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Comment: Re:H1B-er here: my opinion on the subject. (Score 1) 636 636

FWIW, I, an American, was just hired by an American staffingcompany that as far as I can tell, seems to be run and populated by Indians. Nicest people you'd ever want to meet, if you can understand what they're saying. Personally I've never had a problem with the Indian people. The only thing is the accent barrier.

Comment: Re:More of the same (Score 3, Insightful) 155 155

The Bad Guys are winning, because this is a *law enforcement* problem, not just a technical one. Cybercrooks are engaged in the same kind of theft they'd engage in if computers didn't exist. In a world where police can't or won't do their jobs, putting a bigger lock on your door is not a long-term solution. With the IoT (dumbest idea EVAH!) it's only going to get worse. Weep for the future Na'Toth. Weep for us all.

Comment: Re:just kill them (Score 1) 129 129

About a year ago I went on a service call to a customer's house. The wife had gotten one of those calls and wisely called her husband to the phone; he talked to them and downloaded the malware they were offering but did not install it. They called us to 'fix' it. When I got there there was a mild, unrelated adware infection that I cleaned. I explained to the husband that everything was okay now, but I couldn't convince the wife that there wasn't anything wrong; she was absolutely convinced that what the scammers had told her was true & that their machine was just riddled & infested. She got angry to the point of tears with me AND her husband, for believing me, and ran to the bedroom and slammed the door loudly behind her. I hope they're still married...

Comment: What about advertising? (Score 1) 250 250

I want to stress right off the bat that I am not in favor of restricting video game content. That said, any time someone comes along and asserts that games, movies, TV, etc (pick and and all) do not influence behavior, I point to the trillion-dollar industry called "advertising". Its stated, precise intent is to influence behavior.

Comment: Re:Jean-Luc Picard is my idol... (Score 1) 191 191

It paints an optimistic picture but it sure wasn't well thought out. Please don't misunderstand me; I enjoyed TNG too, but let's think through just a couple of things it featured: (1) Unlimited energy and the ability to create any object instantly like food, clothing and shelter; (2) Holographic VR simulators indistinguishable from reality... Sounds like a Federation full of Holodeck-addicted lotus-eaters to me. Captain Kirk *loved* destroying dystopian societies like that. Once again though, I loved to watch the show too (most of the time anyway).

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. -- Ambrose Bierce