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Comment Re:White list or you're jerking off (Score 1) 117

Nah, you're not the only one who gets along with him. I get along with him and I don't even usually use a host file - however, I articulated my reasoning and know the consequences of my actions and make that choice based on security versus convenience. He might be a bit abrasive but I have a handy wheel on my mouse and don't actually care to silence anybody. Also, he knows some surprisingly esoteric stuff. I approached him much like you did. I enjoy poking the strange things - that's how you learn stuff. He's harmless and seems to be genuinely concerned with keeping folks protected from malware and ads.

Then again, I enjoy your comments as well.

Comment Re:Major disconnect from layers (Score 2) 425

I'd like to think so. But... Well, no. Not everything, not even close. Though I learned from mistakes and already knew when to ask for help. I think a big thing is knowing your limits and being honest with yourself where those limits are? I can only guess, really. I also didn't chastise people for making mistakes, for a variety of reasons. What I did do is get a bit unhappy with someone who thought they were capable and then made mistakes instead of asking for help. It was usually a very short and brief problem - we fostered the idea of being able to ask for help.

Nobody knows everything and knowing your limits is essential. I mentioned earlier that employee salaries are actually a really tiny percentage of the expenses. If you worked for me and needed help then we will hire help - we will find the best out there and pay them what they truly are worth. If you really wanted then we'd send you back to school to get additional education - and those percentage points were still fairly trivial. If your boss tells you the business isn't making enough money to give you a raise they're a liar. Or, well, the business should probably be in receivership.

I don't know... I guess I type out these long replies because there's some hope that there are others who can and will do. I also hope that those who are in crappy situations get the hell out. Do you know what I learned? It seems pertinent at this time. If you give a person their desired salary when they start and tell them to just come ask when they feel they deserve a raise - they'll go YEARS without asking for a raise. Sometimes they do crazy stuff like try to decline a raise - you have to convince them to take it. I know it sounds counter-intuitive but it's very true. If they know they're appreciated and they're making enough money they are content. They might even be happy.

Finally, absolutely true. The company would certainly not have survived without the people who worked to make it happen. It was a very successful company, it still is really. The people who were there in the beginning probably don't have to work any more but a number of them still remain with the new parent company. I made sure that each individual was truly aware of how much appreciation I had for their talents, their willingness to work long hours if we got too busy - because I'd screwed up and not properly bid something, and their ability to just be open and honest humans. I asked a lot, was given a lot, and have tried to show how much it mattered.

Maybe someone will see this and a light will click on. There's even a few former co-workers that hang out here and this may make them smile. Too many people have jobs they are not happy with and, really, there's no need of it.

Comment Re:It's true (Score 1) 550

This being /. well, I suppose you never know. However, for the chance to amuse at least one of us, how about if I say, "Why both, of course."

No, not even drunk would I dare touch a database server. There are some things mortal men are not meant to do. I stay out of the way of wizards and they leave me alone. DB admins aren't right in the head and I? Well, I can write an SQL query or something. I am not a DB wizard. Honestly, it's kind of strange how those guys envision data. Have you ever asked one about how they thought? It's a cross between Christopher Walken, the Mad Hatter, and Spock.

I think, before the advent of the modern database, they were probably the guys who did actuarial tables, for fun. I can only assume they'd be rightfully imprisoned in such a society or had some sort of underground cult thing going on. Maybe that's what the Masons really got their start. :/

But no... Now you made me go and ruin my joke. The joke was that it would teach "her" to delete some of our data by pushing the button. The button existed, it takes too long to explain, and the rest of the story is fairly true but not verbatim - except the deleting the database part. The button also never did anything but I had good plans for it at the time. Had she pushed the button and it deleted data I doubt, very much, that it would "teach her" anything.

Then again. I'm kind of expecting that I am missing the joke at this point. On the other hand, I'd have loved Google when I was learning to code. I'd have been happy with anything even like a modern search engine. I am a self-taught coder. I've seen professional code, I don''t do that. Given that I know quality when I see it and I'm pretty damned honest about my own ability, well, trust me when I say that (sadly) I'd have done *better* work with cut and paste. Hmm... I code like I type /. comments except I used to do a lot of drugs and drink.

However, you're safe. I don't think she's a member of the 6 digit UID. I had (have?) a much, much older ID (4 digits maybe 5?) but somewhere along the lines I forgot the nick and never have remembered it. So I was AC for a while and then I grabbed this one which is my usual nick. I have no idea why I didn't use this nick in the first place but it seems likely that drugs or alcohol were involved.

I really need to sleep. I've reached the babble stage. Woohoo! Insomnia!

Submission + - Government still hasn't notified individuals whose personal data was hacked

schwit1 writes: Months after the federal government admitted publicly that the personal data of more than 20 million government employees had been hacked they still have not sent notifications to those millions.

Instead, they've turned this into an opportunity to spend taxpayer money for their friends!

        The agency whose data was hacked, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), said the Defense Department will begin "later this month" to notify employees and contractors across the government that their personal information was accessed by hackers. OPM said notifications would continue over several weeks and "will be sent directly to impacted individuals."

        OPM also announced that it hired a contractor to help protect the identities and credit ratings of employees whose data was hacked. In a statement, OPM said it had awarded a contract initially worth more than $133 million to a company called Identity Theft Guard Solutions LLC, doing business as ID experts, for identity theft protections for the 21.5 million victims of the security data breach. The contractor will provide credit and identity monitoring services for three years, as well as identity theft insurance, to affected individuals and dependent children aged under 18, the agency said.

Hopefully they aren't as incompetent as the company chosen to build the Obamacare website.

Comment Re:Major disconnect from layers (Score 3, Interesting) 425

No freelancer and no contractors. We never needed them or, really, wanted them. I'm sure you're great and all that - that's not the problem. The problem is that it's not a jail and you can leave any time you want. The reason they don't want to leave is because we paid well (I'll touch on that below) and had great benefits.

I think I'll touch on both of those and remember to say thank you for the compliments - I appreciate it. From the sounds of things, you'd have fit right in. I just wouldn't have given you an incentive to leave.

For starters, well, in my industry we paid more for hardware and software than we paid for employees. Yeah, and we paid the best in the industry though I suppose you could say we were, at the time, pretty much the only ones who did what we did. (Traffic modeling, both vehicular and, eventually, pedestrian but "on a computer.") I don't know every industry out there but I can say that labor is absolutely one of the lowest expenses a business has. If your boss says they can't give you a raise call them a liar. We spent more money on Xerox (I kind of hate those pricks) than we spent on a single employee. (We did a lot of printing.)

I wasn't really expecting much of a response so I hadn't thought this through or anything. Hmm...

We weren't a "family." We were all friends. I'll try to give an example? I'm not the most articulate.

The office shut completely down on a number of occasions. At one point we had a guy in the server room who lost a good portion of his family in an accident - a wife and his two kids. The office was a ghost town and stayed that way for a couple of days and was completely closed during the day of their funeral. We did miss a client visit during that time, sort of. They called me on my personal cell phone (they were bigger back then) and I listened politely, explained the situation in some rather vulgar terms, and the rep actually sent flowers and food - lots of food. It turns out that the money was from their own pocket, the client was a state government and would not have paid for it.

Things worked out well. I posted another reply above to another AC.

I guess my point is that you'd probably have hung up your freelancer hat and stuck with us. Well, assuming you fit in and enjoyed the work. I think that pretty much everyone did both the fitting and the enjoying. I'd like to think they did and would actually feel like a bit of a failure if they didn't. My greatest assets were luck and the willingness to shut the hell up and listen.

I don't know everything - not even close. It's up to you to tell me what I need to do and, importantly, why. I'm not an idiot - you needn't explain it like I am five but making it overly complicated isn't going to help you convince me either. I will stop you and ask you very specific questions and we can waste both of our time extracting the information from you or you can just tell me - it would save some effort and time.

Except DB admins, seriously... Have you ever met a DB wizard who was, you know, not just a little odd? I don't know what those guys do, I mean I know what they do but not really, but they make stuff work and when you're crunching a TB or two of data then you REALLY want a good one. I don't care that he was gay, vegan, or had a habit of not talking to anyone for weeks at a time - and then saying something profound. What I care about is that he constantly looked like the guy who was going to snap and bring an AR-15 to work - and we were NICE people. I was more worried he'd use it on the hardware than on a human.

Anyhow, I eventually was offered an absurd amount of money to sell my child. The parent company does almost nothing except niche fields that fill government contracts. You probably know who they are, actually. They do everything from food to security to information services. I do kind of giggle at the idea that they now have a Human Resources department. I think a distinction needs to be made. Humans aren't resources, they're assets and, more importantly, humans.

As I mentioned above, I've been called back in on a contract basis a few times. It gets to the point where it's hard to leave the place so I don't think I'll go back again. You're not a traffic engineer are you? They pay very well but they only have a 401k for new hires. All employees were given stock options, the chance to keep their pensions, etc... I'd have not sold had those not been in the contract.

The parent company has mostly left them alone but they've expanded nicely. There is also much more competition in the business these days. I'm glad I am out and glad that it happened when it did but I do truly miss it. When I feel like I am missing it too much, well, let's just say the view from the mountains of NW Maine make me feel better pretty damned quick. The bank account balance also works if the view is cloudy.

If you're in a position to start your own company then that may be something you want to do. As society changes I see a trend of more and more single proprietorship and small businesses being the future. I think it will be at a percentage rate higher than anything we've seen in the west since the dawn of the industrial revolution - and that's a good thing.

But, enough of a novella. 'Tis morning and I've yet to sleep. I can't even blame it on drugs or alcohol. To be honest, I've just been watching really bad movies on Hulu. No, I suppose my life doesn't change that much when you get right down to it.

Comment Re:Major disconnect from layers (Score 1) 425

Eventually... I started off with a contract large enough to support two of us. At the end there were about two hundred with offices in five states - two being "dummy" offices which were used when we needed additional staff in the area as we needed a lot of human interaction and those offices were only partially staffed. We grew and it was never a "family" but it was always "tight knit friends."

I learned a lot from having great people around me. I don't think any of the people who were there the first ten years or so still actually need to work? When I sold the company I made sure they were all well rewarded for having given me the chance to grow. Yet work they do. They're geeks (and a few crazy folks) and I don't think they were ever in it just for money. We paid very well but, more importantly, we had true benefits.

Sure, we had stuff like health care, 401k (eventually) or a pension - up to you, and all that crap.

You get drunk the night before? Yeah... We've been there. You've got choices - just be honest. One of us would probably take the rest of the day off and go out drinking with you so you could finish up your run. If there were no clients expected in the office then there may have been a pool table in the back and probably some alcohol. I'm not admitting to anything but - if that happened - it often resulted in a day off for a few people (including me).

We were a bunch of mathematics geeks, CS geeks, some IT geeks, a strange prick who was a DB admin (those guys are wizards - and freaks), and a half dozen oddball folks who didn't really do much. Oh - and no HR but we did have two secretaries. I eventually decided I needed someone to man the phones full time and I eventually needed one of my own.

The turn over rate was unbelievable. We had one person quit, a couple retire, and a few left when I left. They had the chance to try other things and did so. I still maintain contact with a few of them as well as a number of people who still work there. Once in a while they actually call me up and I go in for some contract work but I've not had to do that in a while and I'm not sure I would again, should they ask.

When I do return it is a little harder to leave every time. Ah well... I'll type some more to the other AC below you.

Comment Re:Project Euler (Score 1) 550

It was probably due to your education - specifically learning by rote. The person who decided to teach mathematics by rote needs to be assaulted. It was not until higher levels of education where I had someone properly explain the concepts and give me the tools to visualize the maths that I became able to actually understand. After that, honestly? It was kind of easy. I do think that it may have something to do with the way my head works. Let's just say that it is not normal (I don't think - I used to think it was) and you probably would not be comfortable listening to my thought process.

Comment Re:It's true (Score 3, Funny) 550

Umm... I have a PhD in Applied Mathematics. I code like a drunken mentally ill person. The worst part is that I wrote a lot of code... *sighs* I redid a lot of code. I eventually hired professionals.

"So, David... What exactly do you mean with the "I'm Too Drunk" button nested in the menu under a mysterious label called "Hide and Seek?" She asks, with a determined look to see if I should be committed.

"Oh that? Yeah. For now it just closes the application. When I get a minute I'm going to tie it into the time clock to punch the user out and send a message to people physically close on the network to have them call a taxi - it will be at company cost." Was the only logical reply. Followed up with, "And this would be done if I had time to learn that API for the time clock."

"You're not serious, right?"

"Oh, but I am. Click the button and see."

Ah, little did she know... The button deleted random database assets. That will teach her to meddle.

Some of that narrative is fiction.

Comment Re: Wait for it... (Score 1) 111

Somebody will if this is like very other thread on the subject. It seems to be a matter of pride. Use the OS that suits the task at hand best for you and practice safe hex. I suspect part of the problem has been the goal of making the computer a device for amusement instead of a computational device as its goal. Aiming for the lowest common denominator can not be a good thing in this field. It just can't be - at least not from my perspective. That's not to say it needs to be overly complex. Maybe it is time to go back to dumb terminals.

Comment Wait for it... (Score 1, Troll) 111

So who will defend Apple this time or attempt to minimize this or attempt to claim that other OSes are worse so that this is, seemingly, less significant. No OS is secure, it never will be and it only gets worse when you connect it to another device. There will always be security problems.

Not because I care so much but because I am easily amused...

Comment Re:Major disconnect from layers (Score 5, Insightful) 425

I owned my own company for a long time. Eventually I was kicked out of my own server room by people I paid to do a job. You know, I listened. I could do the job well enough but they could do it so much faster. Eventually I no longer even maintained my own code. "Code comments go in the code and not on a pile of coffee soaked index cards, asshole." Again, I listened. Sure, I could do all those things effectively - efficiently if you don't count my time but I paid experts because, well, they were better at the job than I was.

I suppose you could have called me a CEO, I mean I technically was, but we weren't real big on titles. Hell, my company paid me less than some of my employees made (of course I had the cookie jar).

I guess my point is that not all bosses think they know everything. My understanding is the new parent company has kept the culture much the same. It was not entirely uncommon to see a curious look when I admitted I did not know something and would like to consult with someone who did before making choices. I can only surmise that the behavior is due to ego.

Submission + - 'Extremely critical' OS X keychain vulnerability steals passwords via SMS-> 1

Mark Wilson writes: Two security researchers have discovered a serious vulnerability in OS X that could allow an attacker to steal passwords and other credentials in an almost invisible way. Antoine Vincent Jebara and Raja Rahbani — two of the team behind the myki identity management security software — found that a series of terminal commands can be used to extract a range of stored credentials.

What is particularly worrying about the vulnerability is that it requires virtually no interaction from the victim; simulated mouse clicks can be used to click on hidden buttons to grant permission to access the keychain. Apple has been informed of the issue, but a fix is yet to be issued. The attack, known as brokenchain, is disturbingly easy to execute.

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