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Comment Re:TJX Case (Score 1) 94

What's missing here is the fact that TJX didn't take reasonable precautions to protect the data.

Looks like you're the kinda guy that blames rape victims for dressing too sexy.

Nonsense. Companies have an actual legal and contractual obligation to protect the data of their customers and the banks they do business with. Whether TJX took proper precautions is debatable but it's not even close to the same thing as blaming the victim. The real victims here are the credit card holders who trusted TJX when they bought some clothes or whatever not to leave their personal info open to hackers stealing 11 million credit card numbers. Those people (and the credit card banks) are suing TJX for damages under multiple class action cases.

Comment Re:Useful to whom? The racists who care about skin (Score 1) 902

Medical researchers who would like to know the demographics of an area and how they affect various health issues Demographers who research race/ethnicity and a whole host of things

i could go on, but you've clearly got an axe to grind.

Keep tilting at windmills.

From what I have read and learned over the years, there's no scientific definition of race. Genetically there's no identifiable or significant genetic difference between humans of one so-called "race" and another. As the poster above noted, it's about as useful as eye color or shoe size in terms of classifying human beings for the purposes of real scientific research, although race continues to be widely used in such research. There are plenty of scientists who consider racial categorization to actually be detrimental to getting at real root causes rather than superficial categories of people.

Scientific American had a whole issue about this question a few years ago. From the online summary of "Does Race Exist?" (December, 2003 issue) they note: "Does Race Exist? If races are defined as genetically discrete groups, no. But researchers can use some genetic information to group individuals into clusters with medical relevance."

That is very different from saying that race itself (i.e. parentage or skin color) is useful, except as shorthand for culture or geographic background of a person, and even that is dubious, at best.

Comment Re:... if you can spell "Cloud Computing" (Score 1) 283

has anyone on slashdot ever learned to use a dictionary? clearly there are two accepted ways of pronouncing it
Pronunciation: \nü-kl-r, nyü-, ÷-ky-lr\

usage Though disapproved of by many, pronunciations ending in \-ky-lr\ have been found in widespread use among educated speakers including scientists, lawyers, professors, congressmen, United States cabinet members, and at least two United States presidents and one vice president. While most common in the United States, these pronunciations have also been heard from British and Canadian speakers.

Comment Re:Chip and Chip security... wait a second! (Score 1) 245

I wish I had mod points for you. It's buried at the end of the first page of the article but you're exactly right - they clearly state that the pin you enter is compared to the pin on the card... These researchers didn't even break that comparison mechanism, they just impersonate the chip to tell the payment processor "yup all is well, pin is verified!"

Comment Re:anyone noticed the snide arrogance? (Score 2, Interesting) 373

Similar experience in a non-tech role, I interviewed a guy with an MBA but no experience, I explained that he was welcome to apply but would find it challenging to get the role when experience was absolutely necessary for this position. We didn't have the time to hand hold someone along. Anyway he immediately turned on me, started whining and getting angry "well how am I supposed to get into your field if everyone needs experience" etc.

Very different from the young man without the MBA who came to me and earnestly wanted to interview for the role despite having that same hurdle to overcome, correctly realizing that there was value in learning more about the job and by meeting the people on the team, he could potentially impress us enough that we waived the experience requirement - or if not, he at least saw value in building the relationships that would come from the process.

Needless to say, neither guy got the job, but that MBA would need to think twice about darkening my doorstep again, whereas the eager young man is someone I will keep in mind if I find a position that needs a sharp, motivated, positive person but doesn't require the experience. One more point - both of them could have decided that I was arrogant and holding the keys and requiring them to kiss ass, but the reality is I am confident (not arrogant) and I DO hold the keys, and while I don't expect ass kissing I also expect that part of the interview is not just your skills on paper but your ability to play nice in the sandbox with the other employees. If you walk in with the attitude of the AC above, interpreting the situation to be that I need my ass kissed, and that I am assumed to be arrogant because I do work as a manager at a mega-corp, well, it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. Good luck in your job hunt, you fill find a good position with a company of fellow paranoid schizophrenics I guess.

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