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Comment: Re:Cisco (Score 1) 80

by flosofl (#38817723) Attached to: Fighting Rogue Access Points At linux.conf.au
That's not really a differentiating feature, there are a quite a few companies that have the similar capabilities and are more accurate that Cisco. I find Cisco's wireless security offerings to be pretty damn weak. They target a very small slice of WLAN issues and exploits (granted, they are typically the most severe), than other vendors who focus solely on security.

For WLAN Cisco is adequate (I have issues with some of their config and engineering choices), but for WIPS/WIDS I can think of perhaps two (maybe three) companies I would recommend over Cisco. Cisco would be a "heavily invested in Cisco gear and can't get a real budget for wireless security" choice.

Comment: Re:the answer is yes (Score 1) 948

by flosofl (#38682376) Attached to: Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?
Well, sort of. For entry level and mid level positions what you say is true. However, in the tech industry if you're looking to fill positions higher up the expertise and skill ladder, it can be a real bitch to find qualified workers regardless of the economy. My group has been growing as our business is expanding, and we actually spent almost 5 months recently looking inside and outside the company looking for a candidate with the right skills, knowledge and experience.

Comment: Re:the answer is yes (Score 4, Insightful) 948

by flosofl (#38679620) Attached to: Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?
Exactly. Any company or department or group that actually needs any one person to actually get stuff done is one that will eventually crater and crater hard. It shows they lack focus and have no defined processes or perhaps even lack documentation and definitions of roles and responsibilities. Good companies have some level of redundancy built in so the absence of any one person does not bring things to a screeching halt.

Comment: Re:the answer is yes (Score 3, Informative) 948

by flosofl (#38679582) Attached to: Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?
Wow. I must be lucky in my last two jobs. At both places (both multinationals), we were encouraged to not only take our allotted time, but we were told you're on vacation you will not be called or expected to work. Most of us bring at least our phones "just in case", but I can honestly say I've never been called when taking scheduled time off.

Of course it helps if your group or department has a well defined processes and documentation. We have redundancy and some overlap in responsibility built in so that the absence of one person will not bring the show to a screeching halt. This is even at the management level. Team leads will usually act as proxy for the vacationing manager and are empowered to make decisions in his or her absence (or course they have to justify those decisions when the manager returns...)

So I guess at a poorly run company or department, yes you can get punished. But a well run company that has a clear strategy and well defined processes and workflows, not so much.

Comment: Re:We'll be whatever you want... (Score 1) 727

by flosofl (#38584128) Attached to: Are Engineers Natural Libertarians Or Technocrats?

In other words, write overcomplicated code that ships late?

What takes longer? Actually spending to time to write code blocks in a an easy to understand format using descriptive variable names, or trying to unravel what for all that is unholy was this coder actually trying to do?

Comment: Re:And the name says it all (Score 1) 113

by flosofl (#38516188) Attached to: Boxee 1.5 Will Be the Last Supported Desktop Version
No, you just need the cable card from the cable company. Like the one that gets put into current gen TiVOs. Like the one you get in lieu of a set-top box if you request. If you actaully look at the InfiniTV 4 PCIe card, there's a HUGE slot in the back to put the card. So it can decrypt the signals.

Comment: Re:Google versus Apple (Score 1) 360

by flosofl (#38441798) Attached to: Google Working On Siri Competitor Majel
Wait... isn't Google Voice what replaced Grand Central? At least that's what the "Google Voice" app on my iPhone is. A centralized location for SMS and ties in my various phones and filters incoming calls, etc...

Is there another Google Voice, or are you thinking of another product, because I don't recall using any voice recognition with the Google Voice I'm aware of (it may be there, but I've never stumbled across that function)

Comment: Re:"And" ? what "and" ? This is the egg jobs laid (Score 5, Informative) 389

by flosofl (#38311422) Attached to: Microsoft Can Remotely Kill Purchased Apps
That may be the case, but I've never had Apple yank an app from my iPhone. Even an app that I purchased that Apple subsequently removed from the store for "violations". Still have it and I used it many many times since it was no longer "legit".

I have had Amazon delete a book I was in the middle of right off my Kindle (not in mid-read, when the kindle went to sleep). They did refund me, but that's not quite the point is it Amazon?

Comment: Re:Someone correct me if I'm wrong but... (Score 1) 160

by flosofl (#38244372) Attached to: Quantum Entanglement of Macroscopic Diamonds
Not a PhD, but I think the point is they actually aren't in particular state before they are measured (observed). They're smeared across all possible states at the same time. So the coins are equally heads AND tails. It's not until observation happens that it collapses into a this coin is heads or this coin is tails. Look up the double slit photon experiment. I seem to remember reading it and ALMOST having an epiphany. You may fare better.

And no, I cannot explain it or even understand WHY that is. All I know is it makes my brain hurt.

He: Let's end it all, bequeathin' our brains to science. She: What?!? Science got enough trouble with their OWN brains. -- Walt Kelly

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