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Comment Touch typists (Score 1) 684 684

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) 75 75

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) 471 471

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.

Comment Re:Talk to Vendors (Score 1) 217 217

Talking to the pros is only the worst thing to do if you know as much, if not more, than they do. The fact that the OP is asking slashdot indicates he does not know a lot about setting up storage in the PB range. Are the major vendors overpriced? In terms of the hardware you get, probably. In terms of the knowledge they bring to the table, probably NOT in the case of the OP. If you have someone who can select COTS components and effectively couple them with some good OS/SW, great. Otherwise, get someone who knows what they are doing and buy their solution. Doing it on your own when you don't know what you are doing will only end in tears.

Comment Re:Which is why you don't let this stuff connect.. (Score 1) 98 98

From my perspective, the biggest problem with BYOD is that management is not likely to give IT the resources needed to ensure that BYOD is done in a secure manner. Personally, I will not bring my own device to work for a couple of reasons. First, why on earth would I subsidize my employer? Second, why on earth would I consider giving my employer any measure of control over my device?

Comment Re:Investigating if laws were broken (Score 1) 312 312

This is not necessarily a problem. First off, the legality of some actions may depend on where the actions occurred. In the case of the drone, discharging a gun is illegal in some locales and legal in others. So, the authorities could well investigate where the drone was shooting. Second, law has gotten ridiculous; no cop - heck, no lawyer - is aware of all laws. See something new, like a privately owned drone firing a gun, maybe you want to check whether there are applicable laws. Now, fishing trips to find something with which to harass your ex, definitely a problem.

Comment Re:Give them something to do! (Score 2) 334 334

That's certainly an option. But keep in mind that if you upset them, they do have the ability to make your life very unpleasant every time you cross their path. I'm not saying not to do it, just that you should do a cost-benefit analysis on the concept before you do it.

Comment Reasonable Access (Score 5, Interesting) 267 267

What do you consider "reasonable" access? I tend to be very conservative about it. If I can do my job, I consider that reasonable access. Anything not strictly required to do my job is simply a bonus. Under those definitions, I've never had a job that did not afford me reasonable access to the internet. I know that many people will consider "reasonable" access to include things like access to Facebook and twitter and their bank accounts, etc. I disagree. When I'm at work, I'm working. When I'm not at work, I'm not at work. I try very hard to keep the boundary distinct. the more I blur the line, the easier it is for my employer to want me to be always available.

Comment Re:password recovery to defeat reverse identity th (Score 1) 213 213

Exactly. Even now, 2015, the vast majority of computer users are clueless. Since the nail that sticks up is the nail that gets hammered, I just hunker down. When (if) the majority of computer users clues in, I may change my policy. Until then, I keep quite. FWIW, if it was something truly urgent that really did require me to notify someone of an incorrect email address, I'd have my lawyer do the notification.

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