The real booth babes aren't on the floor at RSA. Go to the vendors' afterparties, or check out around in one of the creepy "party busses" prowling the city during RSA and you'll see where vendors have diverted their "women for hire" budgets.
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>> Are we ever going to make strong passwords? Ever?
I doubt it. The momentum is swinging the other way with mobile devices; people want passwords they can type quickly on touch-screens with their stubby thumbs without switching keyboards.
>> the Superintendent (said) the hackers did not access any personal information about students, families or teachers
He knows this because the hackers told him?
Seriously - the only people I know who are still on Facebook daily are soccer moms busy shuttling kids seven different ways. That's a pretty powerful demographic in terms of household purchasing power, but to say that it's key to media domination...misses the fact that there's Twitter and whole webs of social media that people over 25 don't even see. (I "borrow" my kids tablets and phones once in a while just to see how far they and their classmates are off mainstream social media grid.)
>> Scientists, philosophers, funders and policy-makers...should develop a proposal for an international charter for AIs
Er...no. How about just letting engineers figure these things out like we always have?
>> STEM is a dangerous gamble to be in these days
I read the article. Even at the low wages mentioned, the woe-be-gotten STEM grad student is still making 2-3x than a barista...in their preferred field. By my scoring, STEM's still winning.
Here in the US, colleges still send thick glossy booklets full of pretty pictures of campus locations students will hardly ever see in rare weather conditions with attractive and diverse people they'll never meet. Then we wonder why we have millions of non-STEM graduates serving coffee and whining about "student debt relief" for their useless degree(s). To me, all the "extra" college grads we have in the country are a much bigger deal than "just" 15K people getting a little wiser on how the world really works.
>> If desktops and laptops had such a vast array of apps created by modern-day slave labor, I doubt people would use the inferior, small screen phones or tablets.
Duh, they do. Look at the millions of apps available for Windows machines (including Flash-based games)...and that's a big reason why Microsoft has prospered over the years.
OK, if they want to guess how far we are from disaster caused by nuclear weapons, that's fine. But why co-mingle "climate change" - is this just a "we need funding" thing?
It's already on the bottom of every web page.
>> Slashdot is a Dice Holdings, Inc. service.
Anyone who's been here more than two weeks already knows that most of "Nerval's Lobster" submissions come in the form of "compare similar terms X and Y often found on resumes"
>> If you are a semi-oldtimer on the PC gaming scene
Yeesh...I guess those of us who played Zork should be in a nursing home.
>> a bid to foil the NSA, security chief John Stewart says
Both John Stewarts are funny guys.
Unfortunately, this recording is on piano rather than one of Bach's preferred instruments. Hint: look at the title of the piece. Or, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...
I prefer TDD. And programming languages that offer the right mix of all of these.
Seriously, who gave the poll mike to the sophomore comp sci moderator today?
>> my boss approached me about offering security evaluation and penetration testing to customers in our area
Because it might at least mitigate the damage after your company get sued by customers who get hacked after you tried to learn on their dime. (Google "Target Trustwave"...)
Seriously, if there's a real business opportunity in your market, your management should either hire an experienced guy/gal and/or partner with an existing firm. Then, you'd have the opportunity to learn along them...while picking up the certs you'll need to be credible when talking to other companies. (And if your management is too cheap to buy your security certs, that's a BIG red flag!)