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Comment Re:It's heartbreaking that politicians don't do sh (Score 1) 482

The trick is that they're (probably) not actually violating the law in most of these cases. I'm under the impression that it's not the employer that normally hires the H1B replacement. Instead, they decide to "outsource" IT from their own employees to Wipro or Infosys or similar Indian company whose US subsidiaries are the ones bringing in all the H1B-visa employees.

Obviously a violation of the spirit of the law, but unless someone has some relatively damning evidence leaked from inside one of the outsourcing firms, there's nothing to stick a letter-of-the-law violation to.

Comment Re:No suprise (Score 2) 231

You don't need the presidency. It'd certainly be nice, but I don't think it's where reforms would make the most difference. It's kind of obscene the way people are led by media coverage to believe that the presidential race is the only important one.

I honestly suspect Sanders always knew his presidential campaign was a longshot. I think the only reason he's campaigning so hard is to preserve and build influence over the party platform and to keep similarly-inclined voters engaged.

Now comes the endorsing of politically-similar senator and representative candidates, fundraising, and campaigning for the more-important (but much less promoted) races for the legislature, and influencing the party platform (and maybe an influential position on one or more congressional committees). He'd be a lot less able to accomplish anything in those areas is he had been "the guy who saw he couldn't possibly win so he quit" rather than "the guy who fought hard all the way to the end, kept visibility on the issues that he'll be fighting for in the party platform, and made the establishment candidate work for the nomination in spite of the party establishment support."

If I'm right about that, there's no way he'll "Nader" the presidential election, that'd be counter-productive to what I'm assuming his real political goals are.

Comment Re:"Half"-human...no. (Score 1) 242

Oh, and to expand on this: a "chimera", in this context, means it's one organism with some cells that are genetically one organism and other cells that are genetically the other, not some sort of "genetic modification" that mixes genes from two different organisms. (If you were to breed the pigs referred to in this project, you'd get plain old pigs - who would presumably end up dying not too long after being born because they have no pancreas without the human [or, hypothetically, from some other organism] cells being transplanted in to form one.)

Comment "Half"-human...no. (Score 1) 242

From what little detail was in the article there on the Irritable Bowel Times, it sounds like they're talking about growing a normal wholly-human organ in wholly-"animal" pigs. (The pigs in this case being bred/modified just enough to not grow their own pigly pancreas, so that the human cells can form a human-compatible pancreas instead).

This doesn't make the pigs "half-human, half animal" any more than Escherichia coli cells modified to produce human insulin protein are "half-human, half-bacteria" (or a human with a prosthetic leg is "half-human, half-machine").

Ridiculous sensationalism. Bah.

Personally, I'd argue "humanity" is a state of mind rather than a bundle of body-parts, but that's a whole separate issue.

Comment Re:You get what you pay for (Score 2) 77

That's a good point, though it seems like a lot of effort to get a device into a random, unknown network at a random, unknown time.

To me, it merely emphasizes that being able to replace the OS/Firmware oneself is important, and should be done with any new device.

Doesn't really matter if Spyware McWebcam put a malware OS on the device if I'm just going to overwrite with a good firmware of my own choosing before putting it on my network.

Same goes for full computers, too, along with "smartphones" and tablets, which seem like they'd be bigger targets. One could do a lot more harm with a backdoored iPhone or Android device returned as "new, unopened" than a webcam.

Comment Re:webcam distro? (Score 1) 77

I was wondering exactly that. "So, someone with physical access to your webcam can crack it open and analyse the firmware? Gosh. I'm frightened. Someone who has connected to your internal network and knows you have a specific model of IP webcam and happens to have a canned custom firmware that they can upload to it (if you've not changed the default admin password)? Slightly frightened, but not much. But 'getting root' so I can modify and more fully control my own low-cost IP cameras? Tell me more!"

Comment Rickety pile of smouldering crap (Score 3, Informative) 37

I've been working for an organization that uses Dentrix. My impression of it is...not very favorable.

It seems like someone wrote a basic customer-tracking database for Windows that happened to be focussed on dental patients, and then Henry Schein bought them and built the rest by "buying" (or "licensing") connections to a pile of other third-party software. In addition to MS-SQL and Microsoft Office, this seems to include Adobe Flash in places, "integrators" for at least two different third-party imaging software packages, a messaging system, and who knows what else.

Looking at the CERT notice, I'm guessing they "bought" (/"licensed") their special "proprietary encryption" as a package from Faircom and just bolted it on without any further examination. They were probably happily going along continuing to brag about their encryption because Faircom was, and they figured Faircom could be blamed for it.

It doesn't help that "Dental-patient record tracking software" isn't a particularly big niche, so there's likely very little competition and any half-assed thing they throw together will continue to generate license fees because Big Multibillion-Dollar Corporation can easily outmarket the very few competitors they may have (and who may not actually be any better). Many years ago, I worked for a proprietary retail inventory-and-point-of-sale software developer. Their product was also a rickety pile of smouldering crap, but it still seemed to be better than most of their few competitors back then. Horrifying, but I suspect Henry Schein is in an analogous situation (compounded by being a massive conglomerate).

Comment Re:"user engagement has gone up" (Score 1) 76

That's what you get for not paying attention to the privacy-policy changes.

You had 24 hours to uncheck "Will you marry Facebook, inc.?" in your settings. If you failed to do so, you're engaged to it. I think they'll be doing a mass wedding next year.

Your only hope now is to hurry up and pre-emptively start divorce proceedings before the prenuptial agreement gets added to the terms of service...

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