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Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

Coditor Just what we need (89 comments)

To be hooked up to some device while we work to measure how likely we are to wind up at the top of the stack rank. It could be completely automated, if it determines you just wrote sucky code it generates a pink slip email and a robot carries you out the door. Instant better code!

3 days ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Coditor Having recently endured layoffs (275 comments)

I was constantly amazed at how clueless the executives were when talking about the company with people being laid off present: "We're excited about the future things are going to be great, everything is roses, etc". Like they were saying "getting rid of all of you is so awesome."

3 days ago

Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

Coditor QA QA? (349 comments)

We don't need no stinking QA on that screensaver. What could possibly go wrong?

about three weeks ago

Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast

Coditor Like... (80 comments)

anyone there cares about customers.

about three weeks ago

Congressman Introduces Bill To Limit FCC Powers

Coditor Re:One good sign... (176 comments)

If people were really against his positions, why did he get elected? Probably because he ran against a hamster and they had no choices. I wish we could vote no.

about 2 months ago

Grace Hopper, UNIVAC, and the First Programming Language

Coditor Re:Coined the term 'bug' (137 comments)

The computer with a bug that was actually a fish is a new one to me. Imagine if debugging today was called fishing.

about 2 months ago

Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

Coditor Hi, we're so smart... (661 comments)

... we know better than people who devoted their lives and spent a decade being educated in a scientific discipline. We stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

about 2 months ago

U-2 Caused Widespread Shutdown of US Flights Out of LAX

Coditor How is this a new bug? (128 comments)

U2's have been flying for 50 years. I smell rotten fish. How does collision avoidance software not understand altitude?

about 3 months ago

The Million-Dollar Business of Video Game Cheating

Coditor I've worked on countering these type of cheats (102 comments)

and it's very hard. We had good success not in stopping a commercial cheat system directly, but identifying the cheaters correctly. Our game was small enough that by making the cheat developer work too much they eventually decided it wasn't worth the money they spent on development. Most big online game companies don't care enough to even bother doing anything, other than maybe buying some commercial product that's easily bypassed. They make enough money up front that pissing off some customers isn't important. The funny thing is that people spent more on the cheat product than on the game.

about 3 months ago

SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

Coditor The Titanic's owner... (303 comments)

bragged that the ship was unsinkable and look how well that turned out. Of course the CEO is going to say that but that doesn't mean much.

about 3 months ago

American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

Coditor Re:No jurisdiction (226 comments)

If the data in question is protected by a foreign law from being disclosed to anyone, such as personal information protected by the EU, then if the company were to disclose this information to a third party such as the court, it would be in violation of that country's laws. Damn if you do and damned if you don't. Who do you want to piss off more? International law is highly complex and probably shouldn't be handled by judges at a local level. I would expect the state department would get involved, as it might cause all sorts of grief to the country.

about 3 months ago

Gary Kildall, Father of the PC OS, Finally Gets His Due

Coditor I met Gary (99 comments)

as a guest on Computer Chronicles in 1987. He seemed like a genuine person, not at all affected by not being Bill. Good to see he finally gets better recognition even if it took so long.

about 3 months ago

Ties of the Matrix: An Exercise in Combinatorics

Coditor I prefer the variation... (51 comments)

of the null knot. The question is, is a null knot a knot at all or a knot of null?

about 4 months ago

TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

Coditor Re:They still have not caught a single terrorist. (289 comments)

No, it's more like Security Dark Comedy. If I had a decent script, I'd write a musical comedy based on the TSA.

about 5 months ago

NASA Knows How Mars Got a Jelly Doughnut

Coditor Why hasn't someone... (61 comments)

like Duncan Donuts made a commercial about donuts on Mars? Such a great opportunity (yes that's a pun).

about 5 months ago

Mobile Banking Apps For iOS Woefully Insecure

Coditor Yes, but (139 comments)

As an iOS programmer (not at a financial company but we do ecommerce) I would be surprised that the banks did not use Veracode to analyze their binaries. Veracode isn't perfect but even for us it finds a number of these issues. But statically analyzed security issues found by a researcher are not always exploitable in real life. It's very likely that the bank could have security on the API side that would validate anything the client did that would not be visible on a client only analysis. As with Veracode where we get a lot of red herrings, what looks wrong statically might not actual be an issue. Then again I worked at a banking company once before the mobile era and their software truly sucked.

about 6 months ago

The Rise of Hoax News

Coditor The cost of publishing is zero... (181 comments)

and the cost of publishing fake news is also zero. In the early days of the web people thought that it would allow the truth to be easily discovered and that lies couldn't live long. The problem today is that there is no much information available that determining truth is extremely difficult - the noise is so high that a real signal is often lost. I wonder if in the future the amount of information is large enough that a truth analyzer could be built to assist in calculating a truth likeliness value for any given article.

about 7 months ago

Inside the War For Top Developer Talent

Coditor Not all top developers work in those few companies (238 comments)

There are top developers everywhere, not just in SF or Seattle or NY. But not everyone wants to work at giant companies, some would rather work for a small team that does great work but doesn't burn itself out. Some people like living in smaller towns. Some people want a life outside of a job as well. Some would prefer working in a startup where they can make a huge difference and do something amazing. I think a lot of those companies aren't any better at evaluating talent than anyone else and often succeed due to market position, luck, being first to something, or something other than simply hiring "top" talent.

about 8 months ago


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