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Comment key based auth (Score 1) 23

Why not use key based auth instead of password based?

Probably for the same reasons that crypto email never worked out, but I wish it were an option on things like banking websites.

I'm now using a password manager, so I can use pretty hard passwords without having to try to remember them. But using signed certs would be much much stronger still.

Comment Re:Fewer candidates to draw from... (Score 1) 580

I'm not so sure that they would reject anyone who downloaded, but that they would reject someone who lied about it. I've seen reports that they will even accept candidates that have some minor drug use in their distant past, but the problem with their application comes when it's lied about.

Comment Re:And yet (Score 5, Insightful) 268

"free market principles," collusion between competitors destroys the free market. The same is true on the other side too, iow unions. I suspect you don't support unions, right? suppressing worker's wages not through lack of demand or value, but by constraining supply through secret conspiracy, is not a free market. It's just the same as the same companies conspiring to raise prices on their goods and refuse to compete with each other, which prevents the Invisible Hand of the market from working correctly.

Comment Re:Switch off servers? (Score 1) 54

No, they are simply letting the CPU util go to 0% (+ whatever necessary for OS etc). But the hosts are still awake and available. Another advantage is that the load can be instantly added back, whereas if they actually turned the machines off they'd have to wait for boot time, so the reaction to capacity shifts wouldn't be as fast.

Comment Re:Arneson (Score 1) 183

There's something to be said about the complexity of AD&D, too. I'm still the only person that I know personally to have played Melee, from Steve Jackson before he founded Steve Jackson Games, and I really loved it. Played very smooth with an understandable magic system. Combat and damage made a lot of sense. It doesn't have the texture of AD&D, though, it's almost too hermetic. I even still have the books. ;(

Comment Managers (Score 1) 509

Step on his feelings. This kind of thing needs to show up on their (annual) reviews, and their performance should be derated. That doesn't necessarily mean fired, but their performance evaluation should be penalized. That would generally mean a failure to get COLA increases, to say nothing of merit increases. If they have 10 year old skills, then their wages should be frozen as of 10 years ago. If you don't have annual reviews, your company has a problem. That's what managers are for. If they're not doing their job, that should show up on their reviews as well.

Are they worried about hurting this guy's feelings? This isn't a daycare. Are you worried about this guy leaving for another company and taking valuable information with him? He's not going anywhere, no one else would hire him with skills that old.

If you have a company that mature without either annual reviews or management that feels that they should manage, your company has a dire problem and you should get out of there. The way you phrase this makes it sound like it's actually a government position, and sadly that is more par for the course. Now you know why people don't like paying their taxes.

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles