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Comment Everyone makes $1,000,000 mistakes (Score 2) 377

During a panel discussion with very senior technical leads, the question came up: "How many of you have made a $1,000,000 mistake?"

Every single one raised their hand. This was a very large semi-conductor company, and everyone had been involved in at least one instance where bad masks were made because a check was skipped or step was botched in the design flow.

I worked on a chip design where it took six design revs to get clean masks. All five of the prior revs had avoidable (human) errors during the design and build process.

Pay me now (in time running checks) or pay me later (in nre: non-recoverable expense) for bad hardware.

Comment Discriminated against vs entitled (Score 2) 429

I think you're confusing two very different things.

Asking to be judged based upon your actual skills, and asking to have your experience valued, is not the same thing as being entitled.

I had an ex-coworker who was interviewing, and when the interviewer looked over his publication and patents, all they could say was "Gee, some of these were a long time ago."

IMHO (seeing a number of laid off friends job hunt), two things work against you as an older developer. One, if you haven't kept your skills up - that's on you. We call it "Resume-Driven Design." You need to learn and use new languages and libraries (i.e. javascript libraries). Most of us (I'm mid-50's) started in an age when companies hired talent and developed skills. Now it's about hiring skills (a more ADHD hiring process given the accelerating pace of change). Two, companies want to be fast and agile. Experience and perspective ("I've got a life" or "I've got a family") work against you in that environment. They perceive (rightly or wrongly) that older employees won't have the "run through walls" mentality that they're looking for. ... and don't discount the cultural differences. The Wall Street Journal had an article yesterday about a company that segregates its Millennials in a "Kids Table" area, because of tensions over work styles and maturity/immaturity.

Comment Re:Do you have a right to have secrets? (Score 1) 107

> Then why do you argue like attacking some other country's network is any less barbaric than attacking their "real" infrastructure?

Actually, I'm in agreement that a cyber attack could be very bad, potentially as bad or worse than a physical attack. However, proving who was responsible may be impossible (to the burden of proof necessary to justify a military response.)

> The lack of civilized behavior which speaks from your notion of "every country for themselves" is appalling.

Whether you agree or disagree, countries spying on each other has been around since antiquity. Is it "right"? That really does depend on which side you're on. The British breaking Enigma and reading Nazi codes was almost certainly "right", unless you were a member of the German Navy and your U-Boat was sunk, in which case it was cheating?

Was China's (presumed) hacking of US companies for economic espionage "right"? We in the US see it as cheating (stealing intellectual property), I'm sure China has a justification that they see as completely valid.

If I can make a completely sarcasm free recommendation, look up the ethical theory of Cultural Relativism.

Comment Re:They allow their spooks to break into any syste (Score 2) 107

It looks like the burden of proof for combat actions will always exceed the proof that can be obtained from computer forensics.

Further, the likelihood of taking action is inversely proportional to the capabilities of the enemy. The US (for example) has no issue with bombing a third-world country, but would not take combat actions against Russia or China for cyber-crime. For all anyone knows, the evidence was entered in emacs by Spooks at the CIA to make it look like it was China. That's completely different than (for example) capturing a US spy ship (North Korea in the 60's).

Comment Do you have a right to have secrets? (Score 5, Insightful) 107

Spying on another country has always been "illegal" in the country that is the target. It's "spying". A sovereign state doesn't have to follow the laws of another country.

The deeper (and IMHO more interesting) question is "Are you permitted to have secrets from your own government?"

It's up to you and your government to protect yourself from other governments. But what about your own? That's the [real] question we've been debating for the last several years (i.e. AS ... After Snowden).

Comment Why not just deliver it yourself? (Score 4, Interesting) 296

This strikes me as either silly (very James Bond), or an indication that Cisco doesn't even trust its own employees.

Otherwise, why wouldn't Cisco just hand deliver the items using its own employees.

Taking this cloak-and-dagger approach implies that if anyone at Cisco knows who's receiving the hardware, then it is at risk, meaning that Cisco is compromised and knows it.

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