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IBM Seeks Patent On Judging Programmers By Commits

Fulcrum of Evil Re:Tool for idiots (182 comments)

In some places, HR is in the drivers seat and can dictate tech hiring decisions.

more than 2 years ago
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Baby's First TSA Patdown

Fulcrum of Evil Re:2 questions for the TSA (570 comments)

I think you're confounding "TSA" with specific methods introduced with the TSA like body scanning and enhanced pat downs that are of dubious value.

No, I am specifically talking about those methods. You have yet to establish that there is anything to deter. You've just declared that the TSA protects us (while stealing shit).

It's an easily supportable assertion, unless you insist that I prove a negative assertion *by example*, which is of course impossible to do.

Well, we can look at the number of hijackings/attacks in the decade leading up to 9/11 (on us flights) and in the decade after. I count 1 attempt before (someone hijacked a cargo jet in 1994 so they could fly it into fedex HQ) and 2 or 3 attempts (shoe guy and underwear guy) with zero effectiveness from the TSA for the after, so we do see some attempts being made, but the TSA did nothing to detect/preent them. With that level of egg on their face, you would expect them to crow loudly about anything they actually did right, but instead, they're trying to harass train travelers. basically, they don't do shit, so why do we have them?

more than 3 years ago
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Baby's First TSA Patdown

Fulcrum of Evil Re:We are not alone (570 comments)

you can't really believe that - they're surrounded by a bunch of countries that want to erase them, practice genocide on their own citizens, and they're still there. It's a near certainty that lots of attempts have been made, and lots more will be made. Because it's fucking israel.

more than 3 years ago
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Baby's First TSA Patdown

Fulcrum of Evil Re:Meanwhile in line... (570 comments)

So what? THERE ARE A BILLION MUSLIMS! There are at most 10,000 terrorists operating at any one time (probably less), so at most one in 100,000 muslims is a terrorist. This is not actionable data.

more than 3 years ago
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Baby's First TSA Patdown

Fulcrum of Evil Re:Meanwhile in line... (570 comments)

Whatever, 9/11 was a one off. They never caught the anthrax guy, and tim mcVeigh and the unabomber were white. The beltway snipers were black. Middle eastern terrorists mostly don't come over here.

more than 3 years ago
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Baby's First TSA Patdown

Fulcrum of Evil Re:2 questions for the TSA (570 comments)

Given that we *know* there are people out there who would like to hijack American planes, and there haven't been any attempts made, we have to assume that *some* of what TSA is doing is an effective deterrence to attempts.

No we don't, and if anything, we should be comparing them against what we did before - metal detectors, bomb sniffers. They're a whole lot more invasive and they don't do shit.

For example, metal detectors combined with the inspection of carry-on luggage are surely an effective deterrent to carrying on firearms and other weapons.

I was talking to an old timer in the TSA line; he said that in the 70s, you could bring guns on the plane - they had a locker that they'd store your gun in for you.

Bureaucratic pig-headedness is bad customer service, but it is necessary for deterrence.

Unsupported assertion. We had plenty of deterrence on 9/10/2001

more than 3 years ago
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Baby's First TSA Patdown

Fulcrum of Evil Re:Osama Bin Laden (570 comments)

His goal was to shatter the myth of the superpower - show that we could be readily harmed. I'd say he got that cold.

more than 3 years ago
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I Like My IT Budget Tight and My Developers Stupid

Fulcrum of Evil Re:Why Train? (235 comments)

Well, the idea that maybe they could offer something instead of just sitting on their thumbs is what i was going for.

more than 3 years ago
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I Like My IT Budget Tight and My Developers Stupid

Fulcrum of Evil Re:yeah okay (235 comments)

It is not about the training, it is about being able to substantiate your skills. Quality certification enables you to publicly substantiate your skill set

This isn't relevant to anything I wrote, but what the hell: most certs suck, so how is this true, and why should I spend $$$ to prove that I know SQL? You should be able to get an idea about someone's ability to work in an hour or two or you can't interview anyway.

you are relying on references from you current company, somewhat tricky

I don't tell my boss, I ask my coworkers, who have little incentive to lie one way or the other.

For those coders treated like mushrooms (kept in the dark and fed bullshit), with no public recognition, shifting jobs is difficult especially if you also want to shift localities, another state or country.

Not so much in my experience, although getting exposure certainly helps.

more than 3 years ago
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I Like My IT Budget Tight and My Developers Stupid

Fulcrum of Evil Re:yeah okay (235 comments)

Real colleges don't give a class on SVN unless it's about building a batter source control widget. They just assume you already know it. So which class were you skipping?

more than 3 years ago
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I Like My IT Budget Tight and My Developers Stupid

Fulcrum of Evil Re:Why Train? (235 comments)

Maybe if they offered more money...

more than 3 years ago
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I Like My IT Budget Tight and My Developers Stupid

Fulcrum of Evil Re:yeah okay (235 comments)

When was the last time you didn't know more about new trends than your prof?

Why the hell would an undergrad prof be teaching new trends? And yes, the prof usually knows a lot more than me in the area he teaches, that's why he's the prof and I go to his class. Meanwhile, training is focused on something small, like SVN or a dev methodology. No profs anywhere.

more than 3 years ago
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Murder Trial May Turn On Missing Router

Fulcrum of Evil Re:VOIP? Router? (214 comments)

I'm looking for a "stupid" charming sales person for my own voip company, we perfectly replace something people are paying $120 a month for with a $10 a month system, guess how many customers we have :(

Charge $30/mo and see if more people sign up.

more than 3 years ago
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For Security, My Wi-Fi Access Point Relies On:

Fulcrum of Evil Re:DHCP (458 comments)

Once you're on the network, you can sniff for where the port 53 traffic goes (on wep, anyways) and use that. Same thing for gateways.

more than 3 years ago
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For Security, My Wi-Fi Access Point Relies On:

Fulcrum of Evil Re:Multiple? (458 comments)

shit - my house is stucco, and that's probably why cell coverage sucks.

more than 3 years ago
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For Security, My Wi-Fi Access Point Relies On:

Fulcrum of Evil Re:Multiple? (458 comments)

Cracking WEP takes about a minute, given a reasonable amount of traffic (and this is read-only). Once in, you grab a MAC that you've seen get traffic and impersonate it (more or less). MACs aren't at all secret, so WEP is basically open.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Encourage Better Research Software?

Fulcrum of Evil Re:Not going to happen (104 comments)

Yes! Every iteration (month) you can throw the whole lot away and start again. You won't though, because there are always certain building blocks you can re-use.

No! Agile is about iteration and isn't really suited to stringing a bunch of prototypes together. I can drive a nail with my fist, but that isn't a good idea.

more than 3 years ago
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Department of Justice: FBI Too Focused On Child Porn

Fulcrum of Evil Re:FBI Too Focused On Child Porn (487 comments)

Credit card fraud isn't a crime.

Nice, now I know not to take you seriously.

Why do you think you can sell a collection of 100 skimmed card numbers for $50?

Low value, high supply.

more than 3 years ago
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Department of Justice: FBI Too Focused On Child Porn

Fulcrum of Evil Re:FBI Too Focused On Child Porn (487 comments)

Okay, 41% chasing neckbeards on 4chan. Is ID theft and CC fraud a cyber crime?

more than 3 years ago
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Department of Justice: FBI Too Focused On Child Porn

Fulcrum of Evil Re:Someone's math is wrong (487 comments)

Also, would you prefer the FBI not go after child porn?

No, we'd prefer they not spend nearly half their time going after it.

more than 3 years ago

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