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Comment: Re:selective enforcement at it's finest. (Score 3, Interesting) 324

by DarkOx (#46732713) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Good point, 2500 USD is pretty cheap for bribe...

Some of the 'pricing' that goes into a bribe are

A) chances the person taking the bribe will be caught accepting the bribe.
B) chances the person taking the bribe will be caught doing whatever they were bribed to do
C) risk level after considering any negative consequences for the bribed associated with B
D) actual difficulty executing B
E) how likely the briber can expect his payoff to secure the desired outcome

Lets look at this situation:

Group of officers starts a "Fraternal Order of Police" or something similar its ostensibly a charity for injured officers but also throws some fancy thank you and holiday parties for the force (the payoff). They pass out window stickers to contributors at certain levels. They know this helps because people like show off how generous they are (legit reason many charities do this (the cover)), they also know some people will cynically believe it will buy them special treatment and this badge is how they prove their entitlement. The officers with a nod and a wink agree to actually provide this special treatment because they think it will increase the donations leading the fancier and more frequent parties.

Will they get caught? Not very likely unless someone does anything very stupid. They time when they collect the funds vs the time when they commit the act are widely separated. They act itself is in the negative. Not pulling someone over in the first place because you saw an FOB sticker in the window creates no audit-able event. Even fairly honest members of the public are unlikely to call the mayors office and complain that they just blew an officers doors off and he sat and did nothing. If there are lots of people around and the behavior is egregious they can pull someone over and warn them, none of the whiteness are likely to be able to tell if a warning or a ticket was issued.

C) The risk is low because the odds getting caught are low and even if someone suspects their shot at proving anything is almost nil. It will be very hard to make any conspiracy charges stick, the worst the will likely happen is officers might be dismissed for under performance. Proving negatives are not easy; especially when there is already a discretionary element to writing tickets or not in the first place.

D) Could not be any easier to execute, in fact its probably easier than doing their job correctly.

E) Not every officer, likely not even most, will be in on the conspiracy, the payer cannont know for sure he won't get pulled over by an honest cop.

So considering the situation the 'price' of this bribe should be low.

Comment: Re:selective enforcement at it's finest. (Score 1) 324

by DarkOx (#46732659) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Anecdotal? Sure. Did the stickers still do what I was told they would do? Absolutely.

Um pretty much by your own admission "Absolutely" is really "Maybe." We cannot know what would have happened without the stickers and we don't have any solid statistics around similar incidents with and without stickers. Anecdotally I have never had and FOP or IAFF stickers on my cars and I have only been warned for speeding myself. Which says nothing about their effectiveness but is proof you can get let off without having them. So possession of such stickers is not a necessary condition for being let go; therefore form the available evidence we can draw no real conclusion about how effective they are.

Comment: Re:Creative Counting (Score 1) 720

by DarkOx (#46719003) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

No clearly you don't understand. Politics requires people voting for you, they do that based on what they think, which does not require it be true. Its often easier if it isnt.

Personally I still consider the ACA to be a completely immoral redistribution of wealth and so I don't care if it works really smoothly, I am still against. Clear cutting a forest is an efficient way to acquire lumber but that does not make it the right way.

Comment: Re:Fuck Obamacare (Score 0) 720

by DarkOx (#46718929) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

If Libertarians were willing to just die on the street properly when they ran out of money after a simple injury, then the system would be cheaper for everybody. But they never follow through on this.

Fuck you! plenty of them are willing to run that risk. I have at least two family members who were found dead in early middle age. Both died of causes that if they had been visiting a doctor probably would have been caught and treated. They made life style choices that left them without insurance, knowing full well that if they had a major problem it would bankrupt them they never got checked out. Lots and Lots of people choose that.

Yes if you show up at the ER "we" pay the cost of stabilizing you, but by no means treats something or puts the rest of us on the hook for years of chemo treatments for something like cancer.

The only selfish jerks are people like you who want to impose your life style choices on everyone else because you can't afford the real cost of the protection YOU insist on having.

My own health insurance costs are going to double this year! People who support the ACA are thieving assholes with entitlement problems.

Comment: Re:"It's Not a Tumor" - Oh Wait, It Is (Score 4, Informative) 301

by DarkOx (#46716147) Attached to: Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

Far more important is that if the intermediate certificate is compromised, you as the CA have ability to act. You know from your records who your customers are. What you need to do is:

1) Fix the glitch
2) Get the media that stores the trusted root certs private key out of the vault
3) Issue new intermediate certificates
4) return the root certs private key to vault
5) Start contacting your certificate customers and issuing them new certs, revoking the old ones along the way as customers reported they have switched, or if there *is* indication of a compromised cert, revoke immediately.
6). Revoke the old intermediate certificates as soon as 5 is complete.

If were signing client certificates directly with the trusted root like they once did you (as the CA) would be screwed royally. You would need to somehow get every client device to update their trusted roots. Or you'd have upset customers crying about how their reissued certs are untrusted by 3/4ths of the clients out there that nobody bothers to update and nobody who understands these things manages directly..

Comment: Re:Do you need a database? (Score 1) 272

by DarkOx (#46712551) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

In that case i say all the more reason to stick with Ruby but use an abstract database API like DBI. You can keep throwing additional front end processors at the problem, good horizontal scaling on the front end, so Ruby's CPU heavy nature won't be an issue, raw compute is still getting cheaper faster than I/O. So I think it makes total sense to keep using tools like Ruby and Python that enable efficient development even at a hit to execution.

DBI will let you change database later with as little rework as possible, if you keep your database use to just storage, and keep you usage to basic table and constraint feature sets widely supported across all database engines. The RDBMS will take care of plumbing around locking and ACID considerations across multiple front ends for you. As well as allow you to run your reporting jobs or data warehouse ETLs without having to either take your main system offline or tightly integrate them with the front end.

Back on the scaling front using the more traditional database engines will give you the last 40 years of developed talent pool, and case studies on what works where scaling is concerned. The tools exist to build these things out for almost any use case. The tools exist on the NOSQL side to but they are more tools for building tools, its still immature and very much DIY.

Ultimately what you have to decide here is where are you going to get the most value for your time. NOSQL *might* offer you some better back end performance down the line, so if you think the data volume is going to get real big real fast give it look. It will certainly mean you will spend more energy working on the plumbing, and force you into dealing with many more unknowns. A RDBMS will provide almost all the plumbing to you; meaning you focus on the front end.

Comment: Re:Do you need a database? (Score 4, Informative) 272

by DarkOx (#46703047) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

I disagree, he is concerned about scaling. The last thing in the world he should do is use a bunch of flat files, unless he really just needs to store the data, but he already said he needs to do reports and totals on it.

Also he is working in Ruby. The smart thing for him to do IMHO is write his program against ruby/DBI. It isn't the pretty database api, but it supports plenty of different backend options and it does not sound like his program needs especially complex database operations or queries. He can start working with something like SQLite as the database "server", and move up to something else, perhaps Postgress (which can be every bit as fast as the NOSQL solutions unless you are getting highly highly custom) without needing to alter his program.

Comment: Re:Viva La XP! (Score 1) 641

by DarkOx (#46696337) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

More than that though the range of applications people use their computers for is stabilizing. First it was the spreadsheet than the word processor, than the WYSIWYG word processor. Next came the graphic arts and page layout stuff like Publisher (talking consumers end here not industrial uses) and Power point and photo editing. The PIM tools, and small database applications, got friendly somewhere around here. Next it was internet communications E-Mail and the WWW. People got some basic amateur design tools Visio sketch up etc; and then finally the masses got video editing, followed shortly by streaming media. The games and what was possible in terms of gaming was always expanding across this period of time as well 1978-2003ish.

Honestly there hasn't been much in terms of new 'killer apps' for the mass market. Unless you count Facebook and second wave of social media, but that isn't pushing the technology envelop on the client end by any stretch. The games have gotten a little fancier, and there have been other trendy fads but really what can your typical home user do now they could not pretty comfortably and completely do with circa 2003 software and equipment? My guess is almost nothing. I have no doubt someone can name a bunch of specific hobbies and trades that have evolved in that's 10 or 12 years but I am talking about what the average person leaves the Best Buy with here, and imagines doing when they walk in. There just have not been many new Applications for the PC lately.

Comment: Re:End the Accounting tricks (Score 1) 342

by DarkOx (#46686983) Attached to: Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

This is a good point, but if they try to game the system stuffing a large batch of orders for very small numbers of shares to in order to as you describe stuff the box increasing their odds of acquiring or selling at least some shares over other peoples complete orders, any advantage they gain should be lost in increased commission fees; (hopefully)

1 Billion dollars of budget deficit = 1 Gramm-Rudman