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Comment: i'm missing something (Score 1) 228

by buddyglass (#46789073) Attached to: Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out
If the bounty amount were sufficiently large, i.e. larger than the amount of net profit a black hat could hope to gain by finding and exploiting security a given defect, couldn't a company create a scenario where even a black hat (acting rationally in order to maximize his profit, which is often not going to be the case) would be motivated to report it and claim the bounty rather than exploiting it?

Now, in theory, if there are truly infinitely many such flaws to be found and subsequent ones aren't any harder to find than the initial ones then a large enough bounty would bankrupt the company. But I have serious doubts at the presence of infinite (or even "practically infinite") security flaws that all require "about the same effort" to find. My suspicion is that the difficulty will increase the more flaws are found.

Comment: here's how (Score 1) 456

by buddyglass (#46773207) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires
Start working at 25. Work until you're 60. Put $800/month, every month, into an account that earns 4% nominal interest (i.e. counting inflation) annually. Buy a home worth about $300,000 and pay it off over 30 years. Assume the value of your home increases at about the same rate as inflation, so 1.5% annually. This is probably a low estimate. When you retire your savings account should have about $550,000. Your home should be worth about $450,000. Voila, millionaire.

Comment: Re:my situation is similar (Score 1) 385

by buddyglass (#46769339) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
I'm not forced to pay the $30 fee. I could do my taxes by hand, if I wanted, and avoid it. TurboTax also has a free option which I could *probably* use, but for the $30 you get more hand-holding and sanity checks to make sure you didn't screw something up. To me, $30/year is worth it if it reduces my chance of being audited even slightly. Plus its way cheaper than what I'd pay an accountant or tax preparer.

Comment: my experience (Score 1) 224

by buddyglass (#46769269) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer
I'm a senior mobile dev. at a ~30 person startup who's recently been asked to step into a "DevOps" role. It's being represented as a promotion, since in theory the role will involve more responsibility than my current "pure development" role. Its been pitched as a part-time thing with 30-50% of my time staying devoted to mobile development. At this particular company the DevOps role is seen as being responsible for deployment, but also the build environment and some internal productivity and monitoring tools that require some development effort but aren't part of the company's core product. We'll see how it goes.

Comment: uhhh... (Score 2) 353

Obviously, the first performance enhancement you do on any computer you own is max out the RAM.

Uhh...not exactly. In fact, his subsequent logic about why lots of people don't need terabyte magnetic disks applies directly to this point about RAM. If your system supports 16GB of RAM but all you ever do is browse the web and check email then you almost certainly don't need to max out your system's RAM. In fact, you could probably make do with 4GB.

Comment: you know... (Score 1) 323

by buddyglass (#46551373) Attached to: More On the Disposable Tech Worker
I always read complaints about the "disposable tech worker" but never the "disposable tech company". There's almost no company loyalty these days. Which is fine, since obviously there's not a lot of loyalty to employees either. That's the world we live in. But it cuts both ways. My company might lay me off rather than retrain me. Okay. But I might leave my company for another job if it happens to involve some cool new technology I want to learn. Or if they have beer in the break room. Or if they pay me a couple thousand more a year. Or if my manager looks at me funny one day. And, in doing so, I could totally leave my employer in the lurch in a way they, to be honest, can't do to me. If a tech worker has marketable skills (which is not true of every tech worker) then he's really in the driver's seat. Laid off? No problem; he can get another job inside two weeks. If he's an integral part of his current employer's team, though, then the potential for him to damage their bottom line by leaving suddenly is much bigger.

Comment: Re:well... (Score 2) 76

When I said "predict" I didn't mean there's actually someone crunching numbers somewhere and coming up with the line. I know how it's set. Nevertheless, Vegas odds can be used as a predictor. They "predict". Ignoring the fact that bracketology is concerned only with wins and losses, nor margins, if this guy were able to predict margins significantly better than "the crowds" (i.e. Vegas odds) then he'd have a license to print money and would likely want to keep it secret.

Comment: define 'shortage' (Score 1) 392

by buddyglass (#46542173) Attached to: The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage
That's the hard part: defining precisely what is meant by "shortage". If there are more candidates calling themselves engineers than there are jobs does that mean there's not a shortage? If so then there's probably not a shortage. If every company could immediately fill all its positions by offering exorbitant salaries does that mean there's not a shortage? If so then there's probably not a shortage. In my limited experience interviewing candidates, though, we seem to get a lot of people who aren't that impressive relative to what they expect to be paid. So maybe there's a shortage of "good" engineers?

Comment: umm (Score 1) 397

by buddyglass (#46528423) Attached to: Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity
Here is data for C.S. and C.E. bachelors degree recipients in the U.S. See page 5. About 8.7% of degrees were awarded to blacks and Hispanics, which is about one out of 11. So Silicon Valley isn't far off what one would expect based purely on # of degrees awarded. A significant portion of bay area tech workers are likely immigrants to the United States and got their degrees elsewhere. This group likely contains very few blacks and Hispanics. So, if the discussion were limited to Silicon Valley workers born in the United States the the percentage of blacks and Hispanics may well line up with expectations.

Comment: on a more productive note... (Score 2) 529

by buddyglass (#46504995) Attached to: The Poor Neglected Gifted Child
There's no screening in the U.S., but I'm not sure we do so terrible a job of serving gifted children depending on where one lives. It's just hit or miss. The city and state where I grew up don't have a reputation for being "good" in terms of education, but there were selective magnet programs at the junior high and high school levels that were pretty decent. My elementary school split its classes by ability, so even at that level I was in a classroom with kids in the top ~quartile. That's more rare these days, but my son's public elementary does the same thing starting in 2nd grade.

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