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Comment: Re:Strange response (Score 2) 147

by lq_x_pl (#49542813) Attached to: Groupon Refuses To Pay Security Expert Who Found Serious XSS Site Bugs
You're twisting my words. That's ok though, I'd expect that from AC.
I wasn't saying that the researchers are an organized gang of cyber-thugs cruisin' the web for sploits. I was just acknowledging how humans tend to act in groups. Most people see someone acting unfairly and say, "Gee, that's not nice."
Others, if they identify strongly with the individual they think was wronged, may take a more active role in meting out karma.

This is particularly problematic, if you've offered a bounty for holes in your security - and then you refuse to pay someone who found holes in your security. You can't win. Folks will either stop trying to help you find holes in your security, or they'll find them and handle them in a way that is sure to be profitable.
Don't piss of the folks you've asked to help - this applies to your dealings with waiters, plumbers, and mechanics as well.

Comment: Strange response (Score 3, Insightful) 147

by lq_x_pl (#49542181) Attached to: Groupon Refuses To Pay Security Expert Who Found Serious XSS Site Bugs
I understand that he broke the terms. It is absolutely valid for Groupon to refuse to pay them.
From a 'big picture' point of view though, this was a very bad move. Security researchers are a group with whom you usually want to be on good terms. Maybe just reduce the payout over the one published exploit - but don't stiff the guy. Even if Brute Logic is a nice guy (tm) that continues to operate in a benevolent fashion, other security researchers (and their less-benevolent counterparts) may see this and decide that it is open season on Groupon.

Comment: Re:yes (Score 1) 407

protip: be prepared to back up difficult-to-believe assertions with facts. I didn't have that website memorized, but your assertion made me think, "Wow, if that's true, this turns a lot of arguments on their heads. Let's see what the data says." Then I found the data.

I'm not a walking encyclopedia, I just know how to find information.

Comment: Galling (Score 2) 92

by lq_x_pl (#49433299) Attached to: AT&T Call Centers Sold Mobile Customer Information To Criminals
From TFA:
"AT&T has “no reason to believe” that the stolen customer records were used for identity theft or financial fraud, the company said in a statement."
"AT&T has “no reason to believe” that the stolen customer records have been used for identity theft or financial fraud yet, the company said in a statement."
[ftfTFA] It is at times like these that I feel like we should be telling companies to take a hike when they require information like SSNs to sign up for an account.

Comment: Silly (Score 1) 162

by lq_x_pl (#49128071) Attached to: Should a Service Robot Bring an Alcoholic a Drink?
This is kind of a silly question.
If development has taught me anything, it is that you can't account for every use case, and unless you're releasing something particularly tiny, you can't have a contingency for every foreseeable misuse.
Easiest solution: The robot provides one drink for one coupon or ticket. It is up to the owner of the robot to control how those tickets are distributed and managed.
Machine for the automated part, while a human handles the human problems.

Comment: Re:Pointing fingers at problems (Score 1) 493

"Real girls don't like science" or "Girls are much better at socializing than quantifying"
You know, I hear this kind of stuff all the time from adults, but I can't think of a single time that I've ever uttered those words to either of my daughters. When they do well on any test, we say, "Good job, you're very smart." When they don't do so well on a test, we say, "You know this material, you'll do better next time."
I don't think I've ever told them, "Oh its ok, you're a girl and girls can't maths," when they bring home a less-than-stellar math test. I've also never said, "Of course you did well on that spelling test, girls are better at verbalizing than boys!"
My parents (boomers), were pretty identical in the feedback they gave my brother and sister. Just curious about where these pockets of gender-bias actually still exist and thrive. Teachers are predominately female, so I can't imagine female teachers are telling female students they can't do math. I hope there aren't parents actively discouraging their daughters from the sciences.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"