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Comment: Re:Biometrics (Score 1) 56

Good enough. Is the key.
If you go too crazy with security. People will find shortcuts around the team in charge of security.
Too lax you are open to problems. Biometric in generally is the sweet spot.
Good enough to to keep people secure without becoming overly burdensome.
For your phone or your pc, being that you are not a direct target to get your account. You prevent people from getting into your system. If you are some person who has access to hard to get to data. Then yes you may need to go more secure.

Comment: Re:Interesting. I'd think the opposite (Score 1) 208

by jellomizer (#48667981) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart

I haven't seen any president being the best person for the job.
Obama won, because he ran flawless campaigns. Greatly reduced the amount of dirt that can be dug up. Any dirt that was, was treated well and marginalized.

2008 - People were tired of Bush, so any democrat had a chance. McCain, was too old, so people needed to judge the VP candidate as well, and Palian was just the worst pick you could make. For a candidate who needed to push a moderate campaign.

2012 - Romney failed to make himself genuine. Being very conservative for the primary, then trying to seem moderate for the main election just didn't work.

Sure being black helped the democrat party solidify a base who often had low voter turnout to vote, as well a lot of people wanted to see things differently. But all in all it was about how good of a marketing campaign it was.

Comment: My Kids Nostalgia will be different from mine! (Score 1) 58

by jellomizer (#48667859) Attached to: The History of the NORAD/Microsoft and Google Santa Trackers

NORAD A military organization designed to blast communist out of the skies.
Google A for profit organisation that makes its money off of selling adds and offers a bunch of free services in return to having those adds in front of you.

So you are against capitalism however you are supporting the organization that is designed to track and kill people who are against capitalism (just as long as they are flying)

In general NORAD tracking of Santa is a gimmick to help bring up good will towards the organization. Because this started happening during the hottest part of the Cold War and the military was considered the keeper of all the newest and coolest technology. After the cold war companies tend to have the cooler technology. Transitioning to Google is a natural thing.

When your kids grow up and they will find that tracking Santa will be done with some other technology and organization they will feel like they are missing something because they will have nostalgia that doesn't match yours.

BTW Santa for generations is the symbol for consumerism. The reason why kids like him because he is the one that gives them toys. When I was a kid I didn't care about family time or any of the other true meanings of Christmas, I was all about ID and Ego (No Super Ego) and it was all about me getting cool stuff, and a little about seeing what other stuff people got.

Comment: Re:Of course there is a focus on the negative (Score 4, Insightful) 208

by jellomizer (#48666277) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart

Not always. If the media makes it seem like things are getting worse overall. That would tell people the direction they are going in is wrong and will backtrack to the older ways when they were better.

You have sites like Fox News turning relatively moderate conservatives into extream conservatives. Due to the flood of negativity poison. Where before many issues were not a big deal or some supported it, now have became a polarizing issue.

Most of our judgment is based off of emotions, yes even the pro-science, well educated crowd. So misrepresented facts can cause a call to action where one isn't needed

Comment: Re:Lots of Interview but no job... yet (Score 2) 45

by jellomizer (#48658943) Attached to: Using Your Open-Source Contributions To Land a Full-Time Job

I have been part of the hiring team at a lot of companies. There are a lot of factors to choose a person or not.
1. Technicnical skills are important but not the main factor. There is a minimum bar that needs to be crossed. After that the points don't go much higher after that.

2. Industry experience. Tech companies are not just tech companies. Amazon is retail, Apple is hardware focused, PayPal is financial, Netflix is entertainment, and Comcast is infrastructural. The technology supports the core business. Every industry has its own set of buzzwords they may have industry standard protocols and a unique culture. I work in healthcare myself. And I see some tech people coming in from other sectors and they feel like they are just fresh out of school again.

3. Personality and motivation. Oddly enough if they just don't like you, you will probably not get the job. We all know the stereotypical dilbert Wally, who is the guy who finds ways to avoid work. No body really wants they type of guy so we try our best to make sure these people don't go in. Also on the flip side if we think you are too ambitious you will feel board at the position you are applying for and will leave shortly as the job may be too humdrum for you.

4. Professionalism. It isn't the 90s any more and most places are not going to hire any tech guy they can get their hands on. They will want someone who has a degree of professionalism with them. Not someone who they will be afraid to show in front of a customer.

Comment: Re:The bane of fan made series - the acting (Score 1) 106

by jellomizer (#48644053) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

Nostalgia blinders are a big issue. TOS wasn't that good. These fan shows do tend to get most of it the same. But it has been close to half century sence TOS.
Of course the big issue that happens is the urge to bring in TNG universe into the mix. There seems to be this crazy attempt to tie cannon together.

Comment: Re:What does this mean...? (Score 2) 56

by jellomizer (#48633561) Attached to: Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

No it is a Nurture in the Nature vs Nurture debate is still very creditable.

A lot of people like to put a lot of effort into Nature, because it means stuff that you are good at is because you yourself are unique enough to have such attributes, and any fault isn't your fault it was because you got the short straw in the gene pool.

We don't like Nurture because it means we are responsible for ourselves and others. I am smart because I had good parents and teachers, and I choose to work hard at it. Not that I got the smart gene. Or I have a few extra pounds on me because I chose to eat that cupcake when I should have picked an Apple, or decided not to go to the gym. It is easier to say I have the Fat gene.

I personally think Nurture is a larger influence in nature. Sure some factors my natural colors, gender, height and perhaps chances to get some generic conditions. I may not control, but if I went out more my skin would be darker, or stayed in more it may be lighter. When growing up if I exercised a different amount or had a different diet I may an inch taller or shorter.

Comment: Re:News at 11.. (Score 1, Insightful) 718

by jellomizer (#48633397) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Well people want their opinions to be stated in a positive light, while those with opposing opinions should be worded negatively.
Why do you think for Abortion they are Pro-Choice and Pro-Life while the other side calls them Anti-Life and Anti-Choice.
You are not going to convince someone who will not believe in man made global climate change to call themselfs climate deniers. In their mind they are right, and those who think otherwise are just mindless sheep following all the liberal dribble that comes out of the internets.

I am sure if the media starts calling them Climate Deniers, the media (**Cough**FOX NEWS**Cough**) who support the other side will then probably calling climate scientist. Liberal Communist Hippies.

Comment: Re:Why Apple? (Score 1) 201

by jellomizer (#48632333) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Because it is a documentary.
Today's documentaries are based on the following logic.
1. I have a point of view on something.
2. Dig into the details and cherry pick the select items that enforce my view.
3. Use only the lamest rebuttals to make it seem like I am impartial.
3.a. I will find the busiest person to ask and post his non-comment as a proof he is up to something undesirable.
4. Mix it together and make profit from the others who had the same idea as me.

Comment: Re:Here is how I use my Gear 2 (Score 1) 230

by jellomizer (#48632305) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

How you use a device is personal to you.
For some the smart watch will add little to no value. For others they will wonder how they ever lived without it.
I don't Have any plans for a smart watch in my future, I feel my phone is good enough. But the market is new and l want to see what will become of it.

Slashdot is generally a bad place to post this type of comments. The population is filled with people still bitter that most of the mainframes they worked on have been retired.

I am more bored than you could ever possibly be. Go back to work.