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Comment certs (Score 1) 205

not that paper certs make professionals, but for knowledge you might look into the training for Security+ or CISSP certifications. you might also want to look at company security policies to know what to test against. then get ahold of a Nessus system to scan the systems in question. there are other products, both for sale and open source that will allow functional testing of systems. as mentioned above, be careful of the ramifications of testing without customers knowledge. their own security guru might get real excited about that... :D

Comment the advantage to C++ (Score 1) 757

My professor at HPU once told us the advantage of the C Language was that it was loosely typed. and the biggest problem with C was that it was loosely typed. fun stuff... C++ just built on that... and from prior comments, I'd say there are as many lovers as haters of C++... but, I'm not a coder, just a lowly sys admin and my preferences really don't matter. (I learned top down programming in PASCAL... so...)

Comment my experience (Score 1) 280

I graduated with a degree in the German Language. I finished my degree while on Active duty in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician. I am currently in my 15th year as a System Admin, working with RHEL. (go figure, right?) All this because I had lots of German classes in High School, spent some time in Germany, then decided I could go after what I really liked, and ended up working in Electronics/Computers (which I discovered I liked more than what I thought I liked.) thanks to a class required by the field I was going into (thanks, CS 150 at USU). I guess I got lucky by dropping out of college and joining the Navy who trained me at what I really wanted to do. And did it while paying me to learn. That might be the key, finding a way to support yourself while receiving the training you really want.

Comment hmmm... (Score 1) 158

my seventeen year old daughter scored a 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam. she intends on teaching High School Math. ( why she wants to go back to high school, I have yet to understand.) so in my mind, girls get to choose what they want to do just like guys do. dunno why girls don't choose geekage as much as guys do... could be the tan line possibilities.... (or not)

Comment just a thought... (Score 1) 308

Since I have a security angle to my job, I wanted to ask: if you are practicing your coding at home is your home system secure? will your home coded app be put into the production system 'as is'? (creating a back door if your system is already compromised.) maybe it's a dumb question and a moot point, but seeing how a home brewed app (read developed in-house) used by a major commercial entity just gave up 400K credit cards, it leaves me to wonder what the process was all the way thru the development process, which we may never fully know. on the other hand, my hobbies tend away from system administration so I have pretty good separation, or I would be typing this in from the loonie bin.

Comment Re:It looks alright (Score 5, Insightful) 1191

that was the first thing that jumped out at me. 'looks like a couple other news sites I've seen...' I actually like /. the way it is currently. It took me quite a while to get over the most recent change. but I'm used to the way the stories are presented and I don't need pics with the stories on the font page, if I want pics, I'll click thru to the story! I really like the distinctive look owns in this current iteration. please keep it the way it is. thanks!

Comment depends on the school (Score 1) 347

I have a daughter attending Utah Valley University (blatant plug) in web development. (I tried to discourage her being a system admin and all...) And she's been involved in projects dealing with reformatting for tablets and smart phones, html5 and so on. So I think you should check out the schools available to you and their curriculum to achieve your goals. I know when I went to college, there wasn't a web without a spider and computer science was learning programming languages and defining OSs and nitty gritty stuff like that. (yeah, dinosaurus irrelivantus and i did take a cobol class right after pascal and fortran) Of course, as stated above, get an account and put up a site. show the world what you've got, but try to keep it from the hackers who love to fix your site for you...

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