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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

sgt scrub easy enough (120 comments)

Use an algorithm to determine if they stick to the 3 major food groups, caffeine, nicotine, and ibuprofen. Parse through their social media interactions to make sure they never get angry because they have killed all of their enemies. And, bot through their pr0n accounts to make sure they have sex regularly.

2 days ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

sgt scrub Late breaking news? (125 comments)

Leave it to /. to give us the article so we can be ahead of the... 8/8?!? I can't even get a land line installed by then.

Creator: Build a robocall honeypot by Friday, 8/8, at noon PDT :P

about two weeks ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

sgt scrub It is leftover from IS being too vague (241 comments)

Math is mandatory for engineers. In the early years people getting a degree in any way related to computers, hardware, software, programming, playing games while smoking weeds... were all engineers. Now that there is mass separation in the field the importance of math on any particular field is not as obvious. Us that design network gear and program network interfaces need math. Lots and Lots of it.

about two weeks ago
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Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

sgt scrub Total bullshit! (159 comments)

a biotech startup working in Ireland... bla bla bla... so that new medicinal (and, perhaps recreational) "marijuana" can be grown in a lab—no plants necessary.

If they are working with yeast in Ireland their goal is to make beer that has alcohol THC and CBD.

about two weeks ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

sgt scrub Iron Dome? (379 comments)

Oh. Regarding "The fireworks display vs. strafe bomber war" thing in the middle east.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

sgt scrub There is plenty of room for water in Lake Lavon (242 comments)

Lakes in the Dallas Fort Worth area have more trees growing in them than all the parks combined. Do like they do with White Rock or Bachman lakes.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Approves Subsidy Plan to Upgrade School and Library Networks

sgt scrub Re:Why - why $1 billion a year? (70 comments)

Google does that for them for free. No, I am not a Google hater. Google collects data. The shitheads tell them to give it up or enjoy being fucked over.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Approves Subsidy Plan to Upgrade School and Library Networks

sgt scrub Re:Why - why $1 billion a year? (70 comments)

Content filtering is mandatory in K12 schools and can be fairly expensive. Hardware in schools take a beating and need more frequent replacements. If you think network equipment is bulletproof do some work for a school. You can grill food on some of their routers. If it were my decision, there would be 10G network to all public schools and companies would be allowed to bid to be providers using bandwidth branching from those hops. It would push down costs, create an open business model, increase bandwidth to all areas of cities, and move schools closer to were they need to be technologically.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

sgt scrub Re:We're all Terrorists (361 comments)

So not true. If you are part of the USA "Prison Industrial Complex" you are exempt.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

sgt scrub Re:oh god (361 comments)

It is all about taking EP to another level.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

sgt scrub Re:ISIS Caliphate (361 comments)

Oh look. There is a nut-job named Bakr on that side of the world too.

about three weeks ago
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I prefer to settle down at night with a good..

sgt scrub Re:..and (139 comments)

FTW!

about a month ago
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Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

sgt scrub Certify it (128 comments)

On the flip side of that, anything with BoringSSL will not be restricted from exporting outside of the U.S. /snark

about a month ago
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Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

sgt scrub It needs to go the "XWindows path" (128 comments)

I think OpenSSL should be broken up into pieces that work together so different parts can be worked on separately. Needless to say I think the OpenBSD group has the better, more achievable for open source, path for the future of the library. I'm not a hater of all things Google; but, I don't think "in-house" code is a good choice for the GNU parts of Linux/BSDs

about a month ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

sgt scrub You mean... (538 comments)

College is about banks making money on government backed loans? Who'da thunk.

about a month ago
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Nominet Compromising UK WHOIS Privacy, Wants To See Gov't-Issued ID

sgt scrub Re:the internet is growing up (71 comments)

I was told a house without wheels was a step up. Are you suggesting there is something wrong with living in a UPS cardboard box?

about a month and a half ago
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LAPD Gets Some Hand-Me-Down Drones From Seattle, Promises Discretion

sgt scrub Re:Too bad they might no't be able to use them (108 comments)

Why do I think "narrow and prescribed uses" does not mean "find a lost hiker". It has been my experience that plenty of aircraft are in the sky when there is a wildfire. I don't see why the police department would need to add more.

about 2 months ago
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Huawei Successfully Tests New 802.11ax WiFi Standard At 10.53Gbps

sgt scrub Re:Shannon (116 comments)

Having multiple connection points for things like MPTCP, to "complicate your traffic", is a good thing though.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Gets Go-Ahead For Plan To Expand Rural Internet Access

sgt scrub Federal Aid Road Act of 1916 (156 comments)

We understood that the Commerce Clause authorized Congress to construct interstate highways. The web is the interstate highway of the 21st century and the Commerce Clause authorizes Congress to invest in a functioning web for all U.S citizens just as much as it did for highways. The FCC doesn't have a vote.

It is of the most fundamental importance that the United States should think in big pieces, should think together, should think ultimately as a whole.

about 2 months ago

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Who will be our cyber security team?

sgt scrub sgt scrub writes  |  about 5 years ago

sgt scrub writes "LOLITA BALDOR wrote a nice piece for the Associated Press, noting the lack of people for government cyber security positions. For people with large student loan debts for that masters in IT, there is hope. It looks like the government has noticed that low pay for qualified technology people is one reason they are having "retention issues". However, another reason they believe they are having issues is lack of training.

The recruiting and retention of cyber workers is hampered by a cumbersome hiring process, the failure to devise government-wide certification standards, insufficient training and salaries, and a lack of an overall strategy for recruiting and retaining cyber workers, the study said. "You can't win the cyber war if you don't win the war for talent," said Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, a Washington-based advocacy group that works to improve government service. "If we don't have a federal work force capable of meeting the cyber challenge, all of the cyber czars and organizational efforts will be for naught."

Since a lot of Slashdot folks are experienced in technology security, what approach do you think will be best to secure the nation. Hire people with less training at lower salaries and train them? Or. Pay more for staff that already have the skills needed for the salaries found in the business sector?"
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Illegal CD's smell different.

sgt scrub sgt scrub writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sgt scrub writes "I've never thought about sniffing my CD's before buying them but that is all about to change. According to this Yahoo! news article, dogs can be trained to tell the difference between a legit copy of a DVD and one from those pesky pirates.
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — A DVD-sniffing anti-piracy dog named Paddy has uncovered a huge cache of 35,000 discs in Malaysian warehouses, many destined for export to Singapore, industry officials said on Wednesday.
Paddy was given to Malaysia by the MPA to help close down piracy syndicates who churn out vast quantities of illegal DVDs. The dog is specially trained to detect chemicals in the discs."

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Fixstars buys Terra Soft

sgt scrub sgt scrub writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sgt scrub writes "If you have put Yellow Dog Linux on a PS3, Pre X86 Apple, or have an interest in the CBE (Cell Broadband Engine), you will be pleased to know that Fixstars has purchased Terra Soft.

"A Cell/B.E. software developer and long-time user of Yellow Dog Linux, Fixstars has great faith in Yellow Dog Linux," said Satoshi Miki, CEO of Fixstars. "This business acquisition allows us to offer a reliable and stable Linux distribution with sense of ease for our customers. I have no doubt that in the expanding Cell/B.E. ecosystem we will offer the best Cell/B.E. solution of the High Performance Computing generation."

I can't think of any group of people better suited to expand the Cell horizon."

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