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Comment Some positive advice (Score 1) 451

There's some horrible posts in this thread to a fairly good question. How do you make that break into industry, and what might you want to do there?
My background: nearly 20 years in IT, started whilst at University doing helpdesk work, moved into industry. Been 1st line, 2nd line, 3rd line support. Have delivered global projects for variety of companies both as employee and contractor.
I currently work Microsoft UK as a senior Technical Account Manager within Microsoft Premier.
First off, working in IT does NOT require ability to code. I know it's against hivemind groupthink here, but it doesn't. Sure, if you want to be a developer you'll need it but if you're an architect, working in support, working in implementing projects, it's not necessary.
Look at what you're strong at. You're good with people, explaining technical concepts to them, listening to their requirements and probably quite good at interpreting those conversations into relevant IT concepts. Think about something like an IT business analyst, or someone who implements solutions - e.g. turning on O365 for a customer isn't trivial, and needs careful management for successful deployment. You might find a support job is a good entrance to industry but you would be having to learn your chops from 2nd line upwards. Thinking at more of a business relationship management/IT business analyst etc might be helpful if you've not considered it before.
Anyway, if you'd like some honest advice, feel free to PM me and I'll see what I can do. I'll probably go back to lurking now as I expect the trolls will be along again shortly...

Comment Re: Hang on a minute (Score 1) 110

Jees, does no one READ anymore? This is why I gave up on Slashdot. Nokia alleged to say no backdoors in their hardware, someone claims data being sent to MSFT from handsets regardless. No shit,Sherlock. In the absence of any details, let alone evidence or proof, this looks bloody spurious to me. I would expect the MS services on the phone to talk to Redmond exactly as they tell you they will when you agree to it for basic services e.g. location services. The article itself is classic FUD with zero content. Read it again. And don't post AC.

Comment Re:Hang on a minute (Score 1) 110

It's mandatory to have a Microsoft account with Windows Phone, much like it's mandatory to have a Gmail account for Android and an Apple ID for iOS. You don't have to use the services though, and WP8 is pretty good at explicitly telling you what data it would like and giving you the option of opting out.

Comment Re:Hang on a minute (Score 1) 110

Because it happens all the time - people like to read sensationalist news, people like to be outraged and site owners love page clicks. Go and read TFA. There is zero content in it. It's not even a theory, it's a vague bit of sensationalism and until it's backed up with data it should be treated as such.

Comment Hang on a minute (Score 4, Informative) 110

This looks like a mountain being made out of a molehill. From TFA: "Lumia phones do not ensure the user’s privacy – at least no better than the phones of other big manufacturers"
When you use a WP8 device, you are signed in using a Microsoft Account. Features like SMS backup, location services such as "Find My Phone" etc need to send data back to MS in order to work. In fact when you first sign into a phone this is made explicitly clear, as it is during the install of any apps on the phone that require, say, location based services. So whilst the implication of this article appears to be that there's something shady and underhand going on, until someone shows me a wireshark trace that shows it, I'm calling BS.

Comment Re:Where are they? (Score 1) 324

And you're an anonymous coward! Jees, now I remember why I've not logged in here for a while. Did I say that it would be plugged in? Did I say I was sceptical it was true? No. I just asked if any physical evidence had been seen in the wild. Better men than you posted some great links from Spiegel with the details. Grow up.

Comment Re:Where are they? (Score 1) 324

That's kind of my thinking - that they would have to replace a discrete part within the laptop - possibly a motherboard, more likely a daughterboard or mini PCI device like a wifi card. If you replace the motherboard you'd have to deal with BIOS serial numbers etc which would be a PITA. The only way I can see this working is if it were done at a component level. Presumably the device would need to be connected to a data bus, e.g. USB/SATA? Or memory?

Comment Re:prove it (Score 1) 29

Not sure that's the same thing. I've known of tools to recode alarm fobs to a car for VW for years (and have used them when I've broken a transponder and didn't want to pay £200 for a replacement from the dealer) but they all require access to the car - e.g. either ODBII interface that's usually under the steering wheel on the underside of the dash (and which needs the key present to power up), or need the old physical key to be inserted and flicked on / off in the ignition. Both options need the car to be unlocked and a key of some sort present. This isn't the same as a drive-by tool that automagically unlocks cars on the street, unless I'm missing something?

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