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Comment: Re:bye (Score 1) 528

by ron_ivi (#49754943) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

something leaner and meaner, focused militantly on privacy and even going so far as to deliberately not support portions of HTML5 (e.g. DRM).

Pretty close to what Chromium is.

It stripped AAC, Flash, and other patent-encumbered parts.

I had hope for the dillo minimal browser, but not supporting javascript is getting pretty tough with many websites these days. Also hopeful that IceWeasel becomes the sane alternative if the Mozilla guys go crazy like this.

Comment: Network Basics (Score 1) 298

They ought to know the basics of how a network is put together. Understand vocabulary like router, server, LAN, WAN, ethernet, packet. Not saying they're all going to be future sysadmins, but people who understand how data gets from one place to another definitely have an advantage in today's world.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 507

by superflippy (#49691883) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

I work on one of several teams adding features to huge, complex software suite. I don't know how well Agile would work when creating a new application from scratch, but for adding features to an existing program it works really well. The methodology helps us keep a rein on our scope and has greatly improved our interoperability with the other teams. With the goal that a given feature has to be releasable by the end of sprint 4, we're releasing small, working features more often instead of massive, buggy features a couple times a year.

Comment: Re:Obvious point of comparison? (Score 1) 211

by flonker (#49689235) Attached to: FCC May Stop 911 Access For NSI Phones

In California, for example, as many as 45 percent of the more than 8 million cell phone calls to 911 each year are for non-emergencies, officials said; in Sacramento, it could be as high as 80 percent. Those calls block the lines for callers who really need urgent help


But national statistics say otherwise. One recent survey reported that 25 percent of all 911 calls are pranks, creating a dilemma for emergency agencies. And in 2003, another national study found that 70 percent of all cell phone calls to 911 are dialed inadvertently.


Estimates suggest 20% of 911 calls are non-emergencies


So, we've got 45%, 80%, 70% or 20% non-emergencies; and 25% fraudulent. Somehow, I don't have a lot of faith in these numbers.

Comment: And: of which communication types (Score 5, Insightful) 142

by ron_ivi (#49687447) Attached to: House Votes To End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data

Also -- why the focus on a tiny subset (just Metadata) of a dying communiation system (phone).

It'd be far more interesting if they'd do something about far more invasive (not just metadata, but content too) that's being captured from (presumably) all internet traffic (skype, email, etc).

Comment: Re:Security clearance (Score 0) 420

by ron_ivi (#49654855) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving To an Offshore-Proof Career?
Doesn't work that well; since there are enough close-partner-countries that much of that work can go oversees as well. For example, you'll notice the [Navy's new railguns have BAE logos on them]( so those jobs can be offshored to the UK. Outsourcing internationally is everywhere now.

Comment: not outside the jurisdiction of the NSA (Score 3, Interesting) 135

by ron_ivi (#49652007) Attached to: Dropbox Moves Accounts Outside North America To Ireland

That's not a security move

It's also not outside the jurisdiction of the NSA.

Recall that the NSA is a DoD sub-agency --- so is quite restriced from spying on US Citizens inside the US. However DoD intel agencies are much more free to spy on international -- in fact, it's their main job.

It seems to me this moves it INSIDE the jurisdiction of the NSA.

Comment: Re:Not authorized is worse than unconstional. (Score 1) 237

for congress ... behavior of the nsa ...

The whole thing is silly because it's re-directing the focus to a tiny subset of some archaic historical communication system (phone call metadata).

It's like saying that they shouldn't get to make maps of smoke signal fire pit locations.

This is all just to distract people from their bulk collection of internet communications; and giving politicians an opportunity to say "see, I'm tough on privacy" without actually accomplishing anything significant.

Comment: Got more offers by not being interested (Score 2) 227

by superflippy (#49598383) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think

Last year I realized that I'd never changed my LinkedIn job profile info to "not interested" after starting my new job a year earlier. I'd been getting a lot of pings from recruiters, and I thought that might discourage them. Nope. Saying I wasn't interested made the recruiters even more interested in me!

Which would be great if any of them had a job better than my current one, but they never do. Everything is more boring work I'm less qualified for, for less pay.

Comment: Re:The good news is... (Score 4, Insightful) 211

by ron_ivi (#49589959) Attached to: Yes, You Can Blame Your Pointy-Haired Boss On the Peter Principle

It was horrible. I did a really crappy job.

Sadly, you were probably better than the guy before you and the guy after you.

I venture to say that just because you realized you were doing a bad job, you were already doing a better job than the vast majority of managers (especially ones who think of themselves as "good").

"You're a creature of the night, Michael. Wait'll Mom hears about this." -- from the movie "The Lost Boys"