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Comment: Re:Not the target audience... (Score 1) 97

by Headrick (#47632765) Attached to: The Doctor Will Skype You Now

The problem I see with this service, at least in the US with the litigious nature of its society, is that it's almost to the point that if you say a common housefly landed on your arm and you are worried they will tell you to come in to the ER or urgent care. I know of no one who has called any level of their heath provider with any concern who has not been told to come in.

The last thing they want is for someone to call in with something seemly trivial and have it turn out to be something quite serious. That's a lawsuit waiting to happen when "I called my doctor and he said I was fine." and then "My doctor said I'm fine but then I lost a limb.".

Comment: Re:What's the solution? (Score 1) 205

Well companies can do much more to improve on that front though.
1. Architect the product, not just build it. All too often the focus is on meeting business objectives and security is added later. An product that was well thought-out and designed handles security as part of the core design as well as the business objectives.

This. Also, be sure to include threat modeling as part of the architecture. Microsoft actually has a pretty good (free) stand-alone tool that you might want to check out:

Comment: Re:Or call your credit card company ... (Score 1) 228

by Headrick (#47174281) Attached to: AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

A text whenever your credit card was used saying "Card with number ending in xxxx was used in location yyyy, if this was a fraudulent charge reply to this text" would work just as well without the privacy issue of tracking locations.

My Chase VISA did exactly this while my girlfriend was buying some furniture using her copy of the card. It's the only time this has happened but it was the first expensive purchase she made. She was on her laptop next to me at the time so I immediately replied "YES" or "OK" and then the transaction went through.


by Headrick (#47032977) Attached to: Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

And then why shoot at an officer who you know won't shoot at you?

Because you know that he is no longer a threat to you and whatever you are trying to accomplish (i.e. he's dead or wounded).

Believe me, I'm generally what one would characterize as "anti-cop", but in a nation with so many guns and our particular gun culture (along with the war on drugs among other things), I don't follow this argument.

I don't know the complete solution but I feel that cameras on all cops and their vehicles (on at all times) is a start.

Yes, in America often the cops are the one gang you can't call the cops on but I can't really fault any gang member for being armed.

Comment: Re:Aaaaaaannd..... (Score 1) 566

by Headrick (#46948479) Attached to: Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

Can we stop this stereotype now? I've been working for IT companies for nearly 20 years and most of my colleagues (regardless of gender or sexual orientation) have had significant others or spouses.

Sure, there's been the occasional guy/girl that I can't ever see being able to handle any sort of romantic relationship but I've no reason to believe its been due to their profession.

Comment: Re:Feynman (Score 2) 172

I haven't seen the movie but this is also covered in Feynman's book "What Do You Care What Other People Think?". Lots of other good stuff in there too.

Of course don't forget to read "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman". Feynman was a guy I would've really have liked to have known.

Comment: Re:Yes they did. (Score 1) 572

Exactly. I have my phone set up as a wifi hotspot over its 4G connection (unlimited data) and connect any personal devices (usually just my tablet) so I can browse, send, and receive personal communications. I can't imagine logging in to any social network, getting my personal email, or anything else that I wouldn't feel free to forward or print out for my boss.

It's my employer's network and I use it for work.

Comment: Re:much ado about nothing (Score 2) 506

by Headrick (#46362045) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Given that this article is not about the United States government or its constitution I think a better analogy (if we still want to use the US) would be to look at how certain state-wide laws are inapplicable at border towns.

Not so long ago you could not buy any alcoholic beverage on Sunday in Massachusetts (at a store, restaurants were exempt). This gave the liquor stores of border towns in northern MA a disadvantage as some folks made their "regular" store just over the border so they need not worry about the day of the week. Even if they didn't use it as their primary source of alcohol on Sunday it was the only solution. So these border towns, which did not cross in to New Hampshire, were allowed to sell on Sundays (I can't recall exactly how many miles you had to be from the border).

As we gradually eliminate our so called "Blue Laws" in Massachusetts it is now legal to purchase alcohol in MA stores so long at it is after noon.

I'm in no way defending this law, merely presenting a somewhat analogous situation.

Comment: Re:We're the best country in the world!!! Woo!! (Score 1) 357

by Headrick (#46275595) Attached to: US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

An apt passage from Joel's "Angry Young Man" which you appropriately mention:

I believe I've passed the age of consciousness & righteous rage
I found that just surviving was a noble fight.
I once believed in causes too, I had my pointless point of view,
Life went on no matter who was wrong or right,

The quotes in bold represent the sentiment of a lot of the populous, even those who were or are somewhat "active" in the political spectrum. It's more important to make the paycheck and feed the kids even while we know another drone strike in Yemen (or wherever) is imminent.

Comment: A Song (Score 1) 197

by Headrick (#46247901) Attached to: Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):

If you're a musician, even a mediocre one, how about a song? If you already have the instruments and equipment it's free and it will win you *massive* brownie points.

CSB: Last year I wrote, played (guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion pads), mixed, and produced a song for my girlfriend. Now in all honesty I do this sort of thing as a hobby so the mood and lyrics were the main challenges but even if you have just have an instrument, mic, recording device, and you know four chords even a horrible song will be great. You're not distributing it.

BTW we're still together. Also, this is why I also always make my own cards.

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