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Comment: Re:Make a list (Score 1) 191

Also any exploits of the suffix information would need to either be done very quickly or in such a way that the owner did not know it was missing or compromised. Because the first thing you would do upon realizing that your suffix list has been stolen is go and change your passwords to use a new set of suffix's.

Comment: Not An Age Thing (Score 1) 515

by jsfetzik (#40591427) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old Dogs vs. New Technology?

The situation presented by the OP is not really age related. It has a lot more to do with attitude and personality. I work in IT and turned 50 a couple weeks ago. I spend a significant amount of my time trying to keep up with technology advancements. Most of the people I work with and know that work with technology do not try to keep up with things unless they must to do their job. It really comes down to a matter of interest. Some people have an innate interest in technology and learning as much as they can about it. Others do not. What you do for a living really has little to do with it.

Comment: Re:You don't say (Score 1) 578

by jsfetzik (#39377607) Attached to: George "geohot" Hotz Arrested In Texas For Posession of Marijuana

I believe under current law the border patrol has authority anywhere within 100 miles of the border. This means something like 75%+ of the US population lives within the border patrols area of operation and they can stop you at any time to do a "border search". The thing about this is that the rules and laws that control what the border patrol can do are way different than what most other law enforcement organizations work under. A fair amount of due process stuff just goes right out the window.

Comment: Change Control and Charge Backs (Score 1) 304

by jsfetzik (#39110401) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Priorities Inflation In IT Projects?

It depends on what your goal is. Do you want to stop the change requests or reduce them?

If you just want to reduce them put in a change control process and make sure everyone, including IT, follows it, no exceptions other than a true production stop situation. Half the request will go away simply because someone has to actually fill out a form and commit stuff to writing.

If you want to stop all but the most essential stuff do charge backs for everything you do. The moment the actual cost of making changes moves out of IT, requests will drop off drastically. People will ask for all kinds of stuff as long as it doesn't cost them anything. The moment they have to pay for it they pay a lot more attention to things and only pay for what they really need..

Comment: Re:How to poke a dead body (Score 1) 545

by jsfetzik (#38685744) Attached to: How To Get Developers To Document Code

One big problem I have seen is that developers are never given any sort of training related to documenting. That and standards are seldom in place. So you can tell developers to document stuff, but if they are never shown what to do or how to do it, it just isn't going to get done in a useful way.

Comment: Re:Depends... (Score 1) 289

by jsfetzik (#37855208) Attached to: Your Tech Skills Have a Two Year Half-Life

It really does depend on the specific job.

For example the skill set needed to administer an Oracle database hasn't really changed in a long time. Have new tools come along that have better UI? Sure, but the process to create a database, do backups, make a clone, optimize a query, etc. haven't changed in ages.

As for people that right code, the real skill set of a good programmer never goes stale. Being familiar with one specific language or framework is really a very small part of a good programmers skill set. Any good programmer can pick up a different language of framework fairly quickly. Understanding various design patterns, development techniques, good comunications skills, etc. never go stale and are always relevant.

It seems Mr. Bloom is referring to experience with specific versions of software or hardware as the skill set. Not the actual skills it takes to effectively use that software or hardware.

Comment: Re:China to lose even more money on high-speed rai (Score 1) 387

by jsfetzik (#36463318) Attached to: China Begins To Extend High Speed Rail Across Asia

It's not the price relative to other choices that make high speed rail usage in China relatively low. It is the fact that the average monthly wages in China are something like 2000-3000 Yuan. Sure there are plenty of people in a company the size of China that make more then that, but the majority just plain can't afford to travel at all.

Comment: I used to... (Score 1) 547

by jsfetzik (#31857822) Attached to: How Many Hours a Week Can You Program?

There were times when I would actually code for 35-45 hours a week. Assuming "code" includes the wrote, run, crash, debug, rinse and repeat cycle.

These days I am lucky if I actually code more then 5 hours a week on average. I spend most of my times doing administrative tasks, being interrupted by coworkers and attending ineffective meetings.

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