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Comment Holy crap people!!! (Score 1) 145

I read the whole article. From what I read, I can summarize this as :

Two people with insane amounts of money and accountable to no one decide to spend their money trying to solve problems by taking a new approach. Their approach spans from :
  - Trial and error with greater agility than a government or classic foundation can achieve
  - Brute force of attacking illnesses on a gigantic scale hoping to eradicate them and maybe then focus on helping people live healthier following being able to simply live to begin with.
They are also accused of being know-it-alls and people can't tell if they're altruistic or if they're evil and trying to take over the world by trying to solve problems governments seem to fail to solve on their own.

I'm sure I missed a few, but whether I'm a fan of the Gateses or note is irrelevent.If they are a bunch of greedy power hungry assholes, it doesn't matter to me. A long as they are in fact trying to solve problems. We need more people who are like them.

BTW... the cure for poverty in my opinion is better education. I believe the small schools effort (probably a bad idea) had a pretty good intent which is that the transition itself would make things like new books and cleaner classrooms available to students. It would disrupt the system and the reversion to the traditional system would require the government to invest to support the transition back. It's not a great answer to any problems, but it did give schools run by generally lethargic administration a kick in the ass for a while. The failure of this experiment probably ended up being part of the solution to the problem itself.

As for Common Core... that's purely political as to what you go with. Common Core was at least an attempt to standardized a system and make better teaching materials available. I'm not in favor of it and I've had to teach my children math properly to compensate for the massive short-comings in the common core way of handling problems. But I didn't simply discount it, I evaluated it, learned it and felt it was a considerable hindrance from my son and daughter learning more advanced mathematics.

Comment Anti-Jedi Sentiment? (Score 1) 296

In two years, my son will have a confirmation in a church. A Church is a wooden building with a big statue of skinny dead guy (generally believed to be white and British) dangling from a cross run by a man wearing a dress for those of you who didn't know. He will have a confirmation because drinking some wine, eating a cookie and getting paid large sums of money to put on a stage performance where no one sees anything but his back is not a bad gig for a kid if he/she can get it. I remember being in a school play where I pretended to be a great roman leader. I figure my kid can pretend to be a Christian for 10 minutes. Besides, it'll make his grandparents happy and they're very old an deserve to hope for at least one child who might believe in things like Santa Claus and invisible super-beings who can create entire universes in 7 days but can't make British comedy funny.

I am forced to wonder however if the placement of these ads, while harmless in themselves are being rejected mainly for the same reasons the Anglican Church threw a tantrum over Harry Potter. I remember them being hell-bent against Harry Potter because it made witches seem to be good.

Now, a new film which from the trailers leads me to feel like it's a film based heavily on reintroducing the Jedi "religion" to a new generation in a culture of heathens who seem somewhat similar to English pagans. While I'm far to lazy to Google it, I recall reading that the Jedi Church has quite a few members in England. While the majority of members joined it to simply list a religion as their association which wasn't an actual religion, this movie could seem very threatening to the Anglican Church.

To be fair though, watching an advertisement about what I still believe must be the absolute silliest and meaningless tradition of most religions... prayer that is, it's pretty harmless in itself.

I wonder however if we should worry about the next real issue which would be that this would in fact open the door for the English Church of the Jedi sponsored advertisement should be allowed to also remind people to vote... or donate money to charities like Make a Wish. Something like "If you were a member of the Church of the Jedi, instead of paying for wine and cookies and candles, you could direct your tax money to meaningful charities like ...."

At the end maybe a silly joke like "You'll still have to pay for men in dresses"

Comment Re:Speechless (Score 1) 291


What I don't understand is why anyone with half a brain would want this. It would be like saying "We want more straight guys to consider becoming hair dressers". This is InfoSec, as a career path, it's right up there with used car sales and hair dresser.

I was at a hair dresser in San Diego about a year ago and some whacko woman cutting my hair... and trust me, I've never seen a person take this type of job so seriously, she was religious about it... well she spent half an hour trying to force to to change shampoos. She went on and on about how this one has this chemical and that one has another. I didn't want to be rude, but several times, she was simply naming the chemical with the biggest words and assumed they must be the active ingredients of the shampoos. She didn't really have any idea what each one of them did. She just assumed that if it was the biggest word, it must be important.

This is how I see InfoSec. I've met people who have obtained Ph.D.s in Infosec and they can't tell you about how anything they're trying to secure works. They love to spew off an endless list of big words they use with little regard to their real meanings, but they sound really intelligent when they do so... unless of course you know what it means.

Securing information requires understanding how it is stored and accessed. This means, programmers and network engineers (or ideally someone with genuine experience with both) is required to make a infosec person. But sadly, because of the bad reputation infosec has, I can't think of any people with the skillset that would be interested in such a step down.

The article mentions that women are far better represented in real subjects like science, mathematics and engineering. I regularly tell teenage girls that are looking for career advice they should go for a real science, not computer science or IT... but instead something like chemistry, physics, math, etc... and the reason for this is that they require the benefits of a stereotypical female mind. They are disciplines and in effect require discipline which men rarely have. Men often win all the love and awards for the accomplishments in these fields and often that's because of the reckless nature they take to achieve their results, but the real work in these fields is almost always done by people who can work without insisting on always starting a pissing contest about everything. Testosterone just doesn't really fit in fields that require disciplined intelligence.

Let's also point out that in most cases, InfoSec, IT in general, programming and often electronic engineering almost never (with the exception of bio tech) have any value to the world. It's not like curing diseases or creating a new non-toxic emulsifier for epoxy resin. I know every time I write a line of code, it has absolutely no value to the world in general. Math, science and physics generally tend to make a real difference or at least have a much better chance to make a difference.

Comment What's the story? (Score -1, Flamebait) 86

Is there some point to this? I'm pretty sure Steam has considerably more and will be shocked if Apple TV doesn't pass that in a few weeks.

Console = archaic device we needed because computers weren't powerful enough to play games and because abstraction layers like game engines targeting other abstraction layers like OpenGL or DirectX wasn't plausible. These devices are now sold primarily to users lacking the brainpower to use a mouse or to people desperate to play a game that only exists on a platform that costs too much and is far too slow.

I guess some people think they're nifty. Strange.

Comment HPs failure summarized (Score 4, Insightful) 198

HP went to hell in a basket because the board of directors keeps hiring McKinsey style business idiots to run the company. As a result, they by or merge with company after company and with the exception of their 20 year forey into the memristor which even today has yet to happen, they have absolutely no concept of innovation or market leadership. They for lack of a better term are a huge beige box vendor which tries to beige box everything they touch.

I think the biggest and most impressive effort they've made in a really long time to be part of something bigger was the Itanium processor project with Intel. But sadly, whether it was them, Intel or both, Itanium failed because developers couldn't afford to get one.

If you look closely at the list of CEOs that HP has had over the past 15 years, every one of them is someone that loves the word "synergize" and was hired by the board of directors to increase the value of their shares with absolutely no respect for the company itself. They probably all hang out on yachts filled with hookers talking about how great HP is without having the first clue as to what HP actually makes.

Comment Re:Leftists are insane (Score 5, Interesting) 585

To be fair, anyone who identifies themselves as leftist or rightist are utter idiots. Intelligent people evaluate each issue individually and make choices (if necessary) to address those issues based on what they believe is the most productive and constructive (or in some cases, the easiest) option.

The real problem isn't the left or the right... it's the left AND the right and every other damn option out there.

While I am entirely aware I risk making the same mistake, you apparently have a gift of making impressively stupid comments without applying thought or reason to what you say and instead simply spout some populist nonsense that is little more than finger pointing.

Take responsibility for yourself, this article identifies a REAL problem. The problem is, we've (I am not even in America, yet I recognize "WE" is accurate) have established a "civilization" that contains some very clear and identifiable problems.
  1) There are knuckle-draggers in our higher education system that clearly are in desperate need of an education but are also clearly not likely to obtain one as they have shown they're as ignorant as you by stereotyping based on some trait they believe makes another person less than they are... based on a group... which generally has no actual genuinely common characteristics.
  2) There are fools in the higher education system who lack the intelligence to simply ignore the knuckle-draggers and steer clear of them if needed. While I can't identify from the article if the targets of the hate-speech are those who are complaining, I will assume at least a few of them are. The fools (like yourself and likely me for rising to the bait) making the hateful comments are a waste of time, food and air. What they say has utterly no relevance to anything. These fools who take offense to knuckle-draggers making such comments are a major problem.
  3) There are fools who seem to believe the solution to the problem is to try and hide it. People who I don't believe are left, right, lib, conservative, etc... but instead are truly the most dangerous people I know, the PC enforcement crowd have identified a long list of causes they "feel strongly about". They want to the be the mommies of us all and instead of attempting to identify and resolve the issues progressively... devising an intelligent solution, they instead want to make us cover our ears and eyes and pretend like it will go away if we just sweep it under the rug and come up with punishments for people who say naughty things.

Fact 1) Thank goodness for the Internet... Racism is 100x better today than it was 10 years ago. Racists who talk on Facebook and Twitter have been learning that they have lots in common with all those people they used to hate for skin color and religion and now have learned that they can hate people no matter what their skin color or religion. So as a result, now a formerly racist person who desperately needs to believe that some group of people must be responsible for why their lives aren't better... they can point fingers at all kinds of other groups of people. It's like Christmas in July.

Fact 2) We don't need mommies and we really don't need PC enforcers. It's better to simply avoid/ignore people who we find offensive. Which leads us to...

Fact 3) People like you are a waste of time to make any effort on. It's just simply built into your system to pick some group to blame without actually even taking the time to identify whether those people are in fact a group or not. There is nothing me or any other person could say to teach you to think intelligently and objectively about each scenario and then make productive recommendations. Which leads us to ....

Fact 4) Finger pointers really aren't a necessity and are actually generally not even wanted. We have Fox, CNN, ABC and BBC to do that for us... we don't need anyone else to do it. I tend to find the shows on the news networks tend to spend a lot of time constructing groups of people who agree with each other to point fingers at groups they disagree with and make one-sided comments which are completely ridiculous about things they clearly don't understand. Occasionally, there's a session where they invite a guest from the opposition to debate with. It is very rare we take the time to try and communicate with each other and learn to respect each others opinions and work together.

P.S. - I am an American an I recently registered for the first time in my life to vote. I honestly dislike all the candidates for the presidential election this time around. I have chosen to vote for Donald Trump because I believe very strongly that the president should be a representative of the people. Obama made an honorable attempt over his 8 years to represent the people and he even did a good job representing many of them. I believe he is a very man with a very good heart and just like his predecessors like Bush and Clinton etc... did the best they could to their abilities. Oddly, I don't believe Trump is a good person, but he clearly represents the other part of the country better than anyone ever has. If we leave the country in the hands of a representative of only part of the people for too long, then only part of the people will be represented. People like yourself desperately need a chance to be heard by someone who thinks like you. As such, I will vote for him to help ensure the balance of representation stay in tact.

P.P.S. - It really doesn't matter which one I vote for, I don't believe anyone who is willing to do what it takes to become president can properly represent me, my beliefs or my needs. So I prefer to use my vote to help make sure that everyone has a chance to be heard.

Comment Re:"No Explosion" (Score 1) 216

What I doubt is the appropriateness of choosing to refer to it by stating "narrowly averting what could have been an explosion". While your argument is clearly appropriate, even your explanation states " (a few percent of all hypothetical impact/fire scenarios)". To me, as a person who believes the roulette wheel is mathematically and tested and proven to favor the house by adding only one green slot, until we hit 50/50, I consider such journalism questionable nonsense written by a fool who can't be bothered to research.

Comment outsourcing banking support? (Score 4, Interesting) 602

I live in Norway where one of the largest banks moved their IT operations out of the country to TCS (think Tata) and I immediately changed banks.

I have some little problems with outsourcing banking... especially to India.

Laws in different countries are different and enforced differently than they are in your own country. If you've ever visited India and spent any time there, you would know that one dishonest person in the flock can grab a bunch of money and run like hell and never be found. India is huge, has language/communications issues between villages and an enterprising criminal would never be caught.

India is also the country which brings us "Windows Care" and other similar companies which are call centers to scam people. They call your house (sometimes up to 5 times a day) and make threats and intentionally misrepresent themselves as Microsoft. After tracking their IP addresses to a registered company (it has changed again) and calling their local police department to report racketeering and international wire fraud charges, I was informed that :
  1) Gartner (when paid by Symantec) reported that 90% of all computers are infected by a virus
  2) As such, if you're willing to pay the $300 and give them access to your computer to install anti-virus, it's perfectly reasonable to assume there's a 90% chance they're performing a good service for you.
  3) It is not illegal in India to claim you're someone you're not unless it infringes the cast system.
  4) Thank you for calling... please don't let the door hit you on the ass as you leave.

Would your nations money in the hands of a company located in a country which provides you no recourse against criminal activities taken against you so long as they can provide some convoluted logic as to how they're helping you?

Comment Am I the only one... (Score 1) 120

That tends to buy more books because of Google books? I can honestly say that because of Google books, I can find better what I'm looking for.

Sadly, I'm far more freaked about how dependent I've become on Google for DNS, maps, books, translate, etc... than I ever was on Microsoft. I sometimes find myself trying intentionally to use Microsoft just to cut the cord.

Comment Will Israel pay their part with... (Score 1) 145

U.S. Taxpayer money? Seems to me it wasn't that long ago that Israel begged America fo a bunch of money to buy missiles to level a Palestinian city. If they can't afford bombing people who should be their friends and brothers, what good would they be for helping with space exploration?

Comment OUCH!!! (Score 3, Informative) 325

I'll start by answering your question. Use GIT. It's the most widely supported system at this time and it works really well.

Next let me be a typical slashdot asshole that makes abrasive comments that may be well intended by will come off as being a dick. I'll explain that I already see endless problems coming from this.

If you're working with a team of 10-15 developers who all lack experience with version control, you have a major problem with out-of-date programmers and you're throwing them into a hell called Python. If you generally accomplish projects using C and LabView, the developers you have more than likely lack a modern development skill set and coding in a language like Python will produce some of the worst code ever written. If C is like shooting yourself in the leg and C++ is like blowing the whole damned leg off, Python is like dropping a nuke. You will have an endless supply of options for writing terribly bad code in the worst ways possible. The only redeeming feature will be it will have nice uniform spacing.

I would highly recommend doing what always works best which is to hire a Python developer with good GIT skills that can lay the majority of the foundation of the project and create a uniform set of standards of coding for the project and then bring the other developers on 3 at a time and perform constant code review. Focus heavily on test driven development and use a system like SCRUM for lifecycle management. If you want to teach old dogs new tricks, don't just throw them in the fire and tell them to figure it out. The programming paradigms are so drastically different between your old method and new that without some sort of leader with experience, it will turn out to be a disaster and jungle of crap code. I personal avoid Python projects not because the language is bad, but instead because they tend to be like this.

You should of course know by now that if you are traditionally a LabView shop, you're going to sacrifice a massive number of really important features to save a buck. Python has great support too multi-threading but it's not an awesome environment for event driven programming like LabView is. You of course can accomplish all the same things, but even with the thousands of toolkits/libraries out there, you'll have to write the entire underlying architecture yourselves and you'll lose almost all visualization you've come to depend on.

Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 1) 217

I actually had a great rant about this only earlier today while public speaking.

I like to ask a room full of 'engineers' (IT guys) to solve the following :

If a rectangle has a perimeter of 30 and one side is twice as long as another, how long are the sides?

I'm pretty sure I took this question from a story on Slashdot or The Register about how they interview ivy league students and found only 30% could solve it. The reason for this is obviously that once we think we don't need something anymore, we forget it. So once their SATs are passed, all their math pours out of their heads.

The results I get are scary and of course expected. I've had rooms of 20 'engineers', some recent graduates from 'great universities' who actually had to think about it. My son at 11 years old solved it in his head in about 12 seconds and could explain clearly why.

I've use this question to make an obvious point which is that very little of our education after the 4th grade has any meaning at all. Most of it if retained has little value to the overwhelming majority other than trivia. I estimate that 99.995% of all students required to learn polynomials in high school have absolutely no idea how or where to apply them to any applied task. The education in polynomials for the masses is an obscene waste of time. As for history and literature... all one needs to do is what Fox or CNN to realize that even the guys who should have studied these don't have any idea how to apply their educations to their work.

I also brought up that my nephew told me he couldn't take home economics because of lack of teachers. I was highly disappointed since I consider that class possibly the most important class they ever taught in high school. It teaches us how to actually manage our lives, prepare food, control portions, increase our families physical activities, manage our personal finances, repair our clothing... when we did things the proper American way which is all f-ing wrong and way overboard in the 60s and bras were burned and women felt the only way out of the barefoot/pregnant role was to reject all forms of "women's work" instead of the more intelligent method which is "Teach your sons and daughters household management" instead of just your daughters, we actually lost the knowledge required to manage a home and family.

Schools really need to make home ec a 4 year course and include household carpentry,

Comment Re: Continuum - Finally (Score 1) 88

Nope. They did not advertise a Windows PC in your pocket.

There was also Playbook which was the most poorly designed device ever.

The only really bad part of this device is that it runs universal apps. I'm coding one now and am finding file system access poorly documented and confusing. Pretty sure I'll sort it out

Comment Re:Hope.... (Score 1) 142

What choice were they given? And let's be fair, I don't see most other countries doing any better. We single out the US because they're the loudest and they do the best to make the elections reality TV show worthy. As a sad result, all they get is reality TV worthy candidates. If you compare it to anything, modern democratic elections world wide are nothing more than a reality TV elimination style series to choose members for a "professional wrestling" style battle royal.

We want the candidate with the greatest ability to talk smack about the opposition to represent our team. We choose presidents based on the team they support and if we're lucky, they will be the loudest person in the arena (think congress for example) who will provide the greatest entertainment to the spectators when verbally bitch slapping the opposition. When we're really lucky, we can experience a feat of amazing physical prowess and watch a 90 year old read a book for several hours to perform the major bitch slap called the filibuster.

I can honestly say, every candidate running for president this year more or less lacks even basic job qualifications for actually leading the country. In my personal opinion, I believe that Trump should win since I've never in my life seen a candidate who represents the majority of the American people so completely. Bigotry, hate, fear, entitlement, etc... oddly, I don't believe other countries are much better, but the Americans are publicly taking pride in their Nazi style mob mentality now. Even the "nice" candidates are spreading the hate pretty well... so this guy points at the Mexicans, that guy at the Chinese.

I'm not a huge dooms day kinda fella, but I've been considering stocking food supplies heavily to attempt to survive the fallout from when Trump becomes president. I live in Norway now, but we can already feel the ripples of it.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.