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Comment Re:Moral of the story (Score 1) 172

One problem with that theory, they know who he is now anyway.

In this scenario said syndicate might actually be pissed that the flaw is now fixed. He isn't in the police's good books so what do you expect will be the police reaction if he gets approached from such a syndicate now and tries to report it. Sadly my money is on "Oh he was in with the criminals all along".

Comment Re: Hm... (Score 1) 172

#1 can be argued under the guise of penetration testing / security research, #3 is a side effect of that (I don't know how much he recorded but he would have needed some proof that he managed to tap into the system).

#2 makes me cautious about this person's character and I agree is a prosecutable offence but if 1 & 3 are charges he got hit with and they stuck the message that got sent is don't alert the authorities sell the hack as a zero day.

Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 1) 262

Doesn't really sound like it, "Hey bob we are either going to loose this money anyway so we will let you have it", does that sound like they really value your work and want to pay you what you are worth?

Its exactly what they are doing with taxes, the added benefit here is they get to look good to their employees in the process. This doesn't sound like honor, its sounds like choosing the lesser of 2 evils.

Comment Re:Talk to Vendors (Score 1) 219

If you don't know the difference between sales professionals and IT professionals... you are part of the problem.

How do you get to the latter without at least making contact with the former?

Something of the OP's scale isn't exactly the normal thing that your average IT professional has any experience with so the normal channels probably won't work.

Comment Re: Considering how few boys graduate at ALL (Score 1) 355

The question is why?

If the answer is that the small subset of men who enter the teaching field teach better then cool (maybe thats the trend that these institutions have seen). However if it is just to make up diversity numbers and they are worse teachers then that is a very bad practice. I don't have kids but I would want the best teacher for them regardless of gender.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 242

If you change the OS and the manufacturer finds out it is possible that they will not honor the warranty seems like a good reason to not touch the pre-installed OS. Especially when you factor in the system recovery will put said OS right back (assuming you didn't kill that partition during the install of the alternate OS).

Then you open the can of worms that is drivers, quite a few Windows 8 machines lack drivers for win 7 and previous (then again makes a good argument for switching the users to Linux).

Comment Re:Boy toy (Score 1) 786

I agree with your point (assuming you are talking about a decade ago, I expect the computer access issue has changed slightly) but that doesn't counter the GP's point of the tech industry isn't the one doing that discouraging.

In the 90s (when I was a teenager) girls looked down on geeks (then again so did most of society), allot of the time computer science had the same set of questions to answer as theoretical math "What good is it? What can I do with it?" In the 90s tech was only making large effects in very limited areas. Compare that even to Civil, Electrical and Mechanical engineering; you can see the bridges, televisions and cars respectively. Only recently (say the past 5-10 years) did the effects become easily visible to the general population.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 533

Or maybe if your running at 240p, 4Mbit isn't enough for 1080p (which is around 5Mbit) so even with their definition you can't enjoy youtube to its fullest either.

Dial up is (barely) enough to run a single VoIP session (assuming you are not using G711 at 80Kbps).

Of course this is all assuming a single user per connection at a time.

Comment Re:"Best" users (Score 1) 129

For your company, remote users are the most expensive to support. It often takes several minutes to try to make the user understand what you want them to do, and to do it PROPERLY, where locally, you could just go to a user's desk and fix the problem in seconds.

Therein lies a pretty big problem IMHO, even if it takes you a couple minutes the remote user can now deal with the issue themselves (assuming its something that doesn't require co-ordination with us). Also they now have documentation (in the form of e-mail) in the event they forget. If you just walk over to the user's desk they are not going to bother remembering how to fix it themselves they will remember where your desk is the next time.

I acknowledge from a debugging perspective it can be harder but I work for an ISP, most cases are remote and we've put in lots of instrumentation to help in those circumstances. As for some of my local users, they know where my desk is by heart and almost never provide any sort of useful information in their reports.

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