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Comment Re: You Can't Do The Time (Score 2) 128

It would depend on how well the prison is ran.
Often the jails are just filled with drug offenders. Not the harden criminals. For a nerd it would be like being at high school again.

However many IT Guys are just as big and tough as any other person who goes into prison. This is 2016 not the 1980's Revenge of the Nerds movies.

Comment Re:$50 - an hour? (Score 2) 119

Well it was done on the guys personal time. It may had made sense to not to try to get too greedy. If he needed to hire an outside contractor to do the work, over $100.00 is not unreasonable. However most companies who have to do the random residential fix, usually tries to cut them some slack and do the work at cost, as to not garner bad reviews.

Comment Too bad we can't own software anymore. (Score -1, Offtopic) 119

Now this is actually a tricky concept. The GNU People think software should be owned by anyone with. While most companies who make their money writing software wants controls on what is happening so they can support and make money off it.
Then you get to the problem where these systems are all hooked up to a network and are communicating with other systems. Where we need to be sure that we get constant updates to these systems otherwise we will be part of a problem of creating more insecure networks and makes it easier for malware and hacks to become really common.

You could use the same argument that is used for Vaccines, that you should be forced to update as to help keep the overall network secure and operational. However unlike vaccines, there are good reasons to not upgrading. Mostly due to backwards compatibility issues that occur, and for the case of going from Windows 7 to Windows 10 switching to an interface that is dramatically different and not necessarily optimized for your work.

If we were to own our software again... We will need to be responsible for any problems that we may cause to the outside public. And most people are just not savvy enough to do this.

Comment Re:Steve Jobs rather than Tim Cook? (Score 1) 118

To be fair since the release of the original iPhone. What really new technology had came out that really made us excited? The closest I can think of is the 4k tv. And the ultra high resolution displays where Apple introduced on the iPhone 4. Where for the most part is kinda of a yawn.

the MacBook today looks nearly the same as a Powerbook 15 years ago. Sure it may be thinner and lighter and some cosmetics. But there hasn't been a big change in design for a long time.

Much of the advancements in technology had been on the dull side. Better batteries, smaller components, faster networks. Removing the last bits of mechanical parts from computers.

Comment Re:Survey brought to you by (Score 4, Insightful) 118

Well out of the other leaders in the world he seems to be the only one betting a business model on overall cultural progress.

Zuckerberg - A platform where you can gossip and spy on your old high school crushes.
Bezos - A platform that can ship stuff you want to your door.

Musk - Focusing on clean energy, cleaner transportation, and space travel (that isn't so clean), but finding ways to make peoples lives better and push society to the future without it trying to wait for the other companies to change what they are doing only when they find out it is too late.

Comment Re:Those who something, something (Score 0) 585

There is a middle ground. But it is very thin. Being that most muslams are good and decent people who are at risk from discrimination a database can be used to help protect them. That is the middle ground, and that is a bad argument because it is so open to abuse that it will probably make it worse, but if the correct effort was put in place it could work. But as I sated a very thin middle ground to work with.

Comment Re:Bad Headline (Score 4, Insightful) 585

I need to agree. The news loves to take "no comment" as an admission of guilt.
Trump is very anti-journalism I can see things going two ways.
1. Expansion of fake news and more emotional profit driven journalism.
2. A renewed effort into making journalism a trusted source to get information free of trying to push a political bias.

I would love to see #2 but I get the feeling we are just going to get more crap stories trying to get an emotional response vs forcing us to look at what is really said and in context.

Comment Re:Calculated values can always be hacked. (Score 1) 204

Normally most businesses are too lazy to go that far. If you abuse the system too much you will probably get caught. However minor tweaks. Such as closing the ticket then follow up, and complete the job. You probably will not get noticed.

Comment Re:Don't give him ideas (Score 0) 554

Well I would quit about all this doom and gloom. Trump is set to be a horrible administration, and I am still POed at all those people who got hooked on Clinton's Emails (After he look to hire someone who leaked information to a journalist he was sleeping with)

But I besides his big mouth I doubt he is going to use the American Alert system as his personal toy. He has so many more ways to address people then abusing the alert system.

Comment Calculated values can always be hacked. (Score 2) 204

I am sure for all of you who work in an organization with some sort of performance monitoring method can tell. It is rather easy to hack the system. Where people are paying more attention to beating the numbers then actually trying to achieve the goals these metrics are meant to measure.
Lines of code: short lines, with blank comments and a lot of extra line breaks.
Time to close ticket: Get a ticket do the most basic fix and close it without verification.
Time to respond to a call. Pick up the phone then hang up.

Metrics can be hacked so people are working on the metrics. Causing the system to break down.

Comment Re:Good for bad internet connection (Score 3, Interesting) 105

It isn't about not having internet connection but expensive internet connection. Cell Data is still wicked expensive, and access to free or cheap Wi-Fi is easy to find, but isn't always available.

The point on a mobile device is rather easy to see.
If you are at home you will have a network connection. While if you are traveling you may not have one. And if it on a PC it is way to easy to pirate the movie. If there is wide pirating of netflix movies then studios will drop netflix like a brick and they will not have any good content.

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 2) 560

There had been many bad arguments for most things, with saying illegal item is safer than legal item so illegal item should be legal.

Too much of anything is bad for you. How much is too much varies on what it is. Is the Reward for smoking pop, worth the risk of its side effects should be the real debate.
Not people saying it is going to kill you or it is perfectly safe.

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