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Comment Re:And for good reason (Score 4, Interesting) 163

Currently, I am on the receiving end of what I consider to a nuisance lawsuit. Someone went to the same school years ago as I was working on a graduate degree became upset because I called him an "ass", "fool", and an "embarrassment" when he set up a conference where he invites a speaker who was expressing that society had a runaway problem with witches.

The complaint is a train wreck, and I made a point of publishing it in several locations. The plaintiff had a fit and has been attempting to have them taken down. Fortunately, these are public documents and he has had limited success in these efforts. The amended complaint was served to me almost a year ago, and it quickly became clear that the plaintiff does not want the case to go to any type of decision, instead he is delaying over and over again (still waiting to hearing on a motion to dismiss submitted 10 months ago).

While I would love to have my day in court so that this mess can finally be put to bed, I do find some comfort while I wait to be able to show others the details of the 'claims' being made against me (and the school, plus a dozen or so other individuals).

Submission + - Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To The U.S. Next Year

cartechboy writes: "Made In China." It's a sticker we all know too well here in the U.S., and yet, it seems not everything we buy is made in China. To date, there haven't been Chinese-built cars in the U.S., but we keep hearing they are coming. Now it seems it's about to become a reality, as Chinese-built Volvos will be arriving in the U.S. as early as 2015. The first model to arrive will be the S60L. The payoff for Volvo if it manages to convince buyers that its cars built in China are just as good as those currently built in Europe is vast. Not only will it save on production costs, but it will help buffer against exchange rate fluctuations. Volvo's planning to make China a manufacturing hub, and that makes sense since it's now owned by Chinese parent company Geely. But will Chinese-built cars be just as good as European-built cars, and will consumers be able to tell the difference?

Comment Re:What about private companies? (Score 1) 405

The Constitution provides protection from action by the government, but not from private parties.

I suspect that the framers did not envision a time where private companies would have the ability to perform surveillance activities at or beyond the scale of what governments are capable of. At some point a real conversation needs to take place, and we need to determine if unlimited tracking/investigation of citizens by private organizations is in the best interest of the nation.

Comment Insurance means nothing in the current environment (Score 1) 71

For starters, the 1.25 Billion estimate of Sony's lost is pure bullshit.

Even the TJX numbers are not likely a realistic representation. If you go back and review their stock price in the time frames which the breach was announced and subsequent news was released, a small hit seemed to occur, but it did not have a long term impact. The sad reality is that their security efforts were a joke, and yes it costs them, but quite likely not more than it would have cost them to have put forth a considerable effort on security in the first place.

Where things could get interesting would be if companies were legally held liable for failures to secure information of others which they opted to hold. Make the cat painful, to the point where the impact could shake even a very strong company. This would force a real discussion in board rooms, is the default behavior of trying to capture everything on everyone really in the best interest of the company? Should we dump info we do not have a use for? Should we limit what we gather in the first place?

If this were the starting point, then insurance could be interesting. Once a company has completed their first level pruning, then insurance could be sought. The insurance company would then insist to know what data you have? Where is this data? Who has access? How is it defended? Then they could set a rate based on the risk and the liability cost faced by stepped up legislation. In most cases this quote would be high, very high, which should be the tip of that a company should then prune more data, reduce access, and improve security, thus hopefully getting the company to a reasonable position that they should have been with at the begging, but have not been because it was not in their financial interest to do so.

Comment Consider Harvard (Score 1) 433

While not the right fit for everyone Harvard Extension School.

At the bachelor's level they on offer a Bachelors of Liberal Arts (ALB), but they offer a great deal of flexibility in selecting courses including many interesting computer science courses. A considerable number of courses can be taken on-line, but there is a residency requirement. Although it is fairly common for people to commute from quite a distance to attend courses to meet the residency requirement, personally commuted from Virginia to complete my ALM degree.

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