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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

vic-traill Re:7th grade? (323 comments)

In the UK that equates to a 12 year old.

The minimum age for a Facebook account is 13. It's right there, in their terms and conditions.

Parental fail.

Maybe the *kid* was failing. He could be 15 if he's been held back enough.

about 3 months ago

One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

vic-traill Re:Real world consequences (190 comments)

Mod Parent +1. Required Snark, thanks. Wish I had mod points.

about 6 months ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

vic-traill Re: Failsafe? (468 comments)

I just wonder how this plays out with a screen failure and no transparent windshield?

An unusual set of circumstances but airplane accidents almost always are ...

about 7 months ago

Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

vic-traill Re:Not surprising. (378 comments)

[ ... Snorts Repeatedly ... ] That is the funniest gdamn post I've read in quite a while. Maybe you have to be Canadian for it to be funny. Even worse, maybe you have to a Canadian in Ontario (which I am). But that was damn funny. Thanks for the Laugh of the Day.

about 8 months ago

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

vic-traill Re:Is there a way to tell? (239 comments)

The only client side tool I've encountered is at http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/ Can't speak to the implementation or even if it actually checks. But it purports to check in real time and if you trust it you can check sites prior to changing passwords.

about 10 months ago

North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X

vic-traill Re:Dates (252 comments)

Oh gawd ... I had no idea what the flap was all about. That is fscking brutal. [ ... ] I had to go back and take another look - like slowing down to see a fatal accident. It's still brutal. Going to the mobile site redirects to http://classic.slashdot.org/ on my phone and a desktop browser. I can't see them pushing the beta view on mobile users, but stranger things have happened.

about a year ago

What's Wrong With the US Defense R&D Budget?

vic-traill Re:R&D (225 comments)

How many jets failed before the US military perfected the jet engine?

Okay, I'll bite - can you expand on this? A citation?

about 3 years ago

Number of Facebook Friends Linked To Anxiety

vic-traill Re:Absolutely. (144 comments)

The moral of this story is - friends on Facebook shouldn't be professional relationships. That's what LinkedIn is for, if you must.

more than 3 years ago

One Year Later, "Dead" XP Still Going Strong

vic-traill Re:Zombie XP (538 comments)

Now they have to wait until the moon is in the Eighth House of Aquarius again to attempt the resurrection

No, No, No - the moon that will be in the *seventh* house. And of course Jupiter will need to be aligned w/ Mars. Next thing you know, goddamned *peace* will rule the planets, and (if you can believe this) *love* will steer the fscking stars.

more than 5 years ago

Facebook VP Slams Intel's, AMD's Chip Performance Claims

vic-traill Re:Would you expect otherwise (370 comments)

Google's core business is intelligence. Facebooks core business is stupidity.


That's a god-damned beaut, brother. I actually spewed some yogurt into my nose, I started laughing so hard in mid-swallow.

If I had my way around here - which of course I don't - you'd get some bonus/recognition cool award thing. Not mod points, but like an instant order of magnitude reduction in your /. UID.

Not that you really need it, now that I've looked at your UID, but hey, it's the thought that counts, right?

more than 5 years ago

IT and Health Care

vic-traill Who benefits by data-mining EMRs?. (294 comments)

Replying to my own post is in horrific bad taste, so I expect to get the bejesus mod'd out of me, but ...

I don't know how the dollars add up, and it also smacks of conspiracy theorism, but advocating automation in health care as a cost saving measure, with a side benefit of data-ming the hell out of electronic medical record systems looks like enlightened self-interest for health insurers

And when the Dartmouth College Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (author of one of TFA's cited sources) looks to be financed by health care suppliers (J and J), and really large health insurers (Wellpoint, United Health) through their charitable foundations, my spidey sense really starts tingling.

None of which means that there isn't any merit in the article. Maybe I'm just being too cynical at 4:00 a.m.

more than 5 years ago

IT and Health Care

vic-traill Dartmouth College Institute for Health Policy ... (294 comments)

From TFA:

The amount of unnecessary spending is huge. In a project that analyzed 4,000 hospitals, the Dartmouth College Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice estimated that eliminating 30 percent of Medicare spending would not change either access to health care or the quality of the care itself.

The first thing I did was go looking for who funds the Dartmouth College Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Following the second search result was just too damn funny - excellence.php needs a bit of work, I guess.

more than 5 years ago

Google Funding the Next Big One?

vic-traill s/sensationalist drivel/actual info/g , please (295 comments)

Steven E. Koonin, the under secretary for science at the Energy Department, said the earthquake issue was new to him, but added, "We're committed to doing things in a factual and rigorous way, and if there is a problem, we will attend to it."

I have zero understanding of the technology being used here, nor of what might constitute rigorous risk identification, monitoring and response. The article doesn't help much in that it appears to focuses on the polar - people who assert little or manageable risk(s) and on the other end those who think just about anything (bad) could happen.

At the risk of trivializing something complex that I know jack shit about, I'll note I can't tell whether Mr. Koonin's comment is indicative of solid forethought and comprehensive contingency planning or a talking point meant to reassure listeners with no actual content behind it. An informative article might have detailed some of the problems that have been considered and the monitor/identify/respond/mitigate work that should now stand behind those scenarios.

I despise this sort of sensational drivel that whips people up while giving them near zero content to build some understanding on which to stand. It leaves you wondering whether you should a) have faith that people putting millions of dollars into a complex project using a less than mature technology do indeed have a clue and are professionals who do their homework (c.f. this example that was supposed to create a black hole and suck the Earth into it but didn't (yet anyway) ) or b) be convinced that greedy money-grubbing fsckheads with no ethics and bereft of a single ounce of humanity are at it again.

Seems to me that the people who insure these sorts of projects are likely thinking about this sort of shit a lot. Sure enough, using a tool available even to journalists , it turns out that "As no standards have been established for this kind of insurance yet, the co-operation between project developer and insurer is of major importance. The clear definition of scenarios, best- and worst-cases, measures and procedures is crucial in order to produce a reliable and transparent policy. Both the stimulation concept and the layout of the test program for the certification of results should be specified in advance and form part of the insurance policy" [link left as an exercise for the interested reader].

How about some follow-up by The Gray Lady on what this actually means?

I'll admit being long-winded here, but I honestly have no intent to troll. That this article is accepted for print at a international newspaper of record is just beyond me. Where the hell is the science? Where is the investigative reporting?

more than 5 years ago

On the Humble Default

vic-traill Re:Slashdot defaults (339 comments)

And would it kill them to put in a WYSIWYG toolbar (tinyMCE, fckeditor, etc.)?

I don't know about Taco, but it might kill me. If we can't get away from JS editor toolbars on /., then they truly have taken over the world, I suppose.

I think a little manual markup is good for the soul, myself. Strictly IMHO.

more than 5 years ago

Ray Bradbury Loves Libraries, Hates the Internet

vic-traill Re:God Bless Him (600 comments)

How do you know our civilization's ability to produce personal computers isn't going to vanish. At least a book is good for three centuries on proper paper, is our ability to produce hard drives so robust?

I'll echo this sentiment w/ a reference to A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter Miller Jr., as well as noting that although I have documents stored on 720k, three and a half inch floppies within arm's reach, I've got no similarly handy way way to retrieve those docs.

Obviously the fact that they're orphaned on a media for which I have no required hardware is my own fault, but it does serve as an example to illustrate the temporal nature of contemporary storage. I have a hardcover book from the 1920's in great shape, very readable and physically robust; yet even a printout of my fourth year honours thesis (one of the docs stored on the aforementioned disks) would be in rough shape by now had I printed it using the 9-pin dot matrix printer I had 20 years ago.

I can guarantee that there will be *no* post-apocalyptic need for anything I cranked out in 1989. But I take Miller's central question to heart - how to preserve man's scientific knowledge so that we're not doomed to rediscover electricity (or whatever) again and again? Forever is a long, long time.

more than 5 years ago

Univ. of Wisconsin's 30-Year-Old Payroll System Needs a $40 Million Fix

vic-traill Re:Bad Title (418 comments)

Do you even know anything about perl? -- AC Replying to Tom Christiansen post.

That's the damn funniest .sig I've read in quite a while. Kinda like asking Henry Spencer if he knows anything about Usenet, or regular expressions.

Anyway, as another poster noted, the $12 million is for planning only. And it is up from $8 million in the original budget. I'm pretty impressed - how does the *planning* budget run over by 50%? And w/ a big 'n' to boot - it's not like it bloated from 1k to 1.5k.

more than 5 years ago

Carnegie Researchers Say Geotech Can't Cure Ocean Acidification

vic-traill Re:Global experiments with us as guinea pigs (248 comments)

We did not understand the global bio-sphere to begin with so we are in the Global-Environment change state. Now we propose attacking the symptoms without a full understanding of the dynamics.

Thank you. Very succinctly and clearly stated.

I've never understood what appears to me to be an urge to rush headlong into 'fixing' one problem that came about through poor understanding into another initiative or second phase that is also poorly understood.

Of course, you never know what you don't know, so there is a danger of paralysis resulting from fear (and even FUD) of the unknown.

The James Bay Project http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bay_Project is an example of a tremendously complex initiative w/ an obvious goal and an amazing number of social, environmental and resource impacts (ranging from the obvious and straightforward to the unanticipated and complex). Many impacts were known and/or anticipated, but many weren't.

At the time, what I gleaned out of the controversy surrounding the proposed final phase on the project (often referred to as the James Bay Project 2) was that by the time man becomes aware of effects, through monitoring/observation/testing, etc. they are often a *done* deal. Monitoring, adjusting and reacting quickly enough in such circumstance is very difficult.

So what? Well, often the idea that we can fix specific elements in such complex systems is hubris and sheer folly. However, the fear-of-the-unknown objection can be the pendulum swinging to the other extreme to stop any activity. This planet is out in the middle of nowhere, and is all we have in terms of resources. There's no going down to the Milky Way corner store to pick up replacements for things we seriously fuck up.

This is serious shit. I'm glad to see serious study is occurring at the Carnegie Institution. The idea of countering warming with geoengineering on a piecemeal basis scares the crap out of me.

more than 5 years ago

Gartner Tells Businesses to Forget About Vista

vic-traill Re:Keep XP (309 comments)

So with the site license program they can just keep adding licenses for a discontinued OS?

Good point - I missed this. Volume License Agreements allow the holder to backgrade (upgrade?) the license you purchase on a new machine to, for instance, XP Pro SP3. And you're also right that new hardware will sooner or later have no drivers for XP.

more than 5 years ago

Gartner Tells Businesses to Forget About Vista

vic-traill Re:Keep XP (309 comments)

Extended support cycle for XP Professional and XP Pro x64 runs until 08/04/2014. Mainstream support for both stopped 14/04/2009. So what's the difference between mainstream and extended support? Mainstream support includes everything in extended support plus non-security hotfix support (although you buy a contract for this if you do it within 90 days of mainstream support ending), no-charge incident support, warranty claims and design changes and feature requests.

So which of these now not available mainstream items concern people?

XP's a pretty mature product at this point, or at least as mature as it is going to get, I'd say. Unless you think that some non-security hotfixes are going to be Really Important to Have, the difference between mainstream and extended support at this point looks pretty minimal to me.

I suggest that it comes down more on side of application support for XP than anything else. If you have apps you really require to run your business and new versions *that you require* don't support XP, you'll be driven to the Windows 7 bump, or have to find an alternative.

I'm with the GP comment on this one - what's the ROI on the cost and the effort of upgrading an enterprise from XP to Win 7? I just don't see the motivation. And even if some next rev of MS Office doesn't support XP, will there be sufficient value in that Office upgrade to drive the o/s upgrade? If not, then MS gets hit w/ the double whammy - the lack of motivation for the o/s upgrade drives down the sales of that next MS Office revision.

more than 5 years ago



Most Popular Slashdot Chestnuts

vic-traill vic-traill writes  |  more than 6 years ago

vic-traill (1038742) writes "In a stunning display of how sad my life is, I'm performing Google 'site:' searches against /. in an attempt to find Slashdot's favourite clever and oft-repeated chestnuts. 'I for one welcome our XXXXX overlords' clocks in at an astounding 14,600 results, while '3. ???? 4. Profit' lags behind with a surprisingly low 726. My real question is, should Duke Nukem Forever actually be approaching release, what would replace the ever clever 'Duke Nukem Forever' substitution for 'Hell Freezes Over' (currently clocking in at 1,270) here on /.? Other counts: 'In Soviet Russia ... ' 2,500 and 'Can You Imagine a Beowulf Cluster of these?' 1,600.

N.B. I know the searches suck, but hey, it's 03:28, so go ahead and improve on them! From what I can tell, doing a site: search on slashdot.org subsumes a site: search on games.slashdot.org"

PGP 'Hinders' Federal Investigation

vic-traill vic-traill writes  |  more than 6 years ago

vic-traill (1038742) writes "A Canadian with U.S. residency, accused of transporting child pornography in interstate or foreign commerce, does not have to give up his PGP passphrase to authorities, according to this article. It further goes on to say that a "Secret Service computer expert testified that the only way to access [ .. the defendent's .. ] computer without knowing the password would be to use an automated system that guesses passwords, but that process could take years". How long do you think it would take the NSA?"
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Sony Chair promises growth, shareholders sceptical

vic-traill vic-traill writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vic-traill (1038742) writes "Sony chairman Howard Stringer promised shareholders a shift from 'recovery to growth' at Sony's annual shareholder meeting. Stringer sees the PS3 as the lynch pin in such a turnaround, and says that aggressive growth in PS3 games will drive the turnaround. Shareholder are not quite so sure, and pressed for a clear roadmap to taking back market share in both the game console and portable music player markets.

Geeks know why Sony doesn't sell to them like they used to — but are more PS3 titles enough to pull Sony out its spiral?"

vic-traill vic-traill writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vic-traill writes "In a move to ratchet up the pressure on Canada to align its legal landscape on movie 'piracy' with American laws, Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., and Cornyn Call, R.-Tex., have sent Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper a letter calling on the Conservative government to criminalize the practice of piracy. This comes on the heels of recent FUD about Canada being the source of 50% of hand-cam pirated copies of Hollywood movies. For another take on this check out Michael Geist's recent comments in the Toronto Star (Geist is the reigning guru of Your Rights Online in Canada)."


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