Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS
I will migrate to plain-text web pages, searchable via google
Here's the first one
Job Postings Offer Clues to Future of Google Fiber
Long ago, I worked for a little company in one state, that bought a big company in another state (don't ask), and the big company had a union shop. At some point they were trying to negotiate something with the union, and they weren't getting what they wanted, so the next week they advertise 300 job openings in the local city paper, like they were going to move the entire shop in-state and just cut the union loose.
Nothing ever came of it.
Do you worry about the singularity?
The meta-Turning test counts a thing as intelligent if it seeks to devise and apply Turing tests to objects of its own creation.
-- Lew Mammel, Jr.
I'll start worrying about the singularity when an AI passes the meta-Turing test.
My resting heart rate:
The bump is an artifact of the intervals: the last interval is much larger than the others.
If it continued 100-109, 110-119, etc. then the bell shape would probably continue too.
My resting heart rate:
Hey, look: a bell curve!
SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts
I think for the cost of the shuttle program, you could treat the HST as disposable, and just keep building and launching them until you get it right.
New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W
67,000 MWh = 67 GWh, not 67 TWh.
The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI
The meta-Turing test counts a thing as intelligent if it seeks to devise and apply Turing tests to objects of its own creation.
--Lew Mammel, Jr.
Cosmic Mystery Solved By Super-sized Supernova Dust
The only thing I can think is it works like a refrigerator.
The shock wave compress the the dust, which raises its temperature, so it radiates heat (a lot of heat: P ~ T^4).
When the shock wave passes, the dust expands and cools back down below its original temperature.
Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?
I'm older than that and still employed.
Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?
I've made my career building out new applications that are enabled by advancing computer technology. These jobs only last for a few years. A basic product development cycle is maybe 2 to 5 years, at which point you've either
- succeeded, and don't need people like me any more
- failed, and definitely don't need people like me any more
When the job goes away, I find a new one. Sometimes I find a new job at the same company, but that is inessential.
The short tenure of these jobs doesn't have much to do with me. It is driven by the staggering speed at which the underlying computer technology is advancing and changing.
Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?
DigiComp I was a plastic, hand-cranked, 3-bit state machine, with some restrictions on the allowed state transitions.
You programmed it by pushing little plastic tubes on to little plastic tabs.
I had one when I was 9 or 10 years old.
I've been a hacker ever since.
Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work
I figured this out twenty-mumble years ago.
I was doing data analysis in spreadsheets, and realized that I had no way to audit them.
The data and the analysis were all just...there...in the spreadsheet.
As soon as I got a grip on my data, I changed over to C programs that I could test, and document, and validate, and run at any time to demonstrate that input X generated output Y.
Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says
I heard an interview with Torvalds where they asked him why there was no kernel ABI.
He explained that the reason people want ABIs is so they can link object code into the kernel w/o releasing the sources,
and then that code breaks, and he ends up having to debug kernels with incomplete sources.
And he doesn't want to do that.
So no kernel ABI.
I don't know that I'd call that arrogant. Selfish, maybe...
The good news is that because the Linux kernel has no ABIs,
the sources are all necessarily available,
which means that you can get the sources, and fork them, and add ABIs, and create a binary driver compatibility layer,
so that people can link in drivers w/o sources,
and then you'll be running a kernel with incomplete sources,
and then....ummm....wait....what was the good news again?
Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain
My reading speed moves up and down to maintain a constant information density.
In a low-density text, like, ummm, Slashdot comments, I skim.
In a medium-density text, like a novel, I read every word.
In a high-density text, like a math book, I *study* every word.
And it's not something that I have to think about either: it happens automatically.
My subjective experience is that I'm managing a tradeoff between boredom (too slow) and incomprehension (too fast).
"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"
I'm Pappy. I'm not dead, but my kids have been hearing me bitch about Microsoft as long as they can remember. At this point, they probably think of it like a fixture of the landscape: the old man doesn't like Microsoft.
So my oldest finally graduates college, and gets his first real job. He's an engineer; industrial controls. The vendors only write drivers for Windows, so everyone uses Windows, and no one cares. He's provisioning servers in plants, and doing Windows installs, and running VMs, and trying to automate things. And it's all done in Windows Power Shell.
After a few months, I start getting calls from him. He's astonished: "This thing really sucks!" he tells me. It kind of a broken, crippled, over-engineered, badly implemented shell. It's always in his way. Everything is a needless problem. He talks about what a relief it is to go home on weekends, and work on his own systems, in Linux, running bash, and being able to work on the actual problem, instead of spending all his time fighting with the system and the tools. And every time he calls, it's the same refrain with more exclamation points: "This thing really sucks!!!"
So, yeah, he learned it from me, but then he learned it for himself.
Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration
local variables can cause stack overflows.
I've seen this assertion in two comments now.
How do local variables cause stack overflow?
If you aren't using recursion, then total stack space requirements can be computed from static code analysis.
If you are using recursion, then you can overflow the stack with return addresses alone.
BTW, I did read most of the expert testimony, and some of the expert report.
The suspect software is catastrophically bad.
Are You a Competent Cyborg?
Can Electric Current Make People Better At Math?
I threw a monkey wrench into the engine of my car, and it ran slower. Maybe if throw something different into it, it will run faster
Government Secrecy Spurs $4 Million Lawsuit Over Simple 'No Fly' List Error
The late Senator Ted Kennedy was famously put on this list as well.
They wouldn't let him board a flight from Boston to Washington, so he was stuck in Boston for a few days until someone removed his name. Then he flew to Washington.
I was very disappointed by this. I was hoping that he would stay camped out at Logan airport, and pledge not to fly until the government created a procedure for people who aren't United States senators to get their names off of the list.
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