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Comment Managed Risk (Score 1) 147

A lock only keeps an honest man honest. Same goes for a password. While a more complex password will do the job much better, as does a better lock, neither will keep out someone who wants to get in. Rather than meaningless password strength meters next to the password box, there should be some graphic that helps create or suggests stronger passwords. It may not prevent them from using more common passwords or phrases but it might better get their attention. On the other hand, some people just don't care enough to be bothered.

Comment My feeling exactly (Score 1) 472

While I am looking forward to the new Macbook Pro models, at the moment, my 3 year old, bought on Apples refurb website has worked nearly flawlessly. I use it for both Mac and Windows via VMWare's Fusion and while I wish for a larger hard drive, the SSD makes the machine super fast. I typically use an external keyboard and mouse so the only upgrade I was really concerned with was the retina display, which I have. All in all, I am not complaining. The machine was expensive but has earned it's keep.

Comment False Logic (Score 1) 760

"But the average rate of drug use among those recipients has been far below the national average -- around 1% overall, compared with 9.4% in the general population"

Isn't it conceivable that drug users might be aware that benefits come with a drug test and they simply don't apply? The 1% that do test positive are just too stupid to realize their habit will cost them benefits.

Comment Re:How about (Score 1) 369

Teachers develop curriculum but, in Missouri at least, it's the State Legislature that defines the educational goals. Teachers have no choice but to follow along and teach what they are told to, the best they can.
As far as fads go, I am not sure your point is valid. Teachers are trained to use different methodology to reach all kids. What works for one, may not work for another. You may think what they are doing is a "fad" but in reality, it's simply a tool to reach a goal.
I suggest spending some time in a classroom before dumping on teachers. We should also be looking at parental expectations (or lack of them) as well. No school district operates successfully if parents aren't happy with the education their kids are getting.

Comment Doctor's Computer? Really? (Score 3, Insightful) 266

"Merge investigated the issue and later reported to the FDA that the problem occurred because of the antivirus software running on the doctors' computer. "
I seriously doubt the computer was owned by the doctor. More than likely, it was procured, set up and managed by a team of IT specialist at the hospital/clinic who know little to nothing about the software that might be running on it. Likewise, if the company supplying the software isn't providing a dedicated, hardened box to run the software on, they share the blame as well. Or, I have seen dedicated boxes with all kinds of crap loaded on them by operators who had no clue what the consequences might be. The bottom line here is that maybe computers should be kept out of the operating room. Or maybe doctors shouldn't be allowed to use them.

Comment Jimmy Hoffa (Score 1) 796

Judge: "You must tell us where Jimmy Hoffa's body is"
Mobster: "I plead the 5th your honor"
Judge: "But you were the last person seen with Mr. Hoffa"
Mobster: "I don't recollect that your honor"
Judge: "Ok, since we have no body, there must not have been a murder. You are free to go"

I am not sure what the difference is between this scenario and encrypted disks...if there is no body, a crime can't be proven.

Comment Other Devices (Score 1) 382

Something I haven't seen mentioned are products besides headphones that use the jack. I am pretty sure that at some point Apple required a fee for anyone designing a hardware platform that would interface with their other port. Companies like Square avoided that fee and provided a reader that would work with nearly any phone or pad. There are also companies making medical thermometers, ECG monitors etc. that use the headphone jack. In some cases those companies selected the jack for low power advantages along with allowing for cross platform use.

Comment Customer Service Fail (Score 2) 438

No matter who's fault it is that the customer can't get the content she wants, Netflix is once again fucking up by trying to say the "small vocal minority" is inconsequential. In all cases where some are being vocal, there are many others who aren't. I liken it to an ice berg....the top would be the vocal ones and under the water the dissatisfied, quiet ones.
At least provide a reason why there can't be a world catalog or start working on pricing.

Comment Isn't the R for redundancy? (Score 0) 176

The IRS is an evil entity spawned by crooks who only want to pay off their lobbyist cohorts for political payola and apply pork barrel pandering to their constituents. Even worse, it seems to be managed by those who have no idea how to set up a computer system. Instead of a complex tax code and an IRS, set a percentage of a wage and make everyone pay. That's the only fair way to do it. Those who make more will pay more.

Comment Not Really (Score 0) 532

Nobody is anonymous on the internet. Ok, maybe I should say most are not anonymous. The reason? Everyone has a MAC address. While it can be changed, and probably is when someone is acting nefariously, most people have no idea what it is. So, like outlawing firearms, making a law to ban "anonymous Internet access" would only hurt law abiding citizens. I will certainly add more complexity to ISPs and that will trickle down to users in some way that probably won't be pleasant.

Comment Re:What about diminishing returns? (Score 1) 279

Why not offer the tractor bare, with no locked operating system? The farmer could then choose what software he wants to run his machine, once it becomes available. Sure, the manufacturer would offer their own OS but if the hardware was well documented, so could competition. It only makes sense, if the manufacturer wants to lock up their ECU with copyright law then the law should also compel manufacturers to provide documentation, just like they always have, for others to write code to run their machines. As far as emissions go, the hardware could be designed with limitations to minimize the machine's ability to pollute.

Comment Humans are still a problem (Score 1) 146

I get the hype over cars that can tell you what's wrong or that may be able to self drive. However, until all cars are self-driving and no human can thwart the system, I'll take my chances doing my own driving. In addition, I don't care how often the car tells me it's time for brakes or tires or whatever, until I actually drive the thing into the service department and shell out the cash to repair it, it does nobody any good. That's what's scary. How long before the car shuts itself down or the government mandates repair rules and demands everyone upload their telemetry to the DMV for safety inspections? No, I'll stick with my mid 70's cracker box with points and condenser for an ignition and no connectivity plug.

Comment What a waste.... (Score 2) 143

Yucca Mountain cost more than $96B dollars so far. I just read an article stating that the spent nuclear fuel is fine where it is, cooling in the ponds local to the reactors. So which is it? Do we need to spend another $96B, or more, and then not use that facility too? Is shipping nuclear waste to some repository far away safe and cost effective?

Comment First and Second Amendments (Score 1) 585

You can't have free speech without the means to defend it so the first and second amendments are tied together closely. There is a group that would like to get rid of the second amendment but, in order to do that, they must negate the need for it and this is clearly their first attempt at suppressing free speech. What surprises me is that it's getting traction at colleges. These institutions should be the last bastion of freedom. However, most public colleges are funded by their states and when a lawmaker gets a wild hair for something the college is doing, that funding becomes in jeopardy. I just saw it happen in my state with the university hospital and Planned Parenthood. Suddenly a relationship that had been good for years was dissolved because a politician could put enough pressure on the university to make it happen.

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