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Comment Re:Does not match TFA (Score 1) 44

The answer is for anything on the Internet to be protected, and if it can't be protected it should not be on the Internet.

That's fine and good in principle. The public health equivalent would be that "anything in public is vaccinated, and if it's not vaccinated it should not be out in public."

Until you get the anti-vaxx blowback, the hysterical screaming, authorities caving in.. and then the next sweeping pandemic.

The internet is becoming the next public forum, and inevitably public hygiene debates will begin to apply to it.

Frankly, I miss the old internet the way that ranchers missed the unfenced range back in the mid-late 19th Century, before the coming of all the farmers and farm towns. The lack of "civilization" wasn't so bad when it was so sparse, and everyone had to know what they were doing to just get by. And yet, we still had the occasional pandemic.

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Analysis Reveals Almost No Real Women On Ashley Madison 440

gurps_npc writes: Ashley Madison claimed to have about 31 million men and 5.5 million woman enrolled. Those odds are not good for the men, 6:1. But unfortunately, most of those 'women' were fake. This researcher analyzed the data and found only 12,000 actual, real women using Ashley Madison. That means for every 7750 men, there were 3 women. There are reports that Ashley Madison paid people to create fake female profiles. Their website admits that 'some of the users may be there for "entertainment purposes."' The article itself is well written, including a description of the analysis. A charitable person would say that Ashley Madison was selling a fantasy, not reality. But a realist would say Ashley Madison is just a thief stealing money from lonely, unhappy men.

Comment Re:Bureaucracy (Score 1) 273

That's why you need to employ a competent IT person who can say "I can buy a hard drive from Amazon that's exactly the same as the one you'll get from HP, but we'll pay a lot less".

And then the supply-chain bureaucrats say "you won't be installing anything in City-owned IT assets unless it was bought through the supply chain organization, and you'll be terminated with cause if you try."

What, do you really think the bureaucrats would actually allow you to circumvent them? The essence of being the middleman is making the man in the middle indispensable, by force if necessary.

Comment Re:I can almost imagine the conversation (Score 1) 157

I dunno, I think the engineer should be proud.

The design accommodates all use cases, including an idiot doing an idiotic thing to accomplish idiotic results.

Mission accomplished! The ultimate in usability: our design doesn't stop you from doing ANYTHING you want to do!

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 316


I'm not calling for a future where no one does anything because it's all automated away. It just means people are going to spend more time doing what they want.

I would sign up for a subscription food service in a second if it came to my area. I want to 'automate' away having to waste time in a grocery store. It means I spend more time doing what I want. I'm not going to lament over the loss of stock boys and cashiers. They're going to have other jobs.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 316

People don't account for what is being automated changing.

I try to replace myself daily. I write software specifically to try and replace me so that I can work on other stuff. The job that I did when I came out of college doesn't exist anymore. It's a collection of scripts and programs. Society has always progressed like this. Pretty soon drones are going to be picking my crops.

Comment Re:If they're going to invade our privacy (Score 1) 211

I noticed it most obviously when I lived in L.A., but what even counts as a "petty crime" seems to vary with the wealth of the area. If your middle-class house gets burglarized, that's a run-of-the-mill police report that doesn't get much investigation. But if a mansion in Beverly Hills is burglarized, now that's taken seriously.

Variables don't; constants aren't.