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Comment VMs? (Score 2) 388

Question: Does Windows 10 spy on what you do using a VM? If not, run your preferred *NIX variant in a VM under Windows 10 and do whatever you like.

If it does spy on your activities within a VM, consider flipping things around: *NIX running a VM that contains Windows 10.

I do understand that there is value to MS in sending data home and, yes, there is some value to us in having data sent home to MS. That said, if it is out of my control, the cost is far greater than any value I receive, so it ain't gonna happen. I was intending to upgrade one of my computers to Windows 10 Enterprise, but until I can confirm that no data get phoned home outside my control, not a chance. And in case Satya is listening, yes, I've managed to discourage my employer from upgrading to Windows 10 (given that security is a major consideration for us, data being phoned home outside of our control is a non-starter).

Comment Re:Am I the only one? (Score 1) 87

Fair enough, but looking at the paper itself, two of the three authors live in the Netherlands, so unless they intend to travel to old Blighty, they don't live in the judge's jurisdiction. Also, presumably the paper was peer reviewed and it's possible that some of the reviewers also do not live in England and might "accidentally" release the paper into the wild.

Comment Re:I don't understand the opposing argument. (Score 1) 258

It would probably be more accurate to say that "punishment does not prevent ALL crime." Having once had a parking ticket, I go out of my way to avoid them. As far as cyclists go, yes, there are many who dreadfully abuse our traffic laws. Then again, I can just as easily say that about automobile drivers (and, no, I'm not talking about speeding, even though I'm certain I've heard reports that speeding is one of the key factors in driver fatalities). I drive a little over 100KM/week (i.e. fewer KMs than I cycle) stupid, dangerous, and decidely illegal, things I see drivers do each week boggles my mind. Some of them really seem to have no idea that there is any other human being on the planet. Suffice to say that, regardless of their mode of transport (car, bike, foot), we are surrounded by an ocean of clueless imbeciles so, hey, let's be careful out there.

Comment What about the outliers? (Score 1) 280

Waiting for an autonomous car near the city centre may not take long. But what happens when I visit a friend in the suburbs? The car drops me off and goes away. Then when I'm ready to go home, how long do I wait for a car to pick me up? If I own my own car, and if it doesn't go off to pick up someone else, my wait time to go home is nothing.

Keep in mind that my time has value. The cumulative value of the time I wait could be significant over the course of a year.

Comment When they screw up? (Score 1) 220

So what happens when a company screws up and clobbers the wrong company (or individual)? Think about it: when your servers are being attacked, how certain are you as to who the culprit is? Are the cops (or the feds) really going to put their best manpower on vetting the work you've done to track down the baddies? Or will that be where they stick their less capable people?
Bottom line, if someone clobbers your company by mistake, whom do you sue?

Comment Great topic (Score 2) 285

Seriously, great topic.

Two bugs come to mind, one that I wrote and fixed, one that I fixed but did not create. The one that I created was an assembler bug, code written in UKY-502 assembler (military computer). I screwed up one op code, specifying LK (load constant) instead of L (load from memory address). The difference in the code was one bit, but I had to single-step through the code to find the bug - took me hours for one stinking bit.

The other bug, also on the UYK-502 computer, was a bug in the micro-code. The guy who wrote the micro-code for one particular instruction had ignored the user guide for the bit-slice processor and had implemented a read-modify-write operation in a single micro-code instruction. It worked for him because the timing hardware was slow enough. Unfortunately, a couple of years later, the manufacturer of one of the chips in the timing hardware improved the internal workings of the chip so that one of the line dropped sooner than it did on older versions of the chip (NB: the chip still met the same specs - it was just faster). Debugging was a pain. The computer used a back-plane, and the timing hardward and the bit-slice processor were on difference cards. When we put either card on a extender so we could connect a logic analyser, the delay added by the traces on the extender caused the problem to go away. It took two of a week to find the problem. The fix was to update the microcode ROMs for every computer that received the new timer card.

Comment Touch typists (Score 1) 698

I'm a (very poor) touch typist. If you start radically altering the keyboard, you will seriously P.O. every touch typist out there because our muscle memory won't work with your keyboard. That means that they will be much less likely to buy your keyboard. By extension, if your keyboard happens to be attached to a laptop, they will be much less likely to buy your laptop. Maybe non-touch typists will be more likely to buy your wares and offset the loss of the touch typists. But maybe not - what if they dislike your changes? Bottom line: there's probably no great business advantage to changing the keyboard but there is a significant business risk, so ain't gonna happen.
If you have a good idea for a better keyboard, start a kickstarter campaign and build/market it yourself. You'll make a huge pile of money. Or not.

Comment Re:Robotic Surgeons? (Score 1) 76

Not really. If you look at the likelihood of being in surgery when the network goes down, or the surgeon gets hacked, it's pretty much negligible. What does disturb me is the fact that major hacks are frequently reported as are gross vulnerabilities yet nothing seems to get done. -- linquendum tondere

Comment Thank goodness (Score 1) 480

My first thought, when I read the summary, was of my co-workers, all male, wearing short skirts or low-cut dresses. I may have to gouge out my eyes.

My personal experience is that absent clear enforced rules, deportment degrades over time to unacceptable levels, at which point management institutes unpalatable rules. If you have freedom in deportment, enjoy it but be sensible.

"You need tender loving care once a week - so that I can slap you into shape." - Ellyn Mustard