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Comment Required: Signed Kernel-mode drivers (Score 1) 468

I notice that Microsoft lists 'Kernel mode drivers need to be Microsoft signed and compatible with hypervisor enforced code integrity' in their additional requirements section. I wonder if they will make developers pay for this, and, if so what will happen to the support for hardware devices that people out there already have. I understand where they are going with this, but it is likely going to have a lot of unintended consequences.

Comment Learn a lot of languages (Score 1) 277

I do not think salary directly maps to the programming language a particular project at a particular company is using. Of course you should be aware of what languages the industry is using in your niche, and outside of your niche. You should hone your skills and learn a lot of different languages. All languages have unique capablities specific to their design and learning them will help you know what tool is best for a given job. A high-paying salary should come with expectations to do the job using the tools provided and expectations to have expertise to drive decisions on tools.

Comment 20 years experience vs. 4 x (5 years experience) (Score 1) 582

But it's a reality in tech that if you're 45 years of age and still writing C code or Cobol code and making $150,000.

It is basic business, if you know C (or pick your language) and are just a programmer and well "experienced" making 150K, a company looks at your as an expensive asset. You may think you have 20 years of experience and add value, but chances are you really have 5 years of experience 4 times over. The company will just replace you with a 5 year experienced programmer or new-grad and pay them half your salary.

You need to be more than just a good programmer these days to stay in the top-earning spots. You need to constantly evolve and gain experience and never rest on your laurels. It isn't an age thing, it's a laziness/comfort thing. It's becoming more of a youth-entitlement thing, but in the end the result is the same. You stop moving forward in your contributions and expect to have your salary keep moving forward. Companies know this and weed these people out.

The Military

Submission + - DARPA Plans 2nd Test Flight of Hyper-Sonic Jet (

s31523 writes: The Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (FTVH2) is scheduled for it's second test flight. The FTVH2, which boasts a blistering speed of 13,000 mph or 20 times the speed of sound (MACH 20), is the Pentagon's dream for a first-strike aircraft capable of launching missions anywhere in the world in less than an hour. The first HTV-2 was launched in April 2010 but it disappeared over the Pacific after just nine minutes of flight and the vehicle was never recovered. This is a do-or-die test; if it fails the program will be shelved indefinitely.

Submission + - Orange Goo Invades Alaskan Village (

s31523 writes: When the residents of the Alaskan village of Kivalina woke up last week, the unexpected sight of an orange goo covering the surface of the water was quite alarming. Suspecting a oil spill or some other man-made disaster, the residents worried about the toxicity of the substance. After NOAA investigated, it was found the that goo is an unknown species of microscopic eggs. According to NOAA scientist Keep Rice, "We now think these are some sort of small crustacean egg or embryo, with a lipid oil droplet in the middle causing the orange color". More work is needed to identify what the eggs are and what caused them to show up.

Comment Message To Congress (Score 1) 1040

The downgrade was going to happen with or without a math error. The financial sector did not like the game of chicken that Congress played with the economy and now is being punished. Of course, the rest of us suffer too, but what is a little collateral damage. All the fat-cats had their short sales scheduled last week.

Submission + - Rare Earth Deposit Discovered in US (

s31523 writes: With China having 97% of the market share of rare earth elements, many countries are nervous about being able to get supplies of key elements needed for high tech gear. Quantum Rare Earths Developments Corp. has reported they have discovered a potential huge source of rare earth elements, right in the middle of the U.S. While the USGS reports that the U.S. has an estimated 13 million metric tonnes available for mining (about 1/3 of China's reserves), finding another regular source is crucial to global stability. The potential yield of the deposit, found in Nebraska, could be the world's largest source for Niobium and other rare earth elements. Could this be the next gold rush?

Comment Speed vs. Usage (Score 3, Interesting) 100

I find it interesting that the U.S. is number 1 in usage (most unique IP's), but 14th in average connection speed. I would have thought the U.S. would have been a little bit better (speed-wise). China is #2 in both usage and speed. Interesting... Yet another area China will soon dominate the U.S. in (once they take the top spot in usage).

Comment Re:The Ocean, really? (Score 1) 572

OK, some challenges exist. This seems like a good opportunity to solve a problem that we may need to solve if we are ever going to get to Mars. I doubt a Mars solution will include taking off from earth and heading directly to Mars. I imagine we will need some kind of staging area, in Orbit or on the moon. Hell, we did land on the moon, and then takeoff again so we have some experience there (just a smaller scale).

I am just saying that we have to stop thinking that any time we need to ditch something we can throw it into the ocean. I am not some screaming tree hugger, but I do enjoy nature and I enjoy the ability of humans being able to inhabit the earth. I think we are rapidly approaching a point where we have a choice to either clean up our act or go down a very unpleasant path for humanity.

Comment Re:The Ocean, really? (Score 1) 572

It isn't about the scales, it's about doing the right thing.

I realize it is more effort to move the ISS from orbit to deep space or toward the sun than it would be to just crash it. I am saying it is worth the effort to choose the first option.

The link to our flotilla of trash is reminder of how much crap is out there, and that is just what we can see. The argument of "oh, just one more piece of trash isn't going to make a difference" is just, well, silly. I mean clearly if we keep that attitude, which is SOP at this point, we are surely all doomed.

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