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Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 2) 261

FD: I would never be confused with a person who has movie-star good looks, but I've been hit on in the work place by coworkers, often subordinate employees.

That's how a good portion of relationships start.
If hitting on a coworker were illegal sexism, a good part of the slashdot audience wouldn't be here, because their parents never would have hooked up.

That said, respecting that someone is not interested should be as obvious as respecting that someone is interested. In either case, move on.

Comment Re:Why not blame the manufacturer? (Score 1) 213

Probably b'cos there is nothing that manufacturers can do about cosmic rays, which are beyond even gamma rays in the electromagnetic spectrum in terms of wavelength and frequency.

In addition to what others have pointed out, stop shrinking dies. The smaller a circuit is, the greater the risk that it will be impacted when hit by a neutron. Components from a decade or two ago are a heck of a lot more resilient against cosmic rays than today's components.

Sure, at lower speeds, but for a great many things you just need enough speed. Split out speed-requiring jobs on cutting-edge hardware, and run other critical services on more reliable hardware.

Comment Re:I hate worker exploitation (Score 1) 130

Hob, aka Old Hob, aka The Devil.

That's a nice folk etymology, and completely wrong.
Thomas Hobson was a real guy, running a livery stable. Any customer had to pick the horse stabled closest to the door - take it or leave it.
"Old Hob" didn't appear as an expression until the mid-18th century, around 200 years after Hobson's choice was already an established term.

Comment Re:Innovation (Score 2) 356

I was not a believer. I hated the fact that he was pushing such an outdated design for a kernel.

Old does not imply outdated.
We still drive cars with steering wheels, because it's a bloody good design.

What many young whippersnappers tend to forget is that when something has survived for decades, there are likely good reasons for it. Unless you understand those reasons, resist the temptation to change things, and instead launch an alternative and let competing products fight based on merit and not edicts.

Comment Re:I hate worker exploitation (Score 2) 130

A contractor produces results for a fee. If the purchaser of the service wishes to retain control over anything other than the results, then they need an employee, not a contractor.

An express contract can certainly have clauses and riders that go beyond the end result. Government contracts in particular are full of them.

However, Uber's contract appears to be an adhesion contract, which is basically one side dictating terms, making it a Hobson's choice. For those kind of contracts, judges have often struck down what can be considered unreasonable, because one side was not allowed to influence the terms.

Comment Re:It's simple really (Score 1) 118

They just won't pay someone to develop it right.

No, I don't think that's the case. Any security you pay for is introduced too late. No exceptions. You can't hire security-minded thinking. You need to get everyone to think of security to start with, instead of trying to hire security, and it won't cost nearly as much.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 118

IT needs to clearly document what the threats are and the resources requested to mitigate the threats.

I think that's part of the problem. Those who have enough technical insight to see the actual problems aren't the same people who communicate with upper management, or have skills in doing so.

Of course, there are also unreasonable requirements too, like being able to document how likely each scenario is, or how high the corporate costs of any breech will be, given that IT isn't privy to the economic details of damage done to the rest of the business. So there will be a lot of SWAG, which may well end up as "too expensive" after being filtered through five layers uphill.

Too many walls; too many layers.

Comment Re: Not use it? (Score 1) 141

1. Credit/debit cards cannot be used for peer-to-peer transactions.

Not entirely true. Some ATMs allow using a debit card to do a giro transfer, for immediate deposit to the payee's account.
If you don't have your 2-factor authentication for doing it online, it saves you and the teller from having to do it inside a bank branch.

Comment Re: Not use it? (Score 1) 141

Most antiquated? Maybe in the developed world, not in the world as a whole. Spend some time in developing countries and you'll see that your statement is more than a little hyperbolic.

I have, and the situation is that most developing countries have more modern banking systems than the US does. They have moved past cheques, for example, and have systems allowing direct credit to other people's accounts.
I think it's you who are unaware of how the rest of the world (including developing countries) has pulled ahead of the US in some areas.

Comment Re: Not use it? (Score 1) 141

Let me se if I have this right: if petson A wants to send person b (both live in the us) person a must tell person b (via bs bank) to request a trensfer from person as accont in oeson as bank.. bacwards indeed, i hope i misunderstood something

No, that's pretty much it. That's often done by sending the recipient a cheque, which the recipient takes to his bank, and the bank contacts the sender's bank to get the money. That might take a week. It can be speeded up by buying a money order, which is basically a bank cheque. Then the "clearing" time is less.

For my fellow Americans: How it works in most of the world is that when A wants to pay B, he asks for and gets B's account number, and instructs his bank to deposit the funds into that account. B gets full access to the money within seconds.
For private accounts, there's usually no charge either, on either side.
For recurring payments, you don't authorize the payee to withdraw from your account, but set up a recurring payment job with your own bank. You control when it gets paid.

Comment Re: Not use it? (Score 5, Informative) 141

Sweden, like most of Europe has a payer initiated system. USA doesn't. Here, all transfers are started by the receiving side (payee), and then the payer (or bank or credit institution on behalf of the sender) have to approve it.
So a giro system isn't possible, and bank account numbers becomes private information to be guarded.

Yes, it's pretty damn backwards. Hell, a large portion of Americans still pay by cheque. And credit and debit cards still have a magnetic strip. Even those that have a chip still have the magnetic strip. And raised letters. As late as last year, I paid in a store where they rolled carbon paper over the card to get an imprint. No, I'm not kidding.
The bank I use (one of America's largest) doesn't even have two-factor authentication for its online banking, something my European bank had back in '98.

It's by far the most antiquated banking system I have encountered anywhere in the world, yet Americans believe they're the most advanced nation on the planet...
To Americans, PayPal seems like a miracle of convenience...

Comment Re:Line Copyright Infringement (Score 1) 146

10 counts?

If he sent 1 million fraudulent emails, why isn't it 1 million counts?

Proving one million counts would take longer than the rest of his life, and in the mean time he would be out on bail, racking up legal fees that nobody will ever pay while lawyers argued each and every case.

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