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Comment Re:nanny-state government ruining our kids (Score 3, Interesting) 478


These days if that happened, the parents would be yelled at for allowing their kid to go out unsupervised, yelled at for allowing their kid to run so fast though car parks and sports ovals and things with such a high risk of being hurt in the process and quite possibly yelled at for allowing their kids to spend their money with no controls on what they are buying.


Or perhaps parents today just perceive they would be yelled at for allowing this because they read that some parents in New Jersey was once talked to by CPS years ago. The "Nanny-State" is more of a chilling effect than a real phenomenon. Better communication means that even if an activity has only a .0001% chance of causing injury, we've heard of a child that was injured by it.

There's a family in our neighborhood that practices that kind of "Free Range" childcare, AFAIK no-one has actually yelled at them, and their children haven't had any more injuries than any others.

Comment Re:I call bullshit (Score 1) 248

When you are working at a company, the idea is to make your best effort to be the deepest domain expert in that particular field in the entire company. If you are in accounting, read every available relevant book on accounting. If you are at a company writing software to do computational fluid dynamics, then really understand the math, the available theories about best practices, and so on.

Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that you were less than honest.

It's also important to be the domain expert for something the company cares about. If you are the best accountant in the world, but your boss doesn't care for accounting and would rather outsource it, you'll never be in a good bargaining position, no matter how important your job is really to the company. Even if losing you would sink the company, it doesn't matter if your boss doesn't know or care.

Comment Re:I call bullshit (Score 1) 248

I hope eman1961 also replies because I'm interested in his answers.

I took a job writing a large system in JavaScript without knowing the language,

That was a feat considering that employers want a few years of paid experience with ANY skill. Not to mention having recent paid experience every single skill listed in the job description.

How did you pull that off? ...

The short answer is that companies look outside for Rumpelstiltskin employees, who can walk on water and spin straw into gold for pennies a day. Internal employees are expected to just jump in and solve problems.

If you are already working for a manager or have recently finished a contract for him, successfully, it's easy to get a gig by saying, "I don't know that language, but I'll learn it and finish this project on time".

Of course, I've never been a fan of the "Language of the Month" club. Why decide to do a project in a language when you can't find the people who know that language? First find good people, then use the tools they know.

Comment Re:Reservation fees? (Score 1) 214

I would think that a lot of bot reservations would go unused, at least, as soon as the newness of this wears off. How long until restaurants start charging a nonrefundable reservation fee?

And/or a simple wait list that gives preference for preferred customers? I.e. The restaurants should see this as an unmet need, and provide their customers a solution.

Submission + - Warner sued for massive copyfraud (

Maximum Prophet writes: Warner/Chappell Music makes millions of dollars per year licensing the song "Happy Birthday to You", although it's obviously out of copyright. Now "Good Morning to You Productions", a documentary film company is suing to get them to return the millions of ill gotten gains. Good luck. All Warner has to do to keep their monopoly is to get Congress to extend copyright on music so they own HBTY in perpetuity.

Comment Re:Millions of dollars of calls? (Score 1) 64

Yes, but.

In the case of AT&T there were real physical limits to the number of calls that could be made from A -> B, and if the last slot was used by a hacker, there was one less slot for a paying customer. Most of the time there was overcapacity, mostly because AT&T did overcharge business customers, so they could afford to overbuild.

Comment Re: Not-so-accurate source (Score 1) 487

Still not getting it.

Over here, broadcast television doesn't have anything like a "Listen Live" button. It's strictly one way.
Exactly what buttons might one accidentally click on, on television?

In the US, there is "free" commercial broadcast TV, and paid subscription TV over closed cable. Internet TV is either free or paid subscription. For the paid stuff, you have to sign up for an account, and although there are ways to circumvent it, if you don't pay, you can't watch.

I was aware that British broadcast television was licensed, rather than a subscription. Is there a similar model for BBC Internet TV?

Comment Re:Couldn't you just make up any old equation... (Score 1) 216

That's essentially what Carl Friedrich Gauss said when he was challenged to prove Fermat's Last Theorem. Something on the lines of: "I have no real interest in such endeavors since I could easily put forward a multitude of propositions which one could neither prove nor disprove."

Did Gauss "put forward a multitude of propositions which one could neither prove nor disprove"?

Especially now that we have very fast computers, it seems like the false conjectures would be quickly disproven, and the true ones might take a bit longer. If we eliminate needlessly complicated conjectures, are we left with only "interesting" ones?

Comment Re:not even hacking just URL typing with fixed ID (Score 1) 304

Actually it does mean you have permission to do so. It doesn't mean the owners meant to give you permission, however.

That's why you need to be a lawyer to understand this. It's possible that for a given State or Federal law that the owner's intent is what's important, not their implementation. And the intent of the defendant is also a factor.
So, if the owner intended the site to be secure, and the defendant intended to break that security, the actual security might be irrelevant.

IANAL, YMMV, talk to a lawyer in your own state for specifics.

Comment Re:Stumped my ass (Score 2) 398

At some point in there, the encryption has to end, and a logic 0 or 1 has to be sent to some device to unlock the door. If you found that point, and had a way to get into it... ...

A regular car probably has some place where exactly 1 logic 1 or 0 can be sent to unlock the door, but it's not unusual to have a system that first requires an enable solenoid to be activated, then simultaneously the unlock solenoid actually moves the bolt. (Mostly military stuff)

The solenoids also take a bit of current, so if the logic controller is well shielded and takes a stream of bits to open, your system would be fairly secure against EMP type attacks, even if the solenoid isn't well shielded. You don't want your doors unlocking every time you pass a Semi with a 1kw linear amp on his CB rig.

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