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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

slashdotard Her Highness, The Princess of Science (584 comments)

Doesn't that say it all?

She can have her castle and her laboratory. And the Universe as her demesne.

She could get the Prince and the Doctor.

Who? A Doctor Prince. Or perhaps a Doctor formerly known as a Prince.

about 1 month ago

Cockatoo Manufactures, Uses Tools

slashdotard Re:Tools reclassified again? (75 comments)

Does this story make tool creating and wielding cockatoos official fact? Cockatoo owners have been talking about these kinds of things for ages and have even provided hard evidence, only to be completely dismissed out of hand by scientists who "know" that cockatoos are mere stupid animals.

This will probably be written off as yet another anomaly, an extreme exception to the notion held dear by science--that animals are too stupid to do smart things, a view curiously inherited by science's veritable nemesis, mainstream religion.

Science must discard it's old notions, prejudices and preconceptions, viewing the world through it's own version of rose-coloured glasses. It must stop filtering out, rejecting whatever does not conform to it's prejudices and start observing objectively, fairly.

more than 2 years ago

Widespread Hijacking of Search Traffic In the US

slashdotard Not only ISP's (194 comments)

There's one CLEC in the western US that provides dialup service to ISP's that also intercepts search requests, forwards the search to Yahoo, etc., and alters the search engine returns by changing links and inserting ads. You'd never know what was happening unless you were watching the traffic on the port and noticed that DNS was returning the same IP address for all the search engines.

more than 3 years ago

USPTO Rejects Many of Oracle's Android Claims

slashdotard Here there be Monsters! (154 comments)

Patenting software is a tremendous gamble, given the vast and ever-increasing amount of prior art that exists. There is far too much prior art for anyone to be aware of it all. But patent applicants forge on, sometimes rewording claims to obscure the fact that they are obvious or prior art but never giving up on the dream to see their name on an official US government patent and dreaming of all the millions and millions they'll make from the resulting monopoly, only to find their claims rejected and often whole patents voided on reexamination.

Software should not be patentable. Among other reasons, this is a field fraught with traps and pitfalls that even the most experienced cannot help but fall into. Also, it is so risky that patent insurance, if at all available, costs far more than the patent is worth.

more than 3 years ago

Vint Cerf Says Fix the Net With More Pipe

slashdotard Re:Makes sense... (341 comments)

There seems to be a popular notion that there is no difference between sending a video as a file and sending as a stream because bytes is bytes is bytes. Though it seems a reasonable opinion, it is still not a valid assumption. IP wasn't designed for streaming media or any other real-time communication. Streaming is an inefficient use of IP resources that disproportionately degrades network performance. Empirical observations of network data flow and traffic with and without real-time streaming support that conclusion. Gigabit rates will not increase the efficiency of streaming over IP. Instead, it is more likely to make networks slower, in part due to the misconception that fatter pipes means more streaming capacity.

The smartest ways to broadcast media in real time is to use technologies designed for it: Broadcast TV, radio, cable, PSTN. Using IP networks is just plain stupid.

Besides, what good reason is there to stream recorded media in real time? It is not live-as-it-happens. It's like buying a film movie frame by frame and watching it as you receive the frames from the store. Makes absolutely no sense.

more than 3 years ago

SSL/TLS Vulnerability Widely Unpatched

slashdotard Bank of America won't address this (103 comments)

When asked about this, Bank of America was unresponsive.

As usual.

Bank of America has had a long history of negligence with regard to online security, ever since they opened up web access to account holders.

more than 3 years ago

Robots Retrieve Your Books At U. Chicago's $81 Million Library

slashdotard What of the Elephant's Child? (202 comments)

And now what will become of the Elephant's Child? Keeping non-robotic entities out of the stacks will serve only to starve it to death.

Exploring the depths of the library stacks is one of the last and more refined civilised expressions of human hunter-gatherer instincts, where one can find even that which she didn't know she was looking for.

Serendipity is at the foundation of discovery and new knowledge. We become less than what we are when it is denied us.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ad Misleads With Fake Interviews

slashdotard (Serving Suggestion) (224 comments)

It's not a lie!

It's not fraud!

It's a serving suggestion!

What? Where's the beef? Well, it's -- Look! Over there! A unicorn!

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?

slashdotard Re:Pay for a business connection? (459 comments)

Comcast & Verizon have been known to routinely treat business customers as residential customers. ,

more than 3 years ago

Obama Eyeing Internet ID For Americans

slashdotard Re:Offered for financial transactions? (487 comments)

But your bank, credit card companies, et cetera, will be very happy to dump the authentication burdens and liabilities on someone else. Then, when someone steals your money, credit or services, it's not their fault.

Pretty much everything in security & authentication that comes from government has inevitably proven to be crap in the wild. Their stuff only "works" within controlled conditions, behind closed doors and with strictly limited access. Government blessed private and proprietary scams are far more concerned with the money than the security.

A lot of black hats are likely praying for this scam to get underway. And when it does become official, there will likely be a run on rubber sheets.

about 4 years ago

First Measurement of Magnetic Field In Earth's Core

slashdotard Measurement? What measurement? (34 comments)

According to the article there was no measurement made of the magnetic field. Rather, the strength of the magnetic field was calculated by observing and measuring something else and then plugging that data into a model which then calculated the strength of the magnetic field. Regardless of the degree of confidence in the calculation, it is still not a measurement and it's crap science to call it that.

more than 4 years ago

Samsung '3D' Memory Coming, 50% Denser

slashdotard Re:I find this funny... (87 comments)

they're talking about stacking the dice, not the devices. You know what dice are? They're the little chips of silicon that are then packaged to make the IC's that you typically see and use. Unless you can precisely align and drill little tiny microscopic holes in the dice and electrically connect the one on top to the one on bottom, then you haven't been doing what they're doing. Not even close.

The closest anyone has ever got to this is stacking small dice on a larger die and wire bonding the pads of one to the other.

more than 4 years ago

Samsung '3D' Memory Coming, 50% Denser

slashdotard TSV is 29+ years old (87 comments)

Interesting that TSV is found to be useful after all. 29 years ago an AMD employee independently conceived of TSV and AMD refused to talk to the employee about this and other concepts, nearly all of which have subsequently been developed and patented by AMD's competitors.

more than 4 years ago

US Government Seizes Torrent Search Engine Domain

slashdotard Re:Slippery Slope continues. (305 comments)


Evade the Constitution by calling it a civil action and then rig the rules to make any defense difficult if not impossible.

more than 4 years ago

US Government Seizes Torrent Search Engine Domain

slashdotard Re:Hoax (305 comments)

If not a hoax, then it would seem that DHS/ICS may have overstepped it's authority or is outside it's jurisdiction and is stepping on the Secret Service's and especially the FBI's toes.

The FBI still has primary jurisdiction in copyrights violation cases, IIRC.

What may have happened here is that someone went to the FBI to shutdown the sites, was denied, then went agency shopping and found the DHS/ICS eager to make their internet bones.

This seems somewhat like the FBI and Secret Service inept & incompetent Keystone Kops actions from the 90's when the DMCA was enacted, up to and including going after innocent parties, without evidence, without investigation, based solely on hearsay.

If they are in fact acting outside their jurisdiction, I would hope that EFF and other attorneys give the DHS and ICS a justly deserved roasting in court. But the people who induced the DHS/ICS to do this would get off scot-free, even if they lied to DHS/ICS.

more than 4 years ago

Life Found In Deepest Layer of Earth's Crust

slashdotard Re:Ergo oil (335 comments)

Does anyone remember that little ball of hot stuff at the core of the planet and how it's producing various elements and compounds? Does anyone remember that carbon is one of the elements produced in abundance? Does anyone remember that compounds from the core move out to the surface, combining with other elements (such as oxygen) along the way?

With that nuclear furnace fusioning/fissioning away at the core (and which happens to be the source of carbon, oxygen, etc. for this planet) why would there be a need for atmospheric carbon to somehow go below the ground? Why wait for plant material to get buried underground?

It's not politically correct to mention this and it is Green heresy but a fact is a fact, even when it goes against whatever "correct" thinking is currently fashionable.

more than 4 years ago

Military Uses 'Bat-Hook' To Tap Power From Lines

slashdotard wrong way, right way, Army way (282 comments)

Once again, Army genius comes up with a half-assed and dangerous solution.

From the article:
"The power lines that run from the street to a house usually consist of one insulated wire that carries electricity to the house, paired with a bare wire that carries electricity away to complete a circuit."

uh, what? I haven't seen any overhead drops that consist of less than two insulated cables and one bare one to carry the split-220 to the typical home, small business, street lamp, etc.

If this device cuts into both insulated wires, there will be fireworks and they will blow any "covert op" they may be indulging in.

There's the wrong way, the right way and the Army way. This is so not the right way.

more than 4 years ago

Cook's Magazine Claims Web Is Public Domain

slashdotard Re:"Cook's Source Magazine" trolled the internet (565 comments)

Is this the kind of "free advertising" you would want for your small magazine?

They're going to be too far in debt responding to lawsuits from everyone whose works they've lifted without permission.

more than 4 years ago

Cook's Magazine Claims Web Is Public Domain

slashdotard Re:Recipes aren't necessarily copyrightable (565 comments)

Also, the website with the original author's article has already been disabled due to excessive traffic. it was apparently pre-slashdotted.

more than 4 years ago



Editor plagiarizes, incurs internet's wrath

slashdotard slashdotard writes  |  more than 4 years ago

slashdotard (835129) writes "Judith Griggs, the managing editor of Cook's Source (Facebook page), a printed publication, is feeling the heat today after word that she plagiarized A Tale of Two Tarts(unavailable: server exceeded capacity), an article on medeival cooking written byMonica Gaudio in 2005 and told Monica that she should be grateful for the editing she'd done on the article. The story is a Twitter trending topic now and is being blogged about quite a bit, such as here and here. Apparently, Ms. Griggs is in the habit of using other people's work without permission as noted in the comments in the last blog."

Bank of America's Online Banking secure--naw!

slashdotard slashdotard writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slashdotard (835129) writes "What would you call a bank that was lazy about renewing it's ssl certificates?

What would you call a bank that fails to properly install ssl certificates.

I think I'd call it Bank of America.

Nearly every year, the bank allows it's ssl certificates to expire and either does not renew them right away or waits a week or so to install a new one.

But this year they went one farther by failing to install their certificate chain properly. Users are apparently presented with an intermediate certificate, not the end certificate that is supposed to identify the website. It seems they ignored Verisign's new (as of April 2006?) policy of double-signing certificates.

So how many users will ignore the invalid certificate and log in to the website?
I'd bet a lot would.

So why bother with ssl at all, in that case?"


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