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Comment That's the fault of the regulators (Score 1) 409

If medical and financial systems are built in an insecure manner, then that is the fault of the regulators.

I've worked in both medical and financial IT fields - both jobs had annual independent and government auditors looking at the systems. If the regulators are doing their jobs - those systems would be changed or replaced.

Comment Government vs private networks (Score 1) 409

If the business isn't a government regulated industry such as Medical or Financial, private companies can do whatever they want (within lawful bounds) with their private networks. As far as I know, Trump's 500 or so businesses are owned solely by him - so he has no obligations to shareholders or the SEC.

Trump and only Trump bears the entire risk for his poor IT choices. The entire American people bear the risk of Hillary's poor IT choices.

There is a big difference between the two.

Comment POTUS can prohibit H-1B visas without congress (Score 1) 409

Under Title 8, Section 1182 of the U.S. Code, the president has authority to use a proclamation to suspend the entry of “any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States [who] would be detrimental to the interests of the United States,” for however long he deems necessary. This provision was included in the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952.


(5) Labor certification and qualifications for certain immigrants
(A) Labor certification
(i) In generalAny alien who seeks to enter the United States for the purpose of performing skilled or unskilled labor is inadmissible, unless the Secretary of Labor has determined and certified to the Secretary of State and the Attorney General that—
(I) there are not sufficient workers who are able, willing, qualified (or equally qualified in the case of an alien described in clause (ii)) and available at the time of application for a visa and admission to the United States and at the place where the alien is to perform such skilled or unskilled labor, and
(II) the employment of such alien will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of workers in the United States similarly employed.

Comment Open-ness doesn't matter (Score 1) 284

Microsoft is a business software company. They've utterly failed in consumer and mobile markets (with the exception of game consoles). Most businesses don't care how open or restricted software is. Businesses only care that the software helps them get business done and that the costs are worth the benefits.

There is no shame in taking billions of business dollars to the bank every quarter.

Even if Nadella's claim of open-ness was true, Apple/Linux/Android/iOS customers simply wouldn't care.

Comment How does one call me on a landline? (Score 1) 550

So if my kids are trouble and they need to contact me, your suggestion is that they call me at the concert or venue.

Have you even put two braincells into your reply?

IF my kids could figure out what number to call - there is no guarantee that anyone there would take the call.

Then there is the problem of the helpful "staff" as you call them finding me in a sea of other people.

You aren't the brightest bulb on the tree now are you?

Comment Are you stoned? (Score 1) 550

Did you even read my post?

My mobile device does lots of things. But as I stated in my post - I don't USE it for anything DURING a concert. Did I say I ONLY use it for safety and security? No - I said that was the PRIMARY reason for carrying the device.

You apparently have difficulty with reading comprehension maybe you should try reading stuff a few times before posting replies.

Comment This is why we can't have nice things (Score 2, Informative) 550

I've never used my phone during a movie or concert, but I'll be damned if the performer I'm paying to see will force me to part with my property for their convenience.

The primary reason I carry a mobile device is for safety and security. I'm not giving that up because others can't control themselves.

I guess if the performer doesn't trust me with my mobile device, then they really don't want my money that badly.

Comment Microsoft doesn't care about operating systems (Score 1) 172

The 90's are gone - Microsoft has figured out that leasing their software in the cloud is the next giant pool of money to be had.

In a world where you don't run software or store data locally, operating systems are a low-value commodity item. It wouldn't surprise me if in the next few years Microsoft stops selling boxed software licenses entirely.

If you want to run Microsoft, you will pay the piper every month for the privilege.

Comment How about Government poisoning your water? (Score 1) 221

What happens when government itself is poisoning your water?


Unchecked power - in any form - leads to bad things. Big government crusaders conveniently ignore much of human history where governments killed their own people.

Personally, I want both the anti-government and nanny-state government type crazies - and hopefully we end up somewhere in the sensible middle.

Comment Google is run by brilliant morons (Score 1) 98

After years of trying a myriad of communication apps, I though Hangouts was the one. A cross-platform system that unified all of my communications. Coupled with Google Voice/Google Fi/ on my Nexus 5x - it was damn good.

It took me a year to get all the iOS users around me to install Hangouts. They didn't want to be bothered with yet another communication app - but I stuck with it and eventually everyone got on Hangouts.

Now Google wants me to do the same with two more apps - and then force me to be tethered to my phone? Screw that.

My new iPhone arrives on Friday. I can't keep up with the corporate A.D.D. that afflicts Google's management.

Comment Without any real data, who knows how bad it is? (Score 1) 204

Anecdotes abound. I know tons of people with iPhone 6/s phones and work with many, many more. I don't know of a single person that has this issue.

Without actual failure numbers, it's impossible to know if this is a widespread issue or not.

Could it be that this issue only affects a tiny percentage of the millions of phones in use?

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