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Comment: Re:I hate to tell you this (Score 1) 236

by msobkow (#49750271) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

People who are confident in their own ability and who are willing to learn from their mistakes appreciate honesty.

It's only the pathetic little whining "everyone gets a trophy" kids who think it's "mean" or "cruel" to tell someone the truth.

If you want a trophy for mediocrity, go back to elementary school. This is the real world. You can fail; you WILL fail; and how you DEAL with failure is more a measure of your professionalism than your "'733T skillz."

Comment: Java is just a tool like any other language (Score 1) 103

by msobkow (#49750165) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

No language is inherently good or evil in and of itself (save for PHP, which is evil incarnate.)

It is simply a tool for expressing logic. A means of structuring data.

Some are elegant for certain classes of problems, some are abused to fit problem sets they aren't suited for.

The sole benefit of Java to me is it's portability for core logic, even though I know that once you're dealing with user interfaces and heavy duty multi-threading, there are "write once, test everywhere" problems with the language.

Java isn't even predictable on my Linux box. It randomly crashes for no apparent reason while running code that has run cleanly thousands upon thousands of times in the past. Yet after years and years of successful runs of my pet project (, I had Java 7 on Ubuntu crash a couple weeks ago during a run. The compiler itself crashes on a regular basis; several times per week.

As to why all the Java articles lately? Oracle's "Java World" conference is coming up, so it's time to beat the drums, sacrifice the sheep, and burn the entrails on the altar of the language. The high priests are out in droves preaching the gospel.

Comment: Re:Well,what if it had been a poor neighbourhood? (Score 1) 79

by BitZtream (#49749627) Attached to: DNA On Pizza Crust Leads To Quadruple Murder Suspect

Welcome to reality.

We are not all created equal. We do not all have the same level of life. Deal with it.

Yes, the people who make the laws (you know, the politicians who live in this neighborhood) do get treated differently, thats normal. Not treating them differently would be impossible, and you not understanding that shows a real lack of understanding of how people work.

'Fairness' is an entirely human construct made up by humans to mean treating everyone the same. It does not actually mean treat them fairly.

Nature treats life fairly. The weak die first, the strong carry the species on. I'm sorry that reality doesn't look good for you, but you have to be retarded to be so silly as to think this is ever going to be any other way. Everyone getting the EXACT same privileges will never happen. Not until we're all a bunch of clones who behave and perform the EXACT SAME WAY.

Until then, man who worked harder to get power will get more privileges, just like I expect to get more when I work harder in my job.

And for people like yourself, who slack off and whine about how someone else gets treated better than you ... well ... welcome to the rest of your life because while you're whining and bitching about it, the people who deserve better are working to make their lives better.

All you're doing is whining and moaning, you deserve your lot in life.

Comment: Re:It's a fake!! (Score 1) 267

by BitZtream (#49749549) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

Theres not really much wonder to it.

Rand Paul makes his opinion well known and stands by it. Agree or disagree, if you don't know his stance, its only because you've not bothered to pay attention.

Other senators abstain rather than vote against the party, Rand Paul votes. When he doesn't like something, he states it loudly and votes against it. This is unlike people like Changemaster Obama ... who no one bothered to look at his voting record while ranting and raving about him ... at which point they would have noticed, clearly, that Obama made John McCain look angelic. I suspect based on your comment, you don't really look at who you're voting for either, as Rand Paul is rather well known and has stood on his own for years.

Note: I do no vote for Rand Paul, but he is one of the few people that clearly votes based on his own personal agenda, and he does so publicly. I appreciate that. I do not appreciate politicians who claim they support my agenda, when in reality all they care about is more money and power.

Comment: Re:0 terminated strings are the root of all exploi (Score 1) 69

I disagree. We do _not_ need the "cheap" programmers as what they write has negative worth. The reason C persists is simple: It is the best tool for quite a few jobs and it is a good tool in the hands of an expert. The damage caused is indeed unnecessary, but it is never a tool's fault when it is wielded incompetently.

+ - NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones->

Submitted by Advocatus Diaboli
Advocatus Diaboli writes: "The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals. The surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from each of the countries in the “Five Eyes” alliance — the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia."

"The newly published document shows how the agencies wanted to “exploit” app store servers – using them to launch so-called “man-in-the-middle” attacks to infect phones with the implants. A man-in-the-middle attack is a technique in which hackers place themselves between computers as they are communicating with each other; it is a tactic sometimes used by criminal hackers to defraud people. In this instance, the method would have allowed the surveillance agencies to modify the content of data packets passing between targeted smartphones and the app servers while an app was being downloaded or updated, inserting spyware that would be covertly sent to the phones."

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