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Comment Re:Not my type of company (Score 1) 267 267

It's not quite that simple, but close enough for Slashdot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

In practice, it's easy to get rid of someone for stealing (information or physical assets) or bad behavior (browsing naughty stuff). But getting rid of ineffective employees takes too much work sometimes and that ineffective employee is moved around the company until they retire...

Comment Re:Correct (Score 1) 267 267

Cat and mouse. Some companies go one further with port-level security (only white listed machines can get on the network using client-side software...so it's more than just MAC address) and disabling boot-from-cd in the BIOS and pw protecting the BIOS. What really bothers me is when a site/domain gets auto-blocked and it just happens to be a CDN holding images or css for a number of sites like IBM, Apple, Amazon, our own company's site...
There's no good process for getting those blocks quickly removed. Google was accidentally blocked one day...

Comment Re:Doesn't get it (Score 2) 306 306

I started learning computer programming way back when I was 8 or 9 (1980/1981); our local community college had a class for kids in the evenings. Basic on a PDP11 running RSTS/e. I still remember the username and password (username:113,3; password: mercer).

Anyhow, exposing kids to coding at that age isn't about learning how to be a computer programmer. It's about teaching logic and how to break a problem down into smaller, more manageable pieces (think WBS in project management). Why do we make our kids take geometry? Proofs. Critical thinking. Algebra? Same thing.

In 7th grade math we used LOGO - not a language for career computer programmers I'd say, but it was a "training wheels" language. The teacher would give you a problem and you had to solve it.

As an aside...

I have a theory that Germans make good programmers because of the German language itself. Stacks. Subroutines. Recursion...

Comment Re:A feature of Western *democracy*? (Score 1) 83 83

Germans spy on Germans...what else is new? It's a piece of national pride to know everything about your neighbor...except when they die watching TV and nobody finds them for 16 years. It seems that every time I hear about one of those happening, 9 out of 10 times it's in Germany...

Comment Re:I believe it.... (Score 1) 179 179

Last winter I stepped out my front door and smelled gas and called NSTAR and they came out with a truck and detectors and the whole lot. They smelled it too, but the concentration wasn't high enough to call it an emergency, so they put me on a repair list. Two weeks later I come home to find the street in front of my house spray painted by DigSafe and a note on my door saying I need to be home the next day. They came, ran a liner in the pipe from the main to my house, connected it inside, and were gone. No more gas smell.

Then they came 2 months later to replace my meter (which they do every 7 years).

--Mike

"Facts are stupid things." -- President Ronald Reagan (a blooper from his speeach at the '88 GOP convention)

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