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Comment Re:What 'meaning'? (Score 1) 135

How did these clowns get everyone acting like trained fucking monkeys?

Because, for the most part, they are.

I don't think that it is about the "stuff" in general. It's about the social status of being someone who has the "stuff". The more in-demand the stuff is this season, the more social status afforded to acquiring it. Even if that status is only temporary.

Vendors want to see a repeat of customers fighting for their products. Whether it be an Elmo doll or a Cabbage Patch Kid or whatever. Be cool. Be the person with the stuff. Everyone who did not get the stuff will be so envious.

Comment Re:Look at the bean counters for your answer (Score 3, Insightful) 166

I have to explain that to people all the time.

To an employee, you are a paycheck / insurance / vacation-time / etc. If they fuck up they have to go through the interview process to replace those items. And it is in their best interest to do the job correctly so they don't have to deal with the problems or the hassle of interviewing.

To a contractor, you are billable hours. If they fuck up they have to find replacement billable hours. That's it. They don't care whether it works right because they can charge to fix it. Again. And again. If they find a customer who pays better, you'll be on your own. Unless you want to cough up more money.

Comment Bullshit. (Score 4, Informative) 780

Assuming there was not communication among the staff that knew it was just a stupid clock to those other people, I can see who it would meet a standard of 'reasonable suspicion' to justify an arrest.

Of course you do. But that's only because almost every person believes that THEIR opinion is a "reasonable" one.

I remember back in the day (I'm old) when a student would bring something distracting to school the teacher would confiscate it and the student collect it at the end of the day.

At worst, a student's parents would be called in.

But students were never arrested for bringing toys to school. That's just stupid.

Comment Re:They aren't really still blaming DPRK, are they (Score 1) 50

I'd bet that the security people there, initially, were overruled by higher management.

I've seen too many instances where management skips basic security because "it's easier" or because their egos cannot stand having an IT nerd tell THEM what to do. And then there's plain nepotism.

Eventually, the people who know the risks move on to better companies. And then when the breach is discovered, management can blame it on whomever was the last to leave.

Comment Re:Already solved (Score 0) 107

I'd say to RTFA but I'll save time and just post this quote from it:

Some of the largest organizations have an issue with an aging workforce that is more resistant to the impact of digital change on our businesses and in our lives.

See? It's about those old people with all their so called "experience" obstructing you from embracing the new model.

The year before was commonly dubbed âoethe year of the breachâ in IT circles, so we were not shocked to see that time spent on security management jumped from 24 percent in 2014 to 31 percent in 2015.

Wow! 24% of their time WAS spent on "security" and yet we read about breach after breach after breach. I'm sure that adding those additional 6 percentage points will make all the difference.

Comment Why? (Score 1) 423

Lucas says he was going to tell a story about the grandchildren of figures from the original trilogy.


It's a GALAXY. Isn't there anyone with a story to tell that is NOT related to a handful of characters from the original movie?

The Adventures of Han Solo the third!

Comment Re: Sounds like a psycopath. (Score 5, Informative) 484

It's kind of hard to know who the real threats are without spying on people...

Bullshit. The point is that they were spying on EVERYONE. And being lazy about it.

Checking SPECIFIC people whom you have a VALID REASON to suspect is different.

The amount of data they're collecting is impossible to process in any useful fashion UNTIL AFTER SOMETHING HAPPENS.

Unless you want to spy on your ex-girlfriend or the cute barista who isn't interested in you. Too many opportunities for abuse.

Comment Re:quite likely "intelligence" is monitoring (Score 4, Insightful) 318

They've killed a lot more than 129 people (along with many other atrocities). There have been thousands dead already but I guess they don't count since they weren't in a first world country.

More like it is a bit more difficult to arrest someone who is part of an armed organization in a different country.

Why would they be using social media to communicate with each other when they're bivouacked together?

Not that the West really has the stomach to stop ISIS.

It's not that they do not have the stomach for it.

They see advantages in having a scary enemy to distract from other issues.

All we want to do is send planes over there to drop bombs and let the smaller countries from the area do the fighting on the ground.

Because once a bomb is used, a replacement has to be purchased. Which means a LOT of money flowing from taxes to vendors.

Getting rid of them is going to take putting troops over there but the people here don't want to deal with the casualties that would come with that.

That is what created them the last time.

At this point there is no clean/easy way to deal with the mess we created. And we aren't willing to spend the money/years helping them if our vendors do not see a cash ROI.

Comment Re:quite likely "intelligence" is monitoring (Score 5, Insightful) 318

So at what point does the "smart cop" decide to stop them? After they've killed 129 people?

That makes a good movie plot but it doesn't work in real life.

The problem is that our "intelligence" agencies are more focused on electronics than on intelligence. It's easier. It's cheaper. It can cover a lot more "suspects". And it can be easily abused.

Stopping an attack makes you look good for one day.

Having a fearsome enemy that can attack any where, any time means you have funding for life.

Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 965

Who knows? Destabilization happens fast, and the prelude is usually only obvious in hindsight.

Nice try at avoiding the point.

The issue isn't whether there will be another war in North America in 200 years. The issue is whether there will be a war in North America IN YOUR LIFETIME.

The prepper philosophy is to admit that nobody can answer your question and to take some degree of precaution as a hedge against the risk.

No. If that were the case then they wouldn't be known as "preppers". They'd be regular people with a few cases of food (MRE's or such) and water. Because they know that civil authority will be re-established within days or weeks after an emergency.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe