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Comment Re:F1 = Rolling billboards (Score 1) 136

A big corporate entity buying a club and branding it to suit them. That's selling out! I've never liked how American stadiums are all named after corporations. It ruins the aura for me.

It's adorable that you think F1 has never "sold out" given that the entire business model is advertising. Without explicit corporate sponsorship F1 doesn't exist. They slap corporate logos on anything that moves - literally. And you think Apple getting involved in that promotion-fest would change things? Spare me.

It's interesting to see how F1 evolved from country colors to the corporate branding seen today after John Player slapped some logos on a car. Now, an F1 car probably has some of the highest priced real estate in the world on a square inch basis. As for US pro stadiums, Soldier Field and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum stand out in leagues by themselves.

Comment Re:Ignored Messages (Score 1) 209

Don't assume competence on Verizon's part.

Or any traditional career, of that part. I once had a line on central switchboard but was build separately. The phone company screw up royally, charging $1 04 $2 for calls that should have been a dime. My bill was only a few hundred dollars, and even when I got someone to issue a credit (the commercial people insisted it was a home account, and the home people insisted it was a commercial one) it never showed up on my account.I had faxes stating the credit was applied, at one point the CEO's office rep was involved but they never figured it out. The phone person at the residence said they had talked to the company and was told it was not worth the trouble to fix the billing... A friend, who worked with the company's CEO, said just don't pay it; they will eventually write it off which is what they did. It never should up on my credit report either, probably because they didn't have any information on me other than a box at the university I was attending. I kept a thick file for number of years and finally chucked it after never hearing anything again; I wonder who was getting hundreds of dollars of credits each month, probably whoever now had my old number.

Comment Re:Look at it from Google's POV (Score 1) 49

So what you're saying is, that Google's own employees - not one among the vast number of them - cannot find this type of exploit, or aren't allocated to this type of exploit finding, so basically Google has opted to contract that work out in the form of a "bounty program"?

It's not so much a question of having the technical smarts but rather Google has limited bandwidth to do this, so they can't cause every possible idea, and outside eyes may look at the problem differently and come up with something not apparent to Google's staff. One challenge people have is they tend to look at problems based on their knowledge and experience and may not approach it from a different angle and come up with something new; it's not a lack of smarts but becoming conditioned as to how to approach a problem or challenge. An added benefit is Google potentially gets vulnerabilities exposed on the cheap, or even for free. Not a bad deal, for them.

Comment Look at it from Google's POV (Score 1) 49

For 300k they potentially get bugs found that could cost much more if they did this internally and outside eyes may take approaches Google never thought of. Of course, given the potential value to others beside Google they may not find out about the most serious vulnerabilities because they are much more valuable than $200k; and some hackers that didn't get anything may continue to probe and find vulnerabilities to sell. State actors have no reason to reveal their secrets because those are weapons to deploy when needed. While this is good publicity getting the word out you pay market rates for vulnerabilities might work better, plus possibly forcing prices up to where it is potentially unprofitable.

Comment Re:Bad Idea, Really Bad Idea (Score 2) 167

Anyone Remember CompuAdd?? or Gateway??, not many do, but after being giants in computer sales on line they opened retail stores and it crippled them and cost them going out of business. Amazon needs to be extremely careful, what is that quote, "those who don't remember the past are doomed to repeat it".

Anyone Remember CompuAdd?? or Gateway??, not many do, but after being giants in computer sales on line they opened retail stores and it crippled them and cost them going out of business. Amazon needs to be extremely careful, what is that quote, "those who don't remember the past are doomed to repeat it".

Gateway had a number of problems when it went into retail. First and foremost the were a low coat seller and retail stores added costs at a time when prices were starting to drop. They spent a lot of money making stores look like farms complete with silos but you couldn't actually buy and walk out with it. You had to wait for it to be shipped. In addition, they were selling a product that was no different from what you could het right seay at other stores nor did they offer anything uniguevso beyond the novelty there was no compelling reason to return after you went once to see what the noise was about. Amazon so far has used small popups limited to Amazon branded products so the cost is low and Can use them to drive sales of ebooks etc. it will be interesting to see how tey do.

Comment Re:they should be teching real skills not outsourc (Score 1) 618

IT is the equivalent of welding these days. Until the US vocational schools start cranking out IT and programmer techs companies are going to fill the positions with Indians.

I think they are similar in that there are two aspects to welding - one i step skills trade and the other is the engineering and science aspect that requires advanced education. You can get a BS, MS and PhD in Welding Engineering for example, where the focus is on the science of welding and goes far beyond sticking two pieces of metal together; and the welding engineers I met have great respect for good welders. Similarly, you can teach a bunch of kids coding basics but don't expect them to understand computer science; do real CS types respect coders?. Also, welding and programming are similar in that anyone can strike an arc or write code, to do it at a master level takes experience, practice and talent. Fortunately for welders, having that type of skill means you are in demand, for coders it simply means you are too expensive and can be replaced by a couple keyboard bangers just out of school.

Comment Re:It was unequivocally a criminal offense (Score 1) 223

Even if I were to stipulate to your assertion, having a private, insecure server for *years* is certainly an ongoing pattern.

However,the traffic, except for a handful, were unclassified and thus no violation occurred. Had she been sending and receiving classified traffic of years that would be a different story; but in this case there is no ongoing pattern of mishandling classified traffic.

From Comey:

There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.

They had an ongoing set of improper conversations on this unclassified system for years.

Now, even if you want to argue that it *wasn't* grossly negligent, surely you can admit that this should have been adjudicated in a trial, instead of bypassed by political appointees.

Not really, doing so simply devolves into one party looking to damage the others by using these things for political gain; ultimately things that really aren't a big deal become a chance for the Democrats or Republicans to get pay back or damage the other side. And quite frankly, after reading the report what she did is not that big of a deal and if the tables were turned the Republicans would be crying foul as loud as they are crying crime today.

Comment Re:It was unequivocally a criminal offense (Score 1) 223

tl;dr - she didn't have to know it was wrong, she simply had to be "extremely careless" (aka, "grossly negligent")

Extremely careless is not grossly negligent; you can argue an ongoing pattern of being extremely careless handling classified material is grossly negligent, but a few isolated cases would probably not reach that level, at least not in a legal sense.

Comment Re: Clinton should be in jail!!! (Score 1) 223

The scary part is that she didn't seem to understand the differences between handling classified data and unclassified data. Almost anyone else in government who mishandled classified data similarly would be a guest of a federal correctional facility for many years.

Separate from what she did, the classification system is broke in many ways. Stuff gets over classified, classified differently in different agencies, and get classified after the fact. I can see someone not realizing something should be classified. Aggregate unclassified data can become classified. Even the First Law of Thermodynamics is Confidential or at least was a while ago in parts of the Navy.

Comment Re:I'm sorry... Can that really be called research (Score 1) 75

The first three seconds of the (longer) trailer of the first season lost me with:

LOADHIGH A:/SYS/BIOS

PRINT /D:LPT1 /A:/SYS/BIOS

What the hell is this? TI-RTOS? Nope. CP/M, or its bastardized cousin, PC/DOS? Nope. Sorry - with a name like "Halt and Catch Fire", I'd have expected something better than stupid TV writer gibberish.

hell Yah. Star Trek lost me at the whole faster than light space travel thing, Firefly with English and Chinese speaking human beings in a distant solar system... That whole "Willing suspension of disbelief" thing is overrated...

Comment Re:Maybe VR would work better? (Score 1) 82

The issue is not VR but how to combine the real equipment (the tactile) with the environment (the visual). Ideally a simulator allows someone to operate the "real" equipment while providing a visual display similar to what they see in real life, A flight simulator, for example, provides a real cockpit with 3 degrees of movement and provides a visual display of the environment they would see if they were actually flying so they "move" throughout the environment as if it were real by combining tactile and visual feedback in response to their actions. The advantage a simulator has is you can stop and replay the results to teach the person and show them what went well or wrong immediately without adverse results. It doesn't replace doing it for real but allows for making mistakes without adverse results. It also, if done right, can provide realistic training at a lower cost. I've come out of control room and fire control simulator seasons in such environments as sweaty and with as much a pucker factor as if it were real. For a less stressful example, a while back I got to play with a simulation that used fake bullets to allow you to fire hand held weapons at a target to practice shooting. While it wasn't a perfect simulation of say an M16, it let you fire a lot more rounds to gain proficiency which coupled with real rounds at a range, helped maintain your skill. You didn't have to get range time and fire expensive, and thus limited, rounds, compared to the simulator bullets, so you could practice a lot more and at more convenient times than at a range. The Army's problem is they have to many simulators without thinking how to integrate simulation with real world experience and in some cases replaced the tactile feedback with virtual simulations, at least that's what I got from the article, and at a higher cost in some cases based on actual use.

Comment Re:Yes, and maybe (Score 1) 225

No kidding, the days of Gopher were the peak of internet usefulness. Imagine what could have been achieved if images, videos, and the Army of Lamers had never come! The dystopia we got is now requiring us to watch 5 minutes of inarticulate video just to get information we could have skimmed in 15 seconds. And when there is no video, we have to get that same text spread across 3 pages full of ads that each take 15 seconds to load regardless of your ISP speed.

I blame it on AOL for creating eternal September...

Comment Re:Yes, and maybe (Score 4, Interesting) 225

I remember it, at 65, actually I remember huge batch only mainframes. On a more serious note, I have a lot of time for Gopher, Lynx and all the 'simpifiers', I'd prefer everyone to have knowledge and communication at a low bandwidth rather than adverts, emojiis (whatever they are) and pictures of cats. My vision, going forward is goodbye port 80 and port 443, let's start again.

It was pretty amazing how useful and fast, even at 1200 baud, the Internet was back in the pre-graphics days. Gopher, Fetch, FTP, Whois an Usenet, and Lynx as a browser that focused on information, not self loading videos, animated ads, and other bandwidth and resource hogs.

Comment Re:Nice propaganda piece (Score 1) 472

Side note: A few years ago when I was doing my PhD, we did a nice little experiment when we found a floor-plan of an CS institute at Berkeley: We tried to identify which PhD students were American and which were not. We ended up with something like 1 in 10 US and 1 in 10 unsure. The rest were from abroad. So my take is the insult here is not by the people saying the truth about the US education system, the insult is to those going through that defective system.

Unless you want to do research or teach, a PhD, even an MS, adds little to your income vs a BS; as a result many graduates forgo further formal education for making money. You are often better of, financially, getting an MBA and forgoing tech work than spending the time and money to get a PhD. Anecdotally, several PhD's I worked with that were foreign born said they did a PhD simply because it made getting a green card easier and they could make more in the US than back home. Another issue the tech world has is they are competing for talent with non-tech firms, such as banks, that will pay a lot more for talent; so the tech firms turn to cheaper labor sources rather than compete for home grown talent; especially if all they are really looking for is cheap coding labor and not research talent.

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