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Comment: video demo? (Score 2) 71

by v1 (#48630031) Attached to: Ars Reviews Skype Translator

how can you possibly not link to an a/v demo or review of this, in the thread OR in the review???

I went looking on youtube and found a metric crapton of copies of the MS demo. I don't want to watch the publisher's demo, of course it's going to be flawless. (and quite possibly rigged) They've successfully flooded the actual honest review demos into oblivion on youtube. Anyone got a link to a review with A/V test?

Comment: Re:42 years old here.. (Score 1) 376

by v1 (#48561235) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

That's knowing the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is what you know that's directly relevent. Wisdom is a combination of what other things you know, plus your skill at adapting them into something useful to help solve a new problem.

In IT, knowledge is fleeting. Like most certs, it expires given time. It ages fast and requires continuous refreshing. Wisdom on the other hand ages like a fine wine. The background experience can age but does so slowly. The skill of application however, transcends time.

Knowledge is good. Wisdom is better. Knowledge with Wisdom is golden

Comment: Re:42 years old here.. (Score 1) 376

by v1 (#48561211) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

every time I've left a company the old collegues always told me that they have had a hard time to fill the hole of the missing knowledge and workforce that I was giving to the team...but this, sadly, happens only after I've left.

THAT is extremely important to keep in mind. In the end, it doesn't matter how stupid they'd have to be to get rid of you... it's how LIKELY they are to be that stupid that ends up determining you fate.

That's why it's important to go out of your way to make sure "the powers that be" understand your value. It doesn't help you if YOU know how valuable you are, it frequently doesn't matter if your coworkers know how valuable you are, and it rarely will do you any good if they figure it out after you've left. Management needs to know, before they start swinging the axe around.

There's always a little bit of a "consolation prize" if they figure out what a bad decision they made and turn around and hire you back for a bit to pull them out of the fire they started, but depending on who they feel like blaming for the mistake, it can look either very good on a resume or very bad on a background check. Its usually a bad risk, worth avoiding if possible.

Comment: Re:kinda makes you wonder (Score 1) 129

by v1 (#48560615) Attached to: Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

The NSA doesn't run botnets... well, not many, anyways.

From TFA:

The unknown attackers--who are probably backed by a nation-state, according to Symantec

Even Symantec thinks it's a government operation. We're just starting to see them, but I think there's a lot more government-run botnets out there that haven't been outed yet. These sophisticated, highly targeted malware like Stuxnet are all government-run botnets.

They either made them, or as you suggested, took them over for their own use. (that's actually a good idea, and I'd bet the more common option outside of say china or NK... those two I could really see rolling their own botnet) It's not like anyone's going to put up any resistance. You don't call the cops when someone steals your cocaine.

Comment: Re:Security? (Score 4, Interesting) 89

by v1 (#48518877) Attached to: Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

not prevented, just greatly reduced.

Though even just looking at raw numbers isn't even fair. Apppl's store inventory dwarfs all of the others, and still numerically has fewer scams. It ought to work the other way around unless the wall is performing very effectively.

But bottom line here is some reviewers just got fired, and those that remain were harshly threatened. Reminds me of the recent peer reviewed journals that got caught with some lazy reviewers rubber stamping to boost their productivity numbers.

Comment: Re:42 years old here.. (Score 1) 376

by v1 (#48491221) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

sounds like me. 43 here. Just recently signed on to manage a few hundred machines at a local college. Experience certainly helps with knowing how to make things that will work well in the long-term.

It also tends to mean you have a very broad skillset. I know I do. And everything I've learned up to this point is relevent for the job, it's like my work up to this point has been building me up the skills that I need to be a perfect fit for this position.

Time is the only thing that will turn you into that jack-of-all-trades person that makes you a valuable employee in your position as well as to help everyone around you. I can help the network guy trace cables, the DB guys troubleshoot the web forms, script automation, heck I was even assisting with a power failure in a lab recently. The best way to be a valueable employee is to be very good at what you do, plus be useful to everyone around you that does related work. It's the one-trick-ponies that get laid off first. Make sure that everyone around you realizes just how useful you are to the company in your position, and to them as well.

Remind them that your experience is an asset to everyone in the room. To everyone in the building.

Comment: Re:Just cursive, or all writing? (Score 1) 523

by v1 (#48487633) Attached to: Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Not to mention I can't actually manage to *read* most people's cursive writing, no matter what era they were taught it in.

I think the skill of being able to read it is more important than write it, but they're both still useful. I worked with college kids up until this year, and several times I was brought in papers written by customers with problem descriptions for me to "read to them" because nobody in the store besides me could read cursive.

Sad. very very sad.

Excluding when I sign my name to something, I really can't rememer the last time I needed to WRITE something in cursive though. I usually just write in individual letters. (neatly though) I wonder how these people sign their names nowadays? "X" ? It must be making forensics people's jobs a lot harder trying to analyze block letters rather than the admittedly much more stylized / personalized cursive.

Comment: Re:What the hell is... (Score 5, Insightful) 289

by v1 (#48484631) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

contraception doing in a Biology textbook? Shouldn't that be taught in Health class?

I can see a small crossover in biology and contraception, since contraceptives do interact with biology. Not so much for the condom, but very much so for the pill ("how does it work?") and then getting into male contraception, and also sterilization (tube tying in both genders) I can see where that has a biology application.

But adoption, how the heck does that belong in a biology textbook???

Comment: Re:would prefer EA, Comcast, or Haliburton myself (Score 1) 155

by v1 (#48466013) Attached to: Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

Companies typically run two sets of books, one for the IRS, one for stockholders. It's legal.

While I don't know if it's legal or not to show your shareholders fraudulent books, I do know it's illegal to try to pull on the tax man. Federal charge of "keeping books" refers to keeping two separate sets of accounting, one for tax purposes and the other being an accurate reflection of your earnings. Basically it's ironclad proof of "premeditated tax evasion".

In many ways, the EPA and IRS have more destructive authority than any other government agencies. So exposing a company's wrongdoings to either of them typically leads to catastrophic results. And you almost never get to cut a deal with them, they'll take you to the cleaners because they know they can.

Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 1) 1128

by v1 (#48456827) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

it seems though it would have been a much better idea to go ahead and indict him, even if there wasn't sufficient evidence to convict. (or even if they believed he was innocent) That would have had several important effects. First, the indictment itself would have cooled people's heads a little, Second, it would have gotten a lot more media coverage of the evidence, (which we've actually not seen a lot of, because if it DID go to trial, they will need to find jurors that haven't been exposed to it before being sequestered, meaning you either can't get a jury together or you have to make it up from people that have been living under a rock, which isn't a good thing) Third, just overall it would have given people more time to cool down before the possibly inevitable "not guilty" verdict. They've had some time already, but have mostly been using that time to GET people wound up in expectation of the failure to indict. This would have let the air out of their tires I think.

I think the basic rule of thumb here is that as a thug if you go for someone's gun, (or take down someone that has a gun) you really ought to expect to get shot. (by police OR private citizen) The bigger difference there actually is probably whether or not they empty the magazine on you. Joe Citizen will typically empty their weapon, which lowers your odds of survival quite a bit.

Comment: Re:would prefer EA, Comcast, or Haliburton myself (Score 5, Insightful) 155

by v1 (#48456789) Attached to: Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

Seriously, what important, secret information does a film studio have, besides salary, and royalty numbers?

Embarassing "creative accounting", heavier than expected use of offshore tax shelters and chip-shuffling, two sets of books, other illegal accounting, illegal campaign contributions, those are a lot more likely than the sort of "secrets" you're thinking of. They probably stand a lot more to lose there than from theft of R&D files.

Nowadays your accounting department needs to be the most heavily defended portion of your network, and not due to direct theft. (unless you're in the business of mining bitcoins anyway)

Comment: Re:Open records isn't the issue here (Score 1) 461

by v1 (#48346715) Attached to: Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Less than a week after I got plates for a used vehicle I had bought, I had a postcard in the mail to warn me that my "manufacturer's warranty was expired or was about to expire" and to contact them to get it extended.

They're already vacuuming up the public records for marketing. This isn't any different. Why does it matter if its for a stripper's license or a vehicle registration license? Why should someone be able to suck up one list and not another?

The only reason this is in the news is because someone s/auto/stripper to get some headlines.

Comment: sounds like emulating natural neuron repair (Score 1) 23

by v1 (#48344887) Attached to: Researchers Direct Growth of Neurons With Silicon Nitride Microtubes

Wikipedia has a pretty thorough description of the process of neuroregneration, which it sounds like they're trying to emluate here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N... :

Neuroregeneration in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) occurs to a significant degree.[5] Axonal sprouts form at the proximal stump and grow until they enter the distal stump. The growth of the sprouts is governed by chemotactic factors secreted from Schwann cells (neurolemmocytes). Injury to the peripheral nervous system immediately elicits the migration of phagocytes, Schwann cells, and macrophages to the lesion site in order to clear away debris such as damaged tissue. When a nerve axon is severed, the end still attached to the cell body is labeled the proximal segment, while the other end is called the distal segment. After injury, the proximal end swells and experiences some retrograde degeneration, but once the debris is cleared, it begins to sprout axons and the presence of growth cones can be detected. The proximal axons are able to regrow as long as the cell body is intact, and they have made contact with the Schwann cells in the endoneurial channel. Human axon growth rates can reach 2 mm/day in small nerves and 5 mm/day in large nerves.[4] The distal segment, however, experiences Wallerian degeneration within hours of the injury; the axons and myelin degenerate, but the endoneurium remains. In the later stages of regeneration the remaining endoneurial tube directs axon growth back to the correct targets. During Wallerian degeneration, Schwann cells grow in ordered columns along the endoneurial tube, creating a band of Büngner (boB) that protects and preserves the endoneurial channel. Also, macrophages and Schwann cells release neurotrophic factors that enhance re-growth.

Great explanation of how patients can experience partial to total return of motor and sensory function following an injury that severs nerves.

also they have a very impressive article on neurons themselves: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... - great reading for anyone interested in science/biology

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