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Comment: Re:Year of the Hacker (Score 2) 110

by ygbsm (#36527658) Attached to: Hacked, Plugin Repository Compromised

You mean year of the criminal scum bag, right? Its time our community quit treating some of these guys like heros and freedom fighters - they're vandals, crooks, and theives, and need to be treated as such. There are no "grey hats" - you're either a white hat or a black hat, and you can't be both.

Comment: They're missing the point (Score 1) 425

by ygbsm (#31191398) Attached to: New Plan Lets Top HS Students Graduate 2 Years Early

I went to a medium sized University in the mid-west, and I had a couple of freinds who had graduated early from high school. One was 16 and didn't have a drivers license yet. He did fine academically (actually outstanding), but faced some social challenges. He would have likely had a better college experience if he'd come to college a couple of years later - why not have a more robust series of high-school options so that you can keep all students gainfully learning throughout the process? Strong magnet school programs can mitigate this - when I lived in Louisiana I attended an awesome magnet school in 9th grade, but then we moved back to Ohio and my school was good, but not necessarily challenging.

I think we would be better served by having our best and brightest attend primary and secondary school through the full 12 years, followed by a 4 year college program - get them better educated in the same amount of time vs the same education faster . . .

Their is much of your education at college that is more that learning the details being instructed - time, maturity and socialization are important.

Before you go off, yes, I know some people are different, and yes, I know several people made it big after dropping out of college - I'm sharing with you observations based on being 41, working in the military and the civilian sector with many of the best and the brightest / the cream of the crop.

Feel free to flame, but come talk to me again when you've got some more years in the real world and you may agree more with me than you do today . . .

Comment: Re:who fucking cares about author's rights (Score 1) 218

by ygbsm (#31037360) Attached to: Once Again, US DoJ Opposes Google Book Search

Umm - the author's likely do, and as a consumer of works produced by people who get compensated for their effort, so do I.

The point isn't about obscurity or not, it's that the person who creates the thing, owns the thing - sorry that's inconvienent for you.

I mean, if I want to "borrow" your car, but it's too difficult to find you, should I just take it? I mean who fucking cares about your rights, I need to get across town and do something productive, so your ownership and control of that car is impeding economic and cultural development if I can't use it to get across town.

Make sense comrade?

Comment: Re:Explain what can happen (Score 2, Interesting) 387

by ygbsm (#30904080) Attached to: Getting Company Owners To Follow Their Own Rules?

Depends, most states are "at will" employment, you can be terminated at any time, for any reason . . .

In the end, it's their company, their data, their risk.

If you want this to be effective, ensure that you communicate the risk - and that they understand it. Also, figure out an easy, non-intrusive way to do this. Laptops are key for most business leaders, and being without it, even overnight can be hard to schedule. Plus they may not want you snoping around it.

What about a USB hard drive attached to the docking station that does background back up? Similar to time machine on a mac?

Comment: Re:For Engineers maybe (Score 1) 844

by ygbsm (#30903970) Attached to: Is Programming a Lucrative Profession?

This is really the point - this is about College Degreed engineers. And no, an associates or even a bachelors from a "technical" college isn't the same. My last employer was constantly hiring degreed programmer for high 40's to 50's and raises came quickly (+10% a year for the first 4 or 5 years). The company was reliably and the benefits were first class. BUT you had to be a problem solver and able to pick up new languages quickly (it was a large consultancy).

Much more importantly - Comp Sci, System Engineering, etc. will be a boom industry for decades - you may not be a code guy for long, you'll end up as a designer, architect, integration analyst, etc. Get a real education, not the tech equivalent of VOED school and you'll be fine.

Note - I know this sounds elitist, but it's reality. Do you want to be a technician or an engineer? There are auto-mechanics and automobile engineers, just make your choice. A real degree at a physical university where you talk to the professors and follow class mates is the best way, if you can pull it off . . .

When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.