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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:questionable axiom (465 comments)

Let's start with the two assumptions that

Government should be functioning in the best interests of their Citizens.
If there needs to be a subset of the group of Citizens, then Government should side with the one that benefits the most Citizens.

The Wealthy love their country enough to volunteer their own money to improve it as they see it. Do they necessarily have the same objectives as the two above? If so, then the Wealthy are not a corrupting force.

If the Wealthy use their influence to deviate the Government from the two above assumptions, then the Wealthy are a corrupting force. and should be examined closely with the second assumption in mind.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:Good morale, perhaps? (169 comments)

Sounds like you need someone to decide on a defined set of access systems and ONLY USE THOSE.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:This approach has gone nowhere for years (169 comments)

Training. 6 monthly mandatory security training. Presented well, covering all aspects of security.

Accountability. If a user does a stupid thing, make them personally liable for it. Warnings and firings work well.

Usability. My workplace offers 5 free licenses of a well known antivirus/firewall package for every employee for home use. That extends the circle of safety one more ring.

Security. Lock it down. Lock it down. Lock it down. What are the minimum rights that should be given for a user to do their job? That is all the rights they get.

about 3 months ago

Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:Wait (140 comments)

To fix a small error in a script on the fly, notepad isn't bad. To make readable code a real IDE is great. To keep 40 or 50 concepts flying round your head, an IDE is almost indispensible. Being able to code with notepad is useful in select circumstances. For everything else there is

about 4 months ago

Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:Quick change needed [Re:Stop] (349 comments)

I just hacked our DNS to do the same thing.

Laugh? I almost spat.

about 4 months ago

Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:Good if they succeed. (132 comments)

No. It sounds to me like there were competent contract managers who simply asked for things to work out of the box like the sales droids said they would. When they failed that test, then they applied the stick to the carrot.

Oracle (Bless their little hearts) got a bit peeved that they would now have to earn their money rather than just grab the money and run. Things came to a head. Some negotiation happened and a way forward was worked out. Oracle will get paid when they deliver a product that meets a defined level of quality. In exchange, Oregon will lower the level of quality appropriately.

This sort of thing happens all the time in government contracts. I get to deal with these things reasonably regularly. When money is tight, even governments expect value for money. The IT firms sometimes have some adjustment to do.

about 5 months ago

Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:Managers (249 comments)

Your welcome.

(see what I did there?)

about 7 months ago

Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:Managers (249 comments)


about 7 months ago

Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:Two Flavors (249 comments)

Where oh where are my mod points.

In the end it is all about communication. A person who makes communication easier is an asset to any project. If they are called a manager, whatever. I know I will listen to colleagues as they discuss their issues, and watch the light bulb moments as people answer their own questions by listening to themselves.

A good manager will run interference for the team and make sure they are supplied with what they need to get the task done.

about 7 months ago

Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:No... (252 comments)

Each phone has an IMEI burned into it's hardware. This IMEI and the phone number are transmitted to the cell tower every time you communicate. All IMEIs for a given carrier are whitelisted. What the system does is remove the IMEI of stolen phones from the whitelist. A hacker would have to change the IMEI of the phone to another one on the whitelist. This may be trivial or hard based on the hardware, but such systems have been active in Australia for 20 years now, and the market for stolen phones is still non existent.

about 7 months ago

Nokia Still Experimenting With Android Smartphone

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:Simpler explanation (63 comments)

MSFT can't afford to abandon the entry level market. All those low end phones that teenagers can afford on their prepaid plans all being loaded with Android. Later getting enough money for a plush smartphone.

Go with the platform and apps they know OR buy into an unknown platform and hope it's better than the one they are used to.

Why are ipod touches relatively cheap?

about 7 months ago

Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

TENTH SHOW JAM Re: couldnt agree more (343 comments)

Coca Cola. A beverage. Quality is mistaken for consistency. Penfold's Grange. A beverage (Australian Shiraz for all those not willing to do the footwork) Quality places it at the top of the market for beverages.

Nike. "Everybody wears Nike" until you actually look at people who take their sport seriously. And then there are a plethora of shoe makers who offer custom fit shoes. Then it comes down to "Nike is worn by newbies, and people who are sponsored by Nike"

Ford. You buy Ford if you can't afford Aston, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari, etc etc

All examples of MBAs providing us with mediocrity when there are people out there trying to provide excellence...

about 8 months ago

Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:couldnt agree more (343 comments)

Will the higher up members of the party be able to turn down the volume on their telespeakers?

Nope. That right is reserved for those who can competently operate wire cutters and have them stashed in their draw.

about 8 months ago

3D-Printed Dinosaur Bones "Like Gutenberg's Printing Press" For Paleontologists

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:Collectors? (39 comments)

I'd pay for a 1:4 size raptor skeleton in plastic to sit in my lounge room. Even 1:1 if it would fit.

I'd be happy with this arrangement, because I would get my decor, and the palientologists would get the original to discover stuff on.

about 8 months ago

ASCAP Petitions FCC To Deny Pandora's Purchase of Radio Station

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:Intentions (229 comments)

No. There is a simple mathematical way. To register a copyrighted work should cost a dollar in the first year. Every man and their dog can register that. It costs double that on year 2. After 10 years it's costing you $1000 ish to own the copyright. So you had better be making more than that for it to be worthwhile. After 15 Years, it's costing you bucket loads.

You can keep paying for the long tail, but now it becomes a business decision over whether you keep a copyright or not. Disney can keep Steamboat Willie indefinitely, if they can afford it.

about a year ago

Florida Law May Accidentally Ban Computers and Smartphones

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:Florida (238 comments)

"Bitcoin. If you cant hold it, you can't flip it."

1 year,14 days

Florida Law May Accidentally Ban Computers and Smartphones

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:Florida (238 comments)

By my reading of the summary, it seems to me that a coin (which can be used in the noble game of Two up) would be considered a "Device that can be used in Games Of Chance."

Not only have they banned computers. They seem to have banned currency. I wonder how they will pay the police to police this.

1 year,14 days

Zynga Puts Random Stranger In Customer Support Role

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:meh! (158 comments)

Congratulations. You have won the Cynics badge.

No matter how bad you think things can get, Realitiy will always go one better.

1 year,19 days

Microsoft Reacts To Feedback But Did They Get Windows 8.1 Right?

TENTH SHOW JAM Re:I tested Windows 8.1 (543 comments)

And of the other 3% of client scientists, Half of them have "No opinion"

1 year,22 days


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