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Comment Re:State sponsored corporate spies (Score 1) 460

A company should spend time looking at their affirmative action programs, not just metrics. The metrics can lead to issues with creating quotas. However, we need to set guidelines and programs that target recruitment across minorities, protected veterans, and disabled. Likely, Palantir needs to develop job descriptions and requirements. For example, I don't see a requirement for security clearance, but considering some of their projects, that could be a limit. If I am an immigrant or child of an immigrant, there is significant impact to my chance of getting a security clearance, as would be bad credit or other issues.

I would hold recruiting events, specify specific hiring criteria - including clearances, and set some guidelines into positions. I would also recognize issues with cultural norms and hold training and expected behavior. For example: Palantir values teamwork, but that means different things to different cultures. Maybe the focus on team selection and referrals, which has some benefit to team dynamics, but can cause group think. It is a hard line to walk

Comment Re:Not that I am bitter (Score 1) 37

Obviously, you don't run Apache... for a couple of years, that was a daily game. It isn't a dig at Open Source security, even though they have had their security nightmares. The problem is we have now a human process, which is very easy to compromise... In addition, will we see groupthink cause significant issues to be ignored, a problem currently not in existence within the open source community (sarcasm). It will be interesting and is better then what we have seen in the past.

Comment Problems with the Survey (Score 1) 227

First, you need a lot more in-depth. Run the survey by people who do this for a living. You are missing a lot of information. Look for what would be the next question and try to determine if you have any biases in your research.

For example, my company's personal device policy is based on safety more then security. I work for an EPC company and people jinking with devices while working in a construction site might put an eye out (literally) or worse. Let alone accidentally dropping a cellphone from a great height, into concrete, into nuclear containment, into turbine, etc... we have issues with people texting and driving... a crane, forklift, yard dog, etc... These can be bad things. The security and productivity fears of most management is nothing compared to the fears we face in the heavy industry environment. Ever want to explain to a customer why the multi-million dollar turbine was destroyed because someone dropped their cellphone into the system?

We also have security issues, such as SUNSI information. Just don't whip out the phone and start taking pictures willy nilly and we will be fine. If not, have fun with your talk to the nice guys with the guns.

Productivity / control is our last worry. Someone will usually get a talking to if it is really egregious, but usually we don't care if you are getting the job done. The manager who does usually gets a talking to... That said... don't take a picture of your rear on a bucket and post on Facebook about how you don't do any work on the construction site... might be career limiting. Seriously...

Comment MUMPS (Score 1) 166

As a former MUMPS programmer, yeah; it is bs. Modern languages do a better job in data management. However, certain health care systems do an EPIC job in pushing for obscure languages and technologies - like a message queuing database with a VB middle-ware layer to make it talk like a mainframe. Probably has something to do with lock-in and consulting... Yet, we have to push data into a relational data warehouse to do anything useful with it. SSIS and relational for the win.

Comment The advantage/disadvantage of my height (Score 1) 340

So, I am over 6 feet tall and have used standing and sitting desks. My recommendation, both. When answering emails and other admin work (time sheets anyone - the joys of line supervision...) I usually stand at my kitchen bar / in the break area, or on a low cabinet attached to my desk. Analysis and think work, I sit. Here is the magic trick...

I get up and walk around. I will do some work in some of the work cubby areas we have for really small meetings. Answer emails at the lake patio, Schedule walking meetings. Don't stay in once place for hours at a time staring at a screen. Make no meeting longer then an hour... 20 minutes focused meeting are the best. Change your perspective, it helps.

Just in case you are curious... I am one productive individual and my team is commonly cited for how much they get done and how well they balance work / life.

Comment Re:Welcome to corporate future (Score 2) 255

99.99999% of all stats on the internet are fake, especially if I disagree with them - Benjamin Franklin

Let us make it easy, here is the definition for hate speech:

Hate speech is a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. It is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like. Hate speech can be any form of expression regarded as offensive to racial, ethnic and religious groups and other discrete minorities or to women.

Is it overly broad, yes. But there you go.

Comment Doesn't work (Score 0) 167

Here is the problem. Blowing up or melting items does not work. Just leaves smaller material in orbit. Solution would likely be either breaking up space junk and then bringing it down or ejecting it out. Both are fraught with problems, mainly with timing and making sure we don't make the problem worse. Of course, if you want to clear out the orbit really quick, just grind up an asteroid and toss the resulting pebbles and sand into a retrograde, slowly diminishing orbit. What satellites?

Comment Re:Must hackers be such dicks about this? (Score 3, Insightful) 270

Common sense at this level is why we need a score of 6 - Application of Common Sense. Point is spot on. When you are arrested, everything on your person, etc... is fair game. No need for a warrant to seize the laptop and such. Now, get the password is likely a court order.

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