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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Citation please... (363 comments)

Did you remember to check archive.org?

4 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:That works fine if you manage to nip it in the (381 comments)

The hospital also waited until they got a positive Ebola test result back before taking any safety precautions. Staff were exposed for something like two days and administration resisted isolating the patient. The sample was sent through the normal channels for testing which potentially contaminated their tube system. High-risk individuals who treated Duncan were not placed in quarantine and they allowed something like 70 different people to come into contact with him. Then there's the issue of them initially prescribing antibiotics for a viral infection.

4 days ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

h4ck7h3p14n37 Bitcoin ATM is pointless (116 comments)

I have never understood the point of using a Bitcoin ATM versus buying through an exchange like Coinbase. It just seems like a gimmick. Why would someone on the street need to convert between fiat and cryptocurrency? If you have cash wouldn't you just pay with your cash?

Bitcoin's great for storing and transferring value. No one can take your coins without your private key and you can do international transfers yourself. Purchasing with Bitcoin, on the other hand, is not terribly practical. Not many vendors accept it compared to fiat and the confirmation times are way too long for in-person purchases.

Those guys would have been much better off spending their time and money creating Bitcoin wagering games playable over the Internet.

5 days ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

h4ck7h3p14n37 What ever happened to computer science? (212 comments)

Maybe I'm showing my age, but why do I keep hearing a lot of talk about "coding" and hardly anything about computer science? Does the world really need more people that can program a computer, but who are clueless about topics like data structures, algorithmic complexity, grammars, etc?

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Capture the Flag Training

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:The information you are looking for... (102 comments)

Are you restricted from using common techniques to protect your system during the competition? Wouldn't one simply make their services unreachable by the attackers and declare victory? Doing basic things like filtering packets and requiring that clients present security certificates are going to be pretty much impossible to bypass.

about two weeks ago
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Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re: Oracle (146 comments)

Facts cannot be copyrighted. A collection of function signatures compromising an API are just a bunch of facts, thus not eligible.

about two weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Mod parent up. (191 comments)

I used to work at Bank of America, they had their Internet facing routers set to ping microsoft.com and to remove themselves from the pool if the pings didn't come back. Sure enough, microsoft.com had issues one day and the entire BofA organization lost Internet access.

about two weeks ago
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:GOOD (240 comments)

I should get to chose which records are kept about my health.

Agreed. I don't understand what is so difficult about giving the patient their own electronic healthcare records and letting them be responsible for providing that information to healthcare providers.

Why does a patient need their medical records in a form that can be be instantly transmitted on a global computer network? Also, I would think that you shouldn't need a detailed medical history to treat most acute things, chronic illnesses excluded. Does knowing that I had my adenoids removed as a child, or that I was treated for an STD in college really help you set my broken arm?

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Completely Contained? (475 comments)

If Ebola is so hard to spread, then how do you explain doctors in hazmat suits contracting the virus?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Best to pretend you don't have the PhD... (479 comments)

But that is exactly the problem with a PhD. There aren't that many "research scientist" jobs out there (especially in a crappy economy) and companies are hesitant to hire someone with an advanced degree to perform work that is below their skill level.

I would expect a PhD level person to be running their own company and providing consulting services. If they are interviewing for a job in QA or application support I just wonder how exactly they got here.

about three weeks ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

h4ck7h3p14n37 Exploit depends on not validating input? (399 comments)

Someone correct me if I'm mistaken, but doesn't this exploit depend on programs not validating input?

The example given in the post to oss-security mentions HTTP request headers containing malicious data being passed into CGI programs which then call out to Bash. Wouldn't taint-checking input eliminate that attack vector?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

h4ck7h3p14n37 Bootable Disc or USB Stick (334 comments)

Send them a bootable disc or USB stick with a Linux or BSD distro on it. They can use a second USB stick for any data they want to retain.

about a month ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re: Escapism (292 comments)

I'll get there eventually, but for now I'm content to play it how I like, level up my character, collect stuff, and see more and more of the world they've built.

I too had a ton of fun exploring the map and not just advancing the story. The problem you will run into is that the game basically breaks once you reach a high enough level.

The longer I played the game the more I noticed things that became completely pointless, like making food. Once you can enchant top-level gear, there's no reason to open chests. You will start noticing all of the dungeons look the same and there's really no variety to the mobs you encounter, especially those roaming the countryside. Once your level tops out, there's no way to learn new skills and no way to re-spec your character.

I played through the Mage's questline and maxed my character's level. As soon as that happened I realized that the mechanics just weren't good enough to keep me playing until I finished all of the content.

about a month ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re: Escapism (292 comments)

Yeah, it's in all of those books you probably didn't read.

I really hated all of the text content that Skyrim dumped on you. If I wanted to read a book, I would read a book.

about a month ago
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Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

h4ck7h3p14n37 WTF is wrong with people? (46 comments)

I'm almost 40, so maybe that explains it, but WTF is with people who cannot put their devices down and just pay attention to what's going on around them?

What exactly so compelling that you can't take ten or fifteen minutes away from it to walk somewhere?

about a month ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Magic (370 comments)

The parent did this to themselves. You use cvsup to track code changes when you're building a system from source. It is not used to perform upgrades of installed ports; that's what portupgrade is for.

It sounds like he was doing an in-place build and nuked his drive. If you care about your data you shouldn't take the risk of attempting this.

about a month ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Unfamiliar (370 comments)

Don't forget the excellent portability of ZFS filesystems!

With ZFS you can move a drive between FreeBSD, Linux and MacOS systems. AFAIK the only other filesystem you can do this with is FAT32 and you lose a lot of features if you go that route. This is a big deal when you've got terabytes of data on drives and a heterogenous computing environment.

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

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Surprise! Summary has wrong information (198 comments)

This data should be carried by the patient, not stored in some centralized database ripe for harvesting by third parties.

about a month ago
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Book Review: Architecting the Cloud

h4ck7h3p14n37 More details please... (75 comments)

Will an experienced admin (20+ years *NIX) that's currently using RackSpace (dedicated and cloud) learn anything from this book? It's so hard to tell from this review.

I've been using RackSpace for a few months now and I find that it's not much different than hosting the servers myself except I don't have to deal with things like router/switch configuration and hardware replacements.

about a month and a half ago

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Network Solutions DNS is Screwed Up

h4ck7h3p14n37 h4ck7h3p14n37 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

h4ck7h3p14n37 (926070) writes "It looks like Network Solutions has managed to really mess up their DNS servers. Not only are they returning incorrect results for valid domains, but they're also returning results for invalid domains.

dwiest@dfwdamian.vail: dig @ns1.netsol.com ftp.freebsd.org ; > DiG 9.3.3 > @ns1.netsol.com ftp.freebsd.org ; (1 server found) ;; global options: printcmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER> DiG 9.3.3 > @ns1.netsol.com invalid.domain ; (1 server found) ;; global options: printcmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER

There's an article over at InfoWorld about this."

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