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Comment: Trust Nobody (Score 1) 185

by Kevin by the Beach (#48004683) Attached to: Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market
I drew a diagram on my office wall to help explain the difficulties of "Trust" in the internet/cloud world to my wife. Her problem is unique to a small subset of Americans.. her profession (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) is granted "Privileged" communication status similar to Attorney/Client rights... This limits her choices as to who and what can be trusted as a computer system. In bold RED marker I circled all of the entities that would need to be "trusted" to one extent or another to keep her data secure when placed onto the internet/cloud. It makes it really difficult to communicate with clients when the ubiquitous solution is the least secure. Her simple answer when faced with current choices was NO, it's my license at risk why should I trust anybody. At the end of the conversation, she asked me to build her something that could be trusted... (good-bye free time, sex life, hobbies, etc...)

Comment: WOW... This could be Nobel Prize worthy (Score 1) 222

by Kevin by the Beach (#47916673) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease
The analytics that went into this research have wide ranging application potential. This could be the tipping point for full exploitation of genetic markers in a wide range of medical/genetic diagnostics. It may not be as easy to build as say a single test like BRAC, but I could envision a series of grouped diagnostics markers that could be funneled into a matrix that would show the probability disease. Also, this is an excellent example of government (TAX) money well spent on research. Thank you NIH.

Comment: Where should I buy land to offset these changes? (Score 1) 708

by Kevin by the Beach (#47765393) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report
I believe that the climate will change (getting warmer & sea level rise). So, my question is... If I want the best property for possible self sufficiency where would that be? My first thoughts would be a minimum of 50' above sea level, and on the windward side of a large geographic feature (plateau / mountain) . The problem I haven't worked out is the variability of Ocean currents and prevailing winds? Will a currently Dry region increase in Precipitation, or should I stick with regions that get 20+ inches of rain on annual average? (and hope it doesn't change). I grew up on the "Tug Hill" plateau in New York, and their micro climate is influenced by their latitude, altitude, prevailing winds, and proximity to the Great Lakes. It may be a good place to track their micro climate going forward.

Comment: "facebook", if your not paying for the ad... (Score 2) 61

If you don't already know, the real value of facebook is the content that people post and the data mining that takes place behind the scenes. These social networks are a huge "SELL TO ME" sign that glows brighter with every like, repost, and share. I'm not surprised that the $$$ machine want's to control the content, they don't need us urinating in the same well we drink from.

Comment: Re:Code less, get out more (Score 3, Informative) 548

Amen, and Amen. I wasted so much of my life meeting meaningless deadlines. When my children were growing up, the wisest advice I gave them was to NOT choose a computer career. (both are Social Workers like their Mom) Sure, It's less money but they will live longer and be much happier with a life worth living. Programmers come in two shades... Green and Jaded

Comment: Not everybody carries a weapon in the military. (Score 1) 192

by Kevin by the Beach (#47333609) Attached to: An Army Medal For Coding In Perl
Years ago, I was an Air Force enlisted programmer AFSC 511/491. Sure, I was in the military but I didn't have a combat rating. I haven't looked at the citation that accompanied my medals, but I wouldn't be surprised to see obscure programming references like Ada, PL/1, and CP/M. The one sad change is that it was an awesome career path for people to go high school to military and get their computer training on the job. I've never completed my college education, but hold a job as an Enterprise Data Architect. Unfortunately the beltway bandits now do the same job I was payed less than $1500 a month to perform. And they only gouge the tax payers low-mid six figures to perform the same task (SAIC,GE,SAP,Oracle,etc..). The day's of the low paid high performing enlisted programmer are part of history. Congress and the DOD will never willing cut off a funding source and perpetual wealth through the revolving contractor door.

Comment: Re:They shouldn't have immunity then (Score 1) 534

I have to agree. They are going to need to be prepared for civil/criminal prosecutions of the SWAT team members if they are claiming to be a corporation and not a law enforcement entity. Do they have all the requisite permits, local tax, zoning, etc... did they get a variance for explosive storage ... I believe not only in equal protection under the law, but equal prosecution under the law.

Comment: Re:How is that the security industry's fault? (Score 2) 205

Today during an architectural review.... (Architect) Where is the performance data? (Developer) I planned on doing that during a later sprint. (Architect) Can you guarantee that it will get done? (Developer) We can just roll this to production, it's not used anywhere. (Architect) facepalm, facepalm, facepalm....

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