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Comment Pursuits.. (Score 1) 242

In the US, if you still subscribe to the Declaration of Independence, these patent law findings potentially infringe on the 'pursuit of happiness' to tinker and modify, so long as they aren't infringing on the personal rights of others. If these are indeed, "unalienable Rights," then even due process shouldn't be able to easily wipe them away.

I'm probably wrong from a legal perspective, but it sounds like the 'right' answer to me.

Comment Re:Easy to do with an iPhone (Score 3, Insightful) 301

I thought you were being detained and your phone searched without due process, because you're in one of those legal "grey zones" not technically in the US. If you can't be protected by the laws there, why would you be subject to charges?

Customs and boarder crossing is becoming more and more the a little mini US GITMO.

Comment Re:Doing more with less.. (Score 1) 133

Additionally, all of the above isn't overly helpful (except maybe the group email address), if you start outsourcing whole departments. Even if if you document things, the chances are there will be some things, like this, lost in translation.

However, you're right, they're generally effective steps to mitigate this issue. Especially number 1, if your credit card info never expires. :-)

Comment Doing more with less.. (Score 5, Insightful) 133

I think I'd like to take this opportunity to point out that this is what happens as we do more and more with IT on less and less staff. While I understand sometimes we think of IT as a cost-center and not a revenue generator, it probably needs to be thought of as more like a utility; because without the lights, water, phones...and internet, you can't do business very effectively these days.

That being said, this happens more and more. Someone is responsible for renewing certificates, but as we renew them for longer and longer periods, that means we simply start to forget about them. Then with the certificate issuer sends out an notification to that IT staffer who used to do that, but was 'right sized' a year and a half ago...no one gets the email. So, the certificate expires and this happens. Same song, different, louder verse, apparently when it happens to DHS, and likely more embarrassing.

Bottom line: Doing more with less, isn't always in everyone's best interest.

Comment In other news.. (Score 3, Interesting) 82

And in other news today, the proliferation of social media has led to the decline of proof reading your posts, leaving out silly, little, unimportant words:

On average, we check our phones 50 times each day -- with some studies suggesting it could three times that amount.

Perhaps this might read better if it had a simple, little word in there:

On average, we check our phones 50 times each day -- with some studies suggesting it could BE three times that amount.

Yes, I did read the article. They left the word out there too. Oh, the irony of it all!

Comment International Community (Score 1) 71

With the very recent event of the US pulling out of the TPP, I feel it's unlikely that others in the International Community, will take kindly to foreign powers accessing servers in their territories. Should US lawmakers update the law and change it to allow for US laws to operate in this manner, I imagine that companies like Microsoft, will outsource the administration of those non-US servers, so they have a non-US division operating them, thus leaving them outside of the reach of US laws.

Comment What's the point? (Score 1) 123

So, what's the point of having a court system, if the truth no longer has meaning under this section of law? Why waste state and taxpayer money if the prosecution can basically manufacture evidence, then lie about where it came from? Just suspend the jury system, you're just wasting their time when one side is allowed, or even required, to lie in order to convict someone.

Why even have a public system at all? Just have "offenders" picked up by police, secret or not, and then disappear to prison, or simply disappear? Isn't that a more logical step under this standard of law?

Comment Midwestern Viewpoint (Score 1) 400

While the Midwest isn't typically impacted as hard by H-1B activity. I'd certainly like to see the President overhaul the whole program and tighten it way down. I don't need it to go away, what I would like to see is for H-1B to be MORE EXPENSIVE than training someone locally. It should be an expensive option that you use when you don't have time to build the skill set locally.

However, I am from Missouri. You really have to Show Me, for me to believe.

Comment Geoblocking In General (Score 1) 143

I think the trouble with Geoblocking drones (and I'm not saying that it shouldn't be done, but pointing this out), is that if we Geoblock for prisons for reasons of security, then we do the same for government buildings, military bases; again, all for likely good security reasons. Then we add banks or other money storage facilities and clearing houses or places likely the target of prying eyes. Then we add primary schools, for the safety of the children. Then how about the universities, because they do sensitive research for the military..and so on and so forth. The question about Geoblocking is: Where do we draw the line?

Can I Geoblock my business or property because I do business with the government?

How far beyond my property line can I Geoblock? Just because you can't fly the drone directly over a prison, doesn't mean I can't fly high enough to get a good look into it.

Comment The balance of value.. (Score 1) 128

So, to put this in perspective, let's think about the cost to hire a TSA worker to replace one you fire, vs. the cost to keep a bad one and "counsel" them, and print letters to send/give them to help them straighten up their act and flight right...so to speak.

I'm guessing it's "easier" to just "counsel" the employee, opposed to firing them and going about hiring someone else.

Any HR folks who can check my fuzzy math on this?

Bottom Line: The TSA may have a "values" issue, because in a "normal" security job, misconduct would likely get you fired on the first offense.

Comment Google giving the Business.. (Score 5, Informative) 105

One of my small clients was able to get Small Business Google Fiber installed this last year. After the struggles of getting the physical installation going, things have been very nice. They like it very much, the way they expected it. However...

Recently Google has contacted us to say our "introductory rates" will be ending the middle of 2017. They're moving to a 3-tier model for their fiber speeds. For $250 you can keep your 1 gigabit speed, for $150 (I think), you an go down to 250 megabits, and for $75 (or $100 maybe), you can go down to 100 megabits. If we don't update our choice by the end of July, 2017, they'll kick us down to 250 Mbps automatically.

So, with the price change, that means we'll have to pay, basically, double to maintain our 1 Gbps, otherwise we lose 75% of our speed to pay the same price.

Welcome to the "business."

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