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Comment: Their mistake - (Score 1) 116

by choke (#49197737) Attached to: Anthem Blocking Federal Auditor From Doing Vulnerability Scans

...was in not publishing those policies to the hackers that got in earlier. If only they had known that there was a company policy against it, it could have saved everyone a lot of extra work.

All things considered though, this arrogance seems in line with a place who doesn't know their own vulnerabilities. I'd wager this isn't the first time they have been compromised and this is just defensive turtling to try to hide facts.

Comment: Re:Lower Level != "Complex" (Score 1) 648

by choke (#48886131) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

I feel just the opposite.

Just like I feel that it's crucial to teach a new driver how to drive a stick, I feel it's crucial to start a programmer on the most basic and fundamental logic and understand what goes into an instruction.

I have seen and endured grotesque inefficiencies that were a result of an abstraction layered on abstraction, in a virtualized sandbox (java usually), running on virtualized/abstracted hardware.

Lower level design and programming is not more 'complex' - it's more precise. While it could be argued that there is a time and a place for training wheels. we also understand with training wheels that they have to come off someday so that the rider can actually 'ride', It seems like all we do in the tech world is make training wheels for training wheels anymore

Comment: I've seen this first hand (Score 1) 514

by choke (#48885851) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

H1-B workers are a corporate dream. They are basically indentured servants, who are often brought over on a 'contract', for which they sign and are expected to take an subaverage pay rate for a duration in exchange for H1-B sponsorship. This is a huge boon to the employer because the worker is in a compromised position and is bound to maintain the position or lose sponsorship and opportunity for further sponsorship.

Without appearing too radical in my position, this really was quite literally the foundation behind indentured servitude in this country in the late 1700s. Individuals would agree to a contract and buy passage to the new world on their contract labor.

Conditions have changed, but this is what business will always seek - leverage. I could not accurately recount the number of times I have seen h1-b postings that were fraudulent. Postings that claimed that there was 'no available talent.' If they would be honest and say "no available talent willing to work for 60% market rate", then at least it would be honest.

Comment: Is there something wrong with me that .,.. (Score 0) 178

by choke (#48885747) Attached to: New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

I find this offensive?

We're spending science mind power, money and time researching a way to make a drug that replaces a persons weakness of character and lack of willpower. If you want to stop smoking, just stop. Don't buy cigarettes.

I feel that our culture is sliding away from any concept of holding people personally responsible for their own choices. If a person smokes, overeats, under-exercises - those are their choices. They must be held accountable.

Comment: This is the government - (Score 1) 165

by choke (#48215887) Attached to: Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

That we died to get away from.

It's also the government that so many tyranny seekers point to as the desired state in which the US must transition. A helpless disarmed population, and a government with no limits.

This law basically gives the government the right to imprison anyone for life who is online doing anything they decide they oppose. One-button tyranny.

Comment: Of course there are - (Score 1) 392

by choke (#47918913) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

There are kitchens to be staffed, trash cans to be emptied and phones to be answered. All of those things require highly talented individuals who are going to be paying off student debt for eternity making low wages.

Joking aside, the degree matters a lot less or not at all when I hire people. What I am looking for is the ability to think which is unrelated to school and in many cases, counter to it.

Comment: We are all - (Score 2) 108

by choke (#47793433) Attached to: Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Just so this is perfectly clear - I am an 'un-charged criminal', and so are you. What this is proposing is that the basis of innocent until proven guilty, the freedom from undue search and or seizure, which I am quite sure would have included having armed men follow one around observing them at all times, are all guarantees that we have but are not demanding from our own constitution.

What threat is so great that we accept these conditions? What threat is greater than tyranny and secrecy?

Comment: In a state of complete transparency - (Score 1) 455

by choke (#47783757) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Considering the degree to which citizens are recorded and their activities surveilled, it is paramount that the same scrutiny be applied to those who wield deadly force on behalf of an ever more secretive and grasping authority not to mention the marked increase in aggression from authority and the militarization of police forces.

Comment: I have a hit on my credit report because of this - (Score 1) 401

by choke (#47482271) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

I was moving out of my house and needed to cancel cable service. I called them, and was put on hold and transferred around and spent no less than 45 minutes trying to get ahold of the right person to cancel my account and was disconnected twice.

In complete frustration, I transferred my cable bill to a separate credit card and cancelled that card. It was all I could do to get rid of comcast without another hour on the phone that I didn't have while packing the house and getting everything ready to go.

The experience was incredibly frustrating.

Comment: Normal humans (Score 1) 608

by choke (#47431481) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

This article feels a little egoistic. The author is saying "Only special people.. like me."

Are also excluded from professional basketball, being CEOs and astronauts. Anywhere that there is competition, there will be emergence of traits that are dominant for that domain. It's not little league. Not everyone is a winner.

I've seen code produced by non-programmers.

Comment: Which means to say - (Score 1) 593

by choke (#47137075) Attached to: HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

We'll hire less qualified non-white candidates to bring up our fake numbers for PR purposes.

I guess that's ok? That is a specifically race-prejudiced action.

The situation is now that they have actually DONE what is the most meritorious race-blind action which is to hire based on qualifications. I guess in today's obama world, that's not good enough.

Comment: My story (Score 3, Insightful) 153

by choke (#47132831) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

What do you mean hacking?

I was the kid who took apart telephones, figured out how to make them do strange things, "borrowed" spare parts from the alarm company dumpster and made things with them... I learned to pick locks, listen in a room with an inductive pickup on phone wires (on old POTS phones, this was possible)

my first 'hack' was to short out connections on a video pong machine and make it do weird things.

my second and probably best hack was to make a working apple ][ out of spare parts in the apple store I worked at on weekends. Integer basic forever!

Ultimately I hack because of incurable curiosity and a desire to improve and eliminate inefficiencies. I am a producer, not a consumer.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.