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Comment: Re:Dear Mr. Obama (Score 1) 387

by sdguero (#49785297) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

Why would the NSA and CIA be spying on Congress? Is it someone's goal to set up the apparatus of a police state?

I'd guess they have also spied on Obama and they have dirt on him (like most of congress). Maybe it's where he was born, maybe it's somethign from his past in Illinois, or something from his time with ACORN. Who knows... It is a relatively simple thing for the NSA/CIA to leak information to the press and get a President impeached. I think this is the simplest explanation for the reversal of Obama's positon regarding the Patriot Act and wiretapping. The CIA has been known to use these types of tactics in the past to maintain power.

Comment: Re:Can we get some all-white/all-black schools too (Score 2) 599

Honestly if we lived in a neighborhood that was 80-90% people of different color than us, I'd pay a couple thousand a year to put my kids in a school where most of the other kids looked like them. Otherwise you are inviting a world of pain into your children's life. In my experience 12-16 year olds revel in uniquely cruel forms of racism and bullying. If I can could keep my kids out of that situation for 5% of my income, I'd do it every time.

Comment: WHy would he refuse to work wiht Boeing? (Score 1) 270

by sdguero (#49496891) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment
This guy is most likely a fraud. Why else would he refuse the opportunity to work with Boeing to fix a problem that he claims to be able to exploit but has never actually been done before.

Looking at his twitter profile and his "resume" on the company website... He has never done an-y-thing but gather credentials and bitch. There is nothing the least bit interesting that he has actually done. Certainly nothing to warrant all the attention he gets himself. Just a loudmouth with no skillz.

My career has landed me in the security industry for the last 5 years and I've noticed it is chock full of gas bags like this dude. They grab some encryption packages that someone else wrote, get some certifications, and sudfdenly they are an expert. And they get paid very well to bullshit their way around the country. Meanwhile the real experts keept heir mouths shut, find problems, and hopefully help fix them.

Comment: They take things for granted (Score 2) 407

by sdguero (#49355869) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US
In my experience, millenials take a lot of things for granted in computing and are not interested in understanding the guts of the systems they are working on. IN GENERAL, they tend to avoid anything below the application layer. Memory management, databases, operating systems, hardware, etc are not well understood. And when issues pop up in those layers, they are considered as something to quickly throw money/resources at (vs understanding the problem) until things are working again (but likely still not scalable). Then the underlying issue is disregarded until it pops up again in 6 months.

That is just my experience with the majority of younger software engineers I have worked with over the last 5 years. And it's not to say they can't learn, many of them listened to us old guys over a beer (I'm 34 haha), study up and adjust their approach. It's just kinda sad that they didn't have any interest in that stuff until they were forced to learn about it on the job. To me, hardware is the most interesting part of computing.

Comment: Re:SolarCity Are a bunch of hucksters (Score 1) 185

But most electricians don't have agreements with the power company to allow them to connect their devices to feed power into the lines. Most solar companies do.

Huh? In San Diego (and I think all of CA is this way), once the hardware is installed, you call the power company to come out and do a free inspection before connecting to the grid: And thats it. I have never heard of special agreements and as far as I know companies like solar city still rely on the power company to inspect their work before they can connect it to the grid..

Now if you want total grid independence that shouldn't matter to you. So in that case what matters is that Solar City supplies long term financing that most electricians won't give you. If you don't want it, fine. Some people do.

In the end, Solar city was unwilling to give me a quote for an installation without running my credit, and the sales guy that came to our house said they don't do off grid. They also don't really finance you, they put a lein against your house for the length of the contract to buy power from them. It's more like signing up for a cell phone contract where you get locked into buying from them instead of the power company for a set period of time and the hardware is just an afterthought.

A bank can help you finance a solar installation. Just like how an electrician can wire up a solar array. I maintain that companies like SolarCity are just middlemen muddying up the waters and are not necessary.

Comment: SolarCity Are a bunch of hucksters (Score 3, Interesting) 185

I tried to get a quote on a solar system from SolarCity for our home. They were rude, pushy, and kept insisting that I "think of SolarCity as a utility company, not an installer."

I contacted them because of Musk's association with the company. I have since decided to go DIY, and now I don't really see why "solar companies" are even necessary. Any electrician worth his salt should be able to wire and setup a solar system. The panel, inverter, and battery manufacturers are what matter.

Comment: Poor QA from GoPro is par for the course (Score 4, Interesting) 35

by sdguero (#49173221) Attached to: Flaw In GoPro Update Mechanism Reveals Users' Wi-Fi Passwords
tl;dr GoPro is a shady company that screwed me and a bunch of other customer over witt poor QA
After working with GoPro support, engineering, and getting an email from their CEO blaming the issue on everything from my computer, to SanDisk cards, to a firmware problem; I finally gave up on that company. They wasted over 40 hours of my life on that stupid camera. And while I eventually got a store credit for it (after 3 exchanges, tHank you Best Buy!) I'm still stuck with $100 in accessories and I have sworn never to do business with GoPro again.

Comment: Difficult to judge without context (Score 2) 784

by sdguero (#48832249) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
As a parent, I think this story is lackin a lot of critical context before I can pass judgement on anything. The route the kids followed is critical to understanding if this was responsible parenting or not. 1 mile is pretty far for a six year old, especially if it's in a high traffic area. Seems more prudent for the parents to tail the kids from a disttance, at least the first time (and it sounds like this was the first time), when they do something like this.

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