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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

sydbarrett74 Re:No, it isn't. (222 comments)

Hmm... She's managed to gain the trust and support of enough people to get into the position she's in.

One could say the same about Carly Fiorina. That didn't stop her from destroying HP. It doesn't logically follow that, just because someone is hired for a certain position, s/he is actually deserving of or qualified for said position.

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

sydbarrett74 Re:Let's Just Be Honest (322 comments)

I agree with everything except the telecommuting bullet-point (with which I am in *qualified* disagreement. My qualification is that working from home should be OK, but only on company-issued hardware, with the restrictions you listed (e.g., disabled USB ports) and I would add the use of something like a Sonicwall connected downstream from your home ISP's gateway.

2 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

sydbarrett74 Re:So perhaps /. will finally fix its shit (391 comments)

How about the fact that some analyst over at the NSA may take note of the fact that you might like to read articles critical of said three-letter agency and make a note to flag it for future analysis? By knowing what kinds of articles you like to read on Slash, various intelligence and law-enforcement agencies can compile a lot of blackmail material if you were ever to prove a nuisance down the line.

3 days ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

sydbarrett74 IT pros absolutely *should* get overtime pay (545 comments)

In fact, only people at the very top of the income distribution should be exempt from overtime pay -- think A-list actors and professional athletes. The vast majority of workers should be paid overtime. *cue bullshit libertarian arguments about how this abrogates free-market capitalism*

about two weeks ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

sydbarrett74 End rush hour! (454 comments)

Hopefully the phase-in of autonomous vehicles will bring about an end to rush-hour. It's a ridiculous misallocation of resources to have major arteries clogged maybe four hours of the day and underutilised the remaining 20. And all because most businesses cling tenaciously to anachronistic 8a-5p 'business hours' in many parts of the Western world. Flextime and telecommuting should be the rule. The whole convention of set business hours is about nothing more than the PTB controlling the lives of the unwashed masses.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's JavaScript Engine Gets Two-Tiered Compilation

sydbarrett74 Re:So in other words . . . (46 comments)

Agreed. And the fact that IE12 will have a new extension engine finally puts it at feature parity with Chrome and Firefox. Microsoft is getting back in the game, and Apple seems to be coming out with ho-hum, me-too tweaks of existing products rather than anything truly new. Stuff happens in cycles. That's what keeps things exciting.

about 2 months ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

sydbarrett74 Re:SSE2 and NX (215 comments)

Who on earth would be trying to run a modern release of Windows on pre-2003 hardware, anyway? Stuff of that vintage is only useful for historical curiosity, or at best running a stripped-down Linux distro. Given that CPU's that old had a horrible power/performance ratio, it would be cheaper in the long-run to spend the couple hundred bucks on newer equipment.

about 4 months ago
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Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

sydbarrett74 Answer: lemon laws (141 comments)

Until lemon laws for computer-related products become pervasive, this shit will continue. Manufacturers are able to skirt liability and hide behind nebulous EULA's.

about 4 months ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

sydbarrett74 Hierarchy as correlated to division of labour (254 comments)

Hierarchy goes hand-in-hand with specialisation of roles in a society. Even in a hunter-gatherer society, the more physically endowed were hunters whilst the frailer members of the band gathered or engaged in child-care; even in pre-agricultural times, larger groups certainly had various factions even if they viewed other factions as peers. As agriculture took hold and a warrior caste developed, the more physically-armed members of society (or those were were under the protection of such) could keep the rabble down via the threat of violence.

about 4 months ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

sydbarrett74 Re:Nobody kills Java (371 comments)

Sounds like your ideas on development are just as atavistic and misguided as the ones you have regarding economics. I see a trend here.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

sydbarrett74 First have user close windows w/ sensitive content (246 comments)

Before I work on someone's machine, I ask that person to close all windows that may have sensitive content s/he may not want me to see. This policy establishes a certain amount of trust with the user. Put the onus on the user to determine what s/he considers private and sensitive. Easy-peasy, and it only takes 30 seconds.

about 5 months ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

sydbarrett74 Re:Boy, do I hear you! (372 comments)

Don't worry, there are some of us for whom your irony didn't escape us. :)

about 5 months ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

sydbarrett74 '...no substantial benefit.' (474 comments)

The War on Drugs does provide a substantial benefit -- for the police forces who can buy shiny new toys by auctioning off stuff seized via asset forfeiture; the owners of private prisons; drug kingpins who earn their filthy lucre from peddling illicit wares; the members of public-sector prison-guard unions; and the laboratories who get to charge outrageous amounts of money to administer and process drug tests.

The general public, of course, does not share in this bounty and furthermore suffers from higher rates of violent crime spawned by prohibition.

about 5 months ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

sydbarrett74 Re:Considering Bush did this... (219 comments)

As to why the 'cheap shot', it's because Obama has been expanding upon many of Bush's most-hated policies. In his campaign speeches, he promised to scale back the War on Terror, close Gitmo and rein in the surveillance apparatus. He has done none of these things, and has indeed intensified those efforts.

about 5 months ago
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Percentage of Elderly In Japan Continues to Grow as Number of Children Drops

sydbarrett74 Re:Jiji press? (283 comments)

Technology only goes so far. There are certain limits imposed by the laws of physics (e.g., thermodynamics) that are unyielding.

about 7 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

sydbarrett74 Amory Lovins (568 comments)

I like Amory Lovins' twist: 'Global Weirding'.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

sydbarrett74 Re:I have your conversion right here... (860 comments)

Have her run ReactOS in a virtual machine and she can run her favourite piece of software under *that*. She can run everything thing else (including a browser) under Windows 7 or 8.x.

about 9 months ago
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How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

sydbarrett74 Re:Which is why (288 comments)

It throws the burden of taxation more on the wealthy, because they buy more things, and they be the least harmed, because they are wealthy.

Erm, no . If Bill Gates is a million times wealthier than me, do you think he buys a million times more automobiles? He does consume more than I do, but nowhere near in proportion to his greater overall wealth. You're committing a fallacy of composition. The wealthy may consume 10 or 100 times more, but the bulk of the difference in income and wealth are locked up in bonds and offshore accounts. This stuff gets passed onto their progeny, creating a de facto dynastic ruling class.

about 9 months ago
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TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

sydbarrett74 Follow the money (289 comments)

The people who profit from making all these inane rules are ultimately the manufacturers of the screening equipment, the people training security staff, et cetera. In other words, the military-industrial-security complex. It is with them (and the politicians who sell us out to them) that we must start redressing our grievances. We must also stop sensationalising every one-in-a-million occurrence (terrorism, being struck twice by lightning) and start mitigating the effects of problems that will likely impact us all (e.g., climate change).

about 10 months ago
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Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

sydbarrett74 Criminal charges for management (236 comments)

The management who 'brushed off' the security staff should be held criminally liable. This goes beyond mere negligence.

about 10 months ago

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