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Comment: Re: Really? That's a question? (Score 1) 71

by iivel (#44470063) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Cyber Insurance. Solution Or Snake Oil?
Law of diminishing returns. There are a few good journal papers looking at the optimum investments into IS from game theoric and other modeled approaches In short: at some point the economic investment of continued improvement is offset by the likelihood of that vulnerability being exploited. At that point if the risk is still above an acceptable level your only real option is transference.

Comment: Re:What about non-web? (Score 1) 34

by iivel (#40714553) Attached to: Great Open Source Map Tools For Web Developers
Just start at the OGC and OSGeo websites. There are tons of applications. Personally, I think one of the best is actually a NASA project "WorldWind" http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/features.html

For Flash/Flex/Air based apps, there is a port of the OpenLayers project called OpenScales http://openscales.org/

Comment: Re:What's wrong with keyboards? (Score 5, Interesting) 192

Personally, I'll be registering for a developer kit; or buying one outright to help a friend of mine with ALS. Since she's severely limited in movement, the ability to control her computer (and thereby much of her enviornment) via small recognizable gestures would be a drastic improvement for her quality of life.

Comment: Re:Oh good. (Score 1) 102

by iivel (#35260168) Attached to: Industry IT Security Certification Proposed
And funny enough, the Microsoft implementation of the Rijndael algorithm still hasn't been verified as FIPS 140-2 compliant - so you have to run 3DES (even on a server 2008 system). Try enabling it sometime and running a .NET website ... great and useless precompilation messages. HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\FIPSAlgorithmPolicy\Enabled

Comment: Re:Only... (Score 2) 757

by iivel (#34974308) Attached to: America Losing Its Edge In Innovation
That's not a new theory in organizational behaviour and group dynamics. Machivelli wrote on this very subject and given the choice it is better to rule by fear - by fear you gain respect, you just must be careful not to let it fall into hate.

Much research has also been done that shows that personality is much more important than intelligence when developing leadership traits when attempting to influence people (OB by Kreitner and Kinicki [2008] is a good read on the reasearch that supports your statement) ... though it is not just a US thing.

Comment: Re:They once were (Score 1) 757

by iivel (#34974162) Attached to: America Losing Its Edge In Innovation
Reply to myself ... yes I realize that there are professional terminal degrees that end in a doctorate now (such as in pharmacology, engineering, eduction, etc.), and that in some countries (the UK for example) the PhD is distinct from other doctorates. I'm not certain that it makes a difference to the argument though.

Comment: Re:They once were (Score 1) 757

by iivel (#34974114) Attached to: America Losing Its Edge In Innovation
Just to note: "Doctor" is a reserved title for anyone that has completed postgraduate studies in any derivative field of philosophy (PhD).

This is the argument that often shows up when discussing engineering. A degree in any field of engineering would make one an engineer, as would (IMO) enough experience with the concepts in the field/applicable industry certification. Being an MD on the other hand is like being a PE ... a very specific type of doctor.

Comment: Re:They once were (Score 2) 757

by iivel (#34974070) Attached to: America Losing Its Edge In Innovation
No, if someone has a PE then they are a PE. There are other internationally recognized forms of engineering.

engineer [en-juh-neer] –noun
1. a person trained and skilled in the design, construction, and use of engines or machines, or in any of various branches of engineering: a mechanical engineer; a civil engineer.
2. a person who operates or is in charge of an engine.
3. Also called locomotive engineer. Railroads . a person who operates or is in charge of a locomotive.
4. a member of an army, navy, or air force specially trained in engineering work.
5. a skillful manager: a political engineer.

–verb (used with object)
6. to plan, construct, or manage as an engineer: He's engineered several big industrial projects.
7. to design or create using the techniques or methods of engineering: The motor has been engineered to run noiselessly.
8. to arrange, manage, or carry through by skillful or artful contrivance: He certainly engineered the election campaign beautifully.

Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc. are all valid uses of the term and have equivilent education/certification to a PE that is recognized internationally. (Maybe not in specific countries [that use the term engineer very specifically] true, but in general - unless you'd like to go back a few centuries and redifine engineering ...)

Comment: Re:Home of the Free (Score 1) 286

by iivel (#34929032) Attached to: Google Releases Software To Iran
This decision came down in Terry v. Ohio. Note in the decision that the scope of the "frisk" does not constitute a search and must only be used to find weapons.

"In this case, for example, the Ohio Court of Appeals stated that 'we must be careful to distinguish that the "frisk" authorized herein includes only a "frisk" for a dangerous weapon. It by no means authorizes a search for contraband, evidentiary material, or anything else in the absence of reasonable grounds to arrest. Such a search is controlled by the requirements of the Fourth Amendment, and probable cause is essential.' " (392 U.S. 1, at 16, Fn 12, quoting State v. Terry, 5 Ohio App. 2d 122, at 130)

Comment: Re:Home of the Free (Score 1) 286

by iivel (#34929012) Attached to: Google Releases Software To Iran
The "identify" portion of the law doesn't allow them to require ID though (unless operating a motor vehicle or some other specific situations). The supreme court has weighed in on this one and has been understood to mean that verbally stating your name/address or other required information is enough. See Hibel v. Sixth Juicial Court of Nevada.

Comment: Re:OK, great (Score 1) 75

by iivel (#34114706) Attached to: Gigabit Wireless Will Link Smartphones To TVs
I'm in a similar boat to the AC. Our shop has everyone running dual-30" monitors at 2560x1600. The "high-performance" Dell workstations that we have use the Quattro cards (with dual DisplayPort +1 DVI-D).

Monitors are the Dell btw .. I do think they are a bit on the overpricy side; but as has been discussed in numerous /. threads - not much is going into the DPI increases of larger screens since 1080p & therefore the price isn't dropping.

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