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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Are you getting spammed by the Yahoo Recruiting Management System (

shanen writes: Can't even remember when I looked at that system, and never considered it seriously or even interviewed for a position at Yahoo. However twice in the last few weeks the Yahoo Recruiting Management System has sent me a bunch of notifications of matching job openings. Might be a bug, but I suspect it's a symptom...

So does anyone want to compare notes on what sorts of employees are leaving Yahoo most quickly? (Otherwise, I don't even have a reason to look at all the lovely email.)

Comment Re:It must be nice (Score 1) 329

If they provided lanyard anchors then you wouldn't need the protective case (unless you're paranoid about your lanyard breaking or maybe if you rely on the lanyard too much). I really can't understand the lack of lanyard anchor points on all of the smartphones I looked at recently.

Also, the NFC has apparently become a high-end feature.

Standardized mediocrity even on the corporate evil.

Comment Remember Michael Hastings? (Score 1) 367

Oh wait, Hastings was locked inside a Mercedes as it crashed. Obviously no relation to this BMW story.

Then again, I'm a bit surprised that they revealed the capability so publicly. It's not like any dictators or powerful authorities would ever abuse such a capability.

(Don't look at me. I've gone completely paranoid now. I even think Snowden is just a sincere pawn and he was never allowed near any of the really dark stuff.)

Comment Why not a survey? (Score 1) 379

As surveys go, it would be as good as most of the recent ones.

Anyway, I've never read even one volume of the series, though I'm pretty sure I consulted it at various times. It was certainly available in the university libraries where I was teaching or studying. Also I remember seeing it in the research library when I was supporting the researchers. However, I can't really remember any details after all these years. The place I should have been introduced to it was when I was earning my CS degree, but I don't think I even knew about it until afterwards... At that time I think I primarily associated Knuth with TeX.

According to my records, the only Knuth book I've read in it's entirety was Surreal Numbers , but I'm suspicious of my memories of that book... Did he construct an entire number system starting from the empty set? Was it based on a lunchtime conversation he had with a pure mathematician, and he basically reconstructed the discussion at book length?

Comment Re: More about eliminating WrongThink (Score 1) 359

I think we are deluded to think freedom is a good thing. Per my sig, you have to work at being free. You have to collect the information for meaningful decisions, which includes filtering out the fake data, and you have to resist the persuasion and even coercion by advertisers and propagandists pushing their toothpaste, latest pop songs, and political candidates. Too much bother.

Many Trump voters took the shortcut. Trump promised "Vote for me and I'll solve ALL your problems." If they wanted to be free, then they would have to consider that his proposed solutions are nonsensical, contradictory, or impossible. Sometimes all three at once.

Reality is going to prevail. It always does. Unfortunately, that appears to be the reality of the Fermi Paradox. So-called intelligent species don't survive long and so-called intelligence is not a survival trait. If we human beings have any survivors, they will probably be the most evil corporations we have created. Human beings will be extinct, but the corporate machines will continue generating ever larger "profits".

Comment Ever heard of disinformation? (Score 0) 36

What makes you believe this story isn't fake news? At this point do you really expect the government to tell you the truth about how they are shredding the Bill of Rights?

I'm not saying it's impossible. Maybe this particular surveillance system didn't work well. In that case, you should be asking about the other ones.

Don't look at me that way. I was getting paranoid even before Putin's puppet snuck into the big white house. I also think Snowden is a sincere pawn and Hastings was snuffed by a hacked car. I'm going to play the insanity defense over the flying elephant.

Submission + - Cyber-Security: Prelude to cyber-war? (

shanen writes: Trump can't wait, can he? Now he's decided he needs to piss of the Chinese, world leaders in cyber-warfare defenses. A few days ago he tried to make nice with Pakistan, which is liable to piss off the Indians (as if he isn't doing enough to offend them with his America-first India-last trade policies). India certainly has the potential to participate in cyber-warfare, though they don't have or even need much in the way of cyber-defenses right now. It's actually the good old USA that has the most to lose in a serious cyber-war.

Crazy prediction time: An alliance of China and India using Nigerian mercenaries to do the dirty work. Can't let the Russians, Ukrainians, and Macedonians have all the fun.

Already a bit dated, but there's a good book called "Cyber War" by Richard Clarke. He rates America as having high offensive capabilities for cyber-warfare (along with Russia), but with the greatest economic vulnerability to cyber attack and with almost no defenses. Trump needs to learn about "the cyber", eh?

Comment Re:This MUST be fake news (Score 2) 237

I still can't buy into it. If you REALLY want to disable the USB port, you go inside and cut the leads. If you want to test the USB port for something like resistance to static electricity, then you need to use proper test equipment. Presumably it would be destructive testing and you would want to increase the shocks gradually to determine the safe levels.

According to the description, all this thing does is attempt to do some random damage. I say the story is bogus.

However, I finally did think of a legitimate use for the story. The cops want to find out who would try to buy such a device. Along with his shipping address.

Comment This MUST be fake news (Score 0) 237

Why in gawd's name would anyone mass produce such a device? This must be one of those fake news stories we've been hearing so much about.

In technical terms, the USB ports could be designed with diodes to prevent this sort of attack. Perhaps they already are, but in fake news terms they could just up the stored voltage until it's stronger than a lightning bolt. Of course, in technical terms there is no reason it has to be that small anyway. You might as well run a wire to a USB connector and then touch the exposed lead to a fully charged Van de Graff generator. (Now I'm wondering how much static electricity protection USB ports already have.)

The story is credited to a "new submitter". I think he's just a new sock puppet and my proposed maturity filter might have dealt with him.

I'm trying to figure out how to cover the open base... What if it isn't a fake news story? I can't imagine any legitimate use for such a device, so I assume it would be made illegal as soon as the politicians can get off their duffs.

Comment Re:My, how times have changed (Score 1) 38

Not sure how this branch got dragged into the pre-WW-II topic again, but some people are always looking to attack IBM (and various other companies) on the basis of their business dealings with Germany in the 1930s. I suppose you can argue that those were politically tainted business decisions at the time, but mostly I think people are misusing their hindsight. At the time no one knew how bad Hitler was because he had only begun to be bad. Even today and notwithstanding our extra bits of hindsight, we still don't make business decisions based on the worst possible outcomes.

I was focusing specifically on corporate policies against political activities that involve the IBM name. Much of my career involved IBM, so I read those statements a number of times. I don't remember every detail now, and I don't even know if those corporate policies are still in effect, but they were pretty strict. For example, IBM was not going to endorse any candidate or donate to any political campaign. There were even limits on when a politician could make a speech or presentation at an IBM facility. Basically it wasn't allowed during some period prior to an election. This obituary is for one of the most important IBMers of those old days...

My main point was that I think the current CEO is changing that approach because ANY overture to Trump is intrinsically political. The Donald makes EVERYTHING about politics. He has no boundaries, so Ginny Rometty can't really believe that her letter was a nonpolitical action. At least one IBM employee regarded it as so political that she chose to resign from the company because of it. In my rejected submission on the topic, I even suggested that might be one reason Rometty published the letter in the first place.

The Carrier thing is another example of the politicization of business dealings. I suppose that comes back to the first paragraph of this reply, but apparently the topic is also forbidden on Slashdot. At least that's how I'm interpreting the response to my submission on the Carrier topic (which included its relationship to the IBM thing). It's not just the moderation system that's broken, eh? (So much for that complicated submission about cyber-warfare, but if allied China and India start using African mercenaries, you read it here first. Or much more likely you won't read about it on Slashdot until it's old news.)

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