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Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 561

by Gob Gob (#47673607) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

There is ONE thing that matters, and that is : who does the best work.

This is a great idea right up until you hit the recruiter / HR / hiring manager and expereinces their preferences / beliefs / dispositions / biases.

Me I can't prononunce many names from other cultures. I feel more more comfortable saying "John" than "Akshayakeerti".

Recruiters talk about "Cultural Fit" which in basic terms translates to "How do they fit in?" / "How do they compliment?" the group. It doesn't take too much for a HR dept - group - organisation to keep placing "Johns" with other "Johns" because they are an easy fit. Keeping personal bias out of the recruitment process is a difficult/impossible thing to do but as a society we need fundamental goals to strive for to jam that door open to all people. Quota's are a crap system but they are better than shutting the door on talent through diversity.

Comment: Re:Wyvern = Wyrm (Score 1) 306

by Gob Gob (#47650975) Attached to: New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

Because despite recent bad press, they are interested in security. If we can write stuff with fewer bugs, we are more secure.

I'm confused, if things that make things more secure for "us" don't they make them more secure for "them"? Isn't that why some technologies like encryption are not allowed to be exported to certain corners of the Internet?

If a government agency wants to insert itself into such a project - Cui bono? Its more like an action to stir the pot than to bring about conclusion. They only have power if there is an enemy so winning the war is not an option.

Comment: Re:Keep It Ready (Score 1) 208

by Gob Gob (#47553543) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

Have to say I am in this place right now. We have 10RU for a small buisness and the only compelling reasons to go 100% cloud is:

1) aviod playing with hardware and phyisical failures
2) Cheeper storage w/o buying disks
3) Cheeper bandwidth

From a compute / storage / flexibility POV @ $800 / month we have 40 cores, baremetal speed for DB, 48 GB RAM and a relationship with the owner of the facility.

Priced up the same way we would get ~ 7GB RAM, 2 Cores + 4GB RAM MySQL Server + data and storage in the cloud (Thats a rough Google cost but I spent 4 hours reading sites yesterday).

If I way a lone dev wanting to start somewhere or had a budget that I could/wanted to increase then it would be cloud all the way. But while I still know how to admin my servers, have a real business and the cost is on par with moving (excluding any outage / client relations costs) then there is nothing compelling about going to cloud (yet).


Comment: Be useful (Score 1) 655

...that is all

There are many jobs in IT that benefit from formal education as much as they benefit from experience and attitude. Not every company has the budget for external expertise and that "girl in accounts" who "learnt the system" has more coal face and systems knowledge that is _relevant to the business_ than any of the shelf grad or expert they can afford.

Not every business is aware of industry best practices but they just want their problem solved with the means they have. The trick is if you have great quals or great attitude / drive then in the business case "just be useful"

Comment: Re: US = questionable value proposition netwise (Score 1) 406

by Gob Gob (#44974605) Attached to: Can There Be a Non-US Internet?

You just don't get it do you?

By posting information you influence others. If everyone was like you then all it would take would be for one person to post an erroneous claim only to have you and your kind repeat it.

"Citation needed" is a polite way to point out that whatever information was posted it should probably be disregarded unless evidence is provided.

So either you made a mistake or tried to influence people's perspective with information that was not factual.

I you choose to be offended then that is your choice.

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 461

by Gob Gob (#43487535) Attached to: Ricin Tainted Letter Sent to Senator and Possibly the President

I'm truly curious what background check will keep someone from stealing another person's legally obtained weapon?

In Australia (that place where we had a couple of serious killings and decided to do something about it) the law states that you must keep your firearms in a locked safe that only you (or another person with a gun licence) has access to.

If I have a gun licence and the police come around to do a spot check and ask my wife to open the safe, and she does, I loose my licence. She is not allowed to have access to open the safe with firearms.

On the one hand its seems you people bitch about endless manipulation and conspiracy and on the other you claim your right to bear arms somehow protects you. If one took information to be power wouldn't you use the appropriate amendment to mandate access to information as "bearing arms" and an instrument for good as opposed a constant state of death and social division over these weapons?

Perhaps government and corporate secrecy is your real domestic threat and openness, access and debate are truly the arms of the modern age that will protect you.

Comment: Re:Just wait for the news media to pick this up. (Score 1) 254

by Gob Gob (#43189453) Attached to: Growing Consensus: The Higgs Boson Exists

"....I really don't see how it's so hard to find a way to reconcile ones religious beliefs with their scientific ones......"

None of the mainstream religions have a narrative that matches science. Saying "we dont know about the big bang" != "Jesus is cool" may be the exception but the moment a belief becomes a way to inturpret realtiy the human race loses

Real programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC after reaching puberty.