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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

Slider451 Re:Why not train? (308 comments)

Good post. Wish I had mod points.

Bottom line: If they don't maintain the same standards as regular soldiers they will not be seen as soldiers by the larger force.

Some occupations get no respect (on the hooah scale) regardless of their adherence to military standards. Musicians and cooks come to mind. Yet they are still seen as soldiers because they take the same APFT, fire at the same ranges, and compete for promotion the same way as everyone else.

Credibility is important in the military. If cyber warriors are really needed in uniform then they need to qualify to wear that uniform. Otherwise just make them DoD civilians or NSA techs.

about a month ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Slider451 Re:Tasks in the military can be limited (299 comments)

You're right, it likely wouldn't have come up. Like I said, I'll take your word for it on your reasons for leaving.

Yes, I knew very resourceful and crafty individuals at DLI, especially in the difficult category 4 languages like Mandarin. Some of the best people I've met in my life. The best of the best were also great soldiers who fulfilled their oaths before moving on to other careers.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Slider451 Re:Tasks in the military can be limited (299 comments)

I've known many service members who separated before completing their contracts. I'll take your word for it that you were sincere. However, as a hiring manager in IT at a large corporation, who values honorable military service, I would have some hard questions for you were you to apply here.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Slider451 Re:Generalizations.. (299 comments)

They're not mutually exclusive. I didn't serve a killing machine. I also don't believe all military personnel make the best IT professionals.

I believe honorable military service demonstrates a work ethic and set of values that is valuable nearly anywhere, as well as technical skills if the service member held an appropriate occupational specialty. Beyond that, college education, critical thinking and creative approaches to problem solving are variables unique to each individual. You can't equate an infantry corporal to a signal officer captain. They both might be leaving the service after their first contract is up and applying for the same IT job, but they are vastly different in experience and education.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Slider451 Re:Tasks in the military can be limited (299 comments)

How did you simply decide to leave the military after they paid for boot camp and a year+ of intense language training? I had a friend who declared himself a conscientious objector after DLI and got out. He was viewed as an oath breaker by his peers and not remembered fondly.

The rest of your post is consistent with my experience. The military is a good start, but linguists need further education after their hitch is up to make money with their language training, either at a government agency or in the private sector.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Slider451 Re:Some would be well suited. (299 comments)

The number of service members called out of the IRR is extremely low. That's a poor reason to turn away a qualified veteran... not to mention illegal if it can be proven.

about a month and a half ago
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Hackers Compromised Yahoo Servers Using Shellshock Bug

Slider451 Yahoo Sports (69 comments)

I'm going to blame this for my fantasy football loss this week... and all previous weeks.

about a month and a half ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Slider451 Re:Can you explain how you migrate material over (222 comments)

It doesn't matter how old the phone, computer or iTunes installation is. Only the date of the backup matters. Just make sure to manually take a fresh backup of the old phone to iTunes before you setup the new one. (You should be running the latest versions of iOS and iTunes, too).

I'm on my third iPhone and about to get my fourth. The setup and restore from the old backup has always worked without a hitch. That's one of the big reasons I've stayed with iOS devices despite the lure of Nexus and Galaxy. I hate the idea of the walled garden but its seamless transition to new devices is a narcotic I can't seem to quit.

about 2 months ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

Slider451 Re:Depends on a few things (264 comments)

Citation, please. I served before, during, and after Rumsfeld's tenure and have no idea what you're talking about.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

Slider451 Occupation Test (431 comments)

I only buy cars from countries with a US military base. That still leaves a lot of options. Just to name a few: Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, VW, Hyundai, Kia, Fiat, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Lotus

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Slider451 Re:What's the problem? (1198 comments)

This is comic book morality.

No, that's good-guy morality. You can try to dismiss it with a pejorative, but I'll side with comic book morality over what I infer you consider a more mature and subtle value system.

"Not might makes right, but might _for_ right" - King Arthur, Camelot

about 7 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Slider451 Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Great post.

about 7 months ago
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NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

Slider451 Re:Manners (401 comments)

+1
Wish I had mod points.

about 8 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

Slider451 Re:Based on what? (888 comments)

Concur. There's no reason we can't establish a "subsistence floor", below which all critical needs are met. That doesn't prevent humans from seeking recognition, status, and exclusivity in other areas.

I think we've actually been heading this way for a while through technological inertia. As said above, being poor today is quite different than 100 years ago. At some point, poor will mean all your critical needs are met, but you lack the skills or desire to seek higher status. When that happens for everyone in the world, rather than appreciate how remarkable that is, we'll probably complain in the moment that it's unfair or still doesn't go far enough.

about 9 months ago
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Game Developers' Quest To Cross the Uncanny Valley

Slider451 Re:Citation Needed (134 comments)

NOT very interactive.

bleh.

about 9 months ago
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Game Developers' Quest To Cross the Uncanny Valley

Slider451 Re:Citation Needed (134 comments)

"Too much fighting" was a frequent complaint against Bioshock Infinite. People loved the story but had to wade through hundreds of bad guys to advance.

If they had an "Interactive Fiction" mode like Mass Effect 3, the game could have appealed to a much wider audience than the FPS crowd.

Granted you can watch it on YouTube to get around the fighting, but that's very interactive.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

Slider451 Mainstream Solution for Those Sick of Tinkering (420 comments)

Mainstream solution using existing hardware without a lot of tinkering:

Server hardware: 5-year old multi-purpose Windows 7 PC (gaming, work) with a networked Silicondust HDHomeRun Prime tuner and Comcast Cablecard.
Server software: Windows Media Center, Plex server, MCEBuddy (to transcode and compress .WTV to .mp4 for mobile copies), iTunes
Clients: Roku with Plex, Xbox 360 (media center extender), Apple TV, mobile iOS devices w/ Plex

I can play games while WMC records two shows simultaneously in the background.
Plex on the Roku will transcode HD .WTV recordings on the fly.
Media Center extender on the XBox 360 works flawlessly. I wish they didn't yank the functionality from the XBone. I won't buy one until they add it back as an app.
Mobile devices can steam Plex locally, or must wait for MCEBuddy to finish transcoding to sync an mp4 for travel. This can take as long as the original recording playtime.
Apple TV will show the same mp4s I make for my mobile devices but I rarely use it for that.

about 10 months ago
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The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Slider451 Re:in other words... (341 comments)

You must not be talking about the Army; certainly not Army officer evaluations, anyway. Sr. Raters cannot rate more than a small percentage of their officers with a "top block". Their profiles are tracked, and abuse will likely end that senior officer's career.

about 10 months ago
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Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

Slider451 Re:What's good for the goose (573 comments)

Great post. Wish I had mod points.

about 10 months ago

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