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Comment: how is this a facebook issue? (Score 2) 550

by notnAP (#39293009) Attached to: Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

"Facebook's privacy settings, such as they are, don't hold up in the face of prospective employers who demand to see applicants' profiles."
"My home computer's security settings, protecting the personal diary I keep, don't hold up in the face of prospective employers who demand to see my private writings."
"My front door's lock, behind which I keep lots of private stuff, doesn't hold up in the face of prospective employers who demand that I give them access to my home, follow me around for a while while I lounge and generally do private stuff."
"My pants zipper doesn't hold up in the face of prospective employers who demand that I give them drop trou and display my junk because the guy who wants to hire me is afraid if I sleep with his secretary, she may see that someone else's penis is bigger than his."

Where is the security problem and failure here, really? Is facebook to blame when you give someone else your password?

Comment: Some are actually welcome (Score 1) 228

by notnAP (#38316732) Attached to: How many robocalls do you get each month?

CVS uses a robo call to alert customers when a prescription is ready, if they don't go and pick it up within a few days of when they asked for it to be ready. I find this service to be helpful, and don't have a problem with an automated call handling it. I actually prefer it... it feels less judgmental than the local pharma-assistant calling, complaining that they have too many filled scripts on their shelves.

In another matter... should I include the calls from my alma mater's (UMass Lowell) alumni association? They employ students (not necessarily UML students) to call over and over and over and over and over and over and over.* I suspect these kids are mere robots, if not in actual flesh vs. inanimate material, then at least in terms of autonomic function.

Any ideas on how to stop this would be welcome, especially if from another UML alum. Yeah, I've tried all the usual means, just shy of tactical thermonuclear weapons.

Comment: meta test? (Score 1) 161

by notnAP (#38050880) Attached to: 2011 Geek IQ Test

I tired of flipping through the questions and keeping track on my own of my score, while laughing at the auto-text that said I picked this or that when clearly I could not pick a damn thing without a frakkin radio button to poke, so I wrote a script to take the test for me, consulting wikipedia and (proud of this one!) the RFC library for answers. Eventually, I edited the script to filter out all future references to infoworld from my slashdot feed, and to extend a robot arm and hand from my monitor and slap me in the face if ever I decide to similarly waste my time again.
Does that mean I pass?

Comment: Re:Hurray for cowboyneal! (Score 1) 515

by notnAP (#37741460) Attached to: Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?

Indeed! Great to see the return of the CN option. I very nearly voted it. But then the understanding of the actual choice's words overrode the joy of the presence of the words Cowboy Neal within them, and I shivered and backed slowly away from the mouse. Even Zombies take a pass on Cowboy Neal Brain.

Comment: Re:It's a shame... (Score 1) 668

by notnAP (#37265398) Attached to: Measles Resurgent Due To Fear of Vaccination

Give it time.... Natural Selection is a slow process.
Think of human population as a bubble waiting to burst, artificially out of balance.
It's an interesting question, though, whether or not our increased rate of knowledge will always stay ahead of "our enemies'" learning curve. If natural selection can't adjust to our ever-increasing ability to cheat it, then we are indeed Gods.
My gut says otherwise.

Comment: Re:Storm A Pretext for Testing Mass Evacuations? (Score 2) 426

by notnAP (#37256988) Attached to: When Did Irene Stop Being a Hurricane?

source, please?
Saying things like "reportedly, some local authorities, for people who refused to leave, were demanding them to provide their names and social security numbers" in a story which lambasts the government for making people afraid without a justifiable reason just pegged my irony-o-meter.

Comment: Re:Let me guess, you're an atheist? (Score 1) 242

by notnAP (#36324350) Attached to: Senior Citizens Lining Up to Tackle Fukushima

They are not offering the ultimate sacrifice at all. In fact, they are making the choice to help based partially on the understanding that they will suffer no ill effects at all from the radiation they will experience.

That said, I applaud them. Loudly. Theirs is an example we should all hold high. sjames replied to my comment as well, saying "I suppose the bravery is in willingly betting your life that you are right and the gibbering morons in the media are all wrong." I think that sums it up better than I could have. That's the example we should commend them for, not the heroism of risking their lives to cancer when it is mathematically near to impossible for them to get it.

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.