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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Fire_Wraith Re:The Same Game (378 comments)

Unemployment is generally time limited, and notably less than your previous job paid. It is also usually conditioned on your continued reasonable efforts to seek/apply for new jobs. If you are (for example) an IT professional, it probably does not make sense for you to take a minimum wage job rather than remain on your (temporary) unemployment while you look for something in your field. If by unemployment you meant long-term public assistance/welfare benefits in general, then that's a different point, and I don't know how those stack up compared to working minimum wage (where you might still qualify for some or all of those benefits).

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DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

Fire_Wraith Re:They are public records, (69 comments)

What really interests me is whether this is a change in their data retention posture, or if it's the same that they've been doing all along. The Einstein program didn't start in 2011, it dates back to something like 2004. If this has been the protocol all along, then I don't think there's any serious reason for concern. Keeping this much data stored in any easily accessible/usable form isn't cheap.

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DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

Fire_Wraith Re:Constitution and multiple parties (69 comments)

I'm not a Constitutional Scholar or Lawyer, so I'm not really qualified to draw the line between where the line is drawn between what is explicitly required and what is just tradition and processes created on top of that framework. Certainly though there's some room for interpretation, as electoral methods vary state by state. Some states have runoffs if no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote (such as is currently the case in the Louisiana Senate race). This is still a winner-take-all system though. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure that by geographically delimiting the voting area for each office, the Constitution does explicitly rule out a number of things such as nationwide proportional representation (I'm not sure if statewide would be, but again, IANACSOL).

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DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

Fire_Wraith Re:Constitution and multiple parties (69 comments)

The U.S. Constitution wasn't written with parties in mind. Several of the founding fathers hoped to avoid the sort of political parties and factionalism that were features of the British Parliament; or at least that's often inferred from things like Federalist No. 10. That said, it is a consequence of "Winner-take-all"/"First Past the Post" voting systems, such as the US, but it's hardly a US-only phenomenon. The same pressures exist in Canada, for instance, and can be seen in the way the Canadian Conservative Party has dominated ever since it formed from the merger of the two right-wing parties, leaving the NDP and Liberals to split the left.

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DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

Fire_Wraith What TFS Misses from TFA (69 comments)

Short version: this is a bunch of IDS logs and similar data that DHS (mainly US-CERT) has kept from various federal agencies. This isn't secretly collected information, it's records of things being sent to the government (email, web traffic, whatever). According to TFA, Civil Libertarians are apparently for the deletion, because releasing it means everyone gets to see what you sent the government. This assumes (and that's a big if) that there's nothing in there that DHS wants to hide. SANS doesn't think it should be deleted after only three years, because they think the research data (for intrusion activity) is still relevant (and by comparison SANS keeps theirs for 12 years).

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DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

Fire_Wraith Re:Elections have consequences... (69 comments)

The EINSTEIN Program long predates the current administration, as it dates back to 2004. In fairness, though, we could ask whether this is in keeping with past treatment of such records - that is, has DHS always done this with these records, or is this new?

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DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

Fire_Wraith Re:orly? (69 comments)

EINSTEIN (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_%28US-CERT_program%29) isn't a Snowden-esque spying program, it's an IDS system. Basically this is the IDS logs for several federal agencies they're talking about purging.

yesterday
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Crowd-Sourced Experiment To Map All Human Skills

Fire_Wraith Obviously Crowdsourcing an RPG System (70 comments)

Comprehensive list of skills, in multiple languages, free to use for non-commercial purposes... So will the RPG they're making with this be a purely skill based system, or will it be tied to attributes and levels? Will there be perks available?

about two weeks ago
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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

Fire_Wraith Back to the drawing board (127 comments)

Here's hoping this means that Wheeler's plan to split the baby in half is dead, and we'll get some real action in terms of Title II classification.

about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

Fire_Wraith Re:Poor Promotability too (176 comments)

Yes, it's a very small percentage. Look at who does get promoted to the highest ranks though - every Chief of Staff of the Air Force has been a pilot, unless I've missed one somewhere. That's not to say you will never get promoted if you're not a pilot, just that it's the one with the best potential.

about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

Fire_Wraith Poor Promotability too (176 comments)

Part of the reason that morale is so low is that not only is the work long and tedious, but it's also horrible in terms of career path. The most desirable/promotable career path in the Air Force is that of a pilot, and (at least as I understand) the missile officers are about as far from that as it gets.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Fire_Wraith Re:Obama (706 comments)

Because right now we're getting the worst of both worlds - a (state/local) government granted monopoly, and no oversight or regulation to anywhere near the extent that your actual utilities (such as water or gas) are. There are different ways to approach solving this problem. Heavily regulated utility status is one, but not nearly the only option. Perhaps a better solution would be to separate the pipes themselves from the service provided over them. To use a car analogy, right now Comcast owns the roads, and if you want to travel on them, you have use the Comcast Bus or Comcast Taxi service. Separating the infrastructure from the service provided, and regulating the infrastructure, would mean that there would be a level playing field for competition in service. That way, you or I could choose from any number of Bus or Taxi services, or starting up your own carpool (stretching the analogy a little, perhaps, but that's the general idea).

about two weeks ago
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Espionage Campaign Targets Corporate Executives Traveling Abroad

Fire_Wraith Re:marketing (101 comments)

My understanding is that as a security professional, this is part of my job. It's risk management, not risk elimination. I need to be able to make the case that the security controls I'm proposing will make economic sense for the company. To use a physical example, sure, I could probably eliminate shoplifting if I put TSA style guards and nude scanners at the entrances of every store, but between the cost of all the machines and guards, and the fact that nobody would shop there anymore, it far outweighs any benefit in reduced shrink. From the sound of it though, you've experienced all this as a regular Admin who was shoehorned into also providing security work, probably because the company was too cheap to hire people specifically for that, which says a lot just to begin with. What follows is utterly unpredictable, and you're absolutely right to document everything you can, and hope that your next job is with a company that's at least slightly less mismanaged.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Fire_Wraith Re:not falsifiable (706 comments)

Any sort of human endeavor is subject to corruption, whether it is governmental, corporate, or otherwise. That doesn't mean that any of them are inherently evil, just that they can easily become so if allowed to run unchecked. Regulatory capture is bad, no regulation isn't better, so what's needed is reform and oversight, preferably before we "hire a dingo as a babysitter" (to borrow John Oliver's description). As for Net Neutrality, there are market competition based solutions that could address the problems, and possibly do a much better job than turning ISP service into a bunch of heavily regulated local monopolies. We're just not hearing about them because the only politicians that are actively proposing solutions seem to be on one side (which is a bad thing, in my opinion).

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Fire_Wraith Re:You know they'll botch it (706 comments)

This is why I wish we were having a debate about solutions to the problems we're facing, rather than people like Ted Cruz shouting that this is the Obamacare of the Internet. There are conservative/libertarian ideas for addressing this, but they're not being brought up by Republican politicians (with perhaps a few exceptions, but by and large). We need reasonable debate, not just so that the problems get fixed, but that the fixes we get aren't themselves problematic, and are more acceptable to the widest possible number of people. That's how democracy is supposed to work.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Fire_Wraith Re:GOP are not rational actors (706 comments)

That's what I find sad here. Rather than having a debate about what to do about a given problem, the trend seems to have been to deny that any problem even exists. Thus, rather than having a debate about whether to move to a highly regulated utility monopoly model, or finding ways to enable real competition in the ISP space, it's "We need Net Neutrality!" versus a chorus of denials and misdirections. We wind up being lucky to get any solution to the problem, and have to be happy with whatever we can get, instead of working out the best one.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Fire_Wraith Re:They ARE a utility. (706 comments)

It's a question of what is meant by "deregulation". I suspect what the GP means is not "no more rules/laissez faire", but rather that the pipes are regulated, and anyone can deliver service via those pipes. In your neighborhood, Comcast would be forced to separate operating the pipes and providing service. They could still offer ISP service, but they'd have to charge their ISP division the same (regulated) rate that they charge anyone else who wants to operate an ISP over those pipes. You, the customer, would then have a choice of any number of ISPs operating over those same pipes, and those ISPs would compete on a level playing field. This is not a perfect solution, perhaps, but it does eliminate (or at least severely regulate/restrict) the ability of Comcast to leverage its pipeline monopoly into an ISP monopoly.

about two weeks ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

Fire_Wraith Re:Sweet, can we stop talking about it now? (250 comments)

Moral Panics are by no means the exclusive preserve of conservatives, because having the government police morals is something of a separate spectrum. The US political spectrum doesn't always match it, since there are libertarians on the right, and nanny-staters on the left, just as there are religious moralists and civil liberties people respectively. A lot of it can depend on the issue (abortion, guns, etc), too.

about two weeks ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

Fire_Wraith Re:Sweet, can we stop talking about it now? (250 comments)

Don't forget comic books, which saw a significant moral panic in the 50s that led to the creation of the Comics Code.

about two weeks ago

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