top Ice Age Fossils Found During Los Angeles Subway Exploration
I know this is offtopic but its worth mentioning. In Los Angeles we've had a subway and heavy rail transit system in existence for 21 years. since 1993. the survey is for the next phase of the expo line.
top Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will
I'm a fan of OpenBSD partly for its hacker ethic and partly for the songs. A few of them don't have commentary, which I find sad. For songs like 'El Puffiachi' and 'I'm Still Here', what was your creative input if any?
top Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft
or at least temper the amount youre willing to commit to them.
top Facebook Wants Drones To Connect the Developing World
s/developing world/emerging market/
this is no different than a cattle farmer targeting a different breed of heiffer for the opportunity to market, say, wagyu beef. the challenge is what to market to someone who only makes 60 cents a day.
top Walmart Unveils Turbine-Powered WAVE Concept Truck
walmart will never invest in this because the truck of the future for them is the train. Long-haul tractor trailers are a dying breed perpetuated by cheap oil, and the future of regional and local trucking is in battery or hybrid power demonstrated by Staples and numerous other companies.
top Using Handheld Phone GPS While Driving Is Legal In California
speaking as an angelino, using a cellphone in los angeles is arbitrarily legal depending on class and social status. Are you a police officer? Do you have diplomatic plates? were you Justin Bieber? then rev up those angry birds on the 101 and get ready to snapchat your next novel.
if you're one of the unwashed masses then be prepared for an almost entirely random enforcement experience. is today a warning day? or is it our legendary MANDATORY ENFORCEMENT ZONE policy where you'll be fined no matter what. Did you use your cellphone at a red light in a school zone? double fine. Was there construction? double fine. Did you just rear-end someone while on a cellphone? that piece of technology will never be considered in the accident report and is as good as having never happened.
dont get me wrong. im not here to defend cell usage in a moving vehicle but there is nothing about LA that precludes you from setting your 4-ways, pulling over, checking the phone, and safely entering traffic again. Or hell, plan the route before you get in the car. The trouble i find is the LAPD is like a magic 8-ball when it comes to enforcing this law. if you can make it to court, if you have the money and the time, then 60% of the time you'll get out of it every time.
top Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World
1. new currency emerges, becomes significant
2. reigning system of currency/government considers it a threat.
3. coordinated attacks on the stock exchange
4. bankruptcy, uncertainty, disappearance
5. 'Maybe X currency isnt so bad after all!"
the fact stands that shifting major trade away from the dollar is dangerous, but the bitcoin midel would be catastrophic. its a world where international financial sanctions cant work, and in which America would need to do more than just show up to security council meetings in the UN for a rubber-stamp vote against $evil_dictator.
Iraq and Iran serve as real-world examples of this in action. both countries have in the past attempted to shift oil trade away from the dollar. Nothing says monetary supremacy like de-stabilizing the competitions government.
top NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse
At best federal agencies hope to sway public opinion. they dont want you to do what they tell you, but rather to want to do what they tell you. the government predicates their position upon the conviction that online forums are no different than a public forum, which could not be further from the truth. Tea Party 'town halls' are a prime example of the FUD and disinformation tactic being used to disrupt a political group in power. Its a functional effort to turn civil discourse into a cattle car by injecting audience that stand, scream, and then immediately sit or defend pointless illogical opinions to run down the clock.
the internet interperets ignorance, malice, and poorly defined opinions and conjecture as spam, and has for 15 years honed tools and systems in online forums to ensure. the 50 clandestine posters in a free software forum defending SOPA or PIPA will, nearly instantaneously, be downvoted to oblivion in a system which is very much designed to keep the topic of discussion of relevance. systems like karma and abuse tracking dont exist in meatspace forums, but these are tools which members can use to shut down abusers or track malicious participants who abuse the tools as well. and finally its worth nothing to poison one forum when in its place dissuaded or frustrated posters can erect 10 more. mobility is a moot concern on the internet; a luxury meatspace forums just dont have.
top Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?
a CEO arguably isnt an employee anymore. the position of CEO is no different than the badge on an expensive luxury sedan or the star on your christmas tree. A CEO's competitive salary is directly proportional to the level of success you wish to project to the markets at large. the CEO, much like the badge, exists to be stroked and admired for its performance and implied success. And once you come to invest in it, rarely do you accept negative criticism. Heres an example: Ed Lampert, the CEO of Sears and KMart, nearly bankrupted both companies on numerous occasions. he was arguably the worst CEO on the face of the planet, with the exception of maybe Albert J. Dunlap who was nicknamed "the chainsaw." (or hell, lex luthor) Both CEO's were paid in excess of 2 million dollars per year. Now you might say, "but lampert insists his new salary is only a dollar a year!" and while this might be true, Sears fully insists he is available to earn up to 4.5 million dollars in bonuses a year (cited in a 2013 AP Article.)
so yes, if you consider the CEO a real employee (let alone a real person) just like you and me, then she/he is stratospherically overpaid.
top With 'Virgin' Developers, Microsoft Could Fork Android
The argument is predicated on the logic that microsoft no longer observes windows as a viable or competitive product. history tells us that through several iterations and permutations of the OS, microsoft considers the product sound and functional at any level of the integrated circuit from ARM to Xeon. it also fails to acknowledge that microsoft doesnt just want a slice of the android apps market, it wants a market completely of its own. its an incredibly lucrative ecosystem, as theyve seen from microtransactions and service subscription in their XBox product.
the problem of developers is a recent addition for microsoft. in the past, 'by hook or by crook' if you wrote code and expected users to be a part of it, you took your seat at Redmonds table and ate cake. theres also another big fact to face: the layered approach cannot work with UEFI, signed binaries, DRM and Trusted computing all of which werent prevalent or in existence when IBM saw clones emerge in the market. This in combination with ferocious litigation is the reason apple doesnt find mac clones to be very threatening.
open sourcing the proprietary bits of android is a nuclear option, and one i think redmond might consider, but only if it places them closer to an apps market.
top James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering
these are just the ramblings of an old man, so feel free to skip em but I remember
Studying, the academic pursuit of higher education that is, was originally predicated on the ostensible monetary success ones career may bring. Doctors and Engineers were paid much more handsomely for their services than artists and english majors. in return they enjoyed much more demanding work some would argue.
with the encroachment of privatized education this is no longer the case. the monetary shackles of student loans are interminable and ensure that no matter how successful an engineer may be, they are ultimately relegated for a substantial portion of their adult lives to subsistence living. Engineers, like english and philosophy majors, dont just "get a job" after college anymore. In fact many students watching newly minted engineers join the workforce as hamburger cooks and third shift walmart drones would just as soon skip the college experience entirely.
and what about the successful engineers? shops when faced with pressure to make wages more competitive have instead lobbied for more cheap H-1B visas and interns. Code is written in the Phillipines, and hardware assembled in Taiwan. Greybeards like myself sit in cubicles and 'kindly do the needful' to turn a rather mocking phrase while the rank and file, what we hire for simple CAD or EE work, is mandated to start with 5 years experience and an advanced degree. It guarantees we never hire anything that comes out of the alma mater.
top Google's Motorola Adventure: Stinging Defeat, Or Semi-Victory?
People forget Google is
keeping the patents previously held by motorola in this deal. The patents would be used solely to defend against litigious trolls like Microsoft and Apple. Microsoft -- having failed deleteriously to make any headway in mobile phones -- being relegated to siphoning off revenue from Google, and Apple having run out of gas to keep innovating after blowing their wad on iDevices in the Jobs era. Without a strong patent portfolio Google would expect to find itself bled quarterly in tandem with microsofts earnings and losses reports like so many other TomToms and Samsungs. And without said patent portfolio Apple would surely enjoy bleeding Google dry in court for centuries given their deep pockets. Motorolas mobile phone technology was easily outclassed by HTC and made further irrelevant by the fact that Google has vehemently resisted becoming a hardware company. This is the equivalent of sucking the juice out of a Capri Sun, and finding someone willing to buy the packaging. Any patents or prior claims inherited by the Motorola purchase, one would conjecture with much chagrin, would be employed to defend against Microsoft hardware patent chicanery in court. As of late Redmond has taken a keen liking to sticking their dick in googles hardware manufacturers as a means of surviving a market that doesnt seem to give two shits about them beyond XBox.
about a month and a half ago
top Facebook Puts 10,000 Blu-ray Discs In Low-Power Storage System
what generally kills things like SaaS providers and online content is not the cost to back up the data. tapes could be arguably just as cheap and once the data is stored, the medium is just as powerless as blu-ray. Time-to-restoration is a very big concern. things like SAS arrays of LVM striped blu-ray disks could mitigate the issue but seeing as the machinery is the same pick-and-stick model used with tape robots, throughput is going to suffer. the definition of 'cold' also comes to mind as most cold storage is one-and-done. the next interaction it sees is when its boxed and shipped to some cave in the midwest where it drives profit for some disaster recovery service like iron mountain.
what about the halflife of inks? consumer cyanic ink cd-r is supposedly OK for 10 years, although ive seen laminate degradation in less than that personally. will a disk, with arguably fewer moving parts than a tape, be able to cope with stresses to its laminates as its routinely retrieved and re-read at a data-backup frequency?
about a month and a half ago
top Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?
user: Facebook, why do you want to read my text messages?
Facebook:Fuck you, thats why.
All joking aside though, seriously, stop using facebook. You're the product, not the consumer, so none of your opinions or concerns sincerely matter.
about a month and a half ago
top Pirate Bay Block Lifted In the Netherlands
By taking a sampling of different pubs in the Netherlands researchers found the increase in phrases like 'Madeas Witness Protection stole 90 minutes of my fucking life' and 'Was ghostrider seriously intended to be that awful?' indicated the blockade may have shortcomings.
its failure was confirmed when sightings of the phrases 'I dont understand why michael bay keeps making Transformer movies' and 'Is Jayden Smith some kind of anagram for helicopter parenting?'
about a month and a half ago
top Microsoft Joins Open Compute Project, Will Share Server Designs
I dont know if anyones used Azure but my boss made me find a reason to shoehorn it into the infrastructure because microsoft swore our 25k in free credit for it was tied neatly to our license discount for Windows. it is a clusterfuck of unworkable web 2.0 line and symbol bullshit that is easily outranked and outclassed by even the most entry-level hosting providers in ease of use. heres a rundown of my experience:
1. signup. microsoft juggles you between 3 different portals, all of which basically mandate internet explorer, and a username with a microsoft TLD. now that im boatanchored to the rest of the redmond world, we can continue to provisioning?
2. no. now you have to apply for a service and confirm the subscription in email. what this means, i mean on a technical level, god only knows. its some ephemeral obfuscation imbued in the product to impart a sense of legitimacy in the process of your virtual cloud experience no doubt.
3. we have a subscription and now we can start provisioning images. you have about 10 different microsoft images and 2 linux images sanctioned by some third party entity no ones ever heard of. Linux VM's require a goofy disclaimer but come with a package selection feature, so i guess thats useful.
4. Windows or Linux, youve made your choice, and youre provisioning nicely but beware: navigating away from the provisioning page will cause the process to stop.
5. Whatever lofty dreams you had about microsofts commitment to cloud and scaleable architecture as a departure from their haggared burro of licensed OS and direct attached storage becomes an afterthought. Microsoft (as they did me) emails you stating they improperly provisioned your VM in the wrong datacenter and that you, not them, are now responsible for the fix. this requires you delete your entire VM and start over again.
6. you stare into the internet, your limit break clearly reached, and observe an ocean of other more capable and well established providers and players in this world of virualized SaaS and PaaS. the interface is clean, the support is in plain fucking english, and if you arent hounded to tie your active directory to it. the thought that anyone, or any group for that matter, would stop to give two shits in an open consortium of existing sucessful and dedicated players to consider an offering from a software company that for its entire existence has sought nothing but ruthless destruction of every other open standard in the world, is bad comedy.
to microsoft: no one cares, and I mean this in all sincerity. its not a troll or a flame its just a sad fact. your designs, your servers and your processes and procedures contextualized historically in their offering to the open anything community have been a complete farce. this isnt your cup of tea and it never has been. You're completely outnumbered, hopelessly outgunned, and the best you can do is peddle lock-in to traditionalist business models sadly manacled in mediocrity. Look at your phones, tablets, zunes, and everything youve fought so hard to make a part of the world thats forsaken you and just stop shoveling time and money into strategies you're laughably unqualified to adopt.
about a month and a half ago
top Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?
as people buy electric cars the interest in clean energy will increase because who wouldn't want 'free travel'?
i dont even know where to start, but i'll try. the authors argument is predicated by the tacit agreement that major multibillion dollar energy conglomerates would simply just 'let this all happen.' As more people invest in solar, traditional electric grids will find ways to properly charge their solar users for grid participation. this has already been covered on slashdot.
as gasoline becomes scarce more investment by energy companies will shift to solar and electric, but not because youre somehow now entitled to free transportation and energy at their expense. transit rail systems will allow you to absorb the cost of solar, and although batteries are cheap the model of charging will absolutely take into account any gains that may negate a healthy profit margin at the electric company. about a month and a half ago
top Cameron's IP Advisor: Throw Persistent Copyright Infringers In Jail
not to point out the obvious, but im sure its quite clear whos funneling cash to the Cameron administration when it comes to the policy of Imaginary Property.
What astounds me the most is that most foreign governments can simply choose to ignore the mpaa/riaa. future trade agreements with the states may be coloured by ones choice in dealings with them, but the large reality stands that no major disruption will occur if you pay them no regard as is evidenced by China. the problem stands that most foreign govrenments are chaired by a handful of plutocrats or career politicians that will gladly accept funding for continued operation in the contrary interest of their constituents that have comparatively no funding. A tipping point is reached at some point but by then the ruling class doesnt care; it was all just a game. They leave politics and become advisors or consultants, pad the lining of their pockets just a few dollars more, and retire comfortably in obscurity having not even the slightest notion what a 10 year prison sentence looks like outside of a newspaper article they once inspired during their tenure.
about a month and a half ago
top Facebook's Biggest Bounty Yet To Hacker Who Found "Keys To the Kingdom"
as an american bounties piss me off. There was no bounty for the golden gate bridge, the interstate highway system, or the exploration of the moon. the empire state building had no bounty for successful construction and neither did the hoover dam. These works were constructed by private companies that paid a living wage and considered the welfare of their employees sacrosanct. You hired talented individuals to do a job and feel rewarded and engaged in that job.
instead of hiring more security engineers and challenging developers to write safer stronger code, Facebook has decided to award scraps of cash to talented people who find flaws in their code that could conceivably end their business. They do this to save money on health, dental, vision, and live insurance and to decrease expenditures on their #1 overhead, employees. they get away with this because unscrupulous conglomerates headed by sociopathic billionaires have plunged this economy so far into an intractable recession that any critical analysis of their low wage cubicle farm mentality is tantamount to anticapitalism.
code bugs and exploits are constant. However, just because your team doesnt find a new one every hour doesnt mean they arent working. in turn it doesnt give you the right to commoditize the effort when your competitor in this market would easily base his expenditures on triple your measly reward. employmen should not be a tap that can be turned on and off at the whim of some jackboot in platinum cuffs.
about a month and a half ago
top Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion
eh, greybeard here so maybe its the metamucil talking but IBM never stood much chance in the server realm. not that they didnt make a damn fine x86...most were quiet and powerful, but the market hat was looking toward IBM was too different and weird.
if you wanted a workstation for simple 2D cad stuff your clear alternative was dell. it was cheap, came with whatever copy of windows you wanted, and didnt bankrupt your small shop with overhead from licensing and support contracts....other than whatever autodesk was gouging you for.
a litle higher up the chain, if you were doing some composite rendering or computational fluid thermodynamics you had Sun microsystems. they made the bulletproof UNIX the grads from the local alma-mater recognized, and the hardware was dependable. sun servers chugged through the heavy arithmetic but the deskside SPARCstation was the sterling ally of the well-weathered fogie in the corner office who occasionally appeared for his 'laureate engineer' paperweight. the IT department appreciated suns no-nonsense RTFM mentality.
BIS, corporate informatics and number-crunchery that fed paychecks through the line printers and requisitions across the department heads was the golden child of IBM...heck, its in the name! BUSINESS machines! the AS400 ran cobol and from its cobwebbed confines were excreted every known model and function of how the money made the business and vice versa. "terminals" kept the cost of doing dirty work down and a few cloistered chosen were sequestered into office space to stitch new lovecraftian code whenever an earnings summary needed a tweak or a new way of visualizing things 'outside the box' needed rendering in code. AS400 turned into Z's and E's and I's and soon JDEdwards became Oracle and the new reality of deadlocked transactions and segfaulted Business Objects servers were a daily bain for the IT department but the song never changed. this was to become IBM. Because the reports were a touchstone of the business these machines lived to become behemoths and their triumphs accoladed from on high by watsons and oh so many marketeers that knew no boundaries in the iron they could sell. IBM was the Iron Business Marauder, the Intractable Bloat of the Management, the only way your applications would ever imply support for your way of doing business in the ERP EAP SAP clusterfuck that BIS and management had conceeded was somehow a necessity now. IBM could never hope to sell X86, because IBM sold complicity and approval in the licensing agreements for Oracle and enterprise, not hardware.
and while they toiled over the iron they sold, Dell and HP slowly absorbed the engineering fallout from SGI implosions and cheap commodity x86 incursion around a SUN that comparatively stood as a more expensive and only slightly quicker means of doing what the engineers had always done. Goosed a bit by linux, no doubt.
about a month and a half ago
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