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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

mysidia This is what you call an arrogant analysis (141 comments)

What the market is essentially saying is they don't agree with Bloomberg analyst's or others' evaluation of the value of these other companies. The natural conclusion is the market says THE ANALYSTS ARE WRONG in their estimates of the worth of Yahoo Japan/Alibaba.

It is the analysts, not the public that assume it is the US portion of Yahoo's operations that are being valued at $0.

By the way.... just because some Alibaba stock or some Yahoo Japan stock is available on other exchanges at a certain price; does not mean the entire company is valued at the current marginal price of stock trades. That is a form of extrapolation which is subject to large errors. The market valuation of Yahoo US based on price of individual shares is also an extrapolation.

One should not assume that all the outstanding shares in Yahoo are available for the same price, to an investor possessing current marginal trading price in $ per share times number of shares, in cash.

That doesn't really tell you what the market will value the company at, perhaps as a rough estimate with errors between 10x and 100x.

It is just the analyst/reporter's underhanded way of saying -- since we're infallible about the proper valuation of these quickly growing portions, and nobody else could possibly ever see any differently ----- any difference in US stock price must be attributed to negative value from the slower growing portion of the business.

Maybe it's just that their other non-US operations are being assigned a discount, for various reasons, below what the analyst wants to value them at.

5 hours ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

mysidia Re:Step 2. (205 comments)

melt downs like Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island — would be virtually impossible at sea."

And the Titanic was an unsinkable ship.

Fundamental inescapable facts:

(1) Anything fragile can break, no matter how many backup systems and safeties you install, because

(2) Everything that can fail will eventually fail, and,

(3) When you have multiple things that can fail, eventually, they will all fail at the same time or the least opportune moment, and

(4) At sea, there is no such thing as a large man-made structure or boat that is not fragile.

yesterday
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

mysidia Re:Step 2. (205 comments)

This is why we need to switch to LFTRs

No pressure vessel to worry about.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

mysidia Re:GOLD MINE! LOVE IT! (283 comments)

If there's anything that a consultant craves, it's billable hours...

Not billable hours at the cost of doing a crappy job, and most certainly going to get blamed, when the customer blames his company; when the failures caused by consultant's CAB causes downtime.

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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

mysidia Re:Are you still partying like its 1999, or what? (283 comments)

That particular outage cost several million given what the server did.

The problem is not the admin actions it's "what the server did"

The application the business was dependant on to generate millions of dollars was designed in such a fragile way, that it could fail as a result of whatever happened to just one server....

You see... this is bad architecture. Servers are prone to failure, even when designed with redundant components.

It is improper for a business application that generates revenue to be sensitive to a single or double server failure. Critical applications should be architected with a level of robustness that reflects their level of importance.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

mysidia Re:I do this (283 comments)

The auditor does not care if the patch may cause a work stoppage, if they are not fully patched, they are not in compliance, if they are not in compliance they get written up

Sounds like they need to fire and hire new auditors.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

mysidia Re:Nonsense (283 comments)

like this will just make you look stupid and change averse to your employer.

No... it's obviously just aversity to excessive, unnecessary and crippling micromanagement. It's obviously some idiots in suits who are change averse and feel they need to justify their existence by "approving" or "disapproving" of each and every required security update or patch or system admin action.

Which involves real costs. With this kind of bullshit, they need to hire additional system admins for systems to approach proper management just to deal with the reduced time efficiency and increased waste caused by bureaucracy.

2 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

mysidia Re:I must be in the minority. (453 comments)

No one can do that reliably. It's luck.

That's not true. There are people who can do that. You need enough money to be allowed to freely invest in private firms and such though.

And you need to have not so much money, as well. Too little money OR too much money, and you cannot make good returns. It is not as if your potential return is independent from the amount of money you have, there, so it is a bit meaningless to throw around numbers such as 18%.

If you have too little money -- then you don't get access to investments (except ones that have already become public companies, which suck) ---- if you have too much money, then you actually exhaust what good options are available.

2 days ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

mysidia I can see this (318 comments)

which is stopping people feel sympathy towards people living on the street as it's easier to have 'less feelings when you're typing something' than looking at them in the eye"

If you are not looking them in the eye, then you are not experiencing the Identifiable Victim effect.

2 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

mysidia Re:I must be in the minority. (453 comments)

An amazing annual return is considered > 10%.

This is true: only until you have access to accredited investor status and hedge funds.

2 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

mysidia Re:I must be in the minority. (453 comments)

It looks like you skipped over the part, "that doesn't rely primarily on luck".

It doesn't depend primarily on luck. It depends on your ability to select a sequence of investments that will have an average payout of more than twice what they cost. You don't know the outcome of any one investment (success or failure), but your ability to pick a sequence of investments that are expected to offset each other's random risks and have sufficient average payout when taken together (expected total gain minus loss averaged more than twice cost), is one of skill, and it relies on decision making abilities.

Good luck is when the average payout turns out to be twice as much as expected and happens less than 1% of the time. Bad luck is when the payout is half or less, and happens less than 1% of the time.

This is assuming a skilled selection.

When we say "high risk"; we do not mean visiting a casino and placing bets, where you have an expected loss of 10% due to the house edge, (assuming you had infinite cash and placed bets forever).

2 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

mysidia Re:I must be in the minority. (453 comments)

Sure becoming a multimillionaire is (theoretically) easy. But nothing I do will make me a billionaire that doesn't rely primarily on luck

You just need to become a millionaire and then double your money 10 times.

Once you have the millions, there are plenty of high-risk investments to pick from that are likely to do just that.

2 days ago
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Mt. Gox Ordered Into Liquidation

mysidia Get this over with (44 comments)

Mark Karpeles will not be attending the bankruptcy court hearing in the United States scheduled for April 17th.

Extradite him. He's probably not coming to the US for the hearing, because he could be arrested on the spot.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

mysidia Re:u wot m8 (571 comments)

I would be fed up with FedUp... if I were you

Wake me, when there's a RHELUp available to go from RHEL5 to RHEL6.

More seriously.... I don't run production systems on Fedora, and I don't think anyone should.

Fedora is more of a developer desktop OS; that gives an idea of what the future version of RHEL might look like in the future.

2 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

mysidia Re:Open source was never safer (579 comments)

Safer != Perfect

Open Source is not perfect. It also does not help when you have large commercial institutions RELYING on the source code in a security critical role under constant attack by well-funded adversaries, AND the developers of said open source code are so pitifully underfunded, AND the commercial proprietors that cause said open source library to become a high-value target are only willing to invest in features, and not improvements that would lead to better quality and lesser likelihood of serious bugs.

2 days ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

mysidia Re:What about a re-implementation... (287 comments)

I never saw a C program with a remote file inclusion bug or a C code injection bug caused by an eval().

Pretty much all the errors caused by C fall into two buckets: reading an improper memory location and writing an improper memory location (including double-free'ing an invalid memory address).

As long as you can be certain to avoid those two conditions, C is just as safe as other languages. There are ways you can design your C programs, and rules you can follow which make it unlikely for you to include such errors.

For non-trivial programs, there are plenty of advantages of managing your own memory: which you cannot do in other languages such as Python or Java.

The other languages' use of garbage collection results in great space and runtime inefficiencies.

3 days ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

mysidia Re:And they've already stopped (287 comments)

$30,949 is how much the OpenBSD Foundation received in donations in 2013.

And yet... I heard OpenSSL itself gets at most $2000 in a typical year. Despite tens of thousands of banks, retailers, hardware manufacturers, software manufacturers, all relying on their code in a security critical fashion to support their business activities. The MOST the OpenSSL project gets in contributions is a mere shilling?

And no real support for high quality code review, maintenance, and release management. Just support for adding feature bloat.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

mysidia Re:u wot m8 (571 comments)

yawn apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade -y

3 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

mysidia Re:u wot m8 (571 comments)

Oh... Redhat lover..... Actually, there's a problem with that: It will only upgrade packages within a release, AND you can't upgrade to the new release.

It's like being stuck at Windows XP Service Pack 1, and having to go do an offline boot from CD update from CD install media to go to SP2.

So it's really "Insert RHEL 6 CD"; Go through installer again; Windows has a much better experience....

Ubuntu's release upgrade process is also OK

3 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

mysidia Re:u wot m8 (571 comments)

Try again...

do-release-upgrade

3 days ago

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Senators petition to censor DUI checkpoint apps

mysidia mysidia writes  |  about 3 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "Senators, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall, sent etters on Tuesday requesting Apple, Google, and RIM remove or modify apps that notify users of police checkpoints. According to the senators, the apps are "harmful to public safety", because drunk drivers could use them to evade police detection.
BlackBerry maker RIM ceded to the request on Wednesday."

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R.I.P. OpenSolaris 2005-2010

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "Last month, on July 14th, it was mentioned that the OpenSolaris governing board issued an ultimadum to Oracle. It turns out that Oracle continued to ignore requests to appoint a liason after the OpenSolaris governing board's demands. This morning, the OpenSolaris governing board unanimously passed the resolution to dissolve itself.

Source code changes are no longer available, and It would appear that OpenSolaris and community involvement in the development of Solaris have been killed as rumored.

A recent article on slashdot discussed a "Spork" of OpenSolaris, Illumos. Perhaps now, this will have a chance of becoming a true fork."

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US court strikes down media swearing ban

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A federal appeals court in Manhattan struck down a policy of the FCC which banned broadcasters from allowing curse words on live TV. The court concluded the rule was unconstitutionally vague and had a chilling effect on broadcasters. In the 2 to 1 ruling, the court found that policy was "arbitrary and capricious", but that the FCC might be able to craft a policy that does not violate the First Amendment.

"'By prohibiting all `patently offensive' references to sex, sexual organs and excretion without giving adequate guidance as to what 'patently offensive' means, the FCC effectively chills speech, because broadcasters have no way of knowing what the FCC will find offensive,' the appeals court wrote."

Fox Stations, owned by News Corp., and other networks had brought suit in 2006 after the FCC cited use of profanity during the airing of awards programs."
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IPv4 free pool drops below 10%, 1.2.3.4 allocated

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A total of 16,777,216 IP address numbers were just allocated to the Asian Pacific Network Information Centre IP address registry for assignment to users. Some venerable IP addresses such as 1.1.1.1 and 1.2.3.4 have been officially assigned to the registry itself temporarily, for testing as part of the DEBOGON project.
The major address blocks 1.0.0.0/8 and 27.0.0.0/8, are chosen accordance with a decision by ICANN to assign the least-desirable remaining IP address ranges to the largest regional registries first, reserving most more desirable blocks of addresses for the African and Latin American internet users, instead of North America, Europe, or Asia.

In other words: of the 256 major networks in IPv4 (4,294,967,296 IP address numbers), only 24 network blocks (402,653,184 IP addresses) remain unallocated in the global free pool, and many of the remaining networks have been tainted or made less desirable by unofficial users who attempted an end-run around the registration process, and treated "RESERVED" IP addresses as "freely available" for their own internal use. This allocation is right on target with projected IPv4 consumption and was predicted by the IPv4 report, which has continuously and reliably estimated global pool IP address exhaustion for Late 2011 and regional registry exhaustion by Late 2012.

Services such as anoNet, and other private Enterprises that have been using 1.0.0.0 IP addresses, such as "1.2.3.4", for their private networks or intranet applications, are on the verge of impairing their activity to legitimate users of those IP addresses in the next few years.

So, does your enterprise intranet use any unofficial address ranges for private networks?"
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How To Hijack 'Every iPhone In The World'

mysidia mysidia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mysidia (191772) writes "A new article from forbes.com reports on an unpatched iPhone vulnerability that researchers Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner plan to reveal at Black Hat. The bug may allow hackers to remotely seize control of iPhones by using SMS text messages. "If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly."
A similar vulnerability is reported to exist on devices running Windows mobile software."

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