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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).

They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.