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Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

neurovish Re:Likely death not likely (104 comments)

19x a tiny number is still a tiny number. These kinds of headlines always disappoint me since the pertinent information is buried far beneath the hyperbole. Thanks for digging it up.

about 1 month ago

Book Review: Sudo Mastery: User Access Control For Real People

neurovish Re:NOPASSWD and su - (83 comments)

I always get a bit of a laugh when an email comes through that a user tried to sudo su. Fortunately they haven't figured out the trick of using one of the programs with a shell escape, or even sudo bash.

The scary bit is when the audit trail just disappears or they don't followup with an email asking for something.

about 2 months ago

DDoS Larger Than the Spamhaus Attack Strikes US and Europe

neurovish Re:Update your NTP sw! (158 comments)

Thanks for the clarification...you need a +6 informative. The article was pretty light on how NTP was being exploited for a reflection attack.

about 2 months ago

Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

neurovish Re: Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

Jeez, 10? How much did that cost? ...and if you didn't buy it, do you have any idea how much somebody probably would've paid for that UID before the looming beta threat.

about 2 months ago

Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US

neurovish Re:Depends what kind of engineer (397 comments)

EE degrees are a great example of the "misunderstanding" of what a college degree is. Nearly every Bachelor's program in E. Engineering from 4-year universities graduates people who have nearly Zero experience (directly or even on-paper) designing real-world projects. These degrees (arguably, like all degrees from 4-year universities) are *not* meant to be job training. They are meant to be education, useful for one to then go get job training.

      It's the universities' own fault for pretending like these degrees will produce a job-ready, knowledgeable engineer.

I don't really feel misled by my university. They were pretty up-front that the degree was not a ticket to get a job designing the space shuttle, and at best the most we could expect was 4 years of a jobs doing testing and validation before touching design. After getting an EE BS, you're pretty much qualified to be an Engineer In Training, during that time is when you actually learn some EE stuff. Everything in undergrad is basically just providing a foundation to build upon.

about 2 months ago

Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US

neurovish Re: I find this strange (397 comments)

Were I in the GP's position, then I would switch to patent law. That's not going to be outsourced, there's a "need" for law-types with a deep understanding of things like electrical engineering, you'll still kind of work with tech, and it pays a lot better. The "need" is largely because of the ridiculous patent situation in the US right now unfortunately, but there is a good chance you could be one of the good guys and work for companies that use what they make instead of the patent trolls.

about 2 months ago

MIT Begins Offering For-Pay MOOC In Big Data

neurovish Re:Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) (51 comments)

MOOC = Massive Open Online Course

Is it really too much to ask for people to define their acronyms? I'm a little tired of having to Google an acronym in every story. This one *only* appears in the summary.

I'm sure an editor will be on that ASAP (As Soon As Possible).

about 3 months ago

Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

neurovish Re:No question? (961 comments)

"...there is no suggestion anyone was to blame for Walker's crash..." unless you follow that link which says that the police suspect that speed was involved. No question that anyone not in the car was to blame is a different sentence indeed. Looking at the pictures of the scene its hard to imagine that they were driving anywhere close to the 45mph speed limit.

And later they estimate the car was going 40-45mph. http://www.nbcnews.com/entertainment/paul-walker-was-real-hero-daughter-heart-soul-his-charity-2D11683842
How about waiting until the investigation is complete before jumping to conclusions? The police comment on random shit just to comment in cases like these. For some reason nobody considers "I have no idea, we're still investigating" an appropriate answer.

about 4 months ago

In an arcade with only the following games ...

neurovish poll option count (283 comments)

Is there a limit at 7? Seems like there are a lot of missing options. I think everybody just chose pinball because that's the 2nd best option to their favorite game that is missing. I would've chosen Spy Hunter, Pole Position, or the full motion Afterburner cabinet. Never heard of that Kung Fu game though, even after looking it up.
The arcade I went to the most also had a go kart track though, so that's the real winner.

about 5 months ago

Soylent: No Food For 30 Days

neurovish Re:Already available (440 comments)

Well, if it's good enough for Solid Snake, then it can't be too bad. Way better than eating snakes if I remember right.

about 5 months ago

25,000-Drive Study Gives Insight On How Long Hard Drives Actually Last

neurovish Re:No one else? (277 comments)

Google uses consumer grade drives. From the google study:

The data in this study are collected from a large number of disk drives, deployed in several types of systems across all of Google’s services. More than one hundred thousand disk drives were used for all the results presented here. The disks are a combination of serial and parallel ATA consumer-grade hard disk drives, ranging in speed from 5400 to 7200 rpm, and in size from 80 to 400 GB.

about 5 months ago

How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

neurovish Re:Errr... no. (499 comments)

You utterly misunderstand what this website does. You punch in your zip code and age, it spits back plans and rack-rate premiums. That's it. That's the part of healthcare.gov that actually works, and has since they rolled out the feature a few days after launch.

...also, the premiums it returns are different from what healthcare.gov returns.

about 5 months ago

How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

neurovish Doesn't work (499 comments)

Even though this site takes only the easiest task of healthcare.gov, which completely works from healthcare.gov BTW...the "how much are these plans" thing is not what's broken, but the results are wrong. From health sherpa, the cost of a humana bronze plan is 194.72, but from healthcare.gov it is 166.99.

Since the price is relatively close, I guess this site does *something*, but it looks like it is not accurate, in which case it's kinda useless.

Can an editor change the title to "How 3 Young Coders Built a Broken healthcare.gov Portal"?

about 5 months ago

Google Is Testing a Program That Tracks Your Purchases In the Real World

neurovish Re:Misleading criticism of title... (160 comments)

Turning GPS service "off" is just a software command that looks nice, do you really think you can disable it, short of ripping the GPS chip out of the phone?

If this is a concern of yours, don't have a cell phone, that is, frankly, your only real option. Everything else is just wishful thinking.

So, put the tinfoil away and prove it. Location data of some sort is "always on" for e911, but beyond that you will need to show some proof that applications can access it when you have GPS specifically disabled for them.

about 5 months ago

Gate One Will Support X11: Fast Enough To Run VLC In Your Browser

neurovish NoMachine (164 comments)

"Ever seen a remote desktop tool that's fast/efficient enough to play back video?"

Yeah, NX. Been using it for awhile.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Narrows Down CEO Shortlist: Elop, Mulally, Bates, Nadella In Mix

neurovish Re:Slashdot is cheering for,,,, (183 comments)

...that guy that drives companies into ground.

Elop? Nokia was already in a nosedive when he started. If anything, he just guided them to a softer crash into a fluffy Microsoft pillow. Before that, the article says he ran MS's business software unit, which is one of the massively profitable divisions. Microsoft doesn't really need a "turnaround", just a focusing of efforts.

about 5 months ago

Anonymous Clashes With D.C. Police During Million Mask March

neurovish Re:"Day of remembrance"? (388 comments)

The burning of Guys atop bonfires is a celebration that the plot failed. The setting off lots of explosives is a celebration of the fact that it could have succeeded and a reminder to our elected officials not to be too complacent. Most of us just watch the fireworks...

Do the elected officials realize this?

about 5 months ago

Tesla Model S Can Hit (At Least) 132 MPH On the Autobahn

neurovish Re:Speed is good, but what about range? (410 comments)


I believe it, but I bet it would be pretty close. Especially since the Tesla is way more aerodynamic than most saloons. At those speeds air resistance will be a major factor.

I don't have exact numbers for speeds and everything, but a A6 TDI can make it from Magdeburg to Dusseldorf with the accelerator to the firewall at every chance on 1 tank. That's 260 miles, and I'm pretty sure the tank was not empty by Dusseldorf. Top speed was a traffic limited 164 MPH. I think our average MPG was somewhere in the teens. I don't see a Tesla being able to come close to that, but it's also not what the Tesla was designed for and almost exactly what an A6 TDI is designed for.

about 5 months ago


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