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Comment: Question Lacks... (Score 1) 347

I have something of a unique take on the subject, coming from a mix of traditional education, and actual experience. I was at university for 5 years, though I never did graduate. I also have 15 years on the job experience, in many fields of software development.

It has been my experience that a degree is a 50/50 proposition. Some of the best programmers I have worked with did not have degrees in computer science. The very best programmers I have ever worked with did not have degrees at all.

It is a new science, a very young discipline, and at this stage is unwhole, unformed. It has roots in maths, philosophy, and a hodge-podge of other well established fields. It is coming into its own, but it is not there yet, and the academic bias is futile at this point.

The very best database developer I have ever worked with was an ex-marine with a degree in accounting. The vey best general programmer I have ever worked with has no degree at all, yet has a multi-million dollar company, and he writes better code than anyone I have ever seen. The very worst programmer I have ever worked with had a masters degree from a university (non-US) in computer science, and could not code anything to save his life, but he could talk his way up into any situation, without the actual chops to back his talk up. The least well paid developer I know has a Doctorate in CS.

YMMV, but it is a young duscipline and we are still sorting ourselves out.

Comment: Firewalls, NIDS, TOR (Score 3, Interesting) 79

by Whomp-Ass (#42151299) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software For Learning About Data Transmission?

Use your router to see where things are going. Set it up such that the firewall reports back to your computer (or displays when you log into it's interface), Or do the same with the firewall on the box you are using, or both. Wallwatcher, Syslogd, whatever works best for your situation.

Set up a separate box to act as a NID (e.g. Snort) and ratchet up it's output to verbose. Behold nearly infinite data to play with.

Set up a remote host, or log into a remote host you already have available, instruct it to portscan your home network, keep wireshark on, use resource manager to watch the TCP/IP connections come up and down, or task manager, or what have you.

Use TOR and watch the map screen that shows you your connection route, try to have the kid logic-together why the web takes so long to surf that way.

Lots and lots of tools that should be pretty much at your disposal with minimal effort are out there...

Comment: Re:This is exactly what I was talking about (Score 1) 1223

by Whomp-Ass (#41479637) Attached to: Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

See...that's the thing. Evidence for a better argument of the appearance of a winged minion of an invisible monster king (who has an unexplainable fetish in your sexual habits, diet, and comparative values) from, frankly, less than reliable sources, without so much as a sliver, molecule, or scintilla of tangible evidence is still a crap argument: it's not even an argument; it is a falsehood.

Comment: Re:any plans on long-term memory? (Score 1) 114

by Whomp-Ass (#41299217) Attached to: Researchers Create Short-term Memories In Rat Brains

I use a similar mental trick to increase retention and recall; like the opp, I would say that it takes effort and is not innate, however, like any other process instantiated and existing solely within the mind, it doesn't exactly have an off switch.

Let's say that I asked you to picture a pink elephant with wings and the number 48 tattooed on it's side.

I would say that this is the kind of thing that most people, myself included, would think about for a moment, then in moving on, forget.

Now, I would like you to forget about the pink elephant.

Try really hard to forget it.

The harder you try, the harder it may well be, or is for most people, and now your going to be stuck with that damn elephant in your head...Assuming you did more than skim over this post, there exists a good chance that 5 years from now if I were to ask you what number was tattooed on the side of it, you may actually remember.

Anyway. To put that into context, do mental tricks like that often enough and they become internalized and thereafter instinctive rather than forced and you end up recalling random shit without putting effort into retaining them.

I too have a bizarre rate of recall for random things, for example, my wife brought home a box of 'Golden Crisp' cereal, asked if I like it, and I sang (verbatim) the commercial for that product, from 1980 (the one where he punches out the alligator). Why I remember that and not, for instance, that my anniversary was a week from the Sunday before last, until my phone tells me, is beyond me.

Comment: Re:Irrefutable fact (Score 1) 386

To toss in my favorite: Simo Hayha

In temperatures between 40 and 20 degrees Celsius, dressed completely in white camouflage, Häyhä was credited with 505 confirmed kills of Soviet soldiers... Remarkably, all of Häyhä's kills were accomplished in fewer than 100 days–an average of 5 kills per day–at a time of year with very short hours of daylight. The Soviets tried several ploys to get rid of him, including counter-snipers and artillery strikes. On March 6, 1940, Häyhä was shot in the lower left jaw by a Russian soldier during combat. The bullet tumbled upon impact and exited his head. He was picked up by fellow soldiers who said "half his head was missing", but he was not dead: he regained consciousness on March 13, the day peace was declared.

This guy survived a soviet artillery campaign directed solely at him then had his head shot off: He got better. Pretty sure this guy is Deadpool.

Comment: Possession of the document is a crime, eh? (Score 1) 741

by Whomp-Ass (#38844295) Attached to: Man Who Downloaded Bomb Recipes Jailed For 2 Years

Apparently simply having this sort of document is a crime in the UK.

Is anyone else suppressing the urge to mass-email it to every Brit they don't like, members of parliament, and perhaps some royals (for good measure) to see if their police will go about a country-wide arresting spree?

Comment: Re:Barbiturates work too (Score 1) 272

by Whomp-Ass (#36596722) Attached to: LSD Alleviates 'Suicide Headaches'

No, They do not, not for me anyway.

The only conclusive relief I have ever been able to achieve was through oxygen therapy.

I also have an auto-injector of Imitrex which helps when I'm out-and-about...but it is **prohibitively** expensive to use.

I have used LSD to break a cycle, and it works...The problem is that I do not maintain a lifestyle where finding LSD is an easy experience, nor do the benefits outweigh the risks, though to be fair, things take on a different perception when I'm in the middle of a cycle.

Comment: Re:Why smaller? (Score 1) 198

by Whomp-Ass (#36174256) Attached to: Apple Proposes Smaller SIM Card Design

Bullshit.

Plenty of space is wasted in not using lightweight, high-strength, low deforming materials on the back (non-touch-screen side.)

For the cost, a wafer thin sliver of titanium would work, perform the same function, and reduce the 'problem' of size/thickness/what-have-you. On the other hand, it would raise the cost of the device by about a nickel...Can't have that.

If you were to go ahead and disassemble the iPhone4 you will find enough voids in the sub-and-super-structure that could house a standard-sized sim card...hell, a couple of screws on the above mentioned back and you could change the battery yourself too.

Comment: EULA is a contract. EULA attempts to restrain... (Score 3, Interesting) 288

by Whomp-Ass (#35526168) Attached to: Judge Lets Sony Access GeoHot's PayPal Account
Title 15, Chapter 1 captures most of Sony, RIAA, MPAA, behavior and declares it illegal with a $100,00,000.00 Fine. Hell, most mega-corps are guilty in some way of violating Title 15.1

TITLE 15 > CHAPTER 1 > Â 1

 1. Trusts, etc., in restraint of trade illegal; penalty

Every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, is declared to be illegal. Every person who shall make any contract or engage in any combination or conspiracy hereby declared to be illegal shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $100,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $1,000,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.

 2. Monopolizing trade a felony; penalty
Every person who shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $100,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $1,000,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.

 14. Sale, etc., on agreement not to use goods of competitor
It shall be unlawful for any person engaged in commerce, in the course of such commerce, to lease or make a sale or contract for sale of goods, wares, merchandise, machinery, supplies, or other commodities, whether patented or unpatented, for use, consumption, or resale within the United States or any Territory thereof or the District of Columbia or any insular possession or other place under the jurisdiction of the United States, or fix a price charged therefor, or discount from, or rebate upon, such price, on the condition, agreement, or understanding that the lessee or purchaser thereof shall not use or deal in the goods, wares, merchandise, machinery, supplies, or other commodities of a competitor or competitors of the lessor or seller, where the effect of such lease, sale, or contract for sale or such condition, agreement, or understanding may be to substantially lessen competition or tend to create a monopoly in any line of commerce.

Comment: Needs more Title 18 (Score 5, Informative) 705

Government employees really need to be reminded that as a condition of being employed by the state that they are held to a higher standard and can be tossed to the wolves for stuff like this, namely:

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 13 > 241

  241. Conspiracy against rights

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—
They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 13 > 242

  242. Deprivation of rights under color of law

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

Comment: Re:Finally? (Score 1) 56

by Whomp-Ass (#35073472) Attached to: FBI Set To Turn Up Advanced Security Search Engine

Don't most employers ask if you've ever been arrested before anyway?

Negative. You are asked if you have ever been convicted of a felony, in most cases.

And I doubt employers will have access to this information.

Unless your employer is a LEO, or you require a security clearance, or NASA, or you want to work for any other government agency, or...well, you get the idea.

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