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Comment Re:Too bad he wasn't fired ..... (Score 1) 377

Time to head back to school: your information about corporate IT legal liability is about 25 years out-of-date.

Who cares, you ask? Lots and lots of government regulatory agencies, especially in Western Europe. Did you fail to take the minimum standard of care to protect data deemed sensitive by your local regulatory authorities? Congratulations! Your data leak just earned the company a big fat fine or, in extreme cases, jail time!

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Who else cares? The payment industry! Good luck getting approved to take electronic payments when your answer to "How are you securing our customer's payment PII" is a blank stare and a piece of paper.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! Do you know who else cares? Your customers! I guarantee that if they're not asking for it now, your customers will soon be asking you to demonstrate that you're taking industry standard measures to secure their confidential information. Failed to implement commercially reasonable information security? Loss of revenue! Loss of customers! Lawsuits! What fun!

Comment Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (Score 1) 782

Its easy to build a very competent gaming rig for less than $500. Tom's Hardware has a regular feature about how to do it. Heck the $500 gaming PC I built more than five years ago still plays modern games with high graphics with only one graphics card upgrade in that time. And I still haven't even bothered to OC the CPU.

I'm rebuilding one now that would have come in under $500 but I wanted a high efficiency totally silent PSU and so I splurged on that component, otherwise I was easily under $500.

Comment Re:A cloned embryo is... (Score 1) 92

An embryo that dies due to natural causes hasn't been murdered. Murder requires both knowledge and intent: I knew my action was going to result in death and I specifically took that action in order to cause death.

As for when life begins, conception is the logical point to choose because it is the least arbitrary. You've specified operating brain as a criteria for your definition of the start of a human life. Define operating. I'm going to assume that you mean a brain that's autonomously controlling at least some of the autonomic functions of the child but that's just an arbitrary point you picked. Is that any more or less valid than the point of recognizable self-awareness; a point which it might argued doesn't come until well after birth?

Comment Re: every time i see "Ender's Game" (Score 2) 470

**Spoiler Alerts**

Ender's Game is a great work of fiction because of the relationships, not because of the technology (which was for the general public visionary at the time) or because of the loner hero with latent superpowers (which he didn't have). Ender became great not because he was a genius but because of the deep bonds he formed with the other students, because of the community he built up around him that was greater than the sum of its parts. The climax of the book isn't beating the final boss, it's the betrayal of one of those relationships and the fallout that defines Ender's Game.

Ender changed the Battle School through his empathy and his relationships. It's why Ender was selected and not Peter. If you missed that the first time around, it's worth re-reading the book in that context.

Submission + - Red ants on faults stay above ground for earthquakes

MickLinux writes: To add to the debate, "can earthquakes be predicted", I might note that Gabriele Berberich has evidence for the mix. She recorded up to three years of data, showing that a particular type of ant that likes to live on faults, changes its behavior before earthquakes of magnitude 2 or greater. The ants normally forage during the day, and sleep at night. Before an earthquake, though, they mill around outside the nest until a day after the quake.

Story here at Livescience.

Submission + - Free version of TiVo Desktop for Windows unavailable after June 5 (

frdmfghtr writes: Tivo has sent out an email message, confirmed by the website, that the free version of Tivo Desktop for Windows will no longer be available after June 5, 2013. The paid version has been discounted, but there's nothing on the website stating why the free version is going away. Has anybody else seen anything on the reason for this announcement?

Submission + - Disappointing Results from Pew/Smithsonian Science Survey ( 1

Specter writes: Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine co-sponsored a quiz to test the science knowledge of Americans. Do you know which gas makes up most of the Earth's atmosphere? If you do, you're ahead of nearly 70% of the survey respondents who have a college education. That's right: I said college.

Comment Re:Sequestration is a gimmick (Score 1) 720

You mean the Executive Branch that originated the idea this time around? Or maybe you mean the one that signed it into law? Perhaps you're thinking about the Executive Branch that encouraged its allies in Congress to kill a bill that would have allowed the Executive Branch greater leeway in how the sequester was implemented.

"Weasels, all of 'em."

At least we can agree on that.

Comment Re:Remember (Score 1) 893

First of all, the hidden wealth doesn't make your argument stronger, it makes it weaker. If the money hadn't been hidden the imbalance in the the amount of the total income tax paid would be even more disproportionally allocated to the rich.

Secondly, most minimum wage workers are still dependents or are supplementing their income, not trying to raise a family of four.

Finally, congratulations: at $160K annual earnings YOU are just short of being in the top 5% of all income earners in the US (starts at $186K). Your combined salaries also put you comfortably in the global 1%. You greedy scumbag, you.

Comment Re:Who cares how they got their hands on it? (Score 1) 893

So please tell us: if capital and management add no value to production, why don't the laborers just give them the boot and go into business for themselves? Think how much richer they each could be individually if they weren't paying for all that useless overhead? Maybe this is just the first time anyone has thought of it, in which case, you're welcome.

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