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Comment A missing circle... (Score 2) 126

And that's "Accreditation hell". Where policy prevents you from fielding systems that aren't certified to certain levels of robustness / security, but management hasn't (or won't) budget the time or money to actually secure a system.

"Just stand it up now", they say. "We'll put the security money in next year's budget."

Of course, it doesn't show up in next year's budget, and pretty soon, you're the next Sony (in the getting hacked repeatedly sense).

Comment Re:Play favorites? I believe it (Score 1) 323

Actually, it can. Certainly not at all temperatures and pressures, but it is usable for a range of them. Which we had learned in the physics classes.

Or here, if you need a link (not from my school, but still valid):


We were, as I recall, in the area where the percentage of error was in the .1% range.

Comment Re:Play favorites? I believe it (Score 2) 323

I've seen worse, though not in Lit.

At Carolina, the Engineering program had a professor who, one semester, failed -everyone- ...except for the guy who was from the exact same part of India that he was.

Everyone there tromped down to the Dean's office and showed him the facts. They all got regraded, and the prof was not retained.

But worse than that was the Thermodynamics prof who graded entirely on the curve. As in, the Bell Curve.

The first test was six definitions and one problem involving steam. All but one person in the class used the Ideal Gas Law to solve it. And he marked us all wrong, because -he- hadn't taught us the Ideal Gas Law yet. (Never mind that you had to have two semesters of Physics to take Thermo...)

So that first test the class average was a 34 (the one guy pulled it up that high), with a standard deviation of around 17... so the 30s that most of us got was a... C.

Second test, the class average was a 92 with a standard deviation of around 19. So my 100 was a... C.

The final, the class average was a 100. There was no standard deviation. So my 100 was a... C.

Needless to say, a lot of pissed off people in that class.

Comment Re:Why was the contract unsealed? (Score 2) 130

Initially, that's all she asked for.

She wanted $20k to cover past and future medical bills. $10,500 for what she'd already incurred, $2500 for future costs, and $5000 for loss of income. The other 2k, I'm guessing, covers pain and suffering.

McDonalds refused to pay out more than $800.

So it went to court. There, it came out that McDs was serving the coffee at 180-190 degrees F. Which is -way- hotter than it needs to be. That causes third degree burns in just a handful of seconds.

McDs had hundreds of complaints about the coffee being too hot, for years.

The punitive fine of $2.7 million was set by the jury based off of "two days coffee profit" for McDonalds.

Yes, the judge reduced it to $640k (total), and it was eventually settled for less than that. (Sealed, but reported as "under 600k". That tells me somewhere in the neighborhood of 550-575k, otherwise they would have reported a smaller number.)

Comment Since this is Microsoft... (Score 1) 179

It will have one or more of the following issues:

* It will be defective by design from day one.
* It will be easily disabled remotely.
* MS will share some way to detect it with advertisers, who will then add functionality which refuses to display a page until you disable it.
* It will have one or more security holes, allowing compromise of PII.
* It will be dropped, at the last minute, from the release.

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