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Comment: Words matter: email "coerced" someone? (Score 2) 66

by DutchUncle (#47702913) Attached to: Nuclear Regulator Hacked 3 Times In 3 Years
"phishing emails that coerced NRC employees" . . . Email doesn't FORCE a person to do something, or COMPEL obedience. Convince, mislead, trick, confuse someone into doing something, sure. My point is, don't blame the emails - assume that something labeled "nuclear" is a tempting target - blame people ignorant enough (or blame training so insufficient) as to fall for such a ruse, and security lax enough to let the action occur.

Comment: Re:Mosaic (Score 1) 413

Oddly, not original. I worked for a company specializing in a particular business utility segment, the market leader in mainframe software at the time, which was contracted by a minicomputer company to release a version of the business utility for that minicomputer line. Flat fee plus royalty on sales, and the item was already on the price list. The guy who negotiated that contract got a big bonus. What nobody realized until 2 years later was that to support an iron-clad policy of never discounting their hardware, the minicomputer salespeople had flexibility to discount *software* - like, say, utilities. Our product, 10x or more the performance of the previous in-house release, was sold for a dollar. Another layoff story. :-)

Comment: Re:We need to push full time hours down with force (Score 1) 304

by DutchUncle (#47680441) Attached to: Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

But do you really want bob to be working 0 hours and have jack working 60-80 all the time?

Well . . . if bob is incompetent and turns out shoddy work, and jack is excellent at what he does, I'd rather hire jack. Certainly any /.er has seen the debates about the 10x programmer; we all know people who can't cook and people who can, or people who can make music and people who you would pay to stay silent. I used to carpool with a woman engineer who bought inexpensive clothing and re-tailored it so that she looked 1000% couture; I, on the other hand, can just about fix a button on my shirt. There's a bell curve in every skill, and at least 50% of bobs and jacks are below average.

Comment: Re:Energy (Score 1) 304

by DutchUncle (#47680301) Attached to: Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs
Welcome to the Matrix. Why not use it for good? There was a science fiction story from the 60s or 70s about elderly infirm being plugged in to fantasy virtual worlds as their bodies were tended to, with the concern that their minds seemed to be going - until someone "visiting" an elder relative retired professor (using a temporary headset) realizes that her mind is going because she's BORED. Policy change time! The next time he "visits", the elder is working papers and calculator at a desk with a blackboard behind her (hey, old story), doing real and practical work in the purely mental domain, unencumbered by the condition of her real-world body. They go to "dinner" with a wave of a hand: "Oh, I know the food's not there, but it feels like it tastes good, and besides, this place has live music!" because other electronic citizens are "playing". It's not quite the Singularity, but it's heading there.

Comment: Surprising there are still so many things to find (Score 1) 164

by DutchUncle (#47670757) Attached to: Giant Greek Tomb Discovered
It's one thing to read about finding traces of ancient civilization using new RADAR and LIDAR technology over the South American jungle, a huge area where ground travel is rare and difficult; it's another to find "new" ancient ruins (not so ruined!) in a mostly modern country like Greece. Also, as with so many other constructs, impressive to see how much was done with sheer muscle power (including animals) and what we consider a low level of technology.

Comment: What about seeing MORE colors? (Score 1) 267

by DutchUncle (#47633067) Attached to: My degree of colorblindness:
There was a science fiction story in Analog, many years ago, involving one character who could supposedly "read auras" when seeing someone in person. The punch line [spoiler alert!] was that this character saw further into the infrared than normal, and saw the patterns of blood flow on the face and skin, like a visual polygraph.

Just as some people have perfect pitch while others are tone-deaf, and others might have the equivalent with color sensitivity, how many people might have such extended ranges - nothing weird or alien, just the edges of the bell curve into the red or the violet?

Comment: Re:I am not colorblind (Score 1) 267

by DutchUncle (#47632983) Attached to: My degree of colorblindness:
Color sensitivity can also be affected by many medications. The best-known effect of ED pills making vision blue is not at all unique. Worse, some of these effects can become permanent, and neither doctors nor patients are aware of this. Any change in color vision after starting or changing medications should be reported to your doctor, and if the doctor doesn't care, I would find another doctor.

Comment: Re:Different colors (Score 1) 267

by DutchUncle (#47632929) Attached to: My degree of colorblindness:
Absolutely! Get the high-index plastic, and then get progressive lenses (I'm old), and there's aberration all over the place. The blue and red Bank of America logo is particularly annoying when lit; as I turn my head, the smaller section moves relative to the larger section. The problem is that if I wore glass, they would be Coke bottle bottoms.

Comment: Re:Corp IT that can't seem to follow. (Score 1) 138

by DutchUncle (#47630165) Attached to: Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

As a sysadmin, running the current version -1 is the safe bet for most businesses. The problem is that few businesses have an upgrade path, policy or methodology so you end up being current version -2 or -3 ...

That tradition goes back to mainframes. One difference is that in the IBM mainframe days, a "version" came out every blue moon, thoroughly tested by an itty bitty monopoly, and justifying similar thorough testing by users; whereas today a "version" can arrive every few days (or faster for people who watch commits to the archive) and testing would almost be continuous.

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