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Comment Misleading summary as always (Score 4, Informative) 377

source article

There was no FBI involved in this. It was some random company's attempt at PR (I'm sure they regret it now). The original article even says that the information would not be useful to police and that they planned to give it away at a conference in San Fransisco next week.

Not exactly "cooperation with an FBI investigation"

Seriously Slashdot... when are you going to hire editors who actually verify submissions before letting them onto the front page. No better than the national enquirer...

Comment Age, baby boomers... (Score 1) 314

The leveling has little to do with money or infrastructure and everything to do with the composition of the population.

The per-capita mileage has leveled because we have a lower percentage of people in the younger, more mobile age groups. The baby boomers are reaching an age where they stay home more than in the past. The less-populous generations behind them are still working, traveling, driving as much as ever... there are just LESS of them as a PERCENTAGE of the population.

Comment Re:Body Armor (Score 1) 367

Thus, while you can knock someone down by shooting them (since as mentioned above the shooter can brace against the recoil) it's impossible to shoot someone with a standard slug from a hand-held weapon and make them fly through the air from the impact.

I never said anything about "fly through the air". My post said thrown back or bruised, I suppose thrown back could be interpreted to mean flying through the air. That was not the intent in my statement, so let me rephrase: "Then you could survive being shot and also continue to return fire without being as easily knocked off balance, spun, or badly bruised."

Comment Re:Question (Score 5, Informative) 329

They claimed that the Google Support forums were being swamped with complaints. However, a simple search shows that "swamped" apparently means a couple hundred topics, only a few of which are related to service issues (most seem to deal with rate plan questions, upgrade questions, or how to order questions):


Comment Re:Remember when smartphone meant something? (Score 1, Interesting) 214

Their definition seems pretty broad, basically any phone that can run any of the smartphone OSs. More interesting is that the iPhone's main competitor, the W-Zero3, was built and released in 2005, 2 years before the iPhone American release in 2007 and 3 years before the Japanese release. The W-Zero3 has equal or better features with the exception of a touchscreen. So the iPhone is winning the market in Japan based upon marketing and the interface.

I own an iPhone. I am definitely moving away from it as soon as my contract expires... a few reasons: 1) horrible battery life with 3G usage, 2) lack of MMS, and 3) AT&T's network is sub-standard (I experience 2-3 dropped calls every day).

Interestingly, my wife refuses to use any iPhone, since the touchscreen never responds accurately to her touch. Most of her friends have similar issues, and now that I think about it, I don't see many women using an iPhone.

Comment The SMB2 flaw is very easy to fix! (Score 1) 427

SMB2 is not required, it can be disabled.

From an Administrative prompt issue the follow:

"net stop mrxsmb20"

To make the change permanent, also issue:

"sc config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb10/nsi"
"sc config mrxsmb20 start= disabled"

Seriously, why is everyone getting so bent over something that is a three-line permanent fix?

Comment Re:Good developers dont have time to take many tes (Score 1) 440

I like your method. Put them in a situation that relates to the job you expect them to do.

I have been employed by three companies in the past 22 years. Each time I moved on, I left on good terms with my current employer and listed my previous boss on my resume as a reference. In my current position, I do the technical interviews, generally over the phone or a lunch meeting. I usually prepare for the meeting by contacting the listed references and asking them about the applicant. If someone lists three college buddies, or three junior coworkers, or three people from completely non-related fields, then I have a pretty good indicator already that they were not respected by management or senior developers in their last job. I find a loose correlation between the quality of the references and the quality of the applicant.

In my interviews, I generally give a simple requirement and ask how they would solve it. I don't care if they know the details to implementing the latest and greatest algorithms or programming methods. I care how they approach the problem, what questions they ask, and how they think through the solution. Also, within ~10 minutes of questioning, you can determine if the applicant really knows programming or just knows buzzwords and for loops (and if you can't, then perhaps you are the one who just knows buzzwords.)

Talking to and assessing references can give you a good indication of work ethic and behavior.

Talking to and assessing the applicant can give you a good indication of knowledge and talent.

Between the two, I've been very successful in hiring quality developers for our company.

Comment Re:Hobby (Score 2, Insightful) 537

Which method of teaching is going to better provide me with the experience I need, as well as the experience an employer wants to see in a college graduate?

As others have said, learn the concepts.

You should also find a class that requires group programming. Learn how to interact with fellow programmers, how to operate within a team environment, and how to document your thoughts and processes. I've found that social skills are very valuable in any organization.

Comment Re:Dumb question? (Score 4, Informative) 130

Dumb question here, but why not look up the tax returns they've filed with the IRS?

"By July 10, 2009, the Plaintiffs shall provide the Defendant with yearly estimates, beginning in 1999, of the revenues generated by their copyrights in the specific songs for which they intend to prove infringement at trial. They should separate physical and digital music sales and should provide Defendant with a description of the methodology used to arrive at these figures."

Tax returns would not contain revenue information for each individual song.

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