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Comment Because humans (Score 1) 21

It's so very hard to sell security as a feature. It costs a lot of money to do, ridiculously so since so much other software is likewise built insecurely. And it's not like anyone can tell when they're buying software whether it is secure or not, not without spending about as much money as was spent writing it in the first place (although they could check for some of the more obvious flaws).

Besides, if all else fails, a bribe to the sysadmin will overcome any security measures.

Comment Re:Two words: "Ford Pinto" (Score 1) 180

113 million dollars to fix.
49 million dollars for the death and destruction costs.

Hate to break it to you, but the choice here is obvious. You compare values and go for the option with the highest value (or lower cost). Tasty food is worth more than life itself. Money is worth more than life itself (see people skimping on their own safety equipment to save money). Fun things like mountain climbing and skydiving are worth more than life itself.

When people overvalue life they start making decisions like strip-searching all passengers before allowing them on an airplane slightly reduce an already absurdly small risk of death. If you consider, for example, the number of lifetimes spent waiting in line and the number of lifetimes spent earning enough money to pay for the privilege, vs the number of lives saved...

If your argument is that you feel life is undervalued, please feel free to name the proper price, and provide evidence that it should be so. If you can prove it, we could probably adjust the official, government-approved value used in various legal calculations.

Comment Are we punishing risk assessment? (Score 1) 55

Aerosols are stored separately at Amazon’s warehouse because they are deemed dangerous, and training literature for warehouse staff explains that lithium batteries are dangerous, “potentially causing burns, explosions or a fire”.

Training literature updated to say, "lithium batteries are safe, unlikely to cause burns, explosions or a fire"

Comment Fraud and Slander (Score 2) 241

Just wondering, but I don't think a DMCA request provides immunity from fraud nor libel laws.

http://legal-dictionary.thefre...

libel
1) n. to publish in print (including pictures), writing or broadcast through radio, television or film, an untruth about another which will do harm to that person or his/her reputation, by tending to bring the target into ridicule, hatred, scorn or contempt of others. Libel is the written or broadcast form of defamation, distinguished from slander which is oral defamation. It is a tort (civil wrong) making the person or entity (like a newspaper, magazine or political organization) open to a lawsuit for damages by the person who can prove the statement about him/her was a lie. Publication need only be to one person, but it must be a statement which claims to be fact, and is not clearly identified as an opinion. While it is sometimes said that the person making the libelous statement must have been intentional and malicious, actually it need only be obvious that the statement would do harm and is untrue.

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