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Comment Re:The Power of the State. (Score 1) 179

A right is something each individual has against the mob. Government is classified as a Mob.

This kind of thing is what happens when you don't understand what is, and what isn't a right. Rights exist and require nothing. You don't have a "right" to healthcare, because to give you "healthcare" denies the rights of someone else (Dr, Nurses ....) But hey, I'm a big fat mean libertarian who sees the tyranny as it encroaches.

Comment Re:"Mom and Pop" (Score 2) 447

mom-and-pop does code up an LDAP, who's to say the customer has it together on its end?

You see problem, I see opportunity. I see an excellent opportunity to expand your companies services, and earn additional revenue.

"We've coded our application so that you put your authorized LDAP query user name here, password here, the sever address here, the LDAP scope here ... Fairly simple process. If you don't know how to do that, we can send one of our consultants over and help implement LDAP in your organization, please see our Technical Sales group to define the scope of that project and get a quote together for you"

Comment Re:Programming (Score 1) 591

My take, is that all encryption is suspect. Maybe not that variation of that method right at the moment, but at some point, sometime in the future, it will have issues. When we get to quantum computers, many, if not all of the encryption techniques we have will fail.

That being said, we can agree, using informed consensus, what works for today. No, I don't listen to government only, or private sector only, or white hat only, or theoretical math guys only. I listen to all of them, and I apply the system that makes the most sense. I don't need the highest grade crypto service for my forum website. On the other hand, having the Secretary of State have a private email server being run out of a bathroom of a communal flat (apartment complex) with little or no crypto on it is problematic.

It is all about relative security with regard to the information that is being encrypted. Some shit is worth a lot more than other shit, take appropriate steps to protect the data. Whatever is "appropriate"

Comment Re:Major disconnect from layers (Score 5, Insightful) 447

I am assuming you've never had a C type person make huge IT decisions without having even consulted with IT.

In my 30+ years of experience, I've seen enough clueless C types make clueless decisions because some dude in a suit with a briefcase sold them a nice fat lie.

In our case "All it will take are a couple IP addresses and a server. No other IT is required" If it takes IP addresses and a server, it requires IT support. And in this case, the product was so fucking horrible that it requires regular (several times a week) IT support, just on back end crap from a product designed so bad that it just breaks every two weeks from design flaws.

Or this, "We've already bought it, you WILL support it" (with no additional IT funding for more IT help) multiple times over.

Or buying a mom and pop application with no Enterprise class requirements in its design. "What do you mean you don't do LDAP for authentication. There is no fucking way I'm entering 16,000 users by hand"

The issue with certain people is that they want "Shiny Pretty Technology" without caring, or wanting to know about what it actually takes to run. And it happens in enough organizations that I know that it is not an exceptional experience.

You're right, the C types don't know shit, which is why they should stay out of shit that they have no clue on. Yet they think they know better than the people who REALLY do know whats going on. In short, IT is a bastard child in most organizations, one that has more power than most of those C types actually know.

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 205

Give a craftsman a tile saw, and the work will be better than an apprentices work, regardless of which of the two both are using. The poor workman will blame the tool, the craftsman will likely tell you the cheap saw produces cheap results. But it will still look better than the apprentice's work.

Comment Re:In before (Score 1) 614

Well, to be honest, most liberals are more scared of words than Muslims. Probably because words hurt them while no Muslim has. So their views are completely accurate for that data point.

So anecdotally liberals are correct, WBC is more dangerous than ISIS to the USians. But only if words hurt.

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 205

Give a Craftsman a crappy tool, and he can make it work. Give an apprentice the same tool, and he will likely fail. The difference is not the tool.

The difference is that a Craftsman doesn't rely on the tool, but rather on experience. A poor workman blames his tool, a Craftsman gets it done right in spite of the tool.

Comment Re:A free search engine (Score 1) 152

Seperate but equal was "law" because it was held in a court "opinion" as such. It isn't my logic that sucks, it is your understanding of how law actually works. Laws are legal, until a court's opinion overrules the law. Additionally, some court opinions become equal to law, such as "separate but equal" was an opinion that had the full force of law (see also Abortion/Right to privacy).

Yes, opinions change, laws change, they are related. If they didn't, then gays wouldn't be getting married. Again, I asked if there was no law you ever disagreed with. Ever?

Now, if you're suggesting that some laws are objective and some are subjective, I would suggest to you that might be correct. If any law is subjective, then it really shouldn't be a law.

Comment Re:A free search engine (Score 1) 152

Actually, my opinions are worth more than a random AC on Slashdot. Because I value my opinion more than you value yours (by hiding behind AC), you too also value my opinion more. Additionally, you responding to my opinion, means that it does have merit and is not irrelevant, negating your whole point.

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