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Comment: Re:The REAL value of the transit system (Score 1) 170

mass transit is already hugely subsidized...

The "price" of a good in a market is not merely what people want to pay for it. For example, how many people would buy a yacht for 100 dollars? Probably a lot more then buy one now at its current price of about 10 million to 100 million dollars depending on how big it is... but can you charge 100 dollars to sell yachets? No... you won't even break even on the costs.

and yet this is exactly the model for phones and printers. Sell below cost and have a captive revenue stream.

Comment: Re:No bounds checking? (Score 3, Informative) 71

by Intron (#47341621) Attached to: KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

Yes. It is trivial to make data structures that do bounds checking automatically. I remember this being on by default in Pascal in the 80's. Those who prefer speed over security won long ago. Why slow down a processor that can only do 1 billion instructions per second with an extra test and branch?

Comment: Re:It depends what work youre doing (Score 3, Interesting) 274

by Intron (#46915067) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

I used to be a project manager. Although I wrote some code, I didn't become a full time software developer until I went with a startup 6 years ago when I was 55. I don't think I ever ran into problems with culture, maybe because the company was not a monoculture as described above. The software group had Indians, an Orthodox Jew, Asians, etc. That might be more typical of East Coast companies. Ages ranged from 20's up and I think all ideas were respected. The problems I had were not with the engineers but with the company management who made some pretty terrible decisions and did not respect my (or anyone else's) experience. I am now a happy Principal Software Engineer at a larger company, also with no problems with the engineers and with much better management.

Comment: Re:Of course he is (Score 1) 329

by Intron (#46845203) Attached to: Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

I'm pretty sure Occupy Wall Street managed to increase exposure of a problem without burning down some buildings too. Attacking infrastructure to draw attention to your cause does nothing but cement your status as a criminal and harm sympathy for your cause.

So obstructing access to a building is ok,but not obstructing access to a website? Or did they burn down a website, I'm confused.

Comment: Re:That is why social Hacking is Bad MmmKaa. (Score 1) 329

by Intron (#46845167) Attached to: Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

Shall we take that twisted logic to the next phase and say if you get shot it's partly your fault because you weren't wearing a bullet-resistant vest? After all, you knowingly wore something which wasn't secure (your shirt/jacket) so obviously it's partly your fault for getting shot.

Depends. Are you in Afghanistan?

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