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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Registered Coward v2 Re:What is critical thinking? (422 comments)

To way too many people "critical thinking" seems to just mean criticizing the establishment just because it's the establishment.

or "You're wrong because your way doesn't use the new shiny I use but some old thing ..."

12 hours ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Registered Coward v2 Re:Sorry They're Changing (493 comments)

And - as discussed elsewhere in this thread - reputable manufacturers have means of holding their suppliers accountable, both in terms of QCing products they source, and in terms of indemnification for defective merchandise.

Agreed, but all of that doesn't prevent it from happening. Your argument seems to be that a component manufacturer who bricks counterfeit parts is more desirable; I would question the decision making process of a company that did such a thing and be worried about the stupid decision's potential impact on my company.

12 hours ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Registered Coward v2 Re:It's in the license! (493 comments)

Microsoft are quite entitled to refuse to activate illegal copies of Windows, but they aren't entitled to take it upon themselves to format your hard drives when they find them.

Certainly. They only do that with legitimate window's licenses...

yesterday
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Registered Coward v2 Re:Sorry They're Changing (493 comments)

If I was a hardware manufacturer, this would make me MORE likely to use FTDI chips. It means I have greater confidence that what I'm getting is "real", because I know that they are actively trying to make counterfeiting their product more difficult.

True, and legitimate hardware manufacturers are probably already doing that. However, problems arise when either a component supplier decides to use cheaper chips to make a little extra profit or counterfeit chips find unknowingly their way into a legitimate supply chain and so some percent of your product now is problematic.

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Registered Coward v2 Here's a ? for real lawyers... (687 comments)

What could their liability be if the bricked a device and as a result someone suffered real damages when the resultant device failed to work as expected? It would seem to me to be OK to make your driver not work with fakes, but even if the driver's license agreement said you agreed to let them brick devices they could still be liable. In addition, the person plunging in the device may not be the owner of the computer and never agreed to the license that came with the driver. Or, what if it accidentally bricks a real chip due to some unforeseen bug in the driver.

I can understand their desire to stop counterfeits but it seems to me that the solution was not very well though out

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

Registered Coward v2 Re:SurveyMonkeyp (104 comments)

Frankly, when I here "we have unique demands" I ask for clarification an detain gently guid ether to the determination they are not a unique as they think.

I'm a consultant - I convert gibberish into cash-flow.

Speaking of unfinished jobs...?

Hey, that's authentic spell checker gibberish. At least $10 worth at current rates.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

Registered Coward v2 Re:SurveyMonkey (104 comments)

Ok, to your question. Point out that they volunteers who write their signup may not be available when they want to make changes; and as volunteers if their demands get too high they may simply drop out of the project. If they are problems with the site they have none to turn to to fix it unless the volunteers decide to put in more time; and they may expect you to take care of any problems that arise. Finally, software development takes at least 2x as long as expected and you need to test thoroughly to be sure it works. What would happen if the large event all of a sudden lost the registration of may participants? Or messed up scheduling, etc. do to an unforeseen bug? Do they have the time to sort that out and still pull of the event? Frankly, when I here "we have unique demands" I ask for clarification an detain gently guid ether to the determination they are not a unique as they think. Perhaps you could build a sample in SurveyMonkey or some other tool based on their old site and show them it meets their needs? I use SurveyMonkey because surveys are easy to create and modify and it takes away all the development and backend hassle for you.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Event Sign-Up Software Options For a Non-Profit?

Registered Coward v2 SurveyMonkey (104 comments)

I've used it to handle large event signups. You can add drop downs, free text fields, etc and pretty much setup any kind of information you need. You can then export the results to a spreadsheet to create name badges, sort by requests, etc as well. They have a free version but it may not allow you as many signups as you need. You can, however, buy a month to month subscription and then drop back to the free one when you don't need it.

3 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Registered Coward v2 Re:a better idea (397 comments)

I have an idea. Spend 1 million training kids to not wander randomly into the street. I love how there's this magic assumption that at 25 MPG you won't hit some idiot in the street but at 32 you would. You're probably going to hit the stupid kid at any speed. They should just not be in the damn street!

Or teach them to put covers on speed camera lenses...

3 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Registered Coward v2 Re:This is good (397 comments)

Doesn't "Due Process" ensure that the accused can say, "That's faked, Photoshop. The network and servers are hacked, and PROVE THEY ARE SECURE."

Ever seen a municipal vendor who could certify under penalty of perjury complete compliance with all applicable law, regulation and policy?

It depends on how the fine is handled if you get to go to court. Some municipalities make it an administrative fine rather than a traffic violation so no traffic court for you, and no points on the license unlike a cop issued ticket, rather you get an administrative hearing. I guess you could sue but then again the fine is usually low enough that suing is not really cost effective.

3 days ago
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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

Registered Coward v2 Re:I've said that, but Master lock and demolition (123 comments)

At the other end of the spectrum, for $10,000 you can buy a heavy duty safe made of steel and concrete. For $32, I can rent a demolition saw designed to cut through concrete and steel. Since physical security costs about 300 times as much as breaking it costs, perhaps the primary goal is to not be low-hanging fruit. I've watched a car burglar go from car to car, stealing stuff from the ones that were unlocked. He skipped the locked ones, which all had very breakable windows.

Exactly. The goal of any security measure is to make it easier for someone to break into someone else's property; thus securing yours. I have a dog, and most burgers will move on before confronting it even though a steak tossed into the porch would distract it long enough to lock it out. However, it's simpler to move on to the next house. If a determined criminal wants something you have they will find a way to get it.

3 days ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

Registered Coward v2 Re:Missing the point (128 comments)

While that may be true in some areas; not having a college degree greatly reduces your employment chances, especially in technical fields.

In the field of software development, which is the topic at hand, it only matters for your first job (unless you work for the government). Getting that first job is a bitch, however.

True, and TFA was about recent grads and jobs; to which your comment about a first job is relevant and demonstrates the importance of a degree.

5 days ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

Registered Coward v2 Re:Missing the point (128 comments)

This is entirely false. I've never had any difficulty whatsoever obtaining employment related to software development or systems/infrastructure roles, and neither have most of my peers who hold similar credentials. Perhaps this trend has been partially related to our ability to demonstrate skills on demand, i.e. "get the job done, and done properly" rather than an appeal to a piece of paper that essentially says "trust this guy; he passed some exams that may or may not actually bear any relation whatsoever to the work your business needs done right now."

I am perpetually amazed by the volume of collective myth parroting that persists on this topic. To be perfectly clear: lack of a college degree may indeed greatly reduce your chances of employment in many fields, but it matters a hell of a lot less than you've been led to believe for software development and systems/infrastructure positions.

Once someone has a ton of experience a degree certainly doesn't limit you, especially if you do contract work where specific skill set is need for a limited amount of time, most HS graduates lack that experience and neve will get a foot in the door. Also, anecdote is not the singular of data.

5 days ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

Registered Coward v2 Re:Missing the point (128 comments)

A huge number of software development jobs don't require a CS degree, including many highly paid positions. In fact, having a CS degree may reduce the odds of being hired for some positions. It seems the trend of misunderstanding the term "computer science" hasn't lost any momentum.

While that may be true in some areas; not having a college degree greatly reduces your employment chances, especially in technical fields.

5 days ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

Registered Coward v2 The method used in TFA (128 comments)

is basically "if a lot of people leave companies for Company A then A is a desirable place to work; what are the most prevalent schools that A's employees attended." So basically if your goal is to work at A you have a statistically better chance of landing a job if you work at one of the top schools in its list. That says nothing about the quality of the school nor that their grads do any better in terms of percent employees or starting salaries than other schools; nor does it seem to address the experience level of those hired. I also think the results are biased to companies that hire a lot of people each year so you might expect more people to go to them, thus increasing their desirability in Linkedin's model; yet a small company that hires very selectively and is a place many graduates want to work would not impact the school rankings.

As for the question of the impact of an alma mater on hiring, having a highly regarded school on a resume would at least get it a second look; as would having my alma mater on the resume. However, I'd hire the top person at a "lesser" school over someone at the bottom of a more prestigious one. The former shows they have a work ethic and keep their eyes on the prize while they are in college; the latter comes across as someone who just gets by.

As for the "person at the bottom may just be so smart they are bored to tears by their classes and thus basically ignored them while doing something really brilliant" argument; fine, but most work at many companies is routine and boring at some point but you still need it done well. If i really need someone very good at some specific then I can find them; what I don't need is someone who checks out overtime they get asked to d something they find uninteresting.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Registered Coward v2 Re:lawyer up (224 comments)

Bring in a lawyer. Welcome to the big time.

If you take any other advice here, you are an idiot. Not one person here can honestly tell you what to do unless they are part of your negotiation.

If you advance sufficiently far, you should be able to get some basic contacts for the company. I would ask the legal team there what advice they have. But if you take my advice without asking a qualified lawyer, you are an idiot.

Don't ask legal questions here, and don't follow any advice given. Especially this advice about not following advice.

This is the best advice in this thread, with one caveat. You need to have a disinterested third party, i.e your lawyer, walls you through what rights you have and the potential ramifications. You already said you are talking to your lawyer, which is a ritual step before you go further. Your lawyer can advise you on what you need too do to protect yourself. For example, can your previous contract employer claim to own your patents? I do not know the answer to that, but it is a critical question, IMHO, to know the answer to before you proceed. Your lawyer can and should review previous contracts to clarify that as well as advise you on how to proceed.

the caveat: Remember the lawyers for your prospective employer are bound to look after your prospective employer's best interest. They do not represent you, and thus anything they say may not be in your best interests. I would leave them out of the discussion unless they employer brings them in, and then would let your lawyer talk for you at that point.

Personally, I would approach prospective employee who brings patents to the table as a professional and evaluate them based on what I think they can do for me, and the patents would not be an issue unless I planed to use them. Quite frankly, if I was interested in them i would bring them up because i would not want them to become a problem after I hired you. I would be comfortable discussing how I would like to use them and work out a mutually beneficial agreement; which of course would involve my consulting with my attorneys to understand the legal steps I need to take to protect my interests and to avoid a future lawsuit. Then again, that is my personal opinion so take it for what it is worth;which is exactly what you paid for it, zero.

about two weeks ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

Registered Coward v2 Re:Reasonable (144 comments)

The Europeans should not be attacking Google for indexing what is available on the Internet, they should be talking to the people that put that information on the Internet in the first place.

The problem is that would create a large backlash from a lot of people who, for a variety of reasons, would find such requests unreasonable. Google, and other search engines, are unable to mobilize such responses and thus a more palatable target. That it is a US company is just a bonus.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Registered Coward v2 Re:yes, they people who follow the law/ rules (580 comments)

. The rule that what I create with my own hands os mine to give away, trade, or sell exists for a very good reason. And what's that reason? Not everyone agrees about imaginary property Ray. The concept is rather new. You're free to disagree, but the world is changing and as information is so easy to copy fewer and fewer people are seeing things your way.

It's about time too. Far too many people think because they take two minutes to add some code to a program they have some sort of right to control its distribution. Gold code, for example, costs nothing and thus has zero value yet some folks seem to think it is ok to force you to share any changes you make if decide to distribute the results. Since it is imaginary property and they lose nothing by your distributing it it's about time the GPL takes it's rightfully place in the dust bin of history.

about two weeks ago
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US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

Registered Coward v2 Re:Opportunity (123 comments)

You are drinking the kool-aid. Just look at the wealth gap between rich and poor - clearly the dream is just that - a dream.

The wealth gap is mostly irrelevant in the discussion of opportunity. There are plenty of wealthy people that started with nothing. And even more that are comfortable that came from similar circumstances. The question was why do immigrants see the US as desirable place to move to and the answer is, in part, because they see an opportunity to better their lives vs other places. It's not perfect but still is preferential to many others. Don't let your drinking the 'I'm not rich so life is unfair and I'm a poor victim' Kool-Aid blind you to reality.

about two weeks ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

Registered Coward v2 Re:Malware (103 comments)

It's already here. They're called smartphone apps.

Actually, that is probably the holy grail for malware. If you can sneak an app past Apple's testing by delaying its activities you would open up a whole lot of phones to infections. Given the readiness of people to d/l and trust smartphone apps you could probably get away with it for quite some times I doubt many people look for suspicious behavior once your inside the walled garden; just look at what today's apps can (somewhat) openly collect. The challenge is to build one that avoids detection and bypasses Apple's built in protections and become popular enough to get a lot of downloads.

about two weeks ago

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Get off my lawn

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  1 year,2 days

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "Identifying a nerd was easier years ago — calculator on the belt and a box of Hollerith cards. Part computer program, part note card, and part bookmark, they were a readily available source of nerd badges at any campus. As with many tech icons, they have drifted into oblivion.

So what do you do if:

you got a new computer, or maybe a software upgrade, only to find — error message! — that some of your old files are incompatible.

and the files you have are valuable historical data needed for current research? How about finding a USB compatible Hollerith card reader?"

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Supreme Court to hear First Sale Doctrine case

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "SCOTUS is set to hear a case to determine how copyright law and the doctrine of first sale applies to copyrighted works bought overseas, imported to the US and then sold. The case involves a foreign student who imported textbooks from Asia and the resold them in the US to help fund his education. He was sued by the publisher, lost and was ordered to pay $600k in damages. Now SCOTUS gets to weigh in on the issue."
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iPads as overhead projectors

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "A University of Michigan professor has combined iPads with a set of software tools to create an effective replacement for projected Powerpoint, clickers, and the like to allow students to interact and annotate the lecture notes on iPads, iPhones, and computers. As he puts it, he has used these tools to create " show your slides + ask questions of students (multiple-choice, true-false, rearrange lists, image-based and free response — take THAT clickers!) and display the results in real-time + collect and answer student questions + have access to analytical data on student participation + DRAW ON THE SLIDES LIKE WITH AN OVERHEAD!"

Even better — a roller equipped overhead."

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Apple Time Capsules Dying

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  about 5 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "Reports are surfacing of dying power supplies in Apple's Time Capsule drives, leaving users with vey nicely designed 9and expensive) paper weights. The problem appears to be failure of the internal power supply, making it impossible to power up the device. One website logged 260 reports of dead Apple Time capsules since going live last weekend. Apple has not yet responded to reports of this problem."
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It's football, not a funeral

Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "From a Notre Dame University press release: In an effort to encourage appropriate behavior, fans will be able to utilize a new text messaging system to report any instances of unruly or disruptive behavior in conjunction with home games, including inside Notre Dame Stadium. The system will be in place beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturdays. Fans can simply text 41513 and type into the message the word "Irish" followed by a space, followed by a brief description of the issue and its location. Ushers, public safety personnel and/or University officials will respond as needed.

Interesting use of technology; but even with ND's performance on the field it's still a football game. I guess they expect people to sit quietly and occasionally utter a "nice play" and clap politely. At least you now have a way to complain about cold hotdogs and dirty toilets."
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Registered Coward v2 Registered Coward v2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Registered Coward v2 (447531) writes "Best Buy has been caught using an intranet to limit price matching of their own web site. http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-watchdog0302, 0,5198012.column?coll=hc-utility-local Apparently, according to a company spokesman, their employees find it difficult to distinguish between accessing an internal site and their own external ones. Of course, they have no problem distinguishing between a higher and lower price nor charging the higher one."

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