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Comment Your arithmetic skills are sorry indeed (Score 1) 1

Oh bullshit. Sequestration was only a puny cut in projected spending increases, not an actual cut in year to year spending, and certainly not the 20% budget cut it would have to have been for 20% of scientists to look for greener pastures.

I bet if you asked any group of employees if they were considering looking for another job, 20% would say yes regardless of any external conditions.

Sagging federal research my ass. You are just another chicken little.

Comment Re:Potential problem (Score 1) 55

It looks like I'll have to start keeping track of the lies.

Use mnemonics - if you invent an address, make the first letter of the street and the town identical. If you invent a birthday, use the same day and vary years, or the other way around. Some people use spam-catch email addresses including the sites name - e.g. - so if they get spam they know who sold their address. You can use the same trick in your invented personal data. So your G+ address is 1 Google Ave. while your FB address is 1 Facebook Road. Stuff like that.

Comment Re:More useful (Score 3, Insightful) 55

Depends on what they are using it for. If the purpose is individual identification, the data doesn't have to be correct, just unique. If they want to track you, behavior is more important than data, and so on.

But in general, I agree. When those "bonus card" systems for the supermarket etc. came to Europe, I was the guy at the CCCamp to propose everyone in the room stand up and exchange their cards with someone else at random.

But life is turning into a cyberpunk story in one important regard: The vast majority of the population doesn't know nor care about fighting this crap. Those of us who do, we are very few. We are the 1% in this aspect. Your and my data polluting doesn't change a thing in the big picture.

And that's where you are right on the money: If someone came up with a device that does that automatically, and had some other benefit related to this feature so it is of interest to grandma to use it, then you'd have ruined the current Internet top dogs business model in one brave stroke.

Comment Re:Never gonna happen. (Score 1) 472

I can't see everyday driving being automated because there will always be a scenario that isn't covered, an odd bug that no-one expected, or mechanical failure that the computer can't compensate for in a sensible way.

And yet, the self-driving cars available today already drive better than the average driver (i.e. the 90% of drivers who think they are above-average). Because - surprise - there always is a scenario that they aren't trained for, the odd situation they don't know how to handle or the mechanical failure they have no idea how to compensate because "right pedal go, left pedal stop" is the entirety of their knowledge about how a car works.

Comment Re:Brilliant PR (Score 1) 341

You are an idiot. The overhead of firing and then re-hiring people, especially if they have even basic skills, is quite substantial. Unless what I initially said is true - their HR processes suck - then keeping the people around, maybe at reduced hours and pay, is almost always more efficient for a short-term interruption. In addition, the benefits in motivation and employee loyalty are massive, and these are things you can not easily buy whenever you feel like it.

Comment Re:Denyhosts (Score 3, Informative) 99

I second that: DenyHosts is now mandatory on all the Linux servers I manage, and allows one to protect servers against that type of attacks with minimal effort.

Please note that the author did not mention Denyhosts since his servers run OpenBSD, which incorporates DenyHosts functionality through ''pf'', its packet filter/firewall software (see the brute-force configuration of pf for more details).

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