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Comment: Where can I find the except clause? (Score 5, Insightful) 575

by ChrisKnight (#48040165) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

No matter how many times I read that, I can't seem to find the clause that says "Except when..."

Comment: It can never be fair (Score 5, Insightful) 150

The actions of this cabal of companies has had a lasting effect on everyone working the tech sector. The normal cycle of hiring employees out of their existing position with an offer of more money helps to drive the average salary for a position up. Years of refusing do to that caused average salaries to stagnate. When I was offered a position at Apple in 2007 I scoffed at the rate I was offered, and I was told that Apple prided themselves in paying industry median salaries. What they neglected to mention was that they were actively working to keep the industry median down. I never took the position at Apple, and am not eligible in the suit; but that doesn't mean I wasn't affected. Many companies gauge offer salaries and raises against industry salary reports like those generated by Glass Door and other wage survey groups. Because some of the biggest employers in tech were working to keep wages down, and their rates significantly contributed to those salary reports, they effectively kept an entire employment sector's wages low.

How do you compensate for that? You can't. No court settlement will make up for the damage caused by this.

Comment: You mean "let the police blow it off" (Score 5, Insightful) 664

by ChrisKnight (#46912995) Attached to: Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

A friend of mine was recently mugged, on the doorstep of her home. While the police were in her house asking questions she pulled up the current location of her phone on her laptop. The police did not care. Did. Not. Care. For an hour her phone drifted around a park that was a known after-hours teenager hangout, while the officer asked inane questions. She fumed for weeks. Getting mugged was bad enough, but feeling like the police didn't really care, that all they wanted to do was get the report filled out, made her feel truly helpless.

If the police are unwilling to react to these thefts because they are low priority for them, they have to expect that citizens will have to take it into their own hands. People don't like someone else telling them their problems are trivial. People don't like feeling helpless. They need to believe that there is always something they can do.

Comment: Re:Uproar? (Score 4, Insightful) 146

by ChrisKnight (#46776247) Attached to: Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

The 70's are full of TV shows that had evil computer episodes. The plot would revolve around a billing error, and when the protagonist would bring it up with the store they would be told that computers don't make mistakes. Then they would trigger an error in their favor, and comedy would ensue. Partridge family, Eight is Enough, and I think the Brady Bunch. Those are the easy ones that come to mind.

Comment: Re:Recycling Personalities (Score 1) 448

by wavedeform (#46735423) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

The Bush tax cuts have been continued by the Obama administration because they were judged to be a sound method of stimulating the economy.

No, they haven't been so judged.

They were continued as part of a brokered budget deal. The Democratic house & senate didn't particularly like it, but it was the best compromise on the table at the time.

Comment: Yay! Car Analogy! (Score 1) 723

by wavedeform (#46717835) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

"Except I can CHOOSE to not own a car, and I don't need insurance at that point.
Call me when I can CHOOSE to not carry health insurance."

That's not quite an accurate analog (although partial points for continuing the car analogy.)
More accurate is "I can CHOOSE not to live, and I don't need insurance at that point."

Comment: Re:Is OpenVPN affected? (Score 4, Informative) 239

by ChrisKnight (#46710151) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Some versions are. The OpenVPN appliance I was running was affected, and there were no updates for it this morning so I had to kill it.


I read somewhere that there is a TLS flag you can use in the config to disable the affected code, but for the life of me I can't find it for this post. :(

Science is to computer science as hydrodynamics is to plumbing.