If you liked the last post on this here are some more you might like. This time, I think they're more insightful than funny, but often times, insight is funny!
Also, I thought I'd point out the value of forums: in all of these exchanges, it seems to take three people to get the "aha" moment, not just one or two.
Topic: some new superstrong carbon nanotube material is discovered.
A: So it seems like they're planning to use this stuff for armor. But what about weapons? It seems that anything strong enough to make good armor would also have value as a weapon.
B: That doesn't follow at all! They're completely different use-cases. For example, leather is known to make good armor, but you never see a leather sword!
C: Sure you do -- it's called a "whip" and we dig them up all the time!
Topic: Some dating site is blocked from emailing University of Texas students (at their school email) because of too much spam.
A: Well, their defense is that they're complying with the CAN-SPAM Act, in that they have an unsubscribe link, use their real name, etc., so UT can't just block them wholesale.
B: What? That doesn't matter; that's just the *minimum* requirement for sending such emails. Obviously, any domain owner can impose whatever extra restrictions they want!
C: Yeah, it's like saying, "I have a valid driver's license. I am the legal owner of this vehicle. I have paid the appropriate taxes and registered it. I hold the required liability insurance, and the vehicle is in good working order. I have complied with all applicable traffic laws and operated it in a safe manner. Therefore, I have the right to park on your lawn."
I actually use C's last example when explaining to people the difference between authentication (proving who you are) and authorization (what that identity is allowed to do).
There are no nosy inquiries which apply to the reason for the budgetary crisis. What a title moneylender needs to know is based around the result.
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