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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

mveloso Authority grant (210 comments)

If Oracle doesn't have the authority to compel teams of government employees to finalize their requirements, then they by definition Oracle isn't running the project.

3 days ago

Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

mveloso Re:From the wikipedia (303 comments)

Bleach isn't just for laundry. Look for "industrial cleaners", not "Laundry products."

Clorox doesn't have a lock on the laundry or cleaning products market by far. Plus, the figure is worldwide. There's a lot of bleach all over the place.

about a week ago

Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

mveloso From the wikipedia (303 comments)

Not sure how accurate this is, since it's from wikipedia, but the reference seems legit.

In 2008, a study of common cleaning products found the presence of carbon tetrachloride in "very high concentrations" (up to 101 mg/m3) as a result of manufacturers' mixing of surfactants or soap with sodium hypochlorite (bleach).[18]


"By mixing surfactants or soap with NaOCl, it was shown that the formation of carbon tetrachloride and several other halogenated VOCs is possible"

about a week ago

Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

mveloso Re:100 percent bullshit (200 comments)

Humans have been interacting with technology since the dawn of the species.

"Hey grog, stop staring into that fucking fire all the time, it'll ruin your eyes"
"That beer is going to kill you"
"That meat stuff you're eating is unnatural. Humans were meant to eat berries and plants and shit."
"Cooking is going to rot your brain. Meat was meant to be eaten raw."

I mean, come on. Blame chemicals, which are more likely to be the problem than "man interacting with technology." That's like blaming your fleshbot for the fact that you don't meet any women - oh wait.

about two weeks ago

Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

mveloso Yes (116 comments)

Bugs mostly come from when you're not paying attention, or you forgot something.

If you've doing difficult coding then writing code is the last thing you doing be doing. By the time you get to writing code it shouldn't be difficult anymore.

about two weeks ago

Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

mveloso Space Drive or Global Warming? (315 comments)

Wait, is this guy talking about space drives or global warming?


1. The magnitude of these effects varied tremendously from experiment to experiment.
2. The threshold of measurement—the difference between a detection and a non-detection—was always extremely close to the actual claimed detection.
3. Many attempts at confirming the experiments by some of the leading scientists of the day, including Lord Kelvin, Heinrich Rubens and Robert Wood, all produced null results.
4. And finally, even if you restricted your data sets to the positive the experimental results, their claims were inconsistent with one another. //endtroll

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

mveloso Re:Samsung: so sue us (83 comments)

It doesn't. But it matters in the court of public opinion, which is why this is news.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

mveloso Samsung: so sue us (83 comments)

Samsung's penalties have been pathetically small, so there's no real cost to them when it comes to violating and/or ignoring other people's IP.

Samsung's position is entirely rational, but less than ethical.

about three weeks ago

High School Students Not Waiting For Schools To Go Online

mveloso Fucking pussies (82 comments)

Jesus christ, shit is free and you're like "oh, my fucking technical skill suck so much that I need content spoon fed into my retinas."

Haven't you heard the good news about Wine? Install it on your lame linux box and run the iTunes installer. You can ask the interwebs how to do it.

about a month ago

High School Students Not Waiting For Schools To Go Online

mveloso iTunes U (82 comments)

Just want to point out that iTunes U has amazing and free content available to anyone with iTunes. It's unbelievable how easy it is to learn almost anything you want. If you're not taking advantage of it you must be suffering from (in the words of an old colleague) recto-cranial inversion.

about a month ago

US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

mveloso Poor geography skills (529 comments)

Maybe the good Senator thinks Hungary is somewhere in Kansas and that Finland is somewhere near Alaska. He is from Alabama, so it's hard to say. As Tom Lehrer once sang about another southerner, "He's from Georgia, and doesn't speak the language very well."

There's no real relationship to Microsoft's Nokia layoffs and H-1B visas, except for those people in Seattle maybe. But the Seattle folks a be marketing people or managers, and you don't usually get H1-B visas for marketeers and managers.

about a month ago

Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove of Private Data

mveloso It's not really a treasure trove (68 comments)

He didn't really get a treasure trove. He got some stuff that was sort of interesting, and maybe unfortunate.

It's not like he got every transaction of everyone who's used the system, their names, addresses, passwords, credit cards, security questions, etc.

about a month ago

Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

mveloso like donut holes (91 comments)

The higgs particle imparts mass the same way that donut holes impart mass, but differently.

about a month and a half ago

Harvesting Energy From Humidity

mveloso Practically speaking nowhere (89 comments)

It's interesting, but practically speaking is it worth building a large, passive electricity and water generator in a cave system?

Not really.

OTOH, it would generate electricity forever, or at least until dust caked all the plates.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

mveloso Snapshots are great, for some things (265 comments)

Snapshots are great, but they assume all your data is on the snapshot. It's harder to roll back if your new version goes ahead and corrupts some database or something on the NAS.

It's even harder to roll back if your data stores are on some multi-clustered beast that wasn't designed to be rolled back.

Of course, you should have caught that in test, right?

about a month and a half ago

Apple Gets Its First Batch of iPhone Chips From TSMC

mveloso Re:Samsung's slowing sales... (45 comments)

old smartphones are to today's smartphones as:

A BMW 7 series is to a model-T ford
GPS is to maps
Color TV vs Stereoscopes

I'd put my iPhone 1 up against a psion any day of the week.

about a month and a half ago

Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

mveloso Fuck dystopia (265 comments)

These days, whenever someone tries to build something nice people are all "what about the poor?"

Well, what about the poor? Are the poor going on those Moon or Mars missions that /. readers love to think about? No. Are the poor gaming on i7s in their mom's basement while posting on Facebook? Are the poor worrying about how to spend their bitcoins?

Fuck worrying about the poor. They don't worry about you. Most of the poor would steal all your stuff and pawn it.

about a month and a half ago

Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

mveloso maybe that's the secret to CSNs! (131 comments)

Maybe that's the secret to CSNs: ramification. Somehow trick the staffers into coming up and exploring new strategies via online corporate games. Like "see what happens when you fire the marketing department", or "the teamsters have gone on strike: now what?"

That would be hilarious, and might even be useful.

about 2 months ago



If you could rewrite your application, what would you do differently?

mveloso mveloso writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mveloso (325617) writes "Lots of readers are in development — web, software, etc. After a few iterations everything gets crufty — requirements change, hacks get put into place, the architecture doesn't fit, and real-world performance is terrible.

With the benefit of your current experience, how would you have rewritten your application given what you know today?"

Tracking zombies and botnets?

mveloso mveloso writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mveloso (325617) writes "Like many people here, I run a couple of servers that do various things. The machines run firewalls as a matter of course, and have large numbers of log entries showing machines that, for one reason or another, are poking and prodding them.

But — besides proactively shutting off access to the machines by blocking their IPs (which may or may not be useful), I was wondering: is there a repository somewhere for tracking infected machines or botnets? Some of the signatures match known vectors used by infected machines, and some don't...but it all may be useful informtion for somebody.

Does anyone know of a blacklist-type service that can use this information?"


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