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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

DaWhilly I like this (184 comments)

Someone created a device which *has* to engage in active surveillance to force a device which may or may not be engaged in surveillance off it's currently connected network.

I wonder if the device can be configured to kick itself off the network? Someone could bring a 2nd one in, plug it up, and let it actively scan for the 1st device then keep kicking it off.

about a week ago

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

DaWhilly more info? (441 comments)

Apparently, he sent a letter which caused some people to be concerned.

From what I've read on the StarDem website (can't find the source for their info), the Wicomico County State's Attorney brought up the issues. From the LATimes article, people were aware of the books before all this.

IMHO, I think there's something else going on here which caused a lot of people to become really concerned. I don't get the feeling it was an overreaction but involves something that they can't share for various legal reasons.

My suggestion, wait and see what is happening.

I think everyone freaking out about an "Author" being taken away needs to take a step back, remove the "books" from the picture, and see if their reactions are justifiable because every article I found about the issue is going nuts about censorship but very few seems to be approaching it objectively.

about two weeks ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

DaWhilly Easy fix (441 comments)

Mandate that all foreign workers have to be paid the exact same salary that a domestic worker would be paid to do the same job for the same knowledge/experience level. Watch the requests for foreign workers disappear and lawsuits appear because the govt is stepping on the rights of slave tech companies to hire workers.

about three weeks ago

The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

DaWhilly Dammit! (188 comments)


If they collapse the probability wave function and it results a universe collapse, I'll be seriously depressed.. Practically crushed about it..

about 3 months ago

Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

DaWhilly It could happen (275 comments)

Nothing in the article has to be done by a living person. He could just send a corpse and still meet the goal of getting a person there, land, and return the body.

about 3 months ago

Data Center With a Brain: Google Using Machine Learning In Server Farms

DaWhilly GSA - Google Security Administration? (26 comments)

Google is only using metadata and not actual server data for their analysis to determine threats to server stability, right?

about 4 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

DaWhilly Re:Just Tack on a Fee (626 comments)

I would prefer a Tax by Mileage. The more road you use, the more you pay to support it. The less road you use, the less you have to pay to support it. Then, provide tax credits against federal or state income taxes so as to not kill off long distance travel.

about 4 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

DaWhilly Re:Just Tack on a Fee (626 comments)

so they can continue to pursue criminals where there isn't a net payoff at the end... like nearly all of them.

Yes.. because enforcing the law should result in a net payoff for the people tasked with enforcement.

about 4 months ago

Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

DaWhilly setting the world on fire (659 comments)

"We knew trouble was brewing when the RAV4 EV failed to set the world on fire"

I heard that some of the Tesla cars have set the world on fire...

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

DaWhilly Re:Can't Tell Them Apart (466 comments)

We started out having the test sent before interviews and it worked for about 3 months. Then we told HR to start sending an updated test and they continued to send the old tests.

We ended up asking HR to filter out some of the least eligible people while we go for most eligible but we had to be explicit to the team receiving resumes to make they they didn't discard people who didn't get a degree but have the necessary experience (since I'm in that bucket along with 1/2 the team).

Ultimately, after we receive the resumes, we then tell HR to send the "Attached" document to the applicants which avoids triggering the "Oh, they just want the test sent and i already have a copy I can send out".

And, we do put existing people back through the tests. It helps us work out what training we need to provide or get feedback on revising the questions.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

DaWhilly Re:Can't Tell Them Apart (466 comments)

Working for you must be interesting.

The test we wrote specifically apply to the skill-sets we need:

  • - SQL Aggregates based on various join types and date ranges. In some cases, asking for rolling totals or even giving questions which cannot be answered accurately. For the later case, we are looking to see either what type of "best effort" they make or what questions they ask to find out more about what we are trying to do vs what we are asking to have done.
  • - Diagnosing a block of code based on a specific "Error Message" to look for it's actual cause and evaluate other areas which may cause bugs. I like to add 1-2 non-obvious issues.
  • - Identify differences between types of the technologies we use (specifically listing the technologies and the limited scope for the review).
  • - Provide a problem domain, identify available toolsets and environments, then ask for 1-2 generic solutions along with possible risks. We keep this generic to reduce the risk they will come up with dumb solutions thinking we want steal their ideas.

We rarely use them as "Pass"/"Fail" questions but grade each question on a 1-10 scale of the answers provided then find the people with the better score. Comparing that to the interview itself helps us decide who we want to interview again with management. We have overridden our scoring system on occasion because someone impressed us on a question but didn't get the highest score. Their answer was sufficient to allow us to make a judgement call. Worked out rather nicely based on the skills they brought that we didn't make a test to measure.

We also change the questions based on how our work changes so that we don't try to test against something we were doing 3+ years ago but aiming for skills we need now or will need in a few months.

about 4 months ago

Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

DaWhilly interesting.. (723 comments)

and this article brought to you by the same people that stated Stephen Hawking would never have survived his illness if he lived in the UK and had to deal with their medical system.

about 5 months ago

Church Committee Members Say New Group Needed To Watch NSA

DaWhilly really? (143 comments)

We have a group that monitors the NSA. The NSA lied to them.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

DaWhilly Re:Tired... (860 comments)

You mean the WebKit? "WebKit is available under a BSD-form license [10] with the exception of the WebCore and JavaScriptCore components, which are available under the GNU Lesser General Public License." Apple is evil for requiring everyone to use a non-proprietary rendering engine in their iOS browsers (that they also use in their non-iOS browsers). Shame on them!

about 6 months ago

Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

DaWhilly So, basically... (500 comments)

An occupant's right to waive their rights overrides any other occupant's right to uphold their rights.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

DaWhilly maybe this applies (716 comments)

A brick layer who notices the wall falling apart and keeps building is doing it for several possible reasons, here are the two major ones I consider: 1) Fraud - they want to get the wall built, be paid, and get the hell outta Dodge before someone notices (Malicious intent) 2) Incompetent - they don't notice the wall falling apart. 3) Directions - their boss tells them to keep building despite the bugs. If #1 applies, the boss is to blame for hiring the guy/gal and not monitoring the work quality. If #2 applies, the boss is to blame for hiring the guy/gal, not monitoring the work quality, and giving the employee work beyond their skillset. if #3 applies, the boss is to blame for ordering the guy/gal to keep developing despite the issues occuring. In each case, you'll notice the Boss exists to provide direction. If the Bricklayer doesn't have a boss, then, yes, they are to blame. If the Bricklayer has a boss, the boss is to blame. Authority is responsible when subordinates screw shit up.

about 7 months ago

Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

DaWhilly Re:User twitter (526 comments)

I actually, I recommend not adding "#vlc" to that second one. might be misinterpreted as VLC being the issue (when its the better media player)

about 7 months ago

Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

DaWhilly User twitter (526 comments)

"#dell #sucks Dell won't fix my laptop under warranty because I used open source software." or "#dell #sucks #vlc Dell won't fix my laptop under warranty because I used VLC for media." Either one seems sufficient and complaining on Twitter seems to be where consumer complaints get the most visibility.

about 7 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

DaWhilly Analysis event log 29882 (1431 comments)

Sol System/Planet Designate 11340 (Local Name: Earth) Political/Religious sector: United States of America Attn: Regional incident review director, Xenobiology sector 998 Event Status Report Incident 998754 - 2014-01-13 Theater shooting, Local Sector Name: Tampa Florida Discharge of firearm in close quarters/enclosed space. Victims identified. Outcome analysis: Direct impact: 1 male, deceased. 1 female, injured 1 male, detained 1 misc number of subjects within range of event Local Sector has laws which allow the use of firearms without concern for outcome (Locally called "Stand your ground"). Evidence of use can be seen via report 99827. Ancillary impacts: Prior evidence suggests long term impacts to immediate family of both victim and attacker can result in propagation of undesired outcomes. Basic human therapy will be performed but ruled minimally effective. We can also assume, based on prior events, the event will be utilized by the two main controlling religious parties in the sector to reinforce their control. As always, actions by the two groups will ensure continued such events to allow for propagation of converts based on ideology. Recommended actions: Continue observations. If we do not see a decrease in the number of such events, begin extraction of observers and retask to Planet Designate 112333. Categorization of Planet from Mostly Harmless to "Avoid" also recommended.

about 8 months ago


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