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Comment: Re:It's a vast field.... (Score 4, Insightful) 809

by k8to (#49049807) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

FWIW, I think that's a mistake. Why trust the opaque "encryption" feature of the application like Excel or acrobat when you can use something well-proven?

Unless you only want to dissuade casual observation, in which case any number of simple methods may work that involve no encryption.

Comment: Re:Agreed (Score 1) 574

by k8to (#48309977) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

I disagree.

That's the reasonable, but minority scenario. A lot of times they want you to solve their relatively arbitrary and ridiculous problem in a very short timescale.

I give very very simple problems and hope the candidate makes small mistakes that I can watch them figure out. Sometimes they just ace them and I don't learn much but I can ask another.

A coworker asks candidates to implement the 8 queens solution using an actual computer. He doesn't care about the difference between someone who knows the answer and someone who has never considered the problem before, but expects in 90 minutes that a programmer should be able to get it working even if he has to give a few hints.

Those are what I consider somewhat reasonable questions.

However, most of my peers ask code golf questions bout C++ minutiae, or baroque algorithms questions for unusual application domains and seems to think candidates who can't rattle of answers don't know how to program. That's been the majority case at other companies I've worked at as well.

Comment: Re:One example doesn't make an "always" (Score 1) 728

by k8to (#48114253) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

You have to show that the information is intended to cause harm as the intent, and it generally has to be false. This means that a lot of things that get called libel in the UK aren't in the US (typically things that are true!).

It also means the burden of demonstration in the US is quite high. Demonstrating intent is in some cases quite difficult.

In this sort of case, the intent is fairly easy to show, and the reckless disregard for the veracity along with the falseness is easy to show. However the cost of prosecution to the individual is prohibitive, and the actors are frequently legion by the time the problem becomes big.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 118

Only the FCC dismantled any requirement that infrastructure owners be required to sell access to their lines at all, and certainly not at any kind of fair rate back in the mid-2000s, so the other providers over AT&T's fiber or copper will never be real competitors. They only exist at the whim of the wire owners.

Comment: Re:Easier (Score 5, Interesting) 106

by k8to (#47280243) Attached to: Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

I'm a medical minimalist, but refusing to sterilize cuts is kind of stupid.

Your immune system doesn't need a significant exposure to antigens to trigger the normal hypothalamus reactions and induce immune-system learning and memory reactions. Meanwhile your immune system isn't guaranteed to win arbitrary scale battles and you don't really know what was on whatever cut you. It's not like really unfortunate bacteria are all that rare.

You should also realize that you get away with this because you live in a relatively low-bacteria environment, such as an arid or temperate one. By your logic you should move to the tropics because you'll get far more exposure to diseases. Only there refusing to sterelize cuts will lead to some really bad situations.

Comment: Re:F-4 Phantom jet... (Score 1) 151

by k8to (#47004841) Attached to: U.S. Passenger Jet Nearly Collided With Drone In March

If you don't see the usefulnes, I have to challenge your reading or thinking skills.

This is in a discussion inspired by a plaything endangering many human lives, in a subdiscussion about regulation of those things.

Obviously a good line like this allows for reasonable regulation of playthings that are frequently used in dangerous ways vs those that are not and thus should not need regulation.

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