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Comment Re:Gut check (Score 1) 59

I stand by my comment. In an archive of Slashdot 5 years from now, my perspective might be clear. Name calling is adolescent sir/ma'am. ToS, is nothing more than a statement and separate from actuality. One might claim they are PCI compliant, for example, when in reality it sis a smoke screen. Been there, seen that too many times. I will not comment further....

Comment Gut check (Score 1, Informative) 59

As an IT person for over twenty years, I still pain at this cloud presence. Who owns your data? Google, Amazon, Microsoft? Might as well give all your keys to someone else. Wait, when the federal government gets into the cloud infrastructure will I feel any different? No. Sales, marketing, and the all too easy "it's what everyone else is doing" argument. Remember, easy is a four letter word. Lemmings....

Comment My take (Score 1) 308

For a man who had so much promise, what do we get? First, yes, "black" president who could have rewritten history books has done little substantive. What makes me more ill than anything else is this "grouping" along many political lines. I fear for our sovereignty, our freedoms (or what we have left), and the most immediate future. We, as the American culture, has failed to promote liberty for as long as I can remember. We, collectively, immigrants and all, are at risk of this behemoth, monolithic, corporatocracy. Everything recorded, everything censored, and no expectation of privacy anymore. Read your employee manual. I bet it will not only make you sick, but it will illustrate you and I are just batteries for harvest. Yes, I did make reference to the Matrix. No conspiracy theorist here, just observation over decades. (mic drop)

Comment Very bad for liberty (Score 1) 309

If our government, which is supposed to be by the people and for the people, continues to systematically erode any semblance of our American culture, they will destroy it. When people are afraid of things like hackers, a far too aggressive and repressive government (even local, county & state) or not willing to let someone else's judgement decide what perhaps my motivations were on January 1, 1990, people will stop. The country will stop. Economies will fall. It's not pretty folks. This is America and we all have a responsibility to insure our way of life and expectations. Lemmings, please leave the building.

Comment This surprises who? (Score 4, Insightful) 151

With all of the security, personal, and business issues who is surprised? I've seen this coming for awhile. According to FB I live way down under and it's not Australia. Social Media can kiss my... I recall being criticized by a potential employer for having a big NULL when it comes to my social media behavior. That disturbed me and even led me to a more anti-social media stance. It has all been hijacked by commercial interests.

Comment Re:Problem is accountability (Score 1) 357

It is not Facebook specifically but a practice that should be looked at carefully regardless of sector. Problem with distrust is that it is not healthy and often advances that in which we fear. Fear can be motivating without discrimination. When one or a group of people are unreasonably fearful or distrustful it is a cancer from which recovery is likely very difficult. Think about what happens to a culture when a government doesn't trust its people.

Comment Problem is accountability (Score 1) 357

The real problem here is accountability. It appears that there is none, not in the private sector nor public. You started to see some of this in a touch of revolt with exit polls and media outlets being surprised by the intent and whit of the American public and the data they (the public) were communicating. It appeared to me that the public got wise to the tradition of entrance and exit polls and to an extent misled the media! We are at a tipping point with all of this. My fear is that it is irreversible and what we should be trying to protect may in fact already be gone...

Comment Really, solar and climate change again? (Score 1, Insightful) 574

Please. This is simple pandering to manufactured crisis' that has been going on for a long time. Does everyone realize that within a hundred years of time we have progressed as a species faster than any other time in history? The planet is a living breathing organism that can catch a cold, fever, flu, etc. We are more or less trying to micro manage the health of a 4.5 billion year old planet. Yes, I am certain we have as a species effected the environment and we DO need to be cognoscente; however, mother earth can and will take care of herself.

As far as this solar issue, isn't there more pressing things that a presidential candidate should be consumed with? Russia, China, Iran, ( Clinton, in my opinion, will hurt this country more than help or lead. She has this sense of entitlement that wreaks. This is unfortunate as the battle and movement to be the "first female" president of the United States trumps (no pun intended) and defiles the dignity and integrity of the office of POTUS. I for one will be happy when there are no longer pursuits of social experimentation and where decisions of this kind of import will be based on what they should, the merit and qualification of any candidate. Perhaps this is a Utopian perspective on our democracy, however, it isn't a bad standard from which to start qualification.

Comment Re:Google Interview (Score 1) 370

Know you folks have me thinking how something like this might look. Given the comments and assuming that people are not next door, I wonder how best to approach an IT services company of some description with a focus on "seasoned" professionals? Experience is paramount, age not a factor, honor, integrity, and honesty also critical components. I think if you dare to lead, the lemmings will follow...;-)

Comment Re:Strategies to Defeat Age Discrimination (Score 1) 370

Your strategies imply deceit is the ticket to employment? You know, I'd rather be under a freaking bridge and happy than a liar just to appease others who are employed and don't really give a f... Seriously, I was once told "You don't know how to play the game?" and I replied, "I don't want to play the game." This is real life with real people. I so much want a system based on merit, no PC, demographic, politically motivated BS. I fear I will be dead before anyone sees it. Depressing...

Comment Re:The "experience" that matters (Score 1) 370

Well put and I shall put it to use. I am 40+ with 20 in the biz, have been unemployed for about a year, lost just about everything and am scratching my head. I think the title of this article is appropriate. It's all economics. There is nothing worse than seeing a manager with a smirk on his/her face low balling you simply because they can. Plus the external expectations that you will foot the expense to keep yourself up to date on technology is a bit much too. Which one, at what cost, and how far to take it? Cops, firemen, and many other professionals get, as a benefit, some training that is required to maintain their roles, not IT. IT is not unlike the software industry; here, sign this EULA that exempts us for any liability resulting from the use of our "killer," must have app even though it was run through some code mill and subject to limited testing. Security was not a consideration, sorry. Tell that to GM. I bet the auto industry would love to be allowed to use and apply EULA's. Yes, I am a bit bitter today as I digress.

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