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Comment: It's the current job market (Score 4, Funny) 465

by heretic108 (#45550859) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?
The job market is very tight, so employers are spoiled for choice. They will seek employees who can hit the ground running immediately. In this environment, they see even a week's learning curve as a waste, and would rather hire someone ordinary who can be immediately productive rather than someone great who might take a little longer. Watch out for this changing as the economy recovers, and jobs again become an employee's market.

Comment: Big Win for Bars and Nightclubs (Score 2) 152

by heretic108 (#45111275) Attached to: People Trust Tech Companies Over Automakers For Self-Driving Cars
Self-driving cars means that people will be able to drink and "drive" to their hearts content, legally and safely. This will help to rejuvenate the ailing club/pub scene and maybe restore the live entertainment industry to grace. It would make sense for liquor companies, pubs and clubs to invest substantially in autonomous vehicle tech. Anyone up for a new "Roaring 20s"?

Comment: The real differences (Score 3) 333

From my R&D experience across many companies, it's clear to me that a "software engineer" is a proper superset of "developer".
  1. A 'developer' is paid to create code that works within the company's contrived runtime environment and passes a few stages of testing, while a 'software engineer' is also paid to ensure the code actually works reliably in this nebulous abstract construct called the "real world" - customer/client installations where there are innumerable environmental variables and things that can go wrong.
  2. A "developer" nods timidly and reluctantly to Murphy while passing in the corridor. But the software engineer says "Thanks for another great night. What would you like for breakfast?"
  3. A "developer" goes whining to her/his team leader when the tools or OS play up. A software engineer cracks out the machine-code debugger, logic analyser and oscilloscope, traces all the API calls, and spits out working patches for the bugs in the libraries, drivers and kernel.

If I had some plant that was failing at 3:15am and costing me a fortune, I know which I would prefer to have on site.

Comment: Needs mass spook-spamming (Score 4, Insightful) 106

by heretic108 (#41797537) Attached to: Researchers Develop Surveillance System That Can Watch & Predict

I'm thinking along the lines of the emacs "spook" function, amongst other things. You just need enough a large enough group of participants working together.

The system can be trained in weird ways. For instance, if enough people in enough places scratch their noses with their left hands, then break out in a mock fight, the system will learn to sound the alarm every time someone scratches their nose with their left hand.

Or, for something more socially useful - have people pull out a cellphone, talk for a few seconds, then pull out a mock gun and pretend to mug others. Then, the system will freak out every time some annoying jerk pulls out a cellphone in public. Along that same theme, train the system to send in the troops whenever someone adjusts their underwear in public, or picks their nose, or farts loudly...

+ - Official DHS "Spy Words" Revealed->

Submitted by heretic108
heretic108 (454817) writes "The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to reveal its list of words which automatically result in one being spied upon. This list is a precious resource for plugin authors for email programs like Thunderbird, who want to offer an updated counterpart of the old (in)famous Emacs "M-x spook" function."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Firefox - spiritual benefits (Score 5, Funny) 665

by heretic108 (#40879895) Attached to: Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It
Firefox is the greatest browser, with advanced features to benefit every user at a profound spiritual level:
* Its memory bloat teaches us to be mindful of our resources, both within the computer, and our use of our resources in everyday outer life.
* Its slowness helps teach us patience.
* When the whole browser freezes up from a bit of incompetent CPU-thrashing javascript code running in one tab, it teaches us to be responsible for our own coding decisions and how they affect others.
* Its slow startup teaches us that wonderful things don't happen instantly, and that we need to lose our attachment to time

Stay away from Chrome - it feeds the ego by promoting our addiction to instant gratification

IFPI Won't Share Pirate Bay Damages With Musicians 177

Posted by Soulskill
from the delivering-on-expectations dept.
An anonymous reader tips this news from TorrentFreak: Earlier this year the sentences against the Pirate Bay defendants were made final. Aside from prison sentences, they will have to pay damages to the entertainment industries, including €550,000 to several major music labels. The court awarded the damages to compensate artists and rightsholders for their losses. However, it now turns out that artists won’t see a penny of the money, as the labels have allocated it to IFPI to fund new anti-piracy campaigns. ...While it may come as no surprise that the music industry has a hard time getting money from The Pirate Bay defendants, what comes next may raise a few eyebrows. 'There is an agreement that any recovered funds will be paid to IFPI Sweden and IFPI London for use in future anti-piracy activities,' IFPI writes. In other words, the money that the Court awarded to compensate artists and rightsholders for their losses is not going to the artists at all."

+ - How Facebook can defeat password-demanders 1

Submitted by heretic108
heretic108 (454817) writes "In response to people like employers who demand Facebook credentials for current and prospective workers, a simple solution would be for Facebook to allow all account holders to create "sandbox accounts". Once you create a sandbox account, you can (from your main account) selectively set your posts, photos, likes etc to be visible or invisible to the sandbox account. You can also choose which of your friends (and your friends' activities) will be visible. For instance, you can set it so Sandy Smith's activities are hidden by default, while Jim Stone's activities are visible by default.
The idea is that when logged in to the sandbox account, there will be nothing to indicate that it's a sandbox login. You will even be able to create a nested sandbox within this sandbox, with no nesting restriction.
With this in place, an employer will never know whether his/her employee or candidate has given up the master password, or just a sandbox password — with the ability to nest the sandboxes, account holders will have plausible deniability and will regain some control over their privacy in the event of duress attacks."

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe