Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned
Good point about the Starship Troopers movie. It's one thing to omit some events for the unofficial two-hour limit, but that thing was really untrue to the essence of the book whose title, plot and characters it lifted for a contrary theme and message (or absence of any, which is also contrary to the book's intent).
Good use of the book as analogy, too. Rights logically imply responsibilities. What's the problem?
NSA Is Building a New Datacenter In San Antonio
Using the incompetence of George Walker Bush and Donald Rumsfeld, almost everybody is talented enough to suspect these losers are cheating us. Surveillance is just one possible means. Handing auto workers', and everybody else's income who works for a living, directly to their cronies at AIG and Citi is another, and the latter is a documented fact. Suspicion of other, similar pursuits of the same agenda via other agencies is not paranoia, it's true intelligence. As opposed to the euphemistic language invoked to describe the same incompetents' failure to apprehend terrorists who took flight lessons and skipped landing, more than one month after George Walker Bush was delivered a CIA document titled "Bin Laden Determined To Strike US" and describing the plan to steer airplanes into buildings.
Apple Sued Over iPhone Browser
The general bias of this board seems to be anti-process patent. But with a great amount US GDP currently being derived from services and intellectual properties which include such processes, is there no benefit from awarding inventors if the only aspect of their invention is algorithmic in nature?
The general opinion of this board, as I see it, is that process patents retard production, especially but not only innovative production, more than they advance it. Can you quantify the "great amount of US GDP currently derived from services and intellectual properties which include such processes"? Once you have, can you honestly claim that taking all those patent-enforced methodological [I will not call this farce "intellectual"] monopolies off the open market really reduces GDP?
Worm Attack Prompts DoD To Ban Use of External Media
When you try to protect a secret by putting in in a locked box, do you put it in a steel box with a good combination lock? Or do you put it in a cheap transparent plastic box with a lock that can be picked by a safety pin and hundreds of holes and little doors that can be opened even more easily?
The answer really depends on what kind of other security measures you're placing on the box, and how accessible it is. If the transparent plastic box with a lock that can be picked with a safety pin is floating on a rock island in the middle of the caldera of an active volcano...
It isn't. Somebody obviously got in, either by socially engineering a soldier or by being a double agent.
The military networks are most certainly hardened against intrusion.
Hardened? Is this about placing the aforementioned plastic box into a steel vault?
With proper security measures installed, and with decent firewalls and traffic monitoring on both the outbound and the inbound, and with intelligent account restrictions in place,
... including prohibiting external storage devices,
... then Windows can be made just as secure as any other OS.
Secure OS Gets Highest NSA Rating, Goes Commercial
So because its been used in military applications, you've constructed this elaborate fantasy scenario rather than just researching its actual history?
It was developed years ago as a commercial product primarily for the embedded systems market. Military aircraft are just an example of the applications it's been used for after it was already a mature commercial product.
Provide one other "example of the applications it's been used for after it was already a mature commercial product," shit-for-brain. It was developed for my military, after it received a contract from my military. I own it, bitch.
Feds Can Locate Cell Phones Without Telcos
Less finesse? Bush has been caught, repeatedly, and for much worse than Watergate. He has not been prosecuted, not because he has skillfully evaded detection but because his crimes are so terrifying, and his accomplices [Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Perle, PNAC, Sauds] are so shady. Is that what you consider "finesse"?
Secure OS Gets Highest NSA Rating, Goes Commercial
... used in the B1B bomber and other military aircraft...
Now, do you suppose it was given to my military, as a xmas gift? Do you suppose development even began before a no-bid, cost+plus contract was signed? Like I said, I funded the development as a taxpayer already. I own that. Hand it over.
Propitiatory Software is Actually Half FOSS???
Given the dual constraints of (1) programming language & (2) action to perform, one "right way" exists, defined by loads on processor, memory/cache/'page file' & [rarely] storage. This means that MegaCorp. programmers are half right, not that they plagiarize half their work. Corollary: "software" & "patent" are inherently antithetical concepts [because only one "right way" exists to write "software" for any given task, and therefore no useful solution is ever novel, nor non-obvious].
Study Shows People Ditch Vista in Six Months.
Programmers, CS students, know that software is a necessity, a prerequisite for computer hardware to be useful. It is not a "value add" but the MegaCorp. MBA dufi have fallen for that sales pitch, and inflated the market for the rest of us so that we pay extras for ... what Microsoft sells!?! WTF? Every programmer / CS student knows their software is shit.
White House Email Powned.
Did this exploit originate in a Chinese Free Enterprise Zone, ie, is it possible for US citizens to buy information about our own government? Our government and our "free" press certainly aren't giving us what we want! I have to pay for Elite Cable Package 2 to get any believable news.
The Neurological Basis of Con Games
From the summary:
'The key to a con is not that you trust the con man, but that he shows he trusts you. Con men ply their trade by appearing fragile or needing help, by seeming vulnerable,' writes Zak. 'Because of THOMAS, the human brain makes us feel good when we help others -- this is the basis for attachment to family and friends and cooperation with strangers.'
We all experience greed, but knowing that everybody else does too, we are naturally suspicious of "something for nothing," especially if offered by another human. Plants and animals we expect to be able to eat. Thus, the survival advantage of action based on reciprocal trust. Social conventions complex enough to turn this mechanism to any individual's disadvantage are relatively recent in homo sapiens' time on Earth, thus the yet-unsolved problem of con people.
Why the Widening Gender Gap In Computer Science?
As a female professor of mine put it, CS is about "using the computer in order to use the computer." Women ask "How long until we do something useful?" Boys ask "How long until we get to video games?" which are less popular among females, last I checked.
How Indiana Schools Saved Tens of Millions with GNU/Linux
Any news about re-purposing used computers for similar purposes here [United States] instead of dumping them in Asian landfills?
New Generator Boosts Wind Turbine Efficiency 50%
This article is about staying close to the ~59% theoretical maximum predicted by Betz' Law over a wide range of incoming wind speeds, not magically eclipsing it. Save your sarcasm until you really know what you're talking about.
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I have been using Chrome since it was announced on /. whenever I'm stuck on Windows [usu. briefly] but I did not know that. Kewl.
Secure OS Gets Highest NSA Rating, Goes Commercial
Now, they want to sell me the "release version," as if they're suddenly a legitimate, privately funded dot-com startup of yore? I was born at night, but it was not last night. We citizens already own that product. Turn it over.
Be Part of the 2008 Presidential Youth Debate
Take, for example, the Fannie/Freddie debacle. Consider that Obama had 2 corrupt former CEOs of Fannie as economic advisors, one of which was the head of his VP search committee.
The truth is that although Jim Johnson was a CEO at Fannie Mae before becoming a leader of Barack Obama's VP search committee, he has not been convicted of any crime, but Obama accepted Johnson's resignation from the Presidential campaign anyway. In June, you hypocrite. Jim Johnson has also not been even accused of any crimes, just smeared for being associated with a corporation which operated in the lawless environment introduced by Gramm-Leach-Biley. Compare to Carly Fiorina, who was personally responsible for making a mess out of Hewlett-Packard. Johnson didn't sign Gramm-Leach-Biley into law. Measured by stock price, Fiorina was, in the eyes of the investors with enough previous financial success to determine stock prices, personally responsible for Hewlett-Packard's problems. If we're going to spend $700 Billion bailing out the country's wealthiest investors, we had better trust their judgment enough to uphold their verdict on Carleton S. Fiorina: as toxic as a portfolio full of foreclosed mortgages.
Former Fannie Mae executive Jim Johnson, who was a leader of the vice presidential search committee for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, resigned from that unpaid position today amid criticisms that Johnson represented a world of influence and special interests that stood in stark contrast with what Obama's campaign purports to stand for.
"We don't need any lectures from a campaign that waited fifteen months to purge the lobbyists from their staff, and only did so because they said it was a 'perception problem,'" said Obama campaign spokesperson Bill Burton.
And Franklin Raines was never any kind of adviser to Obama at all.
The Obama campaign issued a statement by Raines on Thursday night insisting, "I am not an advisor to Barack Obama, nor have I provided his campaign with advice on housing or economic matters." Obama spokesman Bill Burton went a little further, saying in an e-mail that the campaign had "neither sought nor received" advice from Raines "on any matter."
[If Raines offered Obama advice that was not sought, a lying sack of excrement might argue that Obama nevertheless "received" that advice, but unless that advice was the basis of subsequent action, we use the colloquialism that the advice was not "taken," thus anybody describing Raines as an advisor to Obama is a lying sack of excrement.]
Unless you have proof that Raines' statement above is a lie, you committed libel by asserting that he had ever been one of Barack Obama's "economic advisors."
So what evidence does the McCain campaign have for the supposed Obama-Raines connection? It is pretty flimsy, but it is not made up completely out of whole cloth.
99% cloth, but not completely whole cloth. The "supposed Obama-Raines connection" is not quite pure fabrication by the same standard that the statement "you are a violin" has a basis in fact, when addressed to a person calling itself "Stradivarius." The only connection to fact is extremely tenuous, and we all know that the statement "you are a violin" is a falsehood. Your accusation is no more honest, just less humorous.
McCain spokesman Brian Rogers points to three items in the Washington Post in July and August. It turns out that the three items (including an editorial) all rely on the same single conversation, between Raines and a Washington Post business reporter, Anita Huslin, who wrote a profile of the discredited Fannie Mae boss that appeared July 16. The profile reported that Raines, who retired from Fannie Mae four years ago, had "taken calls from Barack Obama's presidential campaign seeking his advice on mortgage and housing policy matters."
Since this has now become a campaign issue, I asked Huslin to provide the exact circumstances of that passage. She said that she was chatting with Raines during the photo shoot, and asked "if he was engaged at all with the Democrats' quest for the White House. He said that he had gotten a couple of calls from the Obama campaign. I asked him about what, and he said, 'Oh, general housing, economy issues.' ('Not mortgage/foreclosure meltdown or Fannie-specific?' I asked, and he said 'no.')"
By Raines's own account, he took a couple of calls from someone on the Obama campaign, and he or she had general discussions about economic issues. I have asked both Raines and the Obama people for more details on these calls.
THE PINOCCHIO TEST
The McCain campaign is clearly exaggerating wildly in attempting to depict Raines as a close adviser to Obama on "housing and mortgage policy." If we are to believe Raines, he did have a couple of telephone conversations with someone in the Obama campaign. But that hardly makes him an adviser to the candidate himself -- and certainly not in the way depicted in the McCain video release.
ONE PINOCCHIO: Some shading of the facts; TWO PINOCCHIOS: Significant omissions or exaggerations; THREE PINOCCHIOS: Significant factual errors; FOUR PINOCCHIOS: Real whoppers; THE GEPPETTO CHECK MARK: Statements and claims contain the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Two Pinocchios, and counting.