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Comment Only idiots trust computers that trust programs (Score 1) 76 76

If your operating system isn't smart enough to require a list of resources to feed a program you want it to run, you lose.

If you built your entire civilization on such a stupid foundation, you lose.

Anyone smarter than that can wipe you off the face of the earth, unless you can survive long enough to correct your deeply embedded mistake.

Comment Re:Am I the only guy here that likes G+? (Score 2) 152 152

The real problem wasn't "tying Google+ to everything"

The real problem was "tying the *name* Google+ to everything"

like they somehow thought that if they called 20 unrelated (and individually great) services "Google+", people would be tricked into they should use Service X just because they use Service Y.

Identity management for all google services? It would be insane not to have that. We'll call it "Google+"

A messaging platform for talking to friends and professionals alike? We'll call it "Google+"

A video conferencing app? Well, that's arguably part of messaging, which we're calling Google+, so it's also called Google+.

Want to share a photo? Me too. Google+ is great for that. No, no, not *that* Google+, the other Google+

Over time, each of these services have gotten their own name and branding and app and experience. But everyone still thinks "I hate Google+! It keeps asking me to join it every time I want to share a photo! I am not interested in a new Social Network!" .. when really these tools have *always* been unrelated, but sharing a common name (though they probably all used the unified Google Login, which is called Google+, but you'd have to be a special kind of idiot to not want that)

Comment The technical problem was solved 40 years ago (Score 3, Insightful) 36 36

The information processing need to handle both classified and top secret data in the same computer system in order to direct air traffic for the Vietnam war resulted in honest-to-goodness multilevel secure systems in the early 1970s. The Rainbow books tell you how it's done.

The reason we're all mired in shit these days is that nobody believed multilevel security was something normal computers used. Unix was named as a joke to mock Multics, which aspired to have multi-level security (and did in the end, if I recall correctly).

If your OS doesn't ask for a list of resources to use to execute a program, it isn't secure. MacOS, Linux, Windows don't... the only thing I know of coming down the pike is the Genode project from Germany.

Comment It's all about the Insurance Profits (Score 1) 191 191

When you have middlemen (Insurance Companies) and administrations working to maximize profit, all being paid by the procedure... the quality of each procedure is far less important that the quantity. We need to put health back in the drivers seat as the #1 priority... which isn't going to happen until we Nationalize health care... even then it's not guaranteed to happen.

Comment Re:Hayden Christensen's career... (Score 1) 360 360

You're right about his acting ability, but the killer for the movie was direction. Portman is a much better actor, but lame script and mediocre director was what really did it in. I suspect if she was more mature at the time she could have pushed back on some of the script and direction choices.

All the hot grits in the world can't save her from that script.

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