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Comment: Re:I like the open plan (Score 1) 314

by Mahldcat (#46046909) Attached to: Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office
They went over to this where I work (I call this the bullpen arrangement), and my biggest initial complaint was the managers were not in the bullpen with the rest of us. Thankfully at least some of the higher level execs had the wisdom to say "no that is not going to fly" and made them change it the offices are "break out/mini conference rooms"....

Comment: Easier to spoof? (Score 1) 262

by Mahldcat (#44318713) Attached to: "Smart Plates" Could Betray California Drivers' Privacy
It strikes me...wouldn't enterprising people figure out ways to spoof/clone the signals sent out in some manner? What is scary is given the nature of how these systems get implemented + human soon before they also accuse somebody of something based entirely on the data collected by these "smart plates" versus actual eyeballs on target? Now the best thing in my book if this were to go through? Figure out how to spoof the plates, and target all of those folks who sponsored and approved the bill, make it look like they had a habit of visiting the most odious of places, and then leak that data to the press...

Comment: An appropriate consequence? (Score 1) 215

by Mahldcat (#43610889) Attached to: Alaskan Middle Schoolers Phish Their Teachers
Mentioned they haven't thought of how they will take action against the students? Article mentioned that the school had to collect the 300+ computers to be cleaned (and I'm guessing reimaged). I'd really love it if the school shows they were REALLY wise, and made the response action back an apology to both the teachers they phished along with the IT crew who are now goign to have to scan/clean the rigs. Further, make these kiddos come in on the weekend/after school to help on that scan/clean effort (BUT with a choice---N hours working with the IT dept to clean up the mess, or N*4 hours in standard "sit on your backside and do nothing detention). This way they see there is a tangible impact (" I have to spend this time cleaning this mess up, when I'd rather be doing something else on a weekend/after school"), but at the same time in a way that they may actually learn something (working with IT), and in some cases perhaps spin their activities towards something more positive?

Comment: Re:Did this already, was asked to stop. (Score 1) 505

LOL...somewhat reminds me of what a friend mentioned her son did...he went on a field trip that had about a 3-4 hour bus trip. She gave him $20 for his meals. When he returned from the trip, he gave her the $20 back, and said that he turned on the tethering option on his phone and charged his fellow students $5 to access his wifi node.

Comment: Navy uses this as well... (Score 1) 67

by Mahldcat (#42625779) Attached to: Tiny Pill Relays Body Temperature of Firefighters In Real-time
Was watching Surviving the Cut, season 2 episode 1, and they mentioned that during some of the more arduous swims in open water, they have the service members swallow this pill that transmits core body temp, heart rate etc so that the medics can monitor them while they complete their mission.

Comment: Re:Dying gasps (Score 2) 535

by Mahldcat (#42511015) Attached to: C Beats Java As Number One Language According To TIOBE Index
Background wise I'm similar background--I learned on Basic first (on a Commodore 128 and Apple IIgs), and then formal training in college was C++ for basic fundamentals, and then they migrated you into C ASAP, which is in and of itself important... Now....I don't use C in my day to job (one of the few that use both Java and C#), and would honestly hate having to work in C (or even C++), however I also have a LOT better understanding of what is going on under the hood (memory management and pointers (and the related topics like function pointers, pass by ref/pointer vs value)) versus if I were only taught in a high level language such as C# or Java. This is also becoming more and more clear since I'm mentoring a colleague who is also in a program that starts out in C#...Had a really horrendous time trying to explain to him what a delegate what since he had zero knowledge of a function pointer, nor did he know about the C# ref directive. Finally ended up telling him that he would be VERY wise to at least take an elective in how to code in C because of these knowledge gaps.....

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