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Comment But loses its meaning quickly (Score 4, Interesting) 80

Ego branding for the sake of hiring egotistical developers and analysts. Therein lies the rub.

A "rock star" can be a real thing. It could be someone who continually, and repeatedly, produces great work that impacts the entire community. These people exist most don't want the branding. But companies can't hire them; they're too expensive.

So the "rock star" became the one-hit wonder person. Someone who released a nifty script on github and gave a con talk on it. Two years ago.

Slowly, over time, that rock star status has turned into "most influential". That is, those with the most twitter followers, regardless of how good they are at their craft. Don't know anything beyond basic Ruby coding and lack knowledge of security programming... but have 50K followers? Rock Star! HIRED!

Considering oneself a rock star in order to apply for such a job breaks the whole "No Asshole Rule" for hiring.

Comment Just proves the point (Score 5, Insightful) 1262

Trolling against her proves many of her points. Many take trolling as a sport to revel in their anonymity, but the threatening comments are extreme.

In my opinion, her videos are, in places, poorly researched with many leaps of logic mixed with heavy opinions. But, they still contain very valid points and can be civilly debated.

Evolve, people. At least keep the trolling to a respectable severity.

Comment The big rush (Score 4, Insightful) 175

We need a story now, quick. We need something to put on airtime because our marketing is calling around our advertising clients to see who wants to bid on the next hour of airtime. The big need to get something up quick, even if it's very low quality, such as a poorly recorded video interview without a transcript... oh, wait...

Comment Yawn (Score 4, Insightful) 241

I was confused in reading the write-up. If the interview was scheduled three months in advance, why did he say that he only had one day to prepare for the "CS" style interview? Where did this "December Interview Preparation Tips" come from? Only partial bits of data are given, none of which support the poster's side of the story.

And what phone were you using that didn't have speaker phone capabilities? Nearly all land line phones do that, as well as all mobile phones. Skype crap happens all the time, even on perfect connections. You roll with it. And, if you can't, then you'll likely have problems in a technology company.

In summary, this reads as: "HR department had too many applicants and I slipped between the cracks for scheduling, then I bombed my interview but it really wasn't my fault. Really!"

Comment Hold them to the fire (Score 5, Interesting) 125

LeakID (and/or their client) just claimed copyright over malware. Not just any malware, but targeted malware against a corporation for the intent of theft of intellectual property and unauthorized access of computer systems.

IANAL, but LeakID should then be held liable and responsible for their "copyrighted works".

Comment Not entirely true (Score 4, Informative) 94

It cannot "be exploited remotely to execute arbitrary code". It can only crash the service. There is no RCE developed for this vulnerability, yet. The article itself even says this (even though it's author submitted it here):

Creating a working exploit for the CVE-2012-0002 vulnerability is not trivial, Microsoft security engineers Suha Can and Jonathan Ness said in a blog post on Tuesday. "We would be surprised to see one developed in the next few days. However, we expect to see working exploit code developed within the next 30 days."

The PoC is pretty basic, but an experienced exploit writer can modify it to achieve remote code execution, the researcher said.

Yes, MS12-020 is a big deal. But, not THAT big of a deal, yet. Stop flinging FUD around about things that haven't yet happened.

Comment Posted by 'mdsolar' (Score 5, Informative) 470

So an anti-nuclear story posted by a user named 'mdsolar' with a blog running very anti-nuclear posts. He also is involved in a business that rents solar systems to homes (

Christ, Slashdot. Can you be a bit more opaque in posting biased stories?

Comment Way to be slow on the draw (Score 5, Informative) 230

That was the news THIS MORNING. Then it was found that Pirate Bay couldn't be accessed by anyone. Web server died. It sounds like they segment traffic to certain web servers based on IP ranges for load-balancing, and the one for the Comcast group died. No big conspiracy here.

And why link to PCWorld? Who are they? TorrentFreak broke the news and continually updated it through the day. They should be cited:

"Survey says..." -- Richard Dawson, weenie, on "Family Feud"