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Comment Re:Let me see what I type (Score 1) 498

A lot of people forget that restrictions like password masking came about because we DIDN'T used to do that, and guess what happened?

Some gimp in a hoody was standing behind people and just reading their passwords.

In ye olden days, literally that kind of thing was happening. At least, it happened when people didn't just sticky note their password to the monitor so they didn't have to remember it, and in case anybody else needed to use the system.

Comment Re:Perhaps a better method... (Score 1) 1001

Personally, I really favor giving people an example of a real problem we're working on and asking how they'd solve it. We've made excellent hires of people who didn't come up with solutions, but had a solid approach to getting one. I don't think having someone show me they remember how to code a trivial algorithm I almost certainly will never want them to code is going to tell me anything about them I care to know.

Comment Re:Toys, toys, toys... (Score 2) 119

If you have local administration rights then you take responsibility for being the admin, good and bad.

That simply doesn't work. Do this, and most likely before you've granted admin rights to two users, you'll have one who says "Ok, sure, I'll take responsibility for all that.", and subsequently never, ever acts as if they're responsible.

Then, when something bad happens because they've done something nutty with admin privs, IT finds out they have absolutely no teeth with which to enforce accountability.

Comment Of course it's a flawed strategy. (Score 1) 97

Just think about this:

...this article argues most of these tech companies "faced structural business issues too significant to be addressed through celebrity branding and artistic energy."

Do you know what doesn't address structural business issues? At all? Hiring a celebrity.

That's a roughly parallel statement to "the patient became more sick because they faced medical issues too significant to be addressed through Cheetos."

Comment Re:Why "I" shouldn't trust Geek Squad? (Score 2) 389

Why do people believe your rights come from a document?

Your rights come from some group of people, somewhere, some time, maybe even you, right now, standing up and saying no. If a lot of us believe random other people (state actors or not) should not go pawing through our lives without just cause, then that's how society should work because we ARE society.

And absolutely no, I do not believe Best Buy has any business going through their customers' property in any way beyond that needed to perform the services they've been contracted for.

Comment Re:Why "I" shouldn't trust Geek Squad? (Score 1) 389

My taxes, bank statements, identifying documents, jewelry, checkbooks, etc...

The principle of least privilege applies here. The plumber shouldn't have access to everything in your house either because he's trustworthy or "because you have nothing to hitde". The plumber should have access to you plumbing and as little else is as practicable because he/she doesn't require access to anything else.

Comment Re: Breaking news (Score 4, Insightful) 267

I agree with this, and say pretty much every single election that $NEW_GUY is going to take credit or get blamed for whatever happens in the next 4 years.

Yeah, we should really quit doing that. Trump has nothing to do with those 10,000 jobs, Incidentally, jobs fluctuate by over 100,000/month, so gaining 10,000 in the almost 2 months since he's been elected is literally in the statistical noise.

Comment Re:I have no problem with it. (Score 1) 366

But most of all I question whether the path to more advanced AI ends with something that resembles us at all. I suspect we will eventually succeed in developing AIs that are superior to us in most intellectual respects, but may end up having very little in common with us.

That's a very important point. I don't know if we'll ever create AI that's equivalent to humans in intelligence, self-determination (illusory or not), and legal rights, but if we do it's a very, very short path to AI that are more intelligent than humans are. I'd say it's therefore a rather dangerous thing to do.

Comment Re:*Beside the road* is still cheaper and better (Score 1) 277

This is one of those monumentally nutty arguments of the form:

A: Hey, let's do thing!
B: Well, there's MAJOR_PROBLEM with doing thing.
A: Assume we can solve MAJOR_PROBLEM. Any other reasons?
B: No....

Then you go off, try to do thing, run smack into MAJOR_PROBLEM that you assumed you could solve, but never actually did, and your project fails.

Maybe someday there will be a point where solar cells are actually price competitive to roadway surface (which is pretty darned cheap, really), but it's not now. When that day comes is when it will make sense to consider putting solar cells on/in roads. Right now it's just a bad idea.

Comment Re:heres the operative sentence (Score 2) 406

I from the US, so I might be biased, but it sounds more like China is pretending they own the street in front of their house and grabbed our RC car as we drove it down the street. If we drove into their yard, yeah, they'd be justified, but pretty much the everybody but China agrees that the street doesn't belong to them.

Comment Re:Facebook committing corporate suicide (Score 1) 415

Not necessarily. Some of the people who have posted fake news that I've seen accepted that it was fake and retracted it when it was pointed out to them. Actually, most of the people I've done that to have.

I think the key point is that people spreading fake news (stories claiming to be true that aren't, not opinion pieces) don't actually intend to be spreading stories that are really not true. They've just been duped into thinking they are true.

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