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Comment: Re:Do it before they put in their notice. (Score 2) 269

I'll add, you should actually keep the stuff he says is important to hold onto. I've spent a lot of time in the past collecting historical documents and organizing stuff so my employers can retain it after I'm gone. Three times now I've returned to companies where instead of keeping my data they wipe the laptop, delete my email and destroy years of valuable data. I've learned that companies cannot be trusted to keep valuable data and they will often not keep you on long enough to do proper knowledge transfer. Now I prepare docs ahead of resignation and hand them off to my peers and stuff it on shared servers, because management doesn't seem to consider employees might have had data of any value.

Comment: Re:Liability (Score 1) 109

by LessThanObvious (#49372599) Attached to: How Malvertising Abuses Real-Time Bidding On Ad Networks

As much as I'd hate to see a circus of lawsuits around this issue, it's clear there is an ethical obligation of sites to warranty their advertisements to do no harm. A user willingly goes to, but they have no informed consent over all the advertisements and other links that site displays, they just load along with the requested page. If the requested page is loading third party content and getting paid to do so, then clearly they should make every effort to screen for malware or abuse.

Comment: Re:Its strange (Score 1) 1081

by LessThanObvious (#49271495) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

My preference is for public execution by gun to the back of the head, to be completed exactly three months after conviction. Paying for lengthy appeals and decades of sitting on death row costing the tax payers money is not effective. It should be swift and without apology or undue spectacle. Either, do it and do it quickly out in the open, or abolish it completely and stop wasting resources.

Comment: Re:Headline Is Wrong (Score 1) 667

by LessThanObvious (#49269537) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

I understand this article to mean that we have simply given up on having any agreed upon proper English. I'll admit I'm a pretty sloppy writer, but I'd rather that the true academics guide the course of what is considered proper English, than allow language to be whatever general society decides. Rather than saying there isn't one definition of proper English we can simply acknowledge there are regional differences and varying tolerances for lack of strict usage and percentage of slang. In common speech we may accept that with is considered normal, but when the occasion arises that more formal language is expected, the need for proper English becomes evident.

Comment: Re:*facepalm* (Score 1) 213

The password could still be saved in the client and 2FA added as an additional layer. I personally won't be using Yahoo! mail for mobile much longer as their new versions require extensive additional permissions. Currently the app has no objectionable permissions, but the new version wants much more, namely: Device & App History, Identity, Contacts, Location, SMS, Wi-Fi connection info, Device ID and Call info. My current app functions as needed, WTF would I enable all that additional access? I pay for premium services on Yahoo mail, I expect better.

Comment: Re:Government should be a coordinator, not the ham (Score 1) 67

How are the ISPs responding currently? Is there any current international cooperation for shutting down offenders based on good faith evidence?

I would tend to agree the ISP responsible for allowing a user to transmit traffic on the internet has the ethical obligation to squash malicious criminal action that is harming other internet users. I'd also like them to be the first line, but I think the government or better yet an independent international team should have abilities that would go beyond those of the ISP as just shutting down access isn't always going to be the first best path toward analysis and prosecution of the attack coordinator.

Comment: Re:Cody, just stop. (Score 3, Insightful) 449

by LessThanObvious (#49237905) Attached to: Cody Wilson Wants To Help You Make a Gun

Yes, I've been to California lately and those of us like myself that support efforts to stop the constant waterfall of idiotic, burdensome, ineffective gun laws have our hands full trying to keep gun phobic citizens and legislators in check. Having police going on television stating that they estimate there are 500K unserialized AR type guns in California alone and that some of them are showing up at high profile crime scenes is not helping the cause. Any action that creates more public fear related to firearms is counter-productive to maintaining our rights. I'm not citing that 500K number, because I don't believe it's true, but that is what the nightly news is allowing the public to hear. I do understand that Cody Wilson is not responsible for a high number of recently produced weapons; he hasn't been able to offer that many milling machines. It's more independent machine shops that are cranking out volume. I just have to pick on Cody, because he's been the vocal public face trying to legitimize homemade guns as a movement. It's perfectly legal to make a firearm for yourself in the manner Cody's machine is intended, but none the less, the idea of "Ghostguns" is all it takes to get the "Think of the Children" banners flying. If I had my way we'd have shall issue CCW in every state with national right to carry, open carry, stand your ground and castle doctrine in every state in the land. As it stands though our legislators and a good many of the citizens they serve are clueless and fearful of guns and the best I know how to do is play defense in the states that suffer with such ignorance.

Comment: Cody, just stop. (Score 0) 449

by LessThanObvious (#49237389) Attached to: Cody Wilson Wants To Help You Make a Gun

While I would much like legislators to understand that no matter what laws they make that guns will always be available, I feel this approach is doomed to fail. Guns are old technology, so as long as humans have the means to combine propellant with a projectile and an ignition source in a tube of sufficient strength, guns will be available in society. That said, please stop making homemade unserialized weapons. All that is going to result from that is that they will make new laws and those laws may be written so poorly as to put controls not only on serialized parts considered to be the "firearm", but on many common components. The spread of unserialized weapons may also cause more states to require gun registration. Cody, your actions will have harmful unintended consequences for gun owners. I'm sure you mean well, but it is a flawed strategy.

Comment: Re:Here's one (Score 1) 348

by LessThanObvious (#49227263) Attached to: Obama Administration Claims There Are 545,000 IT Job Openings

IT jobs are one area where there is demand for workers, it's so helpful that the government would like to fix that. Companies lacking for workers to hire is what keeps upward pressure on wages. If the jobs are there and pay well, then the workers will follow because there is incentive to develop the marketable skills. If the government keeps trying to fix this situation they are going to seriously fuck it up for everyone. It's good that they have a large number of openings to fill because they need to cut down on the hyper judgmental selection process in HR. If business hadn't shut out so many workers they pitched in the garbage pile in the dot-com bust and had more proactively trained and internally promoted people to manage the labor supply they would be in better shape today.

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