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Comment: Re:A felon with misdemeanor convictions (Score 1) 720

by ysth (#48543319) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Because misdemeanors can prevent you from having a felony expunged.

Since September 2012 (earlier, it was even stricter), Ohio allows consideration of expungement by a court if a person "has not more than one felony conviction, not more than two misdemeanor convictions if the convictions are not of the same offense, or not more than one felony conviction and one misdemeanor conviction in this state or any other jurisdiction."

Comment: Yes, it really is so different. (Score 4, Insightful) 265

by ysth (#48143117) Attached to: Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

Yes, it really is so different.

With both the recent openssl and bash bugs, in addition to fixing the bug, careful investigation was done by the respective communities and additional problems were/are being addressed. I submit that this would likely not have been the case with closed source software.

Comment: Re:Ugh blowhard city (Score 2) 549

by ysth (#48135001) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

He not only makes the unrelated point, but then goes on with nonsense about when you do need to choose a password:

Even if we entertained the XKCD comic and started training users to select four random words...[w]hat is there to prevent âoeletmeinfacebookâ from being the new most common four word password for Facebook accounts?

Bzzzt. Failure to understand the meaning of the word "random" rules you out as an authority on passwords.

Comment: KDP Select (Score 2, Insightful) 165

by ysth (#47666433) Attached to: Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

There are so many indie books because, AIUI, you cannot choose to have a book included in Kindle Unlimited unless you are providing it to Amazon under the KDP Select program. This program gets you higher percentages and free marketing and promotional tools. The tradeoff is that whatever books you have in the program be available exclusively from Amazon. This is a tradeoff that is going to make sense for many authors, but is just horrible for readers. And in the long run, the lock-in this inspires is bad for the authors too.

See Chris Wright's rant.

The best laid plans of mice and men are held up in the legal department.