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Comment: Re:It all comes down to payroll (Score 1) 263

by SirGeek (#48867223) Attached to: The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Support ALWAYS gets the shit end of the stick.

I'm currently in testing (formerly of development AND support) and I always try my best to beat the snot outta new/updated code so that it doesn't take a dump that support has to clean up (despite every effort of development to put out crap).

Comment: Re:Scope creep ... (Score 1) 52

by SirGeek (#48796621) Attached to: FBI Access To NSA Surveillance Data Expands In Recent Years

A political catch 22. We say NSA is overreaching it needs to be stopped. The feds send in the FBI to investigate. We say the FBI is just as bad as the NSA.

The thing is the FBI, NSA etc... They are not trying to actively get rid of our rights. However their mandate is our security. Unfortunately Liberty and Security don't play nice with each other, more Liberty means people get to do more what they want and that could mean infringing on others security.

These groups are doing their jobs when they try to get more information. However what we lack is proper leadership to stand up and make the tough decision of saying, you are reaching too far, and we need to insure we keep personal liberty.

No they're NOT doing their jobs. More Data != Better.

They have access to information, their problem isn't that they need more data, They need to understand the data they DO HAVE so that they can analyze it properly for any threats. THEN when they have a specific threat they can request the additional data they need.. BUT only once they've actually identified a REAL target.

Comment: Re:Linux, cryptography, HTML and JavaScript. (Score 2, Insightful) 144

by SirGeek (#47892953) Attached to: Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

What about teaching "Data Structures and Algorithm Design", C/Pascal/Assembly Language ?

Linux != Comp Sci ...

This is why we have a generation of "programmers" who's solution to a problem is "throw more RAM into the system" instead of fixing their crappy code.

Comment: Re:Not this again. (Score 2) 637

by SirGeek (#47615761) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

I've been out olf college for *mumbles 26 years* - I had Pascal, C, 2 Different Assembly Languages (X86 And VAX). Not to mention classes in Data Structures and Compiler Design. I've also done Embedded Systems Programming (Aircraft Engine Controls and Fire Alarms as a couple of examples). Too many people get the attitude - 'Oh. My program needs more memory, Just add some to the server.' which is a bad. Why write optimum code ?

I'd LOVE to see the Code Monkeys code working in some of the systems that I had to work with - Entire Program space was 32K (thats right - 32,768 BYTES) of memory - and NO OS. I've also worked with custom cpus that had 2 registers and no stack

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