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U.S. Defense Secretary Warns of a Possible 'Cyber-Pearl Harbor'

scosco62 Timing (190 comments)

Is suspiciously suspicious. It's almost's election time, or something...

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

scosco62 Many Many options (1244 comments)

Black Easter by James Blish
A Canticle for Liebowitz by Miller
Non Robot/Foundation Asimov
Dueling Machine Ben Bova
Any of the earlier Pern books
Friday by Heinlein - still one of my favorites
Morgaine books by Cherryh
John Campbell

The collections put together in the 60's and 50's are outstanding - and you can usually pick them up for a quarter at a book store.

more than 2 years ago

TomTom Satnavs To Set Insurance Prices

scosco62 If you don't like it, don't buy one (605 comments)

I have two, and although they are less sophisticated than the model mentioned in the press release, I will dispose of them because of the lack of thought put into this. If you don't like it, let them know and specifically, let them know if the marketplace. That will be the only way that they will respond. Engaging in actuarial quibble will solve nothing.

more than 2 years ago

Japan Re-Opens Some Towns Near Fukushima

scosco62 Re:I love Slashdot . . . (178 comments)

Wow.....I don't even know how to process that. If the Japanese government had invested a hundredth of the energy expended in this thread, we'd all have fusion reactors in our basements......

more than 2 years ago

Review: Cowboys & Aliens

scosco62 Re:Crappy, crappy film (225 comments)

Yeah, and I truly believe that there are a crowd of people who really really want Harrison Ford to do something that doesn't suck. We keep buying tickets, and it's a surprise when we get oatmeal instead of steak. Out the last twenty-ish movies, three have been tolerable, none have been great. Before the early 90's, then it was 50/50..... Cowboys & Aliens Morning Glory Extraordinary Measures Crossing Over Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Firewall Hollywood Homicide K-19: The Widowmaker What Lies Beneath Random Hearts Six Days Seven Nights Air Force One The Devil's Own Sabrina Clear and Present Danger The Fugitive Patriot Games Regarding Henry Presumed Innocent and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Working Girl Frantic The Mosquito Coast Witness Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Blade Runner

more than 3 years ago

Pakistan Tries To Ban Encryption

scosco62 with technology like that..... (185 comments)

They might actually hide the location of Osama Bin Laden....oh, wait.....

more than 3 years ago

GAO Report: DoD Incompetent At Cybersecurity

scosco62 Re:So does everyone else (104 comments)

I think it's more about the nature of complex systems - politics, trolling aside, I would think the larger the internet facing infrastructure, the (exponentially) harder it is to secure....putting the need to service other organizations within that infrastructure, it's a commitment that folks are just coming around to - public and private. My disappointment is not the government so much (as it relates to this topic anyway), but rather the firms that are supposedly securing them. My experience has been that the guiding philosophy with these guys is a) bill as much as you can, without pissing the customer off b) template your approach, creative thinking is risky and c) make your customer just slightly more secure that the next target. This is a generalization, to be sure - but until you have smart people with the skills with the mindset that they need to evolve quick than the threats out there - it's just going to mean more negative publicity as well as more money for substandard contractors. Just my two cents.

more than 3 years ago

Private Space Shuttle Flights

scosco62 sign me up (244 comments)

I'd go tomorrow......

more than 3 years ago

US To Fire Up Big Offshore Wind Energy Projects

scosco62 Re:Sigh (223 comments)

Shell had deep water horizon explode like that

you misspelled British Petroleum

Now that was funny.....

more than 3 years ago

Golden Gate Bridge To Eliminate Tollbooths

scosco62 Wait a minute (349 comments)

A toll booth attendant who actually greets people? C'mon........maybe I've been on the East Coast too long......they wouldn't make eye contact if you rolled through the booth in an Abrams tank....

more than 3 years ago

Carbon Trading Halted After EU Exchange Is Hacked

scosco62 The question I have is (228 comments)

How much Carbon Credits do I get for the consumption of Jolt and Baconnaise sammichs? Is it prorated if I code in Perl?

more than 3 years ago

Are 10-11 Hour Programming Days Feasible?

scosco62 Actually (997 comments)

I'd have no problem if - There was a committment of some sort of additional benefit once the company is profitable - The 10 hours were something I could control. In other words, I'd like to come in and start at 7, eat at my desk and leave at 5 or 6. This actually would beat my last gig, which was 15 hours a day which they other words 10PM conference calls on Sunday nights, etc. Even that wouldn't have been huge - but that was considered baseline. Left that company, and the new gig pays significantly better.

more than 3 years ago

USAF Unveils Supercomputer Made of 1,760 PS3s

scosco62 So much for the theory.... (163 comments)

that the gov't has better gear than the private sector......or maybe that's what they want us to think........

more than 3 years ago

Windows 7 Phone Gets Jailbreak Tool

scosco62 If a tree falls on an iphone in the forest..... (159 comments)

Frankly, does this shock anyone? And should anyone care? I'm thinking the wolfboy story ( might be more relevant...and interesting.......

more than 3 years ago

US Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' $35,000 Rifle

scosco62 Re:Cost effective (782 comments)

This is actually a pretty relevant point. PPR can be a point of inflection, esp. in larger conflicts.

more than 3 years ago



Ebay Selling Limits Attempts to Limit Counterfeits

scosco62 scosco62 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

scosco62 (864264) writes "Ebay has been sending it's customers emails informing them of selling limits. This may well be triggered by the sales of multiple units of Apple products. Has anyone else been selling their old gear, and then received a limit notice from ebay?"
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Voter Audit? Or Invasion of Privacy

scosco62 scosco62 writes  |  about 2 years ago

scosco62 (864264) writes "I received a letter today, which was a supposed audit of my voting history in 2004 and 2008. It also included the name and address of my immediate neighbors, along with their alleged voting record.

The American's for Limited Government was the organization that sent it out, is — according to WikiPedia anyway — a conservative action group.

I tend to be conservative, and the appeal for limited government is personally appealing — however, one the reasons I want a limited government is for the simple fact that I want to be left alone — and doing audit's on my voting record is not consistent with that. Just because it's public record, doesn't mean that it should be aggregated and sent to my neighbors.

Did anyone else receive on of these?"

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Plundering the American Dream

scosco62 scosco62 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scosco62 (864264) writes "Recently, a survey was conducted at Valencia College, where 200 students were asked to write an essay on the American Dream. as well as their perspective on the role of government in their lives.

Here's a sample response:

“As human beings, we can’t really control our own actions, so we need the government to control those who don’t care about others.”

Evidentally, the majority of the students wanted a tax on the wealthy, free education and healthcare, job and home — and looked to the government to provide that.

Now, granted, this is FoxNewsish, and a very small sample at a small schoolish like institution — but it is consistent with the broader worldview of 18-22 year olds?"

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RIM Holds Press Conference

scosco62 scosco62 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scosco62 (864264) writes "Everyone who has a job in Corporate IT with a BES (or other server), is listening to the unfolding RIMPocolype 2011. RIM (finally) issued a press conference addressing the issues, which are starting to creep into the Americas.

Listening to this doesn't give me any confidence with these guys — they definitely seemed to be fumbling....."

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Final Cut Update

scosco62 scosco62 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scosco62 (864264) writes "Final Cut X, released earlier this year, was met with a great deal of enthusiastic criticism, especially over the perceived loss of key functionality. Earlier this month, without a great deal of fanfare, an update was released which quietly re-added a good deal of the missing feature set was released."
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Social Media Suppression

scosco62 scosco62 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

scosco62 (864264) writes "Interesting story, albeit a few days old. The thing that caught my eye was 'Cameron said that government officials are working with authorities 'to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality.''"
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scosco62 scosco62 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

scosco62 (864264) writes "Interestingly enough, Rednex is advertising itself on ebay — own your own pop-band for a cool 1.5 Mil. In case you didn't know, they pretty much define one-hit-wonder; it is still worth checking out."


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