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Comment The Big Lie Exposed (Score 4, Informative) 184

If there really were a shortage of skilled IT workers in the US, then companies including Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, and Wipro would not be able to hire anyone and would need to import such workers.

Since they now are speeding up the hiring of skilled U.S. IT workers, there must not be a shortage to begin with. There by exposing the Big Lie.

How will Facebook, Apple, Microsoft now react?

Comment If this was script Kiddies... (Score 1) 85

...then all you "professionals" working in IT security should resign and go work as Walmart greeters. Seriously, if some 13 year old kid living in there parents basement can take down a bunch of major websites on the East Coast, the "pros" needed to be given their pink slips. Who is running this show, the Yahoo email security group? Fix your sh*t or resign.

Comment Re:View from on high (Score 1) 239

Most of these guideline above do not enhance reliability. The object is not to make your code look like it came from an obfuscated C contest.

I put the open curly brace on its own line. Not that it needs to be, but because it enhances the readability of the block of code contained.
Readability == Less bugs

One exit from subroutines/functions/methods makes it easier to debug. Definition at the top, makes it easy to find variable type and initialization, instead if hunting through all the code trying to find the definition. Though a good IDE will handle most of that for you.
All this saves programmer time and makes for easier maintenance.

The OP says "unnecessary code -- e.g., variable declarations..." who doesn't declare their variables. I would hate to debug that code.
Also, who considers error handling, unnecessary code. Critical or not, the programmer should catch and handle every type of error he can. It's called robustness.

All this "unnecessary code" has a purpose, enhanced readability, less bugs, faster debugging, easier maintenance, stability. All these young bucks could stand to take a lessen or two from the grey beards.

Comment Re:Easy Hack (Score 1) 81

I totally agree with you. The agencies of the government need to be transparent but the day to day working of each individual government employee does not need to be public. If you work in Dept of Homeland Security, I want you protecting the homeland. If you work in the FBI, I want you arresting criminals. I don't need to know the details if you were on a stake out last night or investigating leads or testifying in court, those are details your supervisor needs to know. I need to know that you are doing your job and that the department is transparent in its function and mission. That's all.

Comment Easy Hack (Score 4, Interesting) 81

It is not like these lists are ultra top secret. When I worked for a government agency that shall remain nameless, I had access to everyone's email address, name, phone number and work location address. We treated that information with respect for privacy just as we did more sensitive information like SS #, home address, date of birth. Email addresses certainly was not top secret.

Comment Re:Team Reviews are far superior (Score 1) 186

Finding 1.25 bugs per man hour is impressive. If we did that, we could ship a bug-free application every week (just kidding), the code fixes usually take longer the 1.25 hours. But seriously, we have find around 30-40 bugs per release so if we could spend 24-32 man hours to find all the bugs, I would be thrilled.

Now if Microsoft would lock all their developers in a room for a year, we could get a stable release of Windows.

Comment Stupid (Score 1) 197

4 out of 5 of his suggestions were so simple the you could have gotten them out of any of the 10,000 blogs on 'improve' your programming, Refactor, use OOP, Unit Test and use Version Control. Any programmer that has more than an ounce of experience is already doing this.

The fifth suggestion was the one that was just plain stupid. Using auto/var for declaring variables is the intellectual equivalent to Visual Basic's, Option Explicit Off. Sure you could do it but why?

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