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Comment: With less security your faster to market (Score 1) 300

If you don't run a firewall and you and your clients are the only one trying to connect to your server, then people see that running a firewall only interferes with things working. Meetings with management are really fun when they run along the lines of "We turned security on and things started breaking.", "Then turn off the security". So if no one is attacking you, you might make it to market faster with less resources than your competitors when only dealing with security after an incident.

Comment: Re:Millionare panhandlers (Score 1) 200

by jader3rd (#47539327) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

A lot of the shelters are downright evil, though, especially the religious ones. A lot of them really push religion hard, and some of them won't help you if you don't spend an hour in church or whatever. Get 'em while they're vulnerable, then do just enough to make sure they receive your message.

From a cost-benefit point of view, is having your food and housing needs taken care of, in exchange for attending a one hour weekly meeting, really that bad? Many of us here try to go to 40 hours worth of meetings a week to cover our food and housing needs.

Comment: Re:IETF next (Score 1) 311

by jader3rd (#47418499) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

They set the standards for the TCP/IP protocol, the one used by the packets which conspired with the Tor network to move data around untraceably!

Except that she's going after the part that made tracking a source difficult/impossible. With normal TCP/IP you can track where packets are coming from.

Comment: Re:Not a big surprise (Score 0) 361

You mean the guy screamed about the government spying on us and that we can't trust closed source anything for decades. Guess what he turned out to be right.

But the government is intercepting data primarily from open protocols to do the spying. I don't think that closed source had anything to do with that.

Comment: Re:Gee Catholic judges (Score 1) 1330

by jader3rd (#47357237) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

By the time the dust of WW2 had settled, the current system of employer-provided health insurance was firmly established.

I suspect that if Congress didn't provide tax breaks to companies who did employer based health care that the 'firmly established system' would have dried up quite quickly. In fact, I bet if Congress removed the tax break, and instead issued a 1% tax on employer based health insurance, the 'firmly established system' would vanish from everyone's existence in less than one pay cycle.

Comment: Re:I don't know about this one... (Score 2) 376

by jader3rd (#47337435) Attached to: Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

I get what they're trying to do, but this seems like the wrong approach. You don't fix discrimination with more discrimination, even if it's in the opposite direction.

Until the 'problem' is correct that's exactly what you do; unless hiring assassins to thin out the existing 'problem' is an option.

Comment: This is why we should be teaching programming (Score 1) 192

by jader3rd (#47333823) Attached to: An Army Medal For Coding In Perl
This right here is why we should be teaching basic programming or scripting in middle school. Show young students how to automate simple tasks and they'll apply it to nearly every field that exists. I remember talking to an IT consultant about the recently released Exchange 2007 (when Exchange went all gung-ho about PowerShell) and he said how he hated the de-emphasis on the GUI and the huge emphasis on PowerShell. "On my first deployment I didn't use PowerShell at all. But by my third one, it was all done by PowerShell scripts."

Comment: Re:Semi-related (Score 1) 99

Storage like this is handy for family photos, I'm not sure I would use it for anything else.

That's the reason I went with flickr. OneDrive will talk about the photo sharing experience, but it kind of sucks. It's great for the scenario of creating a folder of pictures to be shared with one person one time, but on a continuous basis of posting photos for people to see, it sucks. Flickr on the other hand is designed just for photo sharing, and it does it fabulously.

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 1) 619

by jader3rd (#47277199) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

There is no such thing as "too cheap."

Yes there is. When the government takes out loans to reduce the price of an item, that item is too cheap. Or if the price of the item doesn't cover negative externalities of creating that item, the price is too cheap. In Pre Arab Spring Egypt the price of bread was too cheap. The government was getting into debt subsidizing the price of wheat to keep the masses happy. Once the government was overthrown and the price of bread made it to market values, a lot of Egyptians realized that they now had a bunch of debt on their hands and more expensive food. They look back at that time and say that the price of bread was "too cheap".

Never test for an error condition you don't know how to handle. -- Steinbach