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Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up 232

Posted by Soulskill
from the Peter-Pan-need-not-apply dept.
Nemo the Magnificent writes: " Everybody knows software development is a young man's game, right? Here's a guy who hires and manages programmers, and he says it's not about age at all — it's about skills, period. 'It's each individual's responsibility to stay fresh in the field and maintain a modern-day skillset that gives any 28-year-old a run for his or her money. ... Although the ability to learn those skills is usually unlimited, the available time to learn often is not. "Little" things like family dinners, Little League, and home improvement projects often get in the way. As a result, we do find that we face a shortage of older, more seasoned developers. And it's not because we don't want older candidates. It's often because the older candidates haven't successfully modernized their developer skills.' A company that actively works to offer all employees the chance to learn and to engage with modern technologies is a company that good people are going to work for, and to stay at."

Samsung 'Smart' Camera Easily Hackable 62

Posted by Soulskill
from the for-generous-definitions-of-the-word-smart dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The blog has a post about the incredibly poor job Samsung did securing its new NX300 'smart camera.' One of the camera's primary features is that it can join Wi-Fi networks — this lets it upload photos, but it also lets you use your smartphone to access the photos on the camera directly. You can also connect with NFC. Unfortunately, the way they set it up is extremely insecure. First, there's an NFC tag that tells the camera where to download the app, and also the name of the access point set up by the camera. 'The tag is writable, so a malicious user can easily 'hack' your camera by rewriting its tag to download some evil app, or to open nasty links in your web browser, merely by touching it with an NFC-enabled smartphone.' Things aren't much better with Wi-Fi — a simple port scan reveals that the camera is running an unprotected X server (running Enlightenment). When the camera checks for new firmware, it helpfully reports your physical location. Its software also sets up unencrypted access points."

Comment: Re:How Does It Encapsulate the Source Code? (Score 2, Informative) 220

by Sneezer (#33396108) Attached to: Many Hackers Accidentally Send Their Code To Microsoft

The reason the article doesn't explain how Microsoft crash dumps work is because no one understands them.

This guy seems to be closest to understanding of anyone I've found:


Anti-Speed Camera Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain 680

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-bought-the-law dept.
Brian McCrary just bought a website to complain about a $90 speeding ticket he received from the Bluff City PD — the Bluff City Police Department site. The department let its domain expire and McCrary was quick to pick it up. From the article: "Brian McCrary found the perfect venue to gripe about a $90 speeding ticket when he went to the Bluff City Police Department's website, saw that its domain name was about to expire, and bought it right out from under the city's nose. Now that McCrary is the proud owner of the site,, the Gray, Tenn., computer network designer has been using it to post links about speed cameras — like the one on US Highway 11E that caught him — and how people don't like them."

Comment: Re:As someone working on a massive project... (Score 1) 310

by Sneezer (#29715071) Attached to: Platform Independent C++ OS Library?

i agree with the parent's other points but i strongly disagree with this one:

Use autoconf to handle platform idiosyncrasies.

autoconf is gross and difficult to use on Windows.

i use CMake at work and like it well enough. it works well enough with Qt that KDE uses it for their build system.

Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly. -- Henry Spencer