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Comment: Re:About Time The Market Got Hot (Score 1) 143

by creimer (#47955613) Attached to: Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment
I graduated from the eighth grade, skipped high school and got my A.A. in General Education in 1994. I became a software tester by accident when my roommate's company was hiring for a level-entry position in 1997. I went back to school in 2002 to get an A.S. in Computer Programming, which I finished in 2007 after taking classes on part-time basis and working 40 hours a week. Since this was a career transition, my second associate degree was paid for by Uncle Sam with a $3,000 USD tax credit.

Comment: Re:About Time The Market Got Hot (Score 1) 143

by creimer (#47955571) Attached to: Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

When I was a grad student, part of my job was running the security lab. I could reimage the entire lab(about 75 machines) in less than 15 minutes.

Lab computers with NO USER DATA can be reimaged in 15 minutes. I have imaged 3,000+ brand new computers for various PC refresh projects, but transferring gigabytes of USER DATA between computers still take time. Users tend to get upset if their data goes missing.

You are incompetent and inept, which is what people with multiple AA degrees are.

So says the Anonymous Coward with lab experience and no real world experience.

At least get an AS degree if you are going to stay in the kiddie pool.

I have an A.A. degree in General Education (1994) and a A.S. in Computer Programming (2007). You can only have one A.A. degree but multiple A.S. degrees from the community college system. As for my A.S. degree, I made the president's list for maintaining a 4.0 GPA while working 40 hours a week as a technician and taking classes part-time for five years.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 61

by mcgrew (#47953295) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

The whole "needles in the eyeball" are just a stepping stone to something truly amazing.

Indeed. I was severely nearsighted all my life, after the cataract surgery I no longer need corrective lenses at all, not even reading glasses and I'm 62. My vision in that eye went from 20/400 to 20/16. Truly a miracle.

BTW, my retina surgeon said that my retinal detachment was a result of being so nearsighted; a nearsighted eyeball isn't perfectly round like a normally sighted person's eyes.

Comment: Re:Linux, cryptography, HTML and JavaScript. (Score 1) 143

by creimer (#47951947) Attached to: Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

You showed that you have no clue about programming, computer and network security or how computers actually work and you rip on someone else that is more intelligent and educated than you?

When I worked at Google in 2008, I had to demonstrate to a software engineer how to turn on his computer because his intelligence and education never prepared him for the real world. Most software engineers are really clueless when it comes to working with hardware.

You should go get another AA to boost your cred.

I'm working on the CompTIA Security+ certification for my government job as a security support specialist. After that I'll get my ITIL Foundation certification since I'm working for an ITIL organization. The next step after that is the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and the CCNA Security certifications. Just because I have two associate degrees doesn't mean that my education is over.

Comment: Re:PLEASE! (Score 2) 236

by creimer (#47950335) Attached to: Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

I wasn't aware that I had a problem until my Joomla and Wordpress websites became unstable several months ago. The webhosting company claimed that the problem wasn't on their end. So I had to investigate what was going on. Low and behold, I found log files with all the failed login attempts. The various security hardening guides recommended changing the name of the default admin accounts and using strong passwords. That alone reduced the number of attacks by half since the hackers will have to guess both the admin account name and the password.

Comment: Change Jobs Often (Score 1) 249

by creimer (#47949573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?
I had a recent job interview where I bumped into an old coworker from nine years ago. We compared notes. He still has the same job and makes the same amount of money from nine years ago. Since Fortune 500 companies have this unfortunate habit of laying me off every so often, I've worked multiple jobs and make 80% more money. All those new people and company cultures had broaden my horizons -- and fatten my wallet.

Comment: Re:There is no "almost impossible" (Score 1) 229

by Just Some Guy (#47948689) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Same thing with IPv6. I've heard educated people say "It'll be a few more years until we just run out of address space there, too."

Careful there. By design, the IPv6 address space is very sparse. For instance, my house has a /48 netblock allocated to it. If that were the universal rule, the effective address space would be 2^48 networks, not 2^128 hosts. That's also assuming that all of the /48 space is allocated perfectly and densely, and not like a /16 per ISP which would mean that we'd never be able to have more than 66,000 ISPs.

IPv6 will not feasibly support 2^128 hosts because it was never meant for each host to be consecutively numbered. While your coworker is incorrect, your standpoint isn't exactly right, either.

Comment: Re:Credit cards? (Score 1) 77

by mcgrew (#47948599) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

I'm fine with the chip; that protects me, the bank, and the retailer. I am NOT fine with the PIN. My signature can't be stolen; if someone steals my card, the signature on the sales slip proves it's not me. But if someone steals your PIN they have your every penny.

It happened to me with a debit card. I welcome the chip, but of they add a PIN I'll cancel all my cards and go back to cash and checks, even though they're nowhere as convenient.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 61

by mcgrew (#47948525) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

I hadn't had any of the accounts I'd used, either, and wasn't sure which one it was. Still got the account back, give 'em a try.

I had cataract surgery on that eye two years before the retina came loose. I did know a couple of guys who had vitrectomies followed by cataract surgery, but the needles don't go through the lens, they go in through the whites (photos at wikipedia). I suspect that a vitrectomy involves steroids; steroid eyedrops for an eye infection caused my cataract.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.