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Comment Re:Yeah, I've worked with a few of those (Score 1) 445

Why do you think explosives is the only tool of the trade for terrorists? But even for bombs, it's "beneficial" to have understand reliable detonation mechanisms, blast radii, shaping, and weight. And questions like "will this bring a building down or not?" or "will x-rays detect this?", or given that not all terrorists are suicidal, and not all targets can be approached at pont blank, even "how far away does a person need to be to survive the blast?"
For non-bombs, trajectories can be important. Or fuel rate consumption. Or counterweights.

I can fully see those who train terrorists sending some of them off to engineering schools. That likely has a higher payoff than, say, culinary school. And given how rare it is being a terrorist, it shouldn't take many to offset the statistics in the reverse direction.

Comment Surveillance reduces sales and corrupts democracy. (Score -1, Offtopic) 317

A member of an advisory group to President Barack Obama said about surveillance, "There can be serious negative effects on other U.S. interests". -- From the Reuters article, Russian researchers expose breakthrough in U.S. spying program.

Another quote from that article: "The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives."

"China is seeking to make its own secure smartphones, in an attempt to insulate its handsets from U.S. surveillance." -- Wall Street Journal
Links: Direct, possibly paywalled, also through Google Search.

How will China react to Windows 10, which gives Microsoft complete control over any computer connected to the internet?

Articles about Microsoft spying:

Microsoft's Software is Malware. "Malware means software designed to function in ways that mistreat or harm the user." --

How Can Any Company Ever Trust Microsoft Again? -- Computerworld UK

Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages -- The Guardian

In a democracy, citizens are allowed to participate in government. Secret government projects in the U.S. make the U.S. less of a democracy and move toward hidden control.

Articles about secret agencies often assume they are managed well. But an employee of an NSA sub-contractor, Edward Snowden, was able to copy huge amounts of data. What would stop NSA employees from listening to telephone conversations of CEOs to find inside information for profiting from buying stock, for example?

NSA = No Sales for America.

Question: Other producers of spyware have been put in prison. How does Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella avoid a court case?

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 5, Insightful) 224

> The most the manufacturers should be able to do is cancel the warranty on modification.

Wrong. Only failures as a direct result of any modification should be denied. See: Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Installation of a third-party part should not void the warranty. If Apple could get their way they would probably void the warranty if you use third-party headphones/earbuds with the iPhone.

Some PC manufacturers tried to pull this crap when users added RAM or peripheral cards with a sticker on the chassis sealing it shut, reading "warranty void if removed." Um yeah... people always chose PCs with 8 slots to not expand them.

Comment Re:What 'meaning'? (Score 1) 135

How did these clowns get everyone acting like trained fucking monkeys?

Because, for the most part, they are.

I don't think that it is about the "stuff" in general. It's about the social status of being someone who has the "stuff". The more in-demand the stuff is this season, the more social status afforded to acquiring it. Even if that status is only temporary.

Vendors want to see a repeat of customers fighting for their products. Whether it be an Elmo doll or a Cabbage Patch Kid or whatever. Be cool. Be the person with the stuff. Everyone who did not get the stuff will be so envious.

Comment Re:Look at the bean counters for your answer (Score 3, Insightful) 166

I have to explain that to people all the time.

To an employee, you are a paycheck / insurance / vacation-time / etc. If they fuck up they have to go through the interview process to replace those items. And it is in their best interest to do the job correctly so they don't have to deal with the problems or the hassle of interviewing.

To a contractor, you are billable hours. If they fuck up they have to find replacement billable hours. That's it. They don't care whether it works right because they can charge to fix it. Again. And again. If they find a customer who pays better, you'll be on your own. Unless you want to cough up more money.

Comment Bullshit. (Score 4, Informative) 779

Assuming there was not communication among the staff that knew it was just a stupid clock to those other people, I can see who it would meet a standard of 'reasonable suspicion' to justify an arrest.

Of course you do. But that's only because almost every person believes that THEIR opinion is a "reasonable" one.

I remember back in the day (I'm old) when a student would bring something distracting to school the teacher would confiscate it and the student collect it at the end of the day.

At worst, a student's parents would be called in.

But students were never arrested for bringing toys to school. That's just stupid.

Comment Re:They aren't really still blaming DPRK, are they (Score 1) 50

I'd bet that the security people there, initially, were overruled by higher management.

I've seen too many instances where management skips basic security because "it's easier" or because their egos cannot stand having an IT nerd tell THEM what to do. And then there's plain nepotism.

Eventually, the people who know the risks move on to better companies. And then when the breach is discovered, management can blame it on whomever was the last to leave.

Comment Mozilla Foundation now gets money from Microsoft. (Score 1, Interesting) 114

Good point. Mozilla Foundation now gets most of its money from Microsoft. Microsoft pays Yahoo. Yahoo pays Mozilla Foundation to make "Yahoo search" (actually Microsoft Bing search) the default search engine in Firefox. Most people don't have the technical knowledge to know how they've been manipulated, or how to restore the default search engine to Google search.

Thunderbird and SeaMonkey Composer GUIs: Damaged, apparently deliberately. Every time you do a file save, the newer versions of both ask for a new file name, and don't suggest the last one chosen. The damage was reported several months ago, but has not been fixed.

Comment Re:Already solved (Score 0) 107

I'd say to RTFA but I'll save time and just post this quote from it:

Some of the largest organizations have an issue with an aging workforce that is more resistant to the impact of digital change on our businesses and in our lives.

See? It's about those old people with all their so called "experience" obstructing you from embracing the new model.

The year before was commonly dubbed âoethe year of the breachâ in IT circles, so we were not shocked to see that time spent on security management jumped from 24 percent in 2014 to 31 percent in 2015.

Wow! 24% of their time WAS spent on "security" and yet we read about breach after breach after breach. I'm sure that adding those additional 6 percentage points will make all the difference.

The trouble with money is it costs too much!