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Comment: Manage Outsourcing (Score 1) 164 164

You listed a bunch of strengths:
1) she has J2EE experience
2) she lives in Spain where the developer job market sucks
3) she has the talent
4) she'd like to move up to a better job

So, how about she goes and finds un/under-employed local programmers, sets up a syndicate, and manages outsourcing jobs for enterprises in areas where the labor market is tight?

That will gain her marketable sales and management skills which she can then parlay into better career opportunities. Maybe even sell the company once it's successful.

I'm assuming she can speak English about as well as you can, which is plenty good (I can't tell if you're native or not).

Here's the thing that bothers me most about your post, though: she's of child-bearing age, so I'll assume under 40, and you say doing IT is better than picking up a new career now. Don't fool yourself - she'll be working another 40 years (unless the AI's take over) and so she's less than 1/3rd of the way into her career. If you love her, you'll want her to be happy for the next 40 years, and you'll support her in finding/creating something that supports her passions and can pay the bills. So, if she really hates IT, ignore what I wrote above and work hard to help her find her purpose.

Comment: Re:That's not what the blockchain is for (Score 1) 37 37

The bitcoin solution is to sell the space to the highest bidder

'A', not 'the'. Sidechains are a much better bitcoin approach (the blockchain need only record the entry and exit points). Marc Andresson's company has been working on just this for a year or more.

Comment: Re:Apples and oranges (Score 1) 96 96

So then, aren't size comparisons between OpenSSL and s2n at best useless, and at worst intentionally misleading?

Possibly misleading, if one doesn't understand the true claims, but definitely useful.

If you're just using OpenSSL for running servers and s2n can provide all of the functions a server needs, and s2n is is 1% of openssl's size, then it's a much, much cheaper target for auditing, and so it's far more feasible to feel secure about it.

If you're doing something different with OpenSSL then the use case probably doesn't apply.

It may be that a machine analysis of the OpenSSL codebase, starting with the function calls from, say, mod_ssl, could produce a useful graph of the OpenSSL code that's actually in use by typical servers. I'm not personally aware of such an effort, but it seems obvious enough that probably somebody has done it.

Comment: Re:How is this illegal? (Score 1) 92 92

Still don't see the harm if Apple and the publishers try to set prices. You. An either deal with Apple or not. It's up to the publishers if they want to make that deal.

As for oil companies they can try to set prices as well. Doesn't work too well because there are great incentives for lowering prices if it will increase total profits.

Comment: Re: Above Congress? (Score 4, Insightful) 148 148

not sure if serious ... CIA people have been in the Whitehouse since 1980, out in the open (it's debatable before then). They spy on Congress, have their own secret kangaroo courts, and carry out overseas executions all admittedly. One could suppose that there's nothing worse behind closed doors but that would be generous towards spies. Who doesn't really think they're blackmailing anybody in Congress or other high elected office?

Politics remains the entertainment arm of the military-industrial complex. After all, people would be mildly non-plussed to learn that they were secretly ruled by spooks and banksters.

Comment: Re: Well, well, well. (Score 1) 308 308

Look up the history of free banking. When banks (or any business for that matter) are permitted to fail they tend to act more responsibly. Of course it is in the politicians interest to have a central bank so they don't have to limit spending to what they can tax and borrow voluntarily at market rates.

Comment: TLSv1.0 too... (Score 1) 53 53

Doing some some PCI compliance certification stuff and a scan shows that the site is not compliant, the reason being that TLSv1 is supported. Turning TLSv1 off kills off support for a number of older browsers, all types of browsers.....


    server {
        ssl on;
        #ssl_protocols TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
        ssl_protocols TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2; .....

Now I am trying to figure out what to do about this problem, how to detect the clients that do not support TLSv1 and to redirect them to a simple html page instead of the clients pretty much receiving 'connection reset by server' error.

No dice so far, but I thought this was only supposed to happen a year from now (June 2016, not 2015), oh well.

Comment: Re:Refill (Score 3, Informative) 181 181

Thanks for this. My experience with the refurb vendors has been fair to terrible. I wonder if I should just replace the caps on a leaky refurb toner I got. Brother makes good machines and sells their carts for a king's ransom. I was literally contemplating $50 more for a new Brother color laser than for a set of toner carts for my existing Brother color laser. The refurbs run 25% of the cost, but I'd rather refill them myself now that I know it's possible.

As to the OP - don't spend a gallon of gasoline to bring a toner cart in for recycling - just toss in the trash if that's your only option (for a brand without a mail-back program). Economics is hard, but recycling without considering economics is stupid.

Comment: Loads of money to be made by whoever solves this (Score 2) 203 203

There has to be some way to figure this problem out. It should be especially easy with restaurants since they all use software to track orders. Maybe something like a new Diners Club Card where the Restaurant/Server and Customer can rate each other based on real data. For instance if the customer complains about waiting too long the data should show when they were seated and ticket was opened and when the food was served. If the customer complains about the soup but didn't order it the customer's other reviews be suspect. If the customer claims the server was rude but that server otherwise gets great reviews then they should be suspect. If the restaurant owners could get that kind of feedback on which dishes/servers were liked or disliked it would help them as well. And if you present the card when you show up and you have a good reputation as a diner you could get higher ranked servers.

The early bird who catches the worm works for someone who comes in late and owns the worm farm. -- Travis McGee