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Comment Its fun (Score 2) 308

I do the same and I consider it fun. I guess that's why I like what I do. Does it benefit my employer? Well certainly, but it benefits me too in terms of job performance, confidence, and job satisfaction. I tinker with things that I think are fun. The experience that you gain will take your career in that direction.

Comment Re:Look at it from a dev's perspective. (Score 1) 324

That's exactly what I proposed. But can you selectively reject any permission on an IOS app? I honestly don't know. Its a pain in the ass for an internet browser app to have to handle the case where the user has rejected internet access to the app. That's something that should be opted into before installing the app. If the user doesn't trust the app, they can install something else.

Comment Look at it from a dev's perspective. (Score 1) 324

It would be great for an App maker to be able to selectively ask for permissions from a user. But letting the user pick and choose what permissions they want ANY app to have creates a giant headache for app makers. Think about all of the permutations you have to test for if a user selectively grants permissions. Think about the intelligence of half the people who use smart phones. A user disables a critical permission, app fails to function, and user rates the app 1 star. And don't tell me its the dumb user's fault, cause you know the app maker is going to have to deal with it regardless.

Comment Re:Can I form a LLC and commit crimes? (Score 1) 119

Ok, so extend it to small business. Small landscaping company owner. One of his employees starts stealing from the property owners. Should the owner be liable for the loss? Absolutely. Should he be sent to jail? Absolutely not. What would be the point? He's not a criminal. This is a slippery slope, one that leads society into constant fear, with everyone assuming unavoidable liability.

Comment Re:Can I form a LLC and commit crimes? (Score 1) 119

I hear people say the exact same thing all the time and it scares me that people believe this. Do you really want to live in a society where you can be thrown in jail because someone, that you have limited control over, does something illegal without your knowledge? Yes, as a CEO you have a responsibility to know what your company is doing, but anyone who has ever worked for a large company knows the CEO has very little visibility into what most of a company's individual parts are doing, other than what his/her direct reports tell them.

Comment Re:For a field that is compartmentalized... (Score 1) 491

Even mildly sensitive phonecalls do not get made anywhere near a window and anything down to mundane items like laser printers and photocopiers are either imported from a secure source or if they are bought locally they are examined back to front to make sure they haven't been interfered with.

Given what we know about the US government, I think I'd have more faith in a laser printer bought from Walmart than one imported from a "secure" source.

Comment Re:*Shudder* (Score 1) 91

"If your site doesn't work with JavaScript disabled, then it's a bad site" No its not. Its just a site that has accepted that it may have alienated a certain percentage of potential users. For many websites, that percentage of their customer base can be extremely small and have decided a degraded experience isn't worth it. The rest potentially benefit from a better user experience.

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