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Comment: Using source from OpenSSH ... (Score 0) 180

by Alain Williams (#49825899) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

In which case they will have to release the code that corresponds to binaries - would be useful for checking that there is not some little tweaks to help the NSA -- but if they have already put those into the system DLLs (eg for encryption) we would not really know. Maybe I am too cynical but I am very suspicious of what they did to skype.

Comment: Re:Does US have any real jurisdiction over FIFA? (Score 2) 187

Now lots of folks internationally are skeptical of this. Surely if you wave enough money under their nose, they will bite, right? That's certainly the theory the rest of FIFA seems to operate under. So far US Soccer has held though. I hope they continue to do so.

There's the other issue that US Soccer doesn't have enough money to wave, anyway.

Comment: Re:inbreeding beneficial? (Score 4, Informative) 103

For these sawfish, asexual reproduction is most likely a desperation strategy used when the population has gotten so small that it is difficult or impossible to find mates. It is extremely unlikely that it will somehow improve the population's genetic fitness; more likely, it will lead to further decreases in genetic diversity and a corresponding loss of overall fitness.

I would point out furthermore that inbreeding and asexual reproduction have nothing to do with each other. It's unrelated. The problem with inbreeding is that you can get two copies of a single chromosome quite easily, and rare genetic diseases that appear only when the same gene is present on both chromosomes in a pair suddenly start popping up more often.

That's not an issue with asexual reproduction. It might at some point become an issue if the genetic diversity of the group becomes lesser, but that would be down the road somewhere.

Comment: Re:Good ruling (Score 5, Informative) 144

To be fair, in the vast majority of cases, this is exactly what happens... cop engages brain, realizes that the situation either either something dumb, mistaken, or impossible to prosecute (and is otherwise not a crime), says as much to the complainant, and moves on. Or, in the case of what may be a crime but turns out to not be, same-same, with maybe a stern talking-to of the 'offender' that maybe he should not be so dumb in the future, or at least don't make the activity appear so damned suspicious. ...and then there's the small minority of police officers who are either overeager newbies, had a really bad day, decides he doesn't like the guy, didn't get laid the night before, a closet sociopath, or suchlike.

About the same sample size as humanity at large, really, but with one subtle-yet-important distinction: force.

Having studied the problems with law enforcement for years I can say confidently that in most departments what you've said is true. The real problem is that when that one guy really screws up the reflexive response from everybody in his department (and the DA's office) is to circle the wagons and protect the idiot cop. I've talked about it here before but look up the case of David Bisard in Indianapolis as a fine example where there are no gray areas. He got drunk on duty and ran over a motorcyclist who was stopped at a stop light, killing the cyclist and gravely injuring two others. The FOP paid for his defense and 19 cops who showed up acted as if they couldn't tell that a guy who would later test at .20% BAC (you read that correctly) had been drinking.

That's the real problem.

Comment: Re:Russian rocket motors (Score 1) 62

by Bruce Perens (#49787045) Attached to: SpaceX Cleared For US Military Launches

Russia would like for us to continue gifting them with cash for 40-year-old missle motors, it's our own government that doesn't want them any longer. For good reason. That did not cause SpaceX to enter the competitive process, they want the U.S. military as a customer. But it probably did make it go faster.

Also, ULA is flying 1960 technology, stuff that Mercury astronauts used, and only recently came up with concept drawings for something new due to competitive pressure from SpaceX. So, I am sure that folks within the Air Force wished for a better vendor but had no choice.

Comment: Re:And what about the infrastructure issues? (Score 1) 293

by Trailer Trash (#49784887) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

Why does the left think the answer to every problem is "more of other people's money"?

Why does the right want stuff, but not want to pay for it?

I'm not on "the right", but I've yet to see this out of any conservatives that I know. Perhaps you can provide an example?

Comment: Context (Score 3, Informative) 62

by Bruce Perens (#49782349) Attached to: SpaceX Cleared For US Military Launches

This ends a situation in which two companies that would otherwise have been competitive bidders decided that it would cost them less to be a monopoly, and created their own cartel. Since they were a sole provider, they persuaded the government to pay them a Billion dollars a year simply so that they would retain the capability to manufacture rockets to government requirements.

Yes, there will be at least that Billion in savings and SpaceX so far seems more than competitive with the prices United Launch Alliance was charging. There will be other bidders eventually, as well.

Comment: Re:And what about the infrastructure issues? (Score 0) 293

by Trailer Trash (#49777969) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

Where are the technical failsafes to limit the train's speed? Guess true security updates have been eaten by their desire for profit ...

Or, you could ask Congressional Republicans, who -- even as recently as 5 days ago -- cut/limit/deny funding for Amtrak.

More funding doesn't help Amtrak. Ever. They had the hardware to limit the speed, they just hadn't bothered to turn it on.

Why does the left think the answer to every problem is "more of other people's money"?

Comment: Re:Read the 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing (Score 1) 90

No offense, but your mistake is not understanding the segmentation. Look at all the restaurant chains/franchises owned by Yum to get an idea of how crazy it all is. You're correct that not all markets are dualities, but it's a very common theme particularly when you understand how companies place their brands.

I would particularly recommend the chapters around it which explain that you can create a new segment very easily.

Comment: Pick one (Score 5, Insightful) 446

Parents don't see their young girls as wanting to pursue computer science


and don't steer them in that direction.

Which is it? I get the feeling it's that girls just aren't that interested. People like to point out that more girls were interested in the 80s but that was a very different era. Few people actually knew what was involved with "programming computers".

All of this effort reminds me of a similar misunderstanding that I came across years ago. In the 50s Lionel decided that girls didn't play with trains because they weren't "girly" enough. They were black and steel and perhaps too boyish. So the genius marketers came up with this:

Should you wish to see one in person go to Holiday World and check out the old toy museum.

It flopped badly. The reason was simple: girls generally don't like trains, but those who do want an authentic train. Black, steel, menacing - a real train.

Every time I see people trying hard to make computer science appeal to girls I see the same thing. It simply doesn't appeal to most girls, and to those to whom it does appeal it will have that appeal without any sugar coating.

Ultimately, the SJW crowd needs to understand that men and women - and boys and girls - are very different creatures who aren't interested in the same sorts of things. The roots of this are genetic and stem from the social order tens of thousands of years ago. Nothing's going to "fix" it, but, then again, there's nothing to fix.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton