Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux
Oracle didn't make SElinux. Turning it off is just a bad idea these days. If you don't understand how it works or how to use it, step away from the root prompt and go back to class, but don't switch it off.
How Tutankhamun's DNA Became a Battleground
I logged in on a computer I hadn't logged in on and I got the Beta again? I thought we were over this and SlashDot promised not to try that shit out anymore before the fixed everything was wrong.
FUCK BETA, I don't want it because it sucks. I thought that was clear by now????
Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?
In the US, there's a fundamental right in the constitution, the right to be left alone.
This reporter violated this man's right to be left alone, placing him and his family in a life threatening situation. I think that this reporter will have to be held financially accountable for all costs to protect and relocate these people and give them a new identity.
Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes
This web site is a front end that is supposed to federate all the suppliers of health care insurances. Since there is no clear and complete standard interface, most of the work goes into making "glue code" to get all the insurers hooked up to the system. The visitor has to be able to experience all of this real time. Try interfacing with over 50 slightly different but very similar complex computer systems that each have their unique protocol. Writing good requirements documents is an absolute nightmare, let alone unit tests, full flow tests, regression tests, security tests and whatnot. Once you have that, you might get to writing code and discover that your performance will suck horribly due to all the special cases you have to account for....
Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries
Airliner turbines are extremely efficient at transforming energy into air movement. Because of expanding gasses in the burn process inside the turbine, roughly 9 times the amount of air being used in the burn process is being "propelled" on the outside of the engine. The mix of these at the back of the engine is also very carefully engineered. This results in an extremely efficient transformation, compared to a combustion engine as used in cars.
Getting the same amount of efficiency from an electrically driven turbine will be a challenge. Getting the same or better amount of efficiency from the system, including the primary generation of electricity, transporting it, battery losses and converting it in the electrical turbine doesn't sound very feasible at all. It's systems that matter, not components, right?
Invention Makes Citibikes Electric
A French company named Solex made these with a combustible gasoline engine. They ate tires at a rate that no Citibike exploiter would allow. Watch these get banned/prohibited in 3...2....1.....
Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's
Your single source is a review of subjective qualities *perceived* in JPG conversions from RAW files made by lightroom. All the review is about is what base curves and algorithms LightRoom applies to the RAW files, not about the actual quality of the RAW files itself, or the ability to make a decent image of said file with manual adjustments. Analogy: you are comparing the quality of JPG images an automatic scanner software generates from two different brands of 35mm film in a film scanner. These cameras have different requirements for making adjustments to things like colour balance, saturation, sharpening and such to get an optimal image output.
As soon as images get rated on how "pleasing" they are, I'm out when it comes to a *technical* review. Give me objective measurable repeatable tests and results and I'm willing to take you seriously, but not this.
Spooks-as-a-Service Swarm RSA Conference
With all due respect, but most companies don't need this, they need to get and keep their IT secured and that should be enough.
If you *do* need this, you may not want to rely on a third party to provide you with this sort of service. Your assets are probably way too valuable to solely rely on a third party. The only reason you may want them is to keep tabs on the performance of your own resident spooks and SpookWare(tm), not to entrust the future of your company upon. While I do see a place in the market for these companies, the way they sell themselves is despicable and makes companies act lax and irresponsible towards having their security sorted out properly.
ICANN Considers Using '127.0.53.53' To Tackle DNS Namespace Collisions
As if people haven't already made up domains and host names that didn't exist then and exist now? As if people hadn't been using public address space that wasn't assigned, but is now? Just because some "privately used" TLDs might get exposed because of sloppy system admins, ICANN shouldn't be running around in circles and cry and shout. Let it happen, it's happened before and it will happen again and again. Stop fighting the symptoms and let it ride out.
Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise
MtGox tells us that they don't have those lenses any more, because people claim they didn't get lenses when they wanted them from MtGox, but they did get them delivered. MtGox now says that their stock inventory program was flawed and that this, combined with a flaw in the shipping companies track and trace software resulted in people maliciously requesting double deliveries.
This results in two observations. 1) The "flaw" in the track and trace was a long time known thing and everyone had found a way to deal with it, except MtGox. Due diligence anyone? 2) MtGox didn't do proper inventory counts and only found out that they had no lenses left when their warehouse was completely empty. Again, due diligence.
I don't know about the Japanese law, but it seems to me that because of the lack of due diligence, the management of MtGox would be personally responsible in a lot of jurisdictions for this fiasco?
Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Fake Papers
The real problem is that universities demand publication of your paper in a "renown" magazine. These magazines know you need to get published and thus are willing to publish anything, as long as you pay the hefty fee required. These magazines have no incentive to check for the quality of the submissions, since relatively very few people actually read the magazines and skip the publications that don't interest them. Give your publication an uninteresting title and people will most likely skip it.
If Universities would set up a peer reviewed web site system themselves and allow their students to publish there free of charge, these magazines have no other way to survive than to pay for good submissions. Students wins and science wins in that case. Even better, getting copies of your paper to interested people does no longer require you to purchase expensive prints of the magazine, since *they* hold the copyright and you can't even publish anywhere else. The few magazine publishers that won't be able to get a third home in the Caymans and won't be able to get a bigger yacht might complain, but they brought it on themselves with their greed.
Confirmed: Earth's Oldest Rock In Australia
I'm sure AC/DC will be delighted with their new title of oldest rock on the planet.
Delayed Fatherhood May Be Linked To Certain Congenital and Mental Disorders
Mortality has only been the case for about 90% of humans ever born. Statistically speaking, you have a 10% of living forever.
Why Your Online Impersonation of a 16-year Old Girl Won't Last Long
Really, these people need their dick sizes predicted by comments on SlashDot. Maybe then they'd understand that any form of profiling is equally bad, regardless of what you profile on.
Ask The Linux Foundation's Executive Director Jim Zemlin What You Will
I want to know what he thinks of the new SlashDot beta
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
You'd expect that people working for SlashDot would know how to write a simple comment. How about using paragraphs that are just about one thing? This looks like incoherent blabbering and after a few attempts to parse it, it still does.
HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers
Don't nickel and dime customers after they bought the product. You already paid for the "life time" updates when you bought the equipment years ago. Now they want you to pay *again*? Sorry, you may want to do that for new purchases and announce it 6 months ahead. People already budgeted and bought stuff and now all of a sudden you're messing with their budget after the money is spent?
If it's one thing I hate it is a vendor on which I can't rely after I made a commitment to them. HP sold this equipment with "free" downloadable supportpacks and firmware upgrades. That deal has been made in the past and now they're coming back on it? Sorry, you just made my blacklist HP, I'd rather buy Lenovo or Dell if you don't come back on this decision really fast.
James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering
Since only EU citizens can apply for these jobs and there is a EU shortage of said professions. A lot of work was shipped out to "cheap labour" countries but is now coming back because team work and quality control have proven to be too cumbersome to warrant the lower price. The people capable of doing these jobs don't exist in the EU, since these jobs often require experience with new technologies and if there was no work in it, nobody learned or got experience with the new stuff. As far as the free market goes, that means that restricting these jobs to EU only people and the big myth that off shoring would be so much cheaper have killed the market and wages are rising again for certain professions. The price will go up so much, that most companies won't be able to afford it and either they will not hire and struggle, or outsource longer, delaying the economy and not solving anything for the local job market on short term. So, no free market and the EU governments have to step in to fix this.
Astronomers Investigating Unknown Object That Hit the Earth In 773 AD
Medieval texts are both full of truth and full of utter bollocks. History and especially scientific history from around that era is scarce and subjective at best. Unless they can give actual examples that are clearly interpretable only one way, I don't think it should be taken seriously.
Half of US Nuclear Missile Wing Implicated In Cheating
Why bother what the questions are if half of the people taking them are cheating? Why did they get the job in the first place? What tests did they have to pass to get the job? How is it possible that half of the people that are supposed to be 100% honest and dependable get implicated in cheating? We can't afford to have this happen with the people that are supposed to handle such a responsible job. Until this is absolutely clear, new test methods have been devised and retesting has been done, world peace is in trouble.
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