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SpaceX Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

wjcofkc Re:Not sure about the recovery test (104 comments)

Instead, they should use one of the old oil rigs that are out there. Clean it up, land it on the rig, and then offload with a crane to a barge and take it back for launc.

That is actually rather brilliant. Even if they had to invest in modifying a rig or building their own platform, it eliminates the potential hazard to humans. Maybe if they could demonstrate successfully landing a dozen or so, then they could land them at a spaceport.

yesterday
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

wjcofkc More to bounties than bugs (232 comments)

Bug bounties don't always involve bugs. A lot of times it is paying someone to back port software. For example software x version 1.5 is available for and popular on... lets say an Ubuntu 12.04 based system. Version 2.0 comes out with a host of cool new features, except that it is only available for Ubuntu 13.10 based systems and the maintainers are not going to port it to 12.04. So, within the same frame work of a bug bounty, community members pool money and pay someone $300 to back port the software. I see this sort of thing happen all the time and have personally benefited from it. I also see distro maintainers offer bounties to fix bugs for their own projects or bounties to back port features of their latest system to their previous version. Or is he only talking closed source style bounties? Overall the article is hard to follow logically and seems to have a very narrow view of the world of software in general and I admittedly did not finish it because of that.

yesterday
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

wjcofkc Re:Worth it if you can afford it. (253 comments)

As much as I appreciate your advice, I do not run Windows. I'm all Linux and FreeBSD. However, I will file this away in my notes if I ever need to set it up for someone else. Thanks.

2 days ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

wjcofkc Worth it if you can afford it. (253 comments)

I have a 120 gig Sandisk Extreme 2 SSD and as a performance upgrade, you really can't do better than an SSD, assuming a minimum of 4 GB of ram. I was a little skeptical of claims when I bought it, but I can vouch that people aren't messing around when they talk about instant boot and zero-second loads times for applications. Mileage may vary depending on the brand and model, research and watch the specs closely. A paltry 120 gigs by itself is not enough for me or most people these days so I balance things out by installing the OS and applications on the SSD, while most files go onto a hard drive. This means a slight change in workflow, but it is entirely worth it.

2 days ago
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Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

wjcofkc And once they have learned all they can? (80 comments)

So they are retiring robots to have humans do their jobs in order to one day build better robots with human modeled efficiency to replace the humans?

4 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

wjcofkc Re:More worrysome... (689 comments)

No worries. The G in Gimp stand for GNU not Gnome. The Gimp predates Gnome by quite a lot. The only tie that binds them is that Gimp donations are handled by the Gnome foundation, which is easily changed. Read this page here:

Donating to The Gimp

about a week ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

wjcofkc Re:IANA Physicist, So... (630 comments)

It's all in the transfer of kinetic energy from the projectile into the target. It's like being in a car accident at 5,000 MPH.

about two weeks ago
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LHCb Confirms Existence of Exotic Hadrons

wjcofkc Re:Is Slashdot all 12 year old boys now? (99 comments)

Clearly you weren't here in those dark days before moderation. Natalie Portman, hot grits, goatse links, etc, etc, etc... Don't like what you see in the comments? Get an account, stop whining as an AC, earn some mod points, and help eradicate the less flattering posts. I do.

about two weeks ago
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Data Storage Pioneer Wins Millennium Technology Prize

wjcofkc Re:unwarranted "cloud" buzzword (40 comments)

because their main expense is bandwidth.

And they get to offset that cost by running a more efficient operation thanks to higher density disks. Ultimately that also means less hard drives than if they were all using 6.4 GB driver, and less staff to chase them down when they flake out. Not to mention what they save on their power bill. Also, sometime in the last year cloud storage and services stopped being a buzzword and entered reality.

about two weeks ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

wjcofkc Re:the question is not valid because (393 comments)

Simple. If we and the Universe were as overwhelmingly made of anti-matter as it is instead matter, we would call anti-matter matter and matter anti-matter. It's just semantics. You reading into it way too much.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

wjcofkc Showed me the way (1037 comments)

While the internet did not make me an atheist, it did made me a better informed atheist with better arguments. It also showed me that I was far from alone.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

wjcofkc Honestly, I'm surprised. (1746 comments)

If he would have just waited a few weeks the whole thing would have just blown over. Even the ten people boycotting Firefox would have forgotten. He must have been under some internal pressure.

about two weeks ago
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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

wjcofkc One of this last good things Ubuntu (161 comments)

Pardon this post as it is heavy on opinion. If you think it's so far off the mark you want to mod me down, it would be far more productive to reply.

Ubuntu One was a pretty big deal and one of the last good things attached to Canonical Ubuntu's name (IMHO). Hard times at Canonical perhaps? Canonical has always struck me as a company that won't be around forever, if even a few scant more years. They are always either too busy chasing unrealistic goals in the hopes of being elevated to the levels of the real major players in tech, or are busy fighting against popular trends and pushing back against the overall direction of Linux and Open Source.

The death of Canonical is a shake up the Linux development community needs for both perspective and spurring continued innovation in Linux and Linux distributions.

about two weeks ago
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Threatened Pandemics and Laboratory Escapes: Self-fulfilling Prophecies

wjcofkc Offtopic - April 1st joke? (94 comments)

Is the auto playing accessibility feature for the visually impaired the April fools joke?

about three weeks ago
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Astronauts' Hearts Change Shape In Space

wjcofkc But do they need it? (113 comments)

I would be curious to know if the heart even has to be as efficient in micro gravity.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

wjcofkc Re:Desensitizing the masses (168 comments)

I agree. I wonder, yet also dare not wonder, what will become of those of us (a lot of people here) who will never be able to stop seeing the forest through the trees. Complacency from fear? Revolutionaries? Found out by technology that can spot us and executed? Perhaps all three where option two may be impossible.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

wjcofkc Desensitizing the masses (168 comments)

I can't help but wonder...

When the acts of the NSA first came to light as we now know them, there was outrage not just from the tech sector, but from the general population as well. As these stories continue coming at a steady and regular pace, I still see outrage over the infringement of our rights - and the understanding of the general slippery slope creepiness of it - from those technically inclined. But less and less are the major outlets making a fuss, and even when the general population catches wind of each new story it is increasingly met with a sarcastic, "Gee, didn't see that coming." and a shrug of the shoulders. Is the possibility of a tipping point in favor of our rights being eliminated be the increasing apathy of the greater people toward these issues? I suspect we are on the losing side. I suspect that as the stories come out, and people in general not only become desensitized - but worse, it becomes the norm. In becoming the norm it will balloon to scales and scopes unimaginable. I feel we will reach a point where the majority of people will have forgotten that it was ever any other way. Even as it continues to get worse, they will continue to forget.

about three weeks ago
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Famous Paintings Help Study the Earth's Past Atmosphere

wjcofkc Re:The moon has absolutely gotten smaller. (126 comments)

The moon does not physically shrink in size just because it moves further away from the Earth. Also, it moves away from the Earth at a mere rate of 1.5 inches per year.

about three weeks ago

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Mozilla's New Anti-Gay Marriage CEO Sparks Firefox Developer Boycott

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about three weeks ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "betanews is reporting that Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, supported Proposition 8, a measure to ban gay marriage in the state of California, even donating $1,000 to the cause, "Sadly, the new CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, who was appointed today, allegedly donated $1,000 to support a ban on gay marriage. Two developers, Hampton Catlin and his husband Michael, are boycotting Mozilla as a result."

While this article only discusses a boycott by two developers, the outrage over Mozilla's choice in selecting a new CEO is bound to boil over. As word is only just now spreading, the boycott is bound to grow. With this issue being so sensitive, the question is: how will Mozilla's shareholders react to the inevitable backlash? In the last few hours I have seen this come up in tech communities across the web. The reaction? A mass purging of Mozilla software."
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Ars Technica and Cisco Provide Another Example of Bad Security Reporting

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about a month ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "It was recently reported by Cisco, Ars Technica, and reported on Slashdot that Linux based web servers running the 2.6 series were being attacked and infected with Javascript intended to allow attackers to serve up a variety of malicious content to the visitor. White Fir Design begs to differ, pointing out that the websites are not even all running Linux, much less the Linux 2.6 Kernel."
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Radio Shack to Close 20% of Locations

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about a month and a half ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "The decline of Radio Shack has been painful to watch, and now CNN Money reports that they will be closing 1,100 of their stores, totaling 20% of their brick and mortar presence. Radio Shack has also publicly admitted its current stores are out of date and in need of a massive overhaul. But the number one culprit has been a continuous slide in sales down a steep slope in the area mobile device sales. A few years ago, in a bid to expand it's customer base, Radio Shack made a bid to return to it's roots as a hobbyist electronic components retailer. Apparently the extra traffic hasn't been enough to make up for their failings. The article mentions that some of their stiffest competition is coming from online retailers. The big question is, in order to ensure their survival, would Radio Shack be better off continuing to phase out their brick and mortar presence while making substantial efforts to expand as an exclusively online retailer?"
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Supernova secrets seen in X-rays

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 2 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "CNN reports that astronomers using NASA's NuSTAR telescope have for the first time mapped deep within the radioactive material from a supernova. The light from the originating star, Cassiopeia A, located about 11,000 light-years away and having had about eight time the mass of our sun, first reached Earth about 350 years ago. But that does not mean there still isn't a lot to study. Scientists using the NuSTAR, which stands for Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, launched in June 2012 and consisting of an instrument with two telescopes that focus high energy X-ray light, were able to peer deep within the cataclysmic aftermath. While there is currently no model for how the process of a supernova works, the findings in the study are a big step forward. "Until we had NuSTAR, we couldn't see down to the core of the explosion," Brian Grefenstette, lead author and research scientist at the California Institute of Technology, said at a news conference Wednesday.

There is a fairly good amount of detail in this article, and if your not opposed to flash, a fascinating simulation of their findings about halfway down."
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Yahoo Advertising Serves Up Malware for Thousands

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 3 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "CNN and CNET News report that thousands of users have been affected by malicious advertisements served by ads.yahoo.com. The attack, which lasted several days, exploited vulnerabilities in Java and installed malware. The Netherlands based Fox-IT estimates that the infection rate was at about 27,000 infections per hour. In response to the breach in security, Yahoo issued the following statement, "At Yahoo, we take the safety and privacy of our users seriously. We recently identified an ad designed to spread malware to some of our users. We immediately removed it and will continue to monitor and block any ads being used for this activity." While the source of the attack remains unknown, Fox-IT says it appears to be "financially motivated." For an in depth analysis of the attack, check out this Fox-IT blog post. The Washington Post cites this incident as an reminder that Java has become and Internet security menace."
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In Air Display and Interface Technology: A Big Step Forward

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 4 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "Interactive displays projected into the air in the spirit of Iron Man have been heralded as the next step in visual technology. Yet many obstacles remain. According to Russian designer Max Kamanin, creator of Displair, many the problems have now been largely cracked.

With this attempt at refining the technology, the image is created inside a layer of dry fog which is composed of ultra-fine water droplets so small they lack moisture. Three-dimensional projections are then created using infrared sensors. The projected screen currently responds intuitively to 1,500 hand movements, many of which are similar to those used on mobile devices, such as pinch and zoom. The most immediate applications include advertising and medicine, with the latter offering a more hygienic alternative to touchscreens.

The most immediate objection from home and office computer users is that they don't want to be waving their hands around all day, and while such questions as "What happens when I turn on a fan?" are not answered here, just imagine a future with a projected keyboard and trackpad that use puff-air haptic feedback with the option of reaching right into the screen whenever it applies to the application at hand — and applications that take advantage of such a technology would no doubt come along. Better yet, imagine for yourself in the comments. As always, pictures speak a thousand words, so don't neglect the articles gallery."

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Using Multi-Photon Lasers to Treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 5 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "Degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are among the most insidious and feared diseases a person may have to face. Recently, researchers have discovered a multi-photon laser technique that makes it possible to distinguish aggregations of the proteins believed to cause the diseases, while differentiating from the the well-functioning proteins. In theory, removing the protein aggregates can cure the disease."

"Nobody has talked about using only light to treat these diseases until now. This is a totally new approach and we believe that this might become a breakthrough in the research of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. We have found a totally new way of discovering these structures using just laser light," says Piotr Hanczyc at Chalmers University of Technology."
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Lasers Light the Way Towards a Cure for Some Degenerative Brain Diseases

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 5 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "Degenerative brain disorders such Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are among the most insidious and feared diseases a person may have to face, and the emotional toll on the loved ones of those afflicted are as prolonged and devastating as the disease itself. Now, researchers have discovered a multi-photon laser technique that makes it possible to distinguish aggregations of the proteins believed to cause the diseases, while differentiating from the the well-functioning proteins. In theory, removing the protein aggregates can cure the disease."

"Nobody has talked about using only light to treat these diseases until now. This is a totally new approach and we believe that this might become a breakthrough in the research of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. We have found a totally new way of discovering these structures using just laser light," says Piotr Hanczyc at Chalmers University of Technology."
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Snowden Publishes "A Manifesto for the Truth"

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 5 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "In the turbulent wake of the international uproar spurred by his leaked documents, Mr. Snowden published a letter over the weekend in Der Spiegel titled, "A Manifesto for the Truth". In the letter, Mr. Snowden reflects on the consequences of the information released so far, and their effect on exposing the extent and obscenity of international and domestic surveillance, while continuing to call out the NSA and GCHQ as the worst offenders. He further discusses how the debate should move forward, the intimidation of journalists, and the criminalization of the truth saying, "Citizens have to fight suppression of information on matters of vital public importance. To tell the truth is not a crime.""
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Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google to Help Fix Healthcare.gov

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 6 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "The United States Government has officially called in the calvary over the problems with Healthcare.gov. Tech titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google have been tapped to join the effort to fix the website that went live a month ago, only to quickly roll over and die. While a tech surge of engineers to fix such a complex problem is arguably not the greatest idea, if you're going to do so, you might as well bring in the big guns. The question is: can they make the end of November deadline? ZDNet TechCrunch and CNN Are among the first sites reporting."
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Patriot Act Author Introduces Bill to Limit Use of Patriot Act

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 6 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "In an ironic but welcome twist, author of the Patriot Act, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), is introducing the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill specifically aimed at countering the portions of the Patriot Act that were interpreted to let the NSA collect telephone metadata in bulk. The congressman has been a vocal opponent of the NSA's interpretation and misuse of the Patriot Act since Edward Snowden first leaked evidence of the program in June. On Wednesday, he wrote to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that the “collection of a wide array of data on innocent Americans has led to serious questions about how government will use—or misuse—such information.”"
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How Should Slashdot Handle an NSA Incursion?

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  about 7 months ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "With the fall of Lavabit and Groklaw at hand, an interesting question arises: how should Slashdot respond to the NSA if they come knocking? It is not entirely unreasonable to think that this might happen, if it hasn't already. Slashdot is after all highly trafficked by the fringes of society and is rife with seditious discussion. Courtesy of gag orders, it's difficult to know who the NSA's heavy handed dragnet operation has already ensnared. Should we expect Slashdot's editors and administrators to reflect it's powerfully counter-culture user base, and out an NSA incursion while shutting down the site, violating a gag order? Or could Dice Holdings prevent the people that run Slashdot from even knowing it was happening? These are question we should all be asking. And so I pose the question to those who administer this site: do you have a plan in case the NSA comes knocking? Is Dice Holdings in a position to keep you ignorant of NSA snooping activity? Also, to the users: how do you think Slashdot should handle their user base in response to a visit from the NSA to copy hard drives, install 'special' hardware, and lay down a gag order? If you think the question doesn't apply to us, consider that it shouldn't have applied to Groklaw either."
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Why Didn't Slashdot Go Dark Today?

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "Why didn't Slashdot go dark today? Considering Slashdot is at the forefront of intelligent discussion on the SOPA bill, and that users here are at the forefront of concern; why isn't Slashdot going dark today? Was there discussion amongst the ranks? If so, what logic led to the decision to stay live? It's not like there is a play by play to keep up on. Yes, I am literally asking Slashdot."
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You'll freak when you see the new Facebook

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "Hot on the heels of Facebook users everywhere crying foul over the interface changes surrounding the new Ticker and Top Stories, CNN is reporting that we haven't seen anything yet. There are more substantial changes coming that push the boundaries of publishing personal information very far."
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New York City Police Use 150-Year-Old Law Against

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "New York City police have resurrected a law from 1845 against wearing masks in public in order to begin arresting participants of the Liberty Plaza protest against Wall Streets influence on government. According to ThinkProgress, "Yesterday, seven protesters were arrested by the New York Police Department, despite being peaceful and not noticeably disrupting the normal activities of the city. The Wall Street Journal notes that the charges being brought against these demonstrators include “loitering and wearing [a] mask."" occupywallst.org has more information."
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Are Internet Explorer users dumb?

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "Are users of other Web browsers smarter than the people who use Microsoft's Internet Explorer?
A new survey doesn't quite say so. But it sure as heck suggests it. This article on cnn.com explores an idea long discussed on Slashdot, that IE users fall into the none-to-bright category. With IE6 users being the dumbest and Opera users being among the brightest, what browser do you use?"

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TSA stands by officers after pat-down of elderly w

wjcofkc wjcofkc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wjcofkc (964165) writes "The Transportation Security Administration stood by its security officers Sunday after a Florida woman complained that her cancer-stricken, 95-year-old mother was patted down and forced to remove her adult diaper while going through security."
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