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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

hcs_$reboot Re:Good. (103 comments)

It'll be more interesting when they catch someone who did use the heartbleed bug before it was revealed publicly.

yesterday
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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

hcs_$reboot Beat Windows? (117 comments)

Sorry but the Suspend feature of Windows - called BSOD - is almost instantaneous.

5 days ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

hcs_$reboot Re:see where your taxes go (322 comments)

Are you sure about that? What about all those big organizations CIOs who always chose the easiest/laziest strategy and blindly renew their pricey Microsoft yearly contract, neglecting any of the newest possible alternatives, cheaper and sometimes more adapted to the company needs?

5 days ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

hcs_$reboot Re:Homeopathy Works (408 comments)

Indeed it works. Give someone a 1X dilution of Arsenic, and you sure kill him..

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

hcs_$reboot Re:The spokesman for the AHA said... (408 comments)

Just like most pastors firmly believe in god

Too bad no government has enough courage to officially release a 300 pages document that informs people there is no proof of the existence of [a] god.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

hcs_$reboot Re:Homeopathy doesn't work that way (408 comments)

Homeopathy is great for treating dehydration.

or hypoglycemia...

about two weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

hcs_$reboot Re:Two years? (142 comments)

How come it made into the news now but not at that time?

Two years is a long time. It seems it is the time it takes to a non-professional to tamper with a video, after the guy got the idea that the video would be more fun having a meteorite falling along with him. Seriously, a falling meteorite? Even if the camera would have caught a real meteorite, we'd have seen a blurry line, at best. The images breakdown clearly shows a number of photographs that have been added to the video.

about two weeks ago
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Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has Underground Ocean

hcs_$reboot Re:stupid (51 comments)

TFS:

Enceladus has an ocean sandwiched between its rocky core and icy shell, a finding that raises the prospects of a niche for life beyond Earth

that's stuff that matters, no?

about two weeks ago
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New US Atomic Clock Goes Live

hcs_$reboot Have to remember... (127 comments)

...to adjust the clock on 300002014/04/03 17:36:54

about two weeks ago
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New US Atomic Clock Goes Live

hcs_$reboot Re:300 million years (127 comments)

The point is not to get the actual date/time accurately, the point is to get the very accurate amount of time that elapsed between two events.

about two weeks ago
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Hackathon Gold: How To Win a Job Offer In a Coding Competition

hcs_$reboot Google Code Jam (25 comments)

Another famous coding competition of interest, Google Code Jam is about to start... (registration ends in a week),

about two weeks ago
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Data Mining the Web Reveals What Makes Puzzles Hard For Humans

hcs_$reboot Pac Man (44 comments)

Pac Man is NP hard, by the way

So you mean each time a level is passed, a NP hard problem is solved. I'm a genius!

about two weeks ago
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8.2 Earthquake Off the Coast of Chile, Tsunami Triggered

hcs_$reboot Re:For Comparison (86 comments)

or 10 ^ (8 - 5.1)

about two weeks ago
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Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

hcs_$reboot Re:When should you abandon a service for error? (127 comments)

WD ordered some parts to be replaced a few weeks ago, parts coming from Malaysia. The aircraft suffered some delay but everything is under control.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

hcs_$reboot How To Handle Unfixed Linux Bug (266 comments)

Posting a "Ask Slashdot" question may give enough publicity to this bug to have an emotional dev take care of your problem. It seems it's the way to get things done, nowadays. There was a time where open source developers guided by passion were always keen to perform lengthy anti-regression tests and urged to fix main problems. According to the more recent versions of Gnome, Gimp, VLC, ... this time is gone [the Linux kernel being an exception].

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map of the World

hcs_$reboot Half-life (75 comments)

Researchers know that almost all this heat is generated by the decay of radioactive elements such as potassium-40, thorium-232 and uranium-238

Half-life of (K40, U238, Th232) is (1.2, 4.5, 14.0) x 10^9 years. Age of Earth is 4.5 x 10^9 years. That explains why we still have such elements...

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

hcs_$reboot Re:Little disturbing (491 comments)

Did the Malaysian government just make a statement to the families based on a statistical probability?

Maybe based on the families + China exasperation. The debris were not found, let alone the plane, and families kept (desperate) hope. Malaysia could have made a similar announcement earlier.

about three weeks ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

hcs_$reboot Re:Joy (529 comments)

Your 3rd link gives a 403.

about a month ago

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Bill Gates: Snowden is No Hero!

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a month ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "In a lengthy interview from Rolling Stone, Bill Gates, among many other subjects, is asked: "Do you consider [Snowden] a hero or a traitor?". The Microsoft founder answers: "I certainly wouldn't characterize him as a hero (...) You won't find much admiration from me".
What about Government Surveillance? "The government has such ability to do these things. (...) But the specific techniques they use become unavailable if they're discussed in detail"
Rolling Stone retorts that Privacy can be an issue, "We want safety, but we also want privacy" says the journalist. Bill Gates's tells his main priority focuses on stopping the bad guys: "let's say you knew nothing was going on. How would you feel? I mean, seriously. I would be very worried. Technology arms the bad guys with orders of magnitude more [power]. Not just bad guys. Crazy guys.""
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How Steve Jobs Got the iPhone Into Japan

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a month ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Masatoshi Son, SoftBank CEO, remembers the early days when he tried to cut a deal with Steve Jobs in order to be the first to offer the -not even named iPhone yet- "new phone" from Apple, back in 2005. At the time, Son didn't even own a mobile carrier. He then purchased Vodafone, and was indeed the first to sell the iPhone in 2008 (then Au-Kddi in 2011, and DoCoMo in 2013). Today, 75% of smartphones sold in Japan are iPhones."
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China hits back on U.S. human rights record

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The Xinhua news agency reports that the China's State Council, in response to the "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012" issued by the U.S. State Department, published in turn his own report on "The Human Rights Record of the United States", arguing that "the U.S. turned a blind eye to its own woeful human rights situation".
Notably, the report mentions "Closer surveillance of citizens", "More violent crimes involving guns", "Money wars in politics", "Growing gap between the rich and poor", "Violating human rights in other nations"."
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Fukushima power plant blackout II

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The well known Fukushima daiichi power plant suffers from a power black-out since yesterday Monday evening (local time), leading to stopping the flow of cooling water to four fuel storage pools. However, "No need to worry, temperatures will remain in the safe range for 4 days" said the also well known company in charge, Tepco. The cause of the blackout is still being investigated."
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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is:

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "- heading towards an airport, as usual
— heading towards a hangar
— heading towards an airport, by road
— heading towards a sea (pick one)
— Much Ado About Nothing"
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Japan Grounds All Its Boeing 787s After Emergency Landing

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has already occupied some of Slashdot news space recently: FAA to investigate the 787 (Jan 11) or 787 catches fire in Boston (Jan 08). Today (Jan 16 JST) happened another incident that makes Japan grounds all of its 787s fleet until an internal investigation gives more information about the problem: a 787 from ANA had seemingly a battery problem and some smoke has been seen inside the cockpit. The plane had to proceed an emergency landing and passengers had to be evacuated.
This is the latest setback for Boeing and its problem-hit Dreamliner planes that takes another turn today with the grounding of the Japan 787s fleet."

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Google Maps finally available on iOS

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "After the disastrous Apple Maps replacement over Google Maps in September, Google made a Maps app on iOS approved and released by Apple today. The app includes turn-by-turn directions, vector-based graphics and live traffic data. It's available from the Apple Store for iPhone and iPod touch (and iPad — iPhone format). At least."
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Surface sales 'modest' so far said Ballmer

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Sales of Microsoft’s Windows RT-based Surface tablet are off to a “modest” start according to chief executive Steve Ballmer. Given the general dropping sales in the PC business coupled with Microsoft’s relatively small inventory of Surface machines, it’ll be interesting to see how soon Surface can hit Microsoft’s million milestone.
(Update originally from French Le Parisien)"

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Japan nuke crisis crew not told of danger

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "The operator of a Japanese nuclear plant that went into a tsunami-triggered meltdown knew the risks from highly radioactive water at the site but sent in crews without adequate protection or warnings, a worker said in a legal complaint. He gave a rare public account of what happened at the plant during the accident, describing a harrowing scene of darkness and fear, wading with headlamps into a flooded basement through steaming radioactive water that felt warm even through workers' boots.

On Oct. 30, he filed a complaint with a labor standards office in Fukushima, asking authorities to confirm TEPCO's safety violations and issue improvement orders. He also is seeking penalties--up to six months in jail or fines of up to 500,000 yen ($6,250) under the Industrial Safety and Health Act--against the company that supervised him."

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Laser speed sensor promises safer air travel

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Airplanes use currently the (un)famous pitot tubes to get an estimate of their current speed. Unfortunately the tubes may suffer from the very low temperatures at high altitudes, and send wrong data to the captain — that may lead to a crash in the worst case scenario. Australian engineers offer a brand new technology to calculate the plane speed: two lasers beams are emitted in opposite direction, the difference in frequency gives the speed, thanks to the Doppler effect."
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Apple now shipping Lightning adapters

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Apple started shipping the Lightning (iPhone 5 connector) to 30-pin adapters, that costs from $29 to $39. Some iPhone 5 owners complained about its new connector being incompatible with the previously well known 30 pin connectors (iPhone 4S and before, iPod, iPad, chargers, music combos...). And the adapter comes to the rescue...
However, considering the recent wave of disappointment engendered by the new Apple device (Maps, iOS6 bugs, lack of innovation, lack of staff motivation, etc...), some people may argue that what Apple really needs is a Cook to Jobs adapter..."

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Nikon announces Android-powered compact camera

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Nikon announced the S800c — the first compact camera from a major manufacturer to openly use the Android mobile operating system. The S800c is a full Android 2.3 device, that can run any available apps an equivalent smartphone could offer. The Photoshop app for instance could be an obvious choice. But one may prefer to play a famous game on the camera, like Fruit Ninja. Compared to a classic smartphone, the Android powered device offers the advantages of a Nikon Coolpix camera — like a larger sensor and 16MP.
While smartphones cameras tend to get closer to compact cameras specs, it seems Nikon took the initiative and opened their camera to the Android world. So, in the end, will we have smartphones offering true-camera specs, or compact cameras offering all the smartphones features?"

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French shootings suspect found thanks to an IP address

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  about 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "According to breaking news the French shootings suspect was found thanks to the IP address of his brother. The brother contacted one of the soldiers who was killed (March 15) to purchase his bike, and the police could trace that exchange and identify the buyer's IP address.
Fortunately, those killers are not IT experts and have no clue how they can be traced back thanks to the various logs they sow on the way."
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Movie about Steve Jobs

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "It is reported that Sony bought the rights to a biopic on the life of Steve Jobs with the intent of making a movie. The biography on which the movie would be based was written by former CNN chairman and current managing editor of Time magazine, Walter Isaacson (biography to be released October 24).
There are discussions about what could be the best title, and which actor would fit the best for the main role.
While the biography was approved by Mr Jobs, what about some other people who crossed Steve's life and who may not have always been portrayed in a friendly way in his other biographies (the most famous one being probably Bill Gates).
Is Sony able to provide an unbiased work, without having Steve Jobs around to make sure they do?"

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Japanese space craft misses Venus

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes ""A Japanese space probe on a £190 million mission to orbit Venus has missed the planet completely – but could be more successful when it next passes by in six years' time, scientists said."

While the reason of the failure is not confirmed, it is likely the probe didn't slow down enough when approaching Venus."

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Guy Fined For Posting Links To Official Broadcast

hcs_$reboot hcs_$reboot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Over in Sweden, it appears that a guy has been fined for linking to an online broadcast of a hockey game. We've heard stories of people getting in trouble merely for linking to unauthorized content, but this story is even more ridiculous. The guy wasn't linking to unauthorized content. He was linking to an online video feed from the official broadcaster, Canal Plus.
The issue was that Canal Plus was apparently technically incompetent in how they set up the feeds, and never intended to make the feeds public."

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