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Comment No brainer... (Score 0) 406

Despite the fact that any comment other than "WTF?!?" is superfluous, here goes.
1) The most egregious example of IT Budget cost management gone awry that I'm aware of. No system overhaul for 25+ years??
2) God I hope this system isn't networked to anything that even indirectly connects to the internet. Otherwise - terrorists win!
3) I wonder if they're running under DOSBox already.

Comment Re:First Rule About Watchlists (Score 1) 400

Loss of freedom due to race/religion/national origin isn't limited to being locked up, so this is a strawman argument. Some examples of other things that cause loss of freedom:
pulled over for "driving while black"
housing discrimination
lynch mobs
online intimidation.

If you're afraid to do something that society as a whole takes for granted because of legitimate threats and intimidation, that's a loss of freedom.

Often, it's very difficult to judge how serious a threat actually is. Many of the "warning signs" that get brought up after there's a mass shooting are the same kinds of threats that people brush off as "don't worry about it, they aren't serious" when people complain about online intimidation.

Comment No surprise to me... (Score 1) 70

I once bought a lot of used/returned MP3 players at auction. While I didn't get a wealth of personal data, I did get a wealth of "free" music. Based on value, I was actually paying for the music rather than the MP3 players.

Retailers don't have the resources to wipe the memory on returned devices, they rely on the people who buy the resold devices to be scrupulous.

Comment Define "useful" (Score 3, Informative) 118

If you're asking which certs give a high probability that the certificate holder can do the job, that's one thing. If you're asking which certs will get you on the short list for a hiring interview, that's another.

PMP may actually appear on both lists. I know that it appears on a lot of postings for Project Managers. And project mgmt isn't just managing Gantt charts. It's a whole sub-discipline under Industrial Engineering.

The big certs right now appear to be for security pros.

Comment Good luck with that... (Score 1, Interesting) 222

As the article quotes, the Standard Youtube license grants any Youtube user (including CNN) license to use, reproduce, sub-license and transfer any video posted on Youtube, whether for commercial purposes or not. Our plucky individual gave CNN and CBC the rights to use and reuse the video when he uploaded it.

Now if CNN or CBC tried to issue a DMCA take-down on a video they had downloaded from YouTube, I'd definitely sue their asses.

Comment Malware vector... (Score 2) 78

The NSA is going to love this one. If the Codephage can inject "clean" code, there's nothing that prevents it from being revamped to inject malicious code.

Alternatively, if your site needs a level of security where you need this type of "live" patching, you need a level of security that would prevent CodePhage from making the updates in the first place.

Sounds like it might be a useful test and bug detection tool, but not for live environments.

Comment Re:Do as I say not as I do (Score 1) 86

What's the old phrase again? "If you haven't done anything wrong, you have nothing to hide..." They trot it out every time they want to invade our privacy, along with "It's to fight terrorism!"

So what have they done wrong that they are they hiding with these insane deletion policies?

Comment SaaS? (Score 1) 137

This might be one area where SaaS is a legitimate option. With all the complex process and data management involved in Asset Management, you could benefit from a system that already has process and data standards defined, and where your organization's inexperience with this type of software isn't as big a liability.

Comment Re:You might want to brush up on your legal studie (Score 1) 308

Civil liability for damages is not the same as criminal culpability for a crime. You aren't being tried twice for a crime, you are being tried once for the crime and once for the damage that got caused by the events that appeared to be a crime, regardless of whether you were guilty of the crime. There can still be damages even if no crime was committed.

Automobile accidents are a good example. Even if you get acquitted of criminal charges for reckless driving or vehicular manslaughter, if you are at fault in the accident, you (or your insurance company) are going to have to pay out for the damages caused by the accident.

So the Goldmans didn't have to prove that OJ murdered his wife, they just had to prove that he was primarily responsible for her death and that they suffered damages as a result.

I've got a bad feeling about this.