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Comment: Re:Very sad (Score 1) 82

by Headrick (#48309361) Attached to: "Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

I share your sentiments.

OT, having lived in Boston proper my entire adult life I can state with confidence that no Bostonian I've met would ever refer to Boston as "Beantown" including folks across the river in Cambridge and the suburbs. Just curious as to why a former resident would employ that term...

Comment: Re:OT: Self-depricating humor (Score 1) 652

by Headrick (#48076227) Attached to: Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

Well put. Self-deprecating humor certainly meets your criteria!

Here in Boston we still make fun of the accent even though it's not as common as most depictions would make you think.

That said, I would wager that the getting laid jokes are not (as?) funny to most of us who have been here from the beginning (so, at least for me, someone around 40 years old -- see my UID!) and at this point no sex would either be:

  • 1) really sad
  • 2) ok, just between relationships!
  • 3) not an issue as our significant other is static at this point.


Comment: Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (Score 1) 652

by Headrick (#48075871) Attached to: Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

Is this joke really funny anymore? It just feeds in to a stereotype that I've not found to be accurate. Sure, I don't doubt that some of us haven't had much action but I imagine the distribution isn't that far off the norm for our respective demographics.

If you're not an asshole, know how to treat people with respect, and take care of yourself it's not that hard to have a relationship.

Or I need to browse at -1 more often...

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.

The difficult we do today; the impossible takes a little longer.