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Comment Don't worry - Apple will end up like Microsoft (Score 1) 428

Just as Microsoft drifts along in a sort of commercial terminal velocity, so too will Apple.

Tech companies that size can't do anything dramatically good or bad in the short to medium term because of their size. There are no dramatic systemic risks in their business model or market either - unlike oil companies with their exploding wells, or pharma companies with their lethal drugs.

Few companies last more than a couple of generations in any case. I would expect Apple to be around in a quasi-zombie state for about another 30 years or so before being broken up into a bunch of smaller obscure entities - a bit like IBM probably. Or Standard Oil... Kodak... Rockwell...

Comment Re:cost and benifit (Score 4, Insightful) 74

If it's any help (and if you're referring to desktop Windows computers behind standard domestic NAT-ed router/firewalls), then with the exception of WSE since it came out (WinVista?), I've *never* run anti-virus on any Windows installation in our 4-person home in over 20 years.

About once a year I boot each machine from something like Trinity Rescue Disk and run a sweep using two or three different anti-virus packages. This might come up with perhaps one or two low-risk infections (usually Java), but that's it.

I assume therefore that if the people using the machines are not in the habit of visiting certain types of website, and aren't inclines to open attachments they're not expecting, then all will be well.

Comment Re:Is it part of the uncoordinated coordination? (Score 1) 75

"Just wish we would just scrap the elections and just sell the elections to the highest bidder at this point."

I'm too lazy to Google for it now, but I quite liked the idea of giving all voters in elections a fixed number of "tokens" which they could give to candidates who stood for office. The tokens could then be redeemed by the candidates for funding from the state for their subsequent election campaigns. A sort of pre-election election. Think that guy looks interesting? Toss him one of your tokens and see if he comes up with a compelling campaign to persuade him to vote for you.

Comment Re:My amalgam fillings have lasted a while. (Score 1) 75

I have nine amalgam fillings given to me when I was between the ages of 6 and 9 by a private dentist in the USA. I then went to school in the UK and had checkups twice a year on the NHS, and not a single filling installed since then. I'm 49 now, and with the exception of a recent chip out of the back of a molar, I've been fine. I haven't seen a dentist once in over 20 years.

Comment Re:Prone to promise too much (Score 1) 371

the very first thing that should have been done is write a spike card or cards to find ways to break that down to digestible components.

But really, why bother? Why not just say "Well, this is a large task - prolly take a few weeks. Let's get going." How does time spent breaking things down into small bits ahead of time actually help anything beyond allowing you to play the game of "fit the task into the sprint so we can get on with the work"? With or without a sprint-based method, you'll naturally break stuff down as you get into the task anyway.

I dunno. Just seems like weird voodoo to me.

Comment Re:When done properly it is fantastic (Score 1) 371

When done right, scrum is fantastic methodology. I know this from my own experience. However, I have not see many teams master it.

A "fantastic methodology" would probably have implementability as a fairly fundamental property. Not being able to do scrum right kinda blows the lid on that, wouldn't you say?

Comment "Know to intelligence" - why is this a theme? (Score 2) 320

FTA "It's also worth exploring the question of why Twitter hasn't already disabled these accounts, and why intelligence agencies haven't done anything about them, if they're so easy to find."

It's not just Twitter accounts, it seems to be a common pattern whenever most perpetrators of hate or terrorist attacks are analysed - at least some of the those involved have been under surveillance, known to law enforcement, or otherwise under suspicion already. I can understand this being the case once in a while, but it seems like pretty much every time.

Why is this? It is fear of false positives? Wanting to use known suspicious actors to reveal accomplices? Lack of police resources on the ground? What?

Comment Re:ffs, once again: UI problem = "lack of interest (Score 1) 51

Perhaps it was the UI (and they certainly didn't experiment much with that before they canned it), but to be fair, voice control is only really viable if you're on your own. And unlike phones, where input can be tricky, the keyboard is likely quicker and more accurate in pretty much every circumstance.

Comment Re:Semi-OT: Why does plain text still exist? (Score 1) 106

Well yes, runtime costs of encryption might be an issue, but that's sort of what I meant when I said nobody seems to be phased by SSL and how that works with trusted keys, etc. In short, why can't all data (like medical records) be encrypted inside systems that are incapable of exporting the plain text and can't be accessed by anything that doesn't have the cryptographic ability to do so?

Obviously, and attacker could steal the keys and write an application that read that data and then exported it as plain text. But encrypting by default would seem to a good way of preventing accidental or just stupid data breaches as so often seem to be perpetrated by idiots.

Comment Semi-OT: Why does plain text still exist? (Score 1) 106

Why does plain text still exist? Or put it another way, why is anyone who has data they must protect able to put such data into a program that will export, import or otherwise be accessed by an external system *without* an encryption key?

I know it's a stupid question, but being able to just dump a database to text is just totally wrong, no? Nobody seems to be phased by SSL over HTTP, after all. Excel, Outlook, Oracle, MySQL, etc. - stop the madness!

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