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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

davesays Most Frequent Misuse? (186 comments)

Using "then" in place of "than" seems to be most frequent misuse I see here and abroad (on the web). Then refers to sequence or timing, than infers comparison but I see an expression of "this is better then that" in almost every thread.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

davesays Re:if you're worried about the collapse of society (509 comments)

True, I was looking at the commentary sweeping us unto the Utopian future not the stone age. But you're right, it could go that way (and there would be no malpractice but the hours and clients are still terrible. I think really many of the comments are good for a single generation, then spin the wheel and go again...

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

davesays Re:Go into the trades (509 comments)

Construction, electrician, plumber, welder. You can't offshore these jobs, they must be done here.

But you can on-shore cheaper labor. H1-B? I grew up in southern California. I am not a union fan but this is instructive. My uncle was a plasterer in the plasterers union. They did mostly drywall but he was a highly skilled finish specialist and troubleshooter who could actually "plaster" a wall, do moldings etc. and made a good living. In came the third world labor at $8/hr to do all the drywall in LA and broke the union. Once the union was gone they immediately charged almost the same as the union plasterers. No reason not to anymore...

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

davesays Re:Stripper! (509 comments)

Very few jobs will exist for humans in any area of work much sooner than most people think. Obviously society will have to pay people not to work. Freedom might become a much more real concept when people are freed from monetary demands. The very notion of concepts such as socialism, communism and capitalism will become quaint and obsolete concepts.

I understand the thrust of your point, but if someone else provides your living you are a slave. They can stop providing it at will. They can choose to provide it only if they "insert any restriction here;" like all your data/communication/thoughts (in the future) belong to them. Point taken, but I don't *want* to belong to someone.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

davesays Re:if you're worried about the collapse of society (509 comments)

NO! I don't mean to be rude. I work with some great OBs but it is a terrible job. I work IT at a hospital and I work every department at every level. MDs are not going away so any field will do; surgeons especially cardiac are treated very well. Robots are coming in but as a tool for surgeons. Anesthesiologists are raking it in but that may be more prone to automation in the future. Nephrologist, neurologist, pathologist, the list is never ending, pick something you'll love (bioinformatics?). OBs have the worst patients, crappiest hours, highest malpractice insurance. This advice is from MDs. Unless she has an inalienable passion to be an OB, avoid it at all costs

about a month and a half ago

US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

davesays Good Morning, Edward (176 comments)

I guess we will be seeing Snowden back in the US as soon as his current asylum offer expires...

about 1 month ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

davesays Re:A bunch of nuns? (800 comments)

Actually, this raises a more interesting question (at least to me) which your little thought experiment approaches. What if my autonomous car decides that the action to take that is likely to cause the least harm is to kill the driver? For example, what if the car has the opportunity to swerve off the side of a mountain road and drop you 1000 feet onto some rocks to avoid a crash that would have killed far more people than simply you? Is my autonomous car required to act in my own best interest, or should it act in the best interests of everyone on the road?

What if the oncoming car makes the same decision (similar programming) and both cars drive off the cliff?

about 4 months ago

Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

davesays Re:Personal Details (276 comments)

Because someone has created something, or become rich, gives you no ethical reason to know there most personal details? Why do you believe they forfeit their privacy any more than someone who is not rich, or has not created anything? We are talking about human rights. If they created something useful for society; use it, don't abuse them...

about 6 months ago

NSA Officers Sometimes Spy On Love Interests

davesays Re:One Cannot Help But Wonder (384 comments)

How Senator Mitch McConnell got his information about Ashley Judd's private medical data for a slander campaign; and not see a corollary of the humanity that is the NSA?

If you read the news or the transcripts you would have seen they were talking about *what she wrote in her autobiography.* No one accessed her private medical data...

1 year,4 days

New Thermocell Could Turn 'Waste Heat' Into Electricity

davesays Re:Hmmmm (181 comments)

No, the executive branch just selectively enforces it....

about a year ago

Researchers Now Pulling Out of DEF CON In Response To Anti-Fed Position

davesays Re:Fuck 'em (204 comments)

You did a beautiful job of paraphrasing, reminded me so much of the original: "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

about a year ago

Surgeon Uses Google Glass and iPad To Capture Live Procedure and Stream It

davesays A brief response to the naysayers (100 comments)

Disclaimer: I do not believe technology is the best answer for everything. I am the most adventurous person in my hospital IT Department so I get to go in ORs all the time (I was there yesterday). 1 - No code review: the devices are not "part of" the surgery they are peripheral; they do not code review every digital clock, cell phone in a surgical staff's pocket, or every iPod playing music en-suite. 2 - No distraction: I can tell you these people are serious professionals. The doctor was no more distracted by the tech during the operation than a coder would be by his dormant webcam or an email message coming in. Regards, Dave

about a year ago

What Can You Find Out From Metadata?

davesays This is too simple (341 comments)

If what you can learn from the meta-data is useable for fighting terrorism, which is rare, it will be far more easily used for nefarious purposes which are common. If it is "not easy" to use against citizens it will be too hard to make it very useful against terrorism. Either my rights are infringed because of the data - or the program serves no purpose.

about a year ago

Surgeries On Friday Are More Frequently Fatal

davesays Misconceptions (152 comments)

I am IT staff at a hospital and end up working on the in-suite PCs alot since coworkers don't like being in a room with a patient open. The surgery schedule gets busier throughout the week with the busiest day being Thursday; at my hospital that is really the "Friday" of the OR. For reasons mentioned above only cases of eminent need are scheduled for Fridays and nothing on the weekend. If you are having surgery on a Friday or the weekend you are in a fairly grave state already. Also: All doctors, surgeons and staff do rotations and coverage; so "shitty doctors and nurses and up working the weekends" is not a reality.

about a year ago

Marijuana Prosecution Not a High Priority, Says Obama

davesays FTFY (449 comments)

Marijuana Prosecution Not a High Priority, Says Obama +>Marijuana Prosecution a Political Priority, Says Obama. In swing states, or 'potential' swing states the feds won't ruffle any feathers - It's cool man. In California, which is not in play, the feds will hammer you. Second issue (without regard to anyones position on either topic) - contrast the federal approach to say, the Arizona immigration law with: "It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that, under state law, that's legal.' When asked if he supported legalizing marijuana, the president said he was not endorsing that. 'I wouldn't go that far, but what I think is that, at this point, Washington and Colorado, you've seen the voters speak on this issue.'" You cannot reasonably defend one law as solely the purvue of the federal government and the other as "hey, we all have different expectations, Its cool"

about a year and a half ago

How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

davesays Re:Uh, no (897 comments)

More than you think. My brothers friends were drinking in a small town casino and got into a beef with a local all were drinking. My brother was coming from 200mi away, sober, and picked them up on his way home, the guy saw the vehicle and called it in as a DUI. He did fine on the roadside but they took him in for a breathalyser. He blew a .03 and a .00, and then, miraculously a .08 and a.20. In CA those aren't even admissible as the machine varied by more than the allowable limit. His lawyer cost him $5k he didn't have and got him to plead because the police (CHP) were "going to lie anyway". Fast forward 4 years; he DUIs at a wedding in northern California, admits it, bad move, is sorry - now it's a second offence. The DA offered 4mo + 3yr formal probation but realized because he was from SoCal and couldn't meet the norcal probation officers 2x week - not physically possible. DA cut a deal with him for 9mo jail time - no probation. He figured what the hell, *he was going to lose everything anyway*. Because he refused "the system" the judge would not accept the plea and gave him a full year. "Jobs program" - you decide: the guy on the docket before him interfered with an EMT in the performance of his duties, resisted arrest and assaulted a peace officer while he was on meth (the offender not the cop). He took a deal - 30 days but it was a drug offence so he'll do 15 days... I miss my brother.

more than 2 years ago

Linux FUD

davesays Linux WiFi (8 comments)

You might invest in a Hi gain Hawking HWU8DD. They ran an atheros chipset so linux picks it up right out of the box, and it has a USB/miniUSB cable. You can put a 16' cable on it, and leave it in a window where you get good signal. Enjoy

more than 3 years ago

Hard Drive With Clinton-Era Data Missing From Nat'l Archives

davesays 1998 Called (180 comments)

They want their hard drive back...

more than 5 years ago



Microsoft taught NSA how to crack encrypted emails

davesays davesays writes  |  about a year ago

davesays (922765) writes "Documents leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden show that Microsoft helped the National Security Agency (NSA) work around the encrypted code on its new Outlook portal... Microsoft also gave the FBI easier access to its cloud storage service SkyDrive and let the NSA have access to email on Outlook and Hotmail before it was encrypted."
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ALL communication is recorded and stored by U.S. Government

davesays davesays writes  |  about a year ago

davesays (922765) writes "CNN anchors Erin Burnett and Carol Costello have interviewed Former FBI Counterterrorisim specialist Tim Clemente. In the interviews he asserts that ALL digital communications are recorded and stored.
CLEMENTE: "No, welcome to America. All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not."
"All of that stuff" — meaning every telephone conversation Americans have with one another on US soil, with or without a search warrant — "is being captured as we speak". "no digital communication is secure", by which he means not that any communication is susceptible to government interception as it happens (although that is true), but far beyond that: all digital communications — meaning telephone calls, emails, online chats and the like — are automatically recorded and stored and accessible to the government after the fact. To describe that is to define what a ubiquitous, limitless Surveillance State is."

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Why we don't call Geek Squad - Ever!

davesays davesays writes  |  about 6 years ago

davesays writes "Just when I thought my opinion of the "Geek Squad" couldn't get any lower. Their reputation is pretty bad, but I wouldn't have believed they would do this unless I saw it myself. An older, non-tech, business associate of mine was regaling me with tales of how well the Geek Squad treated him when he bought a new computer. Later, his wife needed their business data recovered from the old machine. I thought I would just run a live CD and recover the files. Little did I know, the geek squad had vandalized their machine!

A friend of mine from JPL thought it was so bad he put up a page:

I still have to solder on a connector and recover the data..."

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Rocket Racing League Announces First Race!

davesays davesays writes  |  more than 6 years ago

davesays writes "NEW YORK — April 14, 2008 -The Rocket Racing League® (RRL TM) announced that the First Exhibition Race of the Rocket Racing League® will take place on August 1st and August 2nd at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. In addition to announcing the dates of the First Exhibition Races, the Rocket Racing League® also announced the remaining series of exhibition races for the rest of 2008, the acquisition of Velocity Aircraft by Rocket Racing Composites Corp., and announced that Armadillo Aerospace will manufacture liquid oxygen (LOX) engines for the Rocket Racing League®."

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EMI may change its music marketing model.

davesays davesays writes  |  more than 6 years ago

davesays (922765) writes "EMI is considering a change in the way it markets music. Apparently people outside the music industry can see the problem "The new owner of EMI (who runs a private equity group), Britain's largest music group, has warned that the industry will not survive if it continues to rely on CD sales alone." ( This in response to Radiohead's decision to make their latest album available directly to customers, and let them decide what to pay for it."


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