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Comment And........ Romney is still right! (Score 1) 1028

My 2 cents....

Romney: "Russia is America’s number one geopolitical foe”
Obama: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back becausethe Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”
Hillary: "“It’s somewhat dated to be looking backwards”

If you'd all have voted for Romney you wouldn't be in this position and wouldn't have to choose between twiddle dee and twiddle dumb.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 702

Totally agree. All this shows is that another segment of the market that reads sci-fi has finally taken an interest in the awards ceremony process.

It's analogous to the same rise in reported crime that happens when you put more cops on the street. Does that mean that there is really more crime or do you just have more people to report what is there? I view this the same way, you're just seeing 'conservatives' who read sci-fi actually come out to vote. I'm a conservative and I've been reading sci-fi/fantasy all my life; the same goes for most of my family and extended family.

Comment Re:Anonymous (Score 1) 145

Well it's certainly better than shutting down their twitter accounts..

My point was more that the CIA/FBI could potentially take over the accounts and impersonate them. If they can't then yes, they should just monitor (which is probably more practical.)

Comment Anonymous (Score 2) 145

Now, Anonymous should be finding these 5-6 guys, discovering their true identities and sending that information to the CIA while knocking them off the internet and locking them out of their account (while turning over their account credentials to the CIA as well.)

Comment They haven't taken them down... (Score 1) 320

Because intelligence agencies use them to infiltrate terrorist groups and to network through terrorist organizations to the guys calling the shots. By shutting down these channels they are actually making the job harder for intelligence groups as they push terrorists to use more obscure forms of communications like the PSN which are harder for analysts to track. Not that terrorists aren't getting wise and doing this already but not all terrorists are as clever and we certainly want to keep them and their communication mechanisms lazy.

Comment They going to bother to maintain them? (Score 1) 77

I spoke to 2 support reps just Wed. One from the US and one from Canada. Neither could give me an assurance that another Samsung device won't end up as abandonware. All I got were vague answers that Samsung will update Android as long as the hardware is compatible; but they couldn't say when or how often. My Note 10.1 tablet hasn't had an Android update in 2 years and they couldn't promise me one was coming either.

Now that we have a Mac in the house, despite the fact that I hate my iPhone, I'm considering transitioning all of my devices to Apple (shudder.)

Comment Reasonable Access (Score 5, Insightful) 267

I've been an IT manager and an IT director so I'll make a few points from that perspective.
1) IT is there to serve the needs of the business and one of the needs of the business is to create / facilitate a productive and encouraging work environment. Now, this doesn't need to mean that you give people everything they ask for, but it does mean that you need to trust people. If there are legitimate reasons for concern then get a firewall product that can measure the amount of time someone is spending surfing the net; however, this is really a business concern and this capability is not for IT to worry about its for the different LOB managers to worry about. If they have that as a general concern then pursue it, otherwise it's not IT's concern.

2) What is IT's concern is the security, availability, and integrity of the computing environment and business data and that does mean taking reasonable measures to protect the assets under your control. That means that perhaps you need AV / Anti-Malware / etc. protections. Perhaps also a webfilter that blocks sites that are known for producing malware with the intent to exploit the visitors to that site. Those sites should come from security vendor watchlists and not some arbitrary list put together by the sysadmins.

3) Doing this is about finding an appropriate balance. That balance can only be maintained through constant communication and feedback with the business leaders (i.e. you need a governance process.) The business leadership / executive will need to decide what that balance is. IT's job is to appropriately communicate the risks, consequences and options and let the executive make the decision on how much risk they are willing to take on. This is why communication is crucial, especially in IT, and why often managers who are non-technical or barely technical, get those positions instead of the very technical people who "know better."

Comment Re:STEM + Critical Thinking is what's needed (Score 1) 397

I'd say that the best way to learn how to think critically is by studying math, which teaches your brain how to structure your critical thinking. That said, the data you are going feed into that structure needs to come from a broad and relevant set of data and some understanding of the structure of that data or at least the underlying relevant drivers. That input is going to come from a liberal-arts education, not a STEM education.

Comment Re:Broken thinking... (Score 4, Informative) 397

In my experience this is not the case. The ability to handle math does suggest the ability to think and analyse, however, it does not follow that you have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Much too often I run into co-workers who are technically very smart, but cannot even write an understandable email. Their emails are a series of long run-on sentences, often with little to no punctuation. At the end of reading them I'm often left wondering what they were trying to say.

Comment Go to a Liberal Arts school... (Score 1) 397

This is why I think it's important for STEM majors to go to a liberal arts school. A school that forces you to do a number of credits from different faculties and will force you to take courses in the social 'sciences,' arts, literature, history philosophy, religion, anthropology, etc. I would also agree with the comments on writing. Too often these days I run into people who cannot compose a cogent email let alone a memo or document. While technical skills are very important, leadership and communications skills are key differentiators in any business.

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