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Comment eSOX (Score 1) 119

I think you may be overlooking one thing...eSOX or equivalent policies.

Company assets have to be partitioned. You can't have people that are not trained and/or not accountable for data/hardware messing with stuff. Auditors for the Government and various Standards organizations (ISO this or that) look for these things. For instance, as an "Administrator" for our Manufacturing software, I can change master controls and permissions. But I cannot actually use the software to do anything like create POs, print Invoices, etc. and that is it should be.

I am also in the approval chain for granting access to shares...but I ultimately do not have access to any of the shares (except mine). What's in them is none of my business and outside the scope of my duties, so eSOX and similar policies say I should be locked out.

If you have someone who can do anything they want to anything they want, you are setting yourself up for a disaster.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Group! (Score 4, Insightful) 119

What they're offering isn't out of the norm, though I might negotiate with them and ask for read-only access (non-root for servers) at least. I've been a network architect for a few years, and one of the things that comes with: loss of enable access to the routers and switches. Mind you, I was a data center network engineer for a whole bunch of years so I know my way around them. But the organizations would rather I "look, but don't touch". The great thing about it is: I can't be called for an on-call issue because there's nothing I can do to fix it. :-)

Welcome to needing to think strategically. Take what they're offering as a compliment and run with it!

I concur. Take the small wins (especially in big orgs), and help them make the transition. You don't need rights to anything YET. That's after you learn to trust your team to bring things into the newer enterprise model and they learn to trust you. A position of this magnitude, and the experience in performing the full migration will get you even better dollars and perhaps even CIO at a firm slightly smaller, or even the same size depending on how you play it.

If you were willing to stick it out for five years and got a major offer in that time, why not stick it out another two and see where it leads?

Comment Re:At least a call girl is honest (Score 4, Insightful) 408

Let me tell you a true story of a guy I know.

He and his wife had a child, and afterwards, she lost interest in sex. Her desire never came back, and that was it. He still loved her and she still loved him, but he wanted to have sex. So he did the 'right thing' and divorced her. Now, their story isn't so bad. He divorced her and it was amicable enough, he still visits almost every day (they live down the street from one another) but they live in different homes.

My first advice to that guy would've been to have a consensual open relationship, but absent that possibility, I think that maybe having 'an affair' would've been a better solution than divorce. The result would've been nearly exactly the same (he doesn't even want a relationship with the women he sleeps with), but they wouldn't have had to live in different locations.

Your view of infidelity and relationships isn't wrong, but it's somewhat incomplete. I can easily come up with a slightly worse case for this--they could've been living in the USA, for instance (they're in the UK). That would've meant that she would've lost any health coverage that he brought to the family through his employment. You can modify this scenario subtly in a lot of ways to make it worse, and sometimes the least bad option is going to be cheating on your partner so you can stay married and in the same house and sane so you can raise your kids properly.

As someone that's consensually non-monogamous, this is all just abstract philosophy to me--I think there's too much emphasis put on sexual fidelity in the first place, and not enough on emotional support and availability. You can be monogamous with someone and still be a wholly shitty partner to them.

So don't be too quick to judge the people that were paying for memberships on the site. Some portion of them are CPOS (cheating pieces of shit, in Savage Love parlance), but some of them are almost certainly people (and, according to the analysis, almost certainly men) that want to stay married but can't live in a sexless marriage anymore, or want to explore other parts of their sexuality that their partner can't provide. You don't know the story.

Comment Re:The problem with neural networks (Score 1) 44

But then one day the neural net has a "senior moment" and drives the car off a cliff.

It's actually your geek pride that just plunged to astounding depths.

Computers don't beat humans at chess by playing human chess better than humans. They beat humans by having a deeper view of the combinations and permutations and by making very few mistakes.

A momentary "senior moment" in a self-driving car (I wish I could have rendered that in priapismic scare quotes, but Slashdot defeats me) would just as likely be followed by a Mario Andretti moment 100 ms later as it recomputes several of the box-within-box outer safety profiles ab initio with fresh camera and sensor data. It's so unlike a senior moment as to make my jaw drop (unless you count those senior moments in Quake 3 where you could momentarily see through a solid wall if your POV landed on just the right surface boundary).

You had the whole time you were writing that paragraph to reverse out a bad rhetorical gambit, and never bothered.

What's next in the self-driving car? Liver spots? Bladder failure?

Comment Re:The emails were not 'born classified' (Score 1) 302

The very fact that an email originates from the SoS means that it is at least potentially classified.

It is HER dutyto mark it as such if it contains sensitive information. Are you saying that she is too stupid to recognize classified information? So if some source tells her that Iran will be attacked at X hours, she can send that inform over plain email because, "it wasn't marked classified"?

Comment Re:The Sad Puppies won. (Score 1) 1023

The Sad Puppies won. Yes, they didn't win a single award -- in fact, some really good works lost to No Award, seemingly just to spite them.

But that was the point.

Their stated goal was to prove that there was a group of people out there voting for political reasons and fixing the Hugos... They proved the Sad Puppies point -- that the Hugos are fixed by a group of gatekeepers.

Did they? Or did they prove that the Hugos could be fixed by a group of gatekeepers?
Specifically, we can certainly both agree with the latter - the SPs acted as a group of gatekeepers to fix the nomination slate, proving it was possible. But the fact that they did so easily and completely implies that there was no opposing force. If there already was a group of SJW gatekeepers blocking unapproved nominations, then we would have heard about a nomination battle, no? Each side of gatekeepers would rally supporters trying to control the slate, and this would become more and more public as their forces grow. Most likely, the resulting slate would have some extremist SP nominations and some extremist SJW nominations, no?

Instead, without even a breath of resistance, the SPs controlled the slate. That shows it was possible, but also shows no one was trying to do it before them. The SPs actually proved that there wasn't a group of people fixing the Hugos until they came along.

We can predict everything, except the future.