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Comment: And now the opposite view. (Score 3, Insightful) 513

by khasim (#48224197) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Way too many people don't realize that our current economic and political system would not survive if critical thinking skills became commonplace.

Possibly. Although the same can be said of every other economic and political system as well. Which is a bit of a problem. People are messy. And each person has his/her own priorities and beliefs and weirdness.

We are destroying our own planet in the name of making 0.01% wealthy, and most of us, most of the time, are perfectly content to participate in the process in any way that pays decently and offers "interesting" work.

Just because someone exercises critical thinking does not mean that that person will come to the same conclusions that you have. They probably aren't starting with the same objectives as you.

Which is why companies DO NOT WANT real critical thinking skills.

They want people who think like they do and who come to the same conclusions that they do based upon the same information that they have.

Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 5, Insightful) 541

by khasim (#48220231) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

And even without the law it seems fairly simple.

You do not INTENTIONALLY break equipment that you do not own. You do not do that. No matter how you feel about that equipment. Particularly when the person who now owns said equipment has no idea that there is a problem.

And I'd be wary of any company that could not understand that.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 1) 156

by Simon Brooke (#48219749) Attached to: British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

Actually, modern full scale combat is going a long way towards reducing the number of people who will be killed in conflict. The point of ground warfare is to take and dominate ground and systems like this make it happen more quickly and efficiently. That's a good thing.

No, it's reducing the number of combatants killed in conflict. The amount of 'collateral damage' (aka civilian deaths) continues to increase exponentially.

Comment: Re:I guess you missed Kent State? (Score 5, Insightful) 146

by khasim (#48219361) Attached to: Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

Non-lethal weapons would allow protestors to protest without getting killed.

Protestors should be able to protest WITHOUT the police using either lethal or non-lethal weapons against them.

The important thing here is to take away the governments ability to kill.

Except that you are not doing that.

You are providing the police with pain-compliance (aka "torture") devices.

And as can be seen in many news reports, once the police/government has them, they will use them. And that use will not be INSTEAD of more lethal options. They will be used when the victims do not IMMEDIATELY follow the orders of the police. Even if those orders are illegal to begin with.

Those weapons will be treated as a "force multiplier". Not as a preferred option over lethal force.

Comment: Re:Wake up America ... (Score 2) 95

So, you are telling me that all those engineers, programmers and research scientists I have known, and many others I have read about and corresponded with, who have had their jobs offshored, don't exist? You really have an imaginary mindset. Things are far bleaker than you can imagine, bubba!

Take a close look at the GDP, then come back and dare tell me we have an economy any longer in Amerika!

Comment: I'd worry anyway. (Score 3, Insightful) 60

by khasim (#48212837) Attached to: Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances

That makes sense on one level, but using telnet is a bad habit one shouldn't get into.

I agree. A better habit is setting up and using SSH.

Not only that but "defense in depth". Do NOT rely upon your perimeter defenses to stop all attacks. It only takes one person with a compromised laptop and you're cracked.

1) these were default passwords that everyone on the team knew

SSH can be set up the same.

2) the development VLAN is secured from outsiders

Until it is compromised.

Remember, in defense you have to be right on everything all the time. An attacker can just stumble into something you missed. Like someone's laptop that was brought in when it should not have been.

Comment: Re:All the movies had women in business (Score 1) 767

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#48204735) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Waterfall vs Agile. Waterfall, you get the spec, go and code. Agile you get lucky to code a couple of hours a day, the rest is ALL spec gathering, and then you stay up all night for the sprint right before you submit the code for user acceptance testing.

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