Researchers Demo Exploits Bypassing UEFI Secure Boot
Increases in complexity are usually increases in security vulnerabilities.
Also, boot times and installation are now longer and more complex...and just like the NSA, we are still no better in our security.
What a horrible joke.
Ask Slashdot: Should More Math and Equations Be Used In the Popular Press?
Interesting, that there was a larger equation,do you have a link for that?
Have to agree that the book is short not even a mention of the Lorentz contraction:
Good to know!
Ask Slashdot: Should More Math and Equations Be Used In the Popular Press?
A good book to read on this topic is David Bodanis's E=mc^2,
"A biography of the world's most famous equation"
It's not just another Einstein book. It's actually about just the equation and its life.
The author gives examples of how printing houses using different equation notation were like Microsoft, driving out the competition for the standard.
All manner of symbols were used for math, some examples:
e || mc^2
e -----------> mc^2
e .aequs. mc^2
e ][ mc^2
Anyway, yes equations "can" be nice too look at in mainstream media.
Only to show a simple proof or to inspire a reader into further learning.
Of course, if it looks like spaghetti to the masses, then maybe the publisher went too far :P
Regardless, wasn't Einstein known for explaining complex concepts in terms that even the non-scholastic could understand?
Don't think he used any equations to describe relativity to them.
In fact, Einstein was not even a good Mathematician, iirc.
XP's End Will Do More For PC Sales Than Win 8, Says HP Exec
This little XP laptop I'm using to post this message is:
-running only 13 processes and 8 Services
-startup takes 20 seconds, initial memory use 60Mb, shutdown in 6 seconds
-has DeepFreeze and thus no security protection, fuck updates!
-outperforms Ubuntu, Windows 8 and Windows 7 bloated from running 100s of unnecessary processes and services.
-outperforms a brand new HP Windows 8 Laptop fresh out of the box, infected with Norton, Office and eBay promos.
-been running fine now for years.
What exactly do I need Microsoft's help for anyway?
Users and businesses only THINK they need their support.
Google Chrome 27 Is Out: 5% Faster Page Loads
Glad to see some serious ripping of Chrome here.
It sucks and not just a little.
Like Microsoft, Google is trying to be all things to all people and this just makes for shit software.
Why the fuck do they need to use so much memory?
as an example of the size a browser should be
does not work for some pages so its the lesser of an evil for now anyway.
but seriously, Google is doing so much shit in the background that you need to give up most of your bandwidth to tracking and most of your memory for loading...so frustrating.
Does anyone else have a suggestion for a good light weight browser?
Maybe we need to create a 5k only Internet. No Flash allowed!
9th Grade Science Experiment: Garden Cress Won't Germinate Near Routers
Is it the cold, lightless, lifeless, soul-sucking corner of the room that the router is located in?
Maybe it's the cold, lightless, lifeless, soul-sucking nation that the entire room is located in.
Please mod this up.
This is exactly why I come here,
to read intelligently poetic comical insites.
My girlfriend and I are still splitting our guts laughing.
*and she's not even a geek*
Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say
...our current world influences for food production and distribution.
If the Matrix style production of chicken does not make you sick, maybe the message at the end of the movie from Nestle's president will.
Although the movie is documentarily shocking, there are what feel like forced elments to make the point.
Like to get some feedback, not putting on my tinfoil hat yet.
North Korea Declares a State of War
So they have made these same threats many times before and that negates ANY threat?
Is it not a bit more concerning this time given that they NOW have a missile capable of hitting mainland US with a nuclear war head?
What happened to the DEFCON system?
Should it not be changed given you have the above situation?
‘He who exercises no forethought but makes light of his opponents is sure to be captured by them.’
-Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?
Which BASIC are you talking about though, this one
OK, so that is probably NOT what you meant, but seriously, there is some really good coin to be made in BASIC programming and I'm not talking just for the Trash80, C64 and Timex Sinclair.
Try this company to start, http://www.osas.com/
They have great accounting products based on Business BASIC, http://www.basis.com/
Programming in the accounting field "was" very lucrative for me.
WAS, because it was not my dream life to sit in a chair and stare at alpha numeric characters spilling down my screen like the Matrix all day long. Now I'm retired on a sailboat, living the life of a pirate, pun intended.
Oh, and just to be pedantic, BASIC is an acronym, Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, as you surely know.
Putting "Basic" on your resume may create some "semantic noise" for the reviewer.
And one last thing, you might consider moving on up the ladder,
With your grey hair and overall experience, you are sure to land a job as a "Consultant" and still get to program.
Differences between programmer and consultant explained here http://namingexception.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/dont-be-a-programmer-be-a-consultant/
Summer of Code 2006 is On
Glad to see improvements from any source.
Please mod this up.
qualico hasn't submitted any stories.
XOOPS, main site hacked again.
Submitted the following, just hope it gets a posting, otherwise, forget it, I won't be wasting my time submitting /. to stories...digg.com seems to appreciate my efforts more.
Here is a snippet from Xoops.org main site:
"The main XOOPS.org website has been hacked by a destructive hacker in order to destroy the open source spirit of the XOOPS community, and promote another project (without their consent!). We have stopped the hacker..."
The other project is XOOPSCube
Here is a list of some of the damage:
1. Xoops title changed to read, "When you look long into the abyss, the abyss looks long into you".
2. User's PM settings deleted.
3. PM's returned with, "Are you seeing what I'm seeing? yes, I can see... dead people."
4. Posts dated years ago are marked current.
5. Avatar and Rank images deleted.
6. Mikhail Miguel from Brazil, a former supporter recently banned, gets User ID 1.
Looks like there may be dissention in the ranks.
After just reviewing CMS, (Content Management Systems), I can say that this certainly raised a red flag for me.
Maybe it would be a good idea for sites like, http://www.opensourcecms.com/, to report this news and track projects with a history of security problems.
Slashdot shell script.
Need a shell script to mark /. articles for mod when mod points are delivered.
Should be able to scrape the web page with wget.
Make database entries.
Send email with a tag to unleash points before expiry if any left.
Some can be marked to grab a point automatically.
To meet a famous Cowboy.
Way out there I know, (standard disclaimers apply).
I'm sitting here moderating and it occours to me, (wife sedated from tubal ligation btw), what is next on Slashdot, will it evolve or be evolved around.
It certainly is a method of thinking, but more importantly collaborating.
It will be interesting to see the following:
moderation of ones own thread.
moderation and participation.
indication of moderation and participation status to others.
(this serves to show that there may be a bias?)
ip database of verified accounts vs. posting anonomously
and of course...
Enhance your Slashdot Experence.
This is just a link list I'm putting together to enhance my slashdot power.
If anyone has others, please do tell.
This one is great to get an idea of story traffic and strong responses:
I really like this one cause it makes slashdot into an audio broadcast:
Wikipedia's great definition and information of Slashdot culture:
Someday maybe I will make my own Slash server:
I've only been stung once so far by excessive trolling, none the less its something to watch out for on Slashdot. Its usually people that like to argue for the sake of arguing and really don't have a clue what they are arguing about.
Try this: http://www.mirrordot.org/
An interesting review of moderation:
Slashdot's time limit on posting.
Sure would be nice to have the limit removed on posting time limits for people with Excellent Karma.
As I work here amoung a christmas tree of LEDs, I can't help but think about those old SciFi flicks with what looks like now, to be a goofy way of representing the future.
Yet somehow it was true.
Star Trek was a good example.
"Those lights represent nothing, rediculous.", I thought.
Yet here I am.
Surrounded by them.
Comment size windows!
Ok found the place to change the size of comment windows.
Bigger Comment Box PLEASE!!!
Please oh pllleeeeaaassseee,
Expand the comment box!
This will fix the wrap around bug,
(You know, the one that inserts the dam space at the right side of the box limit?), when cutting and pasting long URL links AND stop the torture of creating posts in a tiny window.
Would you want to work on a desk 3" x 6"?
Its mental thumb screws!
It can't be that hard to code. Can it?
I wish I could Moderate and Participate.
Ok so this is just a request stuffed in a bottle and sent floating into a sea of great expanse.
I like to moderate.
But I also like to participate.
Thats how I successfully moderate.
Although I do undertand conflict of interest.
There are topics and there are threads.
I'd like to have our /. moderation rules restricted to just threads.
Meaning I can still moderate inside a topic and participate. Although, if I moderate a thread, it becomes subject to roll back of moderation points and *not* the whole topic.
Search Engine Difficiencies
Trying to find out WHO is "Stanley J Randall"
Searches in all major search engines show only his quotes.
I've spent hours trying to sift through the results to come up with nothing!
Ok lets try biography.com
While here, lets try "Rob Malda" on biography.com
Charlie Sheen! All right I'm on the trail of CmdrTaco now!!!
The Internet certainly is lacking in results these days.
Reading Slashdot and Moderating
Ok, so now I can moderate.
But what the heck is this lovely wasteland of thought?
Who could read just one story, study it, then return to read all the posts and make judgement?
And as I sit here amounst computer screens and wirring fans, it dawns on me.
xTLD? Whats the future of Top Level Domains?