Slashdot stories can be listened to in audio form via an RSS feed, as read by our own robotic overlord.

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:America, land of the free... (Score 1) 717

by rjstanford (#48550945) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

In the US, the employer probably has liability insurance that will pay most of the money. I would guess the liability insurance company probably requires the employer not to hire felons -- or charges a much higher premium to employers who hire felons.

Liability insurance gets even worse than that. If you believe that your accuser doesn't have a case but the insurance company is willing to settle, then if you go ahead and defend yourself you will have no protection if you lose. If you choose to settle because of this (most do) then your insurer gets to raise your rates because you've had a settlement against you. I know that's the way it is in the medical field and have seen nothing to indicate anything different anywhere else.

Comment: Re:America, land of the free... (Score 1) 717

by rjstanford (#48550301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

I'm actually a permanent resident here in the US. It doesn't bug me that much that I don't get to vote for President and other federal offices, but everywhere from there on down just uses that privilege to define their own. It really makes no sense to me that after living ni a city for over a decade I can't have a voice in who's elected to the truly local position of dogcatcher :)

Comment: Re: Get the facts first (Score 1) 250

by rjstanford (#48548159) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

Sorry, of you can't see that when Real advertises that the DRMed music you buy from them will play on an iPod without problem, Apple will have to make sure it does - then you are obviously a fanboy.

So if Apple advertises that apps written for OS X will run on Windows, its suddenly Microsoft's fault if they don't? Or are you saying that once someone's found a bug in your system and written an exploit for it that you should be required to never again patch that bug?

There would be a process in which your scenario would have worked by the way - Real could have chosen to license FairPlay, at which point they would have been able to claim exactly that and be backed up by their contract with Apple. They didn't.

Comment: Re:The real conspiracy... (Score 1) 161

by rjstanford (#48534193) Attached to: Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

Of course, to be able to read that "ecological" ebook, you just need to extract and rape the planet of non-renewable rare metals so you can manufacture the various device display and electronics components...

Its a crying shame that most software developers don't use computers. Then we'd be able to solve that problem "for free" as they say. Oh, well...

Comment: Re:... Everything? (Score 2) 528

by rjstanford (#48530907) Attached to: The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

People blame silly decisions on "PCI" all the time as well. I'm not a QSA but I do a lot of work in payments and took my last small company through PA-DSS level 1, so I've got some background there.

Having said that, anyone who touches a credit card should generally be in a PCI scope - even if you're a small mom-n-pop bookstore that takes Stripe. The worst abuse that I've seen though is trying to convince people that they should go all the way to "level one" compliance. The levels are based on your processing volume, with 4 being the lowest and 1 the highest. There's a self-abasement questionnaire, level 4 takes about 15 minutes, 2 takes all of 30 minutes (each with a truly trivial systems scan if you're doing work on the internet). Level 1, on the other hand, is designed for people staggering amounts of money and requires expensive on-site audits.

Like premium gas, there's no reason to level up beyond where you need to be except for silly marketing purposes - yet more and more people who trust their consultant advisors are doing so, because its a relatively easy way for consultants to make bank.

Comment: Re:Make the business case (Score 2) 247

by rjstanford (#48526585) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

Make the case that your solution is cheaper than the existing solution if it is in fact cheaper.

It may not be. Don't assume that everyone who came before you is an idiot - they may well have ended up where they are now due to a series of compromises to work around issues that you know nothing about. Why not ask someone who's been involved in the security decisions for a few years why things are the way that they are first?

Comment: Re:Not surprising at all. (Score 0, Troll) 250

by rjstanford (#48525309) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

THAT is why many people avoid Apple like the plague. They've lost their lead, had their fun and are now fighting fowl.

Yup. Random mostly-unsubstantiated rumors that totally happened to a friend of your cousin's roommate are indeed why many people avoid Apple products. Others know that things like this - including such goodies as the "if you hold it the wrong way it dies," issue - are totally overblown if not completely fictional.

An awful lot of people put an awful lot of music on their iPods that wasn't bought from Apple. It all basically worked. The plural of anecdote may not really be data, but in a lot of ways its far more trustworthy than random anti-Apple stories coming out of the woodwork.

Comment: Re:So... wait until you get home...? (Score 1) 307

by rjstanford (#48418471) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

If they didn't keep your transaction open, they wouldn't be able to charge you for damage or incidentals. It's why hotels require credit cards for bookings in the first place. Usually they haven't seen your room when you check out.

Unless they saved the credit card number, either directly or through vaulting at their provider. Both of those are easy and common, and the second one is even safe (since it only allows that particular merchant to charge the card at will, it doesn't appeal to thieves like an actual credit card number would).

Comment: Re:The answer is...virtual credit cards (Score 1) 307

by rjstanford (#48418453) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Except... Once the guests are at the hotel and checking in, the hotel will ask for their credit card and pre-auth the amount. Why would you pre-auth a card marked not to be used except if the guests do not show up? This card you should reserve the cost of a single night at the time of booking, and clear once the guests arrive.

Because that's the only way to tell that its a real credit card instead of a bunch of made up numbers that happen to look like a credit card number. The whole reason that pre-authorizations exist is to allow people to show that they're "good for the debt" without actually paying for it (yet).

Comment: Re:To be expected (Score 1) 473

by rjstanford (#48412535) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Yes, but how much more would it make if all those private servers were monetized?

People fail to do the math properly. Dropping free usage by 99% and increasing paid usage by 10% still increases paid usage by 10% - and at the end of the day, that's what's important to the owners of most commercial ventures.

Comment: Re:You get what you deserve (Score 1) 327

by rjstanford (#48411283) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

Nobody is forced to buy their stuff. People who choose to buy deserve being treated like this.
It is pretty clear what apple thinks of their users, and they are right.

Yup. Apple thinks that their users are the kind of people who value a machine that doesn't randomly lose all of its data after an SSD upgrade and don't want to spend the time to do the brand research themselves, rather than the kind of people who desperately value a .03% gain in SSD performance after said upgrade.

Apple happens to be pretty much right about that. Even as a developer, one of the reasons that I prefer Apple kit to code on is that I don't have to worry about working on it as well as what I'm supposed to be working on.

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. -- Elbert Hubbard

Working...