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Comment: Re:HALO (Score 1) 367

by Teckla (#47899149) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

No it would not have to be reverse engineered again as even though they now own it, it is still available and under the gpl v2. So that would be impossible for Microsoft to shutdown as it would be forked the next day and you can't retroactively re-licence someone else’s copy of gpl'ed software, remember GPL is viral and thats a good thing.

How does GPL being viral help? If it was BSD licensed, even after a Microsoft purchase, they couldn't un-BSD the BSD version, so it would still be available...

Comment: Re:Is the history he teaches incorrect? (Score 1) 362

by strikethree (#47882353) Attached to: Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

I could write a counter-narrative that really didn't conflict with Tolkien's all that much, which would put the forces of industrialism stumbling badly on their way to making a new society, with influence from the southern democracies, before being wiped out by the autocratic reactionaries of the West.

Hm. Your ideas are intriguing. I still can not get over the lack of Free Will from Sauron's and Saruman's armies. If there were any evidence of liberty and/or freedom at all, I could easily swallow such a reversal as you are proposing. Very interesting.

Comment: Re:Oh dear, the widening wealth gap.. (Score 1) 811

by strikethree (#47882325) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Hm. All valid points. Something is wrong since I can fly in other countries and have more service from airlines making more profit all while charging me less and harassing me less at the airport. WTF? I do not know. A 7 million dollar a year salary can not be helping the situation but it surely is not the main problem.

Comment: Re:Hell no (Score 1) 362

by strikethree (#47882287) Attached to: Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

Word Perfect for Windows was total crap.

I agree, the first version for Windows was crap.

...because Word 2.0 was centuries ahead of Word Perfect for the vast majority of the population.

lolwut? Word was crap and still is crap. It is barely suitable for writing cheap business documents.

Word Perfect owned the word processing market but lost it because the development and management teams were utterly incompetent...

You are correct that they owned the word processing market but you are utterly and completely wrong about the development and management teams being incompetent. Microsoft was changing the functionality of the APIs and such so that ALL competitors would appear to be incompetent and incapable of matching the "utter awesomeness" of Word.

That is all documented in the anti-trust trial so I will not continue to argue with you about it. The Netscape issue was how the whole trial started so I fail to understand why you are even arguing about all of this. Perhaps you wish for the world to be different than it is...

Comment: Re:Studying your field might be a good thing (Score 1) 111

by strikethree (#47882207) Attached to: Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

With enough study, you can pass the exams to be a medical doctor.

That is true... and I have had many bad experiences with medical doctors. Just because someone can pass a test immediately after studying for it, that does NOT mean that they understand whatever it is that they just passed.

I kind of want a doctor, and a security professional, who have studied their fields.

I want more than just studying. I want understanding of the material.

Sorry you couldn't pass.

Heh. You are funny. I passed Security+, Server+, CISSP, etc all without breaking a book to specifically study for all of those certifications. I have read lots of books. I have learned lots of stuff. Knowing that stuff was sufficient for passing the tests. It is almost a form of cheating if you have to study to pass a test that checks for whether or not you understand the material.

I am well paid for my services.

I suppose it MIGHT be possible to do that, but that would be the hard way. Understanding the material is a lot easier than memorizing every possible question and answer.

You say that as if it is negating what I am saying. On the contrary, you are just validating what I say.

Understanding takes a LOT of mental energy. It also requires a certain speed of synapse firing or somesuch. Most people are not willing or are not capable of expending that type of energy... but they still want the high paying jobs. So they study. And study some more. They take the tests. They fail them. They study some more. Eventually, after several more failures, they pass them. They get hired into a high paying job... and then can not perform at the level of some of those around them.

People kill for money. Studying to get money is not so hard as actually learning, knowing, and understanding the material. People would rather than kill than expend the energy needed to understand.

In summary, the average person is a lazy and murderous brute who wants money and will take the path of least resistance to get it. Regurgitating facts is that path.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 495

Lying on those forms or omitting facts like that is one of the things they really look for. You can have a clearance suspended for forgetting to mention minor financial debts.

Heh. Filling out those forms is so stressful that on my first one, I forgot to include my kids! D'oh! It is VERY difficult finding and gathering all of the information that they want. Essentially, your entire life is audited.

Comment: Re:One Sure Way (Score 1) 275

by strikethree (#47878241) Attached to: California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

There is one sure way to reduce negative reviews: Make sure your product and/or service is good quality.

One aspect that you are missing:

Let's say that I am a plumber. Let's say that I work in a very competitive market. Let's say that some of my competitors are less than ethical. Let's say that one of my competitors hires an astroturfing firm. Let's say that the astroturfing firm has a hundred people give my company negative reviews and my competitor good reviews.

No. Quality work will reduce "real" negative reviews but will have zero effect on fake negative reviews... and of course, the person seeing the reviews has no way of telling which are real and which are fake. :(

Comment: Re:Am I the only one? (Score 1) 201

by strikethree (#47877997) Attached to: 5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

Hm. None of the addresses that belong to me or anyone that I correspond with is in that list. If it was from a breach at Google, then they were stopped before they were able to access the entire list that Google has. My main is account has been around since gmail existed and it is not compromised.

Did you use shared passwords with ANY other site? That is the only method I can think of for them to have a list like this. I hope you were able to regain exclusive control over your account before anything bad happened.

Comment: Re:Understood. The new CompTIA is better than most (Score 1) 111

by strikethree (#47870421) Attached to: Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

but I'd say that if even 10% of the people designing and maintaining these systems had enough knowledge to pass Security+, we'd be in a lot better shape.

I am sure all of them could pass it if they studied for it. That is why all certifications are useless. With enough studying, almost anyone can pass it without understanding the material, just regurgitating facts.

If you could force someone to take and pass such a test without studying, THEN your statement would be useful.

Comment: Re:PCs are the problem (Score 1) 111

by strikethree (#47870397) Attached to: Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

Fuck "enterprise IT" and the bullshit anti-update mentality. If you can't update, you're doing it wrong.

Fuck software "engineering" and the bullshit always-update mentality. Build shit that works so that it can be used 20 years later without issues. If I have to update, YOU are doing it wrong.

I say this as someone who has written software. Oddly enough, it was in C, has never had any exploits, has not needed updates, and has been running in a hostile environment since 1999, and is still just as reliable now as it was then (never needs to be restarted/rebooted, no memory leaks, etc). And it is not Hello World.

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