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Comment Headline misses a key detail. (Score 4, Informative) 100

The Slashdot headline missed a key detail covered in the article:

Beazley point out that the piracy lawsuit was filed November last year, several days before the December 1, 2014 date the insurance policy began.

It is a bit difficult to file an insurance claim against lawsuit costs when the lawsuit was instigated before the insurance took effect.

Since we love automobile analogies so much: It is like buying car insurance in December to insure against a crash that took place the month before. That's not going to help much.

Or buying a life insurance policy for your recently-deceased relative.

The date insurance coverage began is going to be a far bigger problem than details of what the policy covers.

Comment Re:OMFG! (Score 1) 179

OMFG! There was a fluctuation of 2.2 percent in the female employees of a major corporation that has bizzilions of employees that come and go!

No, it was because they cancelled the phone business.

<sexist sarcasm humor> Clearly since they aren't working on phones any more, they don't need the women. They must have used the women to QA those phones so receptionists and secretaries would be satisfied with the phone's shape and comfort on the female face. Now that the phone division is closed they don't need the women any more. </sexist sarcasm humor>

Comment Who knows? (Score 1) 23

There are too many variables to predict one way or another.

People making minimum wage who get raises usually don't spend the extra money on more stuff. They try to pay their bills on time. Or purchase the same essential items, but at a slightly higher quality.

That is, steak one day a week instead of hamburger. That doesn't necessarily increase any jobs anywhere at all.

It is also possible they buy more stuff, but where are the extra (if any) jobs created? If they're buying cheap crap imported from China, are the extra jobs made in China?

If they buy extra fast food, that probably won't lead to more jobs as very few of those places are working at capacity to begin with so won't need to hire more to accommodate a small increase in volume. It can be absorbed by the current workforce.

More and more fast food places are automating as opposed hiring more workers. They're getting drink robots, fry robots, ordering kiosks, etc.

This is the equivalent of the Republican "if you lower the State taxes, business will increase and more jobs will be created".

Yes, that will happen, if and only if, taxes are the largest impediment to business in a State and all the other basic needs are met. By other needs I mean infrastructure, qualified workforce, etc.

In most cases, as the State of Kansas is finding out the hard way, taxes aren't the big reason business isn't moving there. There are several other factors that need to come into play. And by cutting the taxes too much, they lost the revenue needed to pay for the infrastructure and educational institutions needed to also attract and support businesses.

In short, it MIGHT work but there are so many other variables in play that there is no way to tell.

Comment Re:Government interference with markets (Score 1) 23

Good. We absolutely do not want many of the natural outcomes, such as company towns, 18-hour work days and enslaving wage levels.

The natural, unregulated market leads to a power imbalance that only grows greater as the company increases in size.

By "we", I mean society. Government regulation is almost reactionary. That is they react after the system gets too far outside acceptable bounds. We started this country with minimal government intervention in the markets and have steadily increased as the shit hits the fan from time to time.

Sometimes they go to far, sometimes not far enough -- but to your statement of "...having government tamper with the market always leads to perverse outcomes, always" I say "good".

Comment Re:A step in the right direction (Score 4, Insightful) 111

Well, it is still fruit of the poison tree but is only known as such if someone is willing to admit that was how they found the information.

Parallel construction largely relies on a lie being in place. If at any time it is discovered that this other source or means was crafted due to the illegal connections, it can and likely would be toss out with it.

One neat thing about this type of deception is that the bigger it grows, the harder it is to hide. One person can keep a secret. Two people struggle to keep a secret. Hundreds of people cannot keep a secret, there will be a media leak by with a citation as a "confidential source not authorized to talk to the media."

If that happened it would not be one case tossed. It would be at least one case tossed and thousands of other cases re-opened for investigation, and intense scrutiny and a nasty public relations backlash.

We had a situation in a local PD where a highly acclaimed officer was caught faking field sobriety tests, falsifying reports and even the discovery of dashcam video showing the tazering of a sober person while shouting at them. In addition to the officer losing their job and various awards, there were various convictions overturned, convictions expunged, and several settlements allegedly of a quarter million dollars each were issued.

When discovered the impact to the groups is huge.

Discovery of illegal wiretaps and illegal records and failure to disclose potentially exculpatory evidence? That's the kind of thing that gets mass terminations and prison time for officers.

Comment Re: Introduction (Score 1) 207

It seems a bit... Insane though. 90,000 at a measly $100 a pop (labour, booking etc) = $9m minimum. If they keep that up, they'll eventually eat into the profit so bad they fail...

Reading the actual story and announcement (yeah, craaaazy!) the test is to visually inspect the base of the seat belt and apply a sudden yank of at least 80 pounds force by the tech, followed by another visual inspection to see if anything deformed, bent, or otherwise broke.

This is not a cost of $100 per. For most people this will be 60 seconds added to their existing regular inspection.

Comment Re:Liars (Score 4, Informative) 79

"hadn’t received any direct payment for its Tor research from the FBI or any other government funder"...

So they have received indirect payments or have received direct payments from non-government funders.

Yes, that is exactly true. I'm assuming you didn't read the actual statement by the school.

It begins: "Carnegie Mellon University includes the Software Engineering Institute, which is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) established specifically to focus on software-related security and engineering issues."

So there you go, a blatant admission to an indirect payment. The government did not say "We will pay you to develop this specific technology" which would have been direct. The government told that lab, and many more, "Here is money to research this type of technology generally", and the lab happened to fund that project among many others, yielding an indirect payment. What most people probably didn't expect, the lab included, was that they would get a subpoena demanding the research.

While the tin-foil hat may be necessary elsewhere, no need for it here. The lab has always openly admitted to the indirect funding from federal grants. In their research papers, and in fact in the vast majority of university research papers, there is a line about the grants funding the lab. That is a non-secret.

Comment Re:How do I explain it? (Score 2) 259

You know your definition with "ancestors...for centuries" describes just about every European-descended person in North America short of the few with family lines back to before the American Revolution, right?

The whole point of having a path to becoming a citizen (any country) is flushed down the toilet with your post.

Speaking about the U.S., until you amend the Constitution -- too fucking bad. That is the system we have and your whining about it is counterproductive.

Comment Re:Why (Score 2) 965

You need to read up more. Yes, that is *EXACTLY* what a lot of these idiots think, that one terror attack is going to collapse a country.

They live in such a bubble they can't believe the rest of the world doesn't see things exactly like they do.

Take a look at how many nutcases are arrested for shootings in the U.S. who were "trying to start a race war" -- as if one shooting is going to start civil war.

That asshole in Norway was trying to trigger a war against Muslims in Western Europe.

How many "preppers" are there in the U.S. that believe the West is going to collapse into ruin any day now. All it will take is just the right spark to start the race/culture/religious/civil war.

Comment Actually, the certification requirements. (Score 1) 116

So have a division of the medical device company dedicated to Q/Aing Windows updates. This is an easy problem to solve, and frankly the manufacturer should be held responsible for the inevitable malpractice lawsuits.

There is no reason that a medical device should be as much as a month out of date on updates, let alone the years and years out of date these devices get to be.

In some respects I agree with you. In a perfect world all the devices would be re-certified with every patch as soon as the patch is available, updated promptly, and all the latest security safeguards in place. They would be re-certified and verified to meet all the latest security requirements, safety requirements, and efficacy requirements.

However, these are not home computers.

These are medical devices that must meet strict certification requirements that they do exactly what they say they do.

Any time the device changes or the software is updated, it must be re-certified. Getting a full PMA (Pre-Market Approval) certification is both expensive and time consuming, the current fee is $261,388. The wait is normally anywhere from 3 to 6 months for certification. If the product fails for any reason, it means fixing it and paying re-submission fees.

When "install the latest Windows update" comes with a $261,388 fee to re-certify, any business is going to reject that idea unless they are required to do it.

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.