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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.

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.

This is a good time to punt work.