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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

LessThanObvious Re:Here's one reason (422 comments)

Yeah, also watch "The Revisionaries" and you can see just how much some people in the education system are willing to mind fuck our students to maintain their ideological hold.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

7 hours ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

LessThanObvious Re:Figure out what the boss would do yourself (422 comments)

I think you are right that is the sort of critical thinking they want. I'd like to think the demands for critical thinking are a step in the right direction towards developing future leaders that aren't short term thinkers, but independent critical thinking doesn't really leave much room for ideology of any flavor. What you describe is more akin to thinking as part of the collective and acting and using critical thinking, but only as much as it benefits the collective organization interest. One one hand it sounds Borg like and creepy, but if a person is being paid it is reasonable to expect them to act in the interest of the organization.

8 hours ago
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Secretive Funding Fuels Ongoing Net Neutrality Astroturfing Controversy

LessThanObvious Re:The saddest part is..... (46 comments)

That's the dilemma for regulators. What do you do when the public is demanding something that is "bad for business" for the companies who have captured the regulatory body? OK listen, you folks down at the FCC, stop fucking waiting for Comcast's or AT&T's or any other company's permission to do what's right! We the people, don't give a shit what they have to say about it.

8 hours ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

LessThanObvious Re:And now the opposite view. (422 comments)

"Just because someone exercises critical thinking does not mean that that person will come to the same conclusions that you have. They probably aren't starting with the same objectives as you."

And there you have the reason written tests are a generally a lame way to test critical thinking. Even those who are good at critical thinking are often wrong on the first pass. Good critical thinking often takes multiple iterations and fact seeking to get to what might be considered a good answer.

10 hours ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

LessThanObvious Re:Hmm not the only one (253 comments)

Thanks SuricouRaven and wertigon. I appreciate the info I hadn't heard of those either. I think I have a good concept, but I'm a little out of my element in the Social Networking space.

11 hours ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

LessThanObvious Re:I read the article and... (262 comments)

The first part rambles and it seems like he isn't going to tell us anything then it winds into commentary that is spot on. I fear Google, but even I can't envision how the public perception will ever swing far enough negative to stop them. Google is a stranger with candy, sure it's free, but it pays to question the motives.
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"By all appearances, Google's bosses genuinely believe in the civilizing power of enlightened multinational corporations, and they see this mission as continuous with the shaping of the world according to the better judgment of the "benevolent superpower." "

"This is the impenetrable banality of "don't be evil." They believe that they are doing good. And that is a problem."

"For an American Internet services monopoly to ensure global market dominance, it cannot simply keep doing what it is doing and let politics take care of itself."

Credit: Newsweek: Google Is Not What It Seems, by By Julian Assange
http://www.newsweek.com/assang...
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yesterday
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

LessThanObvious Hmm not the only one (253 comments)

I had not heard of Diaspora, I am currently working on a personal project to create something to fill a similar gap in the social media framework. (Project yet to be named) My project is different, but I'm not ready to expand on it publicly.

yesterday
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Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

LessThanObvious Re:Wake up America ... (94 comments)

It'll have to start with teaching the business school drones a different sort of logic. Right now designing products to suit the western taste makers and having someone else do all the dirty dangerous work that creates pollution, do it for cheap, resell the product and just collect the money in the U.S. is working quite well. This way we can make products by the millions and not have to listen to OSHA, the unions or the enviro-hippies. I don't think America is sinking into irrelevance, America will be just fine. We'll make different choices as time goes on, we will create new industry. There will be a large segment left unemployed, but it is like it always has been, each person has a chance make their way and if they fail then society will do little to help. I believe people on a micro scale will find ways to offer value to the marketplace, even those we call unskilled are more intelligent and creative than we give them credit. IBM is largely irrelevant and that is unlikely to change.

yesterday
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Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances

LessThanObvious Re:A vulnerability IN Telnet ? (60 comments)

It's vulnerable from a packet sniffer standpoint, but a remote vulnerability makes it worse. Many companies have old Cisco code that doesn't have the feature set to support SSH. Why Cisco thought you should have to buy "firewall feature set" on a router in order to get SSH, even long ago still baffles me. Using SSH to get to a management host and allowing telnet across your data center management LAN only from said management host isn't ideal, but it isn't the greatest security sin.

yesterday
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

LessThanObvious Re:A bit???? (165 comments)

Agreed. This to me actually seems fine. We can't cry foul on everything every time, if so our complaints, even the legitimate ones become noise.

yesterday
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Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

LessThanObvious Re:Perhaps they are confused (73 comments)

I agree there are markets were Blackberry can stay relevant especially if they breath some now life into the devices. When I say "no one will buy" I mean the western businesses and governments that have a tangible reason to protect data. I use Lenovo laptops once I clear out the factory bloatware that I don't trust. The last time I failed to do so it got owned and the Lenovo bloatware was specifically involved.

3 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

LessThanObvious Spin the Wheel of Blame (765 comments)

I wonder how many of these folks trying to peel the onion of female tech empowerment are actually in the fucking industry. Seriously, blame the 80's? How about blaming parents that don't teach their daughters the realities of the career prospects for Art History major or Marine Biologist. Technology in America is the ultimate democracy. Anyone willing to truly master a skill set that is in demand in the industry can have their shot given enough talent and persistence. The only segment you could really say gets shut out is anyone who cannot for whatever reason pass a background check. One of the things that keep us honest in this industry is being free to speak our minds, so people need to cut out the "boys won't play nice" rhetoric. If women need men to change their attitudes before they are willing to participate it will be a long road to progress.

3 days ago
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Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

LessThanObvious Re:I don't understand the hatred (73 comments)

I don't generally see hatred and certainly not toward the Chinese people. It is the complex relationship between the west and the Chinese government that creates concerns. China as a nation is a great ally and we depend on China, as China depends on the west. The relationship with the Chinese government does certainly have some points in which we have become adversarial. The continued harmony of that overall relationship will be one of the key determining factors in writing of the next hundred years of history.

3 days ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

LessThanObvious Where would you like the jobs? (195 comments)

Silicon Valley and surrounding areas are too expensive as are New York and Boston and parts of Seattle metro.

Where would you [Slashdot readers] want to live if they pumped more tech jobs into the area? Is decentralizing the only way to get tech jobs in areas that don't have a crazy cost of living?

4 days ago
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Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

LessThanObvious Perhaps they are confused (73 comments)

Blackberry lives on only in the market of security conscious business and government. Once sold to the Chinese, no one will buy. It's fun when there are no trustworthy options for the mass market (Blackphone excluded). I wonder what phone Obama will get if they take over Blackberry.

4 days ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

LessThanObvious Re:Huh (156 comments)

They should index them because it isn't the job of a search engine to censor the internet. If the site is illegal, it is the job of legal authorities to take it off line. It is a dangerous road to take to let Google edit what content is findable. I want a free and open internet, not the internet according to Google. How long before they start taking suggestions from the government about hiding anything they don't want you to see? After year years of consolidation in search our options are Google, Bing and a short list of also-ran search engines that offer shitty results.

4 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

LessThanObvious Last studio on the bandwagon... (187 comments)

Well, throw enough shit at the wall and something is bound to stick. If they need any more movie ideas here's a few.

"Slightly better than average guy"
"Stick figure man"
"Powdered Toast Man"
"Turd sandwich vs. Giant Douche"
"Harry Potter and the Raiders of the Lost Ark"
And "Didn't quite do it Justice League"

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

LessThanObvious Re:To quote TBBT (187 comments)

Raj Koothrapali: Dude, nobody wants to be Aquaman.

about a week ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

LessThanObvious Dude, you're becoming a monster. (284 comments)

FBI / NSA: Dude, you're becoming a monster.

Citizen: You made me this way...

All encryption does is protect the individual from self incrimination and prevent them from using illegally captured traffic and metadata to do parallel construction a.k.a. lying about the source of evidence.

about a week ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

LessThanObvious Re:That's ok since... (106 comments)

That's one of the best reasons to curtail the spying and hacking as sponsored by the state. How can we tell the Chinese to cut it out if we do the same to them? The difference between our spying that isn't driven by corporate intellectual property theft and theirs that often is driven by that kind of theft is lost in the noise when you actually want to claim the moral high ground in trade talks. One guilty party will not have much luck shaming another.

about a week ago

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Ask SlashDot: What should the NSA be able to do without a warrant?

LessThanObvious LessThanObvious writes  |  about 3 months ago

LessThanObvious (3671949) writes "We have a general consensus in the U.S. and abroad that says the NSA has overstepped their boundaries in data collection and surveillance. The costs to liberty, free speech, privacy rights as well as economic and foreign policy costs outlined in the New America Open Technology Institute July 2014 Policy Paper — "Surveillance Costs" have been broadly discussed. It seems now that there is enough political inertia post Snowden and enough economic incentive to make changes to protect U.S. competitive position and international trust relationships for real change to come about. It is also pretty much a given that an organization like the NSA with a multibillion dollar budget is not going to simply dry up and blow away.

In a world where we are trying to defend our nation and others around the globe from highly sophisticated cyber-crime, cyber-attack and serious terror threats at home and abroad, it does seem that the NSA and other agencies have a legitimate role to play. Let's imagine a world where the NSA and other agencies rewrite the rules of when and where information could be collected, allowing for adequate transparency and protections for U.S. and foreign individuals rights. How can we find the needle in a stack of haystacks if they are no longer permitted to disturb the haystack?

Now under those circumstances what should the NSA be allowed to do without a warrant?"

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