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Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 1, Interesting) 253

by jbmartin6 (#48874277) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts
This was my first thought too, but it is hard to say for sure. While agencies like this are rife with waste and inefficiency, there must be a point where budget cuts would have an impact on service even if all waste and inefficiency were eliminated. Of course the same can be said of any organization to one degree or another.

My second thought was, if their budget is cut all they have to do is reduce the scope of their mission. It isn't like their victims are going to complain about not being audited. And reduction in tax revenue is meaningless since the government will simply print money to make up the difference.

Comment: Re:Air-gap. (Score 3, Insightful) 177

by jbmartin6 (#48801875) Attached to: The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff
You aren't going to appear to hide data if it is part of your data retention practice. If you can say that you were deleting everything over five years old long before any issues came to light, that isn't going to be a problem. Now if you start deleting it the day before you get the subpoena, you've got a problem.

Comment: not that weird (Score 1) 159

by jbmartin6 (#48775255) Attached to: Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser
The article seemed a bit overexcited to me. Is it really that surprising that they use 10.x space? It's not like Internet access is widely used in NK. And most of the other items were not what I would call weird, just what you would expect in a regime like this. Still, kudos to the author for doing this analysis.

Comment: Re: Why do I want to upgrade? (Score 1) 437

by jbmartin6 (#48764261) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?
I refuse to update my phone anymore, due in part to what you describe. I've had updates break data access. I've had updates take away root. I've had updates break applications. And then I had to deal with all the pointless UI changes. I will bring a new device up to date, but once I have everything dialed in I will never do a system update. If they supplied security fix only patches that didn't screw around with functionality I would consider applying those.

Comment: Re:Accuracy (Score 1) 106

by jbmartin6 (#48755557) Attached to: European Researchers Develop More Accurate Full-Body Polygraph
False negative v. false positive is very relevant here. I don't know what the rates are for a polygraph, but if there are no false positives (i.e. if it says you are lying then you are definitely lying) that would be extremely valuable even if it only works 75% of the time. When combined with other measures especially. Now if it says you are lying when you aren't that is a different story. An employer or gov agency might still be OK if the false negative is extremely low, since at worst you might reject a small percent of viable candidates. But I sure as heck would not want to take one as a criminal suspect if there was a significant chance of a false negative.

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