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Comment Re:Marissa was likely unprepared for the job (Score 2) 130

Although I am willing to believe that Marissa is talented, she was very unprepared for to lead Yahoo. To me, the first indication of it, was when she was hoodwinked into paying U$30 million for 'Summly', a news aggregation and summarization solution. It was a very relatively simple and rather rudimentary tool designed by a British teenager. They claimed the AI technology used had been vetted by MIT researchers.

We never claimed such thing. All the technology that we had was developed by a core engineering and data science group (Inderjeet Mani for NLP/summarization, me for engineering). There are a lot of misconceptions and rumors about how we put this together. If you bother to search for the patents under our names you'll get a glimpse of what we built, how we built it, and why we kicked the pants out of anyone else doing summarization of breaking news at the time. And Nick, the British teenager in question, helped design some of the algorithms that we plugged to a high volume pipeline; he was a contributor to a larger engineering and science team that I managed.


Comment Re:Slashdot is not far behind... (Score 1) 264

I don't recall seeing this many 4 and 5 digit users in one thread in.. like.. 15 years? more?

Hi :)

Re: -- the last time I checked anything there was before 2006. It's been at least 10 years. Slashdot, for good or evil, continues to provide breaking news for nerds. While not every story on the front page is relevant to my interests, I can almost always find something useful/interesting/actionable. I open /. and Reddit about once a day. Decrying the modern days is just wishful thinking. Having Katz's horrible writing vs what we see in today's front page? I'll take today's feed any day.

Anyway... just wanted to add my $0,02. Have a fantastic week!

Submission + - Cryptocurrency based basic income program started in Finland

jovius writes: Krypto Fin ry, the association behind Fimkrypto cryptocurrency (FIMK), has started to provide each registered Finnish citizen a payment of 1000 FIMK per month in December. 1000 FIMK equals few $.10 at the moment, and a bit over 100 people has registered so far. The registration is free.

FIMK is based on NXT 2nd generation crypto system; the add-ons and development making it into 2.5G. The roadmap includes payment cards and other technology to enable easier exchange between fiat currencies, FIMK, Bitcoins and others. Krypto Fin ry received 533 BTC in initial donations last Summer. FIMK can be traded for example on DGEX, and it's also a valid payment method in few stores in Finland.

Comment Re:it's not hard (Score 1) 222

Yahoo has the resources and man power to get there but micro managing was mentioned and that's a key problem right there... A good manager not only knows what is best but knows where to ask and where to trust and speaking of trust you need to know your team well so that you can effectively trust their decisions.

Let's just say that they neither micromanage nor, in many instances, know their teams and their capabilities very well.

And that's all I'll say about that. Now, pass me another chocolate so I can get back to coding.

Comment Comcast Business User With Own Mail Servers Here (Score 4, Interesting) 405


I have a Comcast Xfiniti Business line, 5 static IP addresses, etc. It sounds like our mutual set ups are equivalent. I've been running my email servers in my own domains since 1998, through some gone ISP, PacBell/AT&T, and Comcast without issues.

Contact the Comcast business line. Have your actual account ready -- you can get that from the Comcast Business web page for your account. Those numbers changed in the last 12 months to a shorter, simpler format. Request technical support and discuss the issue.

One thing that you MUST do if you want to run your own email: request that Comcast set reverse DNS to point at your servers for the non-authoritative request. A reverse DNS request to your IP address must return the name you use for your primary (and secondary, and so on) MX records. If that's set up, then you've solved 90% of the issues with Gmail and Yahoo!.

As far as Hotmail: they've been rejecting my email unless users white list my address(es) in their individual accounts. This has happened since Microsoft bought them. No way around that, and no appeals; every time I tried to contact them I might as well have sent the emails/requests through a black hole.

Source: 8+ years with Comcast Business, and I moved to a new location (with new IP addresses and new routers) 12 days ago. It took them 10 minutes to set the rDNS and propagate. Within an hour it was resolving fine and any lagging email issues were resolved (36 hours of some undelivered messages).

Google my name "Eugene Ciurana" and ping me through my contact page if you want some assistance with your set up and/or other tips w/dealing with Comcast. I've been a very happy customer with them (they fixed my lines, including physical cable modem replacement due to physical failure, while I was out of the country last January and coordinating with someone who could open the door to them and so on), and in general found that, if you explain what you need and why, their tech guys do work with you to solve issues. The key is understanding that *you* may know more about networking/server set up than their tech guys, so if you aren't specific about what you want they may not grok what you need.

Dear admins: WTF is a lameness filter? What is it filtering? I couldn't offer complete information to this guy because of the Comcast support number and/or IP addresses I listed. With my Karma level and the number of years I've been around, your system ought to be configured to let stuff through w/o issue. Look at my user ID. Thanks.


Comment Re:Let the conference organizers pay for you to at (Score 1) 182

Agreed 100% with this advise.

I view speaking engagements the same way I view my publications: they by themselves don't pay much, even for an "on demand" speaker. The upside is in the prestige that translates into better job offers or better consulting opportunities.

You can write something in your resume like "I have excellent communication skills" or you can just list your management experience, speaking engagements, and publications. At that point people can be pretty sure that you can communicate better than a majority of people.

Prep time == fun time too. The creative work that goes into condensing a 6- or 12-month project into 28 slides without making them too busy is great. Judicious use of animation effects to help you make your point (e.g. making the layers of a system appear on the screen as you talk about them) is also fun. Last, don't change your topic every time you go out! Instead, figure out a topic that different audiences will find interesting, create the presentation, and then tweak only one or two slides when the time comes. A good presentation has a 6-months shelf life (or 3-4 conferences if you have a busy schedule).


Comment Let the conference organizers pay for you to atten (Score 1) 182


I'm a frequent speaker at Java, Python, and other conferences. I love to travel, and I use the conferences to scout for talent for the various ventures in which I'm involved. Since I love the travel, the conference participation, etc. but lack the budget to go everywhere I want to go on my own, I instead focus on writing articles for various publications. Several of my write ups resonate with the audiences for the publications with whom I work (e.g. DZone, InfoQ, etc.) and I get invited to present at various conferences. Problem solved! I let the conference organizers cover all or part of my expenses.

My rules of thumb are:

* Conference organized by volunteers/non-profits? Cover something like lodging or a domestic flight.
* Conference organized by a company or for-profit organization? Cover lodging + travel.

This way I get to share on cool things on which we work, get to meet interesting people, scout for talent, and otherwise have a great time (and 99% of the time, a great trip!). This year so far I've spoken at conferences in Beijing, Tokyo, Krakow, and London. Moscow and Zürich are in the immediate future. All conference organizers almost always throw an attendance pass to all presentations for free. Since I travel with my girlfriend, she tends to attend for free as well (I cover her travel expenses, though).

I hope this helps -- cheers!

Comment Earthquake preparedness kit (Score 4, Informative) 191

Here you go: -- that's a photo of the stashes we have in our home in Acapulco and in San Francisco. Both are in active seismic zones, and likely to get hit by some disaster at some point.

Since you can see most of the contents, I rather tell you about our guidelines for disaster preparedness:

* Have enough supplies to subsist for up to 7 days, normal calorie intake, for everyone in the family
* Ditto for water
* Tool box with emergency tools (wrench for gas and water valves, pliers, screw drivers, a couple of Leatherman tools), matches, and
* Solid alcohol stove and several refills
* Full first aid kit including gauze, ice packs, antiseptics, anti-diarrhea pills, etc. and a sewing kit
* Crank radios and flashlights
* Battery operated perimeter lamps
* Assorted Cyalume sticks in green, white, blue, and red colors
* Deck of cards, puzzles, etc. to kill the time

The food is all either canned or dehydrated, and it works way better than MREs. The only thing we'd miss are fresh fruits; we even have powdered milk. Every year around Dec/Jan I consciously cook with all the things in the food stash that are within ~6 months of recommended use by date. All those things are replenished and ready to go. We found that most cans and dehydrated food have an approximate 18-24 months duration, so we don't go on the Spam and etc. diet more than every other year for more than 2 or 3 days. Plus it's fun readying everything and testing, etc.

Last night -- the earthquake woke my g/f up (we were in our SF home). The bookshelves rattled a bit, and I was wondering if the quake had been strong enough to knock my motorcycle off the center stand, but the toddler was fine and slept through it, power never faltered, and otherwise it was a nice and uneventful evening.

I lived through several earthquakes in my life (in fact, all my life I lived in seismic zones) so I'll be happy to address questions, if any.


Comment Re:TCnext - the TrueCrypt fork (Score 1) 75

Sorry - one more thing: there are also known (based on pre-existing signatures) binaries ready for download, if that's your cup 'o tea. So, given where the audit is (to which I'm also a financial supporter) and what we know... OKi for now, let's keep the project alive.

"You can't stop the signal, Mal."

Comment TCnext - the TrueCrypt fork (Score 1) 75

You guys are aware that TCnext exists, a new effort to keep the software alive based in Switzerland.

You can get there via truecrypt .ch

The source code for TrueCrypt 7.1a is available for download, and there are various forums where we're discussing the implementation, how to proceed, where to take the project, future audits, and so on.

Last, the general consensus is that 7.1a is "safe enough for our current needs based on what we know". Many of us in that community also feel the 7.2 shutdown in a hurry was a canary in the mine situation.

Anyway -- we can argue until the cows come home, or we can just get busy with breathing new life into TrueCrypt / TCnext.


Comment What I see happening in the world (H1B etc.) (Score 1) 566

How long does it take to get a US Green Card? Well, it depends. It will take at least 2 years these days. That's two years that a spouse is sitting at home, doing nothing, because she or he are unable to work. That's a stupid waste of resources because that person could contribute to the economy and tax base instead of just "burning time" until the green cards arrive.

In the Bay Area, if you're from India, it can take up to 7 years. My friends and I, from Mexico, got it in an average of 2.5 years (mine took just a smidge less than 18 months, back in 1991-1993).

I worked for a major Internet company last year; a large number of people from France, Israel, India, etc. await their green cards; their average time is about 5 years.

All of us have advanced degrees or are highly specialized in some in-demand technology area (or both); outside of this one-year employment gap (golden handcuffs), I spend about 50% of my time now advising for other companies in Europe and Asia, the other 50% advising US companies. The common denominator I see across all countries where I work is that qualified people who know their stuff are very hard to find and to hire if you're looking for a business and technology advantage. In the last three years I got the equivalent to Russian green card (high technology worker), and have provided services to the Ministry of Economy, Technology, and Industry in Japan, among several other gits. I see the same demand for talent all over the world, not only here in the US.

This isn't a situation unique to the US. I just got back from scouting business in China and (surprise!) I found that start ups and established companies alike are willing to find and hire whoever they can that will give them the tech and business advantage that they need, from whatever country they come from.

Thinking that H1B visas are only filled to keep wages down is naïve. While there are many instances of companies like InfoSys and Wipro abusing the system, most tech companies are trying whatever they can to hire the top talent they can find and will use H1B, E, L, or O visas to make it happen (at least in the Bay Area). There's a real need for people who are qualified in cutting edge science and technology fields. And many of those people have life partners, who could also be productive members of society. Why hinder the spouses ability to contribute, if they are qualified?


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