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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Kagato Re:What a surprise. (569 comments)

These countries were under the thumb of Soviet Russia not all that long ago. It's pretty common to find people that are still a bit bitter about Russians. They usually like the Germans much more than Russians. One of my Czech friends put it like this, if someone came up to them in the street and asked them for directions in Russian they'd talk to them in English instead.

The biggest issue is even if you had footage showing Russia firing an shell and it landing across the border it doesn't matter. Putin clearly doesn't care. NATO states aren't going to risk blood and treasure on Ukraine. They need Russian energy for the Winter. The French are still going to complete the sale of some Warships to Russia.

Meanwhile, back in America we've launched a bunch of sanctions. What Russian imports will disappear off the shelves? Guns and Vodka. I think they'll survive.

3 days ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

Kagato Real Time ANI (125 comments)

The FTC needs to set up Honey pots with actual SS7 ANI feeds. Real time query the calling number and provider. The dirty secret here is the telemarketers need VOIP providers to work. Usually ones that are willing to turn a blind eye and willing to let them advertise the outgoing number as anything they want. The FTC needs to put the pressure on them and their upstream connection into the phone system (most likely a CLEC of some sort).

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Kagato Re:Russia has no choice (503 comments)

I think you are putting too much value in Russia actually caring what the rest of the world thinks. The EU and US have zero treaty obligations to the Ukraine. It was never going to be a Military altercation with the West. It was always going to be a series of trade and diplomatic sanctions. All Russia has to do is weather the sanctions until the Winter and then bend over Western Europe who needs Russian Natural Gas to survive.

Worst case, 5 years down the road North American liquified Nat gas might be able to replace Russian pipeline shipments... Maybe.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

Kagato R - Consider Which R (143 comments)

I would recommend R. It's the language college grads are getting trained in. The reason for that is simple. There's no licensing costs for a simple R dev environment. However, I wouldn't use the free stuff for anything that ad hoc. If you have a production big data job I would look at something like Vertica (purchases by HP a couple years ago.) Extremely fast big data DB engine. Not only will it run R, but it has the ability to break the R up into smaller chunks at execution time and distribute the execution across the DB cluster.

Stuff like that just isn't possible in SAS yet. SAS is built upon some very old skool constructs that make it very brittle and very difficult to meet the performance expectations of todays big data world. SAS may end up there, they are privately held and have a very large R&D budget, but I think they would have to do a total rewrite for it to compete. Not that SAS is going away, there's just so much of it in the business world. Be that as it may, in 15-20 years SAS could be a Foxpro of it's age.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Kagato Re:Grails (536 comments)

I'm going to second Groovy on Rails. AKA Grails. It's very mature and is one of the languages that compiles down to Java Opt code. You have a large eco-system of production apps that run in the container. The language is fairly approachable (saying this as someone who came originally from a Perl Web App background in the late 90s). You can also use Java Libraries if there's something you want to get out of box such as one of the many Open Source Apache Libraries or Google Guava Libraries.

about a month ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Kagato Re:Big Difference (210 comments)

Before making such bold statements I'd do a little more research on the hopper and how it functions. There's no cloud storage here. All the functionality is on the customers DVR and iPad.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

Kagato Straight Talk GSM or Ting CDMA (146 comments)

For the most reasonable rates I'd go with Straight Talk (WalMart) for GSM or Ting for CDMA service. Not sure if you can get away with not giving a name, but neither need any form of contract. I would skip the airport Kiosk and go right to a WalMart of Target for the pre-paid cards.

about a month ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

Kagato Re:The death of College Hiring (341 comments)

I have a different tact. I typically am brought in with a Coterie of other senior developers at mid-cap companies. Ten of us will usually replace a mix of 30+ onshore H1-B and offshore developers. Basically on-shoring work for companies that have gotten sick of sub-par code that can't perform under load. At my current contract 18 months ago their problem was a back log of issues and enhancements with a 2 year wait time and a web site that crashed under peek loads. Performance is radically better, bugs and defects are a fraction of what they were and the back log is empty.

We work with the customer on better development processes as well as the importance of having a hiring pipeline.

This became possible because most of the H1-Bs are contractors and their corporate sponsors have steadily increased rates. Basic supply and demand. With those kinds of rates there's no reason to put up with sub-par deliverables.

about a month ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

Kagato The death of College Hiring (341 comments)

What it's done is placed a carrot out there to bring on H1-B programmers instead of college hires.

With an H1-B the employer has a lot of power over the employee. They can't move jobs with out sponsorship. It's very easy to knock them out of the country. You can easily classify them in a lower pay band because they have very little recourse. These employees usually get little to know employee development (i.e. money).

With a college hire the employee can change jobs at will. You as the employer are expected to put money into employee development. And in the end they are likely to leave after a couple years to seek greener pastures.

So yes, the H1-B program has done tremendous harm to our country. I consult with many large companies and I haven't seen a intern in a programming department in half a decade. College hires are few and far between. It's a radical change from how things were when I started in the 90s. Simply put business have put their money into short term H1-B and Offshore workers. They stopped putting money into college hires. Now they whine they can't find qualifies workers because they stopped investing in Junior programmers a decade ago.

about a month ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

Kagato Re:The cloud (387 comments)

AWS has one of the best security systems out there. IF you decide to enable the features. The production AWS configs I've used have mandated multi factor auth (using the number generator on the phone) as well as network source network restrictions. You can also setup a large number of ACLs to restrict things like the ability to create additional accounts.

It's hard for me to feel bad for these guys.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

Kagato Re:Government shakedown (153 comments)

Local governments rarely own many utilities poles. They are usually owned by the incumbent telco and the electrical providers. Cable companies pay a good chunk of change to the telcos and power companies, though who knows if that's included in the basic rate or the franchise fee.

Cities often own right of ways for main boulevards and a good chunk of the so-called franchise fee is comprised of those right of way fees. Though a good chunk of fee really just offsets the ongoing maintenance the city is on the hook for as the cable co is ripping of the roads and sidewalks. Also buried in the franchise fees are public access costs. In a handful of very large markets the franchise fee works out well for the city, but for the vast majority of the US it just offsets some expenses.

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask "The King of Kong" Billy Mitchell About Classic Video Games

Kagato How do you feel about the Documentary? (122 comments)

Most documentaries have a particular point of view and editing can really define how someone comes off. Most people would agree you did not come off particularly well in the documentary. Would you ever consider doing another documentary?

about a month and a half ago
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BMW, Mazda Keen To Meet With Tesla About Charging Technology

Kagato Re:Standardization is critical (137 comments)

Patents aren't nearly as bad when the holders of said patents actually make things. Most of the time the end result is cross-licensing agreements. Things went down the tubes when Lawyers figured out they could buy some vague patents and PO Box in East Texas.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

Kagato Re:Government shakedown (153 comments)

Outside of Airline Tickets we have no laws requiring prices for goods and services to includes taxes and fees. Comcast's prices are always exclusive of taxes and fees. They simply tack on franchise fees to the bill as a pass through to the consumer.

What does cost real money is right of way leases. In most places the vast majority of utility poles are owned by the local power and phone providers. They demand a price per month per pole. That ads up when it's thousands or tens of thousands of utility poles. Going below ground is no cheaper. That involves right of way easements for both public and private property, in addition to repair of roads and sod. Assuming that the land holder even wants to deal with you.

about a month and a half ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

Kagato Re:California is dead, TEXAS is where it's at... (190 comments)

Education is abysmal. Some of the highest drop out rates in the nation, some of the lowest graduation and SAT rates in the country. Contrary to popular belief the blue states don't just throw money away. They spend it on education, worker training and things that increase the living conditions. What does that mean? Where I live unemployement is a full two points lower than TX.

about 2 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

Kagato There's a Bell Curve to ROI (409 comments)

Using cloud deployment tech is good. Even if you intend to keep your servers in-house. But moving everything to cloud isn't always the most cost effective. Large game companies find that cloud bell curve. Some game companies use a bit of a bell curve for gaming back-ends. They start out on the cloud. However, they have enough infrastructure in place already that it makes sense to host the games in-house when they are at the peek. Post peek it becomes much cheaper to put them in an on-demand cloud host.

Other things that effect ROI are HIPPA and PCI. You may still be on the cloud, but you may have to go through a third party that is willing to bond and insurance the security of the setup, even if the end servers are still AWS, Rackspace, etc. That costs some serious money.

about 2 months ago
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US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

Kagato Re:Why learn CS only to train your H1B replacement (306 comments)

H1B consultants are now reaching the $100+/hr rate for developers. Supply and demand at work as the result of companies not investing in college hires. The pendulum is shifting that hiring from college is actually economical again.

I make a crap ton of money off shops that got burned with H1B and offshore and need experts to fix the systems.

about 3 months ago
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US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

Kagato Re:Where do you live? (306 comments)

If you have the programming chops you won't have a problem getting a job. Most of us are making enough money to put ourselves in the top 3% in terms of wages and benefits. The dumbest thing so-called globalization experts did was convince students that going into programming was worth while. Fact is we have such a deficit in programming that the H1-B shops now charge $100/hr for a developer (don't worry, the Indian guy working the gig only gets a pittance) because that's what supply and demand warrants. That's a high enough rate that a college graduate is fairly compelling.

The problem is large companies have largely abandoned their college recruiting programs in the 2000s. I haven't worked in a shop that has had a programming intern in at least 8 years. The pipeline for programming talent has shifted to small and mid sized companies. The biggest issue is they lack the resources and will to invest in college hires.

So to answer the question, getting into computer programming, dev ops, database administration are skills that pay very very well. I actually make most of my money off shops that got burned with offshore and H1B and want experienced developers. When they complain about cost I tell them to start up a college recruiting program.

about 3 months ago
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Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

Kagato Re:Tax Gift for Oil - ND Needs the Pipeline (206 comments)

Under current law the US has many 70s era export controls. Frankly there are a bunch of US only makers for petro products and finished fuels. Occasionally we have times when gas is relatively cheap in the US compared to the rest of the world. Albeit rare, usually only when the US economy slows leading to excess gasoline at refineries. Gasoline that cannot be exported. This isn't entirely uncommon in the world. For instance China is a big fan of acquiring the oil rights bypassing the market and setting the gas prices by gov't committee. Although this practice certainly effects supply and demand in the global market.

about 3 months ago
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Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

Kagato Re:Still need pipes (206 comments)

I think the OP is taking about skipping tar sands and refining the oil and gas in North Dakota. On the US side of the border there's hundred of BILLIONS of barrels of sweet light crude. Not to mention trillions of cubic feet of natural gas. So far the only pipeline out of there goes to a superior Wisconsin refinery. And that's just for the oil. Natural gas is just burned off. There's no pipelines currently to move the crude to the major refining states. It has to be moved via rail and truck, which is already saturated to capactiy.

about 3 months ago

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Lawmaker Claims Neil Gaiman "Stole" $45,000

Kagato Kagato writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kagato (116051) writes "According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune Minnesota State House Majority Leader Matt Dean (R) singled out a Neil Gaiman for a speaking engagement. Dean said that Gaiman, "who I hate," was a "pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota.""
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