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Comment: Re:What's so remarkable? (Score 1) 194

by James-NSC (#47349979) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy

Tell it from both sides and you risk leaving the audience with unsatisfyingly ambiguous feelings about the whole affair; it's almost as if life isn't black and white!

No-one likes that in a movie.

Quite the contrary, had Gibson included the Roman perspective in "Passion" I would have enjoyed that movie a whole lot more.

Roman Citizen: You taking the chariot out tonight?
Roman Soldier: Yea, me any my cohort are going to do some drive by crucifixions...

Comment: Re:Hell Yes! (Score 1) 251

by James-NSC (#47070023) Attached to: It's Time For the <em>Descent</em> Games Return

And it supported zmodem. I spent my entire two weeks of a spring break in college playing descent with a class mate. So much so, that when I went to bed (in the morning, lol) my inner ear was playing tricks on me as I still felt like I was rolling around in three dimensions. An amazingly immersive experience for the time.

It even incorporated a POV flight recorder, so when I got back to class, I had a few 5.25 floppies with some great kill shots on them. Hanging against a wall as my opponent flew through the tube and came out above me, missing me completely, I rose up - ala Wrath of Kahn - and took him out from behind. Good stuff.

D2 even had a single from Type O' Negative "Haunted" that was, IIRC, released on the games soundtrack w/out vocals before the October Rust (1996) album was released.

D3 was a serious let down for the series, followed up by "Free Space" and by then, the ride was over. While Free Space was a decent game, it's inclusion in the Descent series made it drift too far from what made "Descent" Descent.

Comment: All My Jobs Required a BS at Minimum (Score 2) 287

by James-NSC (#46747263) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

That's not my experience in the "tech industry". Every job I've had - Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee - have required a BS at minimum. I work with people who don't have a degree, and they are in "tech" positions that pay less and have fewer advancement options.

I guess "Tier One Help Desk" would meet the articles criteria, but who would want to do that job for the rest of your life?

In fact, now that I think about it, TFA is 180 from my experience, not only is higher education critically important, but almost equally important is *where* you went to school. Ivy > state > trade > Pheonix > none

Comment: Re:Should void warranty (Score 1) 208

Actually, we do something very similar to jailbreaking in the world of sportbikes, as we replace parts and alter components around all of our engines computers in the name of performance

I personally, have a SPST switch under my seat that will jump two pins on the main CPU with a resister,when on,it "tricks" my bike into believing it's in 6th gear no matter what gear it's in. It is only In 6th gear that I have no timing retardation (retardation set by the factory) and have access to all the power my bike can produce throughout the entire gear range

Additionally, I run a PowerCommander, which allows me to attach a laptop to my bike and load custom fuel maps into it

We've been "jailbreaking" our bikes for years since fuel injection became the norm in the early 00's - this was actually why I purchased my last bike as a fuel injected one, normally I prefer the throttle response of a normally aspirated carborated super sport (600cc) - I went with a fuel injected super bike (1000cc) just so I could "jailbreak" it... in 2001..

lastly, less I upset anyone by omission, the Import Tuner - or "Hot Hatch" with a nod the Jezzer - crowd have been doing it to the computers in their cars even longer.

Comment: Re:This is a "me too" post. (Score 1) 2

by James-NSC (#46640255) Attached to: Best Alternative Client for Outlook/M$ Cloud Mail

Don't use Mozilla Thunderbird. I figured I'd just use that, but it came packaged with so much bloatware - PC system "tuner", weather alert app (that crashed as it was a 32 bit app on my 64 bit OS), a tool bar that my AV blocked and no check box to decline such additions.

Shoddy, shoddy packaging.

I uninstalled it immediately and my search for a good mail app continues - unassisted by /. moderators. Cheers guys!

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James-NSC (1414763) writes "My company is switching from onprem mail to a hosted "Exchange Online". This requires Outlook 2013, however, O13 is a *really bad* mail client — particularly in it's search function. Worst case I'll use two clients, one for actually interacting with my email and Outlook to interact with it's services, but it would be super handy if there was a good client that also supports all of the various added "functionality" bundled with Outlook. As I'm sure I'm not the first to be subjected to the "everything is better, because Cloud!" line of IT executive reasoning, what have my fellow /.'rs used as a mailer in this setup?"

Comment: Re:Um. WRONG. (Score 1) 323

No, no it isn't

Last night I was surfing netflix and noticed the old Twilight Zone, so I went to watch "Time Enough at Last" (Episode 1 from Season 8 which aired in January of 1953) - but noooooo, netflix only has S1-3 and 5.

The *only* reason I couldn't watch the episode I wanted is because someone, somewhere, is a fsking arsehole.

Comment: No Expansion for x360 users? (Score 1) 166

by James-NSC (#46578069) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Expansion <em>Reaper of Souls</em> Launches

I just searched google, amazon and gamespot and no where can I find an expansion for the x360. Not even a commitment to release it. I found multiple references to D3 being worked on for the x1 and p4, but nothing for the 360. I haven't found confirmation yet - though with all the news on this right now, finding meaningful search results is getting arduous - but it doesn't look like x360 users are getting this expansion and if they do, it will be via the x1 - can anyone confirm?

What a great way to screw your customers, sell them a game for one system, then only make expansions available for the next gen console - which, BTFW, *requires* them to purchase the game a second time in order to play it on the new system. Making their purchase on the 360 a total waste of money in the long run.

Comment: Re:To be fair? (Score 5, Insightful) 95

by James-NSC (#46488097) Attached to: Target Ignored Signs of Data Breach

I'd wager it wasn't the security team that dropped the ball. I work in the same role (I'm the most senior member of the security team), and I can tell you first hand that I don't have the authorization to act in matters of that scope independent of the executive team in situations like those. I have to forward my recommendations up the chain and get approval.

That causes delays. Often times, things then get lost in the executive level. Whenever there are contractors involved it's even worse as they spend a week or so arguing over whose responsibility it is, who is going to pay for it, how much down time it's going to represent, how much money they're going to lose, etc,etc, etc. Executives are also really bad at judging risk when it comes to security. They'll expose themselves and their companies to staggering amounts of risk - if for no other reason - than the fact that the failure/security breach/what-have-you isn't impacting business "right now" but shutting down an ecommerce system to patch it will impact the bottom line *right now* and they would rather risk "maybe" losing money at some future date than know they're losing money "right now".

Executives will mortgage their companies futures at every possible opportunity for a few extra dollars today.

The number of times I've taken a GLARING security issue up only to have the "how long can we leave it before it impacts business" be their main concern. If it's a vulnerability on a production, WAN facing system - but we don't have evidence of it being actively exploited - it's not considered to be as critical as taking that system offline for an hour to patch/test it. The certainty of lost revenue in that hour is more meaningful than the potential of abuse at a later date. Worst part of it all is that when that later date does come around and things get really bad, they all point their collective fingers at the security team and none of them take any responsibility whatsoever.

You're damned if you do, damned if you don't and blamed all the way around.

Corporate InfoSec is a very, very frustrating occupation. I feel for those poor guys at Target.

Comment: Re:Read between the lines (Score 3, Insightful) 303

by James-NSC (#46446789) Attached to: Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!
I'm a Visa holder, and even I don't get the need to loosen the immigration laws. I'd like to make things easier on myself, sure, but for American's seeing improving wages?? how is that anything but counter productive? Further, if they really wanted to help JQP, they would tie all wages to inflation (so they grow at the same rate, at minimum) and stop paying themselves 100's of times more than their lowest paid employee. Anyone who sits on a Scrooge McDuck stack of cash DOES NOT have your best interests in mind.

Comment: Re:How did this go to trial? (Score 1) 236

by James-NSC (#46428959) Attached to: Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA
I fly 33" to 65" with a POV link to the ground (FatShark) and a GoPro onboard - it's a very common configuration. Everyone I know (and "know" via the Internet) posts videos to YouTube and some even make money from adds on YouTube. So if it's just about shooting video from the air via a radio controlled craft and making money from the resulting video, there are thousands (if not more) of people across the country guilty of this.

Comment: Re:Every single company (Score 2) 236

by James-NSC (#46251157) Attached to: Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management
I’ll second that. When approaching management with security concerns, many of us fall short on being able to properly communicate with management regarding risk. While it’s helpful that management, specifically upper management, deal with risk every day the downside to that is, you have to present your risk to them in terms they can understand. Using the formula of:

Cost of failure * rate of failure = total cost of failure is actually detrimental to this approach, most notably because the rate of failure for an undiscovered/undisclosed security defect is quite small and yields a total cost of risk that is well within norms for most companies.

What you need to do is familiarize yourself with the upper management, specifically those through which you report up to the CEO, and understand the types of risk they deal with and – more importantly – the total costs of failure they find acceptable. Then, when approaching them – just by way of example - prepare a report which demonstrates this specific risk in terms they both understand and with a gravity that they appreciate. Never say “we could be hacked, it would be awful”, instead “when this defect is eventually discovered (include citations on the rate of remote network probes/scans), the resulting security breach will cost us $X to resolve, further (citations are handy) as this has been in the news lately, expect additional fallout in both news cycles and social media. Instead of facing $X in known risk, by investing $Y in prevention we can address this issue and improve (insert impact on project/product they are personally invested in).”

Lastly, never leave the rate of risk ambiguous – never leave it at “might, may, could or worse still, one in a million” – always represent those uncertainties with math: number of remote attack attempts over time. If your perimeter is anything like mine, it will be read by management as an eventual certainty and *not* like something that can be safely ignored as an unlikely “storm of the century” type event.

Comment: Re:they exist but do not have titles? (Score 5, Insightful) 312

by James-NSC (#46242001) Attached to: Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"
I'll second that observation. Ever since "manager" has become a career option in and of itself, it's attracted "those who can't do anything else and who don't produce anything of value". Prior to that being a self serving career path, managers were people who worked their way up the ranks and carried with them both the experience of being "worker bees" and the knowledge of what the pain points of the bees were. Once they became management, upper management benefited from their experience of being a worker, and the workers benefited from their experience of being "one of them" - everybody won. These days, you have managers (we have one where I work) who have never done anything else and as a result, bring absolutely nothing to the table.

Comment: Re:hire me (Score 1) 289

by James-NSC (#45227905) Attached to: The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

I thought so too, but it doesn't seem to make a darn bit of difference that I'm British and we (US/UK) have been allies for ages. I was almost not let back in the country the last time I left - I now won't leave the country as I'm not confident I'll be able to get back in. I'm obviously on the TSA's list for additional screening (I wasn't allowed through security on my last flight because I had printed out my boarding pass from United - as suggested by United in order to save time and I was required to have one issued by the airline on the day; missed my flight because of that).

I may as well be Chinese for all the difference it makes to the TSA and CBP.

"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one." -- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN