open by the NSA/KGB/MOSAD/etc. The well-being of the customer base is only a (indirect) part of the profit calculation.
"Bad for the bottom line." Includes fixing code that you're no longer actively selling -- unless the bug hurts your public image too badly.
That's why, for example, XP is no longer going to be supported -- despite the fact that perhaps hundreds of millions of machines still use it.
Redhat 7.2 isn't officially supported by Red Hat, either -- but despite the fact that the current user base is probably in the range of hundreds or thousands, somebody who considers it critical infrastructure and can't/won't upgrade it can still arrange to get bug fixes because the source is legally available. RedHat isn't the gatekeeper for support the way that Microsoft is for Windows. RedHat is simply the (highly) preferred source of support.
Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
Comcast has been messing with people's net feeds for a while now. People have been paying for N-Megabit connections and, to the extent to which those connections have been with NetFlix, those connections have been wilfully and needlessly degraded to well below N-Megabit.
TIme for a mass refund.
(also time for some law firm to make megabucks litigating this issue)
Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
What Netflix is paying for is "a peering tie-in inside of Comcast's data centers".
You can call 'protection money' whatever you want. It's still Extortion.
Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros
I don't mind the heads-up about a little-used piece of Gnu software (as pointed out, most distros push OpenSSL), but I do mind astro-turfing the Microsoft PR line of "Nobody's responsible if Linux fails!"
The irony, of course, is that most people haven't read Microsoft's EULA which effectively says 'Not only are we not responsible if Windows fails, but we'll sue you if you try to fix it yourself.'
This is really gonna bite the hundreds of millions running XP who will be orphaned this year when Microsoft stops supporting it. Not only do they face the prospect, in a matter of weeks, of never again seeing security updates from Microsoft, but it will be illegal to even try to fix future bugs themselves (or hire a third party to do it).
This last bit is something that Linux users have as a right
UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP
No support (not even 3rd party) for XP, and Windows 8 is just short of an entirely differend OS. You call THAT continuity?
At least with Linux, you have the option of (banding together with a group of like-minded entities, and) doing your own support, until you decide it's time to retire you old software/hardware combination.
That's the real choice and freedom you get when you use Free and/or Open Source software.
When Microsoft EOL's Vista (possibly as early as a couple of years from now), the people who tore their hair out getting used to it, are going to have to tear their hair out getting used to whatever Microsoft is shoving down people's throats then -- irrespective of whether or not the Vista based systems they have are really ready to be retired.
Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight
Well, supposedly, the study took levels of exercise into account -- and driving to work in the morning would account for 30 minutes of sunlight exposure, without any real exercise.
An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)
I often keep a dozen or more windows open on my web browsers. Doing that, and a couple more things, you can sometimes break 4GB RAM -- and that's using Linux.
For Windows 8 users, you need a couple of Gig just to get the machine off of the ground. more than 4 is needed to do almost anything more than stare at a blank screen.
Creating "Homo Minutus" — a Benchtop Human To Test Drugs
I'm presuming that the beeps are Morse code for some silly message, but I only know enough Morse to recognize it, not 'read' it.
"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"
Macs are essentially an OS with the hardware attached, rather than the other way 'round. -- and they also have an OS 'tax' assigned to them. Macs also have well under 10% of the market, last time I looked.
This really only leaves Chromebooks, which, essentially are netbooks, not full blown notebooks or desktops.
If a consumer wants a 'real' machine with a choice of OS (or no OS at all), the pickings are incredibly thin -- and many of those pickings are from manufacturers who pay the tax to Microsoft, whether or not they ship the box with an OS on it. Often, they even pay an extra tax if they sell too many macines without a Microsoft OS on them.
"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"
If only Microsoft would stop doing things like using 'secure boot' to make life harder on Linux users -- rather than just competing on quality and features.
TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs
Consider that Al Qiaida killed about as many people in 2001 as drunk drivers kill Every couple months.
If this was about keeping us and our kids safe, We'd be paying a couple billion a month to MADD.
Personally, I think any TSA employee in charge of TSA procedures needs to go through said procedure/screening every day before work.
Actually, they need to be fired and replaced by people with proper risk management training, as opposed to risk avoidance.
Risk Avoidance: Do everything in your power to prevent some risk, no matter the cost
Risk Management: Assess the risk, consider the liklihood of the risk, the damage it will cost if it happens, then look at mitigations, how likely they are to work, how much they'll cost, etc... And make the cheapest decision. IE if on average the mitigation will prevent more loss than it costs, you impliment it. Otherwise you just accept the risk.
Reason To Hope Carriers Won't Win the War On Netflix
It may be legal for a carrier to administrate their network for quality control purposes, but when they start throttling a service that they compete with, they run into all sorts of legal barriers ...
- unfair competition.
- interference with contractual obligations
- false advertising (they advertised N Mbit/sed .. they're delivering X<<N, without good reason)
- etc. etc. etc.
Class action lawsuit, anyone?
Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie
If Chad Oulson had had his own gun, he might be alive and well in jail today -- and the retired police officer (along with, possibly a couple of innocent bystanders) might be dead instead. Oh .. hold on, Florida is a 'stand your ground' state... So: other people might be dead, but Oulson would probably be a free man.
BTW: According to FBI murder stats, if you own a gun, It's about 3-5 times more likely to kill a member of your family than to kill an intruder or other criminal.
In other words, if you care more about protecting your family from criminals than you care about keeping them alive, then you should definitely buy a gun.
It's Darwinism in action.
Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham
To properly debate this, Bill Nye needs to powerfully understand both Science and the bible -- so that he can point out the biblical fallacies inherent in Creationism. -- such as the internal inconsistencies within the biblical bits, and the fact that the length of God's day is never specified in Genesis... (how long is a day where the earth doesn't yet exist? When does the sun set for god? What order do things REALLY occur in? What is god's image?
A proper understanding of the bible would allow him to argue that so-called 'literal' creationism is neither literal nor necessary to an appreciation and belief in god, Jesus and/or Christianity.
NSA's Legal Win Introduces a Lot of Online Insecurity
The NSA and Homeland security aren't particularly interested in stopping terrorism. I'd say that they're far more interested in tracking dissent The occasional successful attack justifies their existence.
Less than a year after 9/11, and during a CODE RED alert weekend, I had a kid on my game server who had talked to me about being a fundamental muslim and having issues within that realm make a comment
"That's OK I"ll be dead tomorrow anyways".
Now, if ever there was a case that just stood out like a sore thumb and asked to be investigated, I couldn't think of something better. I was also, at that point just worried about his mental health, generally.
Turns out that the much-touted 1-800 terrorism hotline was already shut down.
It took me almost an entire day to find someone who would take my 'tip' and do something with it.... and that was pretty much in the middle of the post 9/11 hysteria. That's right... we're supposed to turn in tips about possible terrorism but almost all of the avenues of reporting have been shut down.
Not that I took the terrorism hype very seriously to begin with, but you'd think that they'd at least keep up the first layer after the facade.
NSA's Legal Win Introduces a Lot of Online Insecurity
Does this mean I can get all of the metadata for calls made to and from the Whitehouse?
Remember: No expectation of privacy -- which means that secrecy is a complete no-go..
Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck
Many years ago, a friend of mine told me a story about her 'original' land rover... She said that, using it's lowest gear (almost never used in normal driving), she was able to tow a snowed-in tow truck out of her back alley ... sideways.
(Bob Beck, if you're reading this: yes, this is your mother I'm talking about.)
How Ya Gonna Get 'Em Down On the UNIX Farm?
I started back in the early '80s when that was all there is, and I probably have a shell open on my machines most of the time.
On the other hand, I have absolutely no problem using the GUI solutions for most of the simple stuff. I would suggest that one of the first things you need to do is teach newbies when each tool is most appropriate -- not that one is unconditionally better than the other.
US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month
Hospitals are required to take care of people who have critical injuries -- at least as long as it takes them to be able to walk away -- so you not wearing a seatbelt costs me when I have to go to the hospital (or -- given that I live in Canada), when I pay my taxes.
On The Landmark Forum (Landmark Education)
On the sunday of the course, he was like: "How come you didn't make me sign up sooner?"
The vast majority of people who actually take (and complete) the course find it very worthwhile. About the worst review I'v gotten was "It's the best thing I've ever done in my life, but I'm not going to do it again". Since the crux of the course is in the last few hours, people who leave in the middle, may be a bit wierded out about the purpose of the whole thing.
Bottom line, I'd say 'do it'. If you haven't been to an intro, at least go to one, then decide for yourself. If you have any more questions, I'm thinking a private email might be a bit better (( bcgreen.com!spamuel , if you understand the old usenet email protocol )), but either location's fine with me.
Now there's this Journal entry where we can chat 'in private', so to speak.
Support and Open Source
That's more likely to be a description of closed source support, except that he'd be siting in his parent company's basement. The difference with Open source is that it might be (substantially) the same flunky, but with the addition of anybody with enough interest to download a copy of the source code
-- most likely people with a good deal of training in the area.
Would you rather get that patch from some 25 year old who couldn't get asigned anyththing better than 'supporting' a piece of 10-year-old dead-end software, or a PhD in real-time systems who just haappens to have the same fuel injector?
Open source doesn't automatically mean good support, but it does mean that nobody can absolutely deny you support. You always have the resources and option to do the support yourself. With closed source, the EULA often seems to make it illegal for you to create your own patches for a program -- if you can even figure out where to patch without source.
When Iceland (I think it was Iceland) offered to pay Microsoft to translate Windows for them, and Microsoft refused the request, all that whole country could do was fume about the snub -- until someone suggested moving to Linux for their standard OS.
Windows for Workgroups (WFW) 3.1 is barely 10 years old now. How much would it take to get MS to do a s simple bugfix for that software? I think you'd have an easier time running end-to-end through Baghdad wearing nothing but a US flag and a 'Bomb Iraq" button.
Before submitting a song to AudioGalaxy, a user has to 'appropriately identify' themselves. Once a user is identified, they can submit songs to the AudioGalaxy universe to be authenticated for distribution.
When an identified user submits a song for use, the song is fingerprinted, and identified as 'good'. A properly identified song is the responsibility of it's submitter. AudioGalaxy is simply a tranmission medium. If a copyright holder feels that their song is improperly submitted, then they can go to the person responsible for the song for the 'publishing' of it. If a user is identified as consistently submitting unauthorized copyright material, then their entire set of authentications can be revoked.
Users can be authenticated by any of a set of means -- eg:
- A credit card authorization (should appear on credit card summaries as something obvious like "ID verification audogalaxy-id.com" with the domain (and www.domain) pointing to a page that precisely describs what the ID was for and about and what the associated person would be responsible for [[in case the ID was the result of a credit card theft]]).
- Thawte (www.thawte.com) allows all sorts of ways to authenticate the identify a person -- including their 'web of trust' system which is free, and various paid methods.
Persons who don't have access to (or don't want to use) other methods, could mail in a notarized copy of personal ID,
Pick your favorite other method of verification.
Once a user is verified, they would be issued an SSL certificate that would allow them to submit songs (automatedly) for authentication.
SSL certificates allow for repudiation, so if someone's ID was used inappropriately, they would be able to issue repudiation.. It should be
possible to issue repudiation starting from a specific date (when the
certificate was compromised), generally (e.g. if the identity was issued
improperly), or even for specific songs (if a publishing authorization turns out to have been mistaken, or the publisher has second thoughts.).
Sharing would then be checked for authentication of a song, rather than a record company claim (after the fact) of copyright infringement. If a record company claims copyright on a song, they would identify it by fingerprint (or a fingerprint summary) then DMCA procedures for notifying the 'owner' of the impugned song would follow.
My proposed MS remedy
If it's added to windows, then we need to be able to see how it's put in there, and there has to be a way to pull it out, and replace it with something else. Microsoft needs to provide to documentation to do so.
The intent here is to provide competitors with the ability to produce competing software that has the ability to co-operate with Wintendos.
MS is allowed to innovate as they wish, but they would have two choices:
- market it as a separate product
- open the protocol to the general public