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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

oneiros27 When did slashdot become a blog for Bennett? (168 comments)

It used to be that CmdrTaco or one of the others on the slashdot staff would occassionally post an article, but in general, the standard procedure would be that someone would write something on some other website, and then Slashdot would link to them.

And sometimes, they'd link to one blog over and over again so often that were just rehashes of press releases (eg, coondoggie & Roland Piquepaille) rather than containing any original information or commentary, and they crowd out actual good articles on the topic. ... but what is Bennett's link to the site? Obviously, it's stronger than coondoggies Network World spamming, as he's linking in articles rather than directly posting them.

It seems like Bennett might have some tech cred, and may specifically have experience in this particular area ... but he posts on such a wide area of ... I'd say expertise, but some of it's poorly informed crap.

It almost seems like his submissions are trolling from the slashdot 'editors'.

5 hours ago

NYC Considers Google Glass For Restaurant Inspections

oneiros27 welding helmet in a bar? (104 comments)

Wearing a welding helmet to the local bar? Expect some ridicule.

What? Imagine the possibilities for pickup lines!

"You're so hot, I have to wear ANSI Z87.1 compliant eye protection"

about a week ago

NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

oneiros27 JWST? (100 comments)

Huh? The most expensive was $3B?

The James Webb Space Telescope is estimated to be just under $8B to make and launch, then another ~$800M for operations.

An article from 2011 suggested that they had already spent $5B (or maybe it was just that they had only planned on it costing $5B at that point). An FAQ from JPL states that as of 2011, they had spent $3.5B.

If they're smart on this Europa mission, they won't design the mission around low TRL technology.

about two weeks ago

Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

oneiros27 restated as 4 tips for writing advice (162 comments)

1: Don't ramble so much that your audience stops caring about your recommended solution before you get to it.

2: Trim out all of the extraneous parts.

3: Give appropriate responses for your audience, their motivations and capabilities.

and maybe:

4: Use lists instead of long paragraphs so maybe we can identify which parts are important.

(yes, #1 is likely just a specialization of #2 ... but did you see that horrible post?)

about two weeks ago

NASA To Catalog and Release Source Code For Over 1,000 Projects

oneiros27 Doubtful ... due to STRAW (46 comments)

All NASA websites have to be renewed annually in STRAW (System for Tracking and Registering Applications and Websites). If they're not updated, they're supposed to get blocked at the firewall.

Of course, they never define what a 'website' is, so someone could claim that the item in question was a 'web page' that didn't have to be individually registered.

(I made the mistake of listing a webservice as a 'web application', and had much back & forth as I said there weren't any privacy issues ... of course, their definition was that a 'web application' is something that you give logins & passwords to.)

But my complaint was that the 'official' page is that there are other pages out there that are *not* trying to be comprehensive that are doing a better job than the 'official' page. I had contacted the NASA official responsible for data.nasa.gov, and asked him how they had sent out the call for information to put in there ... he said they didn't, they just added websites they found. I told him they'd be more complete if they just linked to the GCMD as their system hardly had anything in it. I also complained about how stuff was organized (not by mission, or investigation ... but by the websites they found ... never mind that a given archive might have hundreds of different heterogeneous datasets.)

And I seriously doubt that the projects are what you claim -- as someone who's tried to push some NASA-funded software to CPAN ... after a while, we gave up as the legal department made it such a burden to do so. (admitedly, this was ~8 years ago).

about two weeks ago

NASA To Catalog and Release Source Code For Over 1,000 Projects

oneiros27 NASA's currenty catalog sucks. (46 comments)


I gave up on it years ago, when I realized there were only 32 items in it. (2 have been listed as 'coming soon'). You'll find more open source software if you look at the lists that the individual centers maintain :

Or see the NASA Github page (34 items, but that includes 'code.nasa.gov') : https://github.com/nasa

The listed 'NASA Official' has changed since it was released ... maybe this one will actually care about maintaining a list, rather than doing the bare minimum to meet some requirement from the White House.

(which was my interepretation of the response I got when I contacted the previous official about http://data.nasa.gov/ ... of course, back then, it actually linked to places, rather than crap like the content-less http://data.nasa.gov/solar-dat... )

about two weeks ago

Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

oneiros27 How many vacation days do they get? (307 comments)

I mean, realisticly -- if NASA sends someone on a one-way trip ... are they then obligated to keep paying them until they die?

What about once they get old, and the other people on the mission have to start taking care of them?

Or do you have to implement a euthenasia policy? And then the federal government has to approve it, which would likely open all sorts of protests, etc.

about two weeks ago

Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

oneiros27 Re:Amazon Bothers Me (88 comments)

I noticed how EA / Origin didn't even make it onto the list.

(which I 100% agree with)

about two weeks ago

NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

oneiros27 Oh, I wish. (291 comments)

All it takes is one congressman inserting language in an appropriations bill about what countries NASA isn't allowed to work with.

But they'd never do something like that, right?


It was so bad, we had to get a legal opinion on if I was allowed to respond to a question e-mailed to the support address for one of the projects I work on. (they said yes, because the project was international in scope, and not just between us and China).

I also had a to pass up an invitation from the US Academy of Science, as it was for a meeting that was being held in China. (later, I was informed that it was Taiwan, which didn't count as China, but it was too late at that point).

ps. if it's not obvious, I work at a NASA center.

pps. and then let's not forget about earmarks and the like. Or how the shuttle was built all over the US and then brought together, to make congress happy that it was being built in their district.

about two weeks ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

oneiros27 Re:Dang it... (276 comments)

Super heroes to save us from the zombies?

If you haven't read 'Ex-Heroes', I highly recommend it. (Ex-Patriots was good, but not great ... I haven't read the other two)

about three weeks ago

MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

oneiros27 MIT researchers? (70 comments)

... Brandyn White, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, and Scott Greenberg, a PhD candidate at MIT ...

At least this time we can blame Network World for the crappy headline, and not someone here at Slashdot. We can just blame them for not bothering to read the summary, much less the article.

about three weeks ago

North Korea: Male University Students Required To Get Kim Jong-un Haircuts

oneiros27 Debunked. (110 comments)

The good news about being late to post stories (that aren't for nerds and don't matter), is that they've already been debunked:


about three weeks ago

Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

oneiros27 And time in .beats? (224 comments)

Are we going to have to use Swatch Time with this calendar?

All kidding aside, they mention:

Both minutes and seconds have a range from 0 to 59. If including a fraction of a second, write it as a decimal at the end: TC .

... so no handling of leap seconds. I know some people would be happy about this, but if you're not going to care about solar noon, why deal with leap days and such, too?

(and for those who complain that UTC shouldn't have leap seconds ... I say go and use TAI or GPS, but don't change UTC because you don't want to deal with the complexity)

about three weeks ago

Scientist Live-Blogs His Lab's Attempts To Generate New Type of Stem Cells

oneiros27 Rat colonoscopies! (20 comments)

Last month, I was at the International Digital Curation Conference, and Atel Butte started talking about outsourcing lab tests .... and put video of rat colonoscopies in the talk. It's about 32 min in, but you should watch the whole thing for the context:


about three weeks ago

Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

oneiros27 AAAS report released about the same time (335 comments)

The day before this article came out, the AAAS released a report on The Reality, Risks and Response to Climate Change, and seems to be starting a publicity push on the topic.

Here's what I see -- the majority of scientists believe that there are real problems with global warming, even if there may be some cyclic effects (heat kills off all the humans, they stop causing problems, everything cools back down).

So instead we have groups trying to sow disinformation with questions about the incidence of some severe weather events (are we just monitoring better and catching more, in part because humans are in more places, or are they actually increasing), and are the increases in intensity statistically significant?

And at this point, I've seen some data that might've been tainted (eg, temperature monitors that have had buildings encroach), but the general concensus is that yes, storms are getting worse.

I'm not going to say his results are completely bunk, as he's likely right in that some of the problems can be explained by how and where people build (eg, in the flood plain -- but the flood plain was resurveyed and is growing in my area ... that might be because of silting up of rivers from construction, it could be because of increased rainfall))

Where I do fault the article is for referencing a 'recent' UN report that hasn't been released yet (website says "The Summary for Policymakers will be released on 31 March 2014"), so we can't actually get to the underlying data that he's basing his claims on.

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

oneiros27 Already been asked. (276 comments)

He also did a slashdot interview last year:

What do you want?
by frakfrakfrak

Hey, someone else was going to do it if I didn't!

jms: Your head on a pike. Or a pickerel. Or the freshwater fish of your choice.

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

oneiros27 Would've loved a World War Z tv-show (276 comments)

Or even Netflix, Amazon, or some other form of episodic content.

The problem was that Max Brook's World War Z was a bunch of interwoven stories. Some of them didn't end so well. (eg, the story w/ fuel air explosives).

They *did* have someone trying to get to the bottom of what had happened, but in the book it seemed that it was years after the fact, as interviews, rather than as things were going south.

about a month ago

A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

oneiros27 restore from backup (199 comments)

If you have good backups, you should still be able to restore. Sure, you trash whatever you might've done since the upgrade, but sometimes it's worth it.

Of course, that's not the case on the iPad -- you might've done the smart thing and backed up everything before testing a new iOS update, but once it's applied, it *will* *not* let you restore the old OS.

about 1 month ago



Search for Evi Nemeth Continues

oneiros27 oneiros27 writes  |  about 8 months ago

oneiros27 (46144) writes "Although the initial search for Evi Nemeth (and some other people who didn't write Unix books) ended, family and friends of the missing crew are funding a private search effort for the crew. They've managed to get more images from DigitalGlobe of the drift area, but now need help looking through the pictures. If you've got some free time, you might be able to help save some lives."
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SpaceVenture : a new "Sierra" style game from the makers of Space Quest

oneiros27 oneiros27 writes  |  about 2 years ago

oneiros27 (46144) writes "As previously covered a few years ago, sarien.net created a javascript interpreter for old Sierra games. Now, the original creators of Space Quest and the folks responsible for sarien.net are planning a new game, and have already put out some teasers to test browsers and show off the artwork, and show they haven't lost their sense of humor."
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