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MariaDB 10 Released, Now With NoSQL Support

scottbomb Re:really.. (103 comments)

Probably written in India.

about three weeks ago
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AWS Urges Devs To Scrub Secret Keys From GitHub

scottbomb Re:How effective is such an ... urging? (109 comments)

Congratulations! Out of 16 posts so far, yours is the first one that's actually ON TOPIC.

about a month ago
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Flies That Do Calculus With Their Wings

scottbomb In other words.... (107 comments)

What the fly does naturally requires the use of calculus to mimick artificially. Seems pretty natural to me. The laws of physics and mathematics are inseperable.

about a month ago
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How Data Storage Has Grown In the Past 60 Years

scottbomb Re:My FIRST disk drive... (100 comments)

I have (2) Commodore 1541 5.25" floppy drives made in the 80s and they both still work. The floppy disks I bought years ago were already a decade or three old and they still work fine.

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley's Youth Problem

scottbomb Re:And is there a real problem? (225 comments)

Because age discrimination is alive and well (not to mention rather blatant in this field) thanks to the fact that it's almost impossible to prove.

about a month ago
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Feds Now Oppose Aereo, Rejecting Cloud Apocalypse Argument

scottbomb Re:Just Sad (140 comments)

Install a TV tuner card and record it yourself. Media Center is the main reason I have a Windows 7 machine in the house, for this very purpose. Set it to record whatever you want and it works.

about a month and a half ago
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Book Review: Sudo Mastery: User Access Control For Real People

scottbomb Re:Sounds like an interesting read. (83 comments)

I should clarify that I've never understood it because I've never seen it named or defined so i've been trying to figure them out on my own. At least now I know what it's called and I can find some literature on it.

about 2 months ago
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Book Review: Sudo Mastery: User Access Control For Real People

scottbomb Sounds like an interesting read. (83 comments)

This part got my attention: "Just gotta check out the man page.... And that's where I stopped, every time. I've yet to truly understand Extended Backus-Naur Form, and my eyes would glaze over." - Finally! I'm not the only one! I've always had this problem too. At least now I know what it's called. The formatting used has never made sense to me. Thankfully, we have the internet where I can google examples when trying to learn a new command.

about 2 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

scottbomb Re:Expect an exodus? (511 comments)

I don't cheat and nor do I tolerate software sticking its nose in business other than it's own and my DNS records are none of anyone's business,regardless of what they use it for.

about 2 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

scottbomb Expect an exodus? (511 comments)

I was thinking about signing up. Not anymore.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

scottbomb Re:You Don't (384 comments)

So you go back to step 1: the problem is badly described. The Systems Development Lifecycle dictates that you, as the new help solve the problem. Start at wherever there is trouble. In the scenario you describe, it looks like we need to go back to step one fix the root problem: it is badly described. We cannot build any system to high user satisfaction that is badly described. One can only start over and build from scratch. If that's not possible, we will have to break the problem down into manageable parts and dig deeper for root causes and solutions.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

scottbomb Re:You Don't (384 comments)

Maybe you should have presented YOUR solution. Telling the boss "no I won't do it" will get you nowhere. Telling him "Look at my better way of doing it" will get their attention. The best lesson I've learned in business is to never take a problem to my boss unless I bring with me a solution to solve it. If you can't solve the problem, find someone who can, or else the boss will. Business needs are not going to change.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

scottbomb Re:You Don't (384 comments)

Structure contracts, fees, tangible goals so if the "expert" slows you down, you get paid more.

How very ethical of you. Someone caught doing that should be sued.

about 2 months ago
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Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

scottbomb Re:brighter? (376 comments)

THIS. 1000 x. Mod this up, AC or not.

about 2 months ago
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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

scottbomb Ridiculous premise (267 comments)

We will not have "driverless cars". Ever.

about 3 months ago
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What Killed the Great Beasts of North America?

scottbomb Climate change?! (214 comments)

Is this to say that the Earth's climate has gone through natural changes over the centuries? Warming and cooling? All by itself?! I thought global warming - I mean - climate change - was caused by man burning fossil fuels.

about 3 months ago
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US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment

scottbomb Re:Now the next step... (143 comments)

I disagree, based on presumed innocence. If you accuse me of infringing on your patent, you should be required to provide proof, as would be the case in any other legal proceeding. If I'm charged with a crime, the burden is on the prosecution to prove my guilt. Consider also a civil case. if you accuse me of being negligent in keeping my floor clean, causing you to slip and fall, the burden is on the plaintiff to prove that the floor really was a mess and I was negligent in not cleaning it.

about 3 months ago
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Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

scottbomb Re:outdated? (408 comments)

No, it's today. I got the email too:

As of January 21, 2014, LogMeIn Free will no longer be available. To continue using remote access, you will need to purchase an account subscription of LogMeIn Pro. ...

about 2 months ago

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Rakshasa, the hardware backdoor on supposedly 230 Intel motherboards

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  about a year ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "Just what we need a virus that can't be detected or removed, and apparently, just about every Intel motherboard made is vulnerable. From the article: It’s the Information Age apocalypse: What if, no matter how hard you tried, every computer on the market — from PCs to smartphones to fridges to cars — came pre-loaded with an irremovable backdoor that allowed the government or other nefarious agents to snoop on your data, behavior, and communications?"
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'Everyone in US under virtual surveillance' - NSA whistleblower

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  about a year ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "So apparently the Federal spooks are saving every single email they can get their hands on. SMS and IM communications are likely stored as well. These aren't just suspected terrorists or criminals. They likely have records on all of us. Maybe we should start emailing fake bomb threats and drug deals to each other, just to piss 'em off."
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Arizona Passes Sweeping Internet Censorship Law

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  about 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "It will be interesting to see how long this new law lasts until it's struck down in either the AZ courts or the US Supreme Court. I can't help but wonder just how the AZ legislature thinks this will pass Constitutional muster.
From the article:
"The law, which is being pushed under the guise of an anti-bullying campaign, would mean that anything communicated or published online that was deemed to be “offensive” by the state, including editorials, illustrations, and even satire could be criminally punished.""

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People Are Downloading "Anonymous" OS (!)

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "The mere fact that 26,000 people are stupid enough to actually download and install this is frightening. According to the BBC, "More than 26,000 people have downloaded an operating system which members of the Anonymous hacker group claim to have created.""
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Web Forms Service Shut Down Over User Content

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "This is truly frightening. An entire business is threatened, and the dominoes fall on many other businesses all because of some alleged illegal activity by a handful of their customers. Don't you just love how Big Government is looking out for... you?

Quote from the linked page:

"SOPA may not have passed, but what happened shows that it is already being practiced. All they have to do is to ask Godaddy to take a site down. We have 2 millions user generated forms. It is not possible for us to manually review all forms. This can happen to any web site that allows user generated content.""

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You Will Never Kill Piracy

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "This is perhaps the best op-ed I've read about the whole SOPA/PIPA controversy. The author challenges Hollywood to re-think their entire business model. It will undoubtedly fall on deaf ears, for now. But sooner or later, they will have no choice but to adapt.

From the article:

"Now that the SOPA and PIPA fights have died down, and Hollywood prepares their next salvo against internet freedom with ACTA and PCIP, it’s worth pausing to consider how the war on piracy could actually be won.

It can’t, is the short answer, and one these companies do not want to hear as they put their fingers in their ears and start yelling.""

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Engineers invent laser-guided bullet

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "So who wants to be a marksman? The day may be approaching where anyone can pick up a gun, point and shoot, and hit a target with little to no training. Sandia National Laboratories have invented a bullet that guides itself to the target with a laser. An incredible engineering achievement, for sure."
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If you thought SOPA was bad, look what happened un

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "Months before the debate about Internet censorship raged as SOPA and PIPA dominated the concerns of web users, President Obama signed an international treaty that would allow companies in China or any other country in the world to demand ISPs remove web content in the US with no legal oversight whatsoever."
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Facebook Decides What You Want to See

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  about 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "So I fire up the Facebook page this morning to see they have changed the layout... AGAIN. Facebook has decided they know what I would consider a "Top Story" and has put all those posts to the top of my feed. Annoying as hell. Judging by the posts from many of my friends, they weren't impressed either.

It appears that Facebook has heard the outcry from the masses. This afternoon, it looks like they have changed it. Instead of them choosing what I consider a Top Story, I get to choose it. Now that's more like it.

From the article:
"“Starting today, it will be easier to keep up with the people in your life no matter how frequently or infrequently you’re on Facebook,” wrote Mark Tonkelowitz, an engineering manager at Facebook, in a post on the company’s blog.""

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Netflix's DVD business re-branded as Qwikster

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "In a PR move that is likely to be criticized as putting lipstick on a pig, Netflix re-brands it's DVD-by-mail business as "Qwikster". Personally, I prefer the a-la-carte pricing as I only use the streaming service for $7.99/mo.
From the CEO's blog:
"So we realized that streaming and DVD by mail are becoming two quite different businesses, with very different cost structures, different benefits that need to be marketed differently, and we need to let each grow and operate independently. It’s hard for me to write this after over 10 years of mailing DVDs with pride, but we think it is necessary and best: In a few weeks, we will rename our DVD by mail service to “Qwikster”.""

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Fighting Fires... with Electricity

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  about 3 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "We all know that careless use of electricity is common cause of structure fires but who knew it can actually be used to extinguish a fire? It will be interesting to see if this technique can actually be used to fight fires on a larger scale than a controlled lab experiment."
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Obama Admin Creates Fake People on Web

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

scottbomb writes "The next time you think personal blogs and web forum comments are the musings of real people, think twice:

The US government is offering private intelligence companies contracts to create software to manage "fake people" on social media sites and create the illusion of consensus on controversial issues."

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RIM makes a rebound

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "Contrary to popular myth, there are plenty of us who still love our Blackberrys. The proof is in the profits.

RIM said net profit jumped 45 percent in its third quarter, which ended on November 27. It said results were boosted by strong sales of its flagship Torch smartphone, a new product that combines a touch screen like Apple's iPhone with RIM's trademark mini keyboard. Analysts have worried that it could lose core business customers to Apple and Google, whose Android software is used by device makers including Motorola, Taiwan's HTC Corp and South Korea's Samsung.

"

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Heroic engineer crashes own vehicle to save a life

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

scottbomb (1290580) writes "This is one of the coolest stories I've read in a long time."

"A manager of Boeing's F22 fighter-jet program, Innes dodged the truck, then looked back to see that the driver was slumped over the wheel. He knew a busy intersection was just ahead, and he had to act fast. Without consulting the passengers in his minivan — "there was no time to take a vote" — Innes kicked into engineer mode.

"Basic physics: If I could get in front of him and let him hit me, the delta difference in speed would just be a few miles an hour, and we could slow down together," Innes explained.""

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Ask Slashdot: Where are the entry-level IT jobs?

scottbomb scottbomb writes  |  more than 2 years ago There has been plenty of debate on Slashdot recently about the value of a college degree, the most sought-after certifications, even home-school curriculum ideas for budding geeks. While the value of experience certainly cannot be understated, the question must be asked: how does one get started with all the ads demanding 3-5 years of professional experience and/or a 4-year degree? How does one find out about entry-level positions? A search on Monster and Dice reveals very few results for entry-level positions and they all required a 4-year degree (I'm working on it but it's about 4-6 years away as I'm a part-time student). This is in a metro area with a population of several million people so expected to find at least SOMETHING. Are there better job sites for IT? what's the secret to getting the foot in the door?

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