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Comment: Re:You're doing it wrong. (Score 1) 62

by The_Other_Kelly (#47194791) Attached to: IPMI Protocol Vulnerabilities Have Long Shelf Life

Then you have never worked for a modern commercial, technical company!

+ *All* benefits go to management, so their incentive is low cost, rapid delivery.
+ Any and all negatives, are laid on the heads of the technical staff, so again
      the incentive for management is low cost, rapid delivery.
+ While the technical staff, sometimes, have a different opinion, by definition
      nobody cares, since they are "non management". Monkeys make noise? They get the hose.

If by a miracle, the techs manage to actually do competent "Design, construct, test, ship" loops,
then they will be head-count reduced, since there is "fat" there. Wash, repeat.

The reality is that a trained chimp with Google, and either Office or some open source components
and 2 weeks worth of web-design, can duct tape together a minimal version that can fulfill at
least *some* of the customer's requirements. Even if only the color!

Obviously it will be crud, with low performance, no security and completely unmaintainable.

But this becomes the baseline cost!

What are customers willing to pay, over that cost, for the additional quality?
Guess what! NOTHING.

To pay the bonii, investors and the marketing costs, what are most modern tech companies willing
to pay, as a premium, for their employees, to exceed that baseline?
Guess again. Little or nothing.

This is not 1985. Software guys should be aware that electricians, plumbers and car mechanics have
better prospects, more pay and get paid overtime.

The only thing worse, is QA.

Comment: Re:Works as Designed (Score 1) 798

Ah! But the Jocks uphold the system!

Those who support, always get special treatment, the only sin being to challenge established "Truths".

So, if the Jocks beat on the weak, the marginal, the dissenters, then they will be either ignored
or discretely applauded and supported.

And by Jocks, I mean Police, LEO, Spooks, and the various pillars of society.

I really wish that I was wrong.
I wish that things were not, what they have become.

Comment: Works as Designed (Score 1) 798

Precisely!

Were you not listening, reading or watching for the past decade?

What did you not understand?
This. Is. Corporatism! (Not Sparta! 8-))

An under-educated class, born to be in debt, endlessly conditioned to obey, bred under pain of punishment, to Serve.

In this model, Authority is there to Rule, not to Adjudicate, so any attempt, no matter how trivial, to resist, to dissent, or,
as in this case, to provide any alternative to the Authority defined and controlled processes, will *always* be harshly punished.
As subversive.

Appeals for protection justify further exploitation, since the weak deserve to be hurt, and the system serves only the strong.
Might is Right, and don't bleed on the floor.

The only element missing is religion: "If Jaysus loved you, you wouldn't be picked on".

This school has a board.
This municipality has elected officials.
The Majority of the people in this area voted for this.
Your neighbours, colleagues and fellow-parents?
They want this.

This is what modern Western society has become.

Comment: The Greatest Lie? (Score 1) 452

by The_Other_Kelly (#46487761) Attached to: Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

I am a respected employee and colleague, and by collaborating we will build
interesting products, to be proud of. By working hard and learning more, I
will be promoted and paid more. Ultimately, I will reach retirement age and
spend an enjoyable time with my family, in retirement, perhaps even as
a non-executive director, until I die, of old age, surrounded by my loving
family, in my own bed.

As. If.

Have fun with that ...

Comment: Looked for, found, reported, was fired. (Score 2) 236

by The_Other_Kelly (#46251903) Attached to: Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

I was the responsible IT manager, over all devs. admins, ops and security.

Reviewed all contracts and implementations, upon taking over the job.

Discovered some seriously, bad stuff.

Developed plan to *quietly*, discretely, repair over short time period.
"Rebury the bodies"

Turned out the responsible party was the CEO's favorite, "baby shark".

Got cardboard boxed. Out day after board presentation.

So it goes.

Interesting point:

All of those devs, techs and security people who moan about the lack of management support?
How many of you have ever supported or somehow defended *any* manager who tried to help you, to do the right thing?

Speaking personally, I would guess ... None of you. "Not my problem" attitude, up and down.

Maybe you have all been luckier.

Comment: What more can one expect from total Assholes? (Score 5, Insightful) 335

Just when you think that you have grown beyond caring, theses guys manage to poke beneath the shield and hit the "AAAAAARRRGGGHH" button !!
I am sorry for taking this seriously, but after the Bank Bailouts, the corruption, the incompetency, the cover-ups and the sheer fuck-wittery of the past
years, they attack OPEN SOURCE BROWSERS !!

What more can one expect from politicians that:
- kowtow-ed to the EU on the Maastricht Treaty re-Vote, (It puts the lotion in the basket, and votes again and again until the answer is YES)
- sold 3 generations of their own people out, in the form of a bank bailout for *private* non-system critical banks,
- have no concept of Justice whether social, civil or criminal
- have no concept of public probity, of duty or what to be a servant of the people actually means
- assume in blind arrogance that their own short-sighted, small-town, bigoted, religion-ridden, never questioned views are "NORMALITY"
    and those of everyone else, are simply illegal.

In short. Olympic level Assholes.

Winking and smiling and smirking, crapping out their "hokesy/folksy" catchphrases, with constant shit eating grins.

Concepts such as free speech, right to privacy, equal treatment before the law, due process,
womens' rights (especially reproductive rights), ... are considered amusing or just dismissed,
out of hand, by these troglodytes.

For example, the implicit assumption that *all pornography* is simply illegal!

The US and Britain have blanket surveilled every Irish citizen for generations, and this cringing *lackey*
assumes that *law enforcement* was the purpose.

Call me harsh, but I interpret the failure of elected representatives to protect .the rights of their citizens,
in the face of blatant intrusions, as more than incompetence, more than failure.
It is treachery.

Following the usual, endless cycle, whenever social unrest threatens, the Haves in Ireland,
push the Have-nots to emigrate. Since, conveniently, the non-resident cannot vote, there
was, is and will never be any pressure on the ruling elite to change any of their policies ... the opposition is simply disenfranchised.

And nothing changes.

I dream of another Ireland.
A country where an informed electorate hold their elected leaders to account, demand the
definition and enforcement of just laws which protect individual and public rights.
A truly Free Ireland.

Until then, I apologise to the world that we are represented by these fools and that
you have to listen to their blather.

Comment: Re:Age Discrimination? (Score 1) 173

by The_Other_Kelly (#45109429) Attached to: The Changing Face of Software Development

Xest,

I really thought the same thing, but found out that
life doesn't always turn out how you think.

I excelled and prospered, for 20 years. From dev to Senior,
to team lead, Architect, Dept lead, division leader and CTO.
Including sw dev, it ops and heavy, heavy doses of security.

And then ... 40.

And it is really like your life-gem has expired.

"You're really great, but we just don't hire anybody over 40,
  and certainly no techs over 35 ...".

There is not even anyone to argue with, just flat rejection.

So I wish you luck with your career. Hope it works out for you.

Comment: Re:Maybe, but . . . (Score 1) 174

by The_Other_Kelly (#45023139) Attached to: Former NSA Honcho Calls Corporate IT Security "Appalling"

You should treasure the fact that you work in an org. where people care enough to even try!
If you are smart, cynical and cunning, (strongly recommended for security professionals!),
you can channel this into a benefit for you, your group and the whole company.

If you "Deputize" the eager-beavers, then it gives you a lot more eyes and ears.
Yes, sadly, you will have the annoying "I Just Read ...." know-it-alls, but even if
the involvement is in reality, an illusion, you still get more back than you invest.

With, of course, the concept of responsibility, focus, and "handover" ...

"Thank you for bringing this to our attention, you are, indeed, so-cool,
and now we can take it further, leaving you to get on with the things the
company actually pays you for ..."

The best example I've ever seen of this, is the Starling speech to the
troopers in the Silence of the Lambs.

A small barrier to entry, to keep out the assholes, is also advised.
A monthly, unpaid, evening meeting for the "security" associates,
with some feedback, news, updates and a doughnut, keeps things
running well.

In the end, as Corporate Security, you can either act like an occupying army,
or a police force that operates with the support of your users.
Treat your users like shit, and they will notice, and they will not have your back.

Of course, this is no guarantee that if you treat them well, they won't
stab you in the back anyway, but ... as a security person, you already know
that you will get to see the worst that people have to offer, ... anyway.

The really cynical would point out that if you really were, an occupying army,
then you should be smart enough to build up your "cadre" of supporters,
without visible points-of-protest, and for "counter-intel" usage ...

You are an insult to my intelligence! I demand that you log off immediately.

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