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Iran Arrests Alleged Spies Over Stuxnet Worm

sufijazz Re:The country that cried wolf (261 comments)

Mod parent up. Americans don't go to a war zone to hike. No one does. That the entire nation swallows this crap is what's astounding. The public doesn't have proof they're CIA or not but what's more likely?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft and Apple Rumble Into Middle Age

sufijazz Re:Not really so (367 comments)

The fact is, you have unreasonable expectations regarding life expectancy of computers. 12 years old is old. Heck even XP is 8 years old and is showing its age.

Who made you the authority to decide what is reasonable? GP is right - it is more user-friendly to provide support longer term than what Apple provides.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Should I Trust My Network Administrator?

sufijazz Re:Worried about the cost of your actions? (730 comments)

GP makes a great point.

"Remotely" doesn't mean offshore. All big outsourcers - especially those who have large offshore operations - make their offshore staff sign all sorts of confidentiality and privacy contracts. A sysadmin in India is as likely to wind up in jail as a sysadmin here. A worker in a Chinese factory committed suicide just because an Apple prototype got stolen from him.

In addition, outsourcing contracts have liability clauses for breaches. So get the vendor company to agree to liability clauses and protect yourself.

more than 5 years ago
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US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal

sufijazz Re:Tax Exempt? (490 comments)

Only on Slashdot can trolling like this be modded up as Insightful. There _is_ a shortage of technical talent in the US. That doesn't mean there is no unemployment in this sector. If all you know is VAX/VMS and you only want to live in Nashville, perhaps you will be unemployed. But unemployment in the tech sector is _far_ lower than the rest of the economy.
The basic principle of free trade and free movement of capital, goods and labor is to maximize efficiencies that benefit society as a whole. This produces winners and losers depending upon who is best positioned to take advantage of market opportunities. I don't have a problem with the government helping the people who lose out - retrain laid off workers, for example. But these workers have to learn skills that are in demand in society.
If you simply raise protectionist barriers, cost of IT workers will be artificially high, so cost of doing business will be high, so cost of goods will rise. American consumers and shareholders will ultimately pay the price. So they will subsidize the artificially high salaries of IT workers. Just like all taxpayers had to foot the bill for bailing out banks.
Parent should be modded down -75

more than 5 years ago
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Wikipedia Approaches Its Limits

sufijazz Re:It's their own fault (564 comments)

Everyone can edit
Doesn't mean your edits won't be reverted. It's still faithful to its original mission.
Wikipedia matured a couple of years ago. There are many articles for which the best write-up is a an old version archived on Wikipedia, not the current revision.
It would be nice if someone could redirect their zeal on other wikis instead of Wikipedia. Like this encyclopedia of comparisons.

more than 5 years ago
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Bill Gates Puts Classic Feynman Lectures Online

sufijazz Re:My fanboi response (338 comments)

Any web developer worth his salt ought to have strong experience with the UNIX shell, shell scripting, and Apache configuration. Developers with broader interests should have Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash at their disposal. And every developer should have decent C/C++ skills.

And he should be able to dance, cook, be good in bed, know how to sail a boat, be good with kids and impress my parents.

WTF?? I could climb Mt. Everest but not your ego.

more than 5 years ago
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Seinfeld-Windows TV Ad Anything But 'Delicious'

sufijazz Re:What Are You Talking About? (893 comments)

Have you ever watched TV in other countries? If it's not reruns of old stuff from the US, It's knock-offs like [insert country here] Idol. Entertainment is bad on a global scale.

Before you take too much misplaced patriotic pride in the silliness of American Idol, you should know that it's a ripoff from a British show. But it's too late for that I guess.

about 6 years ago

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Pirate Bay's ISP hacks Lunarpages nameserver

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sufijazz (889247) writes "It looks like several web sites hosted on Lunarpages are being redirected to BlackInternet.se, the ISP of The Pirate Bay.

I am the webmaster of one of these websites and can confirm that users in WA are being redirected. However, colleagues on the East coast can access the real site. I can also access the real website from my leased server in Atlanta. If it is indeed a Lunarpages nameserver that has been compromised, do they have any legal liability to their customers? Probably not."

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Microsoft bans Apple software on Windows

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sufijazz (889247) writes "Mirroring Steve Jobs’ ridicule of Adobe, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie has lampooned Apple’s poor software for Windows, according to Tundla Junction (an Indian knock-off of The Onion). Don't miss the almost hidden PDF link with the actual (fake) Ray Ozzie blog post tracing the parallels between Apple/Adobe and Microsoft/Apple."
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Facebook sued over data access

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sufijazz (889247) writes "A Brazilian service, Power.com, that lets users simultaneously access several social networks has filed a countersuit against Facebook. The suit claims that Facebook improperly restricts its users' access to their private information such as photos, contacts and online profiles when it prevents them from accessing it through a third party like Power."
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RIM in trouble for not violating privacy

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sufijazz writes "The US government is not alone in wanting to snoop on everything denizens do over email/phone. The Indian government wants that right too. It seems that RIM is stating they have no means to decrypt, no master key and no back door to allow the government to access email."
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Gates sees diminished role for keyboards

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sufijazz writes "In five years, Microsoft expects more Internet searches to be done through speech than through typing on a keyboard, Gates told about 1,200 students and faculty members Thursday at Carnegie Mellon University. "It's one of the big bets we're making," he said."
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Robots assimilate in cockroach society

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sufijazz writes "Scientists have gotten tiny robots to not only integrate into cockroach society but also control it. This experiment in bug peer pressure combined entomology, robotics and the study of ways that complex and even intelligent patterns can arise from simple behavior. Animal behavior research shows that swarms working together can prosper where individuals might fail, and robotics researchers have been experimenting with simple robots that, together, act a little like a swarm.

The BBC also has a video story on this."

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Google to show Videos on other Websites

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sufijazz writes "In the last 3 hours, there have been a series of articles announcing Google's plan to monetize YouTube clips. The gist:

The ads accompanying the outbound YouTube clips won't be in a video format. Instead, they will appear as a graphic straddling the video or as a link along the bottom.
Google won't be pulling clips from YouTube's entire library, which includes a multitude of wacky segments contributed by amateur videographers. The material sent to other Web sites will be confined to video from providers who sign consent forms.
With the new twist, Web sites participating in AdSense now can sign up to specify the kinds of YouTube videos they want shown on their pages.
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Google's stock tops $600 for the first time

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sufijazz writes "Google Inc.'s stock price sailed past $600 for the first time Monday, extending a rally that has elevated the Internet search leader's market value by about $25 billion in the past month.

Coupled with a more reliable article from the New York Times, speculating about the GPhone, it looks like there is no stopping the big G."

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Japanese Wikipedia 'editors' rapped by employer

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sufijazz writes "JAPAN'S agriculture ministry has reprimanded six bureaucrats for shirking their duties after an internal inquiry found that they had spent many work hours contributing to the Wiki-pedia website — including 260 entries about cartoon robots.
The ministry verbally reprimanded each of the six officials, and slapped a ministry-wide order to prohibit access to Wikipedia at work, while disabling access to the site from the ministry."

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PopSci's 6th Annual Brilliant Ten Scientists

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sufijazz writes "Popular Science magazine visits operating rooms, observatories, and islands full of slightly-less-than-rational monkeys to find the 10 young geniuses who are shaping the future of science.

"We take about six months to create our annual list of the most impressive young scientists in the U.S., six months of quizzing academic department heads, professional organizations and journal editors about the most creative and important research in the country and the individuals making it happen.
So when we say that these 10 are the most creative, the most groundbreaking, the most brilliant, just what does it mean? It means they have the gall to ask the big questions, even if those happen to be outside the traditional areas of inquiry. It means they challenge what we thought it possible to know. It means their answers are opening up ever more perplexing questions.
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Robots take on social tasks

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  about 7 years ago

sufijazz writes "Dominated by home-cleaning gadgets, the consumer robotics market is expanding with the arrival of 'bots that can spy inside your home when you're away or arrange virtual meetings of family or friends.

The AP story cites utilitarian Western robots like the gutter-cleaning Looj and the WiFi Spy Robot Spykee contrasted with Korean and Japanese robots that are more human-like.

From the article:

I think Americans will be willing to experiment with cute-ish robots that do something like bring a family together
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Happiness through a warm electrode

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  about 7 years ago

sufijazz writes "A story by Gregory Mone on the Popular Science website talks about trials to use deep brain stimulation to cure chronic depression. From the article:

Antidepressants may generate billions of dollars in revenue for pharmaceutical companies, but recent studies suggest that pills work only 50 percent of the time — and they don't do much at all for the millions like Hire who are severely depressed.
So the alternative being tried is brain surgery whereby electrodes are lodged in the patient's brain and 2 Volts of electricity is passed. Why the pulses affect mood is still unclear, but scientists believe that they may facilitate chemical communication between brain cells, possibly by forcing ions through nerve fibers called axons. In turn, this may trigger the release of mood-regulating chemicals like serotonin and norepinephrine. Similar trials are being conducted in other places. Exact numbers are hard to ascertain, but it's estimated that fewer than 50 patients in North America are walking around with wires in their brain."

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"Illegal" file sharing network eDonkey dis

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  about 7 years ago

sufijazz writes "The TimesOnline (UK) website reports that

The second largest file-sharing network on the internet has been severely disabled in a significant coup for the music industry's fight against piracy.
Of course, there are those of us who question whether all file sharing on eDonkey is illegal. But that little question seems to have gotten lost in the entertainment industry's tirade against file sharers."

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Google expands online software suite

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  about 7 years ago

sufijazz writes "Google Inc. has expanded its online suite of office software to include a business presentation tool similar to Microsoft Corp.'s popular PowerPoint, adding the latest twist in a high-stakes rivalry, the Associated Press reports.
Having checked it out, I must say it's not bad."

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Terrorist websites down

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  about 7 years ago

sufijazz writes "CNN's Kelli Arena reports that "all of the sites that we usually turn to for videos like this are down — they've been down all day." She goes on to say "...who's doing that is a matter of much speculation...some experts thought that maybe it was the government because they knew that the tape was coming and so they interfered and hacked into those sites and put them down.""
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An encyclopedia of comparisons and differences

sufijazz sufijazz writes  |  about 7 years ago

sufijazz writes "Diffen is a recently-launched encyclopedia of differences and comparisons. What is the difference between Pentium Dual Core and Core 2 Duo? Between calloc and malloc? What is the difference between Shia and Sunni? Between LCD and Plasma TV? GPL v2 and GPL v3? Copyright and Copyleft? How does the iPhone compare with the BlackBerry? Diffen is aimed at answering all these questions. And then some.

Diffen is a wiki (which means a lot of content is not there yet — only 100-odd esoteric articles exist today) and the content is distributed under the GNU Free Documentation License. While obviously inspired by Wikipedia (it even runs on MediaWiki — the same software that powers Wikipedia), Diffen is different from Wikipedia.

PS — I hope this submission is not too self-serving. CmdrTaco had posted a similar but different story last September."

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