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Comment: There's an app for that. (Score 1) 205

by BiggerIsBetter (#47042695) Attached to: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call In the Bahamas

I guess we have to accept that we can't trust The Powers That Be to respect our right to privacy. Fortunately there are options.

I reckon more folks should be installing Open Whisper Systems RedPhone for encrypting their own calls. https://whispersystems.org/

Then there's always the Blackphone handset for more serious business too. https://www.blackphone.ch/phone/

I supposed if you were really paranoid you could run RedPhone on your Blackphone...

Comment: Re:Will most consumers care? (Score 1) 93

by BiggerIsBetter (#46792061) Attached to: How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

On another note, I want something that attaches to a barbell and tracks the speed of the bar and can automatically count my reps by interfacing to a strength tracker app on my phone. I know there is someone on this site that can do that.

Sounds like a good application for a Smart Watch, assuming it has accelerometers, heart rate monitor, etc. I know some folks don't like to train with a watch on, but if you did it could count reps tell you when to slow down, speed up, etc.

Comment: Re:Seems it was only a few years ago... (Score 1) 170

by BiggerIsBetter (#42511685) Attached to: Kingston Introduces 1TB Flash Drive

Hard to beat the GB/$ deal with hard drives, but with 1 year warranties and a lot of DOA deliveries, plus quite a lot of drives which seem to die within the first year, I'm not super inclined to put my valuable files on them.

IMHO, the current way to go is big old spinning disks configured as RAID on a NAS for bulk storage, and SSD for PC/Laptop/etc drives. Your valuable files are safe enough and you get great OS performance without breaking the bank on big SSDs...

Comment: Re:Did you take any science courses at all? (Score 1) 381

Depends... What's your definition of a negative frequency? A frequency out of phase with a positive one might qualify. I'm pretty sure you can make one of those... and Ars Technica had an article on negative frequency photons a while back too.

Comment: Re:similar issue. Open Plan (Score 1) 285

by BiggerIsBetter (#41580337) Attached to: They Work Long Hours, But What About Results?

While I don't mind answering and helping people, it means I get none of my actual own work done.

Perhaps you misunderstand your job? Sounds like you're a team lead, and if so, a good part of your job is to help other people get their work done. If you don't have time to do the other tasks then you need to delegate them and help where necessary.

Comment: Re:Its about culture (Score 1) 487

by BiggerIsBetter (#41196141) Attached to: The Truth About Hiring "Rock Star" Developers

But, I prefer to find a balance in the middle, one that allows some of the freedoms of coders in a cave but with the feedback and guidance provided by the parts of the company that matter.

Wow. You're awesome. Shame the developers aren't one of the parts of the company that matter.

4. Do not promote your best developers to be managers...

I mostly agree with the list you've written, except for this part. It a) implies that a management role is more important rather than just a different role in the greater team, and b) you'll lose your best seniors if you don't give them a career path beyond just cutting more code.

Until organisations get over their manager > "resource" mentality they're doomed to mediocrity (at best). Yes culture matters, but that's not so much a factor of giving devs a free coke or the tools they ask for, it's about respect, it's about the team (including the testeres, analysts, PMs, etc) and about the collective way things roll. It's more about them than it is about you.

Comment: Re:No shit sherlock (Score 2) 237

by BiggerIsBetter (#40776237) Attached to: Are Indian High Schoolers Manning Your IBM Help Desk?

These resources are replacing India resources as those resources are getting harder to get. Not surprisingly, years of outsourcing to India has built an in country demand. The best and brightest head there because the hours are better, and often the pay is better too.

As for the Indian work quality... it varies. I have worked with some that were as good as any US tech, and some that are mere chair warmers.
It definitely takes 2 to 4 to match a quality US resources, but you can afford to do that.

Any customer can demand US only resources if they are willing to pay for it... but they are willing to do so.

Please don't call them that. It's dehumanizing. They're people, perhaps employees, staff, or workers, but not "resources". Show some respect - they're the people that keep companies producing and keep the managers (who call them resources) employed.

Comment: Re:No seatbelts? (Score 5, Informative) 307

its not a LAWFUL ORDER you fucking MORON. it a request. you can ignore it.
crew are not LEOs. they cant issue lawful orders.

Federal Aviation Regulations require passenger compliance with lighted passenger information signs and crewmember instructions concerning the use of safety belts.

So sit down, buckle your seat belt, and STFU.

Comment: Re:Security theatre (Score 4, Insightful) 494

by BiggerIsBetter (#39272621) Attached to: The Ineffectiveness of TSA Body Scanners

There are so many ways one could commit an act of terrorism at an airport without getting on a plane if one were so inclined (I'm not, by the way!) and every time I fly I see more.

The fact that you and others here feel the need to add disclaimers like "(I'm not, by the way!)" says a lot about the oppressiveness of the current regime. People are constantly aware that their comments may be monitored and there may be implications to speaking the truth.

I think I've heard this story before somewhere...

"Hey Ivan, check your six." -- Sidewinder missile jacket patch, showing a Sidewinder driving up the tail of a Russian Su-27

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