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Comment: Year 2000 is the wrong baseline (Score 1) 660

by mokeyboy (#42197891) Attached to: If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?
The use of the year 2000 distorts the argument as it was an abnormal high point for earnings. In 1999 and 2000, IT salaries benefited greatly out of all proportion to the productivity gain the workers provided to companies due to the scramble for Y2K compliance. A longer baseline going back to 1997 and treating 2000 as an outlier would provide a very different picture that is more likely to reflect real trends in hourly rates etc.
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Australian Visitors Must Declare Illegal Porn To Customs Officers 361

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-blunder-down-under dept.
Australian Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor has advised visitors to take a better safe than sorry policy when it comes to their porn stashes, and declare all porn that they think might be illegal with customs officers. From the article: "The government said it changed the wording on passenger arrival cards after becoming aware of confusion among travellers about what pornography to declare. 'People have a right to privacy and while some pornography is legal and does not need to be disclosed, all travellers should be aware that certain types of pornography are illegal and must be declared to customs,' Mr O'Connor said."

Comment: Re:Article summary: (Score 1) 464

by mokeyboy (#32576904) Attached to: NASA Warns of Potential "Huge Space Storm" In 2013
mod insightful. Space weather events only strongly couple with the Earth in geomagnetic high latitudes (Alaska, parts of the Canadian peninsulas etc - you know, missile sub launching areas). Most of the Earth's population lives in equatorial (subject to tropospheric {rainstorms} more than space weather {ionospheric}) or mid-latitude regions. Yeah, there is a really low risk of a high energy electron embedding in satellites and other terrestrial electronic systems - every day risk largely independent of solar cycle activity. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_weather. I was at the Hitachi, Japan conference where the term "space weather" was coined. Talk about a media piece trying to conjoin disparate instances of geophysical systems :-(. 2012, you are kidding me right? Who is going to get a satellite program up in an early warning emplacement in time? USA, you have _got_ to be joking. This is a money grab, nothing more. Is there a risk, for sure there is. Beating a drum and sounding the end of the world? I think cry wolf has been sounded a couple of times already and the effort on the cry wolf at least is doomed (may be not misguided, to note, ipad generation).
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Bill To Ban All Salt In Restaurant Cooking 794

Posted by timothy
from the too-stupid-to-live-as-long-as-possible dept.
lord_rotorooter writes "Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, introduced a bill that would ruin restaurant food and baked goods as we know them. The measure (if passed) would ban the use of all forms of salt in the preparation and cooking of food for all restaurants or bakeries. While the use of too much salt can contribute to health problems, the complete banning of salt would have negative impacts on food chemistry. Not only does salt enhance flavor, it controls bacteria, slows yeast activity and strengthens dough by tightening gluten. Salt also inhibits the growth of microbes that spoil cheese."

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 209

by mokeyboy (#28207127) Attached to: Should Auditors Be Liable For Certifications?
If an auditor certifies a system compliant, at a set point in time, to an agreed, contractually stated structure of compliance, how is this different from an insurance agency underwriting the contract to a set event misfortune? If there is no effective penalty mechanism, does this not just encourage the types of behavior most recently lambasted during the GFC? Operators in this sphere are well rewarded for their efforts. Why should they not stand by their assessments (ie fiscal risk) in addition to reputation loss? Any other contract scenario would require it so why not this circumstance?

Comment: Re:Won't this largely depend on how well it works? (Score 1) 413

by mokeyboy (#27739365) Attached to: Windows 7's Virtual XP Mode a Support Nightmare?
This may depend on if you run the VM in NAT or Bridged network mode. The firewall to the Windows 7 machine and the communications to the XP machine could be different. The software installed may expect different firewall behavior (TCP keepalive etc) or use different ranges (eg random UDP port exclusions) for some connection types. At least that seems to happen now using other VM technologies (VMWare, Xen etc). How would licensing work for AV (and other applications)? Surely you'd need a copy per client (host + VM)?

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