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Comment Re:Why Now? (Score 1) 172

Well, my point is that specifics matter. I don't think we should issue blanket condemnations of the NSA, nor blanket pats on the back.

What they do is important, but also full of temptations for abuse. They're a lot like police in that respect. The police play a critical role in our society, but that doesn't make them beyond criticism, in fact quite the opposite. People on either "side" (the very notion of "side" is broken) can't seem to grasp the necessity for standards that are both tough AND fair.

Comment Completely false reporting (Score 1) 87

AOL is doing no such thing. The whole thing is false.

Here are the facts that I know:

On Sept. 21st, the Tech Director of Product Management and Support of the AIM Platform reached out via the Pidgin mailing list, advising that there will be a breaking change in the way AIM handles client logins. This was done specifically to ensure a smooth transition to the new login method. He then worked with Pidgin developers to provide an alternative.

Pidgin 2.12, due to be released in a week or so, will support the new authentication method. Since Adium uses the same communication library, I believe it will also support it. I do not know if Trillian, Miranda and other other 3rd-party clients will make the change.

What is happening is that AOL is alerting its users that the "old" login method will be obsoleted in a month and that they should either upgrade their client or switch to another one in order to keep using the service.

<rant> I remember the times when /. was more about facts and informed discussion than clickbait and knee-jerk tirades. Damn, I feel old. </rant>

Comment Re:Help them leave (Score 1) 172

You'll fuck over the poor, you'll fuck over the future. You poor deluded fuck.

Wow, you're really the deluded one here. In case you haven't noticed, Trump and the GOP are working very hard to fuck over the poor, such as by repealing the Medicaid expansion and by repealing Obamacare without replacing it with anything that actually works for lower-income people. Then they want to lower taxes for ultra-rich people. You talk about "fucking over the poor", while simultaneously defending the people who have that as their explicit party platform. Sad.

Comment Re:Wrong (Score 1) 110

Subject to the rules they must follow. Let us keep in mind that if they portray themselves in public, for example, as being the place where you can write what you think, and they censor you for writing what you think, then that's violating truth in advertising laws which a number of countries, including the US, have.

All of a sudden you want to enforce "truth in advertising" laws? Do you love Big Government that much?

Second, the people who are being "censored" on Twitter are not the customers of Twitter. Nobody pays to post on Twitter. So, I don't see how the "advertising" even matters in regard to Twitter users.

While what Twitter is doing may be broadly defined as "censorship", there is absolutely no law against what they are doing. Not in the Constitution, not in the legal statutes, and not in case law. It still comes down to, "if you don't like the way Twitter works, don't use Twitter".

Comment Re:I could not agree more (Score 1) 321

Bubble sort is something that should stick in your head like mental debris simply because you should have been exposed to it as a computer science student. It's like any number of other things from the standard curriculum that "smart people" seem to be ignorant of.

It's more along the lines of did you go to school for this? Did you attend class? Did you actually pay attention?

If you've forgotten everything you've ever been taught in the life just what value do you think you bring to any team?

Comment Re: All my friends in NSA are looking (Score 1) 172

I disagree entirely. Walking away is *always* the best course of action, unless you're in a position of power (and even that's questionable, because if you're the NSA director and refuse to "do your job" you'll probably be sacked).

Decisions and policy always come from the top. If you're a low-level peon (as any engineer is; face it, this is not a prestigious profession with any real power), then you either do what your superiors tell you, or you resign, or you get fired. There is no "stay and try to fix the problem"; you do not have that power.

Comment Re:oh no my hugbox (Score 1) 110

These scenes were cut when released in Britain. BBC was immediately accused of censoring.

The BBC is the government.

"The BBC is established under a Royal Charter[9] and operates under its Agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.[10] Its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee[11] which is charged to all British households, companies, and organisations using any type of equipment to receive or record live television broadcasts.[12] The fee is set by the British Government, agreed by Parliament,"

I'll bet if you think about it, you'll see why the distinction is important.

Comment Re:misleading (Score 2) 69

Try Lyft. It allows tipping. And in addition, I can say from experience that they (or their dev team, at least) are responsive to feedback. I had made a suggestion to them about their app, and said suggestion was in the next release. (If you're interested, it was the ability to schedule multiple destinations -- useful when you're picking someone up on the way to wherever).

Comment Re: All my friends in NSA are looking (Score 1) 172

Everyone has a different bar; obviously, Snowden's and your standards are different from this unnamed guy's. It's not black and white.

What's remarkable about this article is how apparently bad the morale is at the NSA now. So obviously, a lot of NSA insiders were at least somewhat OK with things post-Snowden (or with the things Snowden revealed), but now they're *not* OK with how things are going now with Trump in office.

It's kinda like the Mafia: even they have their limits. They'll happily do "protection" rackets, prostitution, etc., but do something that victimizes young children and suddenly they're morally opposed. (A lot of hardened criminals are like this, which is why child predators have to be kept separate from them in prison.) This isn't to say NSA employees are like the Mafia or other hardened criminals, I'm just pointing out the parallel: everyone has different standards, and at some point can be pushed too far, or asked to do something that's beyond their morals, and that appears to be what we're seeing here.

Comment Other agendas (Score 1) 321

I wonder if it hasn't gotten this way simply as a synthesis of multiple agendas and their outcomes.

Management wants to hire the cheapest possible talent. For a while, they achieve this goal, and the staff mix shifts towards less talented people. Productivity expectations don't go away and the more experienced/better staff shoulder the burden.

Management notices (perhaps even having to fire some quantity of cheap staff for obvious gaffes and lack of productivity), and listens to the chorus of "hire smarter people". So the interviews get harder, with the idea that this will allow smarter *and* cheaper hires.

This works to a degree, but now the more experienced people are somewhat threatened by an influx of smart *and* cheap staff. So the interview questions get much harder and more unrealistic under the guise of ever-smarter people requirements, but the actual goal is just raising the bar so that you wind up with really smart people but too far out on the spectrum, deficient in the soft skills that would allow them to rise in the organization. The old hands gain talent that eases the workload but greatly reduce the risk to their own organization standing.

Even if none of this is true, it still seems that an obviously flawed hiring process like this has to be a byproduct of agendas other than simply "hiring the most capable people". Still I think cost and self-preservation are probably large factors in these processes.

Comment Re:The old saying rarely fit better (Score 1) 465

No, it's not. There is literally nothing you could possibly do from up there that you cannot do easier, cheaper, more efficiently, less noticeable and easier to find a scapegoat for down here.

The whole shit reminds me of chemtrails. Even IF that did whatever it's supposedly doing, there were lots of ways to do it easier, cheaper, more efficiently...

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