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Comment Re:Is this really as typical as it seems? (Score 1) 116

"The purpose of the system is to keep you from being robbed."

Wrong. The purpose of he system is to make money.

"Until burglars learn that a sticker like "security by X" is a joke, they'll move on to a house with no sticker. So there's probably still some value for now."

Oh, you meant the purpose... of the customer. Well, a friend of mine did exactly that: he put a sticker of a reputed security company on his door and done with it. Same security level at a lower cost.

Comment Re:Punishing people who get degrees we need the mo (Score 1) 223

"It's completely irresponsible to go into debt without any plan on how you're going to pay it back"

Maybe you are right but then, what would you call the one that lends money to somebody without a pay back plan?

Specially considering that most probably the lender knows to the petty detail what are the chances and income distributions for somebody majoring in hellenic studies while the 18 y.o. potential borrower does not.

Comment Re:Pro or Anti union (Score 1) 122

"on one hand i agree that you cannot DENY anybody right to group up and self organize,
but unions are opposite of that, first they FORCE workers to "self organize" (be members) otherwise they cant work for that specific company,
also they FORCE company to employ one of people on their "approved list" even though company might found someone willing to do better work and/or for less money"

In other words, you are in need of European-style unions.

Comment Re:Avoidance (Score 1) 83

"All it shows is that people are influenced more by the people around them than by people far away."

No, it isn't. The between-the-lines message is that bosses somehow tend to be more sociopathic than average and you can "catch" his sociopathy by being near him. But then, it tends to be more minions than bosses so the expected conclusion of your premise would be that bosses tend to behave more ethically the nearer to their people they are instead of the other way around.

So, if anything, it shows that people are more influenced by *perceived higher authority* the nearer the authority figure is which, again, is a platitude since authority can basically be defined as the ability to shape others' behaviour to start with.

Comment Re:Avoidance (Score 4, Insightful) 83

"It also has the reverse effect"

Of course it is. The article's conclusion is naive at best and stupid at worst since the real conclusion is "being near the boss facilitates being at boss' reach" which, of course, is a platitude.

You, as a hire are in one of two situations: you either are happy with your position or you are not.

If the former you don't want to be too near to the boss to avoid the chance of being a pawn on his intrigues (if you are OK chances if you move is to the worse), but not so far away that he forgets why is he paying you.

If the later, you are either trying to climb the ladder, in which case you definitely want to be near your boss you maximize your chances of promotion (at a higher chance of screwing up, either really or in his perception) or you are trying to get out of the company, in which case you, yes, want to be as far from your boss as possible to maximize the chances he forgets about you.

Now, you don't need a study to probe the obvious but, if any, to disprove this "common sense" approach.

Comment Re:3.5mm? (Score 4, Insightful) 397

"After all, why can't they just redesign the audio socket so it's a couple of millimeters thinner?"

They probably can but then, what would you call an object 1.5mm width and ending on a point? That's a connector no more but a needle. And a needle has two problems: it's fragile and it can hurt. Not such a wise decision for a connector.

Comment Re:Bigger problems (Score 1) 94

"In other words, masking one's origin to make it appear you're part of a different network..."

Sorry no, but no. Masking oneself to look like coming from a different network is -who would imagine, "masquerading". VPN is tunneling so you don't see the multiple hops between your network and the one on the other side of the tunnel so, in fact, it more helps than hinders, the other side to know your real IP address.

Comment Re:Bigger problems (Score 2) 94

"The term VPN has been co-opted by providers that provide VPN and routing services. People pay for this service so that they can mask their true location -- for example, to use video services not available in their country."

Oh, I see now! People got fooled into buying a VPN service when they wanted and anonymizer service.

"Individual users are not using the VPN to connect to each other, but instead to connect to the VPN endpoint, from where their encapsulated packets are routed to the destination website"

And then, the protocol works as designed instead of how an ignoramus thought it worked. Surprise, surprise!

Comment Re:Is that a secret? (Score 1) 94

" This is more about the services offered to show a VPN providers IP vs an ISP rather than a traditional "two distant offices" secure networking."

So what? The expectation is exactly the same: what happens on a node working as ending point for a VPN with regards other networks that node has access to is up to the node, not the VPN.

So if a VPN ends in my computer I'll give for granted all other networks on my computer are visible to the other end unless I'm taking positive steps for that not being the case.

Anything cut to length will be too short.