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Comment: Why is Israel not part of the NNPT? (Score 1) 52

by iceco2 (#49166571) Attached to: Interactive Edition of the Nuclear Notebook

6 countries are believed to have held nuclear weapons as of the treay's creation.
Only 5 are recognized as "legitimate" nuclear powers.
Saying if you have them you may keep them but no one else can makes a minimal about of sense. Saying: "everyone who has them except Israel is allowed to keep them" is just plain wrong.

Comment: It will be trivial to overcome (Score 1) 150

by iceco2 (#49162939) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses

These glasses may foil current face detection techniques (I'm not even sure about that),
but based on the pictures provided they do not actually conceal from the camera a significant part of your face,
and do not introduce significant variable noise. It should be trivial to adjust face detection and recognition to overcome this
should these ever become popular enough.

Comment: lifesize video conference (Score 3, Interesting) 164

by iceco2 (#49154729) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Whiteboard Substitutes For Distributed Teams?

I have used pretty much every tool out there skype, goto meeting hangouts to name the more popular ones. But when I did some work with E-bay a while back I got a chance to work with their lifesize system. The camera the screen the high definition and the lack of lag come together to make something far better then anything else I used. I suspect they charge an arm and a leg for such a setup but it works. (I have no financial intrest in lifesize )

Comment: Bad science strikes again (Score 4, Insightful) 60

by iceco2 (#48953321) Attached to: Test Shows Big Data Text Analysis Inconsistent, Inaccurate

The first hint you get is when you notice this paper was published in a physics journal, not a great sign. Then you actually start reading, and you see they declare LDA as "state of the art". And when you actually read what they propose it is a bunch of standard text techniques which actually work quite well with LDA.
So what they actually showed is that taking vanilla algorithms out of the box without even the most basic data processing under-performs compared to superior data processing attached to a simpler algorithm. Which anyone which did any sort of text processing or any other kind of data managling already new.

Comment: It's all about balance (Score 1) 214

by iceco2 (#48922167) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

Software development like almost everything else is about balance.
Do I refactor/rewrite or not? Add the extra layer of abstraction? write defensively?
Do I commit a partial solution to keep integrated with mainline?
Should I deploy a partial solution to get real feedback?
Do I make it more complicated to handle some future requirement?

The best software developers have a good sense of balance. You can always learn a new language/technology
you can also learn to do things by-the-book learning balance is tricky.

Joel Spolsky says a developer needs two attributes: "Smart" and "Gets things done"
I am beginning to believe the latter is the more important part.

I always recommend new graduates to take their first position in a big corporate environment and their second (and all future) in fast moving start-ups.
After you have learned the "anal" way of doing things you make much better decisions when cutting corners.

Comment: The number of things I don't volunteer for is stag (Score 1) 488

by iceco2 (#48503893) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

My neighboorhood has an armed negiboorhod watch, a bike patrol and a parents foot patrol. They all do great stuff keeping me and my kids safe. I keep thinking about volunteering to one of them but never do.
I get invited almost every week by a local charity to help distribute food packages to needy families, haven't gone in years.
I was very politically active in college, since I have a family the most I do is vote.
Asside from giving some money to various causes I don't do anything.
Contributing to open source is just one of many good things I don't do enough.

Comment: Alma mater maters but not because of their quality (Score 2) 130

A candidates school(s) definitely come into my hiring considerations. Especially as a tie breaker or when their is little other information to go on.
This is not because I think the top schools teach you so much more than other schools, The big difference is in who gets accepted in the first place.
Top schools screening process are reasonably correlated with qualities I look for in a candidate and therefor are valuable input to my hiring decision.

Comment: study past competitions (Score 2) 102

by iceco2 (#48111377) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Capture the Flag Training

This is the best advice for any competition.
Alsi arm yourselves with every tool you csn think of. Any minute spent familiarizing yourself with an extra tool is well spent.
Several years ago I led a team of capture the flag, our main tool was simply metasploit(the only tool we used more than once), 8 hours into the conpetition we were down to the last flag trailing the leading team by 15 minutes. We collected a hint stating that some users use the same password on multiple servers which got us to attempt to retrieve all passwords from an already compromised windows machine and try them on an apparently iron clad linux box with nothing but the latest openssh exposed. The other teams were using john the ripper but we had rainbow tabels. This is the only different tool we used and it gave us the win.

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