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Comment Say flippin' WHAT? (Score 2) 194

The researchers cite the example of President-elect Donald Trump who used swear words in some of his speeches while campaigning in last year's U.S. election and was considered, by some, to be more genuine than his rivals.

Donald John Trump, PeOTUS, has told more verified lies in his short political career than many with 30 or 40 years in the pubic eye.

If you voted for him, I'm glad you got your choice. But, hey, really? DJT? Wow.

Comment Re:I get this... (Score 1) 379

I haven't been in some time, but the buffet at the Rio was pretty good IMO.

I ate there in Sept. 2005. I did not find it very good. The Bordelaise on my steak tasted more like brown gravy from a dry mix. I cook, and while people don't pay me millions, I have a full table when I have a dinner party. And a lot of questions as to when the next one is.

I know every place can have a bad night. But a place like Las Vegas, one night is all you have to make an impression. They made one.

Comment Re:I get this... (Score 1, Interesting) 379

I don't know why you say you enjoy Las Vegas. The hotels I've seen are not luxurious, nor are they cheap. The food in the buffet is inedible - I wouldn't feed it to hogs.I did not find the shows enjoyable, and as a former wagering services IT guy, I don't waste money on wagering. I know the odds. Sometimes I was programming them.

As for the person doing the wagering - yeah, security folks have a saying - "JDLR" - just doesn't look right. Alarm bells should have been sounding at the oddly specific requests made, and gently refused.

I won't defend their business model because I agree with you, the game is rigged against you. If you can win, and you won't break even, why play?

Comment Re:Unfortunate. (Score 1) 205

Not as big a mistake as may seem at first glance. Think printer ink. That is what Apple Et. Al. are trying to do with cell phones - turn them into walled gardens where they are the gate-keepers and every toll exacted goes to their own pockets.

Go look up who the lobbyists are trying to influence. They are trying to remove any possibility of competition they can, by whatever means they can bring to bear. Telecoms have largely eliminated competition in the transport sector. The barriers to entry keep what limited competition there is to an absolute minimum by simply writing the laws they want and giving it to their paid for legislators to sign & pass.

You aren't paranoid if they really are out to get you.

Comment Now now, don't hate on Micro$oft upgrades (Score 1) 183

Why, I did a Micro$oft upgrade and I'm very pleased with the results and speed of my system, and the ease of updates.

sudo apt-get update

does it all!

Seriously, the times I've had to reboot a Micro$oft server and wait for updates to load before I could start fixing infrastructure issues is enough to make my eyeballs bleed. I had a 7 hour outage because the bastion was a misconfigured Windows server that "had to load updates" before it would present the bastion services. Once it was up, it took 2 minutes to fix things. Honestly, a OS that requires action to keep from updating is something you do not want in your infrastructure at all, for any reason.

Comment Let's rewind here for a second (Score 1) 128

Unfortunately, most users seem to have the "fuck it" mentality in terms of good security practices.

My workplace has many security "features". I am a long time IT worker above level III.
From cold boot to being productive takes longer than 10 minutes due to the security feature of being able to use the 2FA token exactly once, then having to wait for the next one (90 seconds on average). This is really a "nice" feature when your infrastructure is completely down and you have C level execs screaming to get it back up. (Yes, it's load balanced and it has HA pairs all over the joint, but while rare, the whole thing can pack it in sometimes. Budget constraints.)
If your users are taking a "fuck it" attitude, that can at times be put down to them. Other times, put it down to security for the sake of security and becoming an obstacle, rather than meaningful procedure.

As for thanking a user, I find a simple "Wow. Holy cow. Thanks, we need to fix that!" and keeping them in the loop if they want is best.

Comment Some thoughts (Score 4, Insightful) 26

1. Like any good drug dealer, the first taste is free. EG: Uber gave it away this time, but wait until the hook is set and then they will charge for it. I wouldn't mind if Uber either gave me a discount or let me opt out. Yeah, that's not gonna happen.
2. Anonymous today, meta-data tomorrow if not yesterday. Big data is just another way to say Big Brother.

Comment Re:A clear preference (Score 1) 732

How about we put em both in the Thunderdome and let nature take it's course.

That would put the leaders on the same playing field as the pawns, which the boss class is loathe to do. A former Marine I know said it best: "If someone wants a war, then only those that have children or are going to fight should be able to vote to approve it." That would tend to cut off stupid, useless wars like - well, pretty much all of them since WWII.

I'm pretty tired of our solders dying for the profit of the military-industrial complex, not to mention the "collateral damage" of non-combatants.

Comment puzzled (Score 4, Insightful) 254

What gives me pause - is it really such an inconvenience to open a browser and, like, click a single button? I'm no technophobe, but I am against the misapplication of technology. I guess Alexia and Siri and the like are OK if one is a paraplegic or otherwise unable to use their hands.

Other than my grand nieces shouting cute things at Siri to see what happens... it simply strikes me as flash and little substance.

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