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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Swave An deBwoner Provide apprenticeships to highly skilled workers? (221 comments)

Something is a bit off.

If H-1B is for hiring foreign highly skilled worker -- people who have skills that just aren't available in the US workforce -- then how are they "apprentices"?

Isn't an apprentice someone who is learning the trade, not someone who is teaching it to the "master"?


No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Swave An deBwoner Re:I can't ever work for IBM again .. (275 comments)

"Right to work" actually is an anti-union term. It doesn't mean that the worker has a right to a job, it means only that the worker cannot be required to join a union at the job site.

And the terms don't have to be "enforceable" in the legal sense, all they have to do is scare away any subcontractor companies from hiring the pariah. See "chilling effect".

3 days ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Swave An deBwoner Re: Here we go... (434 comments)

Well, if Hamas didn't use hospitals, mosques, and playgrounds as rocket launch sites then there might be less to complain about when Israel bombs their rocket launch sites.

But then Hamas wouldn't have all those photos of dead and injured children to propagandize via the world's newsmedia.

3 days ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Swave An deBwoner Re:What does RIF mean? (275 comments)

"Reduction In Force".

Companies like to use that term instead of "Mass Layoffs". They think it sounds nicer.

3 days ago

Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

Swave An deBwoner Re:Why are the number of cabs [artificially] limit (92 comments)

Follow the money. Selling taxi medallions is a huge source of revenue and graft.

That is true but the summary refers to Brooklyn and Queens, a.k.a. "outer boroughs" (anything that isn't Manhattan). The outer boroughs now have "Green Taxis" which do not bear medallions, and there are about 15,000 of them so far:

NYC also has "livery" cabs which can be summoned via phone, in contrast to "taxis" which are hailed on the street. Livery cabs don't bear medallions either.

The concerns about Lyft and Uber probably is more about the proper training and licensing of drivers, liability insurance coverage, adherance to laws (like non-discrimination in picking up passengers, and like fair labor practices). Not medallions.

about two weeks ago

Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

Swave An deBwoner Re:Does Amazon develop all apps in the app store? (137 comments)

From what I've read (and I only skimmed this thread so maybe I missed something) they are "going after Amazon" because the "parental controls" that they provide on their product get reset every time there's an update to the device.

Imagine if the root password and all of the access controls on the servers in your machine room got reset each time you ran an update on the OS. You'd be pretty pissed I bet.

about three weeks ago

Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

Swave An deBwoner Re:Haha (235 comments)

I agree with you that a driver must drive in such a way that he (or she) can avoid collisions. However the law apparently doesn't recognize that, at least in many jurisdictions.

Take for example the curious case recently in Canada where the driver of a car stopped on a highway to rescue some baby ducks who had wandered onto it. A motorcyclist with his child on board slammed into the rear of the stopped car and both dad and child died. The driver of the car has been convicted for negligence and faces "life" (2 x 14 years) in prison.

This is tragic for the family of the dead man and child. It is also tragic for the driver of the car though. Clearly she should not have parked on the highway, but the motorcyclist should not have rammed into a stopped vehicle. That car could just as well have broken down on the road and he still would have slammed into it. Drivers have to pay attention and drive carefully. The first step may be to slow down. Speed limits have become too high.

In 1964 an increase in the New York City speed limit was forced upon the city by the New York State Legislature against protest by the NYC Traffic Commssioner Henry Barnes (of the famous "Barnes Dance" protocol). Today Mayor Bill de Blasio is working to lower it back to 25 in most places, and to 20 in higher risk areas.

We need to back off from the mindset that moving motor vehicle traffic as quickly as possible is properly the primary goal of traffic planners. Safety must be moved into first place.

about three weeks ago

Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

Swave An deBwoner Re:Laugh-worthy (138 comments)

If he simply inspected their systems, fixed any holes he knew about, provided no information to the bank about what he had done except a note to say "your system is now more secure" that might be okay.

That assumes that the existing client staff wouldn't have a clue about how to compare the systems baselines before his security changes with the state of the systems after. The diffferences between the two states would contain the "secret".

When someone who formerly dealt with highly classified information in government writes a book, the usual deal is that the book's contents get vetted by ${security_agency} before publication. It's a lot more difficult to do that type of thing if the guy is using that information to secure a client's systems.

So I can understand the concern here.

We (the US) would be better off providing such folks with golden parachutes to avoid having to tell them not to try to profit from what they learned on the job, after they leave.

about a month ago

Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

Swave An deBwoner Re:Not in USA (249 comments)

How about iPads and other tablet devices that aren't phones but are likely to hold even more personal data than a phone does?

And how about a ruled and bound notebook that traditionally has held personal data? Maybe if I attach two tin cans and some waxed string to it they'll classify it as a phone and then I won't have to worry that they'll find evidence of on it.

about a month ago

EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

Swave An deBwoner Re:Problem #1: Usage Cap (184 comments)

Can't you disable wifi on their cable modem and connect the modem to your own wifi access point? Or if not, put the modem into a Faraday cage and then connect it to your own access point?

(Yes, I know, outside the limits of ability of "most" of their customers.)

about a month ago

Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

Swave An deBwoner Re:More (150 comments)

Exactly my thinking also. The multimillion dollar legal fees are the driving force and as usual in class actions, the class members get peanuts (not to defame actual peanuts, they are quite nourishing).

Or the plaintiffs' lawyers already received a "pre-settlement bonus" from the defendant companies' petty cash boxes.

Either way, the plaintiffs got screwed.

about a month ago

Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

Swave An deBwoner Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

[ Because we all love anecdotal evidence, here's some of mine ]

And when I called Crucial to RMA the 4 brand new memory modules that were producing errors nonstop (when all 4 were installed, but not when only any 2 were installed) under memtest86 while other vendors' memory in the same system ran rock solid, I was told that it is probably a temperature issue and to run the system with a desktop fan blowing over the RAM. A desktop fan, like a Vornado "air circulator" they meant (and I verified), not a computer-mounted 80mm, 120mm, etc., fan. They refused to RMA the memory because I didn't have a desktop fan blowing on it.

Maybe it was just the crazy folks I happened to speak with that day, and the next day, I don't know, but I stopped buying Crucial memory after that and have stuck with Corsair, Kingston, and OCZ without problems.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

Swave An deBwoner Re:Learn to write English properly (253 comments)

And the Chicago Manual of Style Online says ..

Q. I work for an organization that uses a fair amount of corporate lingo in its publications. The expression "visibility into" seems to be widely used in place of the expression "insight into" . . . this confuses me (okay, it also annoys me). Based on the common definition of "visibility," does it really make sense to say that one has "visibility into" something? Before I start a campaign to eradicate what I see as an unsightly phrase, can you tell me if the phrase "visibility into" meets the standards of acceptable usage?

A. Sometimes it's necessary to avoid turning your nose up at a word or phrase that seems to be the awkward brainchild of new ventures -- unless, of course, something old and standard does the job as well or better. A glance at the first hundred or so of the 147,000-odd Google hits (as of Monday, October 20, 2003) for "visibility into" suggests that the phrase is being used these days primarily to do a couple of things: (1) convey that whatever is going on -- corporate accounting, say -- is entirely transparent, or (2) indicate that software can offer some understanding of activities that are difficult to conceptualize or see -- such as data from myriad sources moving over a network, or products moving along a supply chain. An example of the second use might go like this:

Without the kind of software that provides continuous visibility into activity across a range of networks using a variety of protocols, you might as well send your entire staff on a field trip, asking them to report back every few seconds with a question: "Can you hear me now"?

This sort of usage can easily turn into jargon (or euphemism; think "surveillance"), but I wouldn't automatically rush to find a substitute. First, the phrase itself doesn't violate any grammatical rules. Second, in technical contexts that involve physical monitoring, "visibility into" might be more appropriate than the relatively metaphorical "insight into" -- a phrase that's lost most of its visual roots.

But, yes, it's the Chicago Manual of Style. Go find out what Oxford says, will you? And let us know.

about 2 months ago

IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

Swave An deBwoner Re:Duh... (265 comments)

The popehat URL you posted has as the very first item a sad tale of two extortionists getting convicted because they spoke to the FBI. Was that one of the "several great posts" you were referring to?

about 2 months ago

Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

Swave An deBwoner Re:Undetectable Heartbleed bug? (152 comments)

The popular press incorrectly "reports" lots of thing that are just plain wrong. However already explained that such detection was possible if an IDS were looking for the fingerprint:

Can IDS/IPS detect or block this attack?

Although the content of the heartbeat request is encrypted it has its own record type in the protocol. This should allow intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS) to be trained to detect use of the heartbeat request. Due to encryption differentiating between legitimate use and attack can not be based on the content of the request, but the attack may be detected by comparing the size of the request against the size of the reply. This seems to imply that IDS/IPS can be programmed to detect the attack but not to block it unless heartbeat requests are blocked altogether.

It's just that now that a patch is available most folks would rather just fix the problem than watch their systems get compromised. And like Johann Lau already noted, not many sites keep an archive of all the network traffic that has passed through their site, so retrospective analysis is extremely unlikely.

about 3 months ago

Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Swave An deBwoner Re:Without James Sinegal, Costco is not well manag (440 comments)

Isn't it time to admit that there is no real scarcity of food, and cutting food stamps has nothing to do with economics but with pure cruelty?

Agreed. Or maybe not pure cruelty, maybe stupidity is part of the mix.

But I also have to agree that your post is offtopic because Costco does not accept food stamps.

about 4 months ago

Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

Swave An deBwoner Re:Car dealerships (229 comments)

Yes, thanks, I know about measuring PD on one's self but given that it was already measured "professionally" I hoped to have that result (which, if I understand the law, is my property because it's part of my health care record).

And there's no reason I couldn't use FLEX with Zenni but I had about 2 hours before every optician in my area closed, on a Sunday if I recall, to spend the money having put things off all year long. I didn't have a current prescription so I needed an optometrist to determine it for me before I could order anything. And for what my FLEX paid at LensCrafters I could have bought roughly 40 pairs of glasses at Zenni. In fact, about a year or so later, I ordered two pairs from Zenni for around $12 each and they were every bit as good as what I got from LensCrafters. But I needed the prescription and I needed it that day or the FLEX would have evaporated.

about 4 months ago

Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

Swave An deBwoner Re:Car dealerships (229 comments)

The one and only time I went to LensCrafters (to burn FLEX money that was expiring that day) they gave me the prescription, after I requested it, hand-scribbled on a scrap of paper, but they refused to give me the PD measurements. Finally the decent guy who did the final "try-on" of the glasses surreptitiously scribbled down the PD values while smiling and saying that they don't normally want to do that.

I'm not sure whether LensCrafters or FLEX is the worse offender; I actually think that the FLEX rules were designed to encourage wasteful "health care" spending on behalf of the "health care industry".

(For non-US folks, FLEX is money deducted from one's paycheck that is available for use for "health care" expenses without being taxed first. But it expires at the end of the year and if you don't use it by then, you forfeit it back to your employer.)

about 4 months ago



iPhone and iPad users report severe motion sickness while using iOS 7

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  about 10 months ago

Swave An deBwoner (907414) writes "I don't know what I can say except to paste a couple of excerpts from the original article at

"It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car." Other forum users are reporting feelings of illness, eye pain, and dizziness as well.

Another user, nybe, writes, "I had to go home 'sick' from work because of the intense nausea due to using my iPhone with iOS 7.""

Link to Original Source

Two Years Later, David Pogue Discovers Amazon Prime Includes "Free Movies"

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  about 2 years ago

Swave An deBwoner (907414) writes "In his "State of the Art" column, NY Times columnist David Pogue discovers that Amazon Prime members can use the service to watch some movies for free. This service was announced, when, early in the summer of 2010? The title of his column today is "Potluck for the Eyeballs: A New Streaming-Movie Service""
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NY Times goes paywall

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Swave An deBwoner writes "Today marks a significant transition for The New York Times as we introduce digital subscriptions. It’s an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in The Times, one that will strengthen our ability to provide high-quality journalism to readers around the world and on any platform. The change will primarily affect those who are heavy consumers of the content on our Web site and on mobile applications."
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Report Looks at How China Meddled With Internet

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Swave An deBwoner (907414) writes "Another article on the temporary rerouting of much of the Internet through Chinese IP space, discussed here on /. yesterday:

But today's NY Times article contains a curious statement:

While sensitive data such as e-mails and commercial transactions are generally encrypted before being transmitted, the Chinese government holds a copy of an encryption master key, and there was speculation that China might have used it to break the encryption on some of the misdirected Internet traffic.

What "encryption master key" are they talking about?

TFA can be found here:"

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