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Comment Why is this a problem? (Score 0) 29

Perhaps this is my failure to truly understand the scope of the problem, but where is the real motivation for hackers to compromise MRI machines and CAT scanners? Seriously. Why would somebody go to any level of effort and for that matter risk the felony charges that would come as a result?

I am not questioning that such a thing would be a violation of privacy. I am also not questioning that there is potential for serious harm to be maliciously done to or against somebody. I merely question the scope of the threat in terms of motivating factors. It is clear to me the motivating factor of compromising email. Serious hackers are motivated by Nationalism/Activism, financial gain, or sexual thrill/lulz. Hack the email account of important people or enemies and use private information to damage them or their cause. This can also get you closer to hacking their bank account for money, or possibly finding lewd or compromising content that can be used to blackmail them for money. Or maybe you are just doing it for the thrill of potentially finding sexual content that others are not supposed to see.

Beyond just the occasional script kiddie doing it for the lulz, I don't see many motivating factors to go through the trouble. Even if you leave the door to your house wide open, the vast majority of people won't risk walking in, especially if they know there is little of value in the house, and especially if they know the danger of being caught. It is still trespassing even if your door is open because of the fact that you weren't invited.

Comment Re:H1B visa reform (Score 1) 305

US should loosen these artificial restrictions that so that everyone is competing on the same level field.

So Americans trying to raise a family, for a career that they worked hard at is forced to compete with somebody that will live in a shoebox apartment with several other people, and send what little money they have left back home to their families? How does that help anybody?

A race to the bottom. The kind of competition you speak of would be an earth shattering wet dream for the IT industry. You make it sound like that somehow companies are fighting for the top talent, what kind of bubble do you live in seriously? In IT? Top talent? Please. The vast majority of IT workers aren't doing breakthrough algorithms to advance machine learning. They are writing LOB apps, setting up tablespaces in Oracle and creating JMS queue conection pools in WAS.

Businesses just want capable bodies in chairs when it comes to IT. They also just barely tolerate the fact that they pay a little more than the median salary for the region. These H1B's are products of the Indian higher education system keep in mind. They are quite purposefully molded to NOT think out of the box and be creative.They aren't competing on their own merit in a perfect world. They are just there because they are cheap and willing to put up with long hours and abuse.

Your being a little naive.

Comment Re: Germany should pay war reparations for WWII (Score 1) 743

You rail on devaluing currency as fraud, but am I really supposed to cry a year for these creditors? If they think this possibility might exist then they should account for it. Seriously, ccreditors took a gamble and they lost! If it is too risky then don't loan these countried any money. It is that simple. They got exactly what they deserve.

Comment Re:So like Japan? (Score 1) 950

Get a thicker skin. If you were walking in the park and saw a guy playing a guitar, maybe the song is something you remember from a while ago but you can't quite remember. You strike up a conversation by complementing his playing ability, to which he thanks you and continues playing. You then ask what song he is playing and the guy tells you to fuck yourself and gets nasty.

Your initial reaction is probably to scoff and get indignant at the guy for being so rude suddenly and just walk away. You might even try to understand what would possess the guy to act in such a ridiculous way and wonder if you might have come off as offensive by accident, maybe give them the benefit of the doubt.

Regardless you can look at this is the same way as trying to get to know a woman you just met and have her react this way. Maybe she got the wrong impression because she deals with a lot of jerks constantly. You can give her the benefit of the doubt and move on. Or perhaps she is just a shitty person then fuck her,she isn't good enough to hang with you anyway. If you feel like your heart is getting ripped out of your chest it is because you are projecting not who she clearly demonstrates to be from what little you can gather but you really really REALLY hope and want her to be. You aren't looking at her or the situation clearly.

Comment Re:They trained their replacements (Score 1) 612

Why in the hell would anyone train their replacement though? If you see your job forcibly being taken over by someone else, I would say screw you and walk away.

Because usually when a company asks you to train your replacement they hold a 6-12 week conditional severance package over your head to make sure you behave in your last handful of weeks.

Once you realize that you are about to lose your job that 12 week severance looks pretty enticing, especially since the majority of working Americans are a couple missed paychecks from losing all money in their checking and savings.

Comment Re:Shocked he survived (Score 2) 327

You're defending his actions as an example of someone using his right to free speech, and ignoring the fact that his complaint is that there IS free political speech. He wants the government to limit political speech, not protect the freedom to make it.

Are you seriously this dense? Money is not speech. The ability to use money to unfairly gain an advantage and monopolize information that is disseminated to the public is not speech. It would be akin to a public debate, where every time the other person speaks I blow an air horn so nobody can listen. People like you are defending his right to blow the air horn as a 1st amendment right.

Freedom of speech yes but the very tenant of a functioning democracy requires at its core that people with something to say can be heard and that the electorate is able to easily hear all sides of the issue to make an informed decision. This overload of money in politics is nothing more than an attempt to create an information bubble with the intent to deceive the electorate from being truly informed.

Comment Re:They said that about cell phones (Score 1) 386

Robotic cars are not about creating a new transportation system, it is about fixing a design flaw in the current system that causes tens of thousands of deaths each year: the human driver.

Forgive me being pedantic about this but robotic drivers are not necessarily going to prevent all accidents and all auto fatalities even in a perfect world where every driver is robotic. We still have acts of God, things outside of a computers control that can't be reacted to fast enough to prevent an accident. I am thinking about deer and fauna specifically jumping into a highway. Many people die from this alone every year. /pendantic

Comment Re:My 0.02 (Score 1) 222

Micromanagement NEVER works!

Really? Both Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos were widely infamous for being micro managers and being extremely stressful and unpleasant to work for. Simply because it might suck to work for these people didn't mean they were any less successful and any less of a visionary.

Comment Hardware keyboards not the issue with Blackberry (Score 2) 132

I used to be a Blackberry fan back in the day when it was ahead of the curve. It wasn't until a year and half ago that I tried an Android phone for the first time and I was shocked at how much better quality I have. There simply is no other way to describe how BlackBerry fails on every mark in the current day.

The OS crashed frequently. The app store had a terrible selection and the apps that existed were poor quality and buggy. The browser was slow and difficult to use. The speaker was awful quality whether I was on the phone or playing music, and it got even worse when I connected my headphone jack or auxilliary cable into my car's stereo. The sound quality was easily 4x improved on my Android. Voice command? Laughably bad. I couldn't even get it to recognize the word "Call".

The only thing I miss about it is the physical keyboard which I do type faster on, however that is just simply not enough to keep their dwindling customer base. They didn't keep up and now they are essentially dead. Just like with the Republican party, I will never go back again as long as I live.

Comment Re:I absoluetly bet it is Sex Blackmail! (Score 1) 580

It amazes me that people can't REALLY see what is going on here. You are almost at the inevitable conclusion and I agree with everything you said, however...

The evidence is pretty weak that North Korea was involved. Decompilation of the malware on Sony machines revealed that there were hard coded file paths to extremely specific targeted resources on their network. This isn't the kind of information that a hacker would just be able to figure out and code to. Add into this mounting skepticism over the threat letter by linguists claiming that the misspellings and poor english in the letter looked intentional and even speculated that it appeared to read like an American trying to possibly come off as Korean. Let me further also add that the information obtained would have been incredibly valuable if the attacker had blackmail in mind. This information could have made the attacker wealthy if the threat of revealing it to the world still existed, however if the attacker were truly motivated by money then why put it out there for the world to see?

North Korea is incredibly unlikely to do this without help from the Chinese, and what would the Chinese stand to benefit from helping them hack Sony over a comedy?! The attackers didn't reveal the threat until after speculation about the Interview and N. Korea started occurring. It seems too convenient that the attacker can latch onto this dialogue to turn a potential criminal investigation away from himself(s).

The most likely conclusion is that this was clearly an inside job. The evidence overwhelmingly points to this and to the fact that the insider was not motivated by money but by a deep hatred and revenge for Sony and its executives. It must be a disgruntled employee. The government of course wants to push the dialogue that N.Korea was involved so that they have justification for action against N. Korea and/or China. Perhaps they want justification for cyber war with the Chinese and governmental control and protections for American Corporations that run our government.

Comment Re:Is it more difficult? (Score 1) 241

It's like IT has become superficial and vacuous, and the decisions are being made by idiots who don't know which parts of technology add value to the business/support core business activities and are necessary.

I think it is pretty obvious that IT has become superficial and vacuous because the people leading IT in most organizations are superficial and vacuous status seekers. A long long time ago IT departments were typically run by the grey beards that were running network cables and standing up servers before they were promoted to management. Having had a long career of rolling their sleeves up, they were by and large adequately prepared to lead in IT services for the company.

Today organizations proudly proclaim that they merge business and IT so that the benefits of IT can be greater realized. It sounds good on paper, but what happened in reality is that business folks have dominated the old IT departments. We have MBA's running the show now that do not understand the first thing about upgrading a woefully outdated legacy software package or performing necessary server maintenance.

Companies that used to promote their people from within no longer do. These departments are now riddled with the same problem people you see in middle management of most companies. Status seeking, brown-nosing, buzz word feeding, cost cutting and blame passing. It is easy to see why the departments they run are also superficial and vacuous.

Comment Re:Snarky yet true (Score 1) 488

Why aren't companies paying more people to work on Open Source projects.

The same reason that companies would continue to dump chemicals into our rivers, burn sooty disgusting coal, put asbestos in our homes or pay their people a non-living wage if there wasn't regulations to prevent these kinds of societal abuses. It is frankly because a company has a sole motive to make profit for owners and investors, and in a truly free market capitalistic society void of such restrictive regulations would result in a mutually assured destructive race to the bottom. If everybody else is dumping nuclear waste into a river then I can't afford not to. If my competitors factory is paying under $10/hr then i have to do the same to stay competitive. Once every player reaches the bottom there is no more collective bargaining for the workers or customers to vote with their feet. Where would they go? They have no choice to improve their situation.

So open source projects are in essence a microcosm for societal wealth, in that companies exploit the benefits of the society that they operate in and in their race to the bottom choose not to contribute back.

You will lose an important tape file.