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Comment: The golden rule applies (Score 2) 370

by BoFo (#47296489) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry
And the tech companies have the gold. The is age discrimination in IT jobs because younger workers are cheap and full of enthusiasm and energy. I remember back in the 1970, I didn't care what my income or perks were -- I just wanted to work, screw a home or social life. The tech industry depends upon this as must as the education industry depends upon dedicated educators willing to work for a pittance.

Those that make the economic decisions have decided that disaster rollouts followed by many cycles of repair because of inexperienced personnel and insufficient quality control combined with low salaries beats paying larger salaries to those who would refuse to put oot finished code until it's ready for release. I believe this strategy will fail in the long run, but who is in software development for the long run anymore.

I have seen from working in Europe that seniority is valued by some companies but the American short-sighted strategies are taking hold and the Americanization of the European continent continues apace.

Comment: Slippery slope (Score 2) 143

by BoFo (#47201155) Attached to: Chicago Robber Caught By Facial Recognition Sentenced To 22 Years
Facial recognition is known to produce false positives. Identification of suspects by witnesses is well known to be notoriously unreliable and easily influenced by the interrogator. All I can hope is that this method will not be used to convict without corroborating evidence.

Everything in the world is a double-edged sword. Another example is DNA evidence.

For over a century, fingerprints have been the gold standard by which suspects were positively identified. Today, the reliability and uniqueness of an individual's fingerprints has been called into question. The one saving grace when a positive match can be found is that it is very difficult to falsify fingerprints found on a weapon or at the scene of a crime.

Ah, but DNA is another matter altogether. We are being taught that individuals matched via DNA evidence leaves very little doubt, is it 1 in 7 Million, that the DNA found on the scene is that of the perpetrator. But what if the DNA is planted on the scene to frame an innocent patsy? Leaving a hair or blood sample is very easy to do. Couple that with the government and police compiling DNA databases of the citizenry and an entire new danger emerges.

Every time there is a political protest or, the Occupy Wall Street movement is a good example -- what was ubiquitous at all those sites? Cameras recording facial metrics of those involved. Now I suspect the US government has a massive database of photographs processed to extract the necessary metrics to identify other photographs of the same person. False positives could create mayhem in a system where too many are already falsely convicted of crimes.

No sir, I don't like it.

Comment: Works for me! (Score 1) 322

by BoFo (#47106843) Attached to: Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP
I had been running Easy Peasy on my Asus Eee 1000H, but I was having trouble maintaining a connection via 803.11n. To fix the problem, I fell back to Windows XP, but from the very beginning I was having troubles using Windows Update from even before the expiry date.

I installed this hack and was able to fix all my problems and my Asus is almost back and up to date. The final problem was Microsoft Security Essentials that refused to operate after April 18th, 2014. I uninstalled it and installed the free version of Avira -- problem solved. Plus, I have some applications that will not run on Windows 7, so this hack was a great boon.

Comment: A New Hope, with probabilities of disappointment (Score 1) 403

by BoFo (#47054061) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can <em>Star Wars Episode VII</em> Be Saved?
The original Star Wars was simply a good, swashbuckling tale that just happened to take place in a future time far, far away. The ideas and representation of that future were novel and ground-breaking at the time, but its an excitement that simply could not be repeated today. The SFX have improved exponentially in films since then and the franchise has become tired and worn.

The answer, IMO, is simple to express but may be impossible to execute. Good story, less reliance of special effects, good and interesting characters that have good chemistry on the screen can still make a good movie and great experience. They could do like Star Trek and mirror current political and mortal dilemmas in their world where the subjects can be examined as a commentary on the current day.

Also, please god, REAL science fiction authors!

Comment: This is a national emergency (Score 1) 119

by BoFo (#46947933) Attached to: China Using Troop of Trained Monkeys To Guard Air Base
It is clear that the United States must mobilize its scientists and behavioral psychologists. We are facing a widening monkey-gap ith the Communists and we must be able to respond in kind should the need arise.

On a related topic, I would like to be the first to welcome our new Chinese monkey overlords.

Comment: I find the whole thing interesting (Score 1) 557

by BoFo (#46947061) Attached to: Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked
First the results were suspect because the margin was so high. Now the results are suspicious because they were not as originally reported, but here a plurality (55% of those who voted) was only a minority of Crimea's population. The bottom line, of course, is we are to mistrust the results no matter what.

What percentage of Ukraine's population was necessary to take to the streets and overthrow the elected government and appoint their own oligarchs?

The shrill nature of US media reporting on the issue and the aggressive pushing of the narrative that Russia's "invasion" of Crimea fomented the crisis is very suspicious. They act as if the crisis began in February, 2014 when the people had been in Maidan square for months.

It ignores the role played by Victoria Nuland, wife of the co-founder of PNAC Robert Kagan, who was caught on tape on 28 January 2014 discussing who should be in charge of an interim government after a coup. Coincidentally, the chips fell exactly as planned. The media ignores the pressure put on Ukraine to accept a deal from the EU (and IMF) rather than the better deal proposed by Russia and accepted by Yanacovych.

The media is acting, in my opinion, in a fashion reminiscent of the run up to the Iraq War debacle.

Comment: Re:well (Score 1) 557

by BoFo (#46947015) Attached to: Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked
I think the point was that had the US Supreme Court not intervened, stopping the recount and then declaring it was too late to continue, the recount of ALL ballots order by the Florida Supreme Court would have declared Gore the winner. This was based on the post-election review of the existing ballots by the major news organizations. Not that it matters. It seems clear that the US establishment was determined to have Dubya as president, and they were forced to use their reliable 5-4 Supreme Court majority as a final ploy.

Comment: Re:America Cannot Compete (Score 1) 215

by BoFo (#46005939) Attached to: Accenture Faces Mid-March Deadline Or 'Disaster'
I agree, and the sooner that America gets rid of their biggest government clusterfuck, the US Military, the sooner the entire world will be better off. American exceptionalism - we're number one in terrorizing the weakest and most pathetic countries in the world. More torture and more drones. Perhaps Accenture could be put in charge of the Military Industrial Complex so with the resulting disaster after disaster military effectiveness could be reduced to the size where it could be drowned in a bathtub.

Comment: Re:Why are you looking at the Obama Administration (Score 2) 215

by BoFo (#46005821) Attached to: Accenture Faces Mid-March Deadline Or 'Disaster'
And allowing insurance companies to sell across state lines is what the industry has been salivating for and the Republicans have been working hard to pass. Tha same thing happened with the banking industry with credit cards. That is why all credit card companies are based in South Dakota. When the government allowed all banks to operate across state lines, the race to the bottom began and South Dakota won. Whichever state has the loosest regulatory structure is the one that will be chosen and every consumer pays the price.

Comment: Re:Two months? (Score 2) 215

by BoFo (#46005757) Attached to: Accenture Faces Mid-March Deadline Or 'Disaster'
Plus, there was tremendous scope creep. The website was designed to only front end the entire qualification/enrollment process. After determining if the customer was qualified and in which state the party lived, the work for the government website was done. Then the user was passed to the website for the state. The Supreme Court then came along and increased the task by ruling that individual states could opt-out of the program. Now had to be able to apply rules from the 26 states that chose to deprive their less fortunate citizens of reasonably priced health insurance. That increased the complexity of the project at the last minute but the deadline was fixed. I know I've been in those sort of projects and the roll-out isn't pretty.

"You don't go out and kick a mad dog. If you have a mad dog with rabies, you take a gun and shoot him." -- Pat Robertson, TV Evangelist, about Muammar Kadhafy