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Comment: You can't "inspect in" quality (Score 1) 234

by karlandtanya (#46789239) Attached to: Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

If we take a less-than-good-enough-quality product and iteratively inspect and rework/repair each defect, we will produce a good-enough product. Intuition seems to suggest that this *should* work! Can't you polish a rough piece of metal until it shines? Heck, mythbusters proved you actually can polish a terd.

The manufacturing industry figured out a long time ago that you can't inspect in quailty. Your process has to produce a product-that-meets-customer-requirements, and if it doesn't you have to fix your process.

Oh, and the terd? It was shiny, but it still stank. And they don't last very long, anyhow.

Comment: When Harlie Played One (Score 1) 169

I learned this one at Genericon, but it's older than that:

Music: "The Children's Marching Song"
Robert Osband, c.1974
This machine, it played one.
It pushed start and program run.
It's an IBM 360/85;
This computer came alive.

This machine, it played two.
Overloaded voltage to the CPU.
It's an IBM 360/85;
This computer came alive.

This machine, it played three.
Designed its memory to 1 IC.
It's an IBM 360/85;
This computer came alive.

This machine, it played four.
Changed its logic from AND to OR.
It's an IBM 360/85;
This computer came alive.

This machine, it played five.
Memorized data from tape drive.
It's an IBM 360/85;
This computer came alive.

This machine, it played six.
Told the CE what to fix.
It's an IBM 360/85;
This computer came alive.

This machine, it played seven.
Printed out the road to Heaven.
It's an IBM 360/85;
This computer came alive.

This machine, it played eight.
Shipped itself to Rome, Air Freight.
It's an IBM 360/85;
This computer came alive.

This machine, it played nine.
Told the Pope it was divine.
It's an IBM 360/85;
This computer came alive.

This machine, it played ten.
To sing once more push start again.
It's an IBM 360/85;
We computers are alive.

Comment: Re:God, Family, Country in that order for good rea (Score 1) 1255

by karlandtanya (#44735417) Attached to: Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

Thank you very much--this is *precisely* the example I was hoping someone would feed me. Consider that you have a duty higher than that to family.

To be a silent witness to crime is to be an accomplice to it. In your example, your family member is the "worst criminal". Not someone whose "crime" you don't find to be particularly evil--"stealing" mp3s, or driving faster than the posted maximum speed. In your example, the crime to which you would be an accomplice is "the worst"--murder, rape, genocide--whatever it is, it's that thing that you find most morally repugnant.
There are many ways you can address the issue. Turn them in to the police. Remove from them the ability to commit their crime--perhaps by having them committed under a physician's authority. Kill them and then turn yourself in to the police. It's up to you how you handle it--or fail to. And you'll be held accountable for that, too.
There is a duty higher than that to family. Your duty here is very clear. It's just not *easy*.

You have moral priorities, whether you like it or not. When you can't please everybody, who do you please? The priorities I cited are fairly well known and quite successful at producing societies populated by generally happy people. But they're by no means the only ones. I can't comment on the priorities you proposed because you didn't propose any.

It's not really *that* complicated, and that, I believe is why you take issue. You know what you need to do; you just don't want to do it. It's a lot easier to debate away your duty with complicated BS than admit the simple truth that you *have* a duty. But if you must, take solace in the abundance of books, preachers, teachers, prophets, enablers, self-help gurus, lawyers, partners-in-crime, and a panorama of religions ready to convince you that whatever you want to do is the right thing to do.

Comment: God, Family, Country in that order for good reason (Score 1) 1255

by karlandtanya (#44734271) Attached to: Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

It doesn't work if you put your country before your family or your family before God or your Country before your God.
Volunteer to help your community. Help the schools. Feed the sick. Wash the feet of the poor. Who's stopping you? Do those things AFTER you take care of your family's needs. Anyone who looks out for their community BEFORE their family is dangerous to his community and his family.

Whether I believe in your God or a God is not relevant; this is just the phrasing of the idiom.
This means "duty to self" to be morally correct--that is to say "maintaining myself as an instrument for good". Not as "looking out for number one"--(looking out for #1 is exactly the opposite!). It doesn't mean that I get to set myself up as a moral absolute and ignore everyone else's needs in order to satisfy my superiority. This comes first solely for the obvious practical reason that in order to do good, I must first be good or at least not particularly evil at that moment.

Once this instrument of good exists, the first I must serve is my family. This needs no further explanation.

A little thought tells me that I have a greater duty to those closer to than farther from me in this large community we call country. I cannot save the world. So I am responsible to do good where I can. I must help my neighbor before an arbitrary person on Earth (or off of it, I should be so lucky). That person has neighbors as well. In this area is of course Military Service, which also needs no explanation.
My community's schools fall under the rough grouping of Country, more specifically somewhere between "Neighbors" and "any other sophonts in the universe" or "All God's kids" if you prefer.

Way after Family.

These priorities are in that order for a simple practical reason: The results of screwing up the order suck:
History is full of examples: Good party members who rat out their family or neighbors for love of Country. A father who does things he knows are unethical in order to provide every luxury for his family. Nationalistically motivated genocide perpetrated by people who know *exactly* what "thou shalt not murder" means.

Comment: Freedom of expression is given... (Score 2) 582

'Freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they’re saying and not hiding behind anonymity,'

Fuck you. It's a human right. Happens to be protected by our constitution, but that's not where it comes from either.
You (Arianna Huffington) are a sanctimonious twit to sit there and dictate terms under which freedom of expression is "given".

Comment: Of courese AA's a religion; it's actually a cult (Score 1) 330

by karlandtanya (#44538169) Attached to: The Science of 12-Step Programs

Yes, it is. There's lists of criteria that help you recognize cults--read the lists and then go to a couple of meetings.
Religion and cults are not bad per se. Just powerful social tools for making people do or be something other than what they are right now. Such tools can be used to do very, very bad things. But they can do good things, too.

So they're a cult. That's the point. I joined with full knowledge that these people are trying to brainwash me. Because that's what I wanted them to do. Help me reprogram my thinking because what I was doing wasn't working. I believed (yes, thats a "d' there) in it for the same reason anyone believes in anything. I chose to.

After a while, I didn't believe in it anymore. Character flaw I guess; after I'm around some BS for too long I can't believe in it anymore--even if I want to. Same thing happened when I tried a sales job. I kicked ass until it finally sunk in this was all cynical manipulation and made-up BS.

27 years later still clean and sober. AA helped me get that way. But when I was done believing I was done believing.

I go to a meeting from time to time; the fellowship is still there. But I don't believe the religion anymore. In life, if somebody asks for help, I'll share what I have experienced, and if I need help I'll ask for it. And if somebody wiser than me points out a character flaw I have, I'll take a look at it and maybe do something about it. I don't do this within AA because I don't hang out there. But I learned how to do these things in AA.

What's the point? None; I'm not trying to prove a point. Just thought somebody who'd actually been there should speak up.

Comment: Wow--I'm really glad to read this! (Score 1) 237

by karlandtanya (#44333599) Attached to: Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

Our household in Ohio depends on a private well for all our water, and it would surely be miserable if it got contaminated.

Just today, our dogs were freaking out because of the fracking machinery running on the neighbor's property.
Poor Blanche just shivers and pants. It's better with her Thundershirt, though she's still fearful.
And my wife told me she felt another earthquake this afternoon. She's from CA, so she knows earthquakes.

I guess we can live with all that, but you gotta have clean water! It's just such a relief to know that our well is safe.

Comment: Employers want "commodity" engineers (Score 1) 401

by karlandtanya (#44265037) Attached to: Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking

I'm an EE, working for a small SI/contract house that's been in business since 1985.
We're innundated with work right now--the problem is NOT finding contracts. It's finding qualified engineers that don't already have a gig. Still, the Clients remember the "bad economy" prices and believe those should persist. Our rates have not gone up in years.

At some level of management, the perception is that engineers and skilled trades are interchangeable commodities.
The Client's argument seems to be that "There are 7 billion of us. Somewhere out there is a person with the exact skill set we need. We just have to find that person. Their services should cost no more than any other."

The Client must understand that if they want a specific skill set and aren't willing to "invest in people", they have to pay us to make the same investment. Most of us are permanent employees where I work. You don't pick up a random engineer on the street and find they're competent and have a good work ethic; those people have jobs already. Between gigs, you carry those folks so they're available when the next gig shows up. And when the work gets heavy, those people work a lot harder. To retain those folks, you have to pay them. This is "investing in people". At the end, the service we provide reflects that investment. Through a contract or as a direct employee, it still must be paid.

Comment: Re:If the 5th protected him before, it still does. (Score 1) 802

by karlandtanya (#43862011) Attached to: Judge Orders Child Porn Suspect To Decrypt His Hard Drives

To follow up and clarify:

The current statement FTA is that the 5th protects you only from being forced to decrypt *A* hard drive. If you did that, you'd be saying in effect "that's my hard drive".
In this case, the FBI says the figured out it was that guy's hard drive.
The judge in this case has to say "OK, they know it's your hard drive; you lose nothing by providing the password now."

So, if you accept the current legal state that decrypting *your* hard drive is not protected, there is no protection for this guy.

Personally, I would have taken the simple "I'm not going to say anything because it might get me into trouble" as sort of the point of the 5th amendment, but that's not how the courts currently see it.

For common people, the rule seems to be that the *act* of supplying the documents (that is the decryption itself) is protected.
But the documents themselves (that is the unencrypted data) *derived* from that act is NOT protected.

But, if you're a lawyer or politico, then the supplying of documents and the content of those documents are BOTH protected.

EFF would like to see it go this way, too (good luck!)

Comment: If the 5th protected him before, it still does. (Score 5, Insightful) 802

by karlandtanya (#43856031) Attached to: Judge Orders Child Porn Suspect To Decrypt His Hard Drives

I'm guessing it's this part of it that protected him:
"nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself"

There's no clause in the fifth amendment that says "...but if we have good evidence you're guilty, then you have to tell us what we need to know in order to get more evidence."

The police put you in a room and say "CONFESS", and you refuse. Judge says "that's right--you don't have to confess to anything. In fact, you don't have to say anything at all. You can remain silent."
Later, the police find some evidence that suggests you really did something illegal. And really socially repulsive.

Judge thinks for 2 seconds and realizes "Who's going to defend a kiddy diddler? I can rule however I want against this guy and get almost no political backlash. But if I "defend the constitution", I'm a liberal judge letting a monster get away on a technicality." Not a difficult decision for a pragmatic public servant. "Let the beatings begin.".

First they came for the child rapists and I said nothing because everyone would think I was one, too.

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