Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?
I don't know if those machines are capable of competing for bitcoins, but it might be fun to try. Years ago I used to configure underused computers to do distributed computing stuff like SETI@home. Now there are programs like Folding@home where you can donate resources to medical research.
Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work
Evidently no Douglas Adams fans around to mod you up.
Meet Canada's Goosebuster Drone
(If you had RTFA, you too could have stolen that comment).
Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide
We already have things like User Account Control that prompt for explicit authorization for potentially detrimental actions. Perhaps systems like SCCM should have an option to require authorization from two people (like turning two keys to launch a nuke) for operations such as wiping out hundreds of computers.
This would not prevent a rogue administrator from wreaking havoc, but it might eliminate the "accident" defense.
13th Century Multiverse Theory Unearthed
Funniest comment I've read in a while :)
Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?
I press F1 for help like a naive fool. It helpfully informed me that the setting configures L3 Mode to either mode 5 or mode 7.
This reminds me of the "help" feature in every system BIOS I've ever worked with.
Computer Program Allows the Blind To "See" With Sound
RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores
For God's sake, there's no reason to damage the paint! These things are stuck on with adhesive, and a suitable solvent is all you need. I've removed things like dealership logos with a rag dipped in gasoline and some gentle prying.
Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock
Cook responded that there are many things Apple does because they are right and just, and that a return on investment (ROI) was not the primary consideration on such issues.
Isn't it the law that directors of a public company have a fiduciary duty to make a profit for their investors? Regardless of whether it's morally right or wrong, it seems to me that Cook is admitting here to a breach of his fiduciary duty.
Complete Microsoft EMET Bypass Developed
Is this a general method for bypassing EMET protections, or is it only applicable to one specific IE exploit?
Can Electric Current Make People Better At Math?
the teacher who gave her students oral sex for good achievement on their math tests (in the novel "Cocksure" by Mordecai Richler).
Amherst Researchers Create Magnetic Monopoles
how do they work?
How would you use science to innovate upon sports?
and keep her forever young :)
Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?
I don't see what the big mystery is here. Misdirected (non-spam) e-mails should be sent back to the sender, as has long been done with physical mail.
I routinely reply to such e-mails with something along the lines of...
"It appears that you have e-mailed me by mistake. I am not the person addressed in this e-mail."
The sender can then track down the correct recipient or not, but at least they're aware it didn't reach the person intended. It's the considerate thing to do.
The Startling Array of Hacking Tools In NSA's Armory
Where is the "hot tip on how to know if your own machines have been owned"?
1.5 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts Online
The Gutenberg Bible can be viewed here.
The beautiful colour woodcuts in Stamp.Ross.283 can be viewed here.
Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons
Chimpanzees are not human. They don't think like humans, they don't behave like humans, they aren't physically built like humans. Of all these things, probably the most important is that they don't think like humans.
The point is not whether chimps are human; it's whether they are persons.
Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records
Where I live (British Columbia), our provincial government has contracted a US multi-national to maintain our public health records. This caused considerable controversy at the time, including an unsuccessful court challenge.
It should come as no surprise to any Canadian that the US has access to their health records when we're paying a US company to maintain them.
US Military Settles Software Piracy Claims For $50M
$50 million in tax money could have paid for a whole lot of open source software development
I'm a staunch advocate of open source software, but for military applications? Would it be wise to share your military's tools with every other country on the planet? Would that not be assisting your enemies?
Glut In Stolen Identities Forces Price Cut
Reminds me of the time my brother had his wallet stolen. When I asked him if he cancelled his credit card, he said "Hell no! The thieves are spending less than my wife usually does".
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