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Comment: Re:Remove access ASAP (Score 3, Insightful) 208

Removing access immediately is important for 2 reasons. The first is obviously security. Then 2nd is figuring out what he does & making sure somebody else has that access & knowledge.

Beat me to it. When I saw "finishing up projects," that immediately raised a red flag. All projects should immediately be turned over to other staff, and the short termer can watch over their shoulders and answer any questions. It may make sense to let them keep email and IM during the time, and maybe even read-only to code to help look up issues. But that's about it.

For me it's not about security of the company. It's security of the person leaving, so that they can't get blamed for breaking something during that time. But the most important thing is knowledge transfer. Two weeks is a very short time to document all the little things that were picked up during their tenure.

My biggest complaint recently has been people leaving without proper knowledge transfer. Even after I emailed managers on that point, and was told to try to stop scheduling meetings with him. "He's too busy." Sigh. Now I'm left picking up the mess he left behind.

Comment: Re:Shitty Deal? (Score 2) 159

Yeah, MS spent a copious amount of dollars developing a clean, efficient, and practical framework. They're being generous by not only continuing to develop it with all sorts of modules and internal testing, but expand it to other platforms.

Generous? I don't think you are using that word correctly. If anything, MS is using this as a means of increasing market share. If that happens, they will come out with the next proprietary version to trap people into. Don't go thinking that MS ever does anything for the "common good."

Comment: Re:software dev vs programmer (Score 1) 134

by Princeofcups (#49376521) Attached to: IT Jobs With the Best (and Worst) ROI

Yeah it makes no sense. They have separate categories for Software Engineer, Programmer, and Software Developer. They are the same job, although often they have slightly different connotations in that in some organizations the word engineer has more prestige than programmer but it varies.

Pretty much useless... a distinction that makes no different at best. Even if some pedant comes along and says "a software engineer has XX degree and a programmer has YY degree" it is still meaningless because these types of distinctions are not generally agreed upon.

But that's why all three are listed. Companies that post may have different names for pretty much the same job, but the posters have to find a matching title. I don't see what the problem is.

Comment: Re:Totally agree with Bechdel (Score 0) 515

by Princeofcups (#49330743) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

It was a joke. Which is all this idiotic topic deserves. The Bechdel test makes some (although not much) sense for a movie, where the characters and dialog are the whole point. But for a software project? Why should I care about the gender of who wrote the software I am using?

That is the crux of the problem, that you do not care. To you this is unimportant, and should not matter. You are incapable of believing that it COULD matter. You dismiss it, instead of trying to understand how it could be important. And while the majority of the "geek community" is so positive that their worldview is so perfect and right and just that it is silly to think otherwise, nothing will change.

Start with the concept that it IS important. Try to imagine that. Then you may be able to get out of your tiny little shell of superiority, and lean about the rest of the world.

Comment: Narcissism and Sociopathy (Score 1) 140

by Princeofcups (#49286637) Attached to: Gates: Large Epidemics Need a More Agile Response

Narcissism and sociopathy are probably the most harmful diseases currently known to man, leading directly to wholesale slaughter, destruction of the environment, rampant poverty, etc. The sooner that we can put people like the referenced into a controlled medicated environment where they can no longer have such a negative affect on the world the better.

Comment: Re:Shouldn't that be sign? (Score 4, Informative) 93

Is the vulnerability described in the article applicable only to older versions of MacOS/X, or has the researcher found a way around that test?

Quoting the article: "It’s not a point-and-click exploit – the attacker will need to get on the same network as the target Mac, either through a breach or by sharing the same public Wi-Fi access point, and then inject a vulnerable but legitimate application and make some purely cosmetic changes to the appearance of the .dmg (virtual installer disk) file when mounted."

Sounds pretty theoretical at this point. I don't see the "reliable technique of Shared Library replacement" that the summary declares.

Comment: Fake Login Time (Score 1) 340

It's time to start hacking our phone to have two accounts, one that you use, and one that is pretty much blank. When they ask you to unlock, it shows them the blank one. No information there, sorry. Same thing with laptops. Make sure that you're logged into the guest account when you pass security.

Comment: Re:What about the race of the escapee? (Score 1, Insightful) 251

by Princeofcups (#49182139) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

Blacks ignoring whites is not racist.

Orientals ignoring whites is not racist.

Arabs ignoring whites is not racist.

Indians ignoring whites is not racist.

Whites ignoring anyone else is racist. Whites are guilty by default. End of story.

Feel threatened much? :-)

Comment: Re:you care more for your own kind, its science! (Score 1) 251

by Princeofcups (#49181569) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

They did this study with kids and dolls in the 80s.

We are programmed to prefer our own kind and ethnicity.

Its a tribal thing that protected man for hundreds of thousands of years..

Political correctness morons want to call it racism but political correctness is anti individualism and promotes group think.

Yes, and that's a problem in a multiracial society. Not understanding that is, by definition, racist.

Comment: Re:Snowden isn't coming - this is all a ruse (Score 3, Insightful) 671

by Princeofcups (#49174247) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Snowden isn't going to come to the USA willingly to face trial. This is all a ruse. His Russian handlers may just be messing with the US or it may be said to get some publicity. If Snowden really wanted to face justice, he wouldn't have done what he did. His handler is quite right that if Snowden leaves Russia he may end up extradited to the USA. Snowden is going to stay as a permanent "guest" of the USSR, cough cough, I mean Russian Republic as long as Putin is in charge and possibly longer. Wait for it - in the end Snowden or his handlers will say that he couldn't get the guarantees he needed about a fair trial, so he won't be coming. Even if he really wanted to leave and face US justice with no pre-conditions, I don't think Putin and his former KGB boys would let Snowden leave.

Except Snowden is no longer a person who should expect anything from either government. He's just a PR pawn at this point. If the US offers Russia something in return, like concessions in Ukraine, and someone thinks that they could get a big PR win out of it, then expect him to be escorted to a D.C prison post haste.

Comment: Re:confused (Score 1) 106

I have always struggled to understand how some technology makes the transition from being a luxury or niche appeal, to something that government starts to feel is an entitlement or is deserving of regulation.

Government is owned by business. Businesses (theoretically) compete with each other. Look for a google competitor who gains something from such regulation, and you will find out who started this.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 1) 222

by Princeofcups (#49149121) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

I still believe in Ridley Scott, even if I'm the only person on god's green earth that liked Prometheus. So Charlize Theron is not an ambi-turner; so what?

Why does everyone thing that Ridley Scott is the genius behind Alien? The real genius behind that movie was Dan O'Bannon. Nothing that Ridley or that hack Cameron did is canon in my not so humble opinion. And no the "alien" is not a race, it is a weapon. Please get that straight.

If a thing's worth having, it's worth cheating for. -- W.C. Fields