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Comment: Re:We need a *social* change (Score 2) 498

by HBI (#48461357) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

I think the difference between me and the opposing commenters is that I have actually lived in the ugly communities, and they haven't.

I used to act as a local law and insurance adviser and do taxes for people who didn't know how to do this kind of thing for themselves. Please don't call me a community organizer heh. Anyway, the racism and hatred you find in such places must be experienced to be believed. These people need to work - if only to force exposure to other people and to understand that we are all human and must live within some kind of rules to avoid bloodshed. Otherwise, the scenario I painted above is reality - and will become more prevalent when work is optional.

I live in a nicer place now, but I still have friends from those communities and I still remember how things were. They tell me nothing that makes me believe things have changed.

Comment: Re:We need a *social* change (Score 1) 498

by HBI (#48459615) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

You only describe less than 10% of the population.

Meanwhile back here in the real world, people would drink and smoke pot and sleep all day and beat their wives/girlfriends. Then they'd have sex with the neighbors. People would get shot or get their throats cut based on that, depending on the firearms availability. They'd quickly band together in groups and despise outsiders. A quick devolution to anarchy would result.

Much better to keep everyone *busy*.

Comment: Re:First and foremost (Score 2) 175

by gatkinso (#48444467) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

A graduate project is not nearly as fluid as a paying gig. It is agreed up front at the start of the project and generally this is what is produced. Not so in the real world.

Then, your work is graded. Maybe not the best thing for your academic career, but in many cases you can take a C and move on. I business this is called "failing" and this means all of a sudden you and your employees have nothing to eat and all the lights turn off in your house.

There are no advisers. There are no facilities or resources available to you save for what you can provide for yourself. The deadline can abruptly change due to funding and competition (along with 1000 other reasons).

These are just some of the reasons why academic work is not a great measure of real world experience. Mind you I am not saying acedemic work is useless, but I definitely differentiate between the two.

Comment: Git, Redmine, Jenkins (Score 1) 175

by gatkinso (#48443607) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Coding standards: pick anything and stick with it. Use Google's. Why not? (Haha I note they are using svn.)


These types of decisions are many times arbitrary and one valid approach rarely is any better than another.

Comment: Not looking good (Score 1) 175

by gatkinso (#48443423) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

You haven't even started and you are already bogged down on "coding standards" and "best practices."

In The Beginning only one thing matters: robust code that does what you want it to very well. Maintainability? Pah - you need a future for that to matter. Best practices don't matter if you are bankrupt, or have a product nobody will touch.

+ - What Does The NSA Think Of Cryptographers? ->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "A recently declassified NSA house magazine, CryptoLog, reveals some interesting attitudes between the redactions. What is the NSA take on cryptography?
The article of interest is a report of a trip to the 1992 EuroCrypt conference by an NSA cryptographer whose name is redacted.We all get a little bored having to sit though presentations that are off topic, boring or even down right silly but we generally don't write our opinions down. In this case the criticisms are cutting and they reveal a lot about the attitude of the NSA cryptographers. You need to keep in mind as you read that this is intended for the NSA crypto community and as such the writer would have felt at home with what was being written.
Take for example:
Three of the last four sessions were of no value whatever, and indeed there was almost nothing at Eurocrypt to interest us (this is good news!). The scholarship was actually extremely good; it’s just that the directions which external cryptologic researchers have taken are remarkably far from our own lines of interest.
It seems that back in 1992 academic cryptographers were working on things that the NSA didn't consider of any importance. Could things be the same now?
The gulf between the two camps couldn't be better expressed than:
The conference again offered an interesting view into the thought processes of the world’s leading “cryptologists.” It is indeed remarkable how far the Agency has strayed from the True Path.
The ironic comment is clearly suggesting that the NSA is on the "true path" whatever that might be.
Clearly the gap between the NSA and the academic crypto community is probably as wide today with the different approaches to the problem being driven by what each wants to achieve. It is worth reading the rest of the article."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Which party is scummy? (Score 1) 299

by HBI (#48411713) Attached to: Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

So, "journalists" get to make noise in the sphere of public opinion but are to be immune from the negative repercussions of said attention? Quite a deal for them, I say. Especially when many take money to alter the focus of their writings, or otherwise have a political axe to grind.

Your attitude is naive in the extreme.

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