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Comment: Won't solve the real issue. (Score 1, Interesting) 43

by hsmith (#47913703) Attached to: Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry
Lets say you have the best "mobile app" to do whatever, XYZ.

Oh great, govt customer wants it. They see it today. Well, thanks to procurement, it will be 18 months before they actually buy it. But, by that point, the product will have changed a good bit - well because that is what software does now a day. But, that isn't what Gov manager wanted - they want what they saw 18 months ago.

The sales cycle will chew startups up and spit them out. Not many can accommodate 18 month+ sales cycles.

And that even excludes the issues of continuing resolutions means they don't have cash to buy buy many shiny new objects.

Comment: Eh, not quite (Score 5, Interesting) 132

by hsmith (#47806315) Attached to: Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps
I've had an app in the store for years now that requires a login. We provide two to apple to test (one success one fail). I don't recall the last time the accounts logged in (perhaps version, their last login date has sat the same for years. So, not hard if you get in and sit there to slowly change to something malicious.

Comment: It isn't due to an EO (Score 2) 180

by hsmith (#47780561) Attached to: The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni
EO's have no real weight to create policy. They are simply instructions for federal agencies (which the President is in control of since he is the executive) to do.

Congress then up until now allowed it and the blame lies on their shoulders alone for creating the surveillance state.

Comment: CA is mind bottling (Score 1) 506

by hsmith (#47758239) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels
Consider how many people die on the roads every year in the United States alone, the biggest factor is humans.

Then, consider how many people die every year due to firearms in the United States alone and look how CA reacts and tries to limit access to firearms, through laws and technology. Basically, "remove the problem."

Shouldn't CA be pushing hard for driverless vehicles? Removing human error from the equation would save countless lives.

Think of the children.

Comment: Re:Lies and statistics... (Score 1) 570

by hsmith (#47562109) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'
Golds is a cancer. I was a member there for awhile. For whatever reason, they stopped charging my credit card. I was looking over my bills and noticed they hadn't billed me for 3 months. Contacted the gym and fixed the CC. A week later, a call from collections for non-payment. No one ever contacted me. The CC was fine, hadn't expired. Because of an internal problem, they sent me to collections. Insanity.

Comment: Re:umm duh? (Score 3, Informative) 176

by hsmith (#47521821) Attached to: Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy
You do realize there are several flavors of encryption, right? Microsoft SQL Server TDE is an example. You can login, perform queries, update data in any table, but all data is encrypted - it is - transparent as the name indicates.

That also ignores things like encrypted volumes, etc. Just because individual files aren't encrypted with unique keys, doesn't mean that encryption isn't there.

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. -- James Michener, "Space"