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Comment Re:Now put it to good use! (Score 1) 97

It will be decades before artificial stupidity is anywhere near natural stupidity on any metric.

Natural stupidity is surprisingly flexible and resilient---it can crop up anywhere and is almost impossible to stop.

Artificial stupidity requires significant investment and evolutionary design before it can approach the persistence and impact we see naturally.

Comment Trust Your Engineers... (Score 1) 234

The company wants a network that never goes down---a very challenging project.

Then it prohibits the engineers from implementing the solution they chose.

So management is demanding a high-grade service and refusing the method chosen by their experts? I assume the engineering team would also be blamed when the service failed to perform as expected.

I would quit too. You don't get to ignore a consensus of experts and then hold them accountable for result. If they're skilled enough that you ought to be listening to them, they can find something better when you treat them like wage slaves.

Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

The bigger issue is that they wanted to search an opaque bag. For no reason other than they were curious.

Someone didn't read the article.

They were arresting him on an outstanding warrant. Searching his person and his immediate area are permissible during an arrest.

Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

They didn't need one in this case . The guy already had a warrant out for his arrest. The cops found it when they ran his ID.

Police are allowed to search arrestees and their immediate vicinity. Maybe the guy could argue that the area under his car seat isn't in his immediate vicinity, but I don't know any idiot who would buy that.

Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

Courtland was arrested on an outstanding warrant. If this were a regular traffic stop then I might have a problem with it. But it wasn't---not after the ID check hit on his warrant.

Since they were arresting Courtland, they are clear to search him and his immediate area.

The bag of cards was halfway under the seat, apparently "hidden" by the arrestee.

Since the arrestee was the passenger, they could search around his seat---no problem at all in this situation, anything within arm's reach counts as the immediate area.

Your person and your immediate area may be searched---without a search warrant---any time you are arrested. Carrying contraband or evidence of crimes is a very bad idea when you already have an arrest warrant out. You are basically guaranteed to get searched.

This guy was just a dumb criminal who is headed where dumb criminals go.

Comment Re:will this be compared to MAC BOOK Touchpad? (Score 1) 183

I have a MacBook that I use with Bootcamp because I needed Windows 7 at the time.

That touchpad works better under Windows than anything else I've ever used---with the Apple-provided drivers at default settings.

The problem isn't Windows, and if the drivers are a challenge then at least one company has proven up to the task.

I was partial to the IBM eraser nub until I finally got a good touchpad.

I can even play my collection of strategy games easily without a mouse.

To answer your question, I think it gives Windows touchpads a chance to be as good as Apple's. But they have to get the hardware, IO code, and UI interaction right. And Microsoft controls maybe half of that, while Apple controlled the whole stack. If they manage a 2nd-rate knockoff, it will still be a vast improvement over the status quo.

Comment Re:A little perspective (Score 1) 435

Because the states with the largest populations are all going to Clinton: CA, IL, PA, NY, FL, OH, GA, NC

The only big state leaning Trump is TX. Rounding out the biggest 10 states is GA on Trump's side. And TX+GA combined have fewer votes than CA.

So out of the states with the most people and electoral votes, 8/10 are leaning Clinton. No surprise she is expected to win.

It's not a conspiracy, it's basic math.

Comment Re:Clinton, Podesta, Putin and Trump (Score 1) 435

I'll ignore the political crap and address the tech-related statement:

2. Maybe the story is true, and the Clinton campaign hires people with the security acumen of a burned-out toaster.

About 99% of the population has the security acumen of a burned-out toaster.

The rest work in IT, but that's barely enough for half of the IT personnel to be competent.

Comment Re:Education (Score 1) 435

Paranoia usually refers to irrational beliefs and is usually considered a mental illness. I would shy away from that word.

I cultivate a healthy skepticism. Skepticism provides sufficient justification for rejecting unfounded statements and requests.

There is also the idea of erring on the side of caution, which people seem to ignore when it comes to computers.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 116

Hard to tell, man.

If they have an appropriated budget with $100K for office equipment, legally they cannot buy more if they already spent it all. It doesn't matter if they still have $200K left in their toilet paper budget.

They could repurpose another machine or borrow hardware from elsewhere. The government even maintains a surplus warehouse where they might find a workable machine that is otherwise destined for the landfill.

But maybe none of those options panned out. Or maybe they just don't care about FOIA requests because those requests eat a lot of time and money, and no one has lost their job for being too slow yet.

Comment Re:Issue is with the courts (Score 1) 146

Every system is gamed, and this goes double for the courts because they have government authority behind them.

That's why there are a billion rules on court procedure and the behavior of attorneys.

If any of the documents are falsified, this is more a case of "break the rules and pray no one notices" than actually gaming the system.

When I hear someone has gamed the system, I usually expect that he obtained an unfair benefit without breaking any of the rules.

Comment Re:Due diligence? (Score 1) 146

Surely it is the responsibility of a court would make sure that the parties involved in a lawsuit actually exist?

Civil courts exist to resolve disputes, not to determine facts and sentence offenders.

In this case, the court is presented with a dispute that has been resolved except for the minor detail of deindexing some "defamatory" content---because neither party can perform this action themselves. So the court issues an order to have it done.

While this situation implicitly involves perjury somewhere along the line, the court can still avoid the problem by involving the content host in the proceedings.

In the future, the court could require the host site to be involved in such agreements. This would conceivably lead to the notification of the real author, as the site would presumably contact the user when the suit was filed. In addition, the content can be removed from its original location if it is legitimately illegal.

To do this, the court needs to be technically literate enough to understand where the defamatory statements in question exist. I.e., the Google results will go away if the original host removes them from its site.

Also, the courts must be willing to perform this action for every case of online defamation---it will still be abused in any jurisdiction that does not follow the same procedure.

Comment Too busy snorting and gasping to let out a laugh (Score 1) 77

Verizon is going to put AOL and Yahoo back on track? They expect to double the userbase in 4 years?

Every Verizon portal and web service in the history of the company has sucked. The best they ever managed was being ugly and obsolete on release.

And who can forget the god-awful software on their cable boxes? It took them years to get consistent HDMI output to brand name AV equipment. How the hell Do you deploy a box that can't work with Samsung TVs or Pioneer receivers (among others)?

Comment Re:"there is NO EXCUSE to knowingly kill the kerne (Score 1) 294

It pretty much is. If your code hits BUG_ON, the kernel dumps a copy of the registers and stack trace then kills the process.

Obviously, developers will want to use BUG_ON liberally in test builds. You stop making changes to the system and preserve a lot of data about failures, and that makes your life easier.

But the official kernel is compiled for use on production systems. Things that need to run reliably all day. Things that can and should attempt to recover after a routine fails. The use of BUG_ON in official releases should be limited to situations where a system crash is the lesser of two evils.

Linus is bitching about people using BUG_ON in production code for no good reason. It's easy to say he's being harsh, but it's hard to argue that he's wrong.

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