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Comment: Re:Reductio ad absurdum. Colbert would have agreed (Score 1) 149

The difference in this case as I understand it is that the hospital was legally required to lock that door then they failed to properly secure the door which resulted in the theft of sensitive information. In your example there is no such burden placed on the workmen. They are not required by law to ensure the safety of the homes that they work at unlike the hospital. A better example would be to compare the hospital to a bank. If a bank is robbed and all of there customer's money is stolen is the bank not responsible for the damages caused to those customers for failing to properly secure their money? I would think that they would be, and make no mistake, having such confidential data stolen can be just as devastating if your credit rating gets nailed or your accounts get drained. As far as standing I don't think there is a question that there are damages here. The time and effort alone to rectify all of the locked accounts, get cards reissued, and reverse charges is plenty of damage to justify a civil suite.

Comment: Re:Well, aren’t you a glass half empty type. (Score 2) 191

by Forgefather (#49030331) Attached to: Apple Invests $848 Million Into Solar Farm

Actually now that I am thinking about this could it be possible to use massive solar farms to combat desertification? I know that it's a huge problem in west Africa where desert encroachment has been taking over the precious agricultural land and causing food shortages. If you could boost the shade amount in the desert which would theoretically increase the amount of plant life while cooling the surface it could be possible, when done on a massive scale, to reclaim stretches of desert. All while developing cheap energy for their respective people. Can someone with some knowledge on this subject weigh in?

Comment: Re:Well, aren’t you a glass half empty type. (Score 1) 191

by Forgefather (#49030249) Attached to: Apple Invests $848 Million Into Solar Farm

I pity the poor service men that will have to maintain these panels because every snake, lizard and cactus will be fighting for the shade. You are exactly right that this will become the metropolis of the desert.

As another point what if we put a solar farm in the Atacama Desert? As the driest place on earth there is hardly any life at all even on a bacterial level so would it be habitat destruction to turn the whole thing into a solar farm?

Comment: Re:Unit tests (Score 1) 233

by Forgefather (#48993117) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tools To Clean Up a Large C/C++ Project?

"In fact, most legacy code cannot be unit-tested, since the code has never been designed to be tested."

We are running into this issue right now where I work. We have two different systems we use to determine pricing and one of them is closing on 30 years old. The code has several access points that mean unit tests have to done in several different formats in order to properly assess the changes making automated testing a nightmare.

In our other system we don't have the same problem and have a program that allows us to pull data straight from prod to test the changes with a bombardment of real data before ever releasing our code into the testing environment. Needless to say this environment is far more stable.

If I had a recommendation for the poster it would be to establish a similar automated testing tool that would allow you to compare the results of large amounts of production data after each change is introduced to have a much higher chance of catches fringe cases and not piling up a stockpile of bugs to be discovered at a later date.

Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 1) 430

by Forgefather (#48934125) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

First, who do you think it was that wrote those anti compete laws in the first place? Giant ISPs

Second, who do you think is campaigning for decreased regulation? Giant ISPs

Third, what kinds of regulation do you think these people have in mind when they say they want less regulation? consumer protection laws, NOT anti competitive laws.

The best and most stable economies are tightly regulated.

Comment: Re:Three-month-old Continuum screenshot (Score 0) 378

by Forgefather (#48906967) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

I second the nervousness about the cloud, and would like to add my own trepidation about the closer tying of licenses to individual machines and subscription payments. $10 says that the so called free upgrade to windows 10 from windows 7 will entail a mandatory subscription a year after installing.

Comment: Re:When does the investigation into HP start? (Score 1) 53

by Forgefather (#48855739) Attached to: Serious Fraud Office Drop Investigation Into Autonomy Accounting

You might be able to actually see an investigation here. HP is beholden to their shareholders, and shareholders don't like to lose money. Under US law they can actually sue the management of HP in this case.

The key point to take away here is that justice doesn't exist in the US UNLESS you have screwed over someone who is richer than you.

Comment: Non Technical Jurors (Score 1) 303

I spoke with someone who was involved in the process to determine jurors in highly technical cases, and the response was not promising. Essentially the first step of selecting jurors is to eliminate all candidates that have any technical or expert background because they can influence the other jurors.

Comment: Re:Entitlement (Score 1) 325

The problem with that again is that it pressures me into using the Apple ecosystem. Apple is free to encourage me to use their other products and services, and many of them are quite useful, but if it is found that Apple has been deliberately gimping their hardware to pressure me into using their services then that is a legitimate anti trust issue. Personally I don't use any of Apple's other services, and I don't feel I should have to in order to do something as simple as update my OS.

Proving that Apple has been deliberately downgrading hardware to promote their services is probably impossible unless they find another video with Jobs being a dumb ass, but the limitations that I feel in their design still stand. And lets be honest. Packing a few more GBs into their $500 phones probably won't increase the cost in any meaningful way.

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