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Comment Re:And low-calorie foods cause obesity (Score 2) 173

As users can do more for themselves and don't have to wait for IT, they do more, so more gets used. The real gain, then, might be that more gets accomplished as IT becomes less of a bottleneck.

As with your calorie example, you won't end up with more work being "accomplished".

You'll end up with more fat.

Look! I can record HD video and upload it to the data center and then embed it in my Power Point presentation and then email it to everyone as an attachment. With just a few clicks. Instantly.

Right now most of the people I deal with are more interested in the fonts on a document rather than the content of the document (which they will rarely read in the first place).

Comment Re:I would pay. But newspapers do it wrong. (Score 2) 106

Give me information. Not opinion, not yellow press nonsense, not articles that were copy/pasted from some online news source or some news agency, ...

I'd be okay with opinions as long as the bias was clearly stated and the facts were presented to support it.

Do an exclusive interview with an interesting person, a politician with a vision (who doesn't just repeat whatever bull his party wants to spew), report about stuff that matters, send a reporter there and ask the people around for their view.

And focus on the LOCAL material. What are the LOCAL politicians doing? What LOCAL impacts will there be? And it is fine to have a bias in that reporting. As long as it is a bias and not partisanship.

And do NOT turn it into a fake "fight" between different reporters. I do not care about reporter-A's opinion of reporter-B's opinion of politician-C's latest statement. I don't care for "reporters" repeating talking-points.

Ignore the "official" bull and dig deeper.

And always "follow the money". Follow the family connections.

Comment Mod parent up. (Score 2) 106

... although we've read most of the national and international news online 1 or 2 (or sometimes even 3) days before, there are stories in Sonoma County (and parts north) that simply don't show up anywhere else.

That is what is killing the newspaper business (IMO). Anyone can get the AP stories instantly now. If something happens in Washington D.C. there will be dozens of identical reports about it.

If something happens in your town you might catch it on a local news show. Unless they're also busy covering what just happened in D.C.

A local paper can give you the local news and tell you what the local impact of whatever it was that just happened in D.C. will be.

But in order to do that, the local paper has to hire local reporters who have more knowledge/expertise than the average person. And it is cheaper to skip that and just buy the stories from the AP. And then fail because no one wants to pay for a paper when you've already read the content on your PC, iPad and phone.

Comment Re:High risk (Score 2) 390

Security through obscurity isn't "no security at all". It's just inadequate. There's still the hurdle of overcoming obscurity.

No.

Security is not about becoming invulnerable. That is impossible. Security is about reducing the number of people who can EFFECTIVELY attack you.

Security-Through-Obscurity does NOTHING to improve the existing security model of the system BUT IT DOES PROVIDE A WAY TO BYPASS THE EXISTING SECURITY MODEL.

Comment Re:quality vs popularity (Score 1) 128

You're absolutely correct. Let's look at recent publishing history. From TFA:

(We expect that for good stories, the ratings would tend to cluster around the high end of the scale, so with that smaller variance, it would take a larger sample size to find a statistically significant difference between the quality of two stories.)

Look into the critical reviews of Dan Brown's books.

Or the Twilight series.

Or the 50 Shades of Grey series.

Now compare those statistics to the Hunter S. Thompson or William S. Burroughs sales.

Comment Re:Short Experiment (Rowling's) (Score 1) 128

A month and a half seems like a publicity stunt.

Yep. Since they already know who leaked this the real question is whether he will be fired for breach of trust or whatever. If he's not fired then this is more likely a publicity stunt despite what anyone claims.

Anyway, she can always create another pseudonym and start writing under that name.

Or submit a manuscript to a different publishing company under a pseudonym and see if she can get that published.

Comment Re:So if 'cyberWar' is actually a thing... (Score 3, Interesting) 97

We need rules for these articles in the future.

Cyber-war/Cyber-warfare - take a drink
Cyber-weapon - take a drink
Cyber-warrior/Cyber-soldier - chug
Cyber-command - chug
Others?

Anyway, if this is such a big risk (aside from alcohol poisoning) then why aren't other countries switching to Linux and training their own programmers so that they can "harden" it?

If they have to use something that they did not write/audit themselves then that should be completely isolated.

Wouldn't the intelligent thing to do (if this is really a threat) be to develop a 5 year goal of moving off of software written by your potential cyber-emenies (take a shot).

Comment Re:Man the FL state attornies just want to fuck up (Score 2, Insightful) 569

Getting one's head bashed into the ground is a "life threatening situation" even here in liberal leaning Canada.

Again, that was AFTER Zimmerman strapped on a gun, got out of his car and followed Martin. Each one of those 3 actions is proscribed by neighborhood watch guides.

An easier way to see it is if Martin had been a woman. Zimmerman has a gun and starts following a woman. She uses pepper spray and while he's blinded, she kicks him. So he shoots her. No one would be sympathizing with Zimmerman.

Comment Re:Man the FL state attornies just want to fuck up (Score 2, Interesting) 569

While I think Zimmerman should have stopped following Martin once the police were contacted, following someone on a public street is not actually illegal in any way in Florida.

Wait until you get a girlfriend and ask her how she feels when some guy starts following her on the street. It may not be illegal. But that is not the same as being innocent.

Then he was promptly jumped and attacked by Martin.

That is Zimmerman's story. Whether that is factual or not cannot be determined any more because the other person is dead.

Zimmerman wouldn't have had a chance to try to flee considering he was on the ground getting pounded.

That would be after Zimmerman decided to follow Martin and got out of his car and kept following Martin. Even if the events happened in that way it is a bit strange to talk of fleeing AFTER the confrontation that Zimmerman apparently wanted had happened.

That lead to Martin being shot.

No. Zimmerman could have NOT carried a gun which is what the neighborhood watches recommend. Zimmerman could have stayed in his car which is what the neighborhood watches recommend. Zimmerman could have NOT followed Martin which is what the neighborhood watches recommend. Only after breaking each of those rules was Zimmerman armed and in a fist fight.

Since he was losing the fight, he shot the other guy.

If it were up to me there would have been no conflict, or the mere sight of a gun would have scared him off and it would have ended there, but let's be clear about this: if you want to violently attack a stranger who has not initiated violence against you, you are taking a risk

Except that it was Zimmerman who initiated the conflict by following Martin. Again, when you get a girlfriend, ask her about a stranger who starts following her.

We already have states where homeowners hesitate to shoot a home invader because they might get in serious trouble, and all this does is lower the risk of burglarizing the law-abiding which in turn can only make burglers more bold.

So a burglar is more bold because the homeowner might NOT shoot him? I don't think so.

Comment Ballmer's performance (Score 2) 240

I think that Ballmer is a decent operations guy, but obviously not a tech visionary, nor does he have good taste and an iron fist the way Steve Jobs did. I think that Microsoft was in a very strong position when he took over and that it just isn't that hard to keep Microsoft on its current glide path given a halfway decent operations guy in charge. John Sculley, who is widely viewed to have run Apple into the ground, could almost certainly done just as good of a job running Microsoft as Steve Ballmer. I realize this is speculation, but I think its true.

Comment No. (Score 1) 393

If you send an email "through the cloud" (and how else are you going to send it today) then the NSA collects the "meta-data" (at least).

If your message is encrypted then the NSA also holds onto the message. Even if they do not decrypt it.

If you store your data "in the cloud" then the NSA can copy that as well.

Being able to erase stuff on your personal machine does not matter in these instances. Even if the average person could understand the issues.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 3, Interesting) 324

I'm wondering why there are still any unsolved major crimes. The government has access almost all of your communications. And if you have a cell phone they have a record of where that cell phone travels.

If all of this is to fight "terrorism" then why haven't we also wiped out kidnapping, drug gangs, organized crime and such?

If this worked, the USofA should be virtually crime free.

Comment Re:why? (Score 1) 778

Javascript is supposed to be sandboxed in all modern browsers, but that doesn't make it perfect.

And Java was supposed to be in a safe sandbox as well. And anyone here should know about the variety of Java exploits out there and the constant patching to stay ahead of them.

Trusting a sandbox is stupid.
You also need a way to globally deny the option of running the code in the first place.

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