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Comment IT Security, PKI, CIRT, etc (Score 1) 420

This trend is never guaranteed to hold but most of the large companies I deal with have US citizens on their product and internal IT security teams although I have seen in recent years a few H1Bs get in the mix. I am not talking about general IT security but specialized security teams within the company that do PKI, work with HSMs, CIRT leadership team (I have seen the analysis teams get off shored), PEN testing of internal and external applications, security teams that do government customization, and black box testing of products.

Comment Create Videos of You With Her (Score 3, Insightful) 698

She will want to see you holding her, touching her and being with her. She will want to remember how she felt to have you physically in her life. When she is missing or is going through a rough time she will want to see the two of you together. Record many long moments with a camera on a tripod talking to her about the things in her life. If possible record moments outside with the two of you just being a family. She will treasure these recorded moments later in life probably more than any advice you can give her because in the end she will only want you to be in her life. The videos of the two of your together are a way for her to see you and be with you in her own way. She will never forget you because you are her Dad and she loves you more than anything in life. I have two young daughters and would do the same for them.

Comment Sounds like Sun's Java Ring all over again... (Score 1) 228

This is an article from 1998. Scott McNealy liked to show off his Java ring at that time and talk about how it would be used to allow someone to walk into a hotel room and have sensors detect the person and their wishes such as music and mood lighting and it would also store your crypto keys on it. It will be interesting to see if people are read to wear tech as new devices enter the market.


Comment Past VB and VB.NET programmer (Score 1) 648

I hate to admit I spent many years programming in VB and VB.NET. The first language I ever learned was BASIC (80's) and then Turbo Pascal followed by C and then C++. Later on I moved to VB.NET (I still hate C/C++ development on Windows unless using some cross platform tool), Javascript, Java, C#, and back to C/C++ and lately Python. What I have found really nice about Python as a beginner language for CS is how closely Python maps to set theory, how well it is supported across platforms, and that the syntax is precisely closer to C which is a benefit and not a detriment. I personally think Python is a great choice for intro to CS with my only issues being that Python is mostly used as a scripting language and many of the concepts of compiled languages also are important to learn and know. As for Intro to IT or just "generally intro to programming" maybe it isn't the best language. I am not certain but I still think it is far better than the quirky syntax of VB and VB.NET.

Comment Re:Montana used to have no speed limit at all... (Score 1) 525

After the states were able to set highway speeds Montana abolished their upper speed limit for a short time. Interestingly people started coming to Montana only to drive at extremely high rates of speed including some Germans who were test driving high performance vehicles. That caused some issues that caught Montana off guard. Later the Montana Supreme Court struck down the vague "reasonable and prudent" language when some guy from Montana protested 3 tickets he got under that law and a new speed limit was re-imposed.

Comment Re:Sexual selection by the opposite sex. (Score 2) 190

I agree. I think that is a very complex thing to determine and put one explanation on it. Without building a good animal model, all we really can do is observe and hypothesize. We can observe things like humans have enormous (off the charts) genitalia compared with other known primates. Why we have them? That's the fun of science to ponder those questions in my opinion.

Just take head shape as another example. There are so many variations in sizes and shapes it is pretty astounding and they are changing all the time.

I don't think one thing can even come close to explaining these features which was really the who purpose of my original post. The reality is most likely "all of the above."

Comment Sexual selection by the opposite sex. (Score 3, Interesting) 190

Sexual selection is most likely an additional element in the facial features as it has been theorized to be one of the primary driving features of some of the physical statue difference between males and females of many different species. Hence Darwin's explanation of the ornate peacock.

Comment Re:Hi... (Score 3, Interesting) 370

Very true but you can still teach an old dog new tricks. I went back to school for the third time to get my under graduate coursework in CS out of the way so I can apply to a MS program when my youngest starts 1st grade (in about three years). I started taking CS classes in my late 30's and have 2 more courses to go and I am now in my 40's with 2 kids. What I found is that even though I have a minor in Mathematics it provided me almost no help in Discrete Math. Honestly Discrete Math taken at a large engineering university was an eye opening experience for me. The only thing that helped me was Linear Algebra and some graph theory I already knew. And it really made me angry that the US education system had shorted me so severely on what I would call classic mathematics. To catch up I put in many, many hours to do well in that class. And I did OK with with a B+. Going back to doing proofs after 20 years was a a challenge but it was not impossible. I already have a MS in Computer Information Systems but my heart is in Computer Science and so is the type of work that I do. You can take challenging courses later in life and I think it can be very rewarding. In my Data Structures class the final project was an impossible task for undergraduates. I spent hours working on the project which combined graph theory, and many different data structures and related concepts into a large final class project. I put the effort in and got a 100 on the assignment along with a single fellow classmate also in his 30's taking coursework for another masters program. We both got A+ grades in that class. The class average for that assignment was a 45 which included our two perfect scores. I then went on to take Computer Architecture and Assembler programming and had a similar experience. The undergraduate kids did pretty well on the tests and it was difficult to beat them but when it came to the projects the older students like myself could beat them hands down. We simply have many more years of experience in building things that work as well as tenacity in completing the projects to our best ability. It takes a lot of work to go back to school and complete challenging coursework but I personally have found it very rewarding.

Comment Florance Italy Been Doing this Since mid 90's (Score 1) 405

This isn't anything new except they now have to do it Paris. Florence (Firenze) Italy was doing this when I was there in 1997. It was pretty interesting because they even had high smog alerts (No Traffic Zones) that required people with certain license plates to actually pull off the road during high alerts on Sundays. This apparently has been expanded to other days of the week. Italy also banned many vehicles from inside the Florence. At the city gate you had to have a special sticker to get in with a car or moped. It was very difficult and expensive to get a sticker for a car.

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