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Comment: Re:Very simple reason (Score 2) 377

by Leomania (#47250051) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

This.

The point made earlier by a poster regarding acceleration lag is very true, he described it perfectly. Other than that, the Prius is a great car. Mine has 160K miles on it and it runs the same as the day I bought it, and it has been more reliable than any other car I've ever owned (and I have owned many). Brake linings never replaced. Not a bunch of rattles and squeaks, although it's not the quietest care on noisy roads. I'm planning to take mine to 300K miles if at all possible, and I know others who feel the same - keep it as long as possible, there's no real reason to replace it.

Comment: Re:Education does not qualified make... (Score 1) 491

by Leomania (#46346471) Attached to: Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

Conspiracy may be too strong a word. Tech companies want to be able to hire in a buyer's market, which almost certainly requires a larger pool of talent to pick and choose from than would occur naturally. Having a position go unfilled for weeks or even months due to a lack of qualified talent isn't in their best interest, and if there's anything we can agree upon, it's that companies will always act in their perceived best interests.

That said, I must agree whole-heartedly with your statement regarding "qualified". Having participated in many phone screens and in-person interviews, it is astounding how much resume inflation goes on. If you say you know Perl, I'm going to ask you about it and ask you to write a short, easy script. Oh, you meant that you once ran a Perl script written by a co-worker? That's nice. And in most cases, when there's one inflated claim like that on the resume, there are more.

Beyond that, so many candidates say they know how to do something in particular - driver development, firmware, chip design/verification/layout, etc. But when you delve into the qualitative aspects of the job, many can only cover the mechanics of the tasks they perform -- they don't show more than a surface understanding of it. Yet they are already employed and have titles that have "Senior" in them, and they expect a raise and maybe even a better title.

The ratio of mediocre to "OMG this person really knows their shit!" talent is not nearly what I think it ought to be.

Comment: Re:What's with all the hostility? (Score 1) 437

by Leomania (#43000697) Attached to: World's First Bitcoin ATM

It's a mix of cryptography, freedom of speech, computing, networking, finance, economics, and even politics -- most of us here dig that stuff.

Yes, but we usually recognize things as belonging to one or more of these categories. For better or worse, trying to explain to the vast majority of the population what a Bitcoin is has been akin to saying "Play Minecraft for fun and profit!"

I don't think it's any more ludicrous for Bitcoin to have value than it is for gold to have value.

That's quite possibly fair. But if you buy into the theory that all of the gold on Earth was likely created during numerous supernova billions of years ago, you just might have a hard time comparing that to a Bitcoin.

Comment: Re:bullshit (Score 2) 1271

by Leomania (#39056751) Attached to: Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

You are unfortunately right. My father had a really nasty bout of shingles that laid him low last fall. I didn't see him for a couple of weeks during the worst of it, but he took a photo of what his shoulder looked like with the lesions and the discoloration caused by the silver-based topical medication prescribed by his doctor. I don't think a zombie ever looked as bad as that.

It laid him low, and he hasn't ever quite recovered. Chicken pox was nothing compared to this.

Comment: Comcast offers free bot infection for up to 7 PCs! (Score 1) 196

by Leomania (#33789214) Attached to: Comcast Warns Customers Suspected of Bot Infection

From Krebs' article:

Comcast also is offering free subscriptions to Norton Security Suite for up to 7 computers per customer — including Mac versions of the Symantec suite.

At least most bots have the decency to let you use your own computer. Norton (and in my experience, McAfee) security suites are much less inclined to leave enough free resources for that to be possible.

Comment: Some Buran Articles Online (Score 1) 226

by Leomania (#33724552) Attached to: Soviet Shuttle Buran Found In a Junk Heap

There's a good history of Buran over at Astronautix. First the article about the craft itself, another (with a lot of overlap) about the project, then a short piece about the Buran Analogue. A very good write-up with several good photos (sad ones at the end) over at Aerospaceweb.

If you've got some time to kill, you can find a Buran mock-up sitting at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Google Earth. Also the final resting place of the Buran that flew and the Energia reusable launch vehicle, but it's a little hard to locate.

Comment: Re:Harddisks (Score 1) 715

by Leomania (#33612142) Attached to: The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

I've had much reduced hardware failure since moving to only respected brand (mostly antec) PS + high quality power conditioning.

It's funny how varied people's experiences can be on certain brands. The most failed component I've ever seen (by a huge margin) is Antec PSUs. My company used Antec cases with their 350W SmartPower PSUs for years and I'd say that about 30 out of 40 went bad over the course of three years. At home, I burned through four Antec supplies in three different computers. The ones replaced on RMA then also burned out. I have never replaced a PSU of another brand once I moved away from Antec. Same story at work, PSUs of different brands used to replace the Antec supplies never failed.

If it hadn't happened to me personally, I would never have believed it. I love my Antec cases but I'll never buy another PSU from them.

Comment: Re:Hoooly crap... (Score 1) 819

by Leomania (#31103694) Attached to: Anti-Piracy Windows 7 Update Phones Home Quarterly

It's not as if there's no alternative if this happens. Pop in your live CD/DVD of a Linux distro, most people would be back online. Your data on the FAT32/NTFS filesystems can be read from within the Linux environment. Maybe your proprietary programs aren't there to access some of the data, but that's not blocking your communications. Those still forced to use dialup with their internal Winmodems, yes, their communications would be impacted. I suspect there are more people still forced to use dialup than we'd want in these "modern times".

Given how fast the geeks would get broadband-connected friends and family back online, I think you should be more concerned about the big ISPs being controlled. That's much more universal than just controlling ~85-90% of the PCs running a particular operating system.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 180

by Leomania (#30584066) Attached to: Adobe Flash To Be Top Hacker Target In 2010

I'm much more of a hardware (chip) guy than I'll ever be a software guy. I'd like to ask (honestly), how can Flash remain such a security nightmare? After all this time, all of the preceding versions of flash, how can vulnerabilities continue to be found in light of more scrutiny by the developers (code audits, bounds checkers, etc.)? I realize no complex piece of software is bug-free, but Flash (and of course, Acrobat Reader) have continuous vulnerability discoveries... must it be so forevermore?

The Internet

+ - Screencast: How to use OpenID

Submitted by
Simon Willison
Simon Willison writes "The OpenID standard for decentralised authentication is the online community's best chance at achieving single sign-on for web applications without conceding control to a single vendor. I've put together a five minute screencast demonstrating OpenID in action, released under a Creative Commons license. If you own your own domain name you can turn it in to an OpenID using just a couple of lines of HTML; no server-side component required."
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Journal: [faith] Twas the Night Before Christmas 2

Journal by GeckoFood

I received this in an email, and I think it sums up how I feel about the Christmas rush perfectly.

Twas the Night Nefore Christmas
(By Rev. Jon Prain)

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town
Not a sign of Baby Jesus was anywhere to be found.
The people were all busy with Christmas time chores -
Like decorating, and baking, and shopping in stores.

Microsoft

+ - Microsoft applies to patent RSS

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Cyvros
Cyvros writes "Microsoft has decided that it wants to patent RSS. The full patent application can be viewed here. Wired's Monkey Bites blog has also covered it.

From the Wired article:
Public outcry quickly followed since Microsoft had little if anything to do with the development of RSS. Dave Winer, the self-described inventor of RSS, lashed out via his blog claiming, "presumably they're eventually going to charge us to use it."

As an aside, it'll be interesting to watch just how Apple and the Linux/BSD crowd will react to this, especially if the patent is granted."

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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