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Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

dgharmon Replacing middle-skill jobs with machines? (736 comments)

"Yet a new piece in The New York Times .. hypothesizes that replacing human laborers with machines has proven economically devastating to a broad swath of society."

What the difference between replacing jobs with machines or some Chinese wage slave?

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Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

dgharmon The future is Now .. (736 comments)

"Imagine a future in which fleets of self-driving cars navigate city streets, picking up anyone who requests a ride via their smartphone or tablet" link

Weren't self drive cars already depicted in Total Recall, see Johnny Cab ..

1 year,2 days
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Ask Slashdot: Hands-On Activity For IT Career Fair

dgharmon Real world hands-on experience .. (121 comments)

"I'm looking for suggestions for an activity that will give the students some hands-on, real world experience that will benefit them immediately".

Open Source Linux Boards Under $200

"The following Top 10 community backed Linux boards are listed in alphabetical order, with links, price, project, and processor. They are described in more detail in the slide show below (click on View Gallery)."

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Ask Slashdot: Hands-On Activity For IT Career Fair

dgharmon Unrecoverable by design .. (121 comments)

"In previous years, we've brought a bunch of retired PCs and challenged the groups to disassemble (down to the motherboard) and reassemble them in working order .. Most students today only have laptops and tablets. As a result, this knowledge doesn't translate into the real world anymore"

That's because the manufacturers design them that way, making them ununrecoverable in the process, all the while preaching their 'green` credentials, fifty dollars to change a battery, come off it. I see students who expereience of electronics being reduced to wiping a touch screen as the equivalent of that 'Doctor` whose entire knowledge consisted of consultant colored slides in some magic little black bag.

1 year,3 days
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Linux Vendors Push For Open-Source In Hybrid Datacenter Clouds

dgharmon Open Source money .. (30 comments)

"this isnt about open source at all"

I see and from what corner of the multiverse do you come from, where Red Hat aren't allowed to make money out of the Cloud?

1 year,4 days
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Devs Flay Microsoft For Withholding Windows 8.1 RTM

dgharmon New Microsoft same as OLD Microsoft .. (413 comments)

Withold access to the new APIs until their own stuff is out-the-door. Then third party developers will have to spend months playing catch-up ...

1 year,4 days
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Report: Snowden Stayed At Russian Consulate While In Hong Kong

dgharmon TheTrueHOOHA on spooky types .. (107 comments)

"It really concerns me how little this sort of corporate behavior bothers those outside of technology circles. Society really seems to have developed an unquestioning obedience towards spooky types." TheTrueHOOHA, Feb 2010

"I can authoritatively state that those specific question types absolutely cannot be asked without specific cause [i.e. reporting]. If you got asked this, there's a specific reason, creepster." TheTrueHOOHA, Nov 2008

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100% Failure Rate On University of Liberia's Admission Exam

dgharmon Classics inaccessible for students .. (308 comments)

'US colleges increasingly view anything published before 1990 as 'inaccessible' for students. So much for timeless themes` ..

"For American college students, 1990 appears to be a historical cliff beyond which it is rumored some books were once written, though no one is quite sure what. Why have US colleges decided that the best way to introduce their students to higher learning is through comic books, lite lit, and memoirs?" link

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Lord Blair Calls for Laws To Stop 'Principled' Leaking of State Secrets

dgharmon Re:Official Secrets Act? (395 comments)

"How is the Official Secrets Act not adequate to cover this?"

I think he means they're going after the IT staff, the current legislation only applies to high officials ..

"Most of the legislation about state secrets is in the Official Secrets Act and it only concerns an official .. I think there is going to have to be a look at what happens when somebody possesses material which is secret without having authority"

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Microsoft Needs a Catch-Up Artist

dgharmon Microsoft and the catch-up artist .. (406 comments)

"The New York Times says that what Microsoft needs now isn't just a CEO, but a catch-up artist, to regain the footing that it had a few years ago as the biggest name in software."

Without the WinTEL monopoly and the onerous lock-in contracts with the OEMs, Microsoft is just another tech company ..

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Ubuntu Edge Draws Nearly $13M, But Falls Short of Indiegogo Goal

dgharmon INSERT INTO slashdot VALUES FUD .. (125 comments)

> No one trusts Canonical outside of the die-hard Ubuntu fanboys ..

Canonical has contributed Ubuntu into the community, for free, any criticism of their business strategy is therefore groundless ...

1 year,9 days
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Germany Produces Record-Breaking 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Solar Energy In One Month

dgharmon Solar power reduces electricity price .. (687 comments)

"Oh, the solar power haters* are going to love this oneâ"a recent study by Germanyâ(TM)s Institute for Future Energy Systems (IZES), conducted on behalf of of the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar), has found that, on average, solar power has reduced the price of electricity 10% in Germany (on the EPEX exchange). It reduces prices up to 40% in the early afternoon, when electricity demand is peaking and electricity typically costs the most. Thereâ(TM)s a visual of that (in German) here:" link

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Google Chrome 29 Is Out: Omnibox Suggestions, Profile Resetting

dgharmon Chrome sends data to Google? (120 comments)

"Chrome sends lots of extra data to Google"

I can't see any evidence of 'extra data` in Wireshark ..

1 year,11 days
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Google Chrome 29 Is Out: Omnibox Suggestions, Profile Resetting

dgharmon Get the Source Code here .. (120 comments)

"We don't know since Google keeps the source code secret."

"The Chromium codebase consists of hundreds of thousands of files"

1 year,11 days
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The Cryonics Institute Offers a Chance at Immortality (Video #2)

dgharmon Cannot recover neurological state .. (155 comments)

"Today's interviewee is Cryonics Institute (CI) Director Andy Zawacki, who takes Slashdot's Robert Rozeboom into the facility where they keep the tanks with frozen people in them"

How are they going to recover the brain to the same neurological state it was in when the patient was unfrozen. Regardless of any future scientific advances, information lost cannot be restored.

1 year,11 days
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Google Chrome 29 Is Out: Omnibox Suggestions, Profile Resetting

dgharmon Chrome background services on Windows (120 comments)

"Does Chrome still install and run background services on Windows? .."

Have you tried deselecting the box titled " Continue running background apps when Chromium is closed "

1 year,11 days
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Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

dgharmon Privacy on the Internet .. (986 comments)

I've always assumed we have no privacy on the Internet ..

1 year,11 days
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How One Programmer Is Coding Faster By Voice Than Keyboard

dgharmon autocomplete as done in Borland C++ .. (214 comments)

> I'd have a hard time believing that this could be faster than someone using something like autocomplete as done in .NET ..

autocomplete was around long before .NET as was context-sensitive-help before Microsoft renamed it Intellisense ..

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Kaspersky on Huawei's in-between doors

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "Eugene Kaspersky thinks Huawei's products contain “some doors, they are not back doors, but somewhere in-between”, but that overall “there is nothing really wrong with Huawei”. Th Russian security supremo is nonetheless taking steps to ensure his company doesn't experience the same less-than-welcoming reception Huawei has found in the US market."
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Irish bailout Bill Gates ..

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "The world's second-richest man, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, was a major Irish bank bondholder ahead of the financial collapse that saw the taxpayer put on the hook for the €64bn bank bailout. Gates was a bondholder in Anglo Irish Bank, Irish Nationwide Building Society, Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Bank, according to filings seen by the Sunday Independent. The filings detail investments held by Gates' Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation."
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Two years Microsoft free ..

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "I took the plunge a long time ago and moved totally to Ubuntu and have managed to do my work without the benefits of the Microsoft industry standard. Apart from the college where I do maintenance, where they're still stuck on Windows 7 and Internet Explorer. They won't move to Linux and Chrome/Firefox as that wouldn't be compliant with some government regulations. Would anyone else care to share their experience?"
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What's in a beefburgers?

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes ""a beefburger rarely contains 100% beef .. An economy beefburger must contain 47% meat .. Under European law, the term "meat" is defined as "skeletal muscle with naturally included or adherent fat and connective tissue" which has not been mechanically stripped from the carcass.

Any meat that has been pressure-blasted from the carcass must be listed separately as MRM (mechanically removed) or MSM (mechanically stripped) meat. MRM meat or paste can in theory be used in economy burgers but has to be listed as a separate ingredient."

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Hospital pays US$2,855.61 per day for nurse ..

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "NHS hospitals are hiring agency nurses at rates of up £1,800 a day in a bid to plug dangerous staff shortages, an investigation has found. The bill for temporary workers has risen by more than 20 per cent in just one year, with private agencies receiving more than seven times the rate paid to nurses on the pay roll."
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Ubuntu At CES ..

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "On Sunday last weekend I flew out to CES to join the rest of my colleagues to exhibit Ubuntu at the show. We were there to show the full range of Ubuntu form-factors that we have available; desktop, TV, Ubuntu for Android, and most recently, Ubuntu for phones."
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Aaron Swartz interview from 2001

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "'In a 2001 interview with public radio station WBEZ, a precocious 14-year-old named Aaron Swartz .. told the host, Lew Koch, what he imagined the future of the internet would look like.' "It's harder to predict the short-term future than the long-term future", he warned, but he suggested that the " semantic web " was just over the horizon. It was to be a " two-way web ", he said, "where users of the web can really write their own webpages"."
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Java flaw poses malware threat to Windows users

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "A serious flaw in the Java software found on most personal computers could expose the machines to being taken over by malicious attacks over the internet, the US agency responsible for policing such vulnerabilities warned on Thursday.

The vulnerability has already been used to mount attacks, according to security researchers, prompting calls for PC and Mac users to disable Java on their computers until a fix has been developed.

The flaw in Java, a free piece of software distributed by Oracle and used to enable features of certain websites to run on all machines regardless of operating system, was highlighted by US-CERT, part of the Department of Homeland Security.

“This vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable systems,” the group warned. Jaime Blasco, research manager at AlienVault Labs, an antivirus company that was alerted to the problem, described it as a critical flaw that would hit “every single system and every single user”. The nature of the vulnerability made it “very easy to exploit and trick the system,” he added.

Oracle, which took over control of Java with its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, typically releases software fixes for such vulnerabilities in between a week and a month, making it essential for computer users to act more quickly to disable the software, Mr Blasco said. Oracle did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

So-called “zero-day exploits” such as those uncovered on Thursday are among the most damaging for computer users, since they involve flaws that have already been used to mount attacks before they have been identified by security professionals or the software companies concerned.

In a bulletin warning of the security flaw, US-CERT said it was “unaware of a practical solution to this problem” and advised computer users to disable Java in their browsers.

The vulnerability was first identified by an independent researcher known as Kafeine, who reported it to the agency while also writing about it on his blog. Such public disclosure can be controversial since it alerts malware writers to flaws before computers can be properly protected.

However, this flaw appears to have already been widely known among the criminals and others who prey on unprotected computers, according to security researchers. Four different malware “kits” – collections of vulnerabilities that are sold to wrongdoers – have already been found that include reference to the Java flaw, Mr Blasco said.

Java flaw poses malware threat to PC users">link"

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Spike in US gun sales ..

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "The Sandy Springs Police Department is facing a shortage of tens of thousands of bullets and is scrambling to restock. The neighboring counties are facing an equally dire situation, with both practice ammunition and duty ammunition in short supply. Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland predicts it could be 6-8 months before the back-orders come in."
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All your Cloud Data belong US

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "'An intelligence bill has put the frighteners on EU citizens as it allows the US access to their personal data stored in internet clouds like those used on Facebook and Google. The law is a ‘grave risk’ to the rights of EU citizens, says an EU report .. In essence, at the behest of a secret government order US companies operating in the EU will be obliged to hand over data on European citizens. Non-American citizens dwelling outside the US are not subject to the search and seizure protections of the Fourth Amendment, and as such are easy picking for American snooping'"
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Shareholders sue Novell Board

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "If you thought the deal smelled funny back in 2011 when Novell sold itself to Attachmate and its patents to a Microsoft consortium, you are not alone. Some shareholders .. sued ..

Specifically, they claim that Novell favored Attachmate over other bidders, especially a "Party C", and the judge, under Delaware's reasonable ‘conceivability’ standard, denied summary judment with respect to the board and decided there will need to be a trial ..."

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The Mickey Mouse Tax Credit

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "despite the illustrious international influence enjoyed by Mickey Mouse and the Disney Empire, it could not have been possible without substantial help from Uncle Sam. ..

In 2010, Disney received $110 million through the federal tax credit, nearly 75 percent of the total $150 million allocated by Congress"

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Germany says NEIN to N-word' ..

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "Thienemann Verlag, one of Germany's oldest publishers of children's books, has announced it will reprint Otfried Preußler's children's classic 'The Little Witch' with all instances of the 'n-word' removed from the text."
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Microsoft says somebody stole its Apple iPads

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

Microsoft says somebody stole its Apple iPads

"by Angela Ruggiero Daily Post Staff Writer

Microsoft's campus in Mountain View is presumably loaded with Microsoft's latest and greatest products, but a thief decided to steal five Apple iPads from the company's offices instead.

Police Sgt. Sean Thomas said there are no suspects and no sign of forced entry.

The iPads were taken from three offices in Microsoft Building 5 on the campus at 1075 [See MICROSOFT, page 26] ..

No Microsoft products were reported stolen
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Scientology on Trial in Belgium

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes ""After a years long legal battle, federal prosecutors in Belgium now believe their investigation is complete enough to charge the Church of Scientology and its leaders as a criminal organization on charges of extortion, fraud, privacy breaches, and the illegal practice of medicine .. The Belgian government won't charge Scientology for being a cult — authorities are focusing on prosecuting it as a criminal organization" ..."
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Wall ST Police frame OWS couple?

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes "'New York City police .. claim they found 7 grams of HMTD .. “The Terrorist Encyclopedia” .. a flare launcher that replicates a grenade launcher, a modified 12 gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun, ammunition, and nine high-capacity rifle magazines .. officers obtained a search warrant to enter the apartment stemming from a case of credit card-theft, which Gliedman was allegedly wanted for' ..."
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Nick Stahl arrested for lewd conduct

dgharmon dgharmon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dgharmon (2564621) writes ""Nick Stahl was arrested .. inside the store's private porn-viewing booth committing a lewd act. He was taken into custody and booked on misdemeanor lewd conduct .. one of the cops who brought Stahl in was also responsible for interrupting Fred Willard's visit to an adult movie theater in mid-July" ..."
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