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Comment: Re:Windows XP (Score 2) 152

by denbesten (#46855085) Attached to: Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability

> What is funny is that the current exploits do not target XP.

More likely is that Microsoft is no longer testing/reporting on XP, so we do not know if it is vulnerable or targeted. Given that the vulnerability is with the browser, it seems likely that XP would be vulnerable. The significant difference being that the forthcoming MS hot-fix that may or may not install on XP and definitely will not apply via automatic updates.

Comment: Fundraiser (Score 1) 206

by denbesten (#44774863) Attached to: Drone Hunters Lining Up and Paying Out In Colorado

From the original article:

"Even if a tiny percentage of people get online (for a) drone license, that's cool. That's a lot of money to a small town like us,"said Boyd

The funny thing here is that the FAA in all their "seriousness" has become the PR department, for free. The FAA's own Altitude Rules pretty much would keep aircraft above the area covered by the town's "Rules of Engagement".

Comment: Re:Idiocracy (Score 1) 628

At age 10, I sure as hell expect kids to watch out what they put in their mouth.

Natalie Giorgi's experience caused me to reconsider this position. When you consider the risk caused by both cross-contamination and by unlabeled products, "sure as hell expect" quickly becomes a life-risk. The "Peanut Butter table" seems like a very small price for my child to pay to help protect the life of a classmate. I have used this as an excellent example for teaching my child human compassion and how they can look out for others.

For what it's worth, CDC data supports your observation that allergies are on the rise.

Comment: "being professional" vs "dramatic exit" (Score 1) 892

by denbesten (#44578465) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

If make a "dramatic exit", your pay will cease immediately (presuming no contract). If you give two weeks notice, the company has three options:

1) Let you keep working and pay you, realizing that you will be "less productive".
2) Pay you for the two weeks, but not require (or perhaps not permit) you to come in.
3) Fire you on the spot,

Employers who have been through this are unlikely to pick the "fire you" option because it increases the likelihood of unemployment claims and legal action.

A "dramatic exit" may be more "fun", but "being professional" will likely put more money in your pocket.

Comment: Re:Why yes, I would. (Score 1) 209

by denbesten (#44412649) Attached to: Would You Let a Robot Stick You With a Needle?

...patients continue to die over a 2 year period. That is your main problem, right there.

When human life is involved, even the first preventable death is the "main problem". Had it not been for immature coding practices, the first patient could have been saved, and by extension, the 5 subsequent deaths.

See the wiki page for a laundry list of the root causes.

Comment: Re:In other words ... (Score 1) 54

by denbesten (#44369841) Attached to: First Apps Targeting Android Key Vulnerability Found in the Wild

One of the downsides of open-source and free-software (or whatever you want to call it) is the ability to fork the codebase, which causes maintenance problems, such as this. The other edge to this sword is that as your hardware ages Apple will not support it and nobody can fix it themselves, resulting in an entirely different set of maintenance problems.

Comment: eliminate the stickers (Score 1) 262

by denbesten (#44320599) Attached to: "Smart Plates" Could Betray California Drivers' Privacy

Eliminating the sticker, would eliminate the dependence on USMail. When I send in my payment, they update their database, end of story.

Seems much cheaper, easier and robust than installing electronics and communications equipment on each vehicle. On the other hand, this may increase the desire to install anpr on patrol cars.

Comment: Re:Phobia... (Score 1) 175

Really... anti-bacterial? I knew Americans had an obsession with bacteria but this is getting ridiculous.

One immediate benefit I can see is in restaurant kitchens and in hospitals. U.S. health laws require minimizing cross-contamination in both. Smooth surfaces are popular in these cases because they are easy to clean. If you are going to introduce a bumpy anti-glare surface, it is probably best that it have anti-bacterial characteristics. Think employee phones, cardiac monitors, register screens, electronic record computers, etc.

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