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Comment Re:Clearly Samsung's QA department..... (Score 1) 164

I suspect if the washing machine manual came with the warning "If you don't balance your clothes, this washer very well might sling itself apart, and cause personal injury or property damage" people would pay much more attention.

What fraction of consumers would you guess RTFM for their washing machine? Or even have one - A great many of us inherited our washer with our residence with no manual.

Comment Re: Racist? (Score 2) 391

Dumbassery like yours is a social construct.
A tiny handful of genes separate us from chimps. Slight changes have huge effects, and those effects are not just related to appearance. If people like you had your fucking way people wouldn't be allowed to ask about race and people would die due to genetic conditions that affect different races more/less.

Fuck your feelings, deal with facts.

Comment Re:IoT is an unnecessary security risk. (Score 1) 114

Yes this is how it should work, although because of NAT and the difficulties of setting up a VPN etc most of these products talk to an external server somewhere and then your mobile app communicates with that.
What's worse is that these devices often communicate with random target addresses (eg the vendors host their stuff on amazon and just allocate more machines on new ips as load increases) so you cant set up sensible firewall rules.

Comment Re:How do IoT manufacturers... (Score 1) 114

And how are consumers supposed to identify which devices are more secure at the pre-sale stage, and which vendors take security seriously?

Also in what way do you take security seriously? A lot of vendors go to great lengths to prevent anyone (including the legitimate owner of the device) from loading alternative firmware or gaining shell access to the underlying system etc. Vulnerabilities will still be found, but if you can't replace the firmware and the original vendor no longer produces an update or bundles the update with unwanted changes then your device remains vulnerable forever.

I've extended the useful life of various routers and access points by loading dd-wrt or openwrt on them, which will often continue to be updated long after the original vendor has given up on the device. The hardware is still fully functional, more than adequate and available very cheaply.

Comment Re:Sounds like a smart move.. (Score 1) 147

and when people get hooked on apple stuff and find out how easy it is to hit felony theft levels to get in to the joint get an doctor that does more then the ER and does not say that per-ex is not covered.

Wut.

And what happens when people get hooked on Apple's stuff only to find out how easy it is to be hit with a bill so high that it should constitute felony theft when trying to see a doctor who will do something more than an ER and will not result in their pre-existing condition not being covered.

Comment Re:Like it would have mattered (Score 1) 169

No, I don't think the CELL system would have handled the increased load unless the venue was used often at this capacity...

Well, you're wrong.

Plus, doing WiFi for 3,000 in a small building is a lit more complex than it seems to the casual user...

But that's not what we are really talking about in this article. I get the feeling they are mixing up a couple of things that don't really go together.

WiFi wasn't needed from the venue. People needed to be able to use their own connections. The venue wanted to profit. And yes, they're profiting. $200 per head for access, equipment and install and config done as a line item on someone else's dime, and they keep everything in the end.

Submission + - What is employers obsession with programming languages? 1

An anonymous reader writes: Just got off the phone with a recruiter for a company and the lady asked if I had 3-4 years C++ and 3-4 years Java experience. Okay, so first off, C++ and Java are two different programming languages used for two completely different purposes.

C++ being used mainly for low-level platform specific programming and Java being platform independent. My response was I programmed in C++ throughout college, but haven't worked any jobs specifically writing C++ and I've had Java experience in past jobs, but mostly used C# which was similar.

She said, "Oh well we are only looking for those two languages so thanks anyways". Is it just me or is this absolutely insane? It's like wanting to hire a mechanic who has 3-4 years experience working with just 1978 ford trucks. I mean really? How did we get to this point as engineers?

As any developer worth their weight in salt can attest, the languages are so similar it's kind of difficult to distinguish between them looking at syntax alone and if you've got a computer science background or equiv what's it really matter if the underlying OOP concepts are the same.

Is this just a result of incompetent managers and ignorant recruiters or as engineers have we set ourselves up by succumbing to a label such as Java Engineer or C# Programmer.

Should I just say yes, and move forward with the interview? I mean, I could probably answer most C++/Java programming questions unless they are truly looking for people who spend all their time memorizing specific libraries or API's which in my opinion is insane. I equate that to trying to memorize a phone book. You can but why would you want to?

Not only is it frustrating as a job candidate, but it seems to really be limiting your hiring pool to a small few who by chance happen to work in a couple different programming languages over the course of their career. How do most of you handle this sort of thing?

Comment Re:Asian discrimination?? (Score 1) 463

As someone who has gone through several rounds of hiring and reviewing applications and interviews, I can confirm. The vast majority of applications are trash. Certain groups tend to have trash or bogus degrees / credentials. Additionally, when the grammar and spelling in your resume is only a half step above a tweet you don't stand a chance. Language skills are also a huge issue if you do make it to an interview.

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