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Comment SF86 implications (Score 4, Insightful) 122 122

If the number of affected users, via SF86 forms, is as large as reported the implications are enormous. These clearance request forms contain detailed information about the applicant, extended family, references, etc. Fingerprints just ice the cake.

Comment investing in your future (Score 4, Insightful) 583 583

Possibly off-topic but now that I am a very seasoned tech worker facing retirement starting investing in your future literally is my vote. There is nothing like time and compound interest so new grads, setup and contribute to that saving plan (401k, 403b). Pay yourself first, you will not regret it.

Comment Lived off desalinated for 2 years (Score 1) 332 332

Back in the 60's I lived on the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay Cuba and our water source was a desalination plant. Extra water was stored in a old ship anchored in the bay. The climate there is similar to SoCal, arid and mountainous. Sounds like a reasonable approach to take and should it rain stored desalinated water would provide a backup plan, which they need.

Comment Clear to me (Score 5, Informative) 609 609

Ms. Clinton can use her private server for anything personal anytime she wants. Her government business, especially cabinet level correspondence, must originate from a state.gov address. During my work for the DoD email messages had to be digitally signed with a government issued smart card (CAC) to provide authenticity. It's a tenant of best practices. I can't imagine the State Department not adhering to the same standard of security when doing the people's business.

Comment Late breaking and a three letter word (Score 2) 376 376

US Department of Defense. Before everyone tosses the healthcare.gov example as typical government failure, my experience as a DoD IT worker for the past 27+ years does not support that example. I currently work with a top tier group of virtualization engineers, any of which a corporation or startup would be fortunate to have on their payroll.

Comment Re:1983 was not the "punched card era" (Score 2) 230 230

Depends on location and means. I took some programming classes at a NC public university in 1983 where we used punch cards for FORTRAN 77 programs which were batched and sent to the mainframe in Chapel Hiill for overnight processing. One job/run per day was normal. It paid to be a careful programmer.

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