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Comment: Ahh ok (Score 2) 288

by Sycraft-fu (#48677559) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

Well since you are clearly a network security expert, please tell us how to secure a network against being taken out be a DDoS attack. Then post your IP, we'll see how you fair. Remember, you are the asshole and deserve Legal Penalties with Scary Caps if you can't stop it.

Here's a hint: There is no security against a DDoS attack. That's why assholes like Lizard Squad use them.

Comment: Ya pretty much (Score 2) 334

by Sycraft-fu (#48677339) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

If the idea is to import the best of the best, well then the pay needs to be for that. You can't say you are after the best anything and then offer even average wages. The best can command high pay.

Now if that's not the idea, that's fair too, but stop trying to bullshit us about it. None of this "We only want the best but we want to bay substandard wages!" crap.

Comment: Ummmm... About twice in 16 years (Score 1) 112

by Sycraft-fu (#48661265) Attached to: Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update

In my time in IT, that's what I've seen. There was an update to the 3com 905 drivers back in the day that BSOD's systems, since then there have been more rigorous driver testing. After that there was the recent Windows 7 update that had a problem on some systems. We didn't see any issues on any of our some 400 Windows 7 systems, but I did verify it was real. MS rolled it back with another automated patch.

Oh and I suppose XP SP3 though that wasn't automatic, and the only systems it "broke" were ones with Malware infections so I hardly count that.

So... ya... Personally, I'll take an issue ever decade or so in trade for having a system that it up to date. However, if you'd rather not patch your stuff go ahead, just don't do it on my network, I'll block you.

Comment: E-Reader does work for some technical stuff ... (Score 5, Interesting) 172

by perpenso (#48658203) Attached to: Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep
I understand what you are getting at. I'll use an iPad Retina or laptop during the day to check technical books, reference manuals and other documentation.

However when reading at night its generally a more traditional book (history, sci fi, etc) on a Kindle PaperWhite, in my opinion, its equivalent to a paper book but more convenient. I feel it is a better experience even when compared to the lightest color tablets. Certainly it will vary from one technical field to another but I've had surprisingly good results when reading programming and software development books on the PaperWhite, not as good as a higher resolution color tablet but better than I expected and acceptable with respect to the illustrations and diagrams and such. Then again I haven't tried something like the latest edition of Foley and van Dam (a computer graphics text).

I see the refresh you speak of but its less than turning a paper page of a real book. As for the time you believe you are saving, maybe the faster refresh of a color tablet is not a win once you consider the sleep disruption and also the lowered productivity that results?

Comment: Money not in a bank account ... (Score 1) 170

by perpenso (#48655993) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

That money goes back into the economy which is good for everybody

No it doesn't. People with that much money store it at the bank and the money just lies there. It doesn't make the economy work it just inflates somebody else' bank account.

It inflates the bank accounts of Apple, Google, Facebook, etc, and probably your state and local government too. Wealthy people generally don't put their money in a bank account and collect interest, they generally put it into some sort of investment portfolio where the money goes into stocks and bonds. Bonds would include both corporate and municipal bonds. Municipal bonds fund a lot of state and local infrastructure, and sadly boondoggle projects.

Wealthy people may also invest in real estate. Which is probably what the $70M mansion is all about. The vast majority of that $70M probably represents the land not the blingy mansion that sits on it. The tax bill might be public record, that would define land value vs structure value.

Comment: Its an investment ... (Score 1) 170

by perpenso (#48655849) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

It's his money to spend and I wouldn't stand in his way, but what a waste.

Sometimes such a purchase is mostly an investment, albeit a comfy investment that you can live in. Its highly likely he is expecting a "greater fool" to come around and pay much more even after adjusting for inflation and the safe alternative of buying US treasury bills instead.

Comment: Re:Supremes never said corps are people ... (Score 1) 586

by perpenso (#48655755) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Mitt's response is "corporations are people my friend", "Of course they are". And sure, he goes on to try and point out that the money that goes to corporation goes into people's pockets and corporations are made of people, but none of that matters ... And Romney in on the record buying into the belief that the supreme court ruled that corporations are people.

Actually it does matter because he is explaining what he meant by "corporations are people". His "record" is that corporations are made of stockholders and employees. The false myth based on an out of context excerpt is that he was saying the legal entity of the corporation itself is a "person". That's just not true and listening to the video for a minute after he says "corporations are people" proves it.

This incident is an awesome example of public speaking. Of how an opponent can take a sound bite out of context and twist a statement around to create a false meme. In politics, and other areas where the reader's/listener's attention is shallow and emotional, one can not make a general/simplified statement and then follow up with details explaining it as one might do with a more rational audience.

Romney was speaking as if he were writing an essay. Ex. Title: "Corporations are People". Body: "Corporations are people because they are made up of two groups of people, shareholders and employees.". The spin machine is quoting the title and ignoring the body.

Comment: Re:We had this in USA (Score 1) 201

by perpenso (#48642877) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers
You are mistaken. The voters are in charge, the voters are in control. They just use their votes poorly.

The true currency of politics is votes, not money. And since the system is one person one vote, the 99%s are in charge. If a candidate fears that a significant number of voters will vote against him if he supports a corporation on a particular issue then he will side with the voters not the corporation. Above all things, politicians desire re-election. They will only server corporations to the extent that it does not jeopardize their re-election, in other words to the extent that the voters allow.

Irregardless of corporate donations, voters could establish control by punitive voting. The voting out of office of a politician who too often sides with corporations over voters. No passes because of party or position on some other issue, just always voted out if siding too often with corporation. That will create a Darwinian effect that caused politicians to fear and be more responsible to voters.

The biggest trap for voters in the U.S. is party loyalty. Being a member of a party is fine, but automatically voting for your party candidates makes you irrelevant. You are irrelevant to your party because they already have your vote, you are irrelevant to the other party because they can not attain your vote. The only voters who matter in the U.S. are independents and those Dem/Rep party members who are willing to break ranks and vote for candidates other than from their party.

Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes. -- Richard Hamming