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Comment: Here's what worries me. (Score 1) 199

by JoeD (#37031784) Attached to: World's First Cybernetic Athlete To Compete

Athletes are under enormous amounts of pressure to win. For the Olympics, this is doubly true. Many have sacrificed a normal life for that single shot at winning a gold medal. There's also the unspoken carrot dangling in front of them: "Win a medal, get rich from endorsement contracts."

Is it any wonder that they start taking all sorts of performance-enhancing drugs, some with serious life-long consequences, just for that one chance at winning?

Now let's say that allowing artificial limbs into competition is allowed. I'd be willing to bet that someone would deliberately have their legs replaced.

It'd probably look like this:

There would be a news report of a tragic accident. A promising athlete, cut down just as they're about to hit their prime. They were running alongside a train track, but then tripped in front of the train. Both legs lost. It's a tragedy!

But wait! In an inspiring story, new artificial legs are fitted, allowing them to compete. And what a story! They triumph and win!

Comment: Lack of large-scale consequences (Score 2, Interesting) 98

by JoeD (#29039875) Attached to: How Much Does a Reputation For Security Matter Anymore?

It's because so far, there haven't been any large-scale consequences resulting from the widely-publicized breaches.

Sure, a bunch of people's info got released, and some of those people had serious identity-theft issues resulting from it, but most of the people affected got new credit card numbers and moved on.

When there's a data breach that results in a bank going belly-up, or major stock fraud, or large loss of life, then a reputation for security might start to matter.

Comment: Re:UK Law vs US Law (Score 3, Insightful) 278

by JoeD (#28896563) Attached to: British Hacker Loses Review of Asperger's Defense

And if you came home and found such a note on your table, what would your reaction be?

Would it be "My my, I should really double check to make sure the door was locked. Thanks, Anonymous Note Writer!"

Probably not. Most likely, it would be something like "Holy crap, who does that guy think he is coming into my house and poking around without permission?" followed by vague feelings of unease and paranoia.

Yes, the systems should have been secured better. But that still doesn't give someone permission to go poking around in them, any more than someone has permission to go poking around in your house if the door is unlocked.

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins

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