Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17
the position of the plane and all other air traffic was known, the type of missile and launcher used and their origins are known
The intelligence was comprehensive. Which makes it all the more astonishing that passenger airliners were permitted to fly over that region. Why weren't civil aviation authorities told of the high level of risk...or were they told and chose not to heed the advice?
Matthew Miller Named New Fedora Linux Project Leader
I'm running Fedora 20 on my work desktop and find it ok. Updates do occasionaly break things in annoying ways, but I guess that's to be expected with a bleeding edge distro. I share your pain when it comes to grub2 and systemd; supposedly better architectuarlly however useability sucks big time. I use gnome3 and have no major issues with it. My main gripe with Linux on the desktop (Fedora included) is the abysmal video performance due to poor drivers and integration. Having firefox/chrome max cpu when watching flash video is just depressing in 2014.
Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live
However, the creationists are not interested in being proved wrong ...
Where each sides refuses to budge isn't in the realm of science at all! Creationists, in my experience, would be happy to be corrected on actual, observable, testable science however when the discussion is about matters of faith - deeply held convictions of a philosophical and metaphysical nature - there is no compromise for either a Bible believing Christian scientist or an atheistic scientist.
...as far as they are concerned the Bible says it so it must be true.
...and an atheist believes there is no God, so any option that leads to a God conclusion must be false; the Christian having faith in God and the atheist having faith in his interpretation of reality.
Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?
I agree. Apache was and is awesome, but getting less relevant as the months pass. In addition to Nginx/Lighttpd is the growing use of web application stacks that incorporate a web server e.g. Golang
Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements
Firefox is my browser of choice and I find it does everything I need with the small, but irritating, exception of Flash. Adobe Flash plugin on Linux is horribly glitchy with Firefox and it's replacement, Shumway, is not supported on the websites I visit. I use Chrome for any Flash-heavy websites.
Knight Capital Fined $12M For a Software Bug That Cost $460M
they were working entirely with their own money.
From the article: "While processing 212 small retail orders that Knight had received from its customers...."
Knight Capital are themselves listed on the stock market. Their stock took price collapsed as a result of this blunder. I think it's fair to say that other people's money was lost here
NFTables To Replace iptables In the Linux Kernel
All my precious iptables knowledge gone!
"one should start by noting that it should be possible to create a tool which reads current iptables configurations and converts them to the nftables language - or even directly to kernel virtual machine code."
It looks like you may not have to learn any new syntax - just use the, yet to be created, iptables to nftables convertor tool!
353,436 Exposed ZTE Devices Found In Net Census
"Shukla (the report author) was given exclusive access by the anonymous author to the sensitive data collected in the project (using an illegal botnet to scan the target devices)."
Sounds just a little too convenient to me
Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy
"... only 1 out of 12K users had master password enabled"
That's possibly because most people haven't a clue that they can or should set a master password. I didn't know the feature existed until I read this article!
Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who
I too am glad they cast an older, white guy.
There was speculation whether the new Dr would be black or a woman. Either of which could have made for an entertaining television show, however it wouldn't be Dr Who. There is far too many $$ riding on it to go messing with fundamentals like that.
One memorable twitter comment I saw:
"For anyone who wishes the new Doctor was gay, black, or a woman, Capaldi's a good enough actor to play the part as a gay black woman." @sfdebris
How Did You Learn How To Program?
First thing I ever programmed on was my dad's programmable calculator using BASIC. These came out around 1982 I believe, however I didn't use one until probably '86,'87. It had a 12 digit LCD display, 2KB storage, 2KB RAM
UK Consumers Reporting Contactless Payment Errors
This. I was in line at the checkout just the other day watching someone casually wave their card across the scanner, thinking to myself in a sarcastic voice 'what could possibly go wrong!?'
Australian Government Backdoor Internet Filter Shuts Down 1,000 Websites
What do you expect from a country that originally had a white population from only two different groups: Criminals, and jailers?
This is a troll right? What a ridiculous statement to make!
Waves of free immigrants from UK + Europe after the initial convict settlement dwarfs those convict numbers. Only a minority of 'white' australians today can trace their ancestory back to criminals and 'jailers', as you put it.
Most Projects On GitHub Aren't Open Source Licensed
I've created dozens of 'projects' under my account - none of which have any license. I get an idea, throw together some code to test the concept and back it up to Github. I'm the only one who cares about them, and I'd be surprised if anyone ever saw, let alone used the code.
If any of my projects were to gain traction, I'd probably consider putting a license on it, but until then, who cares!?
I wouldn't be surprised if a large proporation of the 1.7m projects are just like mine - tumble weed territory.
Vint Cerf: SDN Is a Model For a Better Internet
Vint's talk is on Youtube here (14mins in):
HBO Says Game of Thrones Piracy Is "a Compliment"
I live in the UK and came to the same conclusion regarding CBS's Survivor series. It doesn't get shown here on free-to-air TV. It's available on both Amazon & Itunes as a download (which I'd be happy to pay for)...but try downloading from outside the US and you're told to p!$$ off. There is also no DVD available for the season that I'm interested in. I tried contacting CBS about this, but so far no response...
Internet's Energy Needs Growing Faster Than Efficiency Gains
Another aspect of this is the old, inefficient legacy gear that could be decomissioned but isn't. Where I work there are literally dozens of old physical servers that could be virtualized. It's not being done, essentially due to mismanagement. I wouldn't be surprised if this pattern is being repeated many times over across the globe.
There should be an annual 'decomm a legacy server' day!
Scientists Study Getting an Unwanted Tune Out of Your Head
Where is the love, the love, the love?
Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?
I agree. Both parties were in the wrong: the men should have shown more consideration for others and self-awareness than to tell off-colour jokes in situation like that; she was wrong to publicly escalate the issue the way she did.
This philosophy of "I should be able to say what the f#$k I like, and you should just deal with it" is really wrong, especially when you're in a work or semi-work situation. This isn't a freedom of speech issue, but about respect and care for your fellow man (or woman).
Ask Slashdot: On the Job Certification Training?
In my experience it is common for the employer to pay for all or some of the training on the condition that if you leave the company you pay them back a percentage based on a sliding scale e.g. if you leave before 12mths you pay back 100%, 12-18mths, you pay back 50% etc Seems fair to me.
I don't think it's reasonable for the employer to be expected to pay for failed exam attempts however.
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