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The Truth About the Polygraph, According To the NSA

JacksBrokenCode Re:Polygraph (452 comments)

If you can't pass a poly, regardless of how innocent you are, that's a personality indicator that puts you at risk for not being able to safeguard critical information.

No. It does not. It simply shows a biological response of any significant emotion at the time.

You are right as to what it indicates. And parent poster was right as to the implications of that indication. If you cannot control your physiological reactions to different stress inputs, you're probably not the type they are looking for. Source of the stress is irrelevant.

If a polygraph were actually effective, why would you ever need to give someone more than one?

You mistake "effective" with "perfected". If polygraph were perfected, there would be no need to repeat. They aren't perfected.

Why is it that the only result the NSA will "accept" is that of a pass?

What is the purpose of having a test if not to check whether applicants can "pass"?

Out in the real world, sometimes you have to sacrifice "ideal" and "perfect" and settle for "this works better than whatever else we have". You put a bunch of "this works" tools together, and hopefully you can draw an image of a candidate that is comprehensive enough to make an informed decision about their suitability for the job. Is a polygraph perfect? No. Does it operate in a vacuum? No.

more than 4 years ago

HP Gives Printers Email Addresses

JacksBrokenCode What am I missing here? (325 comments)

Would SPAM be a problem if the machine requires that the sender's email address be on the whitelist and a passcode must be in the subject line?

Have 2 different passcodes - printer code for printing, admin code to remotely execute certain commands (like adding/removing other email addresses from the whitelist). Throw in a little logic to take itself offline temporarily (or some other response) if it's getting DOS'd. Should be fairly ok, no?

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Crawler Speaks Back

JacksBrokenCode Re:Pretty naive (317 comments)

I'd also add that you should not be able to "contribute" to more than one candidate in any given race, on the grounds that that's briberey plain and simple.

Where did the idea that money equals speech come from, anyway? Money is NOT speech. But like you say, good luck ever getting that implimented in our plutocratic pseudo-republic.

What do you consider acceptable political speech and what don't you? How do you make the distinction? If I have a means to promote a candidate (time, money, whatever), wouldn't restricting my means (in this context) constitute restricting my political speech?

Something else you seem to miss out on is that voting is bribery. You give something (a vote) in exchange for something (the candidate of your choice has a better chance of getting elected). Whether with short term or long term goals in mind, people do not naturally vote against their own perceived-best interest. Politicians know this and pander to their constituents, "bribing" citizens for their votes. Like it or hate it, it's how it the system is designed.

To quote George Will, "Politics in a democracy is transactional: Politicians seek votes by promising to do things for voters, who seek promises in exchange for their votes."

more than 4 years ago

Is Programming a Lucrative Profession?

JacksBrokenCode Re:Are nerds not aware (844 comments)

If we're nothing more than mechanics, there should still be NO reason to pay Chevy wages to fix or maintain a Ferrari.

And nobody does. If you're working on a true Ferrari, and you're a truly qualified Ferrari mechanic... you get paid Ferrari-level wages. Duh.

The problem here is all the people who think their Yugo is actually a Veyron, and should be paid like a NASCAR pit chief because they can plug a tire and change oil.

more than 4 years ago

Supreme Court Rolls Back Corporate Campaign Spending Limits

JacksBrokenCode Re:Right of free speech + right of association (1070 comments)

Again, you take money out of politics

Again, not arguing that this is unlikely. I never said this is going to happen, just my little dream...

more than 4 years ago

Sherlock Holmes and the Copyright Tangle

JacksBrokenCode ...ahhhhhhh, yes. (290 comments)

Perhaps without that free cash, they may have been impelled to go out and produce new creative works of their own.

Or perhaps they would have been impelled to pump gas or flip burgers. Who knows?

Using your logic, an author with rights to Conan-Doyle's work has no incentive to create new unique works. Therefore, we don't want Conan-Doyle's work to become public domain because then the masses have access to his work and nobody has incentive to be creative.

The point is... nobody is being prevented from creating, and the only people with any ability to rest on their laurels are people with rights to the work. Wouldn't it then make sense to limit those rights to as few people as possible to encourage the masses to do more creative work of their own?

more than 4 years ago

Sherlock Holmes and the Copyright Tangle

JacksBrokenCode Re:Think like a politician (290 comments)

If copyright is extended jobs are lost. You don't need to hire people to create new stuff because you can still earn money from the ancient stuff.

Perhaps you won't be hiring super creative types to make new properties, but your competitors will.

Creativity is not a zero-sum game...

more than 4 years ago

Sherlock Holmes and the Copyright Tangle

JacksBrokenCode Re:The copyright cash cow (290 comments)

if you can milk something infinately, it removes all incentive to create new creative works

I see this argument a lot on Slashdot and it's absurd on its face. For as long as the copyright is in effect, there may be less incentive for the owner to create other works, however, there is more incentive for other creators to produce creative works. Since others cannot personally benefit from a previously created work (unless they own it), they are encouraged to create new works of their own. Your argument seems to assume that there is only one creator out there and this individual stops making new creations then there will be no new works.

If copyright was short term or nonexistent and Tex Avery chose to copy Mickey Mouse instead of creating Bugs Bunny, would that have contributed to art or culture? Walt Disney owned Mickey Mouse, but he didn't sit around "milking" that property infinitely - he created a whole cast of additional characters. He was then able to use his ownership of those creative works to build up a company that provided jobs for thousands of animators, construction workers, designers, unskilled workers, etc.

Allowing people to control their creative works fosters creativity, it doesn't stifle it. Even if a creator chooses to stop creating and live off his/her existing properties, that doesn't prevent the rest of the world from producing new and unique works.

more than 4 years ago

Yahoo Offered Lap Dances At Hack Event

JacksBrokenCode Re:as they would say on FARK.. (572 comments)

FWIW, Having Strippers at the company is *NOT* a good idea. The last game company I worked for had a stripper come in for the art directors birthday. I t was very awkward -- especially since she tried to get him to strip as well (which is something I did not need to see). Plus between married guys and nerds, no one really knew what we should be doing (I guess neither married guys nor nerds get sex).

Oh, and to top it all off, the one woman who was working there at the time (the receptionist) ended up suing the company for sexual harassment when she quit.

I'm guessing your event was in the US? FWIW, an event held in Asia is nothing like an event held in the US. In the land of karaoke bars and "anything goes", a stripper at an event is nothing of note.

more than 4 years ago

Xbox 360 Version of Champions Online Being Held Back By MS

JacksBrokenCode Re:This is a GOOD THING (154 comments)

What would you prefer, that this be rushed through without planning, server load testing, and figuring out exactly how it interacts with existing services?

I'm afraid that's wasted sentiment on this board. The same people that are quick to bash MS for rushing the hardware and experiencing massive failure rates are the same trolls claiming MS is just holding this up until they can milk it for every last penny. Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

about 5 years ago

FSF Attacks Windows 7's "Sins" In New Campaign

JacksBrokenCode Re:These people are delusional. (926 comments)

The people who aren't aware of Microsoft's behavior are probably even less likely to understand and respect the comments of the FSF. In other words, they're preaching to the choir.

about 5 years ago

Why the Google Android Phone Isn't Taking Off

JacksBrokenCode Re:they could still do it if they wanted (745 comments)

Sometimes it's better to have a small set of features that work well, than a large set of buggy and broken features...

Except when the market is saturated with competing handsets that have larger feature sets that aren't buggy or broken.

about 5 years ago

EVE Bans Exploiters; Dropping 2% of Users Cuts Average CPU Usage 30%

JacksBrokenCode Re:gaming the system? (261 comments)

Agreed. I would really like to see a party that is truly fiscally conservative and socially/morally liberal. I don't care what the other 300mil Americans want to do with their free time, I just don't want them using my money to do it.

about 5 years ago

EVE Bans Exploiters; Dropping 2% of Users Cuts Average CPU Usage 30%

JacksBrokenCode Re:gaming the system? (261 comments)

The people who want more government regulation want more of a public say.

Yet people continually re-elect incumbents, despite their poor performance. "Public say" has been available since the birth of the republic, we don't need a bigger government so we can have more "public say".

People who truly want a "public say" should be conservative leaning - choosing what to do with their own money as opposed to paying ever increasing taxes that fund things the don't approve (ie., "oppressive world military", etc.)

Doesn't it bother you that 1-2 days of your work week are essentially solely for the purpose of paying for government programs (many of which you don't approve of)?

more than 5 years ago

EVE Bans Exploiters; Dropping 2% of Users Cuts Average CPU Usage 30%

JacksBrokenCode Re:gaming the system? (261 comments)

I find it kind of funny that, despite things like this, there are still people who think more government is the answer.

more than 5 years ago

Digsby IM Client Quietly Installs Badware

JacksBrokenCode Mod parent up! (259 comments)

Despite what people would like you to believe, willful ignorance is never an acceptable excuse.

more than 5 years ago

Netflix Prize Contest Ends, Down To the Wire

JacksBrokenCode Re:I am still waiting... (100 comments)

Well they certainly didn't blow through it on wardrobe and props. They rocked motorcycle helmets and unbadged Cadillacs in that twisted dystopian future state...

more than 5 years ago

Researchers Debut Barcode Replacement

JacksBrokenCode Re:Not sure the library is the best example for us (185 comments)

Could a device the size of a cel-phone effectively triangulate the location of an RFID tag? The proposed device wouldn't work well in a library, but I don't see RFID as very useful either. If you have to walk your reader past every book you might as well just read the spines.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft's Code Contribution Due To GPL Violation

JacksBrokenCode Re:sooo... (508 comments)

Not detracting from your post, I agree there is always that option. Unfortunately (in the context of the discussion at /.) if they chose Option 4, there's a good chance we'd see an article here complaining that "MS would rather pull a product / waste developer hours / any option other than release GPL'd code". MS can't win here...

more than 4 years ago

F-22 Raptor Cancelled

JacksBrokenCode Re:Most deserving (829 comments)

What's amusing to me is that people think education or health care is a proper role for unaccountable entities whose primary responsibility is profit.

Right... because nobody is profiting from the broken system overseen by "accountable" politicians. Take a look at the education system in California. Corrupt politicians bound to their lobbyist masters. CTA spending $58 MILLION on advertising in 2007 to defeat reform measures that Govenor Schwarzenegger was trying to get passed. California's education meanwhile, ranked 40th out of the 50 states (and DC).

Private corporations may have profitability as a goal, but you're sadly mistaken if you believe they can achieve that goal without providing a satisfactory product (in this case, education). Why do you think some parents pay expensive tuition at private schools? Despite the fact that private schools may want to be profitable, the education they provide is generally better than their public counterparts. Meanwhile the administrators of the public school system are happy to piss money away because, when it eventually becomes time to raise taxes, they know nobody will want to be the jerk voting "against education".

California is a very visible example of the naivete inherent to the "government is non-profit and accountable and therefore better" argument.

more than 5 years ago


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