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Comment: My experience (Score 4, Interesting) 392

by Killer Instinct (#47919869) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
If you can get a job in the field you would like, then it doesn't matter. How you go about getting the first job isn't clear (or wasnt clear to me at first) but here is how I did it. I got a job as a very very low paid software tech (under $10/hr in the mid '90s), then met a contractor who told me about contracting. I sent out 20-30 resumes to job shops (used CE Weekly). Got my first job (1800 miles away) as a contract systems engineer. Talked my new boss out there into letting me code. 6 months later was hired as a contract software engineer back at the place I originally started as a software tech. The rest is history. Have almost 20 years experience now. And I have no colleg or university degree. So i'm not so sure it matters what degree you have, as long as you can code and understand technical problems and solve them not just patch them(engineering). A degree probably makes it 100% easier to get that first job, BUT its not the only way.. (hence the type of degree wont/doesnt matter)

Comment: Re:From someone who *was* in healthcare IT (Score 1) 150

by Killer Instinct (#47834451) Attached to: Hackers Break Into
BTW, one of the sites i worked for was located in the same terremark data center, in culpepper virginia, as was hosted in. I was able to get it moved to a different host finally. But terremark, i believe, still hosts as tight as a whales ass..bunch of old web applicances tied together with yarn and chicken wire....assume everything you type into is being sent directly to ISIS and you probably wont be to disappointed when only a few script kiddies and the NSA have your data

Comment: From someone who *was* in healthcare IT (Score 2) 150

by Killer Instinct (#47834385) Attached to: Hackers Break Into
I am not posting this AC cause I dont care, you need to know..,.I just left the healthcare IT industry after 4 years...because security was a sham. It was up to me, the admin, to go on my own and secure everything. I had to do this after hours, on my on time, cause during the core business hours I had to do releases, stand up more servers, baby sit the dev's, fix customer SSO issues, etc. Developers run the web sites..dont believe me..well try to get Ruby devs to change the code ruby auto generates from "Select * from users" to only select the user. Try to make the DB not return a query formed like that. try to break the tables apart so when the code is trying to verify a user who is loggin in, the same row doesnt contain EVERYTHING about them.The devs shit bricks and bitch they cant meet schedule... cause THATS HOW RUBY WANTS IT (or java to some extent). and these are the devs on US soil. the ones in india dont really care, they get paid by the hour, a low amount, so why not argue over shit like this for weeks and miss schedule and drive up the cost(their income) I have worked for two large healthcare websites, that currently hold around 100+ million US users PHI data, and the systems are not as secure as they should be. If they were targeted, they would fold. I know because for some long periods of time i was the ONLY admin at these sites. when i try to lock some things down, ruby or java broke. The customer wants a new feature, by next week, then we did it. Customers like CVS pharmacy, Cigna, Humana. Not to mention the the majority of US companies are going towards a tele-health option for their employees. So when YOU get that letter in the mail saying you now havea tele-health option, guess what, we already have ALL your personal data, from your employer.. whether you choose to sign up or not. Im not saying telehealth is a bad idea, just that in today's society, profit drives everything, security is way down the list of priorities...and as these breaches continue to happen, remember it is not THE ADMINS fault...we can only do so much. yes this is Obamas fault, he is like the CEO. every CEO i have worked for has been more concerned with profit, schedule, capabilities then securing YOUR data.

Comment: Re:Anarchist Cookbook (Score 1) 231

by Killer Instinct (#47829261) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?
ah the good ole days. We got caught using primers (the kind in pistol ammo) as loads for our sling shots. I once set one off, in Elementary school, using a thumb tack and the chair leg. Cracked the tile, bent the leg. Was sent to principles office, got reprimanded. They tried to suspend me for violating the student handbook rule of not bringing a firearm to school... Which I argued I did not bring a firearm, its a primer.... the next year there was a change to the handbook. But back to tech, I tried a lot of things on the computer (TI99 4/a then a C64) back in the day when I was learning/experimenting. Once I was on a gov't computer looking around (never did any harm) and the sysop asked me to not get log on anymore. That was the extent of punishment/security back in the day. And for the record, I did not log back in to that system...

Comment: Re:Education (Score 1) 612

by Killer Instinct (#41517301) Attached to: Ask Steve Wozniak Anything
I had hoped by now we would have computers in the classroom teaching, with teachers available to answer the questions various students had along the way. My kids are a lot like me in school, bored out of their mind most of the time. (although they seem to not get in as much trouble as i did) And it seems like the class material is being watered down to help with the gap between various students range of understanding, but that really hurts everyone.
As a follow up question...Would computers presenting material at the speed of each students understanding be at least a small step towards " when a computer becomes conscious and caring and becomes the best friend that each student wants to be with.." And if so, what is the biggest hurdle of getting a system like that in place? Hardware costs? Software costs? Voter apathy towards education?

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson