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Comment Diminishing Returns (Score 3, Insightful) 84

This kind of research is almost self-defeating.

When you put out there a list of words that help flag a domain as "bad", you're just signaling to the malware makers to avoid those words.

Then you can make a new list of words. And then they'll avoid those words.

Eventually, the malware domains will be essentially indistinguishable from the real domains.

That's lose-lose for everyone.

Unfortunately, keeping the list secret does no good either. If it's truly secret, then no one can use it to fight malware. If it's only "secret" as in "not widely published", then the malware makers will still find it and use it.

There is no right choice.

Comment As much as possible... or none at all (Score 3, Interesting) 336

Any really good company/department is going to find it more important to find the right person than skills in a particular language.

Obviously, a person who is a good fit in other ways and has experience in the exact skill/language is the best, but you're better off hiring someone good who doesn't know the language (and then helping them learn it) than you are hiring someone who's not a good fit but does know the language.

When I'm involved, I want to see at least 2 different similar skills (in this case, programming languages), to prove that the person can learn and has a core understanding of the common principals.

So, learn a few languages (preferably at least one of which is popular), and be prepared to learn a new one for a job.

Do you really want to work at a place that isn't willing to take the time and money to train the right person? Odds are you'll be looking for a new job before long (either by your choice or theirs).

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 104

DevOps is a niche. Get over it.

Do you even know what "DevOps" is?

Here, I'll tell you: Devops: IT infrastructure folks, devs, QA people, sitting in a room and working together to release software on a timely basis.

How it works:
1) Boss schedules a meeting
2) Everyone shows up
3) Work out a couple of things that'll make everyone's jobs easier.
4) Do that.
5) Repeat.

That's it. Seriously. It's not cloud voodoo, it's not shirt-and-tie marketspeak, it doesn't take expensive consultants or software or anything.

If that's considered "niche" in your world, I sure as fuck don't want to work at whatever miserable place you're working at.

Wow. I've apparently been working in the wrong places for the last 15 years.

Where do I find this place where meetings are simple and productive?

Comment Re:Nginx (Score 2) 102

Probably because a lot of us jumped ship from Apache to Nginx. I got tired of my server eating up all the CPU for what little my sites were doing. Moved to Nginx and freed up 75%, and I wasn't doing anything special server-side to account for that.

Exactly. It's not really Microsoft that's gaining (although they are, a little), nor really Apache that's losing (although they are, a lot).

It's that nginx is taking over Apache's place as the best free webserver.

Comment Re:Without her permission? (Score 5, Interesting) 367

The summary said she gave them her password. That sounds like permission.

A 13 year old can't give permission.

Just like she can't give permission for the school to take her on a field trip or to go off campus for lunch, she can't give the school permission to invade her privacy. Only her parents can.

In some ways, this is really stupid. In other ways, it makes lots of sense. We shouldn't really trust most 13-15 year olds to make intelligent, informed decisions most of the time.

Comment Re:Are we not advanced enough to use UTC Time? (Score 5, Interesting) 310

Timezones make it so that daytime is "almost" the same for people in relative proximity. "Today" is almost the same timeframe for most people who are awake at the same time, regardless of their location, give or take a couple of hours. While long distance communication tools have somewhat eroded this notion, it's still true for the vast majority of interactions. If you switched everybody to UTC, the international date line would result in massive confusion unless all times are augmented by the date for reference. Besides, switching to a singe timezone doesn't solve any significant problem.

Um, if everyone were on UTC, there would be NO "international date line".

Which would remove TONS of confusion.

The biggest problem for people would be that the date would change in the middle of the day for a large number of people. Your work week might be from 2200 on Sunday to 0800 on Friday, with a date change 2 hours into each of your shifts.

It would also be inconvenient for anything which is normally advertised as a date range, because times would have to be included with the dates.

Comment Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (Score 4, Informative) 674

I'd like to say "mod parent up", but it's already at 5.

This "article" lost all credibility the moment they claimed that Kodak was replaced by Instagram. Kodak was functionally dead long before Instagram was a twinkle in someone's eye. If I was going to try to pin one company as replacing Kodak, it would have to be Apple, since more photos are taken with iPhones than with any other single manufacturer's cameras. I guess that's a less sensational claim, since Apple employs ~90,000 people and is still growing.

As to the real reason for Kodak's demise, they waited too long to go digital, and they screwed it up when they did go mainstream digital. For example, early mainstream Kodak digital cameras used more compression on their JPGs so you could fit more into the tiny built-in memory or small Smartmedia cards. Unfortunately for Kodak, most people care more about the quality of the images than the number they can fit on a card. I'm sure that market research said people wanted to be able to take more pictures, but it didn't actually drive sales. Kodak persisted in this for long enough that the reputation for poor image quality stuck even after they stopped using excessive compression by default.

Comment Re:Heat related? (Score 2) 190

Top of the rack tends to get toasty, but is this too simple?

I logged in to say that.

It seems obvious -- heat rises, I would expect top of rack components to fail more often unless the cooling design is well done.

Completely fabricated statistic: Only 10% of datacenters have proper cooling design.

Comment Re:Not a big deal (Score 2) 324

(Sound of loud buzzer.) Ehhhhh... sorry. That's not quite the answer we were looking for. Perhaps you'd prefer to live in Cuba?

These days, if I didn't have a really important reason to stay in this country (my children), I would seriously consider leaving. I don't think Cuba would be at the top of my list.

Stuff like this is a total sideshow. It's a distraction from the fact that our government can't seem to get anything productive done.

As long as those in charge of this country (by which I primarily mean Congress and the Senate) spend more time and money bickering with each other and making absolutist "no compromise" stands, nothing here will improve.

What we really need is a changing of the guard. Vote every single incumbent out of office. Having more than two political parties wouldn't hurt either.

Comment Not a big deal (Score 2) 324

It has long been held by US courts that the exteriors of letters and other items sent through the mail are not considered private.

It makes sense that they are allowed to photograph and record them for later use.

I mean, did you really think that a piece of mail sent through a government controlled organization would be hidden from law enforcement?

Now, if they are doing the same for UPS/FedEx/etc, then there might be a slightly larger concern, but still not really a big deal.
Or, if they were opening (or scanning the inside without opening) and recording the contents of sealed mail without a warrant, that would also be concerning.

Comment Re:Oh, look! Just what the economy needs! (Score 1) 600

I think he's only referring to union shops with their soon-to-be-taxed-out-of-existence gold level coverage plans.

No, those plans are in the $20k/year ballpark.

$10k/year (employer contribution, plus an additional $2-3k/year employee paid) buys a health plan that doesn't suck. A PPO with no deductible and moderate copayments. Covers most needs but has gaps.

$4k/year only buys a crappy plan that has at least two of these flaws: doesn't cover the right things, high copayments, high deductible.

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