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Comment Re:Consistent with Semerian sources (Score 1) 205

It's all true, I was there where Nibiru (our mystery planet) and Tiamat (the remnant of which became Earth) collided. And it was a conspiracy too. I know because everyone's home insurance had a interplanetary collision exclusion. WTF! Why would they even put that in there -- unless they knew it was going to happen.

I knew I should have voted for Enlil. He may have been a bully, but at least he wasn't selling influence to the highest bidder like EA.

- Ashurbanipal

Comment Unique (Score 1) 412

Obviously Ecuador is meddling in the US election, but if they hadn't they'd be truly unique among nations. I'm not mad at Ecuador (or Russia if they were the source of leaked info) for hacking or disclosing this that and the other. I expect it. It's just some bits on disk somewhere. It's not like they shot a missile at us. That sort of think occurred long before the Internet, it's just less risky and at greater scale these days.

I just hope to high Heaven that our secret intelligence services have the capability to do the same.

Comment Re:Queue Monty Python (Score 1) 99

No, I meant that I figured there would be so many people wanting to make this monty python reference that there would be a queue to do so. How did I end up first in the queue? Why would anyone need to wait for a cue to make a Monty Python reference on slashdot?

No go back to eating your donuts (or doughnuts, if you prefer) grammar police.

Comment Queue Monty Python (Score 3, Funny) 99

Great Barrier Reef: I'm not quite dead yet!
Global Warming: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
Science: Yes he is
Great Barrier Reef: I'm not
Science: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill
Great Barrier Reef: I'm getting better
Science: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.

How is it that no one beat me to this post here on slashdot?

Comment Re:Hot air...and that's a good thing (Score 1) 348

Terrorist 1: Why all this bombing? Why not hit the great satan where it hurts -- in the pocket book?
Terrorist 2: We though about that, but with Iraq, Social Security, Medicare, bank bailouts, quantitative easing and now Mars, their own government and federal reserve are simply beating us to it. We'd just be spitting in the ocean.

(Yes, I know poo-pooing a Mars mission here on slashdot will get me moded into oblivion, but really?!? Mars? Grow some crops in the desert first and then let's talk about space.)

Comment Re:The latest fad (Score 1) 121

Uh..fanboy much? Did we forget silverlight? (Yes, I know they've committed to security bug fixes until 2021, but still...)

This is why commercial software is just plain bad -- we buy because we hope to get something near perfect and avoid this type of stuff. But alas, free or commercial, developers have always had the same struggles with an ever-shifting landscape. At very least with FOSS you can take up maintenance of a library yourself if you have to. And a relatively small effort to fix a critical bug or missing feature can pay off big when it brings new users and developers.

Commercial licenses should have a provision that if the vendor ever decides to discontinue future development, they are required to open-source the whole thing for free.

Comment Re:Arrest warrent is being drawn up now (Score 1) 337

The law disagrees. It is called THEFT of services.

Yes, and he's clearly in the wrong because he clearly knew he was using something he didn't pay for. But the world really does need to come up with some logical legal argument that places blame on a party who's negligence in terms of IT security harms some 3rd party. In this case, T-Mobile is the party harmed in terms of lost revenue, so that doesn't apply. But ethical hacking and wistleblower protections laws are clearly non-existant or not enforced, and never will be until the law places blame on the party who could and should have afforded the effort for better safeguards.

Comment I hope it's us...I think (Score 1) 237

I hope it's US DoD trying to catch up on cyber security. Or maybe not. I'm not sure who's scarier, foreign governments or our own. Not that I like terrorists, but I'm pretty sure we all need to be more worried about all the the "official" guys we willingly bought nukes and stuff for than we do about the "alquiedas" who might like to steal one.

Comment Re:IT training? (Score 1) 103

Wow. That's a bleak and insulting picture of both the future and of slashdot. And you're clearly suffering from Dunning-Kruger -- or more accurately, the rest of us find you insufferable due to Dunning-Kruger.

I admit, I awk and perl pushed everything about linear algebra and a whole boatload of other things I learned in school out of my brain. But that doesn't make me stupid -- I simply know practical things for my particular and current situation. I have no doubt I could pick up linear algebra quickly should I ever find a use for it. But advanced mathematics is a very specific skill that's valuable only in a very specific few situations -- just like awk and perl. And just as equation solvers like matlab devalue some of the skills of people who can do certain algebraic manipulations in their head quickly, new languages, software and IT design patterns will (hopefully) supersede today's internet duct tape. But just as you learn to use matlab to work more efficiently, I learn how to use Docker Swarm and Consul and RUM and CNDs to work more efficiently. Sure, some of today's current IT people will be freed up for more productive work because I can do more with less. But those of us left will be paid more, not less. And the results of our less but smarter work will make the world exponentially better (though we'll almost certainly not be paid exponentially more).

Comment Re:The use cases are narrow but legitimate (Score 1) 212

The bad part about lack of anonymity in our transactions is that Big Data actually gets us some reasonable legal use cases for privacy like why should my credit card company and everyone they share data with know what kind of porn I buy or what books I read or whether I go out to lunch often and who knows what kind of automated algorithms farther down the chain might do with that info like deny me employment surreptitiously.

We all need to admit that the privacy war was lost long ago. But we have plenty of use cases for all the Big Data too. So instead of ranting about privacy, we need to change laws to make everyone who tracks us give us copies of all that Big Data in real time and in a useful (i.e. machine readable) format.

Comment Amazon...paperweight (Score 1, Troll) 259

What? Amazon has a device called the "Paperwhite"? Did anyone else initially read that as "paperweight"? I guess technically it's the Win10 system that because a paperweight, but if you can't charge it because it crashes your computer, the reader will eventually become one too.

Who names these things?

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"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982