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Comment Re:JAVA FTW (Score 4, Insightful) 457

Actually, it's pretty pathetic that C++ doesn't give you a stack trace for exceptions.

Though, as an aside, that just reminded me of the equally-as-pathetic amount of Stockholm Syndrome exhibited by C++ programmers on Stack Overflow:

You don't need it! They're useless! If you use it you're not a good programmer! Why would you want C++ to be like other languages?!

Comment Re:What about GitHub? (Score -1) 141

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Comment Re:Already propagating (Score 3, Informative) 663

I love how people say artificial sweeteners are harmless, but whenever I accidentally ingest one I get a headache, become nauseous, a sharpness around my heart, and almost vomit.

What terrible thing did I eat to make me feel so sick? A can of PEACHES. That's right, it had sugar but was also laced Sucralose.

Thanks to a complete failure of the media, I didn't know Sucralose could make me sick until after it happened and I started doing some digging. Tons of people apparently have similar reactions:

Comment Calling actual engineers... (Score 1) 466

Anyone with an actual degree in engineering is calling bullshit.

There's nothing magical about AC-DC conversion, and NEWS FLASH, it's much more efficient to transmit AC over long distances than DC. That's HALF THE REASON we use AC. The other half is that it's extremely easy to convert to other forms of AC and DC.

This guy is a moron. You want more efficient power? Go Nuke and enjoy ZERO CO2 EMISSIONS you tree hugging hippy. At that point, you know what happens when you "lose energy from steam turbines"? Nothing. Not a damn thing. The world is exactly the same, except for some resistance heating. Now, efficiency becomes a purely cost measure and isn't connected to pollution at all.

But that's too much of a leap for this moron.

Comment Re:tip of the iceburg (Score 1) 157

Thanks for the supporting experience.

That's why I think there should be legal and social consequences for data breaches. The public treats IT like it is magic... a black art (as opposed to science), dangerous/volatile, and expected to blow up in your face once-in-awhile. Nobody treats bridges that way--everyone understands you can't cut safety out of a budget for a bridge and that you have to take precautions.

Businesses don't treat IT failures like they do an oil spill, but they should. It's a spill of information, and information is extremely valuable.

Comment Re:tip of the iceburg (Score 1) 157

Kerberos predates Windows using it (invented at MIT and published publicly in the late 80's), and is supported on Linux systems. This was also a Windows admin, not a Linux one, so your straw man argument is moot. If you're an admin and you don't understand basic windows domain structure, and internet packet routing, I am fully confident in judging you. If you can't do those two things, what are you employed for? Installing Outlook by pressing the "Next" button?

Comment Re:tip of the iceburg (Score 5, Informative) 157

We have absolutely every idea of how to secure IT systems. Nobody wants to freaking listen.

I know of a college's root password stored in plain text file on a PUBLICLY accessible url so "new computers can install ghost copies quicker." I know of companies actually using "password" for their password. I know companies that deny access to copy-and-paste on remote desktop, refuse to use e-mail because it's insecure, but are fine with me using a domain administrator account to do my work.

The reason businesses don't care about security is two reasons. 1) They're not afraid and people and the laws should make them afraid so it becomes cost-effective to care. 2) The IT field is full of bullshitters so even when people do hire IT, they assume the guy they hire understands security. When most companies only need one IT guy, they have no experienced guy on hand to tell them if the guy if full of crap. I'm a software developer and I had to teach one admin how Kerberos authentication works and how to resolve issues with it, and another thought that intranet ip addresses were somehow accessible from the web.

However, with the IoT, the situation is mark darker. The IoT is a movement. If it cannot get good market penetration fast, it dies out. So people know that IoT is inherently dangerous but they don't have the time and resources to make them secure and solve those problems so they bank on, and hope for, that nobody ever notices so they can sell enough of their products to keep the market going. People buy features, but security only matters if someone finds out.

The IoT is the NSA's wet dream. Why spy on Americans when you can willingly get them to sign a EULA that lets their Smart TV keep the microphone on 24/7? (This has already happened.) And worse still, if the NSA can do it, so can any government. And people are so stupid they're willingly giving up their privacy just so they can "keep up with the tech Joneses" for a gadget that doesn't even improve their lives in any significant way.

Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 4, Insightful) 430

This is common in most business because most businesses are run by morons.

I like to call it "Leading By Conjecture."

Businesses measure a few things (namely money) and then make the insane mistake of thinking that just because they measure something they have all of the variables required for their desired output. They change the variables they have measured (almost always relating to reducing spending and hours) and they assume their total costs will go down. They assume things like employee moral, employee comfort, and amount of bureaucracy are unimportant... well, assume is the wrong word because most of them never consider those things to begin with, and the others dismiss it as pessimism.

Many companies are the equivalent of MRAPs. Big, powerful tanks that are prone to overloading bridges, or tipping over like a toy, because nobody bothered to think about all the variables... they were trying to solve one problem in isolation, "stop IEDs."

Diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggy" until you can find a rock.