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Comment: Re:Download link? (Score 1) 125

by hawguy (#48680747) Attached to: 13,000 Passwords, Usernames Leaked For Major Commerce, Porn Sites

When this kind of things go down a news source should show ONLY the usernames so at least people have a hint that they need to cancel their credit cards.

Since in many cases the username is the users email address, many people would not want the world to know that their password to was compromised.... Especially not their wife.

Comment: Re:Actually, he's right (Score 1) 507

by bmo (#48678183) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

"so where do we get the next generation of major league players from?"

Brown & Sharpe (now a tiny little division of Hexagon AB) used to be the preeminent machine tool manufacturer in the US.

One of my previous bosses was told by one of the Sharpes that the day the company died was the day they stopped training apprentices.

Short-term-profits-at-any-cost amounts to eating your seed corn and then sowing the ground with salt.


Comment: I've managed a team full of H1bs.. (Score 4, Interesting) 507

by hey! (#48677749) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Not my choice, we got them in a deal with a VC. And I will tell you from experience that they're not all great programmers. A *few* of them were very good programmers, most of them were OK, and a few were very *bad* programmers. Just like everyone else. The idea that the H1B program just brings in technical giants is pure fantasy. This isn't 1980; if a CS genius living in Bangalore wants to work he doesn't have to come to the US anymore, there are good opportunities for him at home..

H1B brings in a cross section of inexperienced programmers and kicks them out of the country once they've gained some experience. I have nothing against bringing more foreign talent into the US, but it should be with an eye to encouraging permanent residency. I think if you sponsor an H1B and he goes home, you should have to wait a couple years before you replace him. Then companies will be pickier about who they bring over.

I have to say, managing a team of H1Bs was very rewarding, not necessarily from a technical standpoint but from a cultural standpoint. Because I had to learn about each programmer on my team and the way things are done in his culture, I think I became closer to a lot of them than I would have to a team of Americans.

Comment: Re:Voicemail evolution (Score 1) 234

by swillden (#48674093) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

You obviously don't work with customers.

I do, actually. Well, they're more partners than customers, since we give them our code and they sell it. But, yes, I have a lot of meetings with outside parties. We convince about half of them to join our Hangouts from their laptops, the others we add to the meeting via phone. Outside of meetings, we communicate entirely via e-mail. Voicemail is still irrelevant.

At IBM, my role was entirely customer-facing. Voicemail was still fairly rare, though teleconferences were the norm. Most communication was, again, via e-mail or face to face.

Open Source

Linux 3.19 Kernel To Start 2015 With Many New Features 63

Posted by timothy
from the presents-from-linus-and-friends dept.
An anonymous reader writes Linux 3.18 was recently released, thus making Linux 3.19 the version under development as the year comes to a close. Linux 3.19 as the first big kernel update of 2015 is bringing in the new year with many new features: among them are AMDKFD HSA kernel driver, Intel "Skylake" graphics support, Radeon and NVIDIA driver improvements, RAID5/6 improvements for Btrfs, LZ4 compression for SquashFS, better multi-touch support, new input drivers, x86 laptop improvements, etc.

Comment: It is too good an accusation to pass up ... (Score 1) 280

by Alain Williams (#48670159) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

our governments love bogey men, someone who they can point at and make us forget their own faults or to use as an excuse for more spending on the military/spy-agencies/... We have been here before, anyone remember how Saddam was supposed to have WMD (in spite of doubts from Hans Blix), Tony Blair's ''dodgy dossier''. Finding other examples is not hard.

Time will (probably) tell if it was/wasn't NK - but by then the difference will not make a story.

Comment: Re:Why is the White House involved? (Score 2) 225

by hey! (#48669123) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

Presidents, governors and mayors all do this kind of thing -- call up private businesses and ask them to do stuff. The mayor may call a local business and ask it to reconsider withdrawing its sponsorship of the local youth baseball league. The governor might call up union leaders and senior management in a strike, particularly if it affects things lots of people need like transit or health care.

This is the exercise of *soft* power, of influence rather than of compulsion. Obama can't call Apple and compel them to change their stance. But he can call Tim Cook and *persuade* him, possibly with more success than Michael Lynton, particuarly given that the two may be having some kind of dispute. Ego *does* play a role in CEO decision making.

Comment: Re:If only the cop had a camera in Ferguson... (Score -1, Flamebait) 361

by BitZtream (#48668227) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

... you are an idiot.

You're going to see the cops as being bad and wrong and evil even as they save your life.

Its mind numbing that you don't understand why that turned out the way it did.

And for reference, normal health people don't die from a chokehold thats released as soon as the person loses conscious, fat ass had a heart attack due to his own health issues.

The first version always gets thrown away.