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Comment: Re:If... (Score 3, Interesting) 173 173

The only times we've ever heard of the US actually doing anything were with Stux and its variants, and that was always after they had done their damage. There really wasn't much of anything else, so there's no real way to know who's better because of the clandestine nature of these operations anyway.

At the very least, we know the Chinese are prolific, but we have no idea if the Chinese are better, the Russians, the United States, the Israelis... heck, maybe the Brits upstaged everyone. It's impossible to know.

Comment: Opinions on the Koenigsseg Regera? (Score 4, Interesting) 229 229

Marketing Literature - Top Gear writeup

Asking because it seems they've used electric motors in a more direct capacity to allow them to ditch a traditional gearbox altogether, and since electric vehicles and supercars are both points of experience for you, you're in a unique position to share insight on where this kind of technology might end up.

Comment: Re:Don't be so sure of that! (Score 4, Insightful) 93 93

With GNOME and Firefox, it was said early on that bad UI changes were just experimental, and could be ignored. If they were bad, they'd be reverted. Well, they did turn out to be bad. They were very bad, in fact. Yet they were not reverted. Once they were in place, they were pretty much considered as being locked in. Any critics were ridiculed and silenced. There was no going back at that point. What is the end result? GNOME is basically a dead project, and Firefox is near death.

Sounds like the sunk cost fallacy in play. Lots of investment in a bad decision makes people feel obligated to stay the course because of the unrecoverable development time.

Comment: Acronym usage (Score 3, Insightful) 223 223

If you're only using an acronym once, expand it in-line. For instance:

Personally identifiable information (PII) should be classified based on sensitivity. At a certain level, that PII must be encrypted during transit. At the highest level, it must be encrypted during transit and at rest. Social security number falls in the highest sensitivity level. Standard operating procedure for years. This doesn't guarantee you won't get hacked, but it reduces / minimizes the impact if you are hacked.

Not saying this to be a dick. Saying it because the way you come across right now is as someone who takes pride in stuffing jargon in the faces of others.

Comment: Re:Clearance (Score 2) 720 720

Clearances are about trust and risk. Can a candidate be trusted? Can a candidate sufficiently avoid blackmail? If both are true, the candidate has a good likelihood of getting cleared.

Everything that's evaluated is done so against these two questions. With this in mind, the list of crimes which can sufficiently bar a person from cleared work is very, very low.

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