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Comment Re:As a former expert (Score 1) 112 112

I've been out of the field for 10 years, but what I've learned since then is that "experts" don't care if the clients can actually use the system. AV? Take it or leave it, but for software updates, well, the cost of breaking corporate software with an update (they just took out our scheduling program for 4 days) is very measurable and affects everyone in the company,

If routine operations (and updates should absolutely be part of a routine) break production you're doing it wrong. The answer is to test changes before committing them to production. The answer is not to forgo needed security updates.

Comment Re:Experts know more than non-experts (Score 1) 112 112

Jesus Christ. What it is it? The news or a fucking film? How am I to plan my life with this kind of vacillation going on? Huh?

Film. The phrase came about in the days before mobile trucks with microwave links or even video tape. "On-scene" news was shot on film, which had to processed and edited (yes, manually, as in cut-and-splice), and then readied for broadcast later in the evening.

Comment Re:Hiring a witch to protect from evil? (Score 1) 232 232

So, yeah. You busted us. No Xtian has ever accused a witch of making a pact with the devil (or a demon) because it's not in your version of the bible. Just like no Xtian has ever cherry picked scripture to support their own fears and prejudices while blithely ignoring others.

Comment Re:Hiring a witch to protect from evil? (Score 2) 232 232

A Christian POV is that witches don't necessarily realize that they've made a pact with the devil

Fixed that for ya. (Most Christians of my acquaintance seem to have heard of that idea but consider it nonsense.)

That lines up pretty well with my experience that most Xtians are a duplicitous lot, picking and choosing freely with parts of their chosen edition of "...the complete, true and unerring word of god" are to be observed (and cited incessantly) and which to disregard as "nonsense".

But perhaps President Bartlet illustrates it best...

Comment Re:Hiring a witch to protect from evil? (Score 1) 232 232

The Christian POV is that witches don't necessarily realize that they've made a pact with the devil: a demon will be the slave of the witch during the remainder of their lifetime on Earth (the demon is the source of their powers), and when they die their soul will become the slave of the demon in Hell for eternity. That might be why some are interested in life extension technology.

Not that Xtians are often prone to letting reason get in their way, but that theory kinda puts the lie to the whole "free will" argument does it not? If one is hoodwinked by supernatural powers, there can be no free will.

Comment Re:There is no cure for absolute fucking stupidity (Score 1) 232 232

There is no cure for absolute fucking stupidity.

If you are referring to every religion that ever existed, then I'd the most I could accuse you of is being a bit insensitive. If you're singling out Wicca, then you are applying a blatant double standard and I would call that "absolutely fucking stupid". So, tell me. Are you religious at all?

Comment Re:Feels weird agreeing with scientologists (Score 2) 265 265

It's up to 4 hours for a raving lunatic to "cool down".

Not sufficient. The widely employed standard period for the detention of the acutely mentally ill is there for a reason. Wild swings in behavior, mood, mentation are common in these people. Leave it to Texas to get the priorities for helping the mentally ill ass-backwards, yet again.

Comment Re:If you gotta ask... (Score 0) 267 267

Assuming you're the local goody-two-shoes Administrator ("NT can be, and usually is, administered by an idiot") the first real question is, why block at all? Perhaps then you can answer why you feel the need to make a big show of allowing exceptions.

Given that end-users are now the most frequently exploited point in most networks, the first real question asked by idiots is "Why block at all?" Given a network that services anything at all sensitive, the default state for outbound connections to the Internet should "blocked".

Comment Re:"...keep everyone who uses the Internet safe." (Score 1) 91 91

No one. The existence of a master key for any given system renders everything in that system less safe. Period. I am far more afraid of a compromised master key for something that I am forced to use, than I am afraid of "teh terrorists". Are you listening, Congressman? Do not fuck with my privacy. The smart people are trying to tell you something. You don't understand the technology and the implications of what well-meaning law-enforcement types are asking for.

Comment Yes, we need better classification (Score 1) 30 30

This latest episode was announced as if it had serious and broad impact. It did not, but that didn't help those of us who, on less than two days notice, moved things around to prepare for another round of mitigation of a "severe" security issue. Yes, we're all glad it's not as bad as it might have been, but the point is that somebody was aware of that when the announcements went out. They should have been more forthcoming.

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