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Comment If you're worried about USB you already lost. (Score 1) 381

If you're worried about USB or any other device access you've already lost. Anyone who can SEE the screen can snap a pic of the screen. Or a few hundred screen pics. And even if you strip everyone naked as they enter the building, and you scan them for hidden devices hidden inside body orifices, the fundamental issue is that information can be carried out in someone's memory, and that person is capable of talking.

Compartmentalizing who can access what may limit the range of what any particular insider can release, and reduce the number of insiders able to release any particular thing, but fundamentally people need to see the information to do their job.

Threat of prosecution can keep people's moths shut to some extent, but if you're engaging in illegal or immoral activity then sooner or later some insider is likely to decide to "do the right thing" even if it means huge self sacrifice.

As others have indicated, maintain goodwill and loyalty. At a minimum maintain some level of respectability for organization, and some level of respect for your employees. That is the *only* thing that can protect you against the threat of a self-sacrificing insider trying to "do the right thing".


Comment Re:Tracking apps? Seriously? (Score 1) 10

Looks like some liberals are trying to start a "track everybody, discriminate against everybody"

Liberal, n.: Of political opinions: Favourable to constitutional changes and legal or administrative reforms tending in the direction of freedom or democracy.

Don't you think that your "liberal" is at odds with dictionary's "liberal"?

Comment Re:Solar Flight, great and all . . . (Score 2) 105

Actually, your comment neatly demonstrates the problem here. That is, even taking into consideration the fact that powering cars with electricity does have a whole load of benefits, the fact remains that the Wright brothers were flying their first flyer in exactly the period that was the heyday of electrical cars. So, fast forward one century, and unlike the Wrights' Flyer, electrical cars haven't exactly gotten off the ground, pardon the pun. We have one company that builds electrical cars that would be technically OK for most people, if the "most people" could afford them, and if there were a sufficient widespread infrastructure for handling them.

Oh, I'm pretty sure that in one more century, we'll have it down pat. Unless, you know, electrochemistry and the economy of building mobile energy storage devices stops us, that is. There's still a wide chasm between lab prototypes and stuff useful and economical enough for daily use. Electrical cars will most likely never replace hydrocarbon-fueled vehicles in some applications at least, and military drones are a similar kind of extreme application that simply won't budge to the "imagine how cool it would be" impulses that seem to be plaguing many a Slashdotter's mind.

Comment Re:Text, but why? (Score 1) 329

Bar codes may be a risky choice. Do you know if barcodes will even be in use in 2043? Will you still be able to buy a barcode scanner, or will everything be marked differently?

You'd use any 2D imaging device of your choice. A digital camera would suffice.

Remember, 30 years is half of forever in the computing world. Think about the changes that have happened since 1983: do you still have a 5-1/4" floppy disk reader? Do you still have a proprietary keyboard connector? What about an ST-506 compatible hard disk drive, and an 8-bit ISA bus drive controller card? Do you still have any 8 bit ISA buses to plug the card into? Any Hollerith punched card readers, or punched paper tape readers? Do you even have any greenbar printouts from 1983 still hanging around?

In case of optically read paper-based media, you really don't need any of those. Please notice that I've been talking about printed text with helper barcodes. You can read it with your eyes, it's just that the barcodes help with the OCR process.

Comment Re:Solar Flight, great and all . . . (Score 2) 105

There's a world of difference between "being able to fly a few hours at night when you're already aloft and using all tricks up the glider's sleeve" and "taking off, gaining altitude, navigating with a purpose to a specific target and staying over it when there's a prospect of overcast for a few whole days". It's the difference between a geeky experimental toy and mil-spec equipment that has to work no matter what the conditions are. Especially if you have to rely on the availability of the info the drone provides. I'm sorry, but in that role, hydrocarbons are really hard to beat.

Comment Re:Phobia... (Score 1) 175

What would happen if the average American were to realize that his/her own body contains ten times more bacteria than cells?

Since bacteria are cells, you probably wanted to say "human cells". Also, wasn't the figure something like a thousand, not just ten? The neat thing about bacteria is that they are so small that you can really have a lot of them.

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