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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

Virtucon Re:Folks this is what happens with bad leadership (148 comments)

They've been floundering for years. They've gone through reorg after reorg. Their margins were eroded by other companies who came up with more competitive products. Their certifications are practically useless in all but the most die-hard Cisco shop and those are starting to go away as well.

about two weeks ago
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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

Virtucon Folks this is what happens with bad leadership (148 comments)

Cisco was an innovative company that created huge market value. Now they're becoming "lean, agile" company with no real vision or future. They want to be "market focused" yet they're supposed to push the market to their view of technology and to create markets. When you lead from behind you certainly take on less risk but you sure don't create the profit margins and patent portfolio investors look for. Sell your shares now.

about two weeks ago
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How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

Virtucon I'm upset (39 comments)

to a degree I'm upset.

about two weeks ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

Virtucon New Method on the horizon! (133 comments)

New Methodology blah blah Agile blah blah blah Waterfall blah blah blah

Nobody wants to hear that! What they want to hear is when their software will be finished or their system ready. It has to work, work reliably, meet the requirements and be on time. That's all the customer wants.

about two weeks ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Virtucon Re:Fine, let them (294 comments)

Wayne County maybe but there are areas that are doing quite well.

about two weeks ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Virtucon Re:Jurisdiction be damned (463 comments)

CDC Mission Statement:

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

I'm thinking someone was asleep on the job. The Response side of the equation was definitely lacking.

about two weeks ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Virtucon Re:Virus burn out? (463 comments)

Agreed, this is a horrible problem and the numbers are increasing in terms of infections and deaths in Africa. The biggest issue with other nations is complacency in believing that local and national health officials can handle it when it spreads outside of Africa. It's clearly being proven not the case in Texas and in Spain with healthcare workers getting infected. I'm not sure the WHO even has the resources to combat this.

about two weeks ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Virtucon Re:Citation needed? (463 comments)

Really have you read the latest from the dumbfuck running the CDC? Would you consider the Washington Post a good source of information?

“We did send some expertise in infection control,” Thomas Frieden said during a news conference Tuesday. “But I think we could, in retrospect, with 20/20 hindsight, have sent a more robust hospital infection control team and been more hands-on with the hospital from day one about exactly how this should be managed.”

Inept and incompetent and I'm sorry but a mia culpa isn't going to cut it.

about two weeks ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Virtucon goes to show (463 comments)

This goes to show how much we rely on so-called experts in this area and they have no fucking clue what they're doing. The CDC, the NIH should have been all over that hospital. This is not a lab experiment, and until they can come up with the protocols to assure healthcare workers safety then they need to start quarantining all people who come in contact with a contagious patient or sending them to a standardized facility where the risks to the public can be minimized.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent

Virtucon Re:Key question (108 comments)

So that means you're not certified then?

about two weeks ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

Virtucon Re:WTF talk about misrepresentation. (149 comments)

Well Cardwell also complained about this back in 2012 as well. http://www.zdnet.com/t-mobile-... So it seems that t-Mobile UK is the culprit here and should be thoroughly smacked upside the head. The article I linked indicated that they do this for "contractual" and "Fair-use" reasons. It's stupid so I'd find another carrier.

about two weeks ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

Virtucon Re:WTF talk about misrepresentation. (149 comments)

it says " ISPs violating net neutrality to block encryption." It's t-mobs smtp services on t-mobs network, was this happening to GMAIL and Yahoo or any other SMTP services using the same network? No? Then this whole article is FUD. You suspect t-mobile but if it's not why not identify the culprit in the article so we can say that this is fucked up or just plain misconfiguration?

about two weeks ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

Virtucon WTF talk about misrepresentation. (149 comments)

This article is full of hyperbole

This is scary. If ISPs are actively trying to block the use of encryption, it shows how they might seek to block the use of VPNs and other important security protection measures, leaving all of us less safe.

This article and the write up are misrepresenting what's happening. You're trying to talk to an SMTP server, not the whole Internet. For some reason the SMTP server isn't supporting STARTTLS which is dumb, stupid and down right naive. They don't mention which broadband carrier but it would be nice to know so we could all do a Nelson and go "ha! ha!" The simple answer is allow them to fix their problem or just use another SMTP service that respects your transmission privacy preferences to all services they provide to you. They're not responsible for providing security to other services not under their control.

Since this is a wireless carrier you do have some protections regarding the network encryption already supporting your connection back to them. I won't get into CAVE or GSM security and any flaws but this is just a stupid ISP with one service not accepting TLS. What happens if you say try that at a GMAIL or YAHOO server instead on the same network? I don't see that scenario played out in the article. I for one know what happens there, it would have just been nice if these guys would have done a bit more investigation.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

Virtucon Re:Easy to say when not dealing with customers (240 comments)

yes revenue keeps the business going. I've worked with a lot of developers who get frustrated with old codebases and true there is some code that should be abandoned. It's always good to have an architectural vision of where the code is going because it doesn't exist in a vacuum.

about two weeks ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

Virtucon Re:"Slightly slower"? (220 comments)

The sad part really is that I don't think that going through that many iterations is going to anything but drive people away because of the performance impact. While I know RIPEMD160 is considered strong I don't think it's stronger than Keccak which is the SHA-3 winner.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung's Wi-Fi Upgrades Promise Speeds Up to 4.6Gbps

Virtucon Re:Prophecy (92 comments)

Nope Apple doesn't innovate in that space. They buy that technology. I'm sure Samsung will jack up the per unit cost if Apple ever wants to integrate or Apple will come up with another whiz-bang proprietary standard and then sue others that are "similar." Innovation by Litigation.

about two weeks ago
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Air Force To Take Over Two Ex-Shuttle Hangers In Florida For Its X-37B Program

Virtucon Re:WTF? (48 comments)

too much public view over there. For a time I worked with the folks down at Hanger A-F on RSRM recovery and most of those hangars are well past it.

about three weeks ago
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Air Force To Take Over Two Ex-Shuttle Hangers In Florida For Its X-37B Program

Virtucon Re:Probably good (48 comments)

They still have Canaveral Air Force Base. The Air Force were to get two shuttles of their own and built a launchpad out at Vandenburg AFB in California. Unfortunately funding was cut after they spent the money building the launchpad. So there were those times when they borrowed a shuttle or two from NASA.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

Virtucon Re:depends (279 comments)

Netflix has already been pushing 4K as an upcoming feature. They're publishing streaming rates of 16Mbps which isn't bad, even 3D Hidef is around 12Mbps still a lot of bandwidth left in that 1Gbps pipe. I'd be more worried about upstream problems, Layer 3, VZ etc. constraining it before it gets on to Google's network.

about three weeks ago

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IBM divorces itself from chip manufacturing business

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about two weeks ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "IBM has reached a deal with Global Foundries to divorce itself from chip manufacturing. The deal looks to have IBM pay GF $1.5 billion USD to take over the ailing division. Meanwhile they've abandoned their long stated 2015 earnings goal which means they expect to have a shitty year. They've divested themselves of multiple business lines and people for over 5 years in an attempt to reach their 2015 goal."
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Protesters picket in front of Kevin Rose's Home

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 7 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Another anti-tech protest happened this weekend outside of Kevin Rose's home in San Francisco. Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and a Google Ventures partner was targeted with a protest and leaflets were handed out "warning" the neighbors that he is destroying San Francisco.

The anarchistic group protesting Kevin was called Counterforce and has demanded that Google Pay $3 billion. The group has called for the creation of "autonomous, anti-capitalist, and anti-racist communities throughout the Bay Area and Northern California."

I don't know about you but if two women held up a protest banner threatening to snip something off I'd be a bit concerned."

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City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 10 months ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "A city councilman in Indian Trail Town, North Carolina has resigned and opted to write his letter of resignation in Klingon. David Waddell is obviously a fan of Star Trek. I wonder if the other council members know what the hell he wrote? I'm sure a nice Qu'vatlh would have sufficed."
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23AndMe Ordered To Stop Selling DNA tests.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Google-backed genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is supported by science. It seems that 23andMe has been slow in responding to the FDA with regards to the testing and methods used in the Personal Genome Service (PGS) as the main reason for the order. The issues were outlined in the order the FDA sent on 11/22. "
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GOCE satellite is falling to Earth but Scientists don't know where.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer or GOCE Satellite is expected to fall to Earth this weekend. It weighs over a ton and unfortunately the Scientists don't exactly know where it will land. You can track it here. It should re-enter sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Makr Hopkins, chair of the National Society's Executive Committee said: "The satellite is one of the few satellites in a Polar Orbit. Consequently, it could land almost anywhere,"

The GOCE mission was to create an accurate gravity map of the Earth."
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Engineers Create Urine Powered Robot

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Using the idea that urine can be used to generate electricity, Engineers in the UK have developed a prototype pump that mimics the human heart. This pump presumably could be used to deliver urine to waste powered fuel cells.

‘We speculate that in the future, urine-powered EcoBots could perform environmental monitoring tasks such as measuring temperature, humidity and air quality,’ said lead researcher Peter Walters of the University of the West of England (UWE), which runs the BRL with Bristol University.

Are pee powered robots in our future? Could the technology be used to power vehicles and would you want it? I mean would you buy a $90,000 Tesla if it smelled like urine all the time?"
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French Court Orders Google To Block Pics and Links of Max Mosley

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "This one goes to the old adage "closing the stable door after the horse bolted." A French court on Wednesday ruled that Google must remove from its search results photos of a former Formula One racing chief, Max Mosley, participating in an Nazi-themed orgy. Google could be fined up to 1,000 Euros/day for not complying. What's strange here is that Mosley A) Sued in a French Court B) Didn't go after anybody else other than Google and C) has definitely strange tastes in extracurricular activities. In this day and age it's laughable to think that once your private photos/videos hit the Internet that you have any expectation of reigning them in or filtering the embarrassing parts out. Google isn't the only game in town so to speak in terms of Internet search. I wonder if his lawyers checked out Yahoo or WebCrawler? Of course Google plans to appeal the decision to ... be able to show pics of an old man getting er um never mind..."
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New Allegations of large scale data collection by the NSA on Google and Yahoo

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  1 year,11 hours

Virtucon (127420) writes "Another revelation of a new program that goes beyond PRISM, this program called MUSCULAR which gets around sticky US laws by relying on the GCHQ. If true this may actually start to get Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft to start flexing some of the legal and lobbying muscle in Washington to outlaw this kind of crap.
David Drummond, chief legal officer at Google has said:


"We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform."

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California Public Utilities Commission approves Ride Sharing Services

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Ride Sharing Services such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar received a big boost today when the California Public Utilities Commission approved rules that would allow them to continue to operate as long as the followed a few rules. This makes California the first state to adopt such rules and is expected to preempt local governments who are trying to clamp down on these services and try to regulate them like local taxi companies."
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How do you deal with software publishers who ignore known Vulnerabilities?

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "If you have a software publisher who ignores vulnerabilities or distributes software that has third party dependencies that have vulnerabilities, what do you do about it when they ignore the situation? I mean if they keep distributing updates and the vulnerabilities still are present, other than not using the application anymore or reporting it what can you do? Shame them publicly? Also what if it's a home-use product vs. an enterprise product, do you treat those differently?"
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Labor Department wanted $1 million for e-mail addresses of political appointees.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "

The AP asked for the addresses following last year's disclosures that the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency had used separate email accounts at work. The practice is separate from officials who use personal, non-government email accounts for work, which generally is discouraged—but often happens anyway—due to laws requiring that most federal records be preserved. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses.

The reason for the $1 million dollar request was to do research including going to backup tapes. Some of the information has been turned over to AP but it still seems that the government just can't get their hands on e-mail addresses for their own people."
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Federal Magistrate rules in favor of accused in decryption issue.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "U.S. Magistrate William Callahan Jr. of Wisconsin has ruled in favor of the accused in that he should not have to decrypt his storage device. The US Government had sought to compel Feldman to provide his password to obtain access to the data. Presumably the FBI has had no success in getting the data and had sought to have the judge compel Feldman to provide the decrypted contents of what they had seized.

The Judge ruled:

This is a close call, but I conclude that Feldman’s act of production, which would necessarily require his using a password of some type to decrypt the storage device, would be tantamount to telling the government something it does not already know with ‘reasonably particularity’—namely, that Feldman has personal access to and control over the encrypted storage devices. Accordingly, in my opinion, Fifth Amendment protection is available to Feldman. Stated another way, ordering Feldman to decrypt the storage devices would be in violation of his Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination.

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Google is pushing back on law enforcement requests for access to Gmail accounts

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "Ars technica has an interesting article on how Google is handling requests from law enforcement for access to Gmail accounts. With the recent Petraeus scandal where no criminal conduct was found, it seems that they're re-enforcing their policies and standing up for their users.

"In order to compel us to produce content in Gmail we require an ECPA search warrant," said Chris Gaither, Google spokesperson. "If they come for registration information, that's one thing, but if they ask for content of email that's another thing."

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MIT Researchers find that some Android apps collect information when off

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  about 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "MIT Researchers have discovered that some Android applications collect personal information including Google Maps even when they are off. Maybe Free isn't so great after all?

From the Article: " After evaluating 36 applications — ranging from popular games such as Angry Birds to text-messaging platforms, social media applications and photography applications — researchers found that most applications collect personal information about their users even when the phone is not in operation. Shih and Zhang found that applications tracked everything from location information to stored contacts and the device's Web history.""

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Judge Refuses Appeal in Kim DotCom case for extradition

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The USA has suffered another rebuff in its attempts to extradite Kim Dotcom, with Judge Winkelmann of the High Court of New Zealand upholding a previous disclosure order made by Judge David Harvey.

The previous order had required the FBI to disclose an extensive amount of documentation to support its application for Dotcom’s extradition. As noted by NZ’s LawGeekNZ blog, the disclosure would cover communications between US authorities and the MPAA and RIAA on behalf of copyright owners.

This had been resisted by the US, which requested a judicial review. This has now been completed, and in a 51-page judgment (available at LawGeekNZ), Judge Winkelmann has dismissed the application."

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New Mineral found in Metorite.

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "The new mineral was found embedded in the Allende meteorite, which fell to Earth in 1969. Since 2007, geologist Chi Ma of Caltech has been probing the meteorite with a scanning electron microscope, discovering nine new materials including panguite."
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Facebook on a slide based on User Data?

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon (127420) writes "A recent report from analyst firm comScore said that unique U.S. visitors to Facebook dropped slightly in May compared to April and March. But an analysis of additional comScore data suggests that the slowdown could be more significant and longer lasting. Falling traffic could be a concern to investors, who justify Facebook's high market value by pointing to its growth potential."
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Scientists Create World's Smallest Steam Engine

Virtucon Virtucon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Virtucon writes "German physicists say they've built a heat engine measuring only a few micrometers across which works as well as a normal-sized version — although it sputters, they admit.

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems say that the engine does basically work, meaning there's nothing, in principle, to prevent the construction of highly efficient, small heat engines."

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