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Comment Re:Good! (Score 4, Insightful) 611

You are just repeating the oldest of all memes about the next generation. To the older generation, the next generation is always lazy, overconfident, whiney and doesn't know how to work. So your "evidence" is worth exactly nil, as the generation before you made the same experience with you and thought you would be lazy, overconfident, whiney and you didn't know how to work. And you just proved them right by being whiney about the next generation, overconfident in believing to be better than them and too lazy to do the hard work to really get them into the daily process of working.

What we have, despite you feeling entitled and being the special snowflake and superior to everyone coming after you (typical for people of the current generation), is for the first time, the next generation (which will also think that the generation after her will be lazy, whiney, overconfident and not knowing what hard work is) will be earning less than you.

Comment Re:Companies shouldn't have political power (Score 1) 415

This would be easily handled with "conflict of issue" or "bribery" laws.

I doubt the "easily" part. Because a lawmaker during his turn deals with so many different laws, there will always be a law that he had to vote on that affects a future employer. Basically a lawmaker ending his turn would be unemployable later. And even if he goes independent, someone has to buy his services for him to stay afloat, and there will always be a law he voted on, that affects the future contractor of his business.

So why should anyone ever be running for a political office, if it means the end of his professional career forever? All you get then are politicians who never want to let go from their political office because it's the sole source of income they will ever have from now.

Comment Re:Explotable from the internet? (Score 3, Interesting) 78

NAT requires packet inspection. Thus every NATting device is a packet inspection engine, and having some configurable rules which packets to translate and which packets to discard gives you a stateful firewall. That's the main reason why NATting is done on the same device that does firewalling.

Comment Re:Tesla's Autopilot is in the "uncanny valley" (Score 2) 440

That's exactly what Tesla's Autopilot does. It gives you a warning sign and wants you to exercise a force of at least 0,29 Newton on the steering wheel from time to time (basicly you have to wiggle the steering a little). That guy in question seems to have wiggled the steering wheel, while still not watching the road but a movie on the DVD player in his car.

Comment Re:Translation: The H-1Bs are coming... (Score 1) 171

Hell, even just getting admitted into a top tier university is hard because foreign students have priority (affirmitive action).

Affirmative action has nothing to do with admitting foreign students. Affirmative action means that given two equally qualified candidates, you pick the one with more general disadvantages. The quotes for foreign students at specified university courses are completely independent from affirmative action, Those quotes were negotiated for in student exchange programs and similar contracts.

Comment Re:What a complete... (Score 2, Interesting) 171

I started programming, when there was no lure of six figure salaries, and I spoiled my university stint with programming for fun instead of doing university work. And then I randomly stumbled in a job where I was programming all day (for a nice salary), and I gave it up after two years. Somehow having it to do for money took the fun out of programming. Free market solutions only go so far.

Comment Re:Nothing surprising here (Score 2) 265

The term "dinosaur" was coined in 1842 by Richard Owen and indeed means "terrible lizard". If we include all the species Richard Owen described as dinosaurs, and include their last common ancestor and all the offspring of the last common ancestor, we get exactly the modern meaning of "dinosaur", including the birds, and excluding crocodiles, pterodactyls, mosasaurs and the Komodo dragon.

Comment Re:Nothing surprising here (Score 5, Informative) 265

Crocodiles and the non-bird flying lizards like the Pterodactylus together with the dinosaurs form one group, the so called archosaurs. This group is very old and appeared around 250 million years ago, branching into crocodiles, winged lizards and dinosaurs around 235 million years ago. Crocodiles were once a very diverse group, and many ancient large dinosaur-like lizards were in fact crocodiles. There were even crocodiles that looked like a crossbred of dolphins and seals, like Metriorhynchus. For some time, the crocodiles were the top predators, until the dinosaurs grew large and replaced them almost everywhere.

On the other hand, the Komodo dragon is not very closely related to the dinosaurs. It belongs with snakes, many small lizards and the ancient mosasaurs (mostly marine species) to their own group, the Squamata (scaled reptiles). It is the sister group to the archosaurs, also appearing 250 million years ago.

The whole story is quite complicated and fascinating. The KT-boundary basicly wiped out every animal that was larger than around two feet on land and three feet in the water. This was true for most of the mammals, most of the birds, all of the winged lizards, all marine lizards etc.pp.. And it took some million years for the remaining groups to recover. Birds for instance survived only on an island around Patagonia, all other ancient birds like the Hesperornithes died out.

Submission + - US Efforts To Regulate Encryption Have Been Flawed, Government Report Finds (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: U.S. Republican congressional staff said in a report released Wednesday that previous efforts to regulate privacy technology were flawed and that lawmakers need to learn more about technology before trying to regulate it. The 25-page white paper is entitled Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate and it does not provide any solution to the encryption fight. However, it is notable for its criticism of other lawmakers who have tried to legislate their way out of the encryption debate. It also sets a new starting point for Congress as it mulls whether to legislate on encryption during the Clinton or Trump administration. "Lawmakers need to develop a far deeper understanding of this complex issue before they attempt a legislative fix," the committee staff wrote in their report. The committee calls for more dialogue on the topic and for more interviews with experts, even though they claim to have already held more than 100 such briefings, some of which are classified. The report says in the first line that public interest in encryption has surged once it was revealed that terrorists behind the Paris and San Bernardino attacks "used encrypted communications to evade detection."

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