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Comment Re:No such thing as Apple-only backdoor (Score 0) 254


Anyone who holds the private key to Apple's website can do some malicious stuff to Apple. Does the existence of this "back door" mean that "everyone can" use it? Absolutely not.

Every time you hand your credit card to someone you are placing your trust in them. If they violate this trust, they are liable for it. Why is this case any different?

The idea of PCI compliance (protecting your financial information) and similarly protection of your healthcare files is no different. It is extremely unlikely that someone will break in, and even less likely that someone will target your specific phone. You are crying foul about something of no practical importance.

Comment Re:Fuck Israel (Score 1) 529

Oh please, give it a rest.

This isn't an Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is an Arab-Israeli conflict. Where do you think all the money and political support is coming from?

In that context, Israel is very much the underdog.

Better question: Why is it that Palestinians living in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, etc are legally prohibited from becoming citizens and/or holding down a job? Coincidence? I think not.

Comment The problem with regulation (Score 1) 568

... is that Engineering institutions seem to care more about lining their pockets with money than actually improving the trade.

When is the last time you heard of an Engineer getting "dis-barred"?

I for one see no value in a formal Engineering title or certification in any capacity. Customers don't seem to care enough about it, and even if they did, so-called Engineers are just as likely to fail their projects as non-Engineers.

Ironically, I studied Software Engineering in University but am not allowed to use the Engineering title because I refuse to pay fees to my local Engineering institution. They provide no value.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 5, Insightful) 1165

Well, in all fairness ... there are plenty of other countries that are gun-free and others that allow citizens to carry guns and in both cases there are far fewer gun-related deaths than in the US.

Methinks this has very little to do with gun laws (I'm not for or against them). Maybe the US has some sort of social/cultural problem.

Comment Re:Be honest (Score 1) 299

I believe you misunderstood what I meant.

"hours" means = 1 day and = 1 week and = 1 month (there is no upper limit to the amount of time it will take)

The difference between each level is meant to represent an order of magnitude. Breaking down the task is only useful if you plan on using the estimates to schedule delivery dates, which we do not.

The problem with Agile is that it takes credit for ideas that have existed for over 30 years (incremental software development) and by now the term has become nothing more than a loaded buzzword. Every company is practicing their own form of "agile" and in most cases it's utter crap. The proof of this is that most companies nowadays claim to practice "Agile" but project failure rates are just as abysmal today as they were 30 years ago.

Comment Be honest (Score 4, Interesting) 299

Estimates should be used to prioritize features (cost / benefit) as opposed to being used to set hard deadlines.

Estimates should be one of "hours", "days", "weeks", or "months". It is fairly easy for most people to differentiate between features that take hours to implement vs weeks. In my experience, exact durations with multiples for padding have proven to be less useful / accurate than the former method.

Comment Re:basic income? (Score 1) 755


Now prove to me that the administrative cost saved outweighs the cost of the new program.

Can't do that? Stop right there.

What we need aren't more ideas. What we need is more transparency. Government is not lacking good ideas. Government is lacking transparency that would allow us to judge (by the numbers) whether one idea is superior to another.

Comment Re:They just don't want to get sued (Score 0) 264

Call it what you want, but there is a clear statistical significance of 18-25 year old Muslims committing most of the terrorist attacks. You call it profiling, we call it common sense.

As wasteful as it would be, I am all for treating everyone equally if you have unlimited resources. Barring that, I think profiling is the best approach so long as it is done respectfully. I routinely get patted down in airports (because it look like I fit the profile) and honestly it's not a big deal at all.

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