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Comment: Re:Whatever ... (Score 1) 141

by Hevel-Varik (#49323159) Attached to: "Google Glass Isn't Dead!" Says Google's CEO Eric Schmidt
For the history to shed any light we'd need to know why cell phone, laptop earlier adopeters were given a hard time. I don't remember cell phone ealier adopters getting grief and cant speak to laptops in classrooms but that's just me. Seriouse question: what technology is being made portable with these glasses because I am at a loss?

Comment: Every good deed (Score 0) 149

by Hevel-Varik (#49320609) Attached to: Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM Education
Wow. Another boost to diversity and underrepresentation. It's good to know that things are going so swimmingly that every popular initiative, whether by coporations or by government need center on woman and minorities. If focuse were spent on improving things for people then woman and minorities would benefit because they are people too.

+ - SPAM: Microsoft dropped an interesting piece of information today!!

Submitted by douglas1986
douglas1986 (4040889) writes "amid its confirmation that Windows 10 will go on sale this summer.

Near the end of its announcement, the Redmond-based company casually revealed that it is testing Windows 10 with “power users” of Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 4 Android smartphone. The initiative, which Xiaomi stressed is not a partnership but merely assistance with the trial, is an interesting one because it again shows Microsoft’s new ‘platform agnostic’ approach.

Neither Microsoft nor Xiaomi provided specific details of the Windows 10 software being trialled, but TechCrunch understands from sources that it effectively overrides Android, turning the Xiaomi phone into a Windows 10 device complete with Microsoft services. (Which the company hopes will dazzle Android owners into making the switch.)

That’s to say that the software doesn’t offer a dual boot option, which Microsoft has pushed in the past in India. This is a ROM, based on Windows, that operates much like software from Cyanogen — a company Microsoft was incorrectly linked with an investment in — and other custom ROMs developed by the likes of Tencent and Baidu in China.

The ROM is thus designed to go beyond Microsoft’s Android apps and offer a native-like Windows experience on Android phones."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re: Will the Internet become the next Middle East? (Score 1) 163

by Hevel-Varik (#49236863) Attached to: Why Israel Could Be the Next Cybersecurity World Power
Further equating technology with brains over gut is rich. Tech is no different than farming or machining. Takes an understanding of the relevant dynamics and modes of manipulation and you get the job done. I find that tech people tend to be clever. I don't find them any more any more insightfull than non-tech people. I also think arrogance makes you stupid and there's a ton of arrogance on this site. The major falacy behind this assumption that slashdot (or other tech site) is some domain of enlightment where crass polical attitudes are but reflections of reality is the equation of cleverness and intelligence. It's safe to say that all tech people are clever. But it is not safe to say all clever people are techy. Nor that all clever people are intelligent. What is intelligence? It's what separates man from beast. Insight into the meaining of things, according to which developes a perspective. A cat walks into a wedding banquet and perceives dinner. A human being percieves a celebration of life. The prevaling stupidity though as that there is no intrinsic meaning and indeed no difference between man and beast and if that is where you come from then this isn't aimed at you.

Comment: Re:You have no programming knowledge at 30? (Score 2) 205

by Hevel-Varik (#49236197) Attached to: Ask Slashdot - Breaking Into Penetration Testing At 30
That is false. I am a good programmer and have self studied operatings systems, mathematics, low and high level languagesl, algorithms and data structures. I started a few years back when I finally figured out that nobody is going to pay me because I'm smart and good looking... You absolutely can have a career in writing good software without ever having done it outside the context of studying save for money. It's a function of aptitude, knowledge and experience. Having it as a hobby may correlate well with those inputs but it sure is necessary (or necessarily sufficient). It's actually a trade-off in some cases. The way I see it that learning by doing gives a different type of knowledge than learning from a book. I could have hobbied my way into developing Django applications but that would have cost the books I read on networking. I could pick Django up more easily on the job than I could the low-level stuff. Same for learning C or C++ or Assembler -- I don't know if I will ever use them but I do know that it opened up doors of learning and perhaps doing that would be closed to me had I spent the time hobbying together some app, a better one of which I could just download, using some higher level tool. The Job required I learn Java and Swing and so I picked up a book and learned during a lunch hour (I was working support at the time). The more deep and broad your basic knowledge is, the more areas you can pinpoint on when the time comes.

Comment: Re:Will the Internet become the next Middle East? (Score 1) 163

by Hevel-Varik (#49233175) Attached to: Why Israel Could Be the Next Cybersecurity World Power
We could do far better than Bibi (Feiglin comes to mind) but we could also do far, far, worse which is exactly why he is likely to be the next pm after the elections. But slashdot leans left so yeah of course there is 'a general concensus' cause reality tilts left dontchyaknow

Comment: Re:Too Late (Ask Zune) (Score 2) 445

It's never too late for a company the size and quality of msft to break into the phone market. Users are stopping to care about phone os brands (as it should be) and the market is constantly changing and progressing. It's an expanding market, as the phone has room to grow into the space currently occupied by larger form factor machines. It's also impossible for a software platform vendor to ignore mobile because eventually the mobile will grow into union with the desktop (think the high end surface) and if you don't have any foothold you lose those user and also, perhaps more importantly, the institutional experience to compete in the new iteration of the market. Zune, on the other hand, was bound to be eclipsed by more inclusive devices (think about the long dead ipod). Zune wasn't a game changer, the phone certainly is. Finally, I can't think of one competitive advantage Apple or Google has that would constitute a moat protecting their current lock on the market (though google services might be close, but then again Iphone is doing OK. The phone market is ripe for disruption but you have to be a big boy like msft or maybe (please, please) canonical to get in the game.

Comment: It's a matter of time (Score 1) 445

With the two significant platforms losing their cool appeal it becomes easier and easier to break the mold and try something different. They simply need to execute and they will gain a more than laughable marketshare. And if they do ever manage to bring the experience to where I can interchange with the desktop, I would prefer the microsoft platform. They have a ton of cash and competitive assets, but the most imortant ingredeint is that the iphone has just become a phone. Further, I think that as time goes on, more and more users will come to realize that outside of your standard file viewing and social apps, the others are useful to only a very small subset of phone users, particularly powerusers who like to tweak things and people who just like to play with thier phones. That all said, I'm really hoping Ubuntu gets it act together on phone and puts something along the previous mentioned lines that I can use along side a Debian desktop, because the future is looking less and less bright for users of proprietary systems. I also wish we get to the point, where phones are using the same architecture as the desktops, similar to the way the surface pro has gone. That opens up huge development opportunities.

+ - Ask SD: How do you handle the discovery of a web site disclosing private data?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I recently discovered that a partner web site of a financial institution I do business with makes it trivially easy to view documents that do not belong to me. As in, change the document ID in a URL and view someone else's financial documents. This requires no authentication, only a document URL. (Think along the lines of an online rebate center where you upload documents including credit card statements.) I immediately called customer service and spoke with a perplexed agent who unsurprisingly didn't know what to do with my call. I asked to speak with a supervisor who took good notes and promised a follow-up internally. I asked for a return call but have not yet heard back. In the meantime, I still have private financial information I consider to be publicly available. I'm trying to be responsible and patient in my handling of this, but I am second guessing how to move forward if not quickly resolved. So, Slashdot, how would you handle this situation?"

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