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Comment Is this supposed to be a joke? (Score 2) 414

I guess we're not talking about working with Java Struts. When you do, turn on mysql logging, and then tail -f mysqld.log, you'll see garbage like this: select column_623 from table_943 where column_142='xxx'; ---- is that readable to you? Is that supposed to improve readability by abstracting so far away from the database that no one can understand what is going. I basically have to grep for values inserted or updated or selected from tables in order to figure out what table stuff is being written to. It's not ugly, its an abomination. Who ever thought up the idea doesnt know what they are doing. Easy to read..... YEAH RIGHT -- its a joke. It takes 5 times longer to reverse engineer this spaghetti mess than any other languages. Straight Java code is easy to read, if you don't intrude abstraction layers on top of the language, like Struts.

Comment job search / response (Score 2) 55

I wrote a machine learning program that did when came online around 1990. I still use it today and it searches jobs (or any posting) on craigslist, monster,, hotjobs. It looks for keyword pattern matches in the job title, job description, etc, to give a score to a job posting, then if the job scores past a threshold, it will send a cover letter and email to the job. some of the most advanced features is that it will auto-generate sentences in the cover letter and/or job description depending on what it says in the job posting.

Comment the only thing net neutrality will ruin is profit (Score 1) 85

AT&T and others stand to profit billions of dollars by creating slow lanes and fast lanes on the internet. The real issue here is that customer already paid for an internet connection at a certain speed, so its some level of fraud or deception (false advertising, bait-and-switch) to be selling a service at a certain speed and then not delivering the service that the customer is paying for.

Comment Preventing Stingray from working (Score 5, Interesting) 272

So, I've been thinking of how could we prevent such a rogue device from operating on the cellular network? The way it is done is pretty easy actually:
* First you have to create a database of longitude / latitude coordinates of where we find cell tower sites at 100% signal strength.
* Next we allow Android's baseband processor to issue handoffs to cell towers that are within range of the GeoIP coordinate database
* So when a Stingray device pretends to be a cell tower, and it is not within range of the geoIP coordinates database, it will be rejected

This could be easily implemented in Android... and you could also add notifications when a cell tower was rejected due to being too far away from the known cell tower real location.

Comment sounds like they have a case (Score 4, Insightful) 149

If someone comes up to your business and says "hey i'm going to use this for illegal purposes", and then you agree to accept the money, you're in violation of several laws. RICO is one, and so is money laundering in some cases. His biggest mistake was at the point when they said what they were going to use the money for, in this case to buy stolen credit cards online, he accepted the deal and continued working with them. He should have said that he doesn't do anything illegal and not dealt with the potential customer at that point. That would have shielded him from liability.

Comment If JQuery is a hack, everything is a hack (Score 1) 573

If you're talking about web technology, and you're claiming that JQuery is a hack, you might as well admit that using Ajax is also a hack, so is javascript. The only thing really is *not* a hack would be native object code running on the chip. You'd be left with the web browser and no interpretation of any of of the web pages.

Comment Google has problems (Score 1) 692

If Google didn't build their own private air terminal at San Jose Airport to get around flying with the riff raff, or build their own private bus system to get around employees riding BART with the riff raff, they probably wouldnt have so much back lash. They are not doing things that is for the community. They are trying to shield themselves from the community. To outsiders, I'm sure it appears they are building their own utopian society that is somehow greater than the one they live in. If they want to be seen as helpful, they should be doing helpful things. The whole creepy factor about everything they do is also more than most people can handle as well. Whether it be using Google Glass to try to lookup criminal histories of random strangers on the street, or using the Google Bus to avoid interacting with regular humans, or using the Google Airport to avoid interacting with regular humans. Apple is in similar circumstances, but they are less creepy and so people are not up in arms about them, yet.

Comment PCI compliance? (Score 5, Interesting) 137

Target suffered similar data theft in 2005, and now again in 2013. By storing cardholder information, CVV's and (worst) PIN's in the clear, they obviously are not PCI DSS compliant. If this happened to any other retailer, Visa would revoke their PCI compliance status. If nothing happens regarding their PCI compliance status, what does it say about PCI compliance in general? PCI compliance is nothing but a joke, not to be taken seriously. Why even go through the work and trouble to get PCI DSS certified if companies like Target can flout the rules and get away without any penalties.

Comment The problem with Google Glass (Score 4, Insightful) 211

The problem with Google Glass is not the hardware itself, it is the privacy implications of using the device, which sends everything to an untrusted third party. It would be different if they offered the option of never communicating with their network, but they don't offer that as an option. So, essentially anyone who has an agreement with google (NSA, FBI, other governments, other companies, etc) will get copies of your location, pictures coming off the camera, video, microphone data, etc. Those issues alone are the reasons why I would never actually use one. Until Google is serious about separating the umbilical cord from devices like this from talking to their servers, it remains a serious problem about ever using it for anything long term. It's bad enough you might be already using an Android or iPhone device which does almost the same thing, minus the video and audio stream.

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