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Comment Boo AccuWeather, too late for action now (Score 1) 54

I'm not as surprised as I am a bit confused as to why every tech-related company and their CEO/CIO/COO/CTO decides to do some overbearing data collection secrecy and bury it in a T&S agreement, all-the-while knowingly have a pretty good idea that there is going to be a massive end-user boycott, push-back and the venom that is social media isn't going to propagate it like a pandemic disease?

I'm sure I've seen this movie before like the rest of you --- heck, Plex was just in the news about this, so it's not like any company, their management driving the decisions are naive what-so-ever; it would never work to say you would have never guessed this type of backlash before, plenty of examples all over.

It's either the classic I-dont-give-a-fuck pompous stance in the conference room, the probability is that high that they could eek a change every once in without a gazillion of their user base knowing (or caring), or maybe I greatly under-estimate just how much value monetarily and also an in-house asset all user habit and usage data really is.

Comment Re:Just as ignorant as educated males see it (Score 0) 694

Same boat, here. Albeit my wife isn't an an engineer or do tech work, and even though at least one of my two daughters (middle and high school) dabbles and ask me a lot of questions about computing topics, EE, code slinging and all the nefarious stuff I making a living out of at work and at home with my hobby projects, I'll say this: Women get the under-hand and deal with completely different psychological, work, aptitude and people obstacles I will never deal with as a male, dude, man, etc.

Maybe my girls, all grown up and on their own, won't be engineers of any type, but guess what? I guarantee they are going to get treated and viewed exactly like this in whatever it is they do as long as their is a male around and seemingly in-line or above them in some management hierarchy. They will always be in the higher probability of all things unfair and that's mind bending to a parent like myself knowing out the gates, the playing field isn't the same for them, just because they are a woman and have these remarkably shitty views pre-determined onto them. Their pay is always going to be less than whatever I seemingly do in my career as a male; that pisses me off --- they are just as smart, intelligent, talented, qualified and can be potentially the-best-fit as anyone else (gender NOT a factor). So it's a fucking life-long problem for me, my family I was blessed to have and I really don't like it and anyone who can't look past and gets stuck in the 'James Damore' loop should kindly unhook themselves from their cross, go eat a bag of pony dicks and revert back to the neanderthal they are.

This goes so far beyond being a big swinging big-thinker ego-maniac types and computing/IT and extends into everything. This isn't a '2017' thing, this isn't a 'Silicon Valley' thing --- it's a humanity thing. And just like every fucking social and equality problem we have in our world it all boils down to: thinking and immediate environment. Change your thinking and get out of the environment that makes you think that way. The only reason any of this exists is because we perceive it and think it's normal because of the person before us did it. Racism, Sexism, Gender/Race inequality and everything in between is learned not genetic.

Comment No thanks and go to the 'cheap' theater instead (Score 1) 274

This just seems like a pre-brokered deal to sell end-user data at all costs from movies, to spending, to everything --- I love how it has to take 'credit/debit cards'; try not to be so obvious as to what you're doing. We all know our 'data' is worth mega bucks, so why make it look like a great deal to the end user by selling us an idea like a 5 year old who would do anything to get a cookie out of the cookie jar? No thank you.

Even if it was at face value of $10/month for endless movies with no data, I don't even go to the movies ONCE in a month, let alone finding anything of interest or quality to even watch that comes out much anymore.

But as my subject eludes to, I just wait until the big-box theaters move off the movie and hit it up for a fraction of the price at cheap, last-prime theaters or go to really small community theaters with a single screen. I get to see new release throughout the summer for $5 and can easily slip into a large popcorn and diabetic soda coma for under $7. So for $2 more, I'll take that any day of the week over this shit show of a sales pitch to data mine my life anymore.

Comment End of typing for the minimum wage and non-tech? (Score 1) 230

This is a very skewed article IMHO. All I came away from it was that a very minimum age porter in a subway and airport has a bunch of tech in his hand with todays internet where everything is mobile friendly and at his finger-tips. There is ZERO barrier to entry to get in on using top technical apps, trends or be in-the-loop. This guy is 100% right: he doesn't need to know SHIT about home-row or sending a well articulated e-mail to a boss about xyz topic. So of course typing on a keyboard is useless; it probably barely scrapes by, has a completely liquidated dirt-cheap marketed phone that gets him 'online', that's it. I bet he doesn't have a computer or a laptop because he can't afford one and all he needs to feed vindicated, fulfilled and get what he needs is in his hand on a 4" screen.

This isn't any different than the thousands of us that will make the same comparisons a little closer-to-home (so to speak) to the youth born in sub-2000's, the aging senior citizens or grandparents or maybe their own non-adopting blue-collar 9-5 parents who maybe are just ditching a flip phone without SMS even for their first smart phone(s).

You can't say end of typing is now; end of typing hasn't even exited still for hundreds of thousands of people before and after this. I certanly can't cough it up, it's how I make a living and for the majority of the tech industry and any other industry, it's not dying, but just for people who don't ever need it.

Comment Re:PCI Compliance (Score 2) 76

Agreed. Those of you that do have strict PCI compliance pushing this I can totally get behind. However, this is yet another think-before-acting approach and anyone who's married to any sort of Debian distro love. The pace of catch-up is just going to cause compatibility issues and if you think hand-rolling-and-replacing your openSSL integration on your distro with source is fun to get 1.0/1.1 support back? Think again. I'd rather be stung by 10,000 bees with a bucket of ice cream and a dozen roses in my lap.

I do disagree that havingTLS 1.0/1.1 enabled makes audit failure; it's still widely adopted and if you're not getting paid audits, pen testing or security scanning from a 3rd party giving you a paid and overly cautious analysis to be paranoid-secure, then it's 80-90% good for the rest of the world with public facing. I've always used SSL Labs as at least a 'me' benchmark for anything I do SSL anything and I don't see 1.0/1.1 as a blackmark on that, so it's hard for me outside someone, some entity or some policy driving it at my work or project, that it's still viable. Because it beats not having anything at all or using any SSLv2/3 crap.

Comment Re:Umm... duh? (Score 1) 132

It's a 100% true. I'm not sure why this is always a surprise anymore that everyone robs and sells your data and really has very little to do for so-called 'remote product improvement or quality assurance'. Why is this surprising to anyone anymore?

I laugh at this shit, because the OP may be flipping out about his Android phone + drone app sending back anything it can scrape for the sake of a lithium batterys worth of entertainment, but I would almost like to pole back to the OP and ask about the decades worth of social media their tied into? And you're ok with that same sort of collection.

Yep, 9 out of 10 people don't really give a shit with the if-I-am-not-doing-anything-wrong-then-who-cares . The 10th notices and writes an 'Ask Slashdot' post, while the 11th (yes, the rest of us) quickly itches under their tinfoil hat.

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.

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