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Comment Just like the Patent office (Score 3, Insightful) 412

I see a parallel here with the US Patent office. They have big employee turnover: graduates with tech degrees sign up as patent examiners, use their government education benefits to get a law degree, then leave a few years later for much greener pastures as patent attorneys. Same could be happening at the NSA: Spend a few years letting Uncle Sugar teach you the basics of computer security and penetration testing, then leave for more $$$ as a computer security consultant. Infosec is a hot field now.

Comment In my car (Score 1) 385

I still use them in my car for listening to audio books (in MP3 format). My car *does* have an USB jack as well, but having the disc player means I can switch between two different channels (say, a book on the CD and music on the USB) without losing my place in either. I'd be just as happy with two USB jacks; it's all about having multiple channels of entertainment that each keep track of where you left off.

Comment +1 Snowden, Manning. -1 Ulbricht (Score 3, Insightful) 264

Snowden & Manning are whistle-blowers. They were motivated by correcting what the perceived as illegal or immoral actions by the government. They had little to personally gain (and a lot to lose) by their actions. Ulbricht, on the other hand was motivated by greed. His willingness to commission murder-for-hire in order to keep his cash machine going justifies his conviction.

Comment Terminals? In the 1950s? (Score 2) 342

Terminals (as we think of them with keyboards and a display screen) didn't exist at all until the mid to late 1960s. A 1950's programmer would be sitting at a keypunch, creating a deck of cards. These would be submitted as a batch process, and you'd get your compiler & run results hours (or maybe a day) later, printed in smudged type on a stack of large fan-fold tractor-feed paper. With few exceptions, the sort of interactive programming you can do "sitting at a terminal" wasn't commonplace until the 1970's.

Comment "cyclists are feeling safer on the roads"??? (Score 1) 271

Huh? With every driver now staring at their phone instead of watching the road, I find it hard to agree with this. Distracted drivers are deadly for cyclists. I wish e-bikes made some noise. Navigating streets in Shenzhen last summer, you had to constantly watch out for e-bikes whizzing by from every direction.

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