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Comment Re:DJ Kardio and the Beatskippers (Score 1) 108

There is programming that go into some of these devices, including pacemakers. I suspect it has to do with everyone's bodies being just a bit different and thus things like electrical signals/frequencies/etc are different and need to be accounted for to produce a monitoring pattern that is correct.

Comment Re:Cue the stupid comments (Score 1, Offtopic) 62

Except that's not true. Fiat currency is also supported by the military, economic, and diplomatic might of its host nation. Bitcoin is supported by some zit covered anarchist angsty teenager living in his mom's basement. What's hilarious is that he thinks that if he could get enough OTHER people to call his "money", that he "earned" by leaving a PC turned on and masturbating to anime, "legit" that he'll never need to develop the social skills necessary to get a real job and he'll be able to stay home all day in his PJs and never bathing while pwning n00bs on CoD. That's the real difference and that's why Bitcoin will never be anything more than a cute fantasy.

Comment Re:They should have used the simplified form (Score 0, Troll) 305

You're either a bit racist, amigo, or have no clue on how immigration works. The political party has less to do with "check your box here" and more to do with popular conservatives/Republicans telling everyone that, for example, all Mexicans are rapists. Boy, I'm sure a lot of hardworking 2-3 job holding legal Mexican-American citizens are sure to vote Republican hearing that stuff and seeing the cheers coming from its party's members. I'm not sure if you're racist, but you're certainly not intelligent.

Comment Re:Unlimited Data Required (Score 2) 622

I agree the idea behind the message, but I needed to be pedantic. The technology is more than adequate and continues to evolve. It's private company's investment into infrastructure as being the key issue. Line-based ISPs are NOT being forced to put the emphasis into infrastructure like they should be. Heck, Frontier Communications still pushes DSL as something to compete with cable. They just brought back FiOS plans on their website after basically hiding them for the last couple of years because their former CEO, Maggie Wilderotter, didn't seem to understand that Fiber > Copper. She's not the only CEO who thinks this. The customer base has been screaming for better service for decades and providers just keep refusing to invest. Until the government says "invest or die" or Google's antics spur some sort of mass national infrastructure upgrade, no amount of new technology will do anything if the infrastructure isn't there.

Tl;Dr: This is a layer 1 issue

Comment Re:Security as a trade-off (Score 2) 291

Do people still believe that Windows itself is uber insecure? Windows has mandatory access control, pushed UEFI, supports ASLR, DEP, and a host of other technologies, and they even virtualized their authentication system (LSA) to minimize the chance that you can gain control of the authentication system. I will agree that a host of drivers and software that runs on Windows is insecure, but the OS itself is every bit as secure as a standard Linux setup is. No it's not perfect and I'm sure there are philosophical security design decisions that someone will argue is the "wrong way". But the label "insecure as fuck" hasn't been applicable since Windows 7 came out.

Comment Re: Yup paving the way (Score 1) 188

Because if your company's purpose is to provide security for your customers then your integrity means more to your customers than your business relationships. Unfortunately in today's MBA driven business culture companies are too focused on the bottom line and not focused enough on good corporate citizenship.

Comment Re:Nerdgasm (Score 1) 242

You know what works better and easier? Pensions. I put amount of time into a company and maybe chip in $ amount of dollars. In return, regardless of market forces, I get retirement. It's contracted and I get it. There's no guess work and I could literally plan for my whole life to have an exact retirement package setup for when I retire. Instead it's a craps shoot up to about maybe 5 years from retirement when, if I'm doing well, I yank back investments into super stable, low return stocks and ride it out into retirement. Of course if we see another crash or two like this last one (and the student loan bubble is going to pop at some point) America will have a very hard time recovering.

Comment Re:What's the REAL reason ... (Score 1) 106

We tried this once. It ended up badly. The heavy water thing was a legit accident. Commercial companies like BP had "accidents" caused by willful negligence and the worst they got was a slap on the hand. The problem with your theory of letting "the consumer" decide is that it's stupid. What if the consumers are, collectively, retarded and let it go on far too long? We're not a species capable of space travel in vast numbers. We have no backup for this planet and your theory is the IT equivalent of not letting backups and giving end users full administrator access to the entire network. This is the inherent problem with Free Market morons who have forgotten that the US used to have a Free Market and we started regulating the bejesus out of it because it couldn't stop hurting consumers.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1165

Really? So I couldn't add lead to paint? I mean some magical force would literally stop me from doing so? Will Uncle Sam appear out of thin air and start beating the crap out of me if I try? I don't think so. I'd be sued/hauled to court on criminal charges...same thing as murder or if I violate a gun law. Laws do NOT prevent an action from occurring. That was the point I was trying to make while you're stuck on being a pedantic fuck about it.

Comment Re:Nerdgasm (Score 5, Insightful) 242

Ah, yes. 401(K)s. I sure want to put my retirement in the hands of the same people who created a bubble market in the US and then bet against the value of the dollar in international exchanges right as they popped it. I feel MUCH safer leaving money in the hands of private sector morons who get to drive $1 million cars in NYC,

Comment Re:Unionize (Score 2) 350

It depends on the union contract.Unionization doesn't automagically mean lazy employees abound. Most unions do have limits on what they can protect and many times they may not feel the political expense is worth fighting for a lazy employee. I've worked at a well organized union shop. You had to meet performanc metrics. If you couldn't over 2-3 rounds of metrics and it was determined you were actually putting effort into the job, they tried to get you in to a different department that maybe matched your skillset better. If you weren't trying, you got terminated the same as everyone else.

Where they helped was when management came up with some idea on paper that didn't actually translate into real life. They helped out on negotiating salary raises that were some % points ABOVE inflation (most companies fail to meet inflation these days) and ensured that if you had a good reason then "mandatory" employment didn't apply to you. It was great and I did get terminated because I am not a great salesman and the only other openings were for sales.

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department