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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

atom1c Umm, it's CBS... (391 comments)

Did all of the /.ers somehow forget that this is another media-hyped fictional storytelling program on CBS? Heck, they even fabricate sources in their everyday news reporting! Why would they somehow base their television programs on any actual facts?

CBS' motto is simple: If Mikey's Little Website has it typed up in color-blinding BLINK tags, then it must be true.

about 4 months ago
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Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

atom1c Re:Uh huh (312 comments)

So you spent money and went to school. Some business (not-for-profit or otherwise) returned the favor by printing out 2 sheets of paper with "Master" on them.

Truth be told, your on-paper qualifications mean absolutely nothing to most -- especially HR departments. For the longest time, and this personal opinion seems to have lasted the test of time, persons with more degrees are actually *less* competent to do real-world work. Why? Because instead of sweating it out on the lower floors of an engineering factory to think independently and innovatively, they were cuddled with their frappucinos and $500 hardcover textbook on a couch with 5 different highlighters hoping to absorb the same 'experience.'

However, I do not agree with the OP at all. From my own multiple decades of experience, the good engineering managers exist and don't tend to quit; rather, they are kept and eventually promoted to more vital positions within their firms as the realities of the engineering challenges change. In other words, they adapt to the needs of the organization and eventually move out of the 'engineering manager' role... instead, they become things like Director of this and Vice President of that.

about 10 months ago
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Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

atom1c Re:Cisco's Meraki Systems Manager (408 comments)

The problem is that it is utterly UNRELATED to the topic of LogMeIn Free being discontinued. The two solutions (LogMeIn v. Cisco Meraki) have literally nothing in common; they don't even compete with each other.

The Meraki solution IS NOT geared towards an end-user logging into a RDP session of their grandmother's computer to troubleshoot why iTunes is not updating properly or to clear her browser's cache. Rather, Meraki's solution IS aimed at corporate IT departments trying to assess the inventory of remote devices (including tablets) that have authenticated into the corporate network for systems access. (This being a simple use-case clearly described on their page.)

If you are remotely familiar with Meraki's portfolio of products, then you would not even consider trying to defend your nonsensical non-suggestion. So, please, do us all a favor and stop trolling unrelated products.

about a year ago
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Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

atom1c Re:Cisco's Meraki Systems Manager (408 comments)

What kind of nonsense is this? How is a devices management platform a viable alternative to remote desktop browsing?

about 10 months ago
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

atom1c Re:Excessive Peer Review is Anti-Capitalist (352 comments)

the device should be tested for its ability to be trusted.

In my original comment, I obliquely asked whether technology companies' security consultants and government-sanctioned auditors (technical review committees which authorize such devices) were sufficient to address the concern.

Let's remember that this isn't some "nobody knows who built the firmware" scenario. This is in reference to commercial goods and services which have obtained countless industry and government certifications before being made available to the general public. Whether the public comprehends the magnitude of regulations at play is an entirely different story.

If consumers cannot trust the governments and their constellation of countless certification professionals, then what makes anyone think that consumers can trust a handful of ad-hoc peer-reviewers who operate under the freedoms established by the same said governments?! Let's not forget the bottom line: commercial products are different than journal articles specializing in theoretical concepts for academic credentialing.

about a year ago
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

atom1c Re:Excessive Peer Review is Anti-Capitalist (352 comments)

He's advocating peer-review for technologies to be widely used and trusted by people. He's advocating privacy and anonymity for people.

Yes, that's contradictory and/or hypocrisy. It's ostensibly encouraging a double standard of privacy. Instead, the same level of peer-review should be applied to all entities -- be it a person, a corporation, or an artifact/technology.

(Yes, it's also a double-edge sword to want cake and have to eat it all, too.)

about a year ago
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

atom1c Re:Risk Mitigation (352 comments)

The same firmware concept applies to everything electronic.

Good luck with that!

about a year ago
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

atom1c Excessive Peer Review is Anti-Capitalist (352 comments)

From the original article, the author (Thom, whom I recognize for his efforts) introduces the topic of peer-reviewing every minutia of the devices we use; he laments about the absence of peer-review in proprietary and closed-source. As an open-source advocate, such a viewpoint is naturally expected and his flashing a light on the subject is always appreciated. [But how does he know? Wouldn't technology companies use security consultants to conduct security audits?]

However, applying the same lines of argument to every closed-source scenario is really preaching anti-capitalism. That means they're arguing against trust of the technology creator, against their desire for trust-based compensation, against the notion of making a dollar in order to spend a dollar (due to constant disclosure of all things 'private'), and against the underlying notion of privacy. Actually, scratch that... they're simply hypocrites.

Why? Because they advocate disclosure (anti-privacy) by others, thus not trusting others. However, they want personal privacy in the hopes of establishing a reputation for being trustworthy -- or are they advocating an ultra-liberal utopia where commerce is not based on property but instead based on a crafted perception of trust? Either way, that's hypocritical behavior! If everything becomes subject to peer-review, then the notion of trust vaporizes... and in the process, privacy is gradually lost... and both factors lead to an erosion of aspects of capitalism.

TL;DR -- Peer-review everything means trusting nothing, disclosure of everything, and loss of privacy... yet it's hypocritical since the advocates seek to maintain anonymity when applying the same frustrations against capitalism as they do against trust-based commerce.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

atom1c Re:A couple of observations (361 comments)

I wholly concur with the above comment, but with an additional stipulation.

Just because somebody can "read" and "write" the communication language does NOT make them a good communicator. Individuals must possess the ability to listen, analyze/synthesize input, and succinctly discuss all topics relevant to their job. That means using analogies, understanding metaphors, adopting synonyms, and providing functional (and professional) definitions for the audience.

In other words, communication skills should be just as mature as the communicator claims to be.

about a year ago
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How Elon Musk Approaches IT At Tesla

atom1c Re:Now Open It (231 comments)

Everyone knows of a company that is implementing SAP. Can anyone name a company that has completed their implementation of SAP?

Nope. SAP doesn't even fully dogfood their own stuff! The last multi-year multinational SAP "upgrade" deployment I personally know about... decided that Google Apps for Business was better (IOW, they abandoned the SAP stack). About 9 months after the limited Google redeployment, they transferred over to Microsoft's 365 offerings plus other SaaS-based commercial players (e.g. Salesforce) to handle everything from HR to ERP to CRM to KM... to fully replace SAP in every which way.

about a year ago
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How Elon Musk Approaches IT At Tesla

atom1c Re:Now Open It (231 comments)

From the comments I'm readin in this story, my take home messege here is that SAP probably shouldn't run organizations at all. What the hell does their software do for all this expense and hassle anyway?

It bankrupts companies, destroys employee morale, solidifies job security (if you're on the deployment team), and guarantees over-procurement of IT systems to support any given deployment.

But more seriously, nothing. Most purchasers are non-technical folks who cannot understand the difference between MySQL DB and MariaDB... much less the technical intricacies of proprietary German-engineered software stacks crazy-glued together over IT generations with absolute abandon. Heck, even their most useful documentation is not properly translated into English!!! (If they cannot translate the how-to manual, then how would anyone expect them to configure the entire platform properly for today's... or tomorrow's needs?)

about a year ago
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Pen Testers Break Into Gov't Agency With Fake Social Media ID

atom1c Elaborate social engineering hack != "pen testing" (109 comments)

An elaborate multi-factored social engineering hack (commonly referred as a "heist") is quite different than a penetrate test. Anybody can commit fraud, be it a computer illiterate juvenile or a network security contractor (*cough*Snowden*cough*) by virtue of misleading or reconfiguring enough influential factors (people, systems) to pass whatever security measures are in place.

The same outcome could have occurred by stealing an employee's security badge -- especially if there's an uncanny visual resemblance.

In other words... no news here.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose Frameworks That Will Survive?

atom1c Apache Flex (227 comments)

Apache Flex (available at http://flex.apache.org/) became the natural progression after the proprietary strategy by Adobe failed.

There is never a way to predict the future... merely expect change and anticipate failure. When new frameworks are available, there are typically code-conversion utilities that demonstrate (or incite an appearance of) maturity. As any new technology is presented, the strength of attendance AND technical prowess of the developer community surrounding the technology is a reliable indicator to its longer-term viability.

A simple measurement is this: IF the tech should last for 4 years, then how much history and roadmap (and financial backing) is equally present? If there are sufficient history and roadmaps present, then how sound is the technical basis for the framework? Should the basis and direction apply to your problem, then it becomes a viable solution; otherwise, look elsewhere because it doesn't matter whether it sticks for 10 years or 10 months, it still won't solve your problem and thus be a viable option for you or your projects (or career).

about a year ago
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Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

atom1c STEM is a broad range of topics (655 comments)

I don't want sysadmins claiming to be programmers; I don't want tech support claiming to be more competent at bug fixing than professional software developers.

If by "Most IT Workers" they mean non-developers do not have STEM degrees, then that's a-OK! They better know how to read, write, draw, and interpret literature (like MANUALS and follow INSTRUCTIONS) and not get involved in the real challenges of problem solving software.

As I like to say, the more schooling someone has then the less they know. STEM is broad and people coming out with those degrees are not patron saints, either.

about a year ago

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46% of security breakouts affect United States according to annual IBM X-Force

atom1c atom1c writes  |  about a year and a half ago

atom1c (2868995) writes "Twice a year IBM X-Force publishes the IBM X-Force Trend and Risk Report. Designed to help customers, fellow researchers, and the public at large better understand the latest security risks, and stay ahead of emerging threats, this report dives deeply into some of the most significant challenges facing security professionals today including software vulnerabilities and public exploitation, malware, spam, phishing, web-based threats, and general cyber criminal activity. According to the 2012 Annual reports recently published (http://www-03.ibm.com/security/xforce/downloads.html) the country with the most breaches was the United States (46%, page 16), while the United Kingdom was second (8%) and both Australia and India were third (3% apiece)."
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