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Comment: Not everybody carries a weapon in the military. (Score 1) 192

by Kevin by the Beach (#47333609) Attached to: An Army Medal For Coding In Perl
Years ago, I was an Air Force enlisted programmer AFSC 511/491. Sure, I was in the military but I didn't have a combat rating. I haven't looked at the citation that accompanied my medals, but I wouldn't be surprised to see obscure programming references like Ada, PL/1, and CP/M. The one sad change is that it was an awesome career path for people to go high school to military and get their computer training on the job. I've never completed my college education, but hold a job as an Enterprise Data Architect. Unfortunately the beltway bandits now do the same job I was payed less than $1500 a month to perform. And they only gouge the tax payers low-mid six figures to perform the same task (SAIC,GE,SAP,Oracle,etc..). The day's of the low paid high performing enlisted programmer are part of history. Congress and the DOD will never willing cut off a funding source and perpetual wealth through the revolving contractor door.

Comment: Re:They shouldn't have immunity then (Score 1) 534

I have to agree. They are going to need to be prepared for civil/criminal prosecutions of the SWAT team members if they are claiming to be a corporation and not a law enforcement entity. Do they have all the requisite permits, local tax, zoning, etc... did they get a variance for explosive storage ... I believe not only in equal protection under the law, but equal prosecution under the law.

Comment: Re:How is that the security industry's fault? (Score 2) 205

Today during an architectural review.... (Architect) Where is the performance data? (Developer) I planned on doing that during a later sprint. (Architect) Can you guarantee that it will get done? (Developer) We can just roll this to production, it's not used anywhere. (Architect) facepalm, facepalm, facepalm....

Comment: Haven't they heard of "parallel construction" (Score 2) 240

by Kevin by the Beach (#47169871) Attached to: UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret
Maybe they haven't quite perfected the "parallel construction" that our intelligence agencies coach US law enforcement on. You need a good cover story that establishes probable cause so that you don't need to rely on illegally gathered intelligence as evidence. Ship them to GITMO I hear there are a couple empty bunks. That will allow you to avoid those pesky civil courts all together.

Comment: Re: the Putin stage (Score 1) 294

thank you, well said. I see other "good" that can be accomplished with this data. For example it places a copy of payroll information outside the "black box" of the IRS. so, a reasonable query would be "show me a list of people (including gender) who work for 'SOME BIG COMPANY' that have the same job title ordered by salary." I wonder how many class action lawsuits would come out of that :-)

Comment: Caveat emptor (Score 1) 185

by Kevin by the Beach (#47142067) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?
I agree that 35K users are not a statistically significant sample on a national scale. It may be possible that with adequate market segment size of renters in smaller geographic regions the numbers would be telling. (and compelling to a business associate) If you were upfront and explained that the free (included internet) had monitoring, redirection, and limitations included you shouldn't get in trouble. I don't know if you could achieve any economy of scale to compete with Comcast/AT&T, and they may even be one of your installed carriers... These monopolies have invested heavily in "Big Data" collection of their customer base and have their infrastructure installed in millions of homes today. So you could possibly partner with the big fish and provide some supplemental meta data upstream and lower your connection costs. In return if it's structured as a reciprocal agreement these partners may be willing to share their gathered intelligence with your organization.

Comment: A simple survey to get the conversation started. (Score 1) 224

I've noticed that the more thoughtful posts have involved the realization that once the conversation has been started the survey itself is meaningless. I agree that the visionary or golden questions like "what would you do if bandwidth wasn't an issue?" don't come about until somebody has already stated the obvious.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers