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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Collective 0-0009 Re:At this rate... (140 comments)

Privacy will be a thing of the past in no time. The only matter is when do we reach the point of no return.

Start living honest lives...

Yeah, but isn't it pretty creepy that it could be relatively soon when your nosy neighbor (and by that I mean anyone that knows your address) will be able to stalk you from their basement? In 75 years we have gone from the first satellite images to them being commercially available and nearly real time (at least daily). In another 75 years, it seems plausible that there will be near real time video of most of the populated world. It's going to happen for military purposes, so we might as well accept it into society. That's a bit unsettling. Nearly everyone is pissing off somebody at any given time. We're all gonna have to chill out a bit.

about two weeks ago
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Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

Collective 0-0009 Re:Hm. I wonder if the sintering can take a punch? (71 comments)

Do you know the level of regulation for a medical implant? It's insane.

If you have received a sintered jaw in the last 5 years and have experienced headaches, nausea, aches, pains, shortness of breathe, loose stool, fungus, rashes, upset stomach, or death, call 1800-876-9876 to get the money you deserve

about a month ago
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FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

Collective 0-0009 Re:Sometimes... (139 comments)

You are very correct. Look at personality types to confirm this. How many people want to open a business? How many just want a steady job? How many people are more than willing to follow along after a strong personality?

The fact is that humans are born to seek safety. In fact all living beings are programmed that way. And if you think following another, or following the majority is the safest route, there is a good chance that's whats going to happen.

about a month ago
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FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

Collective 0-0009 Re:Transparency (139 comments)

Maybe? I don't think there is any chance the government could hide something like Area 51 in 2014. Watergate would have been revealed as quickly as Bridgegate. Secretes that would have previously taken decades to get out now take hours, days and weeks. Secrets that could have been squelched just a decade ago are now easily retrievable from computer storage and backups and surveillance and the ease of communicating not just messages, but evidence such as video, audio and pictures.

Without a doubt, the governments of the past were able to keep more secrets. This is why the Arab Spring happened. Information is easily transferred and stored thanks to technology that has become mainstream in the past 5 - 10 - 15 years.

about a month ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Collective 0-0009 Re:Misuse of FOIA (231 comments)

I see your point that FOIA was designed for specific requests. But in this case the question is if he ever reported this to superiors. It could have been in person, but he probably would have covered himself and sent it in email. The only way to see if he ever sent emails reporting the issues is to see all emails. That request would mean a full release of his emails.

Of course, the reality is that this would have been one or two carefully crated emails. Taking 2-4 emails out of an archive with a daily average of 50 for a tech worker (pulled out my ass), would be unnoticeable. So the whole thing is pointless unless Snowden himself can show undeniable proof of these emails, and for bonus points a response.

about a month ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Collective 0-0009 Re:Snowden / Binney 2016 (231 comments)

Yeah, I think that helps. Thanks. I will be printing a few.

about a month ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Collective 0-0009 Snowden's Patriotism is Gaining Acceptance (231 comments)

At this point, there are numerous things happening such as laws, inquiries, public debate, and policy changes that are all due to Snowden's release of information. I feel that he has brought to the forefront an important issue and revealed things that the public needed to know. I can understand to some degree that people don't like how he did it, but given the machine that is the government, I don't doubt that this was the only way to bring about such changes (or at least debate and knowledge).

After a bit of a cool down period, I don't hear nearly as much hate for Snowden. Libertarians, Republicans, Democrats and all other flavors should want a more open government. The government does also need to keep some things secret. This gives them a reason, the means, and a public grant of power to keep things from public knowledge. Some times the only way to circumvent that power is through a leak/whistle blower.

As far as this story, the public needs to pressure the government to keep no more secrets about Snowden. The cover of endangering certain sources or resources is no longer being accepted as we have seen little damage and much good from the release. It's time the US Government come clean and it's time we tell them that we demand it.

about a month ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Collective 0-0009 Re:Snowden / Binney 2016 (231 comments)

Looks like ".Snowden" at first glance. Reduce the space between the i and the dot.

about a month ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

Collective 0-0009 Re:So, what's the correction? (347 comments)

Well does light ALWAYS travel in this manner over long distances? If so, then we do need to adjust it. Otherwise it sounds like car manufacturers that measure MPG in perfect conditions in a wind tunnel and ignores the realities of wind resistance in the real world while the gas pump cares not what the window said when you bought it.

about 2 months ago
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Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

Collective 0-0009 Re:Useful why.... (155 comments)

This is about whether AP Stats classes in high school might get more girls interested in, and headed down the path of CS. Not about Stats being the be-all, end-all of CS education.

BTW, how do you determine if your algorithm is performing more or less efficient if not through the use of statistics?

about a month ago
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Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

Collective 0-0009 Re:Instead of programmers, why not PGMs? (155 comments)

What you describe is a Program/Project Manager. But the same principles apply to a Business Analyst. In fact in my time in IT I have found that I end up doing more Business Analyst work because I understand the business, know SQL and programming so I can get the data I need, and I can process the data into something employees and managers can make decisions on. Often this is presented either as a web page or in Excel depending on needs.

I think the most important skills for my success in both IT and business roles has been my understanding of data, data sets, basic statistics, and SQL. If there is one language/skill that will make you a valuable employee to any business/department/project... I think it is the ability to query data with SQL. But to do that you need to understand the underlying details of how data is stored and retrieved. That requires database, SQL, software-specific and business-specific knowledge.

See, you can't outsource the last two of those requirements as they are not generic skills (and sometimes very hard to obtain depending on the software and business). If you know data, databases, and SQL; know a specific industry such as marketing or manufacturing; and can quickly learn the specifics of new software systems, you are nearly guaranteed employment.

So what should we be teaching... I think it's all about CRUA. Create, Retrieve, Update, Analyze data. Hard drives are cheap.. don't worry about delete.

about a month ago
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BlackBerry Back In Profit

Collective 0-0009 Re:Only keyboard smartphone (67 comments)

I have personally witnessed "content creation" once on an iPad. Just once, so far in their existance.

And you know what... the "sales engineer" looked like a complete retard typing on the thing. Couldn't believe he worked in a development shop because it was like watching a car mechanic type up your invoice details after some repairs; painful. I really wanted to hand him my laptop and ask him to switch to it.

There may be some content being created on tablets, but by and far, it is used for consumption. We have a long way to go before there is going to be vast content created from a tablet (note that a tablet with a kickstand and keyboard don't count). So chastising isn't in order.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Wants To Computerize Your Car

Collective 0-0009 Re:Integrated Infotainment, why do I want it? (191 comments)

My bimmer still has a cassette player, built in "mobile phone" that I have no idea how to use and I am sure doesn't work anymore. At least it has a CD changer... that you can only access from the trunk!

None of those are really useful today. What would have been is a friggin' 3.5mm audio jack so I could plug whatever portable device in that I wanted. I still cannot figure out why what is probably the most standardized data exchange port is not standard on a car radio. I used to think Alpine was in cahootz with the automakers, but nobody replaces stereos anymore, so I am not sure what the issue is now.

So all the "cool" crap on my car isn't cool anymore and probably doesn't work. But the engine, body, interior (for the most part), and all the essential crap I need to get from point A to point B is still in good working condition.

about 3 months ago
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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

Collective 0-0009 Re:Sometimes the "idiot" isn't the problem. (255 comments)

In some ways you were the 'team idiot'. Not a technical idiot, but a political one.

Give the AC a mod point, he nailed that. The manager isn't there to code, which he probably sucks at, he is there to remove the hurdles that will take a project down. The GP was in a similar situation. You can also become a version of the many types of "idiot" one can be by not being able to stroke other's ego, not playing politics, or by just being a jerk.

about 3 months ago
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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

Collective 0-0009 How Would the Author Know? (255 comments)

As soon as I read this paragraph, I stopped listening to anything she had to say:

I’ve been very lucky. Over the past several decades, in different industries and roles, I’ve worked on quite a few teams that seemingly had a perfect balance of skills and personalities. That’s not to say that every project was successful – outside influences sometimes made them fail – but the experience always was deeply rewarding.

You catch that? The only time one of her projects has failed in decades, it was due to external reasons. Nope, not her fault, or the team, but "them".

I am willing to bet she has that same attitude about the people on her team. Nope, not her fault, but the "idiot" on the team. She was probably the idiot a few times, but was unable to recognize her own odor.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

Collective 0-0009 Re:Automotive (158 comments)

Wow, you might want to rethink your view of IT professionals. We aren't all the stereotypical geek from Revenge of the Nerds anymore. In fact, more IT people that I know have "get your hands dirty" hobbies than salesman, managers, or others.

And I doubt most IT professionals thought "what job can I do while being lazy and have heating/ac"... I figured out this was going to be my line of work before hitting high school.

And not to doubt your experience, but many automotive jobs are not all that dirty and greasy anymore. Many places have hydraulic lifts so the mech doesn't even touch the ground all day. They have tools that make the job easy compared to fixing your own car in the driveway.

Your entire frame of reference seems to be stuck in the 80's.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

Collective 0-0009 Re:Supply Chain (158 comments)

Agreed. You can get very technical when discussing supply chain optimization/management. And parent is absolutely correct that there are many people out there poorly managing their supply chain because most of the work is very data driven, and the people cannot understand it all.

Biggest issue is that many smaller companies take a short view and still consider these things "purchasing"... and after all, how hard is it to buy stuff? So they don't pay much for these roles. It's getting better.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

Collective 0-0009 Re:Problem solving (158 comments)

Sounds like you could try technical writing, if your writing skills would be good enough. That would be the killer for me.

I also interviewed for a job that was called "Business Technical Liaison" or something similar. I didn't get the job because I was not strong enough on the business side back then. I would nail that interview now. Basically you explained "business stuff" to IT and IT to "the business people". You translated requirements and such, helped with training, and such. It sounded like a mix of helpdesk, system/program architect, and trainer. 3 jobs I would hate independently (well maybe not system arch), but sounded intriguing when mixed up.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

Collective 0-0009 Manufacturing/Business... Maybe (158 comments)

Depends on what you did in IT. That is such a broad range that it's hard to say specifically.

If you were a business logic programmer, or some type of "analysts", or even just a tech that had to deal with business apps, you might look in the manufacturing industry. They are very numbers driven. Engineering documents, specs, CNC programming, etc. There is also capacity planning, scheduling, forecasting and other areas that are all very numbers driven. If you have SQL experience, especially in a traditional ERP environment, you will be able to make buds with the IT department and get read access to the DB to write queries. Those queries answer business questions and give you insight other managers could not obtain (at least not as easy). This makes you the better manager/decision maker.

I would imagine many other businesses are the same. If you have knowledge of general business systems to the depth that you can program them, then you have all the technical skills to succeed in business. You may not have the other skills needed...

To sum up, everything is going digital and computer system driven. IT is a great place leaping pad to many careers/industries and that is only going to become more true as computers and data driven system grow into any industry. Whatever industry you support, is a good candidate for moving into when you feel like you are losing that "techy" edge and getting too damn old for this crap.

Of course, if you were coding processor architecture and only have two buttons on your keyboard, the above may not apply.

about 3 months ago
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German Scientists Successfully Test Brain-Controlled Flight Simulator

Collective 0-0009 Re:Make flying accessible to more people? (73 comments)

Agreed. If he wants to make flying more accessible, they need to figure out how to reduce the cost of designing, prototyping, certifying, manufacturing, and maintaining airplanes. If you have a wife and kids, and make less that $200k a year, it's doubtful you own an airplane. That's what makes it in-accessible.

about 3 months ago

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