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Comment: The big rush (Score 4, Insightful) 175

by Rurik (#43486963) Attached to: A Critique of the Boston Bombing News Coverage (Video)

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

by Rurik (#42373019) Attached to: The Trials and Tribulations of a Would-Be Facebook Employee

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

by Rurik (#39401135) Attached to: Windows Remote Desktop Exploit In the Wild

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

by Rurik (#36109214) Attached to: No Pirate Bay for Comcast Customers

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:

Comment: No (Score 5, Insightful) 615

by Rurik (#35724644) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Take a Pay Cut To Telecommute?

You save money on time and logistics, but you also have to create a work area in your home. Certain organizations have sqft requirements. You also need to establish locked areas to hold files and documents. And, ultimately, you're no longer allowed to check-out. With a standard job you are expected to be responsive during your normal work hours (say 9--5:30). With telecommuting the work hours shift and you will easily find yourself on call 12 hours a day. Additionally, you lose camaraderie with your coworkers, a chance to hunker down and drive through projects faster, and possible extensive delays in communications.

Then factor in the possibility of children banging down the door to play, and the guilt you feel by having to shuffle them out to finish a project. Then a spouse who takes advantage of you "being there" for babysitting, phone calls, emotional chats, and I'd rather be at work during the day.

Comment: Uh, debate is where? (Score 4, Informative) 173

by Rurik (#35472344) Attached to: Old Man Murray Wikipedia Controversy Continues

Where does the debate continue? There was no link in the summary pointing to any ongoing debate. Just the previous Slashdot story and the main wikipedia article. There have been no edits to the OMM talk page for a week.

Shoddy, shoddy, shoddy submission.

Maybe they're referring to the SignPost article that has a handful of comments from a few days ago?

Comment: Uh, no. (Score 0) 325

by Rurik (#35435914) Attached to: Are We Too Reliant On GPS?

GPS is just the latest iteration of navigational assistance. Before it was Google Map printouts. And before that was AAA trip books. And then hand-written maps and directions given over the phone. And it goes on. Think of "Go down about two sees and look for a red barn, then turn left." How are any of these different from a GPS? What happens if the barn fell down, or was painted, or was too dark to see?

Each has the same issue of the driver not intelligently understanding when things go different from what the directions in front of them say. Overall, GPS does help because it means no longer stopping to ask for directions.

I can't see it being a bad thing to become reliant on a technology to help you from getting lost.

Programmers do it bit by bit.