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Comment: Re:That totally won't work. (Score 1) 353

by St.Creed (#47978919) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Motivation notwithstanding, I would also suggest that you consider consulting.

That totally won't work.

Consulting requires selling, and they've already demonstrated an inability to sell the one product that they're intimately familiar with, and that it's currently their *only* job to sell right now, which is themselves to an employer.

If you can't sell yourself to an employer, how much harder is it going to be to sell your services into the much smaller services market, if you are incapable of selling in the first place?

Very right. Every time I interview for a consulting assignment, it's exactly the same as applying for a job. If you're bad at getting your first job, you're going to be much worse at getting hired as a consultant. What experience do you bring to the table for dealing with the problems the customer can't solve with his own employees?

Comment: Re:What I want to know... (Score 2) 96

by St.Creed (#47978847) Attached to: Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

I can't find the reference right now, but if the average temperature of the planet increases by 4 degrees celsius, large swathes of this planet's real estate become uninhabitable. There's about 2 billion people living in that zone that have to get out, or die. Do you think an iron fence will stop them at the border? Not a chance.

And if the temperature rises enough to release the methane gas in the seas in the arctic, the whole process will accelerate beyond our power to control it.

Now, this may or may not happen. Chances are, if we do nothing it might not happen. The odds don't seem favorable though. In any case, gambling with the entire area of this solar system we can actually inhabit seems like a rather stupid proposition.

Comment: Re:Natural immunity (Score 1) 122

by St.Creed (#47931161) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

Just this week I read an article describing a study that had the following results: of the mice that were given antibiotics that killed the clostridium bacterium, 99% developed an allergy to nuts.

This year there's a rash (:P) of articles showing that the immune system and gut bacteria are much more interconnected than previously thought.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 952

by St.Creed (#47930677) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

You may have Godwined the conversation but it's probably justified. Except it's not nazis, but more likely fascists (though the distinction is probably pretty moot if you live there, but I doubt we're going to see industrial death camps (you need math and chemistry for that)).

Why fascists? Because their social composition is made up from the same type of loser. The people joining ISIS are not, in the main, very successful with their lives. Petty criminals, dropouts, etcetera. And ISIS gives them the chance to become part of something larger, where they can say "Fuck you, I may not be good at math - but you know? We'll just BAN math!".

They can rape and loot and mutilate as much as they want, without sanction. They don't have to listen to all those people who have more power because they are whiter, or smarter, or richer, or all of them combined - they can just grab a gun and feel power in their hand. It's the old attraction of the small worm aspiring to be a big dragon.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 952

by St.Creed (#47930537) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Wombs don't produce unthinking slaves. They can create a large amount of children that will turn into discontent youth later on, but if ISIS wants to hold power somewhere, that doesn't work so well for them - it only helps them when it's in someone else's territory where the discontented youth will see them as the solution, not as the problem. The Arab spring is all well and good when you're profiting from it, but not when it happens to yourself.

Comment: Re:In combination with an accurate summary ... (Score 1) 311

by St.Creed (#47817847) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Not "your password" but "any password".

Using the correct answer to a security question, you can reset the password for the backup. After that, you can download it and then apply the password you just entered. So the security is as strong as the weakest link, in this case still most likely the security questions.

Comment: Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (Score 1) 311

by St.Creed (#47817809) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

f you don't want people to see pictures of you naked, don't take the pictures.

Yes, it's probably too much to ask for some security on your private files, nowadays. Options like "only sync photo's with permission" or "Do not sync" folders are way to complex to implement. So let's put the burden of dealing with failing technology on the consumer. After all, that worked really well for car vendors, right?

I foresee the day when Apple et al are going to pay HUGE settlements in class action suits if they keep up this rather cavalier attitude towards security.

Comment: Re:false flag (Score 1) 34

by St.Creed (#47810487) Attached to: NATO Set To Ratify Joint Defense For Cyberattacks

There will not be teeth to this. There are no teeth to any NATO measures.

The summary could just as easily read:

At the upcoming NATO meeting, according to the NY Times, the 28 member states are expected to talk about some shit that no one will do anything about. Not for the first time, they will pass a meaningless resolution without teeth that no one will pay attention to.

And just like with other attacks, they'll just... log them.

Comment: Re: Blame Africa (Score 1) 134

by St.Creed (#47751063) Attached to: 13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

I am an African American (not by choice)

Really? Not by choice? Weird. Where I live, we all get to choose our skincolor right up to our birthdate. After that it's set in stone, though. But thanks for clearing that up for me. Otherwise I'd have thought you'd volunteered or something.

Oh, and by the way? Get help. You obviously cought Trollitis from a tree that snuggled up close.

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