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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

tiberus Re:Crackers and milk [Re:News at 11..] (554 comments)

I find it very difficult to be offended by someone referring to me as a cracker, I'd have to stop laughing first.

13 hours ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

tiberus Re:News at 11.. (554 comments)

A math genius using math to swindle people is still a math genius.

And would be referred to as a swindler, not primarily as a math genius.

A soldier using his training to murder people still have military training.

And would be referred to as a murderer, not primarily as a soldier.

If you asked members of the general public what a hacker is, you are most likely to get the definition of a cracker.

13 hours ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

tiberus Re:News at 11.. (554 comments)

While you can find the following on Wikipedia, the first definition from the world of computer security is somewhat of a late comer. Hacker culture was well established before before the term began to be used for the ilk who break things. The term Cracker is much more descriptive, draws a distinction between the two but, just never seemed to catch the ear of the media darlings the put on the news.

yesterday
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

tiberus Beyond 404 HiJacking (378 comments)

It's bad enough that companies like Verizon, in a effort to help us and provide better service, hijack 404 errors and redirect them to their tailored search results, now this. In light of how little vetting some of these take down notices seem to receive before the ban hammer falls, this is truly scary. Scary in that they think this is how to go about business. Like others have already alluded too, this is likely to at worst cause a minor bit of annoyance before a way to protect against this silliness is found.

2 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

tiberus Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (173 comments)

Sadly too true.

There is often a vast gap between saying what you mean and meaning what you say.

It's a real PITA to have someone interpret your words and force you to accept that they don't mean what you intended them to.

4 days ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

tiberus Re:Growing Isolation (157 comments)

It was meant to be a comparison between Hitler's actions leading up to WWII and not a reference to Putin's role model. Prior to WWII a number of actions were taken to Hitler that were, in some ways, similarly responded to as Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

about a week ago
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Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

tiberus Growing Isolation (157 comments)

I find this rather disturbing in light of Russia's Growing Isolation. I'm left to wonder if Russia is 'just being Russia' or if these laws are being passed with the intent of gently nudging companies like Google and Adobe out of the country. Russia's recent actions in Ukraine have left me with a very Hitleresk taste.

about a week ago
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Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products

tiberus Re:This is bothersome (109 comments)

Uh, China.

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

tiberus Re:good (341 comments)

Well this comes to mind:

You can judge the morality of a nation by the way the society treats its animals.
-Mahatma Gandhi

Does it really matter why, some thinks this is important. It the one before us at the moment. I'd give it less weight than say the kidnappings and atrocities that are occurring in various parts of the world right now but, that's not what the OP was in reference to. While I believe granting "person-hood" to a non-human is not the right answer (look at how well making businesses persons has served us), I do believe that animals in general should be treated much better than they often are and penalties for improper (inhumane) treatment should be much more severe. Then again, I watch a lot of Criminal Minds and know that torture and killing of small animals is a gateway to serial killing.

about two weeks ago
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How the FCC CIO Plans To Modernize 207 Legacy IT Systems

tiberus Re:Good For Him (74 comments)

Gotta give him thumbs up for enthusiasm. One can always hope, he has a few BOFH advisers to scope the project and give it a reality check. I get the concerns about the scale of this type of project but, I do occasionally wish someone would force us to get rid of a couple legacy systems I have to deal with and am forced to find creative and often insecure ways to keep them up and running.

Granted "cloud-based" gives me the heebee jeebees. Whose cloud?

about three weeks ago
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Fukushima Radiation Nears California Coast, Judged Harmless

tiberus Re:8 disintegrations/sec per cubic meter. Nothing. (114 comments)

Maybe it's a slow news cycle . . .

In terms of reporting a danger, you may well have a point but, you can also look at it in terms of reporting that once it crosses the ocean the radiation is at a very low level and does not present a threat . . . In which case you may still have a point. Well at least now we have a benchmark for how long it takes radiation to get to the U.S. from Japan, might come in handy someday.

about a month ago
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Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads

tiberus Re:Bennett on Tor and exit nodes (126 comments)

Thanks, now I'm having flashbacks of Chuck Norris jokes in the Barrens on Drak'thul.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

tiberus Re:non profits are run like for profits. (104 comments)

Of course now that I want it, I can't find a reference for it . . .

On of the issues in doing a project like this for free, is that many customers equate the cost of an item or service with its value. In the case Anonymous Coward mentioned above the system/website has no cost so some will feel that is has no value. It can also extend to the persons time to develop/maintain the system. As the system grows, change requests are submitted that 'cost' the developer but, add no cost or value in the eyes of the customer.

Several companies that offered support for 'free' services discovered that customers from the free service were much more demanding and intolerant that those that paid even a nominal fee for the same or a similar service. A few companies even discontinued their 'free' offerings as the cost to maintain those services became too burdensome.

about 2 months ago
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Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

tiberus Next 24 Hours News Cycle (77 comments)

Scientific Community

Cheerios are by far the best in the cereal aisle at growing chemically productive fungi

Blue Press

Cheerios discovered to harbor a wide range of funguses

about 2 months ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

tiberus Re:What right do they have anyway? (144 comments)

On one side you have Google as it was, everything it finds, indexed categorized and available to be found. The other end of the spectrum would be a world without search engines. A vast array of options exist between those two points. Yes, Google is judge, jury and executioner for now as it is their %$%$ search engine and they haven't been forced to do otherwise. Who would you have sit in judgement instead? Who should bear the cost? Honoring no requests is not an available option for Google any longer, it has been decided for them this can not be the case. In regard to honoring all requests, that's not a workable solution either. Would have have it so that I could request that all positive information about you be removed from search results? No, then someone has to arbitrate. Why foist rules upon a new system in the midst of its infancy? If you don't like the results of your request, you can appeal or avail yourself of the courts.

about 2 months ago
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Prosthetic Hand Capable of Delivering Texture Sensations

tiberus Re:Not a medical professional, but: (30 comments)

There is also a side-show like display where a persons hand is hidden behind a partition and a fake hand (placed where there hand 'should' be) is struck with a hammer causing the subject to flinch and act as their hand had been hurt. Brain Games mucked about with this one on of their shows. While this may just be triggering a fight of flight response, it interesting the note that the irrational portion of the brain seems to override the rational part (the one that 'knows' your hand is safe). After reading BringsApples post it struck me that these two cases may be opposite sides of the same coin.

about 2 months ago
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Nobel Prize For Medicine Awarded For "Brain GPS" Research

tiberus From NPR (33 comments)

Heard about this on NPR during the morning drive and how the "place cells" were found 30 years ago and how that researcher's students found "grid cells" recently to complete the picture. The most intriguing part of the story was the expectation of the impact that this discovery will have on the world of philosophy, as it now it know that our brains have a physical (mathematically based and similar to a computer) mechanism for knowing where we are in 3D space. They also discussed while no practical use or 'cures' are on the immediate horizon, this is apparently the first brain function to go with the onset of Alzheimer's and may lead to greater understanding.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

tiberus Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

Is it a question of worth watching or of worth watching in a stadium for $XXX? I'll never understand why someone pays that kind of money to sit in bad seats in the cold, wet etc. when they should be able to watch it from home. It's hard to fathom that ticket sales are worth more than TV rights any more. IMHO, all blackouts do is punish the fans who weren't going to buy a ticket anyway.

about 3 months ago
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DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

tiberus FAA and Commercial Drone Use (92 comments)

According to a story I heard recently on NPR, the only currently legal use of drones in the U.S. is in the film industry. The story added that the FAA is expected to take a few years to sort out the rules for commercial drone use. Pilot training programs, certifications and the like will need to be developed and put in place, don't recall any mention of autonomous drones. The air-ways should be truly interesting once Google brings it's ala Jetson car to the mix.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

tiberus Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (385 comments)

Okay, so apparently I'm the only one that was left confused after reading the headline, which gave me a Detective Thorn ala Soylent Green flashback, and the summary, after-which I had that look dogs get when they're confused...

about 3 months ago

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Man walks after nose cells repair spinal cord

tiberus tiberus writes  |  about 2 months ago

tiberus (258517) writes "A 40-year-old paralyzed man from Bulgaria can now walk again with the aid of a frame after breakthrough surgery transplanted cells from his nose into his spinal cord, which had been severed in a knife attack.

After undergoing surgery to transplant cells from his nose to his spinal cord, a paralyzed man from Bulgaria is able to walk again. The procedure effectively provided a "bridge" over the injury site so nerve cells — encouraged by the special nose cells — could regrow across the scar tissue."

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Aurora Borealis Substation Style

tiberus tiberus writes  |  about 2 years ago

tiberus (258517) writes "It's wasn't even 12/21/2012 yet:

So much for the bubble that has often protected our state capital from storms much of this year. It wasn’t the end of the world, but it did scare quite a few people the eve of the Winter Solstice in Annapolis, MD and central Anne Arundel County. A strong storm is moving through with heavy rain and high winds. This is the warmer part of the same system the brought blizzard conditions to the Mid West and even into western Maryland. Even BGE made the public aware they might expect power failures in this event."

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The Giant Bite - Discovery of Leviathan melvillei

tiberus tiberus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tiberus (258517) writes "Christopher Joyce writes:

Rarely do scientists get to publish a research paper that begins with the words "The Giant Bite." On Wednesday, fossil hunters from Europe did just that. They've discovered one of the biggest predators that ever lived: a whale — one that devoured other whales and probably anything else it had an appetite for.

The scientists call the creature Leviathan melvillei. "Leviathan" means sea monster, and "melvillei" refers, of course, to Herman Melville, who wrote the greatest of whale stories, Moby-Dick. Paleontologist Olivier Lambert says he's read that book — several times.

"I love the book," he says. "So, it was the reason why we selected that species name."

Lambert is with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, and you might call him a modern-day Ahab, though what he's after are the whitened bones of extinct whales. Two years ago in a Peruvian desert, his team found some from a sperm whale that lived and died some 12 to 13 million years ago — when the desert was underwater."

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Long Distance Remote Access

tiberus tiberus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tiberus (258517) writes "How do you support remote users in truly remote locations? We are a small U.S. Company with offices on the East Coast and one in Hawaii. Now we are being asked to provide remote access to e-mail and file services to employees supporting our products in Iraq. Without blackberrys and with slow or high latency connections, how do you support these users? Personal satellite dishes?"

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