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Comment: Re:Ancient ruins (Score 2) 246

by Kittenman (#47652345) Attached to: I'd most like to (personally) explore:

Ancient ruins. Basically I want to be a wizard Indiana Jones.

With you there. I'd like to see Persepolis and Petra. I've lived in Rome, seen Athens -and the most amazing thing I've seen is Abu Simbel, in southern Egypt. Over two thousand years old, and it looks like the painters just nipped around the corner when they heard you coming.

Comment: Re:Hiring manager (Score 1) 637

by Kittenman (#47619461) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

I have two questions for my fellow Slashdoters: "Is this a common concern with new CS grads?" and, if so, "What can I do to supplement my Java-oriented studies?"

I'm a hiring manager. Not knowing low level absolutely counts against you in terms of breadth of knowledge. It generally isn't a deal breaker but it would be treated the same way as not knowing OS theory, not knowing database theory, not understanding algorithms design, or machine learning. Its a hole, you lose a few points and we move on with the interview. As far as it being common CS grads differ a great deal from school to school, the curriculum is not remotely uniform. A recent CS grad can vary tremendously in what they know and what areas the degree doesn't mean anything than they've had some classes in some computer stuff.

In terms of what you can do to supplement. Learn things unlike Java. Definitely at least one functional language and one procedural language so you have something other than OO programming. Learn a low level language and a very high level language. Languages can do double duty so for example Mathematica is very high level and functional while C or Assembler (better choice BTW) is low level and procedural.

I've been a hiring manager (well, a manager who's hired). In general I don't care about the amount of low-level a candidate knows, I'm more concerned about how he writes the program (if that is what I'm hiring him to do) and how he'll fit into the project. Does he know the language syntax. What sort of stuff has he written. What sort of problems has he had, how did he get around them. In real big-boy operating systems, memory management is left to the OS: I just need someone who knows to be careful of the resources. And writes good, clean, maintainable code

A car analogy. I don't care if you're able to tune the engine to get that last fluid ounce of petrol. Just keep an eye on the MPG and most importantly, don't crash.

Comment: Am I the only one around here ... (Score 1) 204

by Kittenman (#47611261) Attached to: Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker
There's two issues here;

1: Various US government departments may be doing something dodgy
2: Someone is leaking classified data to the wider population

Now, I've no opinion on the first one - I'm not a US citizen (though I class myself as a US sympathizer). If true, it's a thing for the citizens and the justice department. I hope the issue gets resolved, right prevails etc

But the second one is a security breach: the guy (whatever his intentions) has broken his contract with the company, and also the law. What documents get released to the wider public is not a matter for the individual - it's a matter for the owners of the data, according to the law.

And as someone who's hired staff in the past, I'd be less than impressed if someone admitted that he'd leaked data to the public because he thought it was the right thing to do. That's my call, not his. Or more likely my boss's. Or his boss's.

Comment: Re:My Review of the Union Street Guest House (Score 1) 183

by Kittenman (#47610893) Attached to: Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

I had my wedding reception catered at the Union Street Guest House last Saturday.

The Union Street Guest House required me to sign an agreement stating that I would forfeit a $500 fine to them if I post a negative review of their establishment.

Rather than lose $500, let me just say that I had my wedding reception catered at the Union Street Guest House last Saturday.

Why would you sign such an agreement? Wouldn't this wording have tipped you off that the place was a bit dodgy?

And, of course, all the best to you and partner.

Comment: Re:Case closed (Score 1) 127

by Kittenman (#47609961) Attached to: Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide

I've always wanted to go, just so I can say I have been. Also, Greenland has quite possibly the coolest flag in the world, next to Nepal. Also, Iceland is rather icy, especially in the middle. Like greenland.

If you just want to say that you've been, just say it. Optionally, add " not really". You'll need a better reason to go to physically go, as that involves money, effort and most likely discomfort.

And I reckon Wales has the best flag in the world. It's a &^%$%& Dragon, for god's sake!! How cool is that?

Comment: Re:No they cant. (Score 1) 151

by Kittenman (#47604357) Attached to: Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

Or "Snakes on a Plane". Which for some strange reason never made it to the inflight entertainment systems :-(

I saw "Memphis Belle" on a plane once, a few years ago. Some scenes were cut, but more because of the adult content than the planes being shot down.

1: This is pre Sep/11
2: This is pre seat-back entertainment systems, where everyone watched the same show on a screen at the front of the cabin
3: Yes I am that old

Comment: Re:No they cant. (Score 1) 151

by Kittenman (#47604345) Attached to: Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

I've seen this used in one of the Die Hard films. The attackers took over a news channel and transmitted fake video of the white house being blown up - easier than actually blowing it up, and just as effective at creating panic.

Surely people wouldn't believe it. I mean, who would want to blow up the White house?

Comment: Re:I wonder (Score 2) 162

by Kittenman (#47579229) Attached to: Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

That these breakdowns are lame excuses. If computers fails, have people forgot how to do the same process manually? It is better to halt all the flights than letting people through and risk "terrorists" flying? Are we that terrified?

You could just ask the questions that used to get asked back in the '50s. "Do you intend to bring down or otherwise defame the US government?"

Really. A UK humourist (Frank Muir?) wrote "Sole purpose of visit" on the form.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor