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Comment: Re:Cause, or effect? (Score 1) 166

by s.petry (#49376101) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

You must be a white male! *ducks*

I agree, and come from a similar place. Not quite ghetto poor, but not being able to eat poor and we lived next to the ghetto. My dad was my example of what not to be when I grew up, since he was drunk and unemployed more often than sober and working. Mom did her best with what she had, a GED and two kids.

Not to say I have not made mistakes, but my son is now in college which I'm able to pay cash for. I have a good job which I worked very hard for. I'm not rich, but I am content for now.

That aside, there is a fine line between feeling hopeless and being determined to get out. It's not an easy line to jump over, and I knew plenty of people that went the other way.

Comment: Re:Translation: (Score 1) 111

And this generalization has been proven false somehow? I have worked for 25+ years focused on IT Security. Complex hacks come from China. Spammers, porn, etc.. comes from Russia. Script kiddies from must about everywhere else. Since the US has access to US data, there is not a whole lot of us hacking ourselves.

Since China controls the "great wall" anything going outbound becomes suspect for government sponsorship. Large attacks have to be, because there is no way they don't know what's coming in and going out when it reaches scale.

This attack however was a bit different, and that the DDOS only required a simple modification to an HTML page. It did not have to originate from China per-say.

Comment: Re:Pot meets Kettle, only worse! (Score 1) 339

Yes, it is contradicted. I gave you the contradiction not once, but on three separate occasions. Your ~oh woe as me, I can't afford to start a business~ (paraphrased) rant omitted exactly half of her text, in fact it was the FIRST half of what you quoted. The remainder of the article is not extremism, it's about using market pressure to find normalcy over time because "law" is not the problem.

Yeah yeah, reading and comprehension is not your strong point. Baseless allegations and poor communications skills, those are.

Comment: Are you forced to shop at a store? (Score 1) 825

While I am surely against discrimination, there is a place for law, and a place to let the market handle itself. We already have laws to address discrimination, so the law being discussed is something else. For example if you refuse to sell a tire from your shelf to "one of those" you will be sued, and rightfully so. Similarly, if you refuse to hire "one of those" or fire a person because they are "one of those" you will be sued, and again rightfully so. These are good laws, and should remain on the books. (Pardon the generalization, "one of those" was shorter than the long list of potential discrimination targets, no offense was intended.)

Considering that we already have laws, and the new law is not overruling those, we should ask what the new law was supposed to cover (go ahead and read the short history on this, I have). It is to cover a service industry having the right to refuse specific customized services and was exactly the result of a gay couple suing a bakery that refused to customize a cake they way the couple wanted. Note that this is not some off the shelf item that the baker refused to sell, it was not a job applicant that was refused, it was a specific modification that someone wanted that was refused.

If you answer no to the question in my subject, then why do you care about a law forcing a service to make you something the way you want it? Is this not a place for normal marketing pressure to make the correction if and where necessary? If a bakery refuses to make something you want, don't shop at that bakery? A different bakery willing to do your custom work will be happy to make the money. Good service distinguished from bad is exactly the thing that makes successes and failures in the "Services industry". If there are no other bakeries worth a damn in your area, start your own and cash in! That is what the "American Spirit" is all about.

I think the law as written was vague enough to be poor. Better written, it would have still resulted in some protest but not nearly as justified.

I see this in line with the huge amount funding and campaigns that went into making all bars and restaurants "no smoking". No law ever forced any of those businesses to support smokers, and a savvy entrepreneur could have made a mint on "no smoking" clubs and restaurants. Not that smoking is good (though it's legal), but the legislation forcing a service to behave a certain way breaks normal competition. The market can't dictate success, the Government does. It is too easy for this type of law to end up on a slippery slope.

Whether or not you believe it was "stupid" there are additional costs associated with customizing services, some are potentially long term. If the bakery was in a highly religious area and accepted the job of customizing the cake how much business would they lose? If they are in an area with a high population of LGBT, how much would they gain? Those are factors a service business needs to weigh. Even if in someone's opinion it's stupid not to do the extra, how many people in the world have a religion? I'll give you a hint, the majority does. Again, this is not refusing to sell an off the shelf product which resulted in a successful lawsuit. It was the refusal to customize a product that resulted in the successful lawsuit.

To make some comparative analogies: Should the Jewish or Muslim person be able sue the butcher for having pork on it's shelf, or should the market dictate that a butcher shop in a predominantly Jewish or Muslim area not carry pork? How about the atheist that lives in the same neighborhood, can they sue? Can the gay male sue the topless bar for not having male performers? Can the lesbian woman sue Chip&Dales for not having female performers? This is the precedent that was set with the successful bakery suit, unfortunately. We can't put that Jeanie back in the bottle, so I believe additional legislation is surely needed.

As I indirectly stated numerous times, the "Services Industry" is not the same as other businesses. The commodity is the personalization, not just fixed object cost. Society generates the normals with financial support for good choices, and gets rid of bad the same way.

Comment: Re:Pot meets Kettle, only worse! (Score 1) 339

You failed to back your assertion regarding another person's thoughts. I realize that reading and comprehension are "hard", but nowhere does the author make the claims you said they did. You took them so out of context that you could not even follow the text _YOU_ had quoted.

Your next assertion is that facts only matter if you are submitting your opinion (delusional or not) to a specific source. What pure genius that gem is! I'm sure that Fox News would be happy that you have the same opinion they do.. it's "entertainment" that counts even if your opinion is wrong and damages other people.

You stand by what you wrote because you are a hypocrite, as well as an idiot. Good job not using punctuation and grammar as well, proving that you are a triple threat.

Comment: Re: How is it a "rite of passage"? (Score 1) 49

by s.petry (#49364829) Attached to: Startups Increasingly Targeted With Hacks

However, there's no excuse for a website doing something like storing passwords in plaintext. That's just fucking stupid.

If it comes to a point where a hacker has your password file, it's too late. Sure. The bad practice made it easier for hackers at this point, but you were already compromised so you are really trying to protect "everything else" from that point on.

IMHO it is a culture that needs to change to improve. Some start-ups are security oriented, those tend to have long term success. Some have little concern, and tend to be fly-by-night companies. The latter is due to people playing the economic lottery.

Comment: Pot meets Kettle, only worse! (Score 1) 339

by s.petry (#49359729) Attached to: Ellen Pao Loses Silicon Valley Gender Bias Case Against Kleiner Perkins

You claim to dislike the article because it provides no facts, and follow that up with two of your own assertions which appear to be nothing more than slander. I am assuming you have facts which back these two statements.

basically, she an extreme capitalist that doesn't believe in "workers' rights" at all.
she's saying "hey, being discriminating on? just leave and work somewhere else. it's a free country."

I make no claim that you have to agree with her opinion, but I do claim that poisoning the well with slander is a pathetic way of garnering agreements with your own opinion. Placing the proverbial icing on the cake, your last statement is completely irrational.

"leave and get a new job or start your own business."
that's just a little elitist. assuming everyone has the capital to start their own business.

Notice that your short rant omits exactly half of the text which _you_ quoted. She stated very clearly "get a new job or start your own business" according to your quote.

Surely I agree that finding a new job is not always easy, but it is an option that the majority of people take when they dislike something at their place of work. Good grief, the exodus from Michigan was massive after the automotive collapses so people (including myself) packed up and moved thousands of miles to find better working conditions and jobs. Choices are not always easy to make, but there certainly are choices. Further, there are good employers out there. I'd agree that it's not a majority but there are quite a few. Call my personal anecdote and yours a wash and we could say roughly half.

As a personal note, calling someone an "extreme capitalist" is not an insult. Adam Smith was brilliant, and Milton Friedman did a great job of modernizing his work. Attempting to blame capitalism failures on the extreme levels of corruption we have in Government is simply delusional. Unchecked corruption breaks all economic systems and forms of Government. You can check my statement against every Government in history. Capitalism and the US Republic were attempts to keep systems healthy for a longer duration, and in that respect they were extremely successful.

Lacking citations to back your seemingly false assertions, I do hope to see an apology for the slander. I have no expectation mind you, but I am occasionally incorrect judging character.

Comment: Re:God I wish we'd stop hearing this myth. (Score 1) 400

by s.petry (#49358929) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

I've already hear rumblings about 35 year childhoods, including a TED talk where some Blackhawk was trying to say that women are not physically ready to have children until they are around 35 years old.

Which is rubbish at face value. While I won't win any popularity contests with this, let me provide a break down.

Physically speaking a women is best suited to have a child between the ages of 16 and 26 when the body is fully developed and has an amazing healing ability. By 35 the regenerative process has slowed significantly, and normal wear and tear has made both conception and carrying a child to term extremely difficult. Not to mention that genetic issues are in full swing by that time (much higher rates of breast and cervical cancer at that age, and remember breast feeding is the best possible thing a woman can do for herself and her baby).

Emotionally speaking, it really depends on the person's education and upbringing. Women who come from a sound family structure and wish to have a similar strong "family" do much better than single parents, or women that change relationships after giving birth. People don't like to hear it, but a stable relationship does not require you to be 30 and is extremely beneficial to all parties and especially children.

This 35 thing relates almost exclusively to financial security and a woman's career. This is a huge conflict of interest, because a child is much better off with a full time parent than they are in someone else' custody. Mothers already need at least a couple months off for giving birth and healing, they are the only ones that can breast feed, so are the easy choice for that responsibility. I recently worked with a mother who's husband stayed at home and raised the kid. The latter is as good in my opinion, but also extremely rare. Taking the "norm" we have moms spending 10-15 years career building to take 5 years off and then go back to the workforce. That is obviously back-asswards to anyone that really looks at it.

Like I said, I won't win a popularity contest with logic but...

Comment: Something broke! (Score 1) 378

by s.petry (#49357765) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

According to this, the doors are supposed to have an override which is easily accessed. I have not investigated the source enough to trust their opinion fully, and think it more likely that the override code is not being properly shared with the crew. Still, I don't think this is an event that needs something "new" outside of procedural. Unless of course the documentation on the Jet is wrong and no override panel exists. I'm not a pilot and don't fly enough to check so perhaps someone working in the industry can validate the claim.

Further, we don't have proof that this was a suicide with lots of additional casualties. The original claim was that the pilot may had some type of medical issue causing the plane to crash and I still believe this over a suicide. The overwhelming majority of suicides are done in isolation without taking other people with you. The obvious exception are Religious suicides, where the people pray while performing their act. Nothing is heard on the recording to indicate this was a religious suicide, in fact the co-pilot is only heard to be breathing (not an indication of consciousness).

Lots of things in this story simply don't add up. Jumping to a suicide claim without definitive proof is unhealthy for everyone.

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