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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (361 comments)

Here in Tulsa, OK we dream of having a semi-efficient public transport system. All we have are a bunch of buses that require at least 2-3 hours to get anywhere, that's including waiting at the various "bus stops", most of which have nothing more than a bench (no overhead shelter)...which really sucks since in the summer it gets 110F and in the winter we often have negative wind chill. I suppose you could always call a cab and wait for 3-4 hours too...and the nearest "store" is a convenience gas-station, the nearest actual grocery store is two miles if you could cut through the neighborhood (but you can't because they are almost all fenced 4x4 around entire blocks), so it's really a six-mile total walk...and we have a serious lack of sidewalks - most of that walking would be through tall-ish grass full of ticks.

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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:This needs to be Illegal (212 comments)

LOL...tell that to National Grid, who runs a huge chuck of the NE USA's power, owned by a UK company, and has outsourced everything possible to Wipro or whomever...

2 days ago
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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:Never bring politics... (157 comments)

indeed, WiPro originally was a vegetable oil manufacturer, and stands for Western India Products Limited. I've dealt with them many times via supporting clients while working support at HP. Once you can get past the Indian's odd "your a stupid American" attitude (which usually I can't blame them!) they are mostly competent. In my situation, most of their "issues" and "failures" actually result from too-restricted access to various systems their trying to work on, crappy equipment their forced to use by their clients...for example one programmer I was trying to help had an ANCIENT laptop that our mutual client said had to be used for any work; he couldn't use his own (or even WiPro's) equipment but was forced to try and do some SQL dev on a D600...he needed software that our client didn't provide but was completely restricted to installing anything outside of NetIQ-pushed software packages on it. I felt for him...he even said he had an MSDN subscription and all the apps he needed but would be fired if he installed anything outside on it.

3 days ago
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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:Highly likely that NSA knew early on (149 comments)

I know that at my company we don't "restart servers" as much as re-deploy another VM instance, switch all trafrfic to that, then kill the old VM. Yet sometimes it is over a year between reboots of the actual ESX servers themselves, as they are sometimes hosting dozens of VM's on a single box.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:It's time we own up to this one (149 comments)

There was another person who looked at it before the commit, apparently they also missed it. So apparently a better code reviewing policy is also needed here.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:It's time we own up to this one (149 comments)

Exactly! Everyone can get to the source, the whole point of OSS is that the companies themselves can (and should, from a risk-analysis point) be reviewing all the code too before implementation...it's along the lines "you get what you pay for" yet at least here everyone is given the chance to see exactly what's being run (as opposed to pre-compiled apps). IMHO, this really isn't an OpenSSL issue as much as a failing of due diligence by all the companies using it. The admin's excuse of "well, we don't actually know what the code says" fails here, and anyone over the past two years could have reviewed it themselves and fixed this! Maybe this will spur corps to actually review code of critical infrastructure when it's avalible as part of corp policy from now on, perhaps the insurance companies who do "Errors and Omissions" policies will start forcing corps to do that; kinda surprised that this isn't already a standard policy, as code review of OSS is one of it's main strengths and if your company doesn't do it then their missing out on one of the biggest assets of using OSS.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:NSA put the bug there, of course they exploited (149 comments)

some clues might be buried in there somewhere, but until Snowden's "cache" is publicly released we'll never actually know...but I'm guessing The Guardian et al are currently combing through the archive looking for some references.

about two weeks ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:I have an idea (139 comments)

luckily for me, even though I work for HP, we are in a bomb-proof building built to survive the Cold War nukes...the original SABRE home, so that sounds like job security to me.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:I don't think people care (470 comments)

The Baghdad Battery tends to disagree with your statement...it was invented somewhere around 250BC to 400AD, and was probably used for electroplating jewelry. But they didn't really understand what they had made...but still, we had made a very simple battery work way before Newton.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:I don't think people care (470 comments)

thus why I make any member of my family who "gets ill" go out into the woods for no less than 14 days to purify themselves. After 16 days if they haven't returned we set the woods on fire to finalize the purification, per the commandments of Ahura Mazda.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:I don't think people care (470 comments)

lol, right! You can't "game" most modern slot machines...their not even actual "slot machines" anymore, most of them are Windowz boxes running the games. I've seen many of them bluescreen before LOL...

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:I don't think people care (470 comments)

According to Neil Tyson on Cosmos, he said ghosts DO exist. He was, of course. referring to Hubble's father telling Hubble that the stars in the sky are sometimes ghosts, as we see a star when it's actually long-gone. Well, I think it was actually Patrick Stewart's voice...so that makes it even MORE real, as Captain Pickard would never lie to us! /sarcasm

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:I don't think people care (470 comments)

Just because your NOT paranormal doesn't mean ghosts aren't following you.


FTFY

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:needs some (470 comments)

yet every assumption is not a hypothesis...or at least a scientific hypothesis. Not saying you fall into this category but many people use the word incorrectly, without the ability to test the hypothesis. If it can't be tested and proven false, it's pseudoscience. But yeah, the AC's post seems to be from the mid 1920's and ignoring all progress after that.

Even Darwin himself made note of potential objections to his theory, as his original "Origin of the Species" was published before the Burgess Shale discovery, and he stated that "as of yet" the fossil record didn't back up his hypothesis. Yet we've found many (well, a few lol) pre-Cambrian fossils now...but many Creationist still will adamantly scream and yell that Darwin himself "said the theory was wrong" because 1. they don't understand the times it was published and 2) refuse to recognize anything that changes their internal world view.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:Why not use GNU/Linux? (341 comments)

the last thing is the big issue, tech support from vendors. That is a major influence on your management too...they know they have to maintain their SLAs!

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:Proprietary (341 comments)

like the people in various UK goverment offices have any idea what "vendor lock-in" even is...some of them have been using Office since it first came out, no one outside of us techies cares about "proprietary" vs. open-source. Often, a corp will go with the proprietary software because there is a vendor they can engage in a 24/7 SLA. Linux has Redhat under Novell, I don't know of any other company that can provide 24/7 under 30 minute support. This isn't some private company that can call up their local tech shop...they have to have SLA's with certified vendors, lists of phone numbers, etc.

I do ITSM for AA, if it can't be nailed down in a run book then it's just not done.

about two weeks ago
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Bugs In SCADA Software Leave 7,600 Factories Vulnerable

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:Factories are vulnerable. (70 comments)

so Skynet can easily re-purpose them to make weapons to destroy us, why else?

about two weeks ago

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