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Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 1) 214

by Tom (#48030469) Attached to: Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

isn't this the mentality that's caused us to require fifteen safety stickers on a simple ladder?

No, it is the exact opposite.

Stickers and security awareness training and all this nonsense are attempts to put the responsibility on the user by telling him what to do, instead of handling the responsibility yourself by making sure that your product is safe.

As with all things, there is, of course, a limit. You cannot (with current technology) design a power drill so that it will work on a wall, but not on a hand. And if your user knows the master password that will destroy your company then he should be told to keep it secret. But you should also ask yourself if you really need such a gaping security hole or if you couldn't compartmentalise things better. Or if the power drill can be designed so that it only works if the user has both hands on the machine, to at least reduce risk.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 1) 214

by Tom (#48027493) Attached to: Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

Not friendly to disabled or old people.

However, one-way walkways are entirely possible. You could have moving stairs that only move in one direction - that way a user erroneously going the wrong way would definitely notice.

It's all about assuming that users make mistakes and changing your mindset from shaking your head and mumbling "stupid lusers" to "let's see how we can handle that..."

It's quite an interesting subject, and finding great solutions to these problems is a challenge to more than just math skills.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 1) 214

by Tom (#48027405) Attached to: Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

You believe that user interfaces have to be made either for idiots or for geeks. Nothing could be further from the truth. A good interface allows both automation and is tolerant of failures. This is not only not exclusive, it is mutually supporting - when you want to automate something, proper error handling is even more important.

Comment: Re:It's true (Score 1) 266

by Tom (#48025463) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

IF they can mass produce a model in a reasonable price range comparable to a modern model of car it will take off.

I'm quite sure they (Ferrari) could, if they wanted. But it would destroy the brand. These brands are built on exclusivity, on the "not for everyone" factor - not only due to prices, but also due to the type of car they built. I'm quite certain that almost everyone who actually owns a Ferrari also owns at least one other car, for everyday driving.

Tesla, on the other hand, is trying to become upperclass mainstream. I wouldn't compare it to Ferrari, but to fashion designers - their original creations are unique exclusives, but they can inspire collections that are affordable to the average girl.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 5, Insightful) 214

by Tom (#48025443) Attached to: Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

He did cause the delay.

"User errors are user interface errors."

Last line of a keynote speech I gave two years ago. If someone walking back through that exit is so serious that it causes this, then it should not be possible, period.

It's easy to prevent. You post a security guard there, and/or you use appropriate doors. The last is a bit tricky due to large passenger volume and baggage, but some airports I know have these doors just before the baggage pickup area, for example.

He didn't cause the delay. If you build systems for normal users, you have to expect them to make errors, and the system has to catch those errors and handle them in a non-fatal way. If it doesn't, your system is broken.

Comment: Re:not Alright... (Score 1) 413

Here is what I either want to have or can tolerate on the phone:
1. Phone.
2. Address Book / Phone Book.
3. Maps.
4. SMS.
5. Text notes.
6. Camera.
7. Voice recorder (very useful if can also record phone calls).
8. View of images / movies.
9. Browser.
10. Alarm clock.
11. Daily planner.
12. Calculator.
13. File manager.

That is what I think a smartphone is for and I do not want anything else on it.

Comment: Re:I would like to see a return... (Score 1) 120

by roman_mir (#48021011) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

We could have socialized medicine in the US if we could get this money.

Or we could have something useful. Or just not collect the taxes in the first place, if that's the best you can do with it.


At the time when an average /.er writes another meaningless statement as to how to use more government violence to steal more money from individuals to create more monstrous government monopolies, Switzerland stands its ground and votes against such notions.

Comment: Re:IBM is dying (Score 0) 48

by roman_mir (#48020939) Attached to: Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

Business in USA naturally follows the guidelines set by the government, which itself puts an overwhelming emphasis on 'improving' numbers and it does it by redefining the scales and de-emphasising absolute values.

The so called 'GDP', the so called 'CPI', the so called 'core inflation', the so called 'unemployment rate' and various other measures are used to manipulate the perception of the economy by the markets and individuals to the great detriment to the actual economy and thus those very individuals.

The real numbers are not taken into account. Destructive inflation is now touted as an economic imperative and falling prices are the 'dreaded deflation'.

In the world where everybody lies to everybody, just another lying set of numbers at Dell is not a big deal until it too leads to destruction.

Comment: Re:And there's the reason why... (Score 1) 226

by Tom (#48017579) Attached to: Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

And free sites. They still exist - I run a couple myself. I found that for me, a mix of free and paid sites covers almost everything I need on the Internet. You just have to spend a little time finding what's for you instead of always following the top three Google hits.

Comment: Re:Don't complain... (Score 1) 212

by roman_mir (#48005005) Attached to: Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

Left wing politics of freedom, as in the original idea behind liberalism, not left wing politics of theft - the socialist/communist/fascist version.

I have nothing to thank your politics except for hundreds of millions of dead people, billions of poor people and the economic collapse.

Comment: Re:Don't complain... (Score 1, Insightful) 212

by roman_mir (#47997883) Attached to: Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

Ideological bullshit is stealing from those who can make it to subsidise those who cannot make it and call it 'fairness' and even insist it somehow promotes 'human rights'.

Theft does not make anything 'right' regardless how you justify it.

Equal opportunities does NOT mean that everybody has to be born in the same household, it means that GOVERNMENT MUST NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST SOME TO PROVIDE ADVANTAGES TO OTHERS, which is what you are ideologically aligned with: using force and violence of the government to create discrimination.

Equal opportunities means equality under law and you breed inequality under law.

Comment: Re:Full Disclosure can be found on oss-security... (Score 0) 399

by roman_mir (#47988865) Attached to: Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

Jesus fucking christ, this thread is about Windows not having bash and I added to it by showing an OpenBSD box that also in this case didn't have bash. Grow a fucking sense of humour and stop taking yourself too seriously, life is too short, go watch a comedy or something.

Your code should be more efficient!