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Comment: Who TF is still on Facebook? (Score 2) 79

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#49344869) Attached to: NY Times: "All the News That Mark Zuckerberg Sees Fit To Print"?

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.)

Comment: caveat emptor (Score 3, Insightful) 264

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.

Comment: Re:my experience: (Score 1) 264

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#49335007) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

>> 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.

Comment: Get certified (Score 4, Interesting) 205

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#49235725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot - Breaking Into Penetration Testing At 30

Get certified.

>> 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!)

People will buy anything that's one to a customer.