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Comment Re:No. They just dress more conservatively. (Score 1) 334

You're being rather sexist. You assume that the women you spoke to are hired booth workers, but my experience (having worked the booths, myself has been that the attractive, professionally dressed woman is actually the technically competent person is sales and marketing for the company. Times have changed, women can have real jobs, too!

BTW, IT folks don't work the booths. Booths and shows are for establishing contact with potential businesses. They're where the meeting and greeting, and the wheeling and dealing of business takes place. The people the booths want are the C-levels and the VPs who can bring in contracts; not Joe User who is wasting their time asking whether or not this widget is backwards compatible with their DB9 system from 1983.

Comment Re:We need easy to use end to end encryption (Score 1) 337

You're mixing two different programs. There is the program to monitor Verizon and other carriers, but this involved a site-wide pen register system. Then there is PRISM, which gives direct access to the servers of Google, Facebook, and several other tech giants.

End-to-end encryption hides information that is not being collected in the former program as they are not wiretapping the phone's voice data. End-to-end encryption does nothing for the latter program as the endpoint (Google, Facebook, etc) are providing your data to regardless how hard you try to obfuscate it from prying eyes.

Comment Re:We need easy to use end to end encryption (Score 1) 337

This makes little sense. The purpose of using encryption is to prevent someone tapping into the conversation and hearing what you are saying. The NSA is instead going to each of the people you talk to and asking "what did russotto say?" and getting an answer in real time. Encryption does NOTHING to change this.

Comment Re:Segway (Score 1) 331

Pretty much all cameras that operate during daylight have an IR filter. IR in sunlight tends to damage the quality of the image. The only cameras that are affected are the night time security cameras, as they do not have the IR filter and usually have a ring of IR LEDs to illuminate their scene. Those are the only cameras subject to IR overexposure.

Submission + - Linux 3.9 Released (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: After weeks of RC releases and a week's delay Linux 3.9 has finally been made available by Linus Torvalds. Last week Torvalds released the rc8 instead of the Linux 3.9 stating that he wasn’t "comfy" releasing the final version yet and that "another week won’t hurt". Torvalds noted in this week’s announcement that last week has been very quiet as there were not many commits and the ones which were there were "really tiny" which is why he went ahead with the release of Linux 3.9.

Submission + - NATO holds annual Locked Shields cyber defence exercise (itnews.com.au)

Bismillah writes: "For two days the Red Team launched attacks against the Blue Teams’ networks and they had to defend, report and keep their systems running." Locked Shields 2013 took place in last week and apparently, 250 people in eleven locations in Europe joined in.

With nine countries participating and the exercises having started in 2008, it seems pretty conclusive then that "state sponsored hackers" exist...

Spoiler: NATO's Blue Team won.

Submission + - HR as a bot: Hiring developers by algorithm (nytimes.com)

Strudelkugel writes: WHEN the e-mail came out of the blue last summer, offering a shot as a programmer at a San Francisco start-up, Jade Dominguez, 26, was living off credit card debt in a rental in South Pasadena, Calif., while he taught himself programming. He had been an average student in high school and hadn’t bothered with college, but someone, somewhere out there in the cloud, thought that he might be brilliant, or at least a diamond in the rough. “The traditional markers people use for hiring can be wrong, profoundly wrong,” says Vivienne Ming, the chief scientist at Gild since late last year. That someone was Luca Bonmassar. He had discovered Mr. Dominguez by using a technology that raises important questions about how people are recruited and hired, and whether great talent is being overlooked along the way.

Comment Re:Segway (Score 1) 331

Not necessarily. You've characterized the whole story in terms of the viewer and consumer of such content. What you haven't done is taken a look at the perspective employed by the one being recorded. They may not appreciate their exposure becoming public knowledge, this may lead to reduced possibilities as various people come across videos when looking someone up. Recall those awkward school-age years? What would be a faux pas that becomes gossip amongst a clique can expand to a video that is shared across an entire school.

The consequences of every action being made public at the discretion of some Google Glass wearer is rather concerning.

Comment Re:Good news everyone! (Score 1) 390

Ugh. This trope again. I watched them as they aired from 1999 on. They were very much about topical jokes about current events, with plenty of references to the 2000 Election, what if Al Gore won, Ally McBeal (Single Female Lawyer), Lucy Liu, Beastie Boys, and so forth. Just watching it is like going back to a microcosm of pop culture in the early 2000s. Only your perspective has changed; you see things in current events much differently than you see the current events of yesteryear.

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