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Comment Excited about what deubging Instructions are (Score 3, Interesting) 114

I never heard of deubging before and can't seem to find a Wikipedia article on it?

However, what is stop malware from using this to avoid detection at the cpu level where there is no footprint. It could be used to disable AV endpoint software as well.

Comment Not according to HR (Score 4, Funny) 546

These resumes from India all have 10 years of programming experience in html 5 and everyone of them have a degree in mathematics or cs! It is time Americans also had such backgrounds or we can't find enough qualified workers to do differential equations for Adobe Dreamweaver

Comment Re:Well go substitute teach in inner city (Score 1) 424

I think the root of many problems is people not having any control over what they do.

Sure you do! If you do not like your job QUIT. Go get some training, go back to school, ask for a new assignment at work, go update your resume, etc. You have options. The question is why and what for? Where to run to?

If yo don't ... then that is on you. Go work at your job for 2 years and build references. THen move on if you have gaps.

People are scared of changed too much. My take on this is what do you fear more? Being stuck with a dead end job you hate for the rest of your days? Or fear taking a risk with something new? To me the former is scary than the later. If you decide not to take that jump then you need an attitude adjustment and a kick in the butt and appreciate the job you have. After all you made that choice so make it the right one etc

Comment Well go substitute teach in inner city (Score 1) 424

I did during the days of the Great Recession a few years ago. Brings a whole new perspective on what exactly is sucky :-)

On a more philosophical level for those reading this who hate their IT jobs then what would you all rather be doing? That is where I am at. I say not dealing with annoying users all day and more admin work but I could see that getting old and repetitive real fast.

Would being HR be more fun? How about boring spreadsheets and statistical analysis all day in accounting/finance?

I can't think of anything that doesn't suck sadly. I guess I come to the realization that they call it work for a reason and all jobs suck but it beats the alternative of no job at all right? I keep saying I will start a business but that is a pipe dream. No job is really a hobby. Hey, IT work pays ok and it beats most other work out there as my examples above.

Comment Re:Who cares about Flash now that HTML5 is here? (Score 1) 83

So you have no problem telling 1 out of 3 users to fword to your customers?? That is what it is as Grandma will go to a competitor.

  Remember the customer is hiring you for maximum reach of customer base. Web developmemt is different as we can't tell a cuatomer which browser to run like yours. If it aint working right on their desktop then your product is unaccwptable. Now yes you sell expensive equipment then that is different. HTML 5 is next decade technology

Comment Re:Who cares about Flash now that HTML5 is here? (Score 2) 83

You know 2012 was an exciting year for web developers.

We just started learning 1998 CSS 2.1 and HTML 4.01. Why??? IE 6 prevented us from not being behind 10 years. It killed standards and we had to wait until it hit 1% and corporations who pay for the web developers who ran IE 6 saw a scrambled mess and said HEY WHO THEY HELL DID WE HIRE etc not realizing it was their poor 10 year old browser.

My point?

Grandma on XP uses IE 8 her internets won't work unless you do flash. THat client who pays you has IE 8 from 2009 because Oracle won't update their peoplesoft app without millions of dollars.

So we have to wait until CHina too who still uses XP with updates disabled so they are all on IE 6 to upgrade too by 2020.

In 2020 we can start to learn 2010 technology while the rest of us update every 6 weeks. Sigh and face palm. Flash will be here for a very very very long time short of making a law requiring TO STOP USING ANCIENT IE

Comment Re:DSL (Score 1) 228


Comcast tried $100 a month with no TV for just Internet??! Talk about highway robbery. My dsl really sucks and feels like it's 2005 rather than 2015 with 7 megs a second. My phone losses calling and email abilities if I run Windows update. Sigh

But at least I have no caps and a $40 a month and not $100 price

Comment Try NextStep (Score 4, Informative) 339

That was a sexy geek OS on top of Unix back in the day before it morphed into present day MacOSX when Steve Jobs brought it along to Apple.

It had right mouse button clicking and the menus and dockable icons and launchers (though were not on the buttom) but the concept was part of Windows 95 to its core with the start menu emulating much of it.

AfterStep which was Robs founder of slashdot favorite back in the day as well as WindowMaker were WM's which tried to clone part of the functionality into Linux at the turn of the century. WindowMaker was the most popular before Kde and then Gnome started to mature to what we have today.

Comment Re:Windows 10, it's free (Score 1) 318

Really? You are comparing Gnome 3/kde 4.x to a modern working start menu?

I'm not comparing Gnome3 to anything; Gnome3 sucks. KDE has a proper "modern" start menu, it's the way the Windows start menu should have been all along. The "menu" (which isn't a menu at all) in Metro is bullshit.

Is it crap because it is inferior?

Yes. It's absolute garbage. It's ugly, it's confusing, it even has two separate control panels for some stupid reason (there's a metro control panel, but it doesn't have much stuff in it, so you have to go find the hidden Win7-style control panel to actually change things). There is nothing good about it. It's obviously designed for tablets, but I'm not using a tablet. And if I were, it'd still be ugly as hell. WTF is with the ugly graphics and colors? It's like the Pontiac Aztek of UIs.

These applets you hate you do not have to use.

You still have to use the Metro interface any time you click on "start", unless you install some 3rd-party workaround software.

Actually that is not metro. The old control panel is scheduled to go away but the marketing department just couldn't wait back to school sadly so it is was only half done.

The hamburger menus of the new is what kids and millennial prefer to use as it is what their phones and websites have been using since they were born. What we think is natural an old mac style menu's seem ugly and counter intuitive to them as a result. It is a win32 app.

Yes colors for title bars they are reading back as it was rushed ala Vista style in October with update 1. Just drag off the tiles you want and the menu is back.

What 8 sucked at was closed door syndrome. Things fly out at you. One app comes and everything is invisible. Stuff randomly opens and closes when you use a touchpad is another. All of them fixed.

I am waiting and you may not like but it surely is not unusable nor designed for tablets. It functions just like 7. You hit the WIndows key and type what you want. Or use a mouse if you like the old XP way of all programs which many have not learned a way. Anyway each to their own. I could use 10 if someone put a gun to my head. On 8 I needed several paid programs to undo the damage in comparison.

Comment Re:Robots create jobs (Score 1) 319

I could say the same with factories 100 years ago and had statistics prove it! But a middle class formed in the US and Europe in the 19th century at the same time.

I could go back 30 years ago and say the same with computers and humans won't know math anymore. True computers short term eliminated some book keepers. Long time we had silicon valley and a whole new profession or professions invented.

Competition will lower prices and yes it will be awhile before India, China, Africa, and perhaps some day Russia after Putin is gone. Yes more companies from these countries will come in. But we have a century or two of more growth as many wasted human potential doing little or no value work right now will be working which will spread the wealth etc.

Comment Re:People being people (Score 1) 154

What people who are not in IT realize is that we also answer to finance, HR, and legal.

Just the other day HR gave us written warnings and started documenting what I said. WTF. Why? The client came in and demanded all applicants applying MUST HAVE ACCESS TO PERSONAL EMAIL on our network from anyone off the street?!

For the background we are a call center company who has HIPAA and PCI compliance that we use the same switches, routers, and servers. Oh yeah, gee no risk at all of a virus or keylogger coming on spreading and violating the contracts of all the other clients.

HR and management snuck in some Samsung tablets and put in our secret wifi password to get around corporate IT and then were infuriated when we threatened to report them. After all we were so lazy and power hungry and do nothing all day but are an expense etc.

It got bad and I tried to get my boss to have the client communicate with the CIO and executive VP's. If they raise a fit they will do so with other VP's who will turn them are you out of mind?! No.

IT may look out of place but our function is to answer to legal and enforce our contracts with our other customers. Sorry HR who went around and promised without consulting we can just lift all security and have anyone do what they please. It is a crappy job sometimes but it is not that we hate change. If I disabled this my boss and myself would have been fired and the company fined.

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