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Comment: Re:Express elevators (Score 3, Informative) 106

Some of these towers have an upper lobby. So you take the express from 1 to 75, then a 'local' from 76 to 100.

Usually the 'important people' are on the top floors so the elevator ratio is better and there's little waiting in the upper lobby. Unless you stop at the bar.

Once in a blue moon there's an express to the penthouse, but to pay for an entire express elevator entirely in the rent of the penthouse apartment isn't feasible for all but the ultra-ultra rich.

Comment: Re:Specious Argument (Score 1) 113

by bill_mcgonigle (#46829375) Attached to: OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

It was the lack of altruistic eyes scrutinizing it.

That was a secondary effect. People who might want to analyze code want to do a good job, and there's a lot of code worth analyzing.

To do that job there are tools that help with that analysis. OpenSSL's use of non-standard internal memory management routines makes it resistant to use of such analysis tools.

Is it impossible for a code auditor to keep everything in his head? No, but it's tough and error-prone. Some people have found OpenSSL bugs before, of course, but there are ways to make it easier for auditors to stand a fighting chance.

That's largely what the OpenBSD team is doing - ripping out all of that unneeded memory management crap, killing OS/2, VMS, and MacOS7 support code, etc. The payoff should be more people looking at it, but it sure wouldn't hurt for some companies that save millions by using OpenSSL to throw the team a few bones once in a while to make it more regular. Or hire their own internal folks to do the same, if that would work out better.

Comment: Re:Too good to be true? (Score 1) 188

by bill_mcgonigle (#46827089) Attached to: OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

$300 for the 16 GB model and $350 for a 64 GB model? Knowing what Samsung charges for comparable devices

Yes, but the recent build estimate based on tear-down for the S5 was $255 or so.
    That gives these guys in China almost a hundred bucks, which is a good margin for any business. Samsung is just making money hand-over-fist, but there's plenty of long-tail to profit in.

Comment: Re:How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior? (Score 3, Interesting) 168

by bill_mcgonigle (#46817641) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

Or more succinctly: incentives matter. What incentive does an employee have to keep data secret? Will he be demoted in rank and lose pay if he does something stupid?

What incentives do companies have to maintain a secure infrastructure? Will their insurance policy hold them liable if they do not?

I'm just in the middle of polishing up a puppet module to deploy a bunch of new certs on my infrastructure. My incentive is that my reputation looks pretty bad if I advise clients to be secure but my own infrastructure is not up to snuff. That's really an incentive to avoid lost opportunities, I suppose.

Google is talking about scoring up pages that are secure. Another very wise incentive.

Let's keep this ball rolling: what other incentives can we offer or explain?

Comment: Re:What I want to know is ... (Score 4, Insightful) 235

Seriously, airplane security is clearly full of holes and the sham of passenger security checks is just that, a sham meant to make us 'feel' safe while wasting our time and shoveling tons of dollars to the TSA.

Well, any good government repression solves multiple problems, but the point of TSA is behavioral conditioning - giving away tons of money to political cronies is just a bonus.

Comment: Re:Heck yes... (Score 2) 301

by bill_mcgonigle (#46812831) Attached to: Our Education System Is Failing IT

If you're willing to pay you can hire good people. It's just that the big publicly-owned Silicon Valley companies can use their funny money to pay more than you can.

If you go to places where people are living for quality-of-life and not just money, you'll find more of the competent folks. The competent folks in sucky-places-to-live have all moved to the aforementioned corporations or nicer places to live.

Comment: Re:Please justify $5 for one rental (Score 1) 137

by bill_mcgonigle (#46811113) Attached to: Joss Whedon Releases New Film On Demand

Please justify the $5 cost to rent your film. I can rent your latest superhero blockbuster over the weekend for $2 from Redbox. I can own Louis CK's latest show forever for $5. Why is your content so much more expensive?

Because people are willing to pay $5 to watch it now. If Whedon's company is smart, the price will go down over time to pick up the folks who won't pay $5 to watch it out of the gate.

If it goes down to $2 in a year, then to me that's better than 100% RoI in 1 year, so it's a great deal to me to watch it next year. But some people value being able to be the first to blog about it, chat about it over the water cooler, etc. I watch TV on Netflix 2-3 years after it's been on a network (because cable & satellite are way too much money), but I realize I'm very atypical in that view.

Check out some stuff from Menger if you want a more academic treatment.

Comment: Re:I've grappled with the ethics of CS for 20 year (Score 3, Insightful) 180

by bill_mcgonigle (#46810975) Attached to: The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

Right, ethics classes won't help. I left a good career at a major medical center when I was told that we were going with the technology that would likely create medication errors because the correct software was too expensive and it would be cheaper to settle the lawsuits.

Nobody needs an ethics class to know that that's wrong behavior, and taking an ethics class would not have changed that behavior. And it certainly wasn't the programming staff that needed ethical correction.

Comment: Re:First they get rid of shop (Score 3, Insightful) 252

Lets burn the lawyers offices down.

The lawyers are powerless without the courts. It's the Court orders, backed by ... wait for it ... men with guns that make this environment possible.

Do you know why everybody is so jumpy and the cops are doing summary executions now? Because everybody is a criminal, everybody is a suspect, and the cops and the courts enforce these absurd laws rather than than defend the Constitution as a co-equal branch.

Hell, the Constitution didn't even make it past 1803 intact in design, and FDR accepted the Supreme Court's final surrender in 1937 from Chief Justice Hughes as a settlement to his plan to expand the Court with its cronies. Overnight, SCOTUS began finding all of Roosevelt's programs suddenly Constitutional even concluding that growing wheat for your family farm is part of "Interstate Commerce" and suddenly of Federal providence.

The problem now is that it's impossible for the People to know what the Constitution says because (supposedly) it doesn't mean anything until SCOTUS tells us what it means, which might well be the opposite of what we "think" it means (that is, the plain English meaning). The catch is that the Constitution is what authorizes the government in the first place. If the People aren't competent to understand their agreement with that government, then they weren't competent to create it in the first place and the grant of power is void.

Comment: Re:Sick Society (Score 5, Insightful) 252

This is not about science, it is about tje progressive anti-gun stance.

Seriously - stop spreading their propaganda. They explicitly want those in power to have all the guns they need. They just want the People to be disarmed and figure their friends will be in power.

This is not at all an anti-gun stance, it's a central-control stance. This gives them a sense of security, like those living under Mao or Pol Pot.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.