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Comment Who pranks a government entity? That's bold! (Score 1) 188

I'm actually laughing out loud here. Not because it has anything to do with the government in any way, shape or form. But the flood of memories that just hit me of the casual Pizza Hut delivery, old retired couple, hated neighbor or 1-800 sales call pranks I did in my youth on a pay-phone and pre-caller-ID seem... insignificant in the collateral damage department. Having the Coast Guard go on a buoy-snipe hunt? Whoever did that, you win.

Comment Why is this Facebook's responsibility? Improve you (Score 2) 520

Take that up with your contracting company not Facebook. And really? I'm not trying to devalue jobs, titles or what people do for a living here, but go improve and invest in you, make a better life for those three children; look around, move, relocate, whatever it is you have to do. Even if you were a Facebook employee, why is that Zuckerberg's responsibility? It's not. Why should he tour your garage? Did someone force you to work as a cafeteria contractor at FB? Who decided living in a remodeled garage space was where you were going to raise your family? I bet all those point back to you and your wife. No one held a gun to your head on any of this. Guaranteed.

I have a family, I have kids, I have a house (mortgage), I did contracting work for a decade for the governement and I got a-holed on salary, ate cost of living and made negative money to keep up with the rising health care in the early 2010's to now. I didn't once start to blame the company, position or the US government I did work on their behalf for for that, kept engaged, continually added skills, did the job the best I could and eventually landed a new job, better benefits, way better pay, more flexibility not for me, but for my family, the livelihood of us, our household, my future, my kids well-being and future college outlook, and it goes on.

That's just my summed up story to prove a point: many other people do this as well. And who do I have to thank for all that? My responsibility to me. This whole blaming other-people-for-outcome shit needs to stop, and the social cry-out voice that makes it a headline, as well.

Comment Everyone capitalizes on the next 'buzz' thing (Score 1) 93

I wish I could be surprised. Yet another tech-of-the-day that people will embellish that the do in return for some quick pocket lining. I'm sure, at most, people are claiming their "supervised math model" or "that one algorithm" someone wrote with a bit of data massage as input is now re-branded in the marketing room as AI.

Honestly, how can I blame the moral compass-less entrepreneurs and suit-genius of washed exploitation? I guess if you're going to get a flocking and get some quick money, I guess why not.

This entire post brought to you by the number $0.00 and the letters J-E-A-L-O-U-S.

Comment Leigh-Anne Galloway, I have a memo for you! (Score 1) 68

Security researcher Leigh-Anne Galloway disclosed the vulnerability on Monday. She says she informed Myspace about the vulnerability almost three months ago and the site hasn't acknowledged or fixed it.

Leigh-Anne, you dear, needed to be informed 3 months ago that... MySpace isn't a thing anymore. Let's face it: The MySpace Guy just isn't that interesting enough anymore to want to know or hack-to-know.

All jokes aside, though, there is still a pretty legit attack vector; the internet is still filled with complacent users. Chances are the same email, name and birth date lives as a user on any of the new-kid social media blocks, too. That's the valuable diamond-in-the-rough part to take away.

Comment WFH isn't future-looking, it's been here forever (Score 3, Insightful) 217

There's a lot of legitimacy ITFA. I agree WFH get's slandered in quite a few workplaces, but it's definitely NOT future looking technology. I really think a lot of the arguments of working-from-home-again topic revolves around that workplace's culture where it just hasn't caught up and views production, productivity and being productive can only happen behind the 4-walls of the brick-and-mortar.

Doing 100% WFH I think can be disastrous over time; there are not a plethora of people who are that motivated, self-starters and can prioritize and maintain their own tasks. I have seen a lot of folks just completely abuse WFH and it becomes untouchable privilege, and I think that's partly why the culture reverts back to being seen == getting work done. I hate to say it, but I will say a lot of people who want to WFH aren't viewing that as 'working-from-home' but as part of this entitled errand day or a 'relaxing day off' by doing just enough not to get fired. That's where it goes wrong IMHO. And WFH shouldn't be assumed, it should be earned because it is a privilege; you're not working for you, you're working for your company.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't go do 100% WFH anymore because I still believe that out of sight == out of mind. And you can have all the tech in the world (e.g. Skype, video/phone conference, yada yada) but it doesn't beat face-to-face relationships over time in the workforce. Let's not forget that there is a human element to all of this; I don't want to be devalued to a e-mail bit bucket who replies "done" back to requests and is nothing more than a chat alias name in a window.

Comment Government handouts are bad enough... now private? (Score -1) 91

I just have a really tough time with EBT, SNAP and all these hand-out programs. They really do help about 1% of the people who actually need the help, the rest are loafs who are freeloading, skating taxes and doing cash-only jobs to provide the illusion of being in need of assistance.

I have remarkably close ties to people who work as clerks, cashiers and customer service positions at gas stations and grocery stores. The you-wouldnt-believe-what-happened-at-work stories on a weekly basis revolve around: 1) the HUGE thousands of dollars balances most people carry on EBT, 2) the amount of soda, junk food and useless commodities spent using EBT and 3) Using their own wads of 'cash' on booze, cigarettes, and anything else that would be shamed upon on the cant-have-that list. Troll that all you want, but it's true: the upper majority of people using these services DONT need them, and the ones who need it to and are working make too much to use it. Why even get a job, when you can get upwards of $300-800/month for free?

Amazon (et al. Silicon Valley) doesn't really give two shits about making this easier for people, it's just another soon-to-be-exploited population of people to drive even more revenue and dependencies on their consumer services. If they aren't trying to look for new hire opportunities, why wouldn't they also try to open up to a completely new demographic the same people types to get even more revenue streams?

All this does is keep on enabling a broken government hand-out system, not police it or make it better.

Comment Chris Cornell just rolled over in his grave... (Score 1) 171

Yes, yet another weapon of 'math' destruction of a creative art form. It's about time I go home and play my guitar and compose a song about the death of creativity.

I get the angle Ed Newton-Rex is coming at here; it would be a really nice plug-in addition to maybe some high-end studio engineering software, but to say we're going to completely deface human creativity in song writing? Bullshit, I say, sir. The best stuff comes from love, pain, suffering, hard times (and good times), and everything else --- I think I almost quoted an Alice in Chains tune there, but case in point that a living for musical creativity is a lifetime of milking scars to some, and entertainment, motivation, inspiration and fidelity to the rest of us.

Comment COBOL wont die, because then big banks will fold (Score 1) 383

COBOL is unbelievably ingrained into the fiber of banking, and the developers surrounding it are seriously seasoned veterans in the realm of batch code, deployment and support.

Not only did I go to a university in the early 2000's that actually taught COBOL, JCL, VSAM generation and use, emulation mainframe 'green screen' interfaces (the actual language we used escapes me now 16 years later - ACS? ASC?), AS/400 exposure, even fucking assembler (and not for computer science C/C++ brats dumping out compiler interpretation) for one reason only: Citibank, Federated Insurance, Wells Fargo, FIS, Bank of America all were extremely heavy players in that degree path at that university. Hell, our professors who taught those banks of classes were soon-to-be-retired Citibank senior developer vets teaching us their standards, techniques, and tons of this-is-the-difference-between-academic-code-and-real-world-code lessons. So as much as everyone makes this baseless argument about how it's dying --- even back in early 2000, after the Y2K scare, it seems like the big banking brains were setting themselves up for long-term rollover of fresh meat to take on the mainframes.

I actually went on to work at Citibank for a few years, but I worked on the front-end and middle-ware vs. the back-end mainframe, even with all my newly fresh COBOL skills. All I can tell you is: that shit isn't going anywhere. I know plenty of people who still hack COBOL for a living. And as long as banks still push the agenda at universities and kids who are intimidated by computer science take these courses, not only will it still be taught to a fresh crop of students, it means that bankers know money and also know how much fucking money they'd lose migrating away from it in any sort of planned manner.

Has IBM stopped making AS/400 iterations past it like the System I and such? Hell no. All the answers are there. COBOL is here to stay.

Comment I don't think it's just India... (Score 5, Insightful) 453

I would say in a whole, true software engineering has been completely watered down and very disappointing over the last 10-15 years. From all the way down in school systems with STEM and all they way up with these 3-4 day crash-course 'bootcamps' and seem to manufacture quick hot-on-resume-paper skills without experience is really the problem. And even on top of that, how many people just 'google' their way into a job or solution? No one thinks anymore, we are in an age of just-give-me-the-stuff mentality. Don't care how or why, just blindly take the answer and move on. You don't grow as a competent and efficient engineer that way.

Coupled with the fact that any business, company or dev shop wants talent in our psychotic digital age, this reminds me nothing more than a massive amount of people doing nothing more than to try to get their foot into a hot job market and doing nothing more than trying to flip a huge salary for 6-12 months. And that's why I say it has very little to do with India.

Comment Um, it's the only one worth buying? (Score 2, Interesting) 47

I pre-ordered a Switch and did get a handful of the other titles out there. But let's face it everyone: This was planned hook-line-and-sinker style. On top of a new platform and into the gaming style of Zelda or not --- it's a great game, but the only worthy title out there that has zero competition. I'm not surprised it beat any tracked sales records. What else was everyone going to get excited about?

Wonder if Mario Kart in a few weeks will surpass? Because after that, we're all going to be waiting for that first Mario game around Black Friday/Christmas time.

Comment Re:Allegedly Doctored (Score 1) 14

Agreed 100%. That's is pretty standard tactic I think anymore. I even giggled at similar boasted numbers about Wish about over 150 million users, best yada yada yada on an audio ad the other day, yet I don't even know a SINGLE real person who uses it or had heard of it --- not to say it's not used in other geographic areas, but it goes to show how a company can boast millions of users in some overnight sensational movement.

I'm still had on this, though: What's there to gain from this annoucement? Snap is valued at $33 billion, so good luck fighting that, in the sense of being shewed away like a dog looking for table scraps.

This honestly just sounds like a I-left-my-last-employer-on-bad-terms-so-now-its-time-to-poo-poo-on-them event. Have fun with that.

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