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Comment human lives (Score 1) 37

I'm sure that one important topic discussed was how the greater public may react to different methods of using drones compared to boots on the ground or planes in the air. Since you essentially have a piloted plane where the pilot can't die or be captured the public may view various uses with passive interest.Historically we have seen that the greater public in any society rebels or gets upset when they are directly affected. This affect may be financial or social. If a government might use a drone to further its objectives without bringing financial or social harm to a certain percentage of its citizens, then the use of drones would be warranted even if the use were not ethical.

The conversation the media needs to present then, to any given society, is to the question of the ethicality of drone use for each given scenario.

Comment Do what you love (Score 1) 177

There will always be contract workers and automation. It is generally a business's responsibility to profit as much as possible. Time and human resources are often the most expensive assets on the books. As an IT worker you can't, or probably shouldn't, help to change these behaviors. Instead focus on what you love. Get as good as you can at what you find the most natural. If you work 45 to 50 years, you will find that unless you enjoy what you do your mental state will suffer. That may bleed into your personal life. There can be work for everyone in IT everywhere in the world. Sometimes you might need to be a little inventive and may need to sell yourself. Finally, you might not have a huge income.

If you price yourself right, are good at something that you have a positive attitude about, and are able to sell yourself as something that can add value then there should always be work for you in IT.

Comment Who holds the keys (Score 2) 150

Encryption is great! It keeps data private. However only private to those who hold the keys to the encryption. What is preventing Google from creating a master key that would allow them or a government to decrypt the data. Without such a backdoor mechanism are there some countries where Google would not be allowed to deploy the newest OS? I will be curious about the legal ramifications and privacy notice connected to this next update. What legal recourse would consumers have if it were found out later that Google did in fact create a backdoor. In the US, for instance, would the patriot act absolve Google of any class action even if they did not disclose facts to the consumer?

Comment One World (Score 4) 157

Hello Mr. McAfee,
The world largely views the USA as a bully and full of very wealthy people that don't care about those less privileged. As president of the USA, how would you advance world cooperation and work to change world views of the USA to just another location in the world full of mostly average non-privileged individuals living out their lives?

Unrelated, my best friend almost ran you over at Defcon. He wasn't looking where he is going and apologizes.

Comment Compensation can be complex (Score 4, Insightful) 430

Base salary and bonuses are not the only forms of compensation to think about. Depending on your position you may have paid conferences and training that you are sent to. You may have a paid cell phone, internet services, bring your own device voucher, new technologies voucher, company vehicles, holiday and paid time off, stock options, retirement, health and wellness benefits, coveted vendor "gifts", etc. I could share my base salary and it would be an interesting to others. But it wouldn't show all the various other ways that my company might do to keep me happy. Sometimes compensation is hard to monetize as well. For one person time off or flexible working may be more valuable than increased pay.

Comment It is just business (Score 1) 233

I am not chauvinist, however I see this as business as usual. All google ad's work of off statistical engines. If statistically there are fewer women in executive positions then ad's towards those positions and services should statistically match. I'm sure marketers see this story as simply business. That said it does not help equality.

Comment Conflicting research (Score 1) 950

Video games also stimulate the flight or fight response flight or fight response. This has been showed to improve the emotional state of the brain.

It would be conceivable that the right kind of educational pornography may help young men to be better lovers. Communication has been shown to be the number one issue with sex and emotional responses to sex. Some couples even find pornography as a stimulus or template for their own sex lives.

Enough research has been shown that video games help young men and women as they have hurting. My personal opinion is that the dangers vary from person to person and can not be generalized across a wide audience. As far as addiction? I am addicted to water, I love the stuff and it helps me to live! However even to much water can be deadly.

Comment When I was their age (Score 1) 629

Child hood friends of mine would do such things as create dos boot disks that would contain "format C: /u /autotest" in the autoexec.bat file and put them into demo computers at the local wal-mart. Or play doom on the lan during "programming class". Or monkey with disks in the local library. Of course back then Mac's and Windows OS's had easily exploited holes and there wasn't much need for admin usernames and passwords. That said a few days suspension is probably all students faced(followed by staff requesting the student to help them teach computer classes). Pressing charges on a student is probably not the best way to enforce good behaviors. The teacher(s) should also be reprimanded at the very least to use better password and password sharing judgement. Leave your desktop unlocked? At my workplace you would be asking for kitty pictures or I love Microsoft messages on your desktop/browser.

Comment 2N2222 (Score 4, Insightful) 314

So I found myself needing a 2N2222 the other day. I wanted it NOW I couldn't be bothered to wait 3 days for to mail one two me. So I remembered that my friendly neighborhood radioshack carries all the components I need! I head down there and much to my chagrin all they sold anymore were extremely common A/V connectors, cables, and mobile phones by low paid high school kids. Where were to remote controlled airplanes/cars/boats, the CB's, misc electronic parts, knowledgeable sales staff with white scraggly neck beards? I didn't go there expecting to save a buck. No, I expected to pay 3+ times the price of getting it online somewhere. But I could have it NOW! Then I remembered I hadn't been into a radioshack in 10 years. *sigh* I'll miss you electronics parts store.

Comment Friggen lasers (Score 1) 162

Projectors with friggen lasers attached to their heads. LED based laser projectors are long overdue. Though a few exist none are worth the price. Scanning laser projectors should be one of the new up and coming display markets. The best part about this technology is that there are no lamps to replace, the imaging is theory should be better than all others, DLP chips will make a come back. The negative is that LCD manufactures will lose a lot of market share, lamp manufactures will lose a lot of market share, 4k DLP chips aren't quite there to make 4k laser displays work(but there isn't any 4k content yet anyways).

Comment Download from the source (Score 4, Informative) 324

Need SCP? Download it from Need VLC? Download it form Teach your non-geek how to think outside the box (just a little and be gentle). Teach them about digital trust. To locate website of the vendor that makes the software that they want. If that vendor redirects them to cnet, then that is where they should download the software from.

For all driver needs tell them to download only from the original equipment manufactures website. If the driver doesn't exist anymore there is a reasonable chance the driver found on some third party website won't work anyways.

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