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Comment: Not a popular opionion, but... (Score 4, Insightful) 138

Lie, damn lie, or statistic; these companies are being forced to engage these topics by the increasing social pressure to appear "fair handed."

If you imagine that you are tired of hearing about it as a reader or tech employee, just imagine how it might be for the people whose job it is to make this bettter at the supposedly forward thinking tech giants.

How are those numbers coming, Jim?

Well, we've hired as many somewhat qualified people as we can find, and it's still not enough. Can we count the cafeteria employees again this year?

Comment: Re:This makes me feel safe (Score 1) 327

Or will revelations like this lead terrorists to try more often? If there terrorists think that there's a good chance they will be caught, they will spend more time making their plans, and only do something that's truly devastating (like 9-11). However, if it really is so easy to get weapons past security, it makes more sense to spend almost no time at all planning anything, and just do a lot of attempts since it seems like things are quite likely to succeed.

News releases of this sort certainly could inspire the same sort of spur-of-the-moment attack we saw in Texas at the "Draw the Prophet" exhibit, itself a virtual terrorist-baiting.

Well organized attacks like 9/11 are apparently not the terrorists' forte, anyway, as there are seemingly an order or two more suicide-type attacks than the well orchestrated variety.

The thing is, the takeover of an airborne plane now has a minimal chance of being flown into a building, as passengers are aware negotiating some prisoner's release or other blackmail on the runway is not the likely outcome. Does anyone know how much airport security there is for a small private plane or jet at the same airport they frisk your gran?

Comment: Re:why do people get this wrong? (Score 2) 74

by rmdingler (#49818899) Attached to: Cybersecurity and the Tylenol Murders

Nope. The guy they caught wrote a ransom note demanding $$$ to stop poisoning the bottles. He got caught and sent away for extortion. AFAIK they never did charge anyone with the actual murder.

Indeed. And, he lived in New York whilst the poisoned capsules were found in and around the Chicago area.

Johnson and Johnson's handling of the total recall[tm] was wildly applauded at the time, perhaps in contrast to the number of stars we are currently awarding to the nationwide surveillance alliance.

Comment: Let's examine your interesting comparison (Score 1) 74

by rmdingler (#49818301) Attached to: Cybersecurity and the Tylenol Murders
Regarding the Tylenol tampering murders: (maybe) started by a lone wolf who was never caught (although some folks were who already wanted to kill their spouses either jumped on the imitation bandwagon or planted the random poisoned bottles themselves).

Regarding the inevitable use of the internet for data collection: yeah, someone was first, but a metric fuck ton more suspects.Governments, corporations, recruiters, employers, prospective suitors, suspicious spouses, etc.

Comment: Re:Alternate story title (Score 5, Funny) 445

by rmdingler (#49779371) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results
No. I did not get the same result.

It occurs to me you knew that and got me to search there anyway, you clever bastard.

1)You can't wash your eyes with soap.

2)You can't count your hair.

3)You can't breathe through your nose with your tongue out.

4)You just tried number 3.

6)When you tried #3, you realized it's it's possible, you just look like a dog.

7) You're smiling right now because you know you were fooled.

8) you skipped number 5.

9)You just checked to see if there was a #5.

Comment: Re:Last minute voting researchers? (Score 1) 121

Sure, but the celebrity of politics would be an advantageous pulpit from which to defend the slander.

Of course, if someone with enough wealth and will decided to deface my reputation through search engine modifications, it would be difficult for me to defend myself.

It would also effect my livelihood only negligibly. There is some middle-of-the-herd shelter in anonymity.

Comment: Last minute voting researchers? (Score 5, Insightful) 121

Sure it's scandalous, but mostly because candidates with this many flaws are still running at all.

Access to information is the greatest threat to rule of crooks and despots, which is why it is frowned upon in so many closed counties.

In the West? Chances are very few people will be reseacrhing online inside the voting booth. Do your homework before election day.

Comment: Re:follow the money (Score 3, Insightful) 420

by rmdingler (#49774239) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?
Human nature provides ample fuel for the corruption of the scientific process.

On individual days and in individual studies the science can be protected, but you will never completely remove even unintentional bias.

Willful misrepresentation of the facts to satisfy an agenda will continue as long as humans are involved in the experimentation or in the compilation of the results.

Comment: Re:Short version ... (Score 3, Interesting) 104

Law enforcement is, first and foremost, a job not unlike the one you and I do. It is filled with employees of varying degrees of competence and honor.

From the moment the young LEO is put into a cruiser to enforce traffic laws he himself doesn't have to obey, there is an expectation of the "rules do not apply to me."

This is the way of it. Thanks to the FOIA, conscientious questioners of authority like Ars, and the Courts, we are not beholden to live in a police state unless we choose to sit around and accept it. Legislation to restrict the use of these Stinkrays has already been employed in Washington State and a bill is brewing in California.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo. - Andy Finkel, computer guy