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Comment: Not quite a monoculture (Score 1) 35

by grilled-cheese (#49521727) Attached to: OSGeo Foundation Up In Arms Over ESRI LAS Lock-In Plans
ESRI does have some competition, just not a lot. You can find GIS shops that run Autodesk Map 3D (merged with autodesk topobase a while back) and Intergraph. Which of the 3 you use is largely dependent on your region. Intergraph is fairly popular outside the US. Autodesk tends to be more used in the western US, and ESRI is about everywhere else.

Comment: Lack of an air gap, the first mistake (Score 1) 105

by grilled-cheese (#49487799) Attached to: The Voting Machine Anyone Can Hack
What person in their right mind thought giving these things any kind of network connectivity was a good idea? Have we not learned from stupid decisions by SCADA system architects/administrators? If a network exists, the scale of a breach that will occur goes up drastically. A human being needs to be involved to physically relocate a certified write-once component from each machine to a central aggregator and then seal those removed components for audit verification. If I can have a hash verified write once knoppix dvd, why can't they build a verified write once voting machine OS/Application?

Comment: Let companies decide how they value experience! (Score 2) 348

by grilled-cheese (#49220433) Attached to: Obama Administration Claims There Are 545,000 IT Job Openings
Good hiring IT companies already include a years of experience equivalency to higher education. There is basically two traditional paths in IT work. First, you get the 4 year degree and have less experience in the field with specific technologies. Second, you dive straight into the industry doing grunt work while getting whatever certifications you can along the way and generally end up being more specialized. Your hiring policies can discriminate between the two because they are actually different, or they can dictate whatever period of industry experience/higher ed ratio you view as sufficient to do a job. Even once you have applicants, you still have to vet their credentials by checking certification, employment history, and degree course catalog. Not every degree is worth something. Universities that try to pawn off bachelor degrees as just a collection of certifications are very different than ones that provide a broad understanding of IT from top to bottom with the ability to learn on their own quickly to adapt to the rapid pace of technology changes.

I have my BS in computer science and I've been able to fill the roles of system administrator in multiple OS, storage administrator, network administrator, telecom worker, QA manager, DevOps lead, and programmer. I couldn't do all that if somebody had just fed me the cisco certification path. There is a market for people who did that though.

Comment: Instead of money, how about hardware? (Score 1) 245

by grilled-cheese (#48196489) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime
Single threaded processes don't necessarily need the latest generation processors because they just keep adding cores. Instead of trying to buy a new server, why not just accept a donation of a 3ish year old dell/hp/supermicro server. Lots of businesses & universities have a hardware rotation cycle for really good hardware. I've bought perfectly good poweredge servers that were a few years old for under $50 before at a university computer auction.

Comment: Consider your stakeholders (Score 3, Insightful) 57

So how many of these countries have already sharded the internet behind their government firewalls, i.e. China/Russia? And we believe that all other governments are less corrupt and self serving than the US? I'm not a fan of the US Panopticon and stranglehold on critical infrastructure, but honestly, it's worked for several decades now why break it up? At least the US influence that conforms with the military influence we already have. It would be great if a multinational panacea existed to control it, but the closest thing we have to that today is the UN. It doesn't have a strong track record for being the most effective governing body out there. Corruption and government go hand-in-hand; one feeds the other.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb

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