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Comment Re:Doing more with less.. (Score 2) 55

Requiring someone to remember to do an infrequent and short task at a point 1 or 2 years in the future


I could write a PowerShell script in maybe 10 minutes that will list all of the computers in the domain, connect to them, and check for expiring certificates. I can get a reminder in advance---90 days, 30 days, a week, whatever I want. All I have to do is one thing: understand my job.

Alternatively, some tools (like Nessus, which is FOSS) have audits which automatically check for expiring certificates. They can be configured to email a report, and you can notified every day/week/month if you have expiring certs.

This is a stupid, incompetent failure. You can build or buy a tool to avoid this problem very easily. Compared to using passwords, the only reasonable complaint is that you require decent sys admins.

Comment Re:That much demand for being lied to? (Score 1) 202

The HIPAA and SOX regulations only apply to systems that handle health care and accounting data, respectively.

The payment card industry has a complex set of security requirements (PCI DSS), but this is a private agreement between the parties. Any violations are handled by the private authority that audits their system. (The credit card companies basically force everyone to go along with it because they don't want to deal with massive fraud.)

Customer documents, customer billing information, business plans, etc have zero explicit security requirements under US law.

Comment 100% his fault (Score 2, Interesting) 142

There are public and private streaming options. He was recording to a public stream.

The article even says he noticed it was public after 30 minutes and left it that way.

I have every desire for legal privacy protections, but this guy basically waived them all. And then had the audacity to file a lawsuit.

Comment Re:Is there a product these patents protect? (Score 1) 69

CRISPR (the invention) is a synthetic implementation of the CRISPR/Cas system immune system.

It is a method of customizing where genes are cut. Other methods are used to insert or modify DNA.

It is a tool, albeit a much better one than existed before. Thus, CRISPR could be best compared to replacing a hacksaw with a laser cutter. The general public has no need of such a tool, but we will most likely buy many things which this tool produces.

Comment Re:A tool is not a product. (Score 1) 69

Patent law doesn't require physical products.

But having said that, CRISPR is a synthetic recreation/modification of a part of the immune system. It can slice and dice genes very precisely.

There is a lot of research into using CRISPR to cure cancers and prevent some genetic disorders. There are probably going to be a lot of things that use CRISPR in the near future.

It is a very powerful tool---possibly as historically significant as the steam engine. This is the tool that helps us reshape genes, after all.

Machines were niche products until we could power them with something besides people or farm animals. The ability to use them anywhere, refuel them immediately, and generate more power were all important. In a similar vein, CRISPR vastly expands our capacity for genetic engineering. It is almost impossible to predict what we will do with this newfound power.

Comment Re:Maybe it's time to return to LISP machines (Score 1) 155

If you cannot share memory between processes, you take a performance hit every time you need to share data. For some applications, this is a deal-breaker.

If you can share memory in anyway, that sharing mechanism can be broken somehow.

Pick your poison.

(P.S. - The market made its choice long ago.)

Comment Re:the real reason theyre arguing it. (Score 1) 309

Here's tip: Just don't GLUE it.
Just the space required for glue makes it thicker.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

If the battery is not glued, it must be fastened by some other means. Typically, this is a plastic mounting bay within the device.

My old Samsung Google phone has a removable battery.

A user-removable battery is even more of a challenge. There must be clearance for the battery to move freely (perhaps only a millimeter or two, but still a bit of space).

There must be a removable hatch to provide access---with either clips and/or a hinge to fasten it. These mechanisms invariably take up more space than glue.

As the body is now weaker due to the opening, thicker panels and stronger construction are necessary.

Unibody construction offers some size, weight, and cost benefits, but it is difficult to employ when key structural panels must have large holes for battery access.

I am not a fan of the "thinner/lighter at all costs" trend, but there are complex tradeoffs behind the design. These issues cannot be hand-waived away by an internet know-it-all.

Comment Re:Productivity! (Score 1) 158

Until you get big-boy projects that require coordination with other people.

What do you do then? Send an email and hope for a quick response? Sit at your desk like a good little doggie until the next project management meeting? Or maybe you go talk it over and get back to work.

The only reason a desk needs an occupancy sensor is for facilities efficiency---or as a crutch for poor hiring and management practices.

Comment Re:where's the 'feature' and "wifi only" data plan (Score 1) 48

You'll be looking at MVNOs rather than major carriers. These companies resell access that they acquired at wholesale rates. In the US wireless market, the budget options are entirely via MVNOs rather than the major carriers.

MetroPCS is $30 (includes all fees) for unlimited voice/text and a small amount of data.

I believe only Total Wireless has a $25 talk/text offering, and they are a TracFone/Walmart joint venture---a very budget-focused endeavor. They have not been around long enough to have a meaningful track record.

It's hard to find anyone who offers unlimited talk/text without any data. There are, quite frankly, too few phones that have such basic functionality. You might as well ask why no one sells buggy whips anymore.

If you are willing to accept reasonably cheap service with caps on minutes/texts, then you have a variety of options---Ting, Straight Talk, Virgin Mobile, TracPhone, etc.

Comment Re:ATT Loses BIG TIME! (Score 1) 48

T-Mobile is much better now. With their new spectrum, they have excellent LTE coverage.

Just make sure that your phone supports LTE band 12, as that is their primary 4G spectrum. Newer phones should be fine, but the cutoff is around 2013/2014 for widespread support. E.g., the iPhone 5C doesn't have it.

Comment Re: Okay - that was quick. (Score 1) 893

Most people see lying as a bad thing regardless of who is being lied to---with some tolerance for truly exceptional circumstances.

To some people, there is a huge world of difference between "regular lying", which is fine, and bad lying---specifically "getting caught in a lie" or, even worse, "lying to me". These people always seem a bit scummy to everybody else.

Flynn's boss may have been fine with regular lying, but even scumbags don't like it when their subordinates lie to them or get caught.

Comment Dumbest Lawsuit This Year (Score 1) 640

I don't think the Model S is the fastest car on the street, so the same argument would apply to other performance vehicles, possibly all of them depending on where you draw the line for a car being "too fast".

Another car was driving the wrong way on the street? Sue him. It might actually work if you get a sympathetic jury.

Driver was 3X the legal alcohol limit? While I have sympathy for the father, there is no excuse. I have seen drunk driving warnings repeatedly since childhood, and I am sure the driver did too. She broke the law and gambled with her safety---and lost.

I feel like this is a ridiculous lawsuit brought about by an ambitious attorney pressuring a heartbroken parent.

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