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Comment: Low (Score 1) 80

by Stargoat (#46805625) Attached to: Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million?

There's been a lot of time and effort that marketing and legal departments have put in on this. The IT side would be expensive, but I keep hearing from my CFO about the post-Target world.

Yeah, he sounds like a moron. Nothing changed with the Target breach except for his recognition that this computer stuff can be serious. There are a lot of people like that and they took notice of the Heartbleed vulnerability.

Comment: Chokes (Score 1) 307

by Stargoat (#46746931) Attached to: Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Shotgun pattern distribution is governed by several factors, including shot quality / material, wad design, barrel design, hull design, forcing cone length / shape, but most especially choke. Steel shot will rip up some chokes. Chokes can creep (particularly on a hot Illinois day). Wadding can foul a barrel.

I wonder if these were controlled for.

Comment: Re:What's the big deal? (Score 5, Insightful) 150

by Stargoat (#46660471) Attached to: Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

How about on a sailing ship then? And instead of 3 men and 3 women, make it 35 men. And let's not touch land for three years, as some of the old whalers did. And let's make sure that everyone knows there is a minimum of a 20% mortality starting off. And let's enforce discipline with a rope's end.

Humanity has been there and done that.

Comment: Re:What about OS/2? (Score 3, Interesting) 367

by Stargoat (#46543783) Attached to: Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

It was, before the ADA required banks to replace any ATM that could not handle audio integration. That was about 2-3 years ago. OS/2 typically could not handle the hardware upgrade necessary for the required audio. The banking industry paid millions, maybe billions, to upgrade tens of thousands of ATMs. Diebold, NCR and Hyosung made out like bandits.

+ - Banking IT Security Handbooks Out of Date->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The banking information network regulatory handbooks provided by the FFIEC are woefully out of date, with some not having been significantly updated in 10 years. These handbooks govern how a financial institution is supposed to design, implement, and protect their networks. Much of the actual function that these handbooks provided has been replaced by the nongovernmental PCI standard, a standard whose effectiveness is widely debated. PCI was originally created by the credit card industry in a failed effort to avoid the legislation that ended up creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau."
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Comment: Re:Does it really cost $100k? (Score 1) 461

by Stargoat (#46463343) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

Most people on this thread understand that a cheap Boeing 737 costs about 60 million USD. For $100,000, knowing that an jetliner could not be lost, that is a sum the public may demand that the airlines pay. That is to say, for about 1/10 of 1% of the cost of a very cheap jetliner, this sort of massive charlie foxtrot would likely not take place again.

Further, there is a long tradition of government interference being required in the transportation industry to force changes that benefit overall public safety. Railroad history is rife with them, including entire political parties (The Grange) put together in an effort to boost regulation of a necessary industry. If the government is going to give away airports and airspace, allow jetliners to dump pollutants into the air, and provide gaterape security, then it is not unreasonable to ask airline companies to pony up 1/10th of 1% of the cost of an airplane to improve security.

The only thing cheaper than hardware is talk.