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Comment: Re:Somebody's completely clueless (Score 1) 43

by FreedomOfThought (#40729607) Attached to: AT&T Sponsors Zero-Day Hacking Contest For Kids
I'm sorry; I fail to see the point you are trying to make. By your logic, I should ignore any good things that anyone ever does because of a differing perspective on how things should be. Of course, I may have interpreted your statements incorrectly as they seem off topic and rather aimless and confused. I'm sure I have some tin-foil around here somewhere that I could make a hat out of and send to you. Consider it a gift from the "dood" who blindly "obey[s] the master corporation[s]".

Comment: Re:Thank goodness! (Score 1) 43

by FreedomOfThought (#40675393) Attached to: AT&T Sponsors Zero-Day Hacking Contest For Kids
Shouldn't there still be some sort of program to further their knowledge if they should deem necessary? If a child wins the contest, and shows potential, then why give them a $1000 and end it there? You are right about possibly not winning a Chrome/Firefox bounty, but lets get them there.

Comment: Re:Scorpion and the Frog (Score 1) 565

by FreedomOfThought (#40411511) Attached to: Microsoft's Surface Caught Windows OEMs By Surprise

Which rightly represents a good portion of Windows Partners/Users. Microsoft rarely (if ever?) presents logic to their false-promises, because they know that people are prone to blindly nod and continue. Its unfortunate that I have to admit that I do like using Microsoft's products, even if I do have a problem with some of the ways their company operates.


+ - Google CEO Larry Page's health called into question->

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye (2330148) writes "The health of Google co-founder and chief executive Larry Page has been called into question following the CEO’s absence from Google’s shareholders’ meeting on Thursday. Chairman Eric Schmidt stated that Page skipped the meeting due to a voice condition, but Google also said Page would not be present at the Google I/O developer conference next week, or at the company’s second-quarter earnings call in July while his voice recovers. JP Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth on Friday pondered to clients whether or not the CEO’s health problem is being downplayed by Google..."
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Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 365

by FreedomOfThought (#40321141) Attached to: Aussie Online Retailer Impose IE7 Tax
Then the company chooses to spend an extra 6% to 7% on online purchases. The user shouldn't give a shit less about it. Its not his money and if his superior said to order it and if he/she informed the management of the charges, I don't see the problem. Eventually people/businesses will catch on and either A) Switch Browsers or B) Upgrade/Switch OSes or even C) Both 'A' and 'B'.

Comment: Re:Erm... (Score 2) 365

by FreedomOfThought (#40321017) Attached to: Aussie Online Retailer Impose IE7 Tax

Should you be shopping on PCs you don't manage? If its work related, then I think they may allow for a browser upgrade to save a 6.8% fee. This is how you finally push businesses to start keeping up with progress. Are they still stuck on XP? Well then download fucking Chrome/Opera/Firefox/Safari!

Public school systems in the USA require students to have certain vaccinations in order to enroll in the student-body. Is this fair? For the benefit of man-kind, vaccinate your children and educate the bastards. Its the same thing. For the benefit of the tech industry, we need to enforce certain things. If that means forcing a browser upgrade/change, then so be it. Continuing with old tech is harmful to more than just the people using it. The website could kindly suggest upgrading to the newest version of IE. If that is not possible given the version of the OS, suggest an alternative until the OS can be upgraded. This keeps the anti-competitive levels low. I would suggest the same things for old versions of other browsers as well.

As for the ADA? That's besides the point.

The Military

+ - Backdoor in hardware->

Submitted by
udas writes "Quo Vadis Labs has a paper that shows a "backdoor in a military grade FPGA" using their patented technique that uses "Pipeline Emission Analysis". They "were able to extract the secret key to activate the backdoor".

The repurcussions can be catastrophic. This implies that an attacker with knowledge of the backdoor can not only sniff data whenever the chip is used, but can even alter it's functionality. Because of the backdoor being in hardware, there is no alternative but to stop using them until a new, fixed batch can be fabricated, tested, and deployed. Even if the backdoor cannot be used directly, the delay it imposes is, in itself, of great value."

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+ - Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Degree or Experience?

Submitted by Taka25
Taka25 (2648751) writes "Just some background first, I am 25 years old currently making $60k/yr as a .NET Software Developer. My actual title is "Senior .NET Software Engineer." I have been doing this job for the last 3 years, after moving up from a high level support position which required basic programming skills after 2 years. My current job security situation is great, and the company is currently 2 years into a 6 year contract, so I should be OK for 4 more years minimum.

I have no degree and have completed no college at all, I got into this company (which requires a degree) by a family friend in the field alone. I taught myself VB6 at the age of 13, and eventually taught myself C, C++, C#, Java, Python and Perl, along with related skill sets like SQL.

Now finally my question, how beneficial do you believe it would be to at least take night classes and get a computer science degree while taking on the associated debt? My only real concern is currently my ability to find another job in the same field due to lack of degree, not lack of skill. If I stick this out for another 2 years minimum (and I plan to, as I am happy in this job.) How much better will a degree make my resume look to an employer?


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