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Comment Re:Top priority? Always? (Score 1) 128

If your companies top priority is to keep data secure, they how/why did you get hacked. They always say that, but clearly that is not the Top Priority

I see you're doing your part by not using dangerous apostrophes where they are needed!

Implicit in any company's statement that security is their top priority is the large bundle of compromises that don't go away whether or not that is your top priority. They could make the data perfectly secure by disconnecting the servers and putting them in a bank vault. They could make sure the data can't be breached by simply destroying all of it. See?

Security can be your Top Priority, but it has to be done in the context of things like still making it available to users across the internet. Doing it while not going bankrupt. Making the service competitively priced so that it can actually be afforded and put to work.

They could have said that the system could only be used on equipment they ship to their clients, connected to the back end through a hardware-based dedicated VPN with biometrics, dongles, and constant nagging by three-factor comms surrounding every time someone hits the enter key ... and of course nobody could or would want to use the system or pay the monthly fee needed to keep something like that alive.

They may very well put security at a higher priority than chipping away at a long list of UX updates, performance under load, documentation, multi-language support, and a thousand other things. Doesn't mean that doing so means they'll be perfect in their security results. Ever run a business like that? No? Give it a whirl. Make security your top priority, and then start paying attention to what that decision means in real life - including in your ability to get and retain customers during that balancing act.

Comment Re:Huge numbers! (Score 1) 266

What? Tens of millions of people routinely bitch, in public with their names attached, about every possible person, agency, posture, act, policy and purpose of government across the spectrum from the local PTA to city, county, state, federal, and international governance. There is nothing "brave" about parroting a lazy meme about freeing Snowden from prosecution for some very cut and dry real crimes. Your sense of drama is wildly disconnected from reality. Show me a single person, ever, who has been put into any sort of legal jeopardy for saying out loud, "Snowden should be pardoned." A single example. Specifically.

Comment Re:There are Pros and Cons (Score 1) 52

I think, for me at least, having edit capability within, say 10 minutes of hitting the post button would be an acceptable compromise.

I'd be fine with that, even as a default option, but only if your post didn't appear to anybody else until the grace period expired. If being able to edit your fuckups is that important to you, then you should be willing to wait, right?

Personally, I'm glad Slashdot has maintained its no-edit policy. Now unicode, on the other hand...

Comment Re:So they didn't enable cheat mode (Score 1) 246

So by your reasoning, if a car manufacturer accidentally made a bug which caused the engine to cheat on diesel emissions tests, it's actually the EPA's fault for not designing their test to more accurately mimic how people use their cars in real life?

Not even remotely. I'm saying that if there was a bug where putting the transmission into test mode caused emissions to go out of spec, but almost no one except for technicians would ever go into that mode, then it's a lot different from the case where the average owner should expect their emissions to be out of spec.

Your no-spin version is somewhat correct, except that it misses the key fact that CR reported those bad numbers and told people not to buy the laptop because of them. If Ford says a Focus should get 30MPG and testing shows it really gets 25MPG, then that's probably a legitimate result explainable by different testing scenarios. But if Consumer Reports puts their Focus into a test mode that regular owners will never use, and it gets somewhere between 13.5MPG and 58.5MPG, then something's probably gone wrong. Given that it's Ford and not Joe's Crawfish and Car Factory, it doesn't seem unreasonable for CR to doublecheck their results before publishing a "don't buy a Ford Focus because it only gets 13.5MPG!" recommendation.

(Note: those numbers are to scale. Apple says the 13" MBP should get 10 hours of web usage. CR said it varies from 4.5 to 19.5 hours. I multiplied those by 3MPG/hour to show the proportions.)

Comment Re:So they didn't enable cheat mode (Score 4, Insightful) 246

But many developers probably use Safari Developer Mode to work on their projects, and this will help them.

Yes, but those developers don't get their recommendations from Consumer Reports. That magazine's audience would never have encountered that bug.

Obligatory car analogy: say they're testing a Ford Focus. They disable its antilock brakes so that a professional driver can get its best-case dry pavement stopping distance. Along the way, the find an OBD-II bug that causes the brakes to take twice as long to stop the car. They report the bad results instead of the normal, expected values. Yes, their test was correct! It found a bug that needs to be fixed. However, the only people who would ever see that bug are the exact ones who'd notice something was wrong and be able to troubleshoot it. You and I aren't ever going to disable our antilock brakes, even if a test engineer might.

I think that's kind of what happened here. Again, yes, they legit found a bug. My problem with it is that they reported the buggy results instead of the actual ones that a normal non-developer would see. A developer would notice their battery draining in a fourth the expected time and that it only happened when they were debugging in Safari, so they probably wouldn't even be significantly affected by the bug.

Comment Re:So they didn't enable cheat mode (Score 1, Troll) 246

But they disabled cache by putting it in developer mode. Which turns out has its own bugs that Apple said they've now fixed, but that's kind of beside the point: they weren't running Safari in a configuration that an end user would ever have found themselves in. I'm in dev mode right now so I can test some stuff on my laptop. You very well might be too. But my non-techie wife will never run in dev mode, so she'd never see the behavior that Consumer Reports experienced.

Comment Re:What do you know. (Score 1) 246

and Streamed Content I'd argue is a much bigger % of people's traffic (volume wise (hits wise probably less so... but that is the nature of the beast))

That seems very unlikely for the usage profile of being on batteries. Sure, we all stream when we're at our desks, but I don't know how that translates to out-and-about traffic patterns. Restaurant Wi-Fi is often so spotty that you wouldn't try to listen to live streams. I doubt many people are consuming lots of video content from their cell phone tethers.

Comment Re:density problem (Score 1) 285

I don't know of any material with a density suitable for behaving properly as a projectile that doesn't contain toxic metals. The high-gravity-compound plastics have metal filler.

Many training rounds do NOT need to have the same ballistic behavior as the real thing - they just need to let the weapon cycle correctly. That's usually the whole point.

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