top Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives
... most viruses require a constant high speed connection...
You must be new here - I'm young in internet years, but even I remember the number of viruses flying around in the days of floppy disks and dial-up modems, long before constant high speed connections...
top Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation
Or simply temporarily leaving them behind? I'd leave my phone on the desk in my office if I was going to meet a contact I didn't want associated with me...
top Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two
Yep, I see it more like the razor/blade "loss-leader" model, or the "first one's free to get you hooked" free-samples model, rather than the "freemium" model...
top CDC stops reporting Ebola numbers
The CDC numbers are just re-prints of the Disease Outbreak News alerts from the WHO:
top Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide
It does do DNS setup (systemd-resolved)
Well, resolved now does DNS caching too...
top Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide
Postgresql runs a database server. That's it. Postgresql doesn't include a mailserver just because it needs to send alerts.
Apache runs an HTTP server. That's it. Apache doesn't include DNS and OCSP servers just because sites hosted on it will need name resolution and certificates.
OpenOffice, I'll give you that one. It combines multiple applications into one for historical reasons. I don't like it, but I don't use it so I don't have a dog in that fight.
Monolithic (in the sense used here) implies the combination of multiple essentially independent functions into a single application. Just because Apache and Postgresql are big applications doesn't make them monolithic.
top Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide
"... with only minor loss of" the primary stated goal of the system?
top Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?
What revenue stream does the App store have?
Taking 30% commission out of everything you sell via the app store and in-app?
top Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production
I can see them doing this, rather than the much simpler solution of having two ports: a Micro-B port for charging only, and a C port for data/charging.
Compliant with all regulations, simpler for the consumer (no adapter required), minimal outlay (one extra trace on the PCB, one extra component costing fractions of a cent), no questions about cables.
top Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly
I would be curious to see how Azure is impacting Windows Server market share
As this is slashdot, the appropriate response would be to turn to Netcraft to confirm it...
Which was from February, and should be read in the context of the February Web Server Survey:
http://news.netcraft.com/archi... about a month and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?
Or the fragment might be part of a statement like
"following the issues with the Enron case, we've put in some additional measures to prevent any irregularities in the pension fund" or even "Did you see that episode of the IT Crowd where the new boss was asking the IT department for help deleting the files which showed the irregularities in the pension fund? What a classic..." about a month and a half ago
top Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds
http://xkcd.com/1211/ This is a good world.... about a month and a half ago
top Mozilla Dumps Info of 76,000 Developers To Public Web Server
Why should we commend them...?
We shouldn't. They fucked up. We should call them out for fucking up.
What the GP said was not "we should commend them", but "in their defense".
It's a valid defense: they fucked up, they noticed, they cleaned up what they could, and they admitted their mistake and advised people appropriately. That doesn't make their mistake go away, but it changes it from Badness Level 50 (eBay) to Badness Level 30 (Target).
about a month and a half ago
top Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?
Ditto, from my
WinMob-based Dopod 838pro which I had from 2006 to 2010, vs every touchscreen phone I've owned since then. I send fewer and shorter emails from the phone nowadays, and even my sms messages have gotten shorter (from comfortably typing ~8 unit/1200 character messages on the Dopod to now usually staying below ~3 unit/450 character messages).
top Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?
broadcasting the world news in Latin too...
top Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
Even the 1% aren't completely and totally financially secure, as the French Revolution demonstrated.
Except that they were financially secure...
Exactly. They were
financially secure, they just weren't secure... physically
top People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use
Is a possible interpretation of the data that "people who don't use much energy, don't feel the need to worry about climate change"?
top Walter Munk's Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment
Especially when the most outstanding fact in there is that
when waves "interfere", there is no loss of energy of either wave, which is a well-known result in physics...
top Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills
Surely if they are writing cheques, then that is already cashless? Sounds like they've beaten the rest of us to it...
top Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing
... attempt to falsify any claims...
Falsifying claims is the worst thing a scientist can do. Once they're caught their career is over.
This a misunderstanding of the the term "falsify". Unfortunately, there are
two well-understood meanings for the word:
In the sciences, we use the second meaning of the word a lot. It is considered a
good thing. We propose an idea, or make a claim, then find ways to test the idea/claim. A useful idea in science is one which is said to be "falsifiable", that is, one which it is theoretically possible to disprove. If you can find a way to test your claim, and state beforehand which results will prove that your claim is wrong, then your claim is falsifiable, and is now a scientific claim. Then you run the test, and see what results it gives. If you get any results which don't falslify your claim, then the claim stands for a little longer. If you get results which falsify your claim, you throw the claim away and come up with a new claim. So science moves forward when we make claims and attempt to falsify them.
Using the first meaning of the word, you might say that someone
"falsified some data". That would be a bad thing. This is not the common usage of the word in the scientific community, but is a popular understanding of the word elsewhere, so the distinction is worth calling out.
Notably, you can lie about data, but you generally can't lie about a claim; so context is essential in determining whether the verb "falsify": lying about data/evidence/results is bad, but attempting to disprove claims/ideas/hypothesis is good.
top GAO finds inadequate planning and oversight caused HealthCare.gov cost blowout
stoborrobots (577882) writes "The Government Accountability Office has investigated the cost blowouts associated with how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) handled the Healthcare.gov project. It has released a 60-page report entitled Healthcare.gov: Ineffective Planning and Oversight Practices Underscore the Need for Improved Contract Management, with a 5 page summary. The key takeaway messages are: CMS undertook the development of Healthcare.gov and its related systems without effective planning or oversight practices... [The task] was a complex effort with compressed time frames. To be expedient, CMS issued task orders ... when key technical requirements were unknown... CMS identified major performance issues ... but took only limited steps to hold the contractor accountable. CMS awarded a new contract to another firm [and the new contract's cost has doubled] due to changes such as new requirements and other enhancements...
Larry Seltzer has more over at ZDNet." Link to Original Source
top IPV4 exhaustion is here...
stoborrobots (577882) writes "Following on from APNIC's earlier assessment that they would need to request the last available /8 blocks, they have now been allocated 39/8 and 106/8, triggering ARIN's final distribution of blocks to the RIRs. According to the release, "APNIC expects normal allocations to continue for a further three to six months."" Link to Original Source
top Sea-Tac Airport runway access, no questions asked!
stoborrobots (577882) writes "The Seattle Times is reporting an incident where two civilians got unescorted access to the runway at Sea-Tac Airport in a van with names unasked, ID unchecked, and vehicle unsearched. " Link to Original Source
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