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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

fluffy99 Re:PLEASE READ (215 comments)

A portion of that ice is sitting above sea level, so as it melts and the liquid water flows away there's less total water in the area.

yesterday
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

fluffy99 Re:#6, VW Rabbit? Really? (251 comments)

Well the most popular color for the Prius C. is that glaring orange color.

To me, the data doesn't show what cars attract tickets or prove any bias. To do that you'd have to assume all drivers commit traffic violations at the same rate independent of car model. It probably better represents what cars people who like to speed prefer to drive, and possibly so bias on what car models are more popular in areas that have higher enforcement.

yesterday
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Not Just Netflix: Google Challenges Canada's Power To Regulate Online Video

fluffy99 Re:Not just today: Yesterday too (109 comments)

Except Google has servers in Canada. So the argument would be more like a German store, but they ship from a warehouse in Canada.

about a week ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

fluffy99 Re:Two words - Price point (262 comments)

http://www.computerworld.com/a...
Bumping from 16-GB to 64-GB costs approximately $25 in parts, or less considering Apples bulk purchasing power.. But Apple of course charges a $100 premium.

about two weeks ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

fluffy99 Re:Yes and yes... (262 comments)

Or that if you signed up for a phone plan, they gave you the base 16-gig model, and upgrading was really expensive.

about two weeks ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

fluffy99 Re:Yeah, so? (215 comments)

It's a bit of a mix of both, but primarily a video game with trading card like features. (It sounded pretty lame to me)
http://www.redbull.com/en/game....

about three weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

fluffy99 Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

I guess you didn't bother reading the first two paragraphs of the form.

The same questionnaire form is used for performing a background check to determine suitability for sensitive, non-classified positions as well. It also clearly spells out that failing to completely and truthfully complete the questionnaire is ground for denying you employment.

about three weeks ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

fluffy99 Re:How quickly will they run back to Oracle? (198 comments)

Really, Wikipedia, Google, and the NoSQL site itself disagree with you. It was originally called "Not Only SQL" and later many started calling it "No SQL".

The intent of the initial title was to indicate that it was an alternative to SQL, but later in life SQL-like query functionality was grafted into many implementations. It's likely the NHS implementation has sql querying capability if they did a rip-n-replace of the underlying database, otherwise the project becomes immensely larger as you have to re-write or modify everything that touches the database.

about three weeks ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

fluffy99 Re:How quickly will they run back to Oracle? (198 comments)

NoSQL stands for Not Only SQL. Running NoSQL doesn't preclude SQL. In fact if they did a rip-n-replace they are more than likely using an implementation that still supports SQL queries.

about three weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

fluffy99 Re:Looking for a real conversation (369 comments)

Go read the bible which has passages advocating similar violence. You don't see the Christians following those either, at least not since the crusades.

about a month ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

fluffy99 Re:Main Problem (91 comments)

Of course considering the mess Liberia has been in for 20+ years this outbreak is relatively minor and only receiving attention due to sensationalism.

No, it's receiving a lot of attention because the outbreak is not contained to a small remote village as with previous outbreaks. It's not contained at this point (partly due to the lack of govt in these areas), and there is a significant population in danger. The fairly long incubation period of up to a few weeks means this could easily be carried back to major populated areas and spread like wildfire.

about a month ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

fluffy99 Re:Human Subjects (91 comments)

I think they should be volunteers at the very least.

Given the 90% mortality rate of ebola, I suspect nearly anyone infected will want to volunteer. The problem is that the drug can't be mass produced yet. 10s of doses takes months to produce using the current method, which is genetically modified tobacco plants (bit of irony there). A massive influx of resource is needed to ramp up production.

about a month ago
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Injecting Liquid Metal Into Blood Vessels Could Help Kill Tumors

fluffy99 Re:We already have something functionally similar (111 comments)

+1 for informative if I had it. Indium and Gallium are somewhat toxic, and ironically suspected as carcinogenic.
http://amdg.ece.gatech.edu/msd...

I wonder if the intent was for the metal to get absorbed and held in the tumor rather and slowly poison it more than restrict the blood flow.

about 1 month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

fluffy99 Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (550 comments)

Also the fact that it won't prevent future changes to vision. I'm thirty now, and my vision still continues to slowly get worse. I fear I'd be paying for a 5 year reprieve from glasses and then be back to wearing them with side effects I also have to live with for the rest of my life.

I had PRK since I had too much correct to do normal lasik. Its essentially lasik but they don't cut a flap first, has a longer recovery time, but is actually more accurate than lasik. I went from a -10.5 diopter prescription with contacts (pretty thick if I wore glasses) to 15/20 vision without. The only noticeable side effect was a very slight halo effect around bright objects at night. This is caused by the edges of the laser correction area becoming visible when the iris is fully dilated. For heavier corrections the max diameter of the correction area depends on the prescription and how much material they can take off in the center of the correction area, and for lasik how big they can cut the flap.

I made it about 10 years without glasses after that and now use very light prescription glasses mostly for driving and reading. I still don't need glasses for most things, and its awesome to see the alarm clock in the middle of the night without having to fumble for glasses first. I also don't worry about losing a contact and having to drive home with very impaired vision. I don't regret the decision at all even though I'm back to wearing glasses.

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

fluffy99 Re:Why did he roll like a pussy? (928 comments)

What the fuck does the 1st amendement have to do with this? The airline is a business and they have every right to decline to do business with you and refuse to fly you anywhere. The airline is obligated by FAA rules to disallow disruptive passengers on their planes, so yelling at the agent or refusing to comply with their reasonable instructions means they are legally require to remove you from the plane. If you yell at the McDonalds counter jockey, don't be surprised when they refuse to sell you a burger and ask you to leave.

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

fluffy99 Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

You might find the Mythbusters testing information. They found Front-to-Back to be the worst as well. The best seemed to be back corner windows moving forward and in to the aisle as I recall.

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

fluffy99 Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

I would fire the agent for starters, and whoever was involved.

The gate agent was correct in telling him he could move back in the line to join his kids, but they couldn't cut in line and move up to join him. That's the policy and they tell you this when asking you to line up. The guy was in the wrong and then whined on twitter about how they didn't bend over to kiss his ass. His tweet naming the person could be construed as harassment or slander.

Pulling him off the plane was a poor reaction, even if the intent was just to just to ask him to delete the tweet or at least revise it to delete the persons name. I suspect the agent threatened to call security and have him removed because he continued to be an ass, but that would be a one-sided opinion just like the guy claiming they were rude and threatened him.

about 2 months ago
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

fluffy99 Re:So in other words, it will be just like Firewir (355 comments)

This is exactly what I came here to post. It's a shame, because FW400 was far superior to USB2.0. The problem lay with the peripheral manufacturers who didn't want to put in more expensive controllers and dual-ports on their enclosures. Heck, wasn't the iSight the only webcam for Firewire? No demand=no supply=high prices. FW800 was pretty much the same. Better tech, limited market, high prices, bang, whimper. I love that my old Mac Mini can transfer data between 3 daisy-chained FW400 drives much faster than it can transfer to a single USB2.0 drive, but the fact that enclosures are expensive and basically non-interchangeable with any of my other devices makes it a pretty niche market.
Thunderbolt will probably follow the exact same progression, right down to the "new" faster Thunderbolt. Sure, its PCI-E, but 95% of consumers don't know, care, or need that capability. They buy on price and availability, plain and simple.

One of the security failures of firewire was that it provided direct access to memory. In other words a malicious external device could gain complete control of the computer. Having your peripheral interface be PCIe is just as bad. USB for all its overhead is still more secure (assuming you finally fix some of the stupid windows autoexecute bugs)

about 5 months ago
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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

fluffy99 Re:Apples and oranges (113 comments)

With open-source software, a monoculture isn't that bad a thing, as the Heartbleed exploit has shown. ... How fast was a fix available for Heartbleed?

Heartbleed showed that a monoculture, particularly one relying on poorly written and barely reviewed code is a bad thing. OSS or not. That the source code was fixed so easily just highlights to me how the heartbeat feature it was never properly reviewed or tested, and how people using openssl or incorporating it into their products never questioned it. The many eyes argument fails when you realize how few qualified programmers looked at the code. Given how wide spread openssl is, getting that fix rolled out to all the s/w and h/w that have it embedded is a nightmare. Just think of the Billions being spent to audit and test across enterprise networks, and update all that software.

Sure openssl will get more scrutiny for a while, but it doesn't fix the underlying fallacy that OSS automatically means quality code regardless of whether its commercial, free, or otherwise licensed. Or that OSS projects quite often have a shoestring budget, lower quality programmers, and less far less review than closed, proprietary software.

about 5 months ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

fluffy99 Re:Wat? (582 comments)

You seriously think that black hats bother with reading millions of lines of code in the hope of finding an exploit when all they have to do is play with the data sent to services/applications and see if it misbehaves. Which is why exploits are equally found among closed and open softwares.

This is true, and exactly how this was found by Codenomicon. Having access to the source code actually makes it far easier to turn the bad behavior into a working exploit, particularly for something like buffer overflows. Although in this case, there wasn't much work needed as the bad behavior was returning the contents of memory in response to a bad parameter.

about 6 months ago

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