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Comment Re:Well, as an electrician ... (Score 1) 173

I don't know. There's precedent.

In every subway station in my town there's a big red button that kills all power to the rails. Hitting that button would be a major PITA for everyone, but yet, it sits there, red and inviting, and somehow humans manage NOT to press the red button, years of D&D evidence to the country notwithstanding.

Humans can be trusted with (limited) power.

I vote we don't terminate all of them. We should keep at least 7 as historical landmarks.

Comment Re:Lame (Score 1) 168

>Less space than a Nomad

In all fairness, I rarely need to control more than one starship in battle at a time with my phone, so a fraction of Nomad's space works fine . . .


Comment Re:Only remove it for California (Score 1) 218

> But the 1st amendment is not a law in that respect

Yes, it is, as applied through the 14th, as are all other parts of the Bill of Rights "fundamental to the concept of ordered liberty." [*]

hawk, esq.

[*] And the establishment clause, which is applied, well, whenever a court feels like it . . .

Comment Re:Only remove it for California (Score 1) 218

>Well Hollywood better put a goddamn end to the
>practice. I, for one, am sick and tired of Hollywood
>using actual children to portray children in movies
>and television. They should be using only actors
>above the age of 18.

Uhm, isn't that that Matthew Broderick is for?

Although I think he's finally ready to play college students instead of high school . . . :)


Comment Re:My phone (Score 1) 232

I wear an android watch so that I have a "Hey, look at your phone" or "Hey, get to your next meeting" reminder that's not disruptive. The fact that my time is on my wrist is a nice side effect, but mostly it avoids me having to take my phone out of my pocket in social and business situations where it would be disruptive or frowned upon.

Looking at your watch is a LOT more socially acceptable in certain circumstances then pulling your phone out.

Comment Re:Security. (Score 2) 261

I'll second this. Weaknesses I've observed in the current crop of SEs currently in the market place are:

1) Lack of security understanding and related defensive programming skills - If I have to tell you I found a XSS vulnerability in your code, you should be embarrassed, because you should have caught it way before I found it in QA.

2) A lack of understanding of the world outside your box. I don't expect that you'll be able to configure a cisco router, but I DO expect you to be able to tell me what ports you're using, and details on your communication protocols (are you encrypting, if so what protocol?

3) A lack of understanding of BASIC security principles, e.g. Authentication, Authorization, Auditing, & Availability. You should be able to rattle off what your code is doing with respect to those core needs.


Comment Re:The author of this software needs education. (Score 1) 80

Many years ago there was a proposal for the "Tux Virus."

The notion was that it would download a linux distribution with FVWM95 as the window manager, use Wine for the windows binaries, and probably include OpenOffice.

Some even deluded themselves that it would take the victim a while to notice.

Fortunately, those that had the actual ability to do this (that is, to come as close as possible; it's not like Wine was up to running random binaries) had better things to do, or had been taught better by their mothers.

Unfortunately, that was not the case for vigor, which actually got implemented . . .


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