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Comment Re: Oh great (Score 4, Interesting) 117

That's a stupid line of thinking, it really is. Automobiles, as convenient as they may be, don't outweigh the inconvenience of the increased public expenditure on accidents, insurance, infrastructure, and pure risk to persons and property. So we should all just have horses and buggies.

Here's an idea: hold corporations accountable. Did you follow industry best practices? No? LAWSUIT, MASSIVE PAYOUT, JAIL TIME FOR SENIOR MANAGERS. Did patch your code within a reasonable amount of time after being notified of the issue? No? LAWSUIT, MASSIVE PAYOUT, JAIL TIME FOR SENIOR MANAGERS. Did you take unnecessary design risks and challenges with your product? No? LAWSUIT, MASSIVE PAYOUT, JAIL TIME FOR SENIOR MANAGERS. Did you have a security firm with proper recognized credentialing test your code for flaws? No? LAWSUIT, MASSIVE PAYOUT, JAIL TIME FOR SENIOR MANAGERS.

It wouldn't even require much more than writing a law that allows the corporate veil to be pierce-able in the event of egregious displays of information security negligence.

Comment Re:Why does anyone trust Google anymore? (Score 1) 86

How are they evil? Sure they're selling some information...but I guess I just don't equate that with being evil. But not only that you're suggesting that they're "far beyond evil." What does that mean? Has Google started assassinating people? I mean "beyond evil it's not even funny" just seems like a massive stretch.

Comment Society Advances? (Score 3, Interesting) 228

Society is continuing to advance. Kids should have to learn more, because WE have learned more. 200 years ago they weren't being taught what we were being taught and 200 years before that the same thing. The problem is this antiquated notion that school should start at 7:45AM and end at 2-3PM with sports taking up until 7-8PM. Of course that 7 hours has to include lunch, breaks, gym, and anything else that isn't directly "education" related. Children have more history to learn, more science, more technoloy, and they have to be better thinker/problem solvers/etc. Perhaps I'm strange, but I just think that's a natural progression. What needs to happen, instead of cutting back on necessary education, is adding another hour or two to each day (especially to the older grade levels).

Comment Apple "Engineering" Premium? (Score 2) 204

Why are people still paying the Apple Premium (tm) price? I don't get it - sure other manufacturers have problems too, but others don't charge an extra $200+ for a device that is just shoddy. Whether it's the iPhone or the Mac Book Pro, it seems like more and more that Apple devices are quickly outclassed (if not outclassed from launch) and the next iterations is just a smidge above the previous version. Even worse is that, these days, Apple just seems like they're copying ideas from other phones. Where's the so-called premium?

Comment Re:At what point do end-users become responsible (Score 1) 237

> users can't actually be expected to know better, and don't understand misleading marketing materials anyway.

You must be in management, not IT. Users can and should be expected to know better. I'm sorry chief, maybe you're "old school", but this is 2016. Computers are everywhere and there are now adults who have grown up with them in their households and have had access to the internet for as long as they can remember. It's time to expect that they understand the car equivilent of what a stop sign is for or what to do at a red light. Or that the gas pedal is on the right and the brake pedal is on the left.

> How about you fine adobe $50 for every time a user is infected over flash, and send the proceeds to CERT.

Or you could fine the end-user for installing flash, since these days, it's not needed. Or we can just simply not fine developers since there's no such thing as bug free software. That's like suing Ford because the end user decided to take their C-Max and drove it down the side of a mountain when there's a far safer road that they could've taken instead.

Comment Re:Not going to happen (Score 1) 387

> But Clinton has 30 years of public record to look at, it isn't hard to figure out the general direction she'll go, and it is not pretty.

Are we talking the public record where she advocated for child welfare and worked, pro bono, representing children who otherwise would not have had representation?

> You don't know what Trump will do, and neither do I.

I know that Trump has went into massive debt, on more than one occasion, and had to declare bankruptcy. I know that he has started huge projects and then renigged on paying his contractors. I know he has hired illegal immigrants. I know his wife now may not have been a legal citizen when she met Trump. I know Trump's daddy had to make an illegal loan to bail another one of Trump's properties out. I know Trump's non-profit paid off Pam Bondi to stop her from investigating Trump University. I know Trump University was a scam and the "hand picked" faculty included at least one felon. I know Trump later turned around and said he didn't recall "hand picking" any faculty. Speaking of turn arounds, I know that his wife supposedly wrote her own speech that plagarized Michelle Obama. I also know that was a lie because the actual speech writer came out and took the heat for the plagarism. I know Donald Trump's ghostwriter thinks he's an absolute POS.

This is just a small bit of what I "know" about Trump. If you think he's somehow cleaner, you're wrong and any discrepencies is more related to his being an unimportant "business man"/joke. He'd do everything Hillary has done (if not more) if he had been in politics as a power player for as long as Hillary has. The difference is that Trump will be cocky and stupid and allow his emotions to overcome him - Hillary at least understands strategy.

Comment At what point do end-users become responsible (Score 3, Interesting) 237

For far too long we've allowed people to buy computers, hook them up to the internet with crappy "AV" software, let the end-user allow the subscription to end, not install security updates, and do literally everything else they can do to compromise security. In effect, it's like letting a drunk driver to drive around in his car after allowing him to cut his break lines, and shove a heavy rock on the accelerator. There needs to be something that holds people accountable to do a bare minimum number of things.I realize that simple things like having a decently ranked AV, keeping it and the OS updated, keeping critical programs updated, and ensuring that home passwords are sufficiently complicated won't stop every single attack. But neither will simply telling people they should't drive drunk. That's why we have laws and cops and revokation of driver's licenses, fines, and jail time. At some point, end users need to be held accountable.

Comment Automation = Death of Capitalism (Score 2) 400

Capitalism relies on a basic priniciple that all actors have needs that outweigh supply. As an employee I need to have more work than I have employees to hire more employees. I need raw resources to be abundant enough to be cost effective for me to build my product/service. As an employee I need to have a larger desire to have money to be conivnced to work. The amount I get paid also has to be at a level to afford a life style that I'm OK enough with to spend X hours working for someone to do. As a consumer the product has be priced at such a price to be affordable.

Automation is making it so that, as an employer. At some point automation will make it so that I won't need to hire people as I simply won't have enough work to justify hiring them. As material sciences advance the materials the machines are made out of will become more robust, needing less maintanence, and simplier to repair/replace. This completely fractures on of the core pillarstones of capitalism and leads to the employee segment becoming significantly weaker. In turn this means that consumers (who are, largely, the same people as employee class) will have less money and in turn that will force employers to do more to minimize costs.

At some point the capitalist economic system cannot sustain itself. It may happen in 50 years or 500, but I cannot see how it won't happen.

Comment Re:business-critical means you need hot sparing (Score 0) 103

"Suits" don't want to/need to know the details. An effective IT leader can communicate this in a way that good leaders (emphasis on "good") can understand. You shouldn't expect C-suite executives (outside of the CIO/CISO/CTO/Chief-IT-Leader-Guy) to understand or care about IT related concepts. Accountants don't expect a CEO to understand how a double-entry bookkeeping system was implemented or the details about its implementation, merely that it is a GOOD thing for the company to have because of reasons A,B,C,D, and E.It's generally explained in simple, quick, concise terms not using industry-speak.

Far too often poor IT leaders use phrases like "hot-swappable" or "Uptime" instead of "minimizes outage exponentially" or "how long our systems are expected to be online and available". Obviously bad leaders make bad choices, but good ones tend to understand and value their IT departments with just a little hand-holding.

Comment Re:Spaceflight is risky (Score 3, Insightful) 239

> I'm not seeing anything which would put the Falcon 9 into a higher risk band than its contemporaries...

Really? Are you sure? I can see that, at its best, Falcon has had nearly 4 times fewer flights and matches the number of failures in a shorter lifespan than Ariane 5. And that's with the contemporaries introducing more variations. That's putting Falcon 9 at somewhere between 33% and 45% more failures than its two contemporaries. What metrics do you look at to determine risk? Everything I'm looking at says that Falcon 9 is a poor gamble, at best.

Comment Re:5%? (Score 1) 81

They never will. Companies will forever operate under the auspices of "good enough to have insurance cover it". Class actions need to quit settling for amounts that are equal to 1% of 1% of a company's bottom line. Go for the throat and demand 100% of a company's gross revenues for 10 years and then haul that case to court. Work to have their business licenses yanked and start piercing the corporate veil. Remind people that, as a company, you have a duty to your customers and not just your shareholders - or you run the risk of having the proverbial boot snap your company's neck.

Comment Re:There's a better fix for this... (Score 1) 212

Let me tell you about my trials getting Ubuntu installed on my Thinkpad 11E (generation 3). Ubuntu (live flash drive) would not boot. I could get it working by using a deritivative of Ubuntu and then installing Unity manually (I like Unity). Know what I had to do for Windows 10 to work? Nothing, nothing at all. It just worked (tm). I spent a good 6-10 hours hunting around for a distro that worked, settled on Fedora, realized I hated Fedora, settiled back on Ubuntu and the rest is history. I posted on the Ubunut forums, I posted on the Ubuntu Subreddit, I posted on websites and couldn't get any help.

I used Ubuntu, but it's far from perfect and has plenty of issues on its own.

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