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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

aaronb1138 Re:Farming (720 comments)

I am also in IT, and I run into a sad and not insignificant number of people who do in fact have no other useful knowledge or skills outside of their vocation. In any sort of post-apocalyptic situation I hope most of them have the good sense to listen to the more knowledgeable and subsume new skills. Again, an unfortunate number of these narrow knowledge scope types tend to be social survivalists, the types who push the productive and inventive in front of a bus to preserve themselves.

3 days ago

Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts

aaronb1138 Bell Curve (136 comments)

I doubt there is any field where one percent of laymen aren't vastly superior to the majority of professionals. The same applies to art, engineering, science, and any other field of study. This is statistically normal.

4 days ago

Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

aaronb1138 Re:Because you think Google is any better? (218 comments)

Why must it be Google and not one of the many links you clicked? Do you have any clue how easy it is to track down an email address via the work IP address, normal information a browser provides, and five minutes of effort.

Lack of big picture thinking, yep, I spotted the mechanical engineer.

about two weeks ago

Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?

aaronb1138 Other Factors (187 comments)

The increase in congestion due to increased economic activity and reduced unemployment isn't just a factor of more people on the road. When the economy improves, people get offered better piles of money to take jobs farther from their homes. People drive farther in a good economy. Then add in all the ancillary travel from increased economic prosperity, eating out more, buying more stuff, going more fun places.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

aaronb1138 Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

All of the major vendor firewalls are explicitly designed with SSL inspection as a selling point feature. A competent admin sends the Guest Wifi traffic through a separate network so their traffic is not inspected usually.

This is standard operating procedure and required in some environments for security reasons. It's also one of the only ways to make Data Loss Prevention (DLP) work, since it is necessary to inspect egressing data against protected data stores.

Calling it a MITM attack is just being alarmist. I for one like the idea of working in a place where my work is important and valuable enough to be worth protecting. Their network, their rules. Watch YouTube and porn on your own time or at least own dime.

about a month ago

Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet

aaronb1138 Good Call (180 comments)

I for one, was quite terrified after looking over CAN-BUS and similar post ODBC-II standards that the shitheads who design car electronics would start using modified versions of USB 2/3 for automotive communication.

Seriously look over any automotive electronics spec and you can smell the steaming pile of, "I want to be guaranteed easy employment another 10 years" shit from a mile away. I wish engineering projects included more ethics audits that resulting in contractors and employees getting fired, black balled, and sued.

about a month and a half ago

How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

aaronb1138 Common Knowledge (206 comments)

I thought every reasoning person in the US (where such horseshit happens) had already figured out the whole, promotional 6,12,24-month pricing has expired, call the retention department to return to that rate for another year game that the phone, satellite, and more so cable companies were making every intelligent or thrifty person wade through.

I don't even watch cable TV for a few years and I knew this. Are there people so incredibly ignorant here?

about a month and a half ago

How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

aaronb1138 Re:What can be done? (333 comments)

Two rolls of pennies, $1.00, sounds like the perfect way to pay for an app.

about 2 months ago

How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

aaronb1138 Re:What can be done? (333 comments)

I love the whole are developers horrible people or just abused minions of the system debate that comes out of such sentiments. It gets especially relevant with the conversations about needing to bring back unions and such because of the current movement of wealth in the first world, that is the supposed elimination of the middle class and other socioeconomic strife.

Then you have the emotionally damaged developers screaming about how they are creative types that nobody understands. I'll never understand those types, I've written enough code to understand it is an interesting puzzle, but ultimately always just a logical problem with multiple valid solutions.

Honestly, I can't imagine the kind of vocational sloth and social malice involved in being a developer of poor quality / spyware filled / purposeless $0.99 apps. It is the type of situation where I want to just ask them if they realize how little they have to show for their themselves and how it would be better to have spent all that time flipping burgers with a purpose in life.

The reason the middle class is evaporating is because of he societal drain and malice by these bourgeois wannabes sucking he life out of us all, no different than the movement to turning every purchase in life (software or otherwise) into a subscription. It's all vastly more connected than you might think. The bank programmer who writes the loan software that illegally counts points against minorities. The programmer who added the intentional glitch to billing software that sends out additional billing statements to random customers and tells them they are late when a correct payment is on record. We've seen this social malice and we know it's not accidental. Blame the powers that be all you want, but hopefully more people will realize we are becoming increasingly polarized between an amoralist selfish class operating anonymously behind the scenes and the ethical class outraged by the "simple soldier" argument.

about 2 months ago

You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

aaronb1138 Re:This is common in the test equipment market (437 comments)

This is fine in specialty expert markets where use cases might be more narrow and such. As much as I hate Apple they have until recently shown how the doctrine of choice is flawed for consumer products.

about 3 months ago

You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

aaronb1138 Re:Qui Bono? (437 comments)

This already happens with so-called performance programmers. For many cars they only get a 10% or so increase in power, but in the diesel truck field some metrics jump by 50-60%.

Thanks to the engineering of current ECUs, the vast majority of vehicles can be reverted to stock with zero trace. I doubt the auto makers will get any trickier. If anything the increasing need for firmware upgrades on newer cars means the ECU reprogramming and override protocols will just become more entrenched.

about 3 months ago

Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

aaronb1138 Re:New job for NSA (351 comments)

A government is a body of people. While we can giggle at the anecdotally, 'notably ungoverned' follow-up, this was a group of private contractors, notably chasing the next paycheck and unsupervised.

I guess what I am getting at is the government needs to have completeness clauses they aren't afraid to use. The paychecks should be cancelled and both the corporation and key individuals in leadership investigated for fraud.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

aaronb1138 Railroaded by intense technical discussion... (158 comments)

I can't be the only one who noticed a few things that seem amiss with the premise.

a) This guy has taken a new job and intends to take home an entirely unrelated project to do on his own.

b) He's not asking his workplace to provision resources for him to do this out of job scope project. Sounds like he hasn't consulted with anyone about taking on this task.

c) He claims to have the skillset to easily solve their website / application needs, but hasn't been successful enough professionally to purchase reasonable tools for his trade. Even car mechanics in the $18-25k / year range (essentially poverty) manage to save and invest appropriately in quality tools.

d) He's doing an Ask /. for a question trivially answerable by Google or any modern best practices for development guide.

e) Many of the tools he will more than likely be pirating are each worth more than the general requirements he has for this endeavor as far as hardware goes. Will his employer be alright with this?

f) Oh, I see, he's into music production (Reason). Ignore all of my other issues. Sorry, but his request for assistance falls awfully well into certain stereotypes which explain everything.

about 3 months ago

Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

aaronb1138 Re:Unsolicited mail = gift (243 comments)

Those laws only cover the USPS, and most of the time the courier of record is UPS even when USPS does final leg delivery. Secondly, Amazon will make the system a club you opt into where the terms include automatic shipments... probably call it Prime.

about 3 months ago

Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

aaronb1138 Wait. (243 comments)

So Amazon Prime is actually just going to be a reincarnation of Columbia House (which ironically is still around with a DVD business).

Tell me, will Amazon also ditch showing me the daily price for "on sale" items and instead display the hyper-inflated MSRP for everything?

about 3 months ago

Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

aaronb1138 Re:What a joke (359 comments)

Lots will change. For one, instead of a government entity tasked with keeping and tracking secrets, the tax payer will get bilked by the same telcos already screwing us over who don't think the internet should fall under common carrier laws. Now we get to dump piles of cash at the same piece of crap to store data instead of a government organization who actually understands big data.

about 3 months ago

Mathematical Model Helps Estimate Optimal Timing of Cyber Attack

aaronb1138 Re:Mathematical Models? (31 comments)

I suspect lunchtime and towards the end of the day during M-F workdays are the best times. Nearby time zones still have enough late work day traffic that a minor issue might be dismissed as general internet congestion and at the same time, the target support people are more exhausted and likely to miss something / want to get out the door and go home.

about 3 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

aaronb1138 Re:Double bind (1431 comments)

I had the same internal conflict until I saw Tampa, FL. Nuke it from space, it's the only way to be sure.

about 3 months ago

British Spies To Be Allowed To Break Speed Limit

aaronb1138 Nice to see... (278 comments)

It is nice to see in the current anti-security services obsession that has gripped the U.S. that other countries appreciate their security services and aren't on a massive witch hunt.

about 3 months ago

Valve's Steam Machines Are More About Safeguarding PCs Than Killing Consoles

aaronb1138 Re:Difficulty of greenlighting and modding (296 comments)

You're confusing the SteamOS with console gaming. My point is more in the direction of SteamOS vs Windows or OSX gaming which was the largely false statement.

As far as Indie developers go, they can self publish pretty easily to the PC or sell on Steam without the need of a dedicated SteamBox or SteamOS right now. The end user generally benefits from keeping everything on their preferred platform, Windows or OSX. The issues I take with SteamOS are the propaganda and a lot of reinventing the wheel.

about 3 months ago


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