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Comment: Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (Score 5, Insightful) 623

by Old97 (#46516467) Attached to: Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine
What was illegal about it? The invasion of Iraq in 1991 was sanctioned by the UN. Hostilities were suspended (not ended) on the condition that Saddam complied with a number of conditions. He violated some of those conditions. His violations included firing on UN sponsored forces - aircraft in the no-fly zone, obstructing weapons inspectors among other thing. So the US invaded. In my view the invasion was unnecessary and a waste of US resources and lives, but it wasn't illegal. The final verdict of the legality/illegality of this invasion was decided in what court? Did said court have jurisdiction?

Comment: Re:I've heard that government moves slowly... (Score 3, Insightful) 299

I'm happy to give them a break until they assume the authority to make decisions that depend on understanding technology. Once they do that they have the duty to be knowledgeable and competent. Anyone aspiring to such authority should be preparing and educating themselves.

Comment: Re:Sales figures (Score 2, Interesting) 487

by Old97 (#46393253) Attached to: Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS
And a couple of other suspicious things here. 1) Shipped doesn't mean sold as you say, but it can include give aways like when you buy a Samsung TV and get one of their pads for free. Yeah, if you gave me a Samsung tablet I'd take it. Then I'd give it to a poor relative or kid down the street. Not worth anything to me. Also, the "Other" category out ships all the other Android OEMs including the top 3 Android OEM's combined. Sorry, but its pretty arbitrary to put a crappy knock off for the 3rd world market with a state of the art iPad or equivalent. Finally, Gartner predicted that the iPhone would be a flop in 2007 and again in 2008. Their fantasies about MS products in the mobile market are pretty imaginative too.

Comment: Not quite true in either case ... (Score 1) 716

by Old97 (#46223297) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?
If you are an employee, you don't have to fix bugs or bad walls on your own time. If you're are a subcontractor that may be expected by some. At my company when a contracting company (including a 1099 or individual corp) is on T&M and screws up - terrible design, incompetent programming, etc., we still pay them until we decide to end the relationship. The alternative is fixed price contracting or a form of "piece work", but that puts a big burden on our own incompetent and clueless managers. They'd rather keep paying than be exposed as useless overhead. Building contractors can't get away with that so easily and they have inspectors to assess quality so they can hold their subcontractors accountable for the quality of the work. Software is rarely developed using rigorous engineering methodologies and documentation, especially in business IT.

Comment: Re:NSA-level shit (Score 2) 250

by Old97 (#45944273) Attached to: Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack
The NSA is an intelligence gathering agency; they are not law enforcement. They have no jurisdictional boundaries to their operations. As a U.S. government agency they are supposed to have to observe some niceties insofar as operating in the U.S. and targeting U.S. citizens what with the Constitution and all. Their failure to always do that is where they've gone wrong. And, as you've indicated, they've probably collected so much information that its getting in the way of useful intelligence analysis. Too much can be worse than not enough. The other fun fact is that they and their allied agencies in other countries seemed to get around some restrictions by letting the "foreigners" do the spying on the domestics for them and then exchanging what they collected.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 380

by Old97 (#45918175) Attached to: Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates
Was it also removed from Windows Server? The government procurement requirement for Posix only applied to server operating systems. Though in all the development I've done in the Federal space using C/C++, we never talked about or considered whether or not something we were calling was part of Posix or not. Of course, I work in the application space so maybe others did. Federal fondness for Java makes Posix moot in the application space now.

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