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Comment: Re:Effectiveness (Score 1) 537

by mcferguson (#36039916) Attached to: Chinese iPad Factory Staff Forced To Sign 'No Suicide' Pledge
Imagine you live in a communist country with no hope of freedom, democracy, or a living wage. Your job is to toil your entire life in miserable conditions and make frivolous, expensive toys for your rich neighbor across the ocean. Now, is suicide really an irrational response to that Kafkaesque environment?

Comment: Re:Sad (Score 1) 35

by mcferguson (#33440060) Attached to: Mahara 1.2 EPortfolios
It took me several minutes of reading through their marketing speak, but I believe it is a content management system with some additional features like mailing lists tacked on (I cannot be 100% sure, though... even after going through the sample sites). If the product description is any indication, the code is probably a mess.

Comment: Just don't concatenate to form SQL strings n00b (Score 1) 244

by mcferguson (#32580298) Attached to: Kaminsky Offers Injection Antidote
I think most (?) languages already have this. It's called using a parameters collection or prepared statements instead of SQL & "CONCATENATION" & HAX. The frameworks already exist. The solution is to fire or brutally "retrain" the programmers who are writing this sloppy code to begin with. The security problem is so widespread that the language or compiler should flag any concatenated string as "dirty" and disallow passing it into the database API to begin with... Maybe that is what this "framework" from Kaminsky is actually doing.

Comment: Resume Opportunity (Score 1) 495

by mcferguson (#32558344) Attached to: Getting Paid Fairly When Job Responsibilities Spiral?
Build your resume (hopefully with a focus on what you want to be doing long term), and dump your current employer once you get a better opportunity. And you will, if you focus on the right business / IT combination. The economy will eventually get better. And besides, it will take you a lot longer to realize your true potential in earnings if you stay with the same company.

Comment: Re:When you gain it fair and square. (Score 1) 562

by mcferguson (#32524448) Attached to: Google Slams Apple Over iPhone Ad Ban
After a quick Google Search... Here is an article on Ars Technica that reports data from Gartner saying that Apple has 99.x% of the market share for mobile app sales. I believe 99% constitutes a majority. Of course this article is 6 months old, so who knows where Android and BB app sales are now.

Comment: Density? (Score 1) 185

by mcferguson (#32389730) Attached to: Intelligence Density and the Creative Class
Smart people are more tightly compact when.... the entire population is more tightly compact? Whoa! This is some serious science. He could have maybe (I don't know) thrown in some statistics to see if the density of degree holders (what a great definition of "smart") is greater than the mean you would expect for the density in question. But whatever... San Francisco #1!!!!

Factorials were someone's attempt to make math LOOK exciting.