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Comment: Re:But! (Score 1) 139

by gweihir (#49352413) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Incompetence and only be fully developed and utilized to its maximum potential if it is paired with arrogance, as otherwise people could utilize undesirable insights into their own skills (or rather lack thereof) as motivator to increase their competence level. One of the tried-and-true ways of establishing arrogance is fostering high self-esteem that is not founded in accomplishments, but in the believe that everybody can and should regard themselves as highly valuable, regardless of whether they have actually accomplished something.

Makes me wonder whether this drive to give young people high self-esteem is actually a coordinated attempt to sabotage education and self-improvement.

Comment: Re:finger pointing (Score 1) 139

by gweihir (#49352397) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

I do not think it can be fixed. The western world managed to acquire technological leadership, and then its governments found out that they do not actually like their citizens to be educated and smart. Hence they have been sabotaging that systematically for a long time and the fruits of that sabotage are obvious now. This decline will continue for a long, long time.

Comment: Re:Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 139

by gweihir (#49352381) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

For reasons I don't understand, the media continues to refer to the trailing edge Millennials as technology whiz kids who have grown up with technology and are "technologically savvy", but to my way of thinking they really know nothing about technology at all.

That one is pretty simple: The media have no clue about technology at all and think being able to use a simple user-interface is actually is some way comparable to "mastering" and "controlling" a device. Of course, none of that is the case. Instead, there are just even less incentives to learn how technology actually works. All surface, no deeper understanding at all.

Comment: Re:Actually... No. (Score 2) 152

Most businesses wouldn't have any major issue spending that little extra money; if they did, they wouldn't if they were slightly more efficient or if the CxO's got a few million dollars less.

Eg. Coca-Cola has 130k employees. Increasing their employee base by 50% (I assume an average cost of $100k/employee) would cost $6.5B/y or barely 15% of their yearly revenue.

You can make the same calculations for a number of companies, unless the company is severely mismanaged or inefficient (in which case it should fail anyway) you'll find that it is VERY affordable if only their CxO's would give up a few million of bonus or the shareholders wouldn't mind to throw in a penny.


Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US 139

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-work-for-you dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes Millennial tech workers are entering the U.S. workforce at a comparable disadvantage to other tech workers throughout the industrialized world, according to study earlier this year from Educational Testing Services (PDF). How do U.S. millennials compare to their international peers, at least according to ETS? Those in the 90th percentile (i.e., the top-scoring) actually scored lower than top-scoring millennials in 15 of the 22 studied countries; low-scoring U.S. millennials ranked last (along with Italy and England/Northern Ireland). While some experts have blamed the nation's education system for the ultimate lack of STEM jobs, other studies have suggested that the problem isn't in the classroom; a 2014 report from the U.S. Census Bureau suggested that many of the people who earned STEM degrees didn't actually go into careers requiring them. In any case, the U.S. is clearly wrestling with an issue; how can it introduce more (qualified) STEM people into the market?

Comment: Re:Disaster Recovery? (Score 1) 165

by guruevi (#49351211) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

Backups can be cheap/free. With some imagination and extra work I ran a design department without any dedicated server or backup hardware (a large company where requisitioning a server needed board approval which only met once every 6 months - they failed shortly after I left).

The entire 'cloud' hype has shown us that you can run storage over hundreds of nodes with a large number of them that could suddenly fail. Desktops all have at least 50GB-1TB of free space and could thus act as a simple storage node.

The problem IS clueless IT people. These people that come out of school and have programmer jobs or IT administrative duties but couldn't code their way out of a box with LOGO.

Comment: Re:How many computers can you buy for $128k? (Score 1) 165

by guruevi (#49351153) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

Why do you need to replace the computers? Wipe them and reinstall them. They do have backups of their important data on non-Windows-systems don't they?

Reason #2 why you don't have your backup systems connected into Craptive Directory (#1 being that if your directory needs to be restored, you should be able to login to your backup system).

Comment: Re:Fucking Useless (Score 1) 204

by guruevi (#49351071) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

Who has a 7 word phrase password (that's ~56 characters of random words that do not make sense). Most password systems won't even accept that and mistype one character and you have to start over again. As comparison 56 characters is the length of this string. The moment you start making sense between words, it gets even easier to crack.

Comment: Re:this is totally insecure (Score 1) 204

by guruevi (#49351041) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

The problem sits in the dictionary attacks. There have been crackers out there on GPU for years that combine wordlists and partial words to guess passwords. Few crackers (if you have a large amount of hashes to crack) will still guess all combinations from a to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. They'll take existing dictionaries, recombine them in 1->n words where combined words 16 characters, even substitute leetspeak characters. If your password 8 characters you're pretty much screwed already, 12-16 characters is still acceptable if the words aren't too common, 24 is the new gold standard.

Comment: Re:not the problem (Score 2) 62

You're doing it wrong! Unless you don't care about data loss and calculated out that replacing the EVO's every few months is actually a cheaper option compared to a decent SLC (Intel, STEC, ...) or even RAM SSD over the lifetime of your server, then I would recommend re-examining your setup. SLC's are not only faster, but they're a heck more reliable. If you just care about speed on a single box, get a PCIe based SSD. Desktop drives for this kind of setup is asking for trouble.

I still have a set of 32GB SLC (Intel X-25-E) from 2009 which have digested several PB worth of data in their lifetime as well as a number of OCZ Deneva's with the same workload. Probably the best investment possible.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS