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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

ko7 Re:Obvious Reason (579 comments)

Should "Fifty Shades of Gray" be the New Black?

about 2 months ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

ko7 Re:I do not (117 comments)

Convenience is a subjective quantity. It is much handier to just leave your keys in your ignition switch than to have to keep track of them or fish around in your pockets every time you want to do something as routine as open your car door or start the engine. (Don't we all just love car-computer analogies?)

Full disclosure has been shown to be the most reliable way to get companies to fix security problems in their software..

Bugs will be found and exploited privately whether public disclosure takes place or not. There is a thriving market for zero-day exploits--exploits that are then used either by governments of criminal organizations to render computing systems to be less reliable and/or secure than their owners would expect them to be.

Some convenience will always have to be sacrificed in the interest of security, whether the system in question is a computer, a car, or a house. The only way to absolutely maximize convenience is to absolutely sacrifice security. (and privacy)

about 2 months ago
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Processors and the Limits of Physics

ko7 5 GHz limit? (168 comments)

" Even if signals in the chip were moving at the speed of light, a chip running above 5GHz wouldn't be able to transmit information from one side of the chip to the other."

Eh?

At 300 Megameters per second, the signal would travel 6cm during one clock cycle. Just how large of a "chip" are we talking about, and how much clock skew can we design into our processor?

I call bullshit on the above statement.

about 2 months ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

ko7 Re:They need to learn (301 comments)

"I have no information on the subject, but my educated guess is..."

Without information, you cannot make an 'educated' guess. What you made was a guess. And, you guessed wrong.

about 5 months ago
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Dropbox and Box Leaked Shared Private Files Through Google

ko7 Re:If it is linked, it is public... (92 comments)

When dealing with 'users' of the caliber that you describe, it really isn't possible to securely exchange data. Unfortunately, most 'users' can't be trusted not to have the file scraped off of their own box once they've received it. Without a minimal amount of computer knowledge and skills (which appears to be beyond the capabilities of most users), it just isn't possible to guarantee any security at all.

about 6 months ago
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The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine

ko7 Re:Jigawatts... (143 comments)

Is that a Pam Anderson reference?

about 7 months ago
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Researchers Use Computer-Generated 10-Year-Old Girl To Catch Online Predators

ko7 Re:profile = evidence? (545 comments)

"...which is why policing agencies would prefer this kind of thing be left to specialized police task forces. This is one of those issues where public opinion tends to be binary, but the truth tends to lie in shades of grey."

Yeah... Fifty shades of Grey

about a year ago
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Apache Web Server Share Falls Below 50 Percent For First Time Since 2009

ko7 Re:it is getting a LOT better (303 comments)

"Hrm, is it odd that I meant that metaphor one way and it fits a few others?"

It's not odd... it just fits...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does LED Backlight PWM Drive You Crazy?

ko7 Re:Whiny little bitch (532 comments)

There are high voltage regulator and amplifier tubes that can be run high enough to be useful generators, without the leaded glass getting in the way. The anode geometries are often more suited to the task too.

CRT's have been built using leaded glass for decades; about as long as color TV has been around. (with its higher typical 2nd anode voltages)

Frankly, purpose built x-ray tubes aren't all that hard to come by in the first place.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does LED Backlight PWM Drive You Crazy?

ko7 Re:Whiny little bitch (532 comments)

Sure, in both devices, X-rays are produced at the surface of the anode. However, since the anode voltage of a CRT is much lower than that of a purpose-built x-ray tube, the energy level of these x-ray photons is very low (the wavelength is long) such that the glass of the CRT itself blocks most of the radiation. Any metal shielding around the tube blocks even more. X-rays produced by the impact of electrons with only 10-25 kev energy just don't penetrate well.

about a year ago
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New Asus Device Runs Both Windows and Android

ko7 Re:UEFI? (126 comments)

But this has been modus operandi for MS since the 1980's...
Nothing new here... just move along...

about a year ago
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Marriages Spawned From Online Dating As Satisfying As From Traditional Dating

ko7 Re:Why should it be any different? (313 comments)

Of course there is something _major_ you are missing, but that is merely par for the course.

Meeting people online is better with respect to the fact that _petty_ initial-impression-based perceptions that may have pushed you away from someone you saw IRL, yet didn't matter in the long term, won't hold you back from experiencing the companionship of a unique person who has qualities that you would have overlooked, had you looked upon them in person, initialy.

There are good and bad aspects to both approaches.

about a year ago
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DOJ Fights To Bury Court Ruling On Government Surveillance

ko7 Re:All hail (100 comments)

"The best part of waking up..."

At least better than a knock at the door at 5am.

about a year ago
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New Best Way To Nuke a Short-Notice Asteroid

ko7 Just send Bruce... (311 comments)

Us 'old guys' know how to kick some serious ass....

about a year ago
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Compared to its non-Super version, I most prefer ...

ko7 Superposition (288 comments)

What would circuit design be without it?

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Going Its Own Way On Audio/Video Specification

ko7 Re:Old dog (215 comments)

sarcasm detected

about 2 years ago
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Loss of a Single Laptop Leads to $50k Fine Against Idaho Hospice

ko7 Re:A 'Big' fine? (188 comments)

All the more reason to have significant potential costs in the form of fines in order to encourage the persons responsible to choose more wisely. When the boss sees the loss of patient privacy as a mere externality, the status quo will continue.

about 2 years ago
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Loss of a Single Laptop Leads to $50k Fine Against Idaho Hospice

ko7 A 'Big' fine? (188 comments)

"... will cost a non-profit Idaho hospice center $50,000, ..."

I'm not so sure just how strong of a message this will send.

Encrypting patient data should be a no-brainer in this day and age.

about 2 years ago
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Astronauts Could Get Lazier As Mars Mission Progresses

ko7 Re:Star Trek (145 comments)

I figured that he did that for Deanna.

about 2 years ago

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Mageia 1.0 Released

ko7 ko7 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ko7 (1990064) writes "Mageia began in September 2010 as a fork of Mandriva Linux. It is supported by a not-for-profit organization, governed by a body of recognized and elected contributors, and made by 100+ people around the world.

Our work adds to the excellent work of the wider Linux and Free Software community. We aim to bring one of the best, most stable, reliable and enjoyable experience and platform we can make; for a regular user, a developer, or a business.

The OS can be downloaded (or bit-torrent'd) from Here"

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