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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Nutria Re:Sure... (306 comments)

So now blaming the victims of state-sponsored terrorists

Who's to blame when your unlocked car is parked on the street and get's stolen? Both the thief and the foolish owner.

which in practice means gossip.

One word: telephone.
Two words: water cooler.
Four words: lunch at the deli.

If that's not possible, then learn to criticize without getting personal. It is doable!

Do you really want to go that way?

Two more words: reasonableness test.

19 minutes ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Nutria Re:Sure... (306 comments)

Costs would increase, but so would employment of less skilled but competent workers.

yesterday
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Nutria Re:Sure... (306 comments)

Nobody disagrees that you should only be professional in your conduct at work.

Nobody except all of the Sony employees who weren't!!!!

yesterday
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Nutria Re:Sure... (306 comments)

Keeping your personnel files on paper and not the computer?

Of course, there's always keep your personal shit off the company servers!!! And keep what you do write in company documents at a professional tone.

That would sure have mitigated a whole lot of personal pain by these supposedly blameless Sony employees.

yesterday
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

Nutria Re:What is the problem here? (137 comments)

The problem is that the US courts ruled that US law does apply in Ireland because Microsoft has a presence in both countries.

But there are decades of precedence for this: see the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 and the 1988 ruling applying to foreign firms.

3 days ago
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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

Nutria Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (115 comments)

It never ceases to amaze me how such a correction makes people instantly apply "You must be a marxist!" as a reactionary measure.

Because seemingly anyone who could finish dense writing like that (I tried reading both the Manifesto and Capital in college) must be a true devotee. (I didn't get much farther with Wealth Of Nations but attributed that to the archaic words and references rendering it meaningless to me.)

4 days ago
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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

Nutria Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (115 comments)

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

Xenophobia much?

7. ... the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands

Lack of agricultural knowledge. There's a reason it's a waste-land.

8. Equal liability of all to labour.

But... compassion!!!

Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

Inherent disincentive to efficiency, and why the Soviet Union -- with those huge Ukrainian wheat fields -- had to import *lots* of US wheat.

9. Combination of agriculture ... more equable distribution of the population over the country.

What utter stupidity. There are damned practical reasons that cities grow up where they do, and positing crap like "more equable distribution of the population" denies those realities.

Capitalism and the free market sure aren't perfect, but they are the reason that the First World is so prosperous and China and India dumped communism.

4 days ago
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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

Nutria Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (115 comments)

Not so lazy people could leech off the system.

Thus the fundamental failure of Marx: ignoring the reality of human nature.

had the Soviet Union not been a paranoid authoritarian bureaucracy

That many people -- in the Russian Empire, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, China, Korea, etc, etc, -- can't just accidentally be paranoid and authoritarian.

Good socio-political theories must take people's baser instincts into account. That's the genius of Adam Smith's Invisible Hand: it presumes that people will be selfish and greedy.

4 days ago
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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

Nutria 'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (115 comments)

And academic leftists wonder why Communism collapsed...

"But we can do it the Right Way!!!" Yeah, sure, bud, because (modern) Liberal Arts professors have soooo much experience outside the Ivory Tower...

4 days ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Nutria Re:at least if your mind is as unhealthily obsessi (584 comments)

what happens when impressionable young adults are spoonfed reality defying propaganda.

Let's not forget the religious fundamentalists who don't take their sick children to doctors.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Nutria at least if your mind is as unhealthily obsessive (584 comments)

Maybe it would be best if he gave her to a less obsessive relative...

The whole article is a clear indication that Auerbach and his wife are as fucked up as those Canadians trying to raise their child genderless.

about two weeks ago
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Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing

Nutria Duplicate story? (109 comments)

ISTR a very similar story on /. regarding ASD and s/w QA from a few years ago.

about three weeks ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

Nutria Oh, the irony!! (436 comments)

Who wants to bet that Obama and Holder were great First Amendment supporters back in 1992 during the Body Count "Cop Killer" brouhaha?

about three weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Nutria Re:What the hell is... (289 comments)

Sure, even if it's limited to "don't do it, because you'll get the clap!".

about three weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Nutria Re:What the hell is... (289 comments)

Ummm, isn't health a subunit of biology?

And biology is a subunit of chemistry, and chemistry is a subunit of physics. Yet, we still have chemistry and biology classes.

I've never had a class called "health" in my entire education.

That's... saddening. Very, very saddening.

about three weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Nutria What the hell is... (289 comments)

contraception doing in a Biology textbook? Shouldn't that be taught in Health class?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Nutria Does your state have a Public Service Commission? (516 comments)

Have you complained to them about the power reliability?

I live in a conservative suburb of a southern city. The state is "blue", hates taxes, and lets the power, telephone and cable companies run their lines on poles. (Part of the justification is that the water table is pretty high, and it rains a lot.) But... my house went more than a year without a clock-resetting power flicker, and that one lasted only a few seconds.
One thing that I do know that the power company does is make an annual drive through each neighborhood looking for tree branches that hang too close to the lines, and then cuts them off. Presumably, they perform other sorts of behind the scenes maintenance, in order to keep reliability so high.

about three weeks ago

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