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Comment So what do I want? Secure payments! (Score 1) 93

This whole fraud detection stuff is nonsense. It's just been cheaper for the banks to build this hack instead of actually implementing a secure payments system. Come on, credit card number + name + expiration date + security code? All information that doesn't change?

We're at the point where we can make a smart card that does everything with strong crypto. It could even have a USB connection or, possibly, Bluetooth, to let you make secure transactions from your computer.

Comment meanwhile (Score 3, Insightful) 320

The rest of us keep being treated routinely like criminals without the media getting interested, because we aren't the mayor of Stockton.

Why should this guy get special treatment (by the TSA or by the press) just because he's a minor elected politico?

Comment Re:Just makes them look even more guilty (Score 1) 319

One of the sticking points though is the individual doesn't have an army of lawyers to argue their case.

Nope, this is systematic of getting the best justice money can buy, and governments having to grapple with the fact that some pockets are deeper than theirs, and weighing the pros and cons of funding they can extract now through fines relative to tax revenue that could be had later on (certainly don't want to kill the golden goose in this case).

But let's not forget that it was the purse of government that caused this problem, even as they meander through without anything approaching judicial reform.

Comment Re:Data? Statistics? (Score 1) 165

Yeah, but don't doubt for an instant some harebrained MBA type won't champion this as some new paradigm for worker relations (*cough*), which will be lauded by upper management as it effectively washes their hands from, you know, doing their damn job and supervising their employees' work, not to mention any process like this will be gamed by any employee with modicum of disdain.

And this is particularly damning in instances where strict compliance and careful execution is of utmost importance. Do you really want your surgeon being judged on how many people he can rifle through the operating theatre? Well, too bad, because metrics like these are being employed by hospitals to disastrous effect.

And as most of these processes are far from integrated, there is a cost to monitoring. I've pointed out to my managers that all the nickle and dime initiatives they've instituted over the years adds about 1.5 hours to the workday, which adds up to a yearly cost of just north of 1 million in labor alone, and by-the-way has anyone checked to see if the benefits are even close to that?


Comment Re:Catch the rounded ones early (Score 3, Interesting) 300

Indeed, this whole conversation brings back memories of my grade 11 Computer science class where I got to see a very motivated and highly intelligent girl brought to tears repeatedly because CS was the one class she just couldn't master (not a girl thing either, I've met several good female programmers). I have also seen people teach themselves to code (the best one at 40) It takes a certain kind of logical thinking to master software development and I have yet to see anyone find a way to teach that part of it.

Having said that, I think offering programming classes to more students is a good thing since it increases the odds of someone who has the right talent for it being able to try it for the first time. I just don't think any of it should be mandatory.

Comment Case study: Volkswagon. (Score 4, Interesting) 152

Does anyone believe that VW didn't have technical managers? In the end, did it really make a difference?

I'd also argue requiring manager to come up from the ranks, while helpful in some respects, precludes the idea non-technical managers shouldn't have been attending bootcamps and the like in the first place. I'm expected to keep current in my field. Why should the bar be set so low for management not to learn about the department they are managing from day one?

That this is even under discussion highlights how utterly worthless most management is.

And in a even grander scheme of things, it makes me question the very notion of meritocracy. This is not the best and the brightest. This is barnacles on the engine of progress.

Comment Shuanghuan Noble (Score 1) 138

Not specific to the US, but how does the logic play out?

If Benz can't claim copyright on the Smart, how does "character" imbue the Batmobile with copyright protection? Couldn't Towle just wait for another to be built, and then copy that (not specific DC property) following the line "if a vehicle varies in its technical specification, then any external similarities are irrelevant".

It is a strange world where IP has more consideration than an actual creation.

Comment Re:6 years (Score 1) 127

Maybe not. I finally gave up and bought a phone without a physical keyboard and I HATE it. Everyone tells me I'll get used to it, but that never seems to happen.
The Android Space is now dominated by phones that all look the same, act the same and have the same features and the only thing that changes is the size and the phones I loived were the first victims .

If Blackberry gives me an Android phone with a keyboard I'm there in a flash.

Comment Re:Punish the company AND the perpetrators (Score 1) 494

As it is, you have had a long running attempt by shareholders to disciple corporate boards (read: gain more say in the operation of business) that has gone basically nowhere. On the other hand, you have corporate boards claiming short-sighted demands from shareholders irrevocably harming business.

And to be fair, both sides have merit, and both sides are corrupt, so exactly how to do you intend to pursue something as nebulous as accountability in such a scenario? It's wolves all the way down.

And in the unlikely scenario that criminal charges are leveled from this, you can almost be certain a degree of amnesty will be helped along from a few well placed campaign contributions. After all, (camera shot) you are hurting underlings that had nothing to do with this criminal activity.

The past few business scandals have made clear it is near impossible to address problems like these under current structures. At best, you can expect a slew of onerous compliance mandates, which even then, just end up fucking over the few honest players in this.

I mean I would delight if someone had a balanced approach to all this, but more and more it's just bad and worse threatening an even greater cesspool.

Comment Re:Move to the latest version? (Score 1) 435

I hope ISPs assign at least a /60 otherwise we're likely to end up with a huge mess of hacks in the Linux kernel to allow subnetting of a /64 and also some form of autoconfig.

You can already subnet a /64. MAC addresses are 48 bits leaving plenty of room for multiple subnets and you can go even smaller if you use static IPs or DHCPv6.

Computer Science is merely the post-Turing decline in formal systems theory.