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Comment Re:In other words. (Score 3, Interesting) 225

Is that actually the case? I thought a big purpose was to avoid voter intimidation by non-governmental vigilantes who oppose a particular candidate.

Absolutely! Your reason also holds true, but it comes in a distant second.

We tend to minimize the "Uncle Sam knows who you voted for" angle precisely because we don't live in a country where we routinely round up people who voted for the "wrong" candidate to torture or execute or "reeducate" them.

By contrast, consider (whatever your stance on the post-9/11 Iraq war) that Saddam Hussein routinely won reelection by an almost unanimous vote for precisely that reason.

Comment Re:"Online" classes (Score 1) 95

None of the above really matter as long as any of them include the idea of "learning from your peers". If I pay a university to teach me something, they'd damned well better stick a relative expert on the subject matter in front of me for 40 hours over the next three months, whether in person, in realtime, or just "on demand".

Far, far too many online courses have roughly the same format as a Slashdot FP - Post the day's reading material, then require students to "discuss" it. Except, just like with Slashdot (browsing at 2+), the first few comments (almost always by the same few people) pretty much say it all, and everyone else tags along with "me too" - Albeit phrased much more verbosely to get credit for "participating".

Sorry, but I didn't pay to chat with people who know as little, or less, about the subject than I do. I don't have any interest in "learning" by helping my classmates catch up. I honestly do not give the least fuck about my "peers", and if I could afford to, I would have much preferred to only take classes with one-on-one instruction from a subject matter expert.

Comment Re:Opt out (Score 1) 112

Enabling this option however will, quite rightly, prohibit the subscriber from accessing other free WiFi spots

I guess I don't quite get the whole concept of "free" as used, then.

So the general public can use it, but a paying customer who doesn't want to subsidize Virgin's electric bill can't?

Virgin has an interesting concept of "fair".

Comment As usual: Marketeers decide without asking (Score 2) 154

Thats an easy one. This one happens like all the rest, as usual: Marketeers decide without asking the Techies. Techies have to solve issues in record time with no say.

When all comes crashing down, the techies save the day with the secret auto-backup they've been pulling off the cloud for the last 6 months.

Comment Re:Not If, When (Score 1) 127

Bet it is cheaper, easier to accomplish, and better for everyone. Sure as hell will be cheaper then trying to change the climate on the whole planet.

Actually, it wouldn't.

We have the technology today to launch a massive fresnel lens to L1, at an estimated cost of only USD$20B over its lifetime.

For a manned mission to Mars - Not even talking about colonization here - NASA estimates it will cost over USD$100B and we won't have suitable technology available for a good 30 more years (though they could likely could speed that up by throwing more money at the problem).

Comment Re:Not News (Score 5, Interesting) 113

No such requirement exists, however, to simply visit someone's Twitter page. I see this (extremely valuable) tool as likely rewritten into a straightforward page-scraper by the end of the day. Block that, Twitter!

Hell, I might rewrite it as such if I have a slow afternoon.

We don't need no stinkin' TOS to load a public website!

Comment WP has impressive security. (I'm not joking) (Score 0) 51

I've done a massive amount of deployments with various PHP based web-CMSes, mostly Joomla and Wordpress. And while they're all built on ancient hacks of incredibly crappy architecture and application models, the type that lets you stand back in awe and amazement vis-a-vis the utter shittyness of each of these webapp-hodgepodge behemoths, I like WordPress the best, because at least I don't feel dirty when building a quick hack with it *and* I actually *can* build a quick hack with it.. Unlike, for instance, Typo3, which is truely FUBARed.

WP is an entire hack in itself - sort of like an extension of the non-existant PHP philosophy it's built with.

However, as for the WP security record, I am honestly suprised how good it is. And before you start laughing, keep in mind that there are an estimated 50 million actively used installs of WordPress running on the web, with more than 80 million in total.

Yes there are security updated every odd month, yes the plugins are a mess and yes the people deveoping for and with WP and building extensions for it couldn't code a proper class if their life depended on it. And they should be prohibited by law to approach a keyboard. But they do get the job done and it's exactly for that very reason that I'm suprised how well the core team keeps up with stuffing the most prominent and dangerous holes, often before anybody else discovers them.

I'm quite certain this hole will be plugged in the next few days aswell.

Bottom line:
Measured by it's install base, WordPress security actually is quite impressive. There is no other WebCMS with such a marketshare out there and I doubt any other product would be measurably safer. ... My 2 cents.

Comment Re:He lost my vote (Score 4, Insightful) 493

Advocating a 90% tax rate is fiscally responsible?

First of all, you need to learn the difference between marginal and average tax rates.

Second - Yes. Not spending more than you make counts as rule #1 of fiscal responsibility. I disapprove of the vast majority of government spending and would far prefer we balance the budget through cuts; but as long as neither the Republicans nor the Democrats can refrain from writing rubber checks, we'd damned well better back them with something other than green ink.

That said - We last saw a top marginal rate of 91% from 1946 through 1963. Y'know, the post-WWII era, the "baby boom", one of the most prosperous eras in US history for the lower and middle classes? I don't normally go for rose-tinted glasses, but tough to see much but pink about that (unless you can't see anything through all the green).


Hmmm. Ok, you go first.

As soon as I make over $1,766,000 per year (the inflation adjusted 90% bracket floor in 1946), yes, I will gladly pay 90% of anything over that.

Comment Re:Idiocy. (Score 1) 392

Computer neophytes are the reason that the IT department exists in the first place.

No. IT needs to make sure the end users have the technology resources available to do their jobs, and to some degree, help users resolve unusual events in their computing environment. When the same user calls every single morning asking for a password reset, you don't blame IT - Their manager has a "Come to Jesus" chat, that they need to either catch on or move on.

IT doesn't exist to teach people basic computer skills, any more than the Accounting department exists to teach people basic math or Marketing helps people pick out their drapes to match their trim.


IT's sole role is support.

Yes, to a degree - IT supports the technology side of the user/computer equation.


If the IT department for Munich either failed to train users how to use their equipment

...Then they did their jobs, by not trying to pull double-duty in a domain of knowledge outside their expertise, ie, training. An organization that hires an engineer (not otherwise specializing in education) to do end-user training has already failed at a strategic level, before we even get to the level of users and computers.


I find it almost funny that we so often blame IT for its arrogance in thinking they can do anyone's job better - Then fault them for not doing someone else's job better.

Comment Re:He lost my vote (Score 4, Insightful) 493

I would vote for Donald Trump before voting for Jeb based on this issue.

I would vote for Don before Jeb for a lot of reasons. In fact, of the current Republican slate, I'd pretty much vote for Trump over all of them, because I consider him "mostly harmless" by comparison. I'd like to say I prefer Rand, but Rand has that whole "religiot" angle going that I just can't tolerate.

Sadly enough, as a fiscal conservative (and social liberal), I'd actually call Sanders my candidate of choice so far. Yep - The self-proclaimed socialist shows more fiscal responsibility than all 38 GOPpers running.

And they wonder why people don't show more interest in our elections...

Comment Re:Longevity breakthrough? (Score 3, Insightful) 60

Most of what they mean by "waste" buildup in that context refers to intracellular debris, though, not the sort of wastes that circulate in the blood and eventually get excreted. Still very cool, though, because currently, sepsis has up to a 50% fatality rate - We literally have almost no ways to effectively treat it.

Comment Re: So before ordering... (Score 1) 280

Riiiight. You go do that.

Although not really practical, I go to restaurants to eat food, not admire some bullshit "art" project. If any chef seriously has a problem with me taking a picture of my dinner, that pretty much cinches it that I don't want to eat there.

Then again, for the same reason, I have zero interest in taking pictures of my dinner, never mind posting it online - Seriously, WTF, what sociopathic height of vanity does it take to believe anyone wants to see what I had for dinner?

Comment Quit whining and grow up. (Score 1) 242

"Spending a lot of time on Github" ... WTF is that supposed to be?
As far as I can tell, Github is way better than the classic mailinglist, because it has a web-ui you can use everywhere and the code is right next to the discussion you're having. If anything, I spend less time on github than on mailinglists. I can post a bug in an instant, if I run into one and it get's resolved faster than ever because Github is a godsend of a ubiquitous FOSS pipeline.

If you think Github is a "new hoop" you have a problem. Github is a breeze of fresh air for the FOSS and dev community and all it does is put your coding skills under public scrutiny and two clicks away from review with no need for anybody to install any dev-software what-so-ever.

If you're such a seasoned pro, that shouldn't bother you at all.

Everything else is free IDEs, awesome new PLs, great FOSS software that reduce the gruntwork of back in the days to tweaking a few things here and there, advanced supercomputers that cost half a months wage and sit on your desk, slowly ditching pixel-based screenresolution. The team around me is a bunch of younger people that wet their pants if they see or have to look at a CLI and come running for my help. ... And tell emphasise all around that I'm indispesable.

Really no problem here for seasoned devs, AFAICT.

As for ageism - quit whining and grow up. ... Here's a comment on that issue from me from about a year ago (modded +5), if you need a hint or two on how to do that.

My 2 cents.

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