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Comment Re:The Olympics are all about money (Score 1) 238

it should die. just end. it has its long run, it faded from what it was supposed to be about and now its a facade, at best.

just end it. boycott it, interfere with them, cause them annoyance. they need to learn they don't own concepts so wide as they claim.

but please, just end this. risking world health so more advertising can be sold? just nuke us all from orbit, if we can't seem to end this absurdity.

Comment Re:Try again. (Score 1) 93

too much BS. I hope you don't believe that. we don't (and I'm sure I speak for a lot more than myself).

what do you mean "IF he lied". he's a published known on-the-fucking-books liar. time and time again. he has more holes in his stories than swiss cheese. (this guy is quoting comey to me. wow. and he thinks that's a defense of some sort. double wow.)

I see no reason to trust apple on their word. and what they SAY - who cares. at the end of the say, they con us, many of us believe them, they have whatever agreements with full 'we will make your life a living hell' NDA they all signed (not literally, I hope) and no one is allowed to know. they make more money than god and their story is working for them. god bless them, I guess! but I don't believe one word of anything any of those guys say. I have no reason to believe that HONESTLY is in anyone's vocabulary - who is at that level, at least. simply not something they even care to practice. they say things to get things done and to get what they want. this is the personality that we put in charge, all the fucking time! don't you understand?

believe what you want, but too much is at stake to just trust talking heads who make billions of dollars on their story. life has many levels and black/white thinking is not helpful in most cases.

Comment Did anyone think they did? (Score 3, Interesting) 83

I don't suspect that anyone ever thought that they did. Hey, my wired keyboard can be snooped on from up to a million feet above, with nothing more than a child's telescope. Good thing I'm not a target, because there's also a window nearby. Can you imagine typing on a laptop on a park bench? Martians with telescopes could see my slashdot password!

Or, they could have better things to do.

Comment Re:Then UNLOCK OUR BOOTLOADERS! (Score 4, Insightful) 161

if we had ralph nader types working for us, it would be a law that any series of skipped or delayed security patches (some threshold in a row) would mandate that you unlock bootloaders and let people do the patching themselves.

man, I wish we had people working FOR THE PEOPLE as our government. the fact that they sold all of us out and stopped caring, that's going to be part of our total demise as a nation. not the main part, but a huge part.

there were short periods in time (sorry to say, usually under D control) where our congress and senate worked to make things better for regular people. I can't remember the last time this happened, though.

too bad our lawmakers have no balls to stand up to the power of money and bribes and 'election campain money'.

we surely deserve better than this.

Comment cheap bastards, that's all (Score 2) 161

However, because of the amount of testing and approvals that are necessary to deploy them, it's difficult to do this on a monthly basis for all our devices.

no one disagrees that it takes manpower to do full regression tests after patches. but the thing is, for most of the time you are NOT writing the patches, just integrating it!

now, that aside, we all know that world labor is less than dirt-cheap. YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE TO AVOID GETTING THINGS DONE in this cheap-as-chips world labor market.

fuck you. you claim you are poor? double fuck you for lying about it and we all can see that, too.

Comment In other news: ThreatConnect linked to DNC... (Score 1) 689

Well not really, but would it surprise anyone at this point?

Granted the mainstream media won't cover it of course...so it'll go largely unnoticed. Just like the title 'worked directly for russian president' ... 's government. Well all that says is he isn't an independent contractor...BFD. Tons of people (hackers included) work for the various first world governments.

You could also say that the soldiers who "worked directly for Obama" ... 's government. Yawn.

Comment Re:Try again. (Score 5, Insightful) 93

how do you KNOW apple is more secure?

have you seen all the files in the source build chain, along with auditing the silicon used in all data paths?

of course not.

we have apples' WORD that its secure.

maybe its true, maybe its all a PR stunt and they cooperate with LEOs just as much as BB does.

you and I and 99.9% of the world have zero insight into this. lets be honest, shall we?

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 2, Insightful) 531

what you describe is most of the china crap that you buy today.

that does not mean that in-spec jacks and plugs are a problem. in fact, they are not!

so, complain about buying dollar buds. but don't say all jacks and plugs are bad, since that's just plain out WRONG.

its not my fault that you buy crap and complain about the format.

Comment Re: as someone who is suffering from this... (Score 4, Informative) 248

I have been living and working in the bay area for about 25 yrs, now. before that I spent a bunch of years in the boston area, doing the boston software thing.

when I work at some of the big names in the bay area, I see who is working there and what their skill level is. I hear the talk in meetings and see the tech discussions. I see the writings on whiteboards left from meetings. I hear hallway talk. I see the bugs from co-workers. I see the lack of qa and testing and blatant bugs in routines that have 5 lines of code. I see docs that were clearly not written by native english speakers.

the best and brightest? h1b? you HAVE to be shitting me.

big huge lie. they are the cheapest warm bodies you can buy and dominate and boss around. but they are not, and never were, best and brightest. their curve is like our curve; we have some that are stars and most are average. the ones that come over have the same bell curve. some really good stars, but for the most part, you could find the same level of quality here, already.

h1b is bullshit. we all know it.

Comment Re:as someone who is suffering from this... (Score 4, Interesting) 248

It sounds like you don't have relevant skill sets anymore

I am not a web gui jokey, if that's what you mean. I can hold my own in C, C++, I can do ok enough in python, and probably get by as well as others in the languages they don't use regularly.

I am pretty in touch with computing in most areas. and I don't even insist on specialist jobs. there are a ton of 'can you write C code?' jobs and I'm be ok doing that. they won't give it to me; I'm too qualified, then. even when I beg for the job, I'm too overqualified and they won't give it to me.

there has been writing and teaching in my background and I'm happy enough to do that. nope, once you write C code, they won't take you as a tech writer. I'm happy to do it! I enjoy it. but the stigma stops them from taking me on. I'm not making this stuff up, either.

I can design hardware, do board bring-up, order parts and eval things. write the firmware, do the networking, solder the parts, document it, write the host based back ends. ensure the whole system works. take it to trade shows and demo it. write the docs for it, do the RMA service. in other words, I can do a whole company's worth of jobs and in some ways I act as a whole hardware/software company of size 1. I can do most anything.

and yet, here I am. unemployed and finding it very hard to break thru that 'but you are an older expensive american' boundary. its a killer, even if you're highly skilled and capable.

I will confess, I'm over 50 and that's a major 'problem' right there for silicon valley employers. they mostly don't hire us anymore and if they do, its always as contract and never fulltime. they're afraid to touch us, in effect. (when you let go a person over a certain age, they have to document a lot more and show that it wasn't due to age. other things come into play when you take on an older guy, and I realize this crap is going on, but its still a show-stopper in your goal of getting employed).

I also know that its common to say 'you are not keeping up' but that's a BS line. I am keeping up. that's not the issue and it never was.

Comment Re:Current laws not enforced (Score 1) 248

I would personally volunteer to work as a 'secret shopper' for the government in order to weed out these bullshit companies that screw over our own people with this h1b crap.

I'm qualified for a lot of jobs and I have a ton of who's-who names on my resume. I can do the job, in more cases than not. and yet, when I apply, its the same as you - some BS excuse and you never hear from them again.

I would love to help weed out this unpatriotic selfish bastard companies and really sock it to them where it hurts, in fines and even jail time. if there is no pain, you don't change behavior.

I've had to live on unemployment for a while, live on my savings for much much longer and I'm sick and tired of this crap. I'm qualified, I want to work and yet I can't get work. all around me are h1b's and I see tons of job listings. but no one hires me. and my peers, we're all in the same boat (so I know its not personal).

I'd love to help be that secret interviewer. and when I get turned down, I should have the authority behind me (via the government) to have a full investigation done to SHOW ME the real proof of why I'm not qualified for this job.

a few rounds of that hitting the papers and - PROBLEM SOLVED FOR GOOD.

anyone else game to do this? lets start a movement!

Comment Re:VISA program is GOOD. H1B is NOT. It is a joke (Score 2) 248

I don't think we need a visa system, either. you think we're UNDER POPULATED here in the US? maybe in the flyover states we are, but in the tech area hubs we are overcrowded in a way that is not beneficial to anyone but the corps, who prey on us like vultures.

when we have locals who can't get or keep a job and you have 90% indians and chinese walking around in google, intel, cisco, facebook, twitter, etc - there is something really wrong, here. locals can't get work and we import people who don't really understand our culture and actively avoid being part of it, in fact.

we have no right to hand out jobs to non-citizens when citizens are going hungry, begging to be hired. yes, its true, I speak from personal experience here.

do we need more citizens? really? why would you think we need more people here? a lot of the world is overcrowded. are we supposed to be the world's solution by letting everyone come work and live here?

I was dinged on some of my previous posts when people didn't understand what my beef was. let me be clear; most countries give preference to their citizens, first. for some reason, we do not and I think that's quite unfair. a US person can not go to india and just get a job. you just can't. but indians can come here and get jobs no problem. does that sound equal, to you? why do we have to take everyone in? we can't even feed ourselves, as a whole nation. we are not in any condition to open our doors and let more and more people in. and especially not 'guest workers'. again, we don't have those rights in other countries. I can't just go to places in europe or asia and find a job, even at pay lower than locals. there are laws that stop them from hiring non-citizens. but the US does not do that, we let anyone in and give them first chance over jobs before people who spent 50+ years investing in this country.

most software and hardware jobs are not rocket science. we don't need 'the best and brightest in the world' to patch bugs and write for-loops. most of IT work is not genius-level stuff. and its clear when you walk around the hallways at places like the ones I mentioned that the people there are definitely not the brightest ones findable. they are average guys and girls, doing an average job. I can do that, too, but I can't get work because the companies have given up hiring locals and look to hire only h1b's. for even the simple software jobs, people like me can't get a company to hire them. and we all know why, too.

Comment Re:Sounds good on paper... (Score 2) 248

and in some time afterwards, when they realize that we have infrastructure that pretty much WORKS and they do not, they'll be back.

yeah, its cheap in india. when the electricity works. and when the workers actually DO real quality work.

let them go to india and china. once they realize that cost savings is not all there is, they'll be back.

perhaps they need to truly learn the value of having us, the US born workers who know this country and how to get things done, be in their employ.

I hope more companies do 100% offshoring work.

they will learn that its not all roses.

I think we need to experience more pain (damn) in order for us to get back what we all lost. and we ALL did lose; because if it did not happen to you yet, it will; and it most certainly is happening to people you know.

Comment Re:HOW much to start-up? (Score 1) 43

back when digital first came out and people were experimenting with OTA vs sat vs cable - it was obvious that OTA was pretty decent and everything else sucked badly.

what's the point in high def if its all motion smeared?


its why I prefer spinning media to streaming, for the most part. amazon video is actually pretty good, but most other streamers really compress things way too much.

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