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Comment: Not an analouge to reality (Score 3, Insightful) 212

by E-Rock (#47092581) Attached to: Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

In a world without consequences, I think most people would be pretty fucking vicious.

However, I don't think these games are a mirror to your real nature because of the other differences the game world creates. Most importantly, you're immortal and can go do something else whenever you want. Death is ultimately trivial compared to real life. Sure you lose your stuff, which sucks, but you don't cease to exist. The reverse is true for those you 'kill' in game.

Comment: Re:Meatspace is losing to userspace (Score 1) 310

Like most things, it depends. It depends on the subject, the kids, the computer program, and the teacher in question. Change any of those up and you change the outcome.

Now for some anecdotal evidence. I know with my son, we got a subscription for a home schooling program for use over the summer. He's naturally good at reading, so he's flying through those parts and learning quite a bit. He also seems to be learning more in the social studies units online then he did at school. Math, not so much. He's on track and still doing good work practicing his skills, but it's not as good at teaching new ones. However, even with the math I think that if it was paired with a teacher it would be better than either alone.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 572

by E-Rock (#46412643) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

Except this is to protect the company from malicious users, not form malware.

If you're in a company where you want/need to do monitoring of the data leaving your network, you have to be checking the SSL traffic. Of course, you should notify people about this.

We chose not to do SSL Inspection with our filters, and we still notified people when we put the proxies in place.

Comment: Re:As Frontalot says (Score 4, Insightful) 631

by E-Rock (#46354383) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

Gox had an implementation flaw in their transaction reconcilement and a clear lack of auditing. Of course, the only source of this information is Gox. So, that's their version of what happened.

Long before this happened there were complaints about Gox being difficult about withdrawing funds, and speculation that they had been running as a fractional reserve and the run up in price was driving them to insolvency.

Without an independent investigation it's impossible to say what actually happened. That said, both versions point to a problem with one exchange, not with Bitcoin itself, and so far not a problem with any other exchanges.

Comment: Re:And why should you expect anything different? (Score 1) 207

by E-Rock (#46315955) Attached to: Microsoft Lync Server Gathers Employee Data Just Like NSA

Certain US government regulations require that electronic communications of publicly traded companies are logged. Once you have to log all that information, someone will get the idea to use it for something.

Where I work, we don't have an obligation to log our Lync conversations, and we have those features disabled.

Comment: Re:I think you're thinking too hard and the author (Score 1) 503

If you're productive, I don't care how you work. When you're holding everyone else up, then 'your way' doesn't cut it and you need shown a faster way to work. In one particular case, the person reports to me and they aren't getting enough done in the day. It turns out that they're wasting a lot of time by working inefficiently.

Comment: Re:I think you're thinking too hard and the author (Score 3, Insightful) 503

by E-Rock (#46131167) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

I wish I could disagree, but I help so many users that run one program full screen. I just sit back and shake my head as they constantly switch from one program to another instead of arranging the program windows to see everything they need at one time.

It really start to piss me off when they have two monitors and switch between two programs, both on the main screen, both full screen. Then they wonder why it takes so long to get things done.

Comment: Re:Another day another bitcoin article (Score 2) 216

by E-Rock (#45998745) Attached to: Porn Will Be Bitcoin's Killer App

You may not like bitcoin, but it isn't a Ponzi scheme. A Ponzi scheme takes money from new investors to make fake payments to the existing investors and fails as soon as there aren't enough new players to keep the scheme running. None of that matches bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a method of exchange. Some people take bitcoin directly in exchange for goods or services, some people accept it indirectly though a service that converts it to another currency for them. Gold is the best historical analogue and it'd be just as hard to buy a loaf of bread with a block of gold as a bitcoin wallet unless there was a merchant who will accept it directly or a middle man to convert it to a form they do take.

Bitcoin has no reliance on new people participating. Only that people are willing to use it as a method of exchange.

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