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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

jasper160 Too Much Bureaucracy (160 comments)

My brother interned there for a summer and said he would never set foot in there again. It was corrupted by bureaucracy and innovation was frowned upon. He works in the private space sector where he makes much more and isn't hamstrung by politicians.

about a week ago
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AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

jasper160 Nooooo (173 comments)

Oh great, higher rates for crappier service. QOS is the last thing on AT&T's mind.

about 3 months ago
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General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause

jasper160 Re:Lawyers (88 comments)

I would agree with you there. Our MBA's and project managers spend their time mental masturbating coming up with nothing more but more work and requirements for more PM's and BA's. I have started asking them what value or ROI have they brought to the company and they get a panicked look.

about 4 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

jasper160 Doctor Who (276 comments)

Would you ever take on running Doctor Who if it were offered to you?

about 5 months ago
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China Using Drones To Spot Polluters

jasper160 Unless (35 comments)

The appropriate bribes and connections are in place.

about 5 months ago
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Estimate: Academic Labs 11 Times More Dangerous Than Industrial Counterparts

jasper160 Re:Possibly valid, but.. (153 comments)

I believe it. The labs my wife work at the UM were never held to the same standards as an industrial or government lab. Safety, MSDS, and OHSA rules were ignored and never enforced. PI's have no management background in those areas and were more concerned with the life of getting published and securing another grant, a whole other topic.

about 5 months ago
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Russians Suspected of Uroburos Spy Malware

jasper160 Re:That's all the proof I need .. (137 comments)

Everyone is copying the US now. I wonder where Russia's GITMO will be?

about 6 months ago
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US War Machine Downsizing?

jasper160 Wrong Cuts (506 comments)

Just like in the 90's the cuts will be in the lower enlisted combat and support ranks instead of the bloated O5's and above. Cut from the top down, that is where the real waste and costs are.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

jasper160 Bad Service x Fewer Choices (303 comments)

Equals a ISP landscape that will even more consumer unfriendly.

about 6 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

jasper160 Coming to a government agency near you (664 comments)

I am sure some DHS/TSA/NSA/Dirty Cop would love to see these fitted in every vehicle, back pack, and on you.

about 7 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

jasper160 Re:Let Us Control You! (374 comments)

Big Education hates competition especially when it may be better. for a fraction of the cost.

about 7 months ago
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Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

jasper160 Re:In all fairness (237 comments)

I've got ~170 failed Seagate Enterprise 500G drives sitting here in my cube. That's pretty close to a 50% failure rate after 4 years of that fleet. Sadly Dell who branded them won't warranty them after 1 year. I'm pretty close to playing hard drive dominoes with them and posting that on youtube. Also noteworthy, we have almost as many Western Digital drives of that same generation with just one failure. Due to this, my company refuses to buy any more Seagates until we see things get better.

We too have a Dell SAN with Seagate HD's. At the 4 year mark they started to fail and by the 5th over two thirds have been replaced. We did keep the warranty up so Dell did have to swap out the failed drives.

about 7 months ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

jasper160 Re:Lesson from this story...don't be a glass hole! (1034 comments)

I may get a pair just to piss off Al Franken's RIAA/MPAA handlers. They had to treat Glass like a bomb instead of asking him a few questions first?

about 7 months ago
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Senior Managers Are the Worst Information Security Offenders

jasper160 And more (181 comments)

From my experience they are also the biggest violators of porn , intentional breaking of assets to get a newer one, and keeping hardware on departure. When I was a DOD sysadmin all of our spillages (accidental classified material leakage) in a 10k person command were caused by O4's and above. Like the corporate world nothing happened except some long days and nights for the sysadmins to wipe all the systems, backups, and applications that touched the data. I sure if some lower enlisted person did it they would be toasted.

about 7 months ago
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Swarms of Small Satellites Set To Deliver Close To Real-Time Imagery of Earth

jasper160 Installed (112 comments)

NSA backdoor. Check!

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

jasper160 Re:Man, You Guys Miss The Point (381 comments)

You might not even remember that you have had a particular account. Or who you are

My mother in-law had a stroke a few years ago had her memory severely damaged. Luckily for my wife the old OCD woman had documented every account, web site, password, recovery word/phrase, and pin. My mother in-law instructed my wife to contact her attorney if anything debilitating occurred since he kept the document at his office and was instructed to give the envelope to my wife in that situation. We adopted the same idea as it seems to be the easiest way to do this and we don't expect our small children to be able to reconstruct a password in the event of us getting schmucked on the drive home. Sorry Shamir.

about 7 months ago
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Ecuadorian Navy Rescues Bezos After Kidney Stone Attack

jasper160 Re:Wait What? (190 comments)

I thought the US had the worst medical system in the world. Whats this? A Socialist country (actually half of the politicians in Ecuador are communists) has worse medical treatment? That just doesn't seem right. State run medical facilities are ALWAYS better, or so I was told by the NYT.

LOL. I love these stories where reality just smacks the left in the face.

Quite correct. When I was stationed there the common practice for the Ecuadorian military "doctors" was amputation for broken limbs on their enlisted. No attempt was ever made to set it. The USAF or USN always had a medevac available for US government civilians and military due to their primitive medicine.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer

jasper160 Re:Don't worry (221 comments)

Also true, both can happen. Here in Minnesota all the license plates had to be changed a few years ago; later it was found the state senatewhore who pushed for the bill failed to mention his brother in-law owned the company making them.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Trying To Build Quantum Computer

jasper160 Re:Don't worry (221 comments)

And which politician's family member will be sitting on the board of the contracting companies?

about 8 months ago

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Top Android AV software fooled by common evasion techniques

jasper160 jasper160 writes  |  about a year ago

jasper160 (2642717) writes "

A team of researchers from Northwestern University and North Carolina State University have tested ten of the most popular Android anti-virus software and have discovered that all of them can be fooled by common code obfuscation techniques.

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The Oatmeal sued over trademark by "Oatmeal Studios"

jasper160 jasper160 writes  |  about 2 years ago

jasper160 (2642717) writes "Reported from Ars Technica:
It's only been a few months since webcomic artist Matthew Inman, operating under the name The Oatmeal, was able to put his bizarre legal clash with competing humor website FunnyJunk to rest.

Now Inman is about to be back in court."

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Iran to Ban Women from Science and Engineering Classes

jasper160 jasper160 writes  |  about 2 years ago

jasper160 (2642717) writes "An August 20th, 2012 announcement from Iran places restrictions on female university students. Iran will be cutting 77 fields of study from the female curriculum, making them male-only fields. Science and engineering are among those affected by the decree. The announcement came soon after the release of statistics showing that women were graduating in far higher numbers than men from Iranian universities and were scoring overall better than men, especially in the sciences.

Senior clerics in Iran's theocratic regime have become concerned about the social side-effects of rising educational standards among women."

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