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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

prgrmr SOX, HIPAA, SEC & other regs (382 comments)

There are a host of federal regulations regarding maintaining the privacy of data that necessitate the use of corporate VPNs. Were the FBI to hack a corporate VPN and expose regulated data to the internet or the public via documents in an open hearing, the circus that would ensue as the Attorney General would try to explain how the FBI is exempt from all of those regs would be both entertaining and horrific.

about a week ago

Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay

prgrmr Re:PICK Basic Variants (242 comments)

I used to be a Pick programmer, but was fortunate enough to switch over to system administration just in time to survive the dotcom bust and remain employed, while some of my former coworkers who had jumped ship to various start-ups were now out looking for work. Then I discovered Python, which, unlike perl, java, or php, has gotten me to consider jumping back into being a full-time programmer again.

about three weeks ago

Space Policy Guru John Logsdon Has Good News and Bad News On NASA Funding

prgrmr Re:taxes, revenue, and budget (78 comments)

Corporate income tax has been trending upwards for the past four years http://www.taxpolicycenter.org... But, given the number of corporations stashing money overseas, we still are not collecting enough of it.

about three weeks ago

Space Policy Guru John Logsdon Has Good News and Bad News On NASA Funding

prgrmr taxes, revenue, and budget (78 comments)

There is plenty of money to be had for NASA, Congress simply needs to do its job better to get it. Stop monkeying with the tax code and make corporations actually pay income tax and there will be plenty of revenue. Stop giving already profitable industries tax credits. Big Oil is going to get 20 billion in tax credits, deductions, and actual subsidized dollars handed to them. Take 15% of that and hand it back to NASA and they can fund, for example, any of the several proposed follow-on missions for Cassini and send an airship to Titan to do further and more detailed exploration of one of the more earth-like bodies in our solar system, and make use of the single window of opportunity we will have prior to 2050 to get there. Or create a corporate version of the alternative minimum tax so that no Fortune 5000 company gets to skate tax-free and then use those funds to begin a program of not just Lunar exploration, but the establishment of a permanent base on the moon. But most importantly, if we don't better fund the Near-Earth Object search, none of the other things will matter at all.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

prgrmr Heartbleed, Shellshock, and POODLE (118 comments)

They all would have been harder to fix if we didn't have Red Hat support. And because we had Red Hat support, it made explaining to our customers and vendors that we had patched the security holes so much simpler.

about 1 month ago

Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

prgrmr Re:nonsense (460 comments)

How is field work not science? How is field work appreciably different from office/lab work or academia that it warrants your implied "one of these things is not like the other, one of these things doesn't belong"? And why is self-reported not verifiable? How is "self-reported" different from survey results? The logical fallacies you invoke are more than sufficient to invalidate your ridiculous conclusion that science doesn't have a sexual assault problem--particularly given that the only acceptable number of men raping any number of women over any given measured span of time is zero. And as things currently stand, that number is well above zero.

Science, as a profession and as a culture, has a problem. And scientists everywhere ought to be embarrassed by that.

about 4 months ago

Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

prgrmr Re:Society also does this.. (128 comments)

So many poor assumptions there. The average life expectancy was a lot less 100 years ago: http://demog.berkeley.edu/~and... Consequently, people got married earlier because they died sooner; this goes back through the beginning of recorded history, and it was really only in post-WWI 20th century that marrying while a teenager became not just not the norm, but socially frowned upon. Also, look at the drops in life expectancy in 1918 and 1943; what you are seeing it the effects of both world wars and the spanish influenza epidemic in 1918. So life wasn't just short, it was unpredictably precarious in a very real, life-limiting way.

While there are definitely observable fetish aspects to the celebration of youth in our current culture, we no longer marry immediately post-pubescent because, for the very most part, we no longer need to as a practical necessity to be able to have family or an otherwise "full life".

You assumptions on economics are so bad they border on ridiculous. Up until the 1920s, 30 percent or more of the US population were farmers: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/t... And yes, as the percentage of workers in agriculture declined, those in manufacturing rose; however, the real economic differentiator remains education, and that trend has only been slowly improving: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

about 5 months ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

prgrmr Re:Sigh (748 comments)

You were kicked out of kindergarten as a child for not playing well with others, weren't you?

Or, if you require a religious analogy, if worship is an act of volition (i.e., you have to chose to worship God), then approval also has to be an act of volition; as opposed to tolerance, which simply involves a choice to ignore behavior that doesn't otherwise interfere with your personal choices. Or do you not believe in or not understand free will?

about 5 months ago

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

prgrmr Re: Now thats incentive (564 comments)

The average human is only of average intelligence, and average intelligence isn't all that smart.

If we ever get to the point where there are self-aware machines, it is infinitely more likely they will be borg-like with a collective consciousness than not, which means no one machine needs to "know" or be able to "remember" everything, just to know where in the network to access the knowledge repository.

And saying "only natural" about artificial constructs completely invalidates your conclusion, as does thinking humans optimize. People, in general, follow the path of least resistance. See my first sentence above for why.

about 7 months ago

Cassini's Space Odyssey To Saturn

prgrmr Re:Fear Mongers Didn't Want to Let Cassini Fly (45 comments)

It's more complex than that: Cassini has 3 RTGs, plus a dozen or so pellets in the Huygens probe to keep its instruments from completely freezing during the 7 year trip to Saturn. The ultimate "doomsday" scenario would have to have the entire spacecraft vaporizing less than a mile over a major metropolitan area, scattering plutonium dust as it goes. However, I would be much more concerned if it exploded over a fresh-water lake or reservoir, tainting the water supply. Given that 70% of the Earth's surface is covered by water, an ocean landing would have been much more likely had it crashed. The biggest risk was the launch: 1 in 40 rocket launches blow-up on the pad or before maximum velocity is reached.

about 7 months ago

California Legalizes Bitcoin

prgrmr store credit (162 comments)

Store credit has always been legal. Stores allowing customers to use credit from other stores it has a reciprocal agreement with for honoring store credit has always been legal. As long as a place of business is willing to accept US dollars, it can accept whatever other form of credit, discount, or voucher that it wants. And given that the federal constitution declares that the US dollar is the currency of the nation, the state law was, at best, redundant.

Individual states weighing in on bitcoin doesn't make it any more or any less valid or relevant in the market. When the IRS, SEC, and US Treasury finally make definitive policy statements specifically mentioning bitcoin, then you'll have your validity, or invalidity, as the case may be.

about 7 months ago

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

prgrmr fraud by the LECs (534 comments)

I haven't yet looked for it, but I suspect the law that authorizes the creation of the LECs in the first place would implicitly preclude them from filing for non-profit status in the first place, so the LECs have committed fraud by doing so, and should be prosecuted in Federal court accordingly.

about 7 months ago

Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

prgrmr The JSA (165 comments)

If you really want to understand comics, get and read "The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America". It's a part of American literary history that shouldn't be forgotten, and is indispensable for understanding the evolution of comic books. And then get a hold of every Justice Society of America comic, omnibus, and reprint that you can and starting reading from there through the 60s and 70s related titles. You will never look at modern comic books the same way again.

about 8 months ago

New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists

prgrmr Re:Information paradox? (193 comments)

The 2nd law isn't violated as whatever falls into the black hole either becomes part of the singularity/Plank star, or is expelled during the transition via Hawking radiation. Your question on entropy doesn't make sense, as the cosmologists are postulating that the Plank star *is* the black hole.

about a year ago

HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

prgrmr Re:Ah, yes... but... FUCK BETA! (573 comments)

I don't care what they do with beta, but if they get rid of classic, I will simply delete my account and stop reading slashtdot at all. Although, I suspect it will take a massive number of other people voting with their feet and leaving to get Dice to repent from pulling an ebay and "fixing" it until they break it.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

prgrmr mercy killing (308 comments)

Find reasons, both technical and financial, to make the most professional recommendation that you can to kill the project. This means just the facts, and no name calling (actual or implied), no editorializing about the lack of quality or organization of the project's goals, parameters, or guidelines or lack thereof--although anything obviously absent should be noted. Take a moral stand, if necessary, about your resolve to not take money under false pretenses, and that continuing the project would be just that. Implying that anyone else taking money for the project, contractor or employee, would be equally doing so falsely, may be either the exact needed thing to do, or the exact most wrong thing to do, depending upon your audience.

about a year ago

Japanese Researchers Build Rock-paper-scissors Robot That Wins 100% of the Time

prgrmr rigged tests are unimpressive (114 comments)

Lets see the test done with the human hand held still in front of the robot hand and not waving around or flying toward the robot to signal the start of the game, and the gesture not overly-dramatically done, and have the robot triggered from a verbal cue just like the human. Yes, I get that the Japanese love robot tech. But this isn't good robot tech, and it's certainly not good science, it's just rigged pseudo-drama.

about a year ago

Nine Traits of the Veteran Network Admin

prgrmr missing trait (142 comments)

insufferable prima donna

about a year and a half ago



The Science Fiction series I like the most:

prgrmr prgrmr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

prgrmr (568806) writes "Andromeda

Dr. Who



Star Trek

Star Wars

Some other noted below

I'm not a fan of Science Fiction"

Favorite Source for Driving Directions

prgrmr prgrmr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

prgrmr (568806) writes "1. Google Maps 2. Mapquest 3. Yahoo Maps 4. maps.com 5. MSN Maps (mapblast.com) 6. Rand McNally 7. AAA 8. Cowboy Neal is my guide"



my response to slashdot beta

prgrmr prgrmr writes  |  about a year ago

If the beta becomes the new, permanent interface, and the "classic" view is completely done away with, I will simply delete my account. I urge others who dislike beta to do the same.


poll submission: preferred source for driving directions:

prgrmr prgrmr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

  1. google maps
  2. mapquest
  3. yahoo maps
  4. maps.com
  5. msn maps (mapblast)
  6. rand mcnally
  7. AAA
  8. Cowboy Neal is my guide


yet another poll submission

prgrmr prgrmr writes  |  more than 8 years ago Favoite Slashdot Complaint:

  • Moderation System
  • Mispelings
  • Typographical Erorrs
  • their/there affect/effect who's/whose
  • Duplicate Articles
  • Duplicate Articles on the Front Page
  • Cowboy Neal/CmdrTaco/Hemos/Zonk


another silly poll submission

prgrmr prgrmr writes  |  more than 9 years ago Of Handedness and Mice: What combination applies to you?

  • Right handed, mouse config'd for right hand
  • Right handed, mouse config'd for left hand
  • Left handed, mouse config'd for right hand
  • Left handed, mouse config'd for left hand
  • More than one of the above
  • I don't use a mouse
  • I don't have hands you insensitive clod!


ok, so I'm writing in this thing

prgrmr prgrmr writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm blatantly stealing a couple of other's ideas with this, but I'm going to start recording the story and poll submissions I make here. Starting with this:

Poll: Most Egregious Security Breach in Your Environment:

- Users are allowed to use the systems. And the e-mail. And the Internet.

  - Who needs a firewall? Or who needs a firewall that inhibits productivity!

  - What's this "AntiVirus software" you speak of, and why should I care if it's updated?

  - If this password is good enough to be the Vendor's default, then it's good enough for me!

  - Firmware updates? You can do that? On a router?

  - Cowboy Neal plugs all my security holes


So you came here looking for a journal?

prgrmr prgrmr writes  |  more than 11 years ago So sorry to disappoint (if that is the case), but I don't keep one. I don't consider myself to be a writer in the sense steroetypically attributed to the ubiquitous average blogger. I don't have the need to emote via writing, to read my own words on a daily basis, to record the odd epiphany, or what have you.

I read Slashdot because I want to stay informed, and this is as good a source for that as any, and better than a lot of others available on the 'Net. Being a computer programmer and systems admin, I have an appreciation of the perspective from which information is presented here. I have, on occasion, submitted a story I thought relavent to the Slashdot community. I will occasionally post a comment because I think I have something to add to the discussion. That's all.

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