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Comment Re:Must hackers be such dicks about this? (Score 1) 270

Perception is everything. Why in the world would anyone really fix/solve problems when they don't have to? Don't blame the institution, blame the sheep that let them. Until people truly care about this sort of thing, nothing will change. Posting comments here will not fix that. Until you understand this, fix the system you will not.

Comment Re:The lesson (Score 1) 329

What the makers of laws intend, and what actually result from the laws as written, rarely overlap.

I'm not so sure this is true. What lawmakers say they are passing it for, and the reality of the special interests they are helping are usually different. While this may be ignorance on the part of the lawmakers, if they have lobbiests demanding things, the lawmakers should know the issues are not what they seem. I assume even when these laws were passed, the taxi owners were trying to prevent others from competing using safety as the premise. Politics has been and always will be dirty so long as money is permitted to run through it.

Comment Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (Score 1) 294
"the act or practice of giving or taking a bribe"
"2: something that serves to induce or influence"

Explain to me where it says it has to be illegal to be bribery. Yes, it does have a definition, and yes, you do not understand it.

A campain contribution is a bribe by the dictionary definition. We have voted in people who made the legal definition different from the dictionary definition.

Comment Talk to a lawyer (Score 3, Insightful) 224

Seriously, talk to a lawyer. I am not at all versed in various IP /employment laws and I assume you are not either. I have no idea what can go wrong, but you need to know these things. Have that lawyer read anything you are going to sign. You do not want to sign away your rights accidentally. Once you know the finer details of the relevant case law, you can decide how you want to approach it. If you are an employee and you do not want to share your patents and your employer uses them anyway, what happens then? Are you going to sue your employer? Corporations are soulless entities that will suck whatever life/power out of you that you let them. Work on the assumption they are out to screw you and prepare appropriately.

Comment Re:your fundamental problem (Score 1) 159

Sales and Marketing departments use tactics I loathe, but are generally very effective. Scaring non-technical people is easy as they see the world differently than we do and tend not to effectively use logic when making decisions. When it comes to sales, anything that can be used against you will be (assuming your competition is competent). Sales isn’t omniscient and many times they misjudge situations, but in this particular case, you should listen to them. Remember, the public doesn’t typically respond to logical arguments unless all actors are using logic in their reasoning. The problem here is that you are trying to present a logical argument. Your competition will not. While I agree that the Sales department could attempt this argument, if they do not believe in it, I do not think it will succeed. I do not view it as laziness, the developer here is making their job more difficult. You want the Sales team to have an easier job so they make more sales.

Comment Re:Why aren't (more) governments being overthrown? (Score 1) 320

How do you know they are not using it? They did something to strong arm NZ into raiding Mega. It is entirely possible they use this all the time. Need new copyright laws to appear in a country? Blackmail on the ready. There are many things the US successfully convinces other countries to do. Why outright overthrow a government when you can subvert it slowly and methodically?

Comment Re:Nuke bomb theory makes no sense (Score 2) 436

Typically you want a nuke at altitude for maximum damage. Setting it off on a boat would not have near the radius. Not only do you get good downward force and range from above, the EMP would do damage to a larger area as well. One would hope you couldn't get close enough with no transponder, hopefully we don't find out. Personally, I would consider it a waste to use one at sea level.

Comment Suck it up (Score 1) 182

At this point, I wouldn't do anything. If this security vulnerability becomes public from an anonymous source, the vendor will blame you. That is the issue with disclosing it to the vendor, once you have done so, your choices are bend to their will if they won't play ball, or ruin the relationship. I would recommend working towards getting rid of the vendor, as they are leaving your system insecure and not willing to fix the issue. Until that point, suck it up.

Comment Re:My opinion and experience (Score 1) 426

Personally, I prefer it if the boss gets the food then goes away. It is one less distraction. The only exception to this is if my boss can actually help solve the problem or I need someone to bounce ideas off of. Otherwise get the hell out of my way, sitting in an office surfing the web doesn't help anyone solve the problem. I'd rather have my boss get rest so he can fight off the shitstorm better the next day.

Comment Re:Depressing, but not uncommon (Score 1) 1251

I work with a system like this, and you can pretty much guarantee that when something like the flu goes around, you are probably going to get it cause everyone comes into work anyway. Our management says not to come in sick, but I have yet to see them send someone home for it. It is almost counter productive cause you get people coming in and basically accomplishing nothing all day. I've witnessed the opposite abuses though, so I understand both sides. I've seen people call in sick when they were not just to use sick time. I would imagine that happens frequently in countries that mandate sick leave.

Comment Re:Well so much for .... (Score 1) 247

From Wikipedia:

Traditionally, the word racket to describe a business is based on the example of the "protection racket" and indicates that the speaker believes that the business is making money by selling a solution to a problem that it created (or that it intentionally allows to continue to exist), specifically so that continuous purchases of the solution are always needed. Example: in a protection racket, a representative from the racket informs a storeowner that a fee of X dollars will be required every month for protection money, though the "protection" that is provided comes in the form of the racket itself not causing damage to the store or its employees.

Google created the problem of a trademark search resulting in a competitors link being presented first unless you pay. To me that would qualify as "a racket". If running a racket is not evil, where do I sign up?

I'm not trying to say it illegal, just evil.

Your own mileage may vary.