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Multicellular Life Evolves In Months, In a Lab

Evets Re:Yes - sounds like "grant time" (285 comments)

Right on target (and it's not just slashdot).

Debate is healthy, and it leads to better research, fantastic ideas, and every once in a while, something revolutionary.

But if all the negative armchair scientists out there actually buckled down and did some actual research of their instead of spending their time trying to knock down somebody who accomplished something we would be in a much better place.

An open mind isn't something terribly difficult to cultivate.

about 2 years ago
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How To Get Into an Elite Comp-Sci Program

Evets Re:Missing the point. (297 comments)

90% of the useful knowledge gained in college is not gained in an actual classroom. Your chances of early success in your field have more to do with that external knowledge, your desire, and your work ethic, than where you attended school or what your major was.

Getting into MIT will impress your family, and graduating might even score you an interview at a company with an impressive name and no idea how to keep you interested in work.

The guy who went to a JC, learned C before he took the class because he didn't want to wait until his prereqs were complete, attended OSCon and DefCon, committed updates to 8 open source projects, and took an extension class on how to interview before he even applied to a 4 year college will have a lot more doors open for him.

about 3 years ago
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IT's Next Hot Job: Hadoop Guru

Evets Who finds it difficult? (112 comments)

Does anybody actually have a hard time learning Hadoop? In my experience its pretty easy to pick up and go with.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

Evets Or... (735 comments)

I haven't done it myself since I've been self-employed for ... well what seems like forever, but I have seen several people leave their jobs only to come back as contractors days later with a 300% bump in their pay. A company of any size will have limits on what they pay people internally. Those rules generally don't apply to contractors with very specialized knowledge.

It's not the fact that you have a hammer that gets you paid, it's the fact that you know what, where, when, why, and how to whack whatever it is that needs fixing.

more than 3 years ago
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Apache Warns Web Server Admins of DoS Attack Tool

Evets Not that bad (82 comments)

I read the advisory, chose a course of action, then it took about a minute to make my server not vulnerable. It's great that they made the disclosure.

more than 3 years ago
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IE 9 Beats Other Browsers at Blocking Malicious Content

Evets Once upon a time (235 comments)

There was a time when a headline like this never would have made the front page of slashdot. It's because of this kind of thing that I only come back to slashdot on the rare occasion that I have run out of other things to read on the internet. And what's this? Addthis.com showing up in noscript? Please, bring back the quality!

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Trapped In MySQL a 'Fate Worse Than Death'

Evets Re:Commercial databases (509 comments)

You are better off with commodity hardware and a data layer with a code base that can be referenced. All high end hardware will get you is dollars out the door and a fraction of additional QA that may or may not be worth while.

All licensing costs for a commercial db will get you is access to a knowledge base and increased costs to run it.

You run into tougher road blocks with less (and sometimes no) solutions available with DB/2 and Oracle. On something the scale of Facebook, that simply will not work.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Trapped In MySQL a 'Fate Worse Than Death'

Evets Re:Commercial databases (509 comments)

And that's exactly what people use RDBMS's for 95% of the time.

Very few DB implementations leverage more than data storage and basic querying capabilities, and even fewer require real scalability.

more than 3 years ago
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Army's Huge SAP Project 'At High Risk'

Evets Re:Not surprised (166 comments)

That makes sense for everything. But when the consultants don't know the product, the client doesn't know the product, and the sales rep doesn't know the product, it's impossible to know what the requirements should be. Mix in the fact that the consultants need projects to move forward because they need the money, and sales people need projects to grow because they need the money, and the client needs projects to move forward because their current state of operations is overwhelming and obviously inefficient at all levels of the chain from the lowest worker level to the highest executive and you get a special set of wrong.

Throw in offshore development of the base product that goes untested, requirement and development priorities in the product base that are mismanaged, and a support structure that is designed for profit and CYA instead of support and you have an SAP project.

more than 3 years ago
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Army's Huge SAP Project 'At High Risk'

Evets Re:That's what you get (166 comments)

This should be modded insightful.

more than 3 years ago
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The View From the Ground At an Indian Call Center

Evets Re:The real "problem" (214 comments)

That's funny to me. I'm stoked when I get Mexico on the line. Sometimes I end up pressing 3 for spanish so I can get Mexico because they speak better english and handle problems better than the indian call centers.

more than 3 years ago
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Why People Who Make Things Should Learn Chinese

Evets Re:Largest economy? (588 comments)

That was eye opening.

more than 3 years ago
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Hacker Exposes Parts of Florida's Voting Database

Evets Re:Good job on behalf of the hacker (261 comments)

why exactly would this help? All ID requirements do is disenfranchise lower income voters. It has nothing to do with protecting vote data.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook More Hated Than Banks, Utilities

Evets Re:And... (332 comments)

And...

So the story planting begins.

You'd think they would at least try a new strategy.

more than 3 years ago
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Cancer Cluster Possibly Found Among TSA Workers

Evets Re:I fly all the time (487 comments)

I fly frequently as well. In many small airports, they try to push ALL people through the rape-scanners. The same policy is in effect at major airports depending on the terminal.

I also have dark skin.

Ever gone 7 flights in a row and get "randomly selected" for further screening? Ever had your genitals grabbed by a TSA agent? 4 times during one screening?

Ever been kicked out of an airport for refusing to be scanned? Had your flight cancelled by the police? Been surrounded by police and TSA for refusing a scan?

I have. Believe me, it's not fun.

Dosimeters are not that expensive, and they would go a long way towards making people feel more comfortable, but regardless of cancer risk or radiation risk, the TSA creates a violation of personal privacy, security, and comfort. They do so without providing even a fraction of a security improvement. I would even go so far as to say that security is worse with TSA in place.

more than 3 years ago
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Winklevoss Twins Finally Give Up Fighting Facebook

Evets Re:On the plus side (160 comments)

Because eventually, facebook will go the way of MySpace, Friendster, et all, and completely lose it's value. Whereas the Winklevii will have cash that they pulled out of facebook, zuckerberg will have a lot of paper that's worth nothing.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

Evets You can't (758 comments)

You can't do it because ITunes leverages napster data.

I know this because I have some obscure tastes in music. I have a tape and a cd of an old band. I downloaded one of the songs that's only on the tape from napster. I was disappointed with the recording because of three glitches in the track. Years later, itunes pops up. I buy the song from itunes. Low and behold, same three glitches are in the itunes version.

This happened for not just one song, but two songs from two different artists in two different genres. One was a single glitch, which I would have dismissed as chance, but four glitches at the same timestamps from two different songs in two different genres?

more than 3 years ago
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Including webcams, phones, etc, I own X cameras:

Evets How do I photograph thee, let me count the ways... (248 comments)

Logitech Webcam for notebook that's terrible, creative labs webcam for notebook that's terrible too.

iPhone, iPhone 4, iphone 3g, and my other iphone 4.

Nintendo DSi

Nikon D300, D50

Casio Point and Shoot x 2

Security Cam

And I suppose i should also count my old polaroid, and my 2 nikon film cameras. Of course, there's a pinhole camera or 2 lying around somewhere. And the 3d camera that I never use.

Well, that's just in this room. I'm sure there's others around the house that I'm not thinking of at the moment.

more than 3 years ago
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The 'Adventure' In Self-Publishing an IT Book

Evets Re:Yep (156 comments)

I think the assumption is that he'd have more sales if it was sold by a publisher. Sure, he would have. But he shopped the idea and it was rejected. Even if his sales quadrupled, it probably wouldn't have been a book that traditional publishers would have been looking to publish.

Selling 1800+ copies of a book no publisher would touch is an achievement, and not an easy one to reproduce.

If you can come up with a really good idea 4 times a year and follow through to completion within a reasonable deadline you're only looking at a $36k income. That's not very good as a full time job. However - if you can do that in the evenings it's a heck of a side income, and the more you can consistently perform, the more you'll sell.

There's also the question of investment. Amazon's options are zero or minimal investment. Spend a little bit of money and have 100 or 1000 copies printed at a time and handle the delivery yourself and you can double your profits - plus you have the capability of handing over copies to local booksellers to see if they'll sell in store.

For every person looking to go down this path, there are a lot of paths you can go down. The easiest path and most potentially successful is a publisher. They have marketing plans, distribution contracts, and above all else - talent on hand who are pretty good at determining the sell-ability of a given book. They aren't the only answer, though. 2000 copies sold is nothing to a publisher, but for an individual it can be huge. Personally, I think that before writing anything you have to determine your target market and how to communicate with them.

more than 2 years ago

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Get Outside the Box

Evets Evets writes  |  more than 6 years ago

A lot of times the solution to a problem is more complicated than it needs to be. An intelligent man breaks down the problem into small known segments and applies logic to derive an optimal solution. A wise man breaks down the problem into small known segments and applies logic to derive an optimal question.

So much of what we know about the world and how it works is based on theory. That means that even our most fundamental facts are within the realm of things that can and should be questioned.

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Microsoft is not so bad

Evets Evets writes  |  more than 7 years ago

So, I just finished watching Steve Jobs and Bill Gates sitting down together at D5 - at least a little bit of it since only 2 of 7 segments have been uploaded. Steve Jobs made an impression on me that has changed my whole mindset on Microsoft as a company.

Microsoft has an ultra-competitive force inside it. Microsoft has made a lot of money by doing things that I don't approve of. Microsoft has been one of the primary reasons that the IT industry that I have come to make my living off of exists.

Steve Jobs made the point that at Apple, there was an enormous sense that in order for Apple to succeed, Microsoft had to lose. That was very much not the reality, and in fact the reality was and still is that Microsoft will not lose. Apple, in fact, had/has great interest in the long term success of Microsoft - they are the largest software company for Apple software, they spend a great deal of money on Apple products, and the competitive nature of two companies not faced with direct competition inspires creativity and hard work that would not otherwise be achieved.

Looking at the linux world, much of the same paradigm holds true. Linux will never take over the desktop market - at least not any time in the next decade. Linux based software has in large part been inspired by things that take place at Microsoft or on Microsoft platforms. I think that Beryl is a much better interface than that which Vista provides, but the drive for a better GUI wouldn't have happened without Microsoft and Apple first popularizing GUI platforms in the first place.

Looking at the search engine world - there are three major players - Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft. Microsoft's presence is good for the internet as a whole. While Google enjoys a near-monopoly at the moment, they certainly won't hold that title forever. While they are at the top, Yahoo and Microsoft make them better. They keep working hard to maintain their revenue stream and when they do start to make mistakes the factual competition will be there ready to take over.

Competition inspires innovation and hard work. Microsoft is competitive in just about everything these days. They may not be market leaders, but they certainly are competitors. Microsoft hasn't done a lot of creating new markets anytime recently, but they do great work at expanding existing markets well beyond what smaller companies would be able to do, or what other large companies would consider to be too risky. Take the xbox for instance - Microsoft's entrance into the industry expanded the user base as a whole and inspired better products from Sony and Nintendo. Microsoft certainly took their share, but Sony, Nintendo, and an untold amount of other companies made a lot of money based in large part on Microsoft's presence in the market place.

Yes, Microsoft has unethically attacked Linux and open source software in general. Yes, Microsoft is guilty of anti-competitive practices that are unimaginable. Yes, Microsoft has some terrible products that have way too much market share.

But without them - we'd all be poor, working retail, and playing around on hobby computers with less than a megabyte of memory.

I've spent enough time hating them. It feels good to let it go.

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Is Microsoft actively astroturfing slashdot?

Evets Evets writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Could Microsoft be actively astroturfing slashdot? When a discussion starts with an offhand comment laughing at an MS Products' supposed security and ends with attacks on Apache and Linux you really start to wonder.

I've always enjoyed excellent Karma because I typically only participate in discussions when I actually have something useful or interesting to say. Not to say that all of my comments are modded +5 insightful or anything like that, but I can't remember the last time I was modded down.

I made a few comments about IIS 6 and was attacked and modded once as a Troll and again as flamebait. My flamebait comment started the whole thing. The article I commented on included the laughable statement

"IIS 6 hasn't had a public remotely exploitable bug in it. Ever."

To which I replied here asking if Microsoft had hired Baghdad Bob as a PR guy. (You remember Baghdad Bob - the Iraqi Information Minister who publicly claimed that the US was not actually closing in on Baghdad the day they took it over) Frankly, I thought it was kind of a funny comment - and given the slashdot community's attitude towards everything microsoft I thought that the comment would be interpereted as such.

The first reply came from a guy asking me to name a vulnerability, as if the thought of IIS actually having a security hole was incredulous... um. OK... so I responded with a google query with 695,000 results for "IIS 6 remote exploit".

Then comes attack #2... I love this guy. He says...

The fact remains, IIS 6 has never had a remotely exploitable hole. Period.

and

Microsoft learned from their mistakes and are making their software secure, not just by Microsoft standards, but clearly by any standard.

Really? On slashdot, someone making those statements? About Microsoft? Oh come on! So I took a gander at this particular user's comment history and it showed an unhealthy loyalty to Microsoft in defiance of logic. I called him on it. That's when I got modded as a Troll.

He never responded, but I did get a response from an "anonymous coward" asking me

"Wow, why not actually link to an IIS6 exploit meeting the stated criteria, if you're asserting that any exist?"

followed up by another commenter:

Don't redbait. Answer his question. Or continue to look increasingly foolish, I guess.

What is redbait anyways? Probably a typo. At this point I'm committed to the discussion so I decided to simply follow my own google search link to find an example. It took two clicks, so I responded with the actual text of the first exploit I found, along with links to Gartner's denunciation of IIS, a google search showing that Hacking Insurance carries a 15% additional premium for users of IIS, and a cert.org link reminding these people of the damage caused by IIS past vulnerabilities. You'd think the discussion would be over at this point. If nothing else, it's a day AFTER the story hit the front page... wrong!

Dude, are you completely ignorant of basic security terminology? ... Either stop blindly bashing microsoft, or put up and actual code execution hole.

So, I made what I thought was a funny comment, was forced to defend that comment. Then I was "called out" because 695,000 google results weren't enough evidence of an exploit. and now this

So now, because I simply just can't walk away from this, I respond again. This time I basically say piss off - if you consider IIS 6 secure when x,y, and z is public knowledge and the platform itself has a sordid history of being unbelievably insecure then fine, use it at your own risk.

And the responses keep coming...

Is IIS 6 better than a patchy web server?

and

695,000 results is terrible, but that's nothing when you consider that there's over 1.1 million results for Linux 16 remote exploits

So now this discussion has degraded to blind attacks on Apache and Linux?!? Seriously - I make one funny comment (that apparently wasn't that funny) that laughs at a statement about Microsoft IIS, I get attacked and modded as a flamebating troll, and then Apache and Linux are attacked. The entire thing just doesn't fit the community. I can't actually think of any tech communities that I've been a part of where such a thing would transpire.

I started the discussion, so I can't exactly claim that I was baited into it. I just don't see how this discussion goes the way it does without some astroturfing being involved. Blind loyalty to Microsoft's web server "platform", attacks on linux, apache, and the guy who laughs at the statement that IIS is secure. That's not slashdot. It's the twilight zone.

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Stupid comment

Evets Evets writes  |  more than 9 years ago

It's too bad you can't go back and edit your comments. I've been modded down before, but I just made a really stupid comment I'd like to take back before the rest of the world reads it.... Oh well... I'll have to suffer humiliation now.

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Why the heck not

Evets Evets writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I've been a slashdotter for years and for some reason I haven't ever gotten around to writing in my Journal. Here is my first... absolutely worthless... Journal Entry.

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