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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

flyingfsck Re:How many employees does Slashdot need? (272 comments)

Firing employees is demotivating. A company with a revolving door policy is continuously demotivating its employees.

about a week ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

flyingfsck Re:Slaves of Dubai (265 comments)

Someone should put a lid on the USA, so that they will leave the rest of world in peace.

about two weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

flyingfsck Re:Humph (265 comments)

Uhuh - all the buildings and cars have aircon already. This will make little difference in practice.

about two weeks ago
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Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

flyingfsck Re:How much have the seas risen? (182 comments)

Well, now don't confuse things and ruin the global warming story with facts...

about a month and a half ago
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Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

flyingfsck Re:Faster than the global average? (182 comments)

Yeah, yeah and obviously all of that, the continental drift, the isostatic movement of the crust, the wobbling, the uneven gravitation, the tides and effect of the moon are ALL due to global warming and coal burning power stations...

about a month and a half ago
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Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

flyingfsck Re:that's odd (182 comments)

Welcome to the world where people believe that sea levels can rise faster year after year in one place than in another.

about a month and a half ago
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Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

flyingfsck Obviously not quite true (148 comments)

My guess is the placebo effect at work. If fasting is 'healthy', then people in poor countries with inadequate food, will outlive people in rich countries. That obviously isn't happening.

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

flyingfsck Re:Canada following Australia (417 comments)

"I am 34, by the time I get to retirement it should be at least 70....."
Spoken like a true optimist.

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

flyingfsck Re:f-35, beta feature set (417 comments)

No not really. The high price tag of the F5 includes the whole logistical support package, training, bases, repair facilities and more. Buying a hundred planes with no spares or maintenance means that you can fly only 100 missions - at most - then they are all parked on the runway forever after.

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

flyingfsck Re:Russia (417 comments)

Russia has never invaded Western Europe or North America. It is always the other way around. Russia is an ally, not an enemy. Go and read your neglected high school history books. They are Slavs and they take care of other Slavs, whether the other Slavs like it or not...

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

flyingfsck Re:Russia (417 comments)

You don't really need to fight in the far north. All you need to do, is keep warm and wait for the other guys to starve and freeze. Both Russia and Canada know that very well.

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

flyingfsck Re:Russia (417 comments)

Canada probably has a few bomb kits stashed away somewhere deep down, but nuclear weapons are obsolete. Precision guided bombs are far more useful and cost effective.

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

flyingfsck Re:Russia / Job Creation for Ontario (417 comments)

It is best to look at this as an economic stimulus for Ontario. The $9B price tag is for the whole package, including the new air force bases, repair facilities, training facilities, spares production, and so on, over the next ten years. An existing programme such as the CF18 will always seem cheaper, since a lot of that already exists. Ontario's economy is in the gutter and they need something to get them going again. It is a Federal way to force Alberta to bail out Ontario, without stepping up the transfer payments.

The actual planes are not particularly useful at defending Canada against the occasional rogue polar bear or dead bloated whale...

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

flyingfsck Re:Russia (417 comments)

Where do I begin?

a. Any country that has nuclear reactors can be safely assumed to have a few strategic nuclear bombs stashed down a deep mine shaft. Plutonium has a 25000 year half life, so once you have them you have them. You just have to make triggers regularly.

b. Nuclear bombs are obsolete. It is not necessary to destroy a whole city. Precision guided missiles and bombs are much more useful and cheaper.

c. Russia is not our enemy. Russia is an ally. Russia has never attacked Western Europe or North America, it was always Western Europe attacking Russia, or Western Europe descending into a civil war, then requiring Russia to help fix the mess.

d. Russia is the Slavic big brother that always has to come to the rescue of his little Slavic brothers. They like doing that time and again, just as little as the little brothers like getting slapped upside the head each time.

e. Hysterical propaganda doth not history books make.

f. If you are really looking for an expansionist, evil empire to blame for everything in a simple world view, then you need not look any further than the good Ol' US of A, UK, France or Germany. Blaming everything on Russia doesn't quite fit the facts.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

flyingfsck Horrible efficiency (174 comments)

That is a horrible efficiency loss for something that is doing NOTHING. I can't imagine what kind of dumb-ass code resides in the Kinect device driver to make it that bad.

about 1 month ago
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Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

flyingfsck Re:Hm.... (363 comments)

Quick, go and patent your mileage extending super water!

about 1 month ago
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US-EU Trade Agreement Gains Exaggerated, Say 41 Consumer Groups, Economist

flyingfsck Re:Implementation IS the value. (97 comments)

Yup. It is a zero sum game. Therefore the trade agreements will make absolutely no overall difference. If there is a diff, then it is purely due to the bureaucracy.

about 2 months ago
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Grace Hopper Documentary Edges on Successful Crowdfunding

flyingfsck Re:Ob (65 comments)

Grace who? She must have been extremely famous, since I have never heard of her...

about 2 months ago
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LAPD Gets Some Hand-Me-Down Drones From Seattle, Promises Discretion

flyingfsck Toys (108 comments)

These things are toys. They are useless for anything except for a few minutes of amusement. Anyone with a catapult and a marble can shoot them down. Yes, I know, cause I have one.

about 2 months ago

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The year of the little Linux PCs

flyingfsck flyingfsck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

flyingfsck (986395) writes "Well, this sure has turned into the year of the little Linux PCs. I just received an email from Mandriva about Linutop http://store.mandriva.com/product_info.php?products_id=381 a tiny Geode based PC that runs Mandriva off a 4GB memory stick. It pales a bit when compared to the Asus EeePC http://eeepc.asus.com/global/ which has a keyboard, screen, WiFi, Camera and so on all built in, but the application is different. This one is a metal cladded desktop replacement, not a flimsy plastic laptop replacement. Together with the XO and Classmate, 2007 may be remembered as the year Linux was finally ready for the little desktops."
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Carbon Dioxide didn't end last ice age - new study

flyingfsck flyingfsck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

flyingfsck (986395) writes "Science Daily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070927154905.htm — Carbon dioxide did not cause the end of the last ice age, a new study in Science suggests, contrary to past inferences from ice core records.

Lowell Stott, professor of earth sciences at the University of Southern California, examines a sediment core. (Credit: Dietmar Quistorf)

"There has been this continual reference to the correspondence between CO2 and climate change as reflected in ice core records as justification for the role of CO2 in climate change," said USC geologist Lowell Stott, lead author of the study, slated for advance online publication Sept. 27 in Science Express.

"You can no longer argue that CO2 alone caused the end of the ice ages."

Deep-sea temperatures warmed about 1,300 years before the tropical surface ocean and well before the rise in atmospheric CO2, the study found. The finding suggests the rise in greenhouse gas was likely a result of warming and may have accelerated the meltdown — but was not its main cause.

The study does not question the fact that CO2 plays a key role in climate."

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flyingfsck flyingfsck writes  |  more than 7 years ago

flyingfsck (986395) writes "Are IMAP password attacks the latest annoyance?

The Nessus toolkit includes THC Hydra http://www.thc.org/thc-hydra/, a fast, parallelized login brute forcer. I noticed the following in my mail server logs today:

BSN-61-107-201.dial-up.dsl.siol.net[86.61.107.201]
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28250]: imap service init from 64.5.44.212
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28248]: imap service init from 64.5.44.212
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28251]: imap service init from 64.5.44.212
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28248]: Command stream end of file, while reading line user=??? host=UNKNOWN

This doesn't bode well for the new year.

A simple fix would be to add a 'sleep(10)' to the IMAP server login routine to discourage brute forcing, but that means I have to get the source code, do some reading and compiling. Thank GNU for open source software though, since without the source I'd be in trouble."

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