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Comment The sign of our times: Censorship-Supression City (Score 4, Interesting) 194

I can't speak for everyone else, but all this AI, machine learning, heavy algorithm, neural network, data mining that's been going on for well over a decade now and has become almost normal in terms of tech news conversation is really scary as hell.

For starters, the claim to the quote/unquote "internet" and plaguing social media is it's given absolutely everyone a platform to opinion-ate, alienate, berate, tolerate and flat out hate anyone, any topic, any agenda, any other opinion, idea, thought, preference, look, feel, ect. Let's face it: all that in itself alone as opened pandora's box to a metric shit-ton of people who flat out should not be sharing anything that bubbles in their skull. So now we all sit here with big thumb-tapping or keyboard-clacking loud mouths who can't act appropriately in a digital world.

But I have to say, when the hell did everyone become a bunch of sensitive sally's in terms of taking everything at face value, and buying into some internet handles drivel (or lack there of), hate speech. Look at slashdot and the anonymous coward approach? Hell at least we provide anonymity and low rank to toxic troll garbage here.

All that aside, we don't 'remove' it, cover it up and scrub it away because everyone likes to wave the I-am-offended-all-the-time flag. It becomes part of the culture, ambiance (if you laugh it it, I guess) and overall conversation. We don't un-ring bells, do we? I don't see how that's any different digitally.

Comment Unix-like directories and Go whining? Stop it. (Score 2) 58

An upfront caveat: I haven't spun up Upspin yet, but I did look at the code for about 15 minutes on Github. So I guess I haven't launched it.

I do have to merely shit on Brian Fagioli at BetaNews here: stick with objective reporter and keep your less-than-technical biased opinion out of the article, FFS. All that wanking about 'Unix-like directories' and written in 'Go' just proves your ignorance in the world of tech in general. My advice is, for starters, stop being a tech reporter and referring to yourself as 'submersed in technology' because you are clearly a posing douchey idiot. What world IS NOT built successfully on a 'Unix-like directory structure' and using a bleeding edge language like 'Go'?

Go is a fantastic language for any sort of platform-friendly deployment; I'm been using it almost exclusively for very system-heavy development that I need to port seamlessly between lots of UNIX platform variants. What's the problem with that?

Well Brian, to wrap your head around things you can relate to, better toss that MacBook you authored your article on (BSD-variant and Unix-like directory structure), stop watching Netflix (hosted on Linux and some distributed POSIX-friendly Unix-like filesystem), don't put anything on Dropbox anymore (hosted on Linux and some distributed POSIX-friendly Unix-like filesystem). Get my point? Stop whining. Just because it's over your head, doesn't mean it's not over anyone elses.

Submission + - 'Pharma Boy' Now Seeks Investors for Software Startup (

adosch writes: According to arstechnica, "Martin Shkreli (aka Pharma Boy), the former pharmaceutical industry executive and hedge fund manager who is facing trial on accusations that he defrauded investors, is now starting a Manhattan software company that is in the midst of a $1 million debt offering, according to a regulatory filing." A recent job posting for the fronted startup company, Godel Systems, which is branding itself as " a professional software company that aims to be the leading information provider of data, workflow, and communications solutions for financial, law, and scientific professionals." is seeking a 'Full Stack Javascript Developer'.

Comment Hard line between output and 'being one' (Score 1) 229

I think it's a really hard thing to quantify a 'good job' for a developer? The amount of context and work scenarios would make your head explode, honestly.

What if we were talking a one to two developer shop where hackish amateurism and 5-minute produced Wordpress sites seems like 'magic' and just 'works'? On the complete other side of the spectrum with your Google, Facebook, Amazon, Snapchat, Instagram, and Microsoft's of the world in terms of fixing an ultra complex situation in 5 minutes that's nearly bulletproof in terms of 'all the bases covered' with minimal room for turnover on not getting it right the first time?

I'd agree with most on here that, to me, at the end of the day, it takes one to know one --- ESPECIALLY when you've had to do any software development in any context in the real-world, support it and have a business function rely on it. I've had SO many developers try to tell me how 'awesome' they are and say "I have two bazillion lines tied into" and I think with enough experience to sniff that out, it's either _that_ complex or it's bullshit. And I think the other thing is the functionality piece. It has to work, work well and not just accomplish more than the bare minimum (from the start).

Look what most of us do when we have a car issue and don't know shit about being a auto/engine mechanic? We take their word with whatever shit they tell you is wrong as long as we get a working-like-we-had car back in return? That 'progress' could be that it took 5 minutes to get your car fixed and ran with your 10 hours of labor straight out of your checkbook. But if I was any sort of mechanic, I could rightfully call them out, right?

Comment Re:These always seemed "gimmicky" to me? (Score 1) 91

So totally true. If anything, companies like Fitbit tried to rally around lazy-ass people who needed a gadget and really poor apps to hold them accountable. Isn't that how gimmicky diets that pop up around the turn of every calendar new year work, as well? Sell you this unrealistic grand idea/plan when all you need is some humble pie, self worth, bit of dedication and don't cave on the day old donuts Carol from 'Accounting' brought in to share? Genetics aside, shit people, if staying in shape, having a six-pack, eating like a rabbit and looking like the gender of your type celebrity-of-the-day was so easy, we'd all be doing it already.

I'm glad I was in the camp of buying the time keeping and notification wearable as an attempt to re-wear a wrist watch in my life again instead of jerking that phone out of my pocket every 3 seconds...

Comment Re:It's just another bubble popping (Score 1) 91

Wearables are neat - I have one of the Garmin ones and it works well. But I'm not buying a new one every year.

You couldn't have said it better. I was an early Kickstarter adopter of the Pebble, bought a Pebble Steel a few years back and now look where I am? For a while, it got to be too many re-invention releases of watch types to do so many confounded things to compete in these little niche areas where some wearable companies didn't even start in OR belong, period. It was this ultimate 6-month production race to maybe this-or-that differently, or maybe do a calender-calorie-tracker angle or maybe a sms-notification-swimming combo. Case in point: It got annoying as hell with all the breeds and I sure as hell wasn't going to go get another one --- and I was on the cheaper end of wearables. I didn't even mention the world iWatch....

Comment Re:Token add-on packs (Score 1) 123

RIGHT? Brilliantly put. I'm not a Monopoly purist, but I don't like to see things that aren't broke, get fixed to get new 'interest'. The nostalgia around the classic pieces can be passed on in terms of why they were chosen, what they are about, which are most popular, ect. Then it doesn't tarnish the original, long-standing tradition of the game pieces. Add-on's seem a WAY better approach.

I get themed version of a game from a marketing perspective, but then what do all of us consumers have in the end? 800 Monopoly game boxes high up in a F closet holding up a bowling ball waiting to crash on your head when you want to get the 'ROFLCOPTER-OMFGG-LIKE-EMOJI-#BLESSED' Monopoly version. In the end, they all play the same. I'd gladly use an overlay add-on, a new decks of cards and some new board pieces to keep in along with my ONE copy of Monopoly if I want to 'mix it up'.

Comment Keep Learning From Part-time and Search away (Score 3, Insightful) 261

Here's some advice: You're the new out-of-college-kid-on-the-block. Just because you scratced-the-surface on all those languages, network and sys-admin tech in college, doesn't mean you're even CLOSE to an expert and haven't done it in a professional setting at all where you need to give a shit about 10,000 other things besides 'getting it done and working'.

Just because something seems dead end to you doesn't mean you don't learn, and it also doesn't mean you STOP learning there because you've made that mental decision that it's dead-end. There's tons of skills to learn where you're at --- but there's also tons of what-not-to-do to learn as well. No place I've ever worked at did everything right; there is always things that got me to the next level at places, then there were things I absolutely despised that I had zero control or muscle-to-flex to change because it really did need addressing.

Regardless if you're going to sling code for a living or be a sys/network admin, they are two completely different worlds in terms of professionalism and attack. My 'sys-admin' code/scripts/software I write for automation, jobs, tasks, gluing stuff together, ect. is COMPLETELY different from doing serious code development in any shop that it's bottom line is: your code makes us money or provides us a vehicle for revenue. My fundamentals might be the same in terms of development style (e.g. 90's waterfall vs. agile), but I still use a CVS of some type and practice secure development, but it's a far cry from writing a web/mobile/client-server app for users that maybe supports a business model or creates business revenue --- then you need to know your shit not just writing 'hello world' in college 50 times with 50 languages.

Keep doing what you're doing and you'll know what you want to be. Don't just pick a field because it's some hot topic of the day in the IT world. Figure out what you want vs. what's giving a slightly bigger paycheck at the end of the week. People will pay you what you're worth, trust me. But if you don't learn the skills and what-not-to-do's and gleen as much off the smarter-than-you folks, you'll just be chasing your tail.

Comment Suck it up, buttercup (Score 1) 433

Hurray! My first /. Soapbox of 2017 and even higher hopes of an anon-coward "gaslighting" me up!

So for starters, everyone one, every job, every workplace has this, and my only condolense is: that sucks to be in your position.

Now back to reality. Yep, cant go to management or your boss because you will get a improvement-plan-to-let-go-in-3-months or you will be viewed as not being a "good fit" and the pain will continue until you quit or get fires for blowing your top. Why? Because I have met more managers who get paid the "people manage" money to deal with that shit and guess what? They never do.

If you havent got feedback from your boss or manager that echo's any of this back to you in writing, then whats the problem? I have always said: if you are right, you can't br wrong. Sharpen your game --- you seem to know and highlight all their angles, so tactfully neutralize them as much as you can "professionally" (I stress that)

Otherwise you start applying for a new job or you hang in there and suck it up. Because if you get another shiny, new job, I dont want to see you re-post advice, guess what? Grass isnt ever greener, always politics and bullshit. All you do is cash in old complaints for new ones. Learn to handle your job like a sports athlete: you get paid to do a job to produce output and results, negortiate as much as you can and do it well. When its time to go, ask for a trade or go to a new team./p>

Comment "Sigh" to cloud service providers of any kind (Score 1) 52

I keep a lot of notes on personal projects I do in kind of a 'journal'-like fashion on Evernote. What I use it for isn't awesome, it's just nice, convenient and it worked nicely in browser and mobile form. All the fucking while, we all know what we're giving up when we use 'free' cloud services of any kind. Should assumed neural network or machine learning foo happening under the hood to our data, patterns, habits, ect. be a surprise? No. But I don't like how my whole life is getting digitally profiled for the sake of a few dollars in a CEO's pocket.

Direct re-link from /., but Snowdon did a similar rant that I totally agree, even if it's in regards to cell phone metadata: metadata of any kind is WAY more powerful than you think. I couldn't agree more. I think of all the times at work we mined Apache/Nginx logs coupled with click tracking and what they ordered from our inventory, it was simply amazing with little effort the amount of easily assumed information you could correlate, trend and rightfully assume to try and learn you 'user base' without actually soliciting them, ever. But, where's the line drawn?

Nothing is scared anymore, man.

Comment Don't evolve too much for all us old hats! (Score 1) 88

Hard for me to see Mario on anything other than a 2-D scroller. I grew up with an Atario 2600 then got an NES about ~2 years after it's initial debut. I think I've honestly bought every NES console platform and half the hand-helds for my kids (and as an old crusty adult now) JUST to play that updated Mario gaming look-and-feel. It's too embedded into my childhood and adult (and now my kids passed down) life, that it's hard for me to never try a invention or re-invention of Mario.

I agree with most, if this is a flappy bird clone, I hope it's wicked polished and keeps my attention. I just hate to see a legacy evolve into the fickle mobile gaming market. I realize that's where it's at now --- but to see an absolute epic gen-X gaming icon like Mario be tried out for 30 seconds and deleted like the rest of the gaming apps for all the AD(H)D nuts who have an entertainment and attention span of 2.5 seconds, it would be a shame for both Nintendo and anyone who has appreciated Mario for that long to do that IMHO.

But, once I pay my $10 like everyone else soon, if it sucks and looks like that one mobile game-of-the-week I played yesterday, then that is something none of us can control.

Comment Hard coded creds AND telnet as a service? Plz (Score 3, Interesting) 55

So hard-coded credentials AND MF telnet? Seriously ladies and gentlemen, WTF is slapping the OS stack on these IoT devices? Was someone just that lazy with their firmware we couldn't take that out of busybox/toybox or heaven forbid strip that out of the development pipeline when you're cutting out the production firmware for mass use? I realize it's handy when you're developing it, but this is just lunacy anymore. I thought we all went over this as hardened, grey sys-admins now that telnet had died a long time ago in the 90's...

I don't even think I want to get started about hard-coded credentials, and I'm not going to. All I can say now is: Thanks for making it unbelievably EASY for anyone putting yet another bot network to compromise more low hanging fruit. Even if it's not used in that, I'm sure all the Shodan fans will love it.

I'm just whine-ranting now, but is anyone has F blown away as me that shit like this STILL continues to happen?

Comment How can you even argue with Netflix? (Score 3, Insightful) 162

I've had Netflix for what seems forever, at least for 10 years or better. Bragging about that buys me zero credibility and a negative balance of /. stock, but here's why I think they are right: people seriously don't give a shit after a while and will side with convenience, comfort, and instant availability to satisfy all of our Alice in Chains 'feed-my-eyes' quest for immediate entertainment anymore, even if it's at the cost of some pixel depth and resolution crispness.

Not a single person can't tell me after spending almost the comparable amount of swiping time 'looking' for a show that it takes to actually watch one, you just finally pick something and watch it.

Heck, I can't tell you how many times I just wanted to watch a show I was jonsing to put on, that I own in that cute BluRay-DVD bundle pack, but was too lazy to go and physically put it in, so I sufficed the average HD/SD quality Netflix had to offer _for_the_same_show_.

Netflix has got it right and doesn't need to back up their claim with all the data you give them away to pillage, do big data on, run through Hadoop or whatever machine learning foo they have: We are going to watch it all in the end, regardless of what is/isnt there and what it's quality is, as long as it doesn't look too much like a 1980's Twisted Sister bootleg off a first gen tape PVR. That's how we are wired to act about this shit anymore. Anyone having a high-res flame war here is just wrong IMHO.

Comment Amateur Sys-admin deserves the time (Score 5, Insightful) 133

As making a living out of being all things 'admin' (sys/network/engineering, ect.), he totally deserves this. This guy is total amateur-hour and quite simply deserves what he got. If it was really about your scripts, then they were probably garbage anyway. Any admin with have a brain keeps copies of their stuff; I actually use version control systems right long with software developers and engineers, so an even bigger reason to manage your domain better.

I'm sure he had a fair bit of perceived egotism and elitism in his attitude and work ethic, which made the situation what it was and resulted into today for him.

Even that, if he was able to log on to absolutely anything after his contract was terminated, then shame on the ISP, too. That's probably why they don't exist anymore. In any fairy constructed IT shop of sys-admins, regardless of how the rest of his co-workers felt about the situation of all of it, his access to everything would have been gone the second he was being walked out the door by security, HR, ect.

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