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Comment Re:Say what? (Score 1) 392

A broad conspiracy to defraud its customers out of hundreds(?) of millions of dollars as well as governments, and you just want the kingpin? Is it because the coders can only do what they are told? So would you say that the good and true engineering of those vehicles was also due to the CEO?

We don't let larcenists off the hook due to size of their tax return, we don't let the get-away driver get-away based on high unemployment rates. The CEO may have commanded this done, but the coders surely pulled the trigger. For years.

As for the plan your suggesting where the execs should be forced to return bonuses, I am sure the board of directors would love that. Even though they could very well have been involved. And the shareholders, they should get those bonuses back even though the shareholders choose the board of directors have enjoyed higher returns based on this likely criminal activity.

I would like to submit the idea that the customers are the victims here and the ones that should be compensated, and that VW the company should be the one to do that. After that, persecute the CEO if it makes you feel better.

Comment Re:I guess it makes sense.... (Score 1) 184

In 2012, when asked if he personally uses McAfee anti-virus he replied by saying "I take it off," and that "It's too annoying." - Wikipedia

"Hackers see hacking me as a badge of honor". He added that for his own security he has other people buy his computer equipment for him, uses pseudonyms for setting up computers and logging in, and changes his IP address several times a day. - Wikipedia

So he goes through extraordinary efforts to keep using Windows for no proffitable reason. Seems presidential to me.

Comment Re: Just a harmless drone this time (Score 1) 179

Fundamental or muslim extreamists mixing explosives with crowds is not an unknown event (type 'bomb' in google news). Likewise the mixing of drones and bombs is also known (Type in 'US drone strike' in google news). It's easy to understand how someone might get confused and think these could be related in some way and be a little concrened about 'US muslim drone bomb' becoming a valid search some day soon.

Although it might be worth noting that your view and what is really happening are two very seperate issues and its dangerous to mix those two together. So, umm... As you were.

Comment Re: Their work is being wasted. (Score 1) 142

I doubt the poster meant to imply that there was some perfect security involved. I believe the poster just meant that it had not been audited, tested, or fixed to a reasonably acceptable level of security. Alluding to the idea that it does not matter in this core networked service because nothing is secure is counter productive and a bit clueless.
Oh wait, you didn't code for it did you? In that case: The architecture sucks and the implementation took pictures because it likes it like that. Sucky i mean.

Comment Why stop at divide by zero? (Score 1) 1067

Compilers and interpreters have been far too lazy for too long.. It is high time they start doing what we mean, not what we say.

  For instance non-addressable memory access could be quietly replaced with the previous memory access. Memory contents flagged as string could be used in any arithmetic using any base because the result is coerced into int 1, so as to always succeed. Recursive loops should just break out at some point so we can keep moving along into... umm, some other code? (-- seems reasonable).

Although, I am starting to think that anyone who means for things like that to happen is surely a dick.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 327


If your giving a presentation, your not going to convey more information by presenting more details. PowerPoint is bad, but not the problem. The fix in all cases is to teach people how to present. It should be taught in school. Once they get comfortable presenting with some skill, they will convey the knowledge and maybe even put some in the documents.

Comment Re:re I don't care (Score 1) 419

The motives of MS are fairly clear, they want it to be ordered with no options before they give up. But in the same vein of "it does not matter who said it, as long as it rings true", I see this as a good and true test of the long arm of federal data interrogation.
Does it really matter why? Their are not that many companies that can do this in a meaningful way. The fact that its Microsoft should not change the result that its being done. I have no particular love for them, but I do applaud them for making this public and tang the stand - even though it probably took thousands of man hours running hundreds of scenarios to come to this conclusion. An entity should be judged by their actions. They seem to be doing this.
At the same time, I would take this as evidence that MS is starting to see themselves as an underdog in the tech industry. They might not be wrong.

Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine. -- Andy Warhol