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Comment Re:Level of difference made : next to none. (Score 1) 54

"How many people will actually apply this firmware update? 90% of people plug their router in, hook their equipment up to it and leave it that way until it breaks, then they replace it."

This has broader applicability as well. No matter how much software people may wish otherwise, people treat their hardware like a black box and it makes no sense to them for it to be changing after the fact.

So you have massive vulnerabilities in just about anything ever shipped, because of the way software is developed. (There are other ways to develop, but essentially no one wants to hear about them, because they are slower.) Security depends on updates being applied quickly, yet this is always going to be problematic. Relying on the customer to apply an update (particularly one that has warnings about bricking your box on it) on time is ludicrous in most cases, yet any sort of automatic update system that does not rely on the user to make judgements is just another huge surface for vulnerabilities as well.

Put it all together and security is usually a bad joke.

Comment Re:Doubt it. (Score 2) 253

"Evolution relies on the fact that better chromosomes would be lost from the genepool at a slower rate because they would lead to greater fitness and worse chromosomes would be lost at a faster rate because they would lead to a lesser fitness."

Because selection does not operate on Y-DNA (or MtDNA.) These genes are passed on directly with no mixing, so the only source of entropy in the signal is mutation. Most, if not all, of these chromosomes actually perform no role and are never activated, so they are doubly insulated from selection.

Comment Re:SO.... (Score 1) 253

While in some cases you can spot such visual clues, in others you cannot. For instance, most people would assume that Australian aborigines are closely related to some African people. In fact their closest relatives are native Americans and east Asians.

Fair complexion was heavily selected for in certain climates before the advent of cheap and reliable supplies of vitamin D.

Comment Re:Doubt it. (Score 4, Informative) 253

Sure, that's exactly why Y-DNA is useful. It's not a problem that a lot of Y gets lost along the way, as long as this happens uniformly you still wind up with a good sample. The prehistoric group that bore these genes was obviously larger than 1-3 men, but it may well have been a few dozen closely related men, so the ones that left no YDNA are still effectively represented by a cousin who did.

(The same thing happens with MDNA as well - a woman who has only sons disappears from that readout and wont be part of either the male or female sample here - but more than likely a close relative of hers will.)

Comment Re:To hire specific people (Score 2) 465

Yeah, those are basically your options.

If it's an immigration thing they already believe they have the right person and they just now need to write a job spec that no one else will meet in order to get the visa.

If instead of that specific dodge, it's general policy, then you are looking at a common hiring strategy geared around hiring someone that in theory already has all the specific knowledge needed. That almost never really works, and usually those jobs seem to cycle quite frequently. Somewhere there is a manager who is (at least for a time) successful in painting his own incompetence as an issue with procuring the necessary talent.

Comment Re:You require remote work? (Score 3, Interesting) 629

I think you are wrong.

Yes, there are a few Habibs in India that charge more than I do, and are worth it. They have advanced degrees in mathematics and are actually capable of doing work over my head.

The ones that are competing for my job? I could trounce 99/100 of them in less than 5 minutes on any subject. They get work because it is cheaper to let them work on the job for an hour and THEN escalate to me when they still cant figure it out. And expect me to clean up not only the original problem but all the damage the overseas tech did as well, in less than 20 minutes.

Since I can do that and they cannot, my job remains relatively secure.

That said, obviously requiring remote work limits the options quite a bit. I know I could easily make 3x my current salary if I would move to some urban hellhole, but most of the raise would go to higher cost of living, and quality would go down, so why would I be tempted?

Comment Re:The only fix for vampire draw (Score 2) 424

I dont know but having read TFA it seems there is more involved than you imply. The original models did not have this problem. The rev1 software would suspend when the car was off and power usage overnight was truly negligible.

It had other problems though. And the fix was a revision to turn off the power management. Several revs later they are still only partially succesful in re-implementing power management without causing more serious problems elsewhere. Sounds to me like the made the attractive but dangerous decision to just run everything through software controls and eliminate manuals across the board, without really exploring the ramifications properly, and are stuck with the results.

Comment Re:Web Apps (Score 2) 292

Very true.

And while Outlook is very near worst of breed for email - yahoo webmail is not just webmail, it's probably the worst webmail available.

I dont blame their employees for not wanting to use it, I have used a yahoo email since just after they first went online, but I dont even bother log into it anymore after the last batch of forced regressions involved in their redesign.

On the one hand, if they dont use it, it obviously will never be fixed. They clearly dont listen to customer feedback in any way shape or means. But then again, why would they listen to their employee feedback either?

More than likely a lot of those employees actually DID respond to the request to eat that dogfood, gave it a try, found out it tastes as bad as it looks and is unlikly to ever be fixed no matter what the employee feedback - and therefore rationally went back to Outlook.

Comment Re:Don't appease aggression (Score 3, Insightful) 519

"Had we not fought in Vietnam, where would the momentum of communism have carried it?"

Exactly where it did carry it - to the grave. Communism wasnt stopped with guns or bombs, economics is what killed it and what was always going to kill it. A beast like that dies more quickly in peace time (when people expect to eat) than in wartime (when they can easily be taught to blame their empty stomachs on the enemy.)

"Would a newly communist Vietnam, without the economic and military ruin of a long war have felt emboldened both by success and by ideology to invade Thailand? Malaysia?"

Vietnam was a nationalist struggle against the French, they 'turned communist' to get communist bloc weaponry once they were certain no one else would help them. They havent been aggressive outside their borders in modern history, the country was a shambles, and the entire idea sounds like something you would have to know nothing at all about the situation to take seriously.

Unless you are one of those people that likes to play with the meaning of 'impossible.' No, it's not impossible. Not impossible that the French will nuke us in the morning either, but I think it's a fairly safe bet. And remember you dont get to weigh some imaginary costless intervention against the remote possibility of something bad happening. Real invasions, at their best, are still very very bad. Lots of death and destruction and misery and lots of monetary expense. Not something you want to run around doing on a whim just because it's 'possible' that something bad might one day happen if you dont.

"Would Saddam Hussein have used oil profits from both Kuwait and Iraq to build a larger military to subdue Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon and with enough money even Iran? "

Look at his track record. How many invasions did he launch? Two. How many did he get a US 'green light' on before he moved? Two.

He was a greaseball and a thug and not a nice person at all, but he could be and had been deterred very effectively, just like all the others.

Comment Re:Don't appease aggression (Score 2) 519

"you nip problems when they are small and far away, or when they are large and on your border

those are your choices in life"

No, actually, they are not.

People talking just like that have been running our foreign policy for the last century and have bee proven wrong time after time after time, always with disastrous consequences for the country as a whole. Yet they keep getting promoted.

In fact, the world works better when the people actually involved in a problem are allowed to solve it, rather than having some global white-knight rushing around nosing into everyone elses business.

"isolationism is a failed, loser's attitude"

"Isolationism" is used to imply a false dichotomy, where you are either in favor of blessing little brown people all around the world with embargos and bombs or else you want us to put up an iron curtain and wall ourselves off from the rest of the world. That's nonsense.

The obvious, common sense, third option is peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.

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