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Comment: Re:"Let me ask you.... (Score 1) 76

by LWATCDR (#48928039) Attached to: Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

Simple answer is you take them to court for not paying but do it now while the merger is in the works.
I really hope that this merger fails like the TMobile AT&T merger did but since the current president does not need to get reelected I have little hope.
He is hoping his legacy will be opening Cuba.

Comment: Re:Can they do it with corporate code? (Score 2) 179

by jellomizer (#48927841) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

Perhaps not as well. If people are following the coding standards for the organization then the code for the most part looks far more similar.

When I am working with a development team, I will tend to adjust my unique style to better match what everyone else is doing. Even if it means doing coding methods that I will normally disagree with.

If the code tends to use a bunch of Goto's instead of Procedures or classes. I will use those GOTO not for my benefit, but for people who will maintain my code later on, so they won't have to change their mindset and debugging strategies to see what the program is doing to do future corrections.

I will go full Object Oriented if the group of people that I am working with do their coding full OO.

My personal style would be more procedural, than OO. Not due to lack of knowledge or not realizing OO advantages and disadvantages. But if I am to code on my own, I code in the way that My Mind handles the requirements, and how I feel would be easier for me to change and fix my code in the future.

I think this method is best for ID based on personal code, vs group corporate code, where a lot of your particular style is hidden.

Comment: Re:not the point (Score 1) 316

by operagost (#48926367) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Security features and policies are two different things. If you can solve a vulnerability with a feature, you do it. Policies are for things that don't have a technological solution, like social engineering. People should lock their workstations, but they don't always. Instead of remarking on how lazy or dumb they are, Microsoft created a solution 22 years ago.

Also, policy doesn't fix this scenario with a shared computer: a malicious employee, instead of logging off after his shift, runs a fake logon screen malware to collect credentials from other users. Those other users may be privileged or, even if unprivileged, have their identities be used as cover in later attacks.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 2) 213

by jellomizer (#48925255) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

Ethics and Morals are based on the cultural norms.

Taking a bribe is consider corruption in our culture. In another it may be considered payment for expedited services. In America we Tip our servers, the size of our tips are based on what we figure was the quality of the service. This motivates the server to try to exceed expectation. The only difference between this and a bribe is payment after service is performed and not before.

Comment: Re:Crystal ball ? (Score 1) 201

by jellomizer (#48924875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

There are the obvious fads. But there are plenty of times where a Fad can endure vs just go away, sometimes it could just be something disruptive that changes its path.

We had the rails fad. Ruby on Rails got rather popular in the early 10's then it just kinda faded away. Technically it was fine, however mobile apps development took over which made Web Applications development seem less popular, so the existing Web Apps were just maintained with PHP, JSP or ASP.NET. The need to try to make an ultra rich interface for web applications somewhat paused, when they realize they just need to focus on the PC, and no longer put effort in Mobile HTML with the new input methods.

OS/2 Vs. Windows 95. There was a lot of buzz around OS/2 Warp replacing Windows 3.1... However IBM really bombed its marketing while Microsoft did a stellar job.

During our careers I am sure the best of us, had jumped onto the wrong fad, or made a bad choice. Then the next time you didn't change your criteria and you made a good choice.

However the real question should be. As the parent pointed out What does it do, and will it actually benefit me/my organization.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 5, Insightful) 213

by jellomizer (#48923683) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

There is nothing simple about ethics with international business.
Things that ethically right in one culture can be a huge issue in an other.
Many European countries have laws about Hate speech.
The US has against with Pedophilia.
In some countries bribes are just part of doing business. In others it is quite illegal.
Countries will tax you for things that other countries would consider as overstepping bounds.
Some countries lets things go by without legal controls that others find monstrous.

If you are going to be doing international business, you need to be sensitive to your own ideals, as well as the ideals of your new customer base.
Our American Ideals of nearly full freedom of speech, vs. Turkey ideals of limited speech. Are clashing. So if Zuckerberg just said no. They will not operate in Turkey, and the users will be loss of a medium to spread the areas of free speech that they do enjoy. If Zuckerberg agrees then Facebook stays operational, and while taking heat from the culture who doesn't like to see any speech censored, is allowing the culture to have better tools to share the free speech that they are entitled too.

Comment: Re:Franchise Fees are evil (Score 1) 76

by jellomizer (#48923333) Attached to: Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

Especially now that most of the data is transmitted digitally. This was a necessary evil before digital distribution, because an analog signal took up a full bandwidth having too much will cause interference. With the data being distributed digitally a lot of competition can go across the same pipeline without affecting the other. TCP/IP is kinda neat that way.

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. -- Bill Vaughn