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Mathematicians Uncomfortable With Ties To NSA, But Not Pulling Back

boristdog Re:Shame on them (95 comments)

When I worked on a project with DARPA our project leader was always talking about the missle system he helped develop with DARPA. So DARPA is not completely innocent.

4 hours ago

Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

boristdog Re:I don't get it (104 comments)

Yeah, I wondered the same things. They have to have some competent programmers there. Hell, most of us would do it for the right price.

7 hours ago

Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

boristdog Re:DoJ zone of lawlessness (422 comments)

I swear you could just go back to the old school spy tradecraft (dead drops, one time code pads, etc.) and keep your illegal organization out of the eyes of the law as long as you weren't stupid and kept all confidential communications offline. I'll bet not more than 5% of law enforcement agency personnel even know what they used to do.

It's how I run my terroist organization these days, and the terror business is good.

2 days ago

FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

boristdog Re:copper lines going away like analog TV (94 comments)

Yeah, it ain't dead, but verizon doesn't want to support it. Our copper line kept deteriorating in quality and after repeated complaints Verizon hired some guy (seriously, a guy with a ditch-witch and a roll of cable) to lay a new line down the road to my house. He did a shitty job and didn't mark the line, so it got dug up or broken several times by neighbors in under a year.

So we invested about $1200 into a cell booster, antenna and tower. Now we get good cell reception and told Verizon to stuff it.

Still can't get broadband other than via the cell phone. And that's expensive. Even the "unlimited" plans only come with a few Gb of 4G, then it drops to Edge.

3 days ago

Rare Astronomical Event Will See Triple Moon Shadows On Jupiter

boristdog Cat Stevens is getting paranoid (53 comments)

Now he's being followed by three moon shadows.

about a week ago

Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

boristdog Re:Yes. (663 comments)

How could anyone work in a place like Disney without being heavily drugged?

about a week ago

Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

boristdog Less chit-chat? (106 comments)

Perhaps with a diverse team there is less shared extracurricular interest to chat about, so meetings tend to be more focused on the subject at hand.

Just a theory, not even a really good one.

about two weeks ago

The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

boristdog Re:It all comes down to payroll (263 comments)

Hire another local programmer at 110% of the fired employee's salary to fix the cheap H1B programmer's code = 60% loss.

about two weeks ago

SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

boristdog Re:Paradox (200 comments)

Can confirm. I have a business degree from a major university.
Two years after I got my degree I took a couple coding and networking courses at a community college.

Now I make a good living ($100K+) as a programmer/DBA from my two semesters of community college courses. I haven't done jack with my 4 year degree.

So anyone who wants to be a programmer can get a good boost from community college IF it's a GOOD community college. My profs were all old-time NASA programmers. They knew their stuff.

about two weeks ago

Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

boristdog Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (894 comments)

Your posts insults my belief in free speech. I am warning you that you will be harmed if you continue to say things like this. You have been warned. Do not ever say anything like this again or harm wil come to you.

See how it works?

about two weeks ago

Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

boristdog Re:Who's in charge, again? (202 comments)

Because brilliant geniuses like yourself remember how awesome it was back before things like the EPA and the Clean Air and Water acts?

Junior, some of us were alive in the 1960's and 1970's. We remember how well the "invisible hand" of the market didn't do shit to stop rampant pollution. We remember not being able to swim or fish in the rivers, lakes and bays we can now swim and fish in comfortably.

Go swim in some toxic sewage this weekend. Then get used to that feeling if the EPA is defunded.

about two weeks ago

Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

boristdog Re:what language is (154 comments)

True fact: The first utterance of "Motherfucker!" came shortly after the invention of the hammer.

about two weeks ago

Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

boristdog Re:That's it !! (154 comments)

But we did have Bow Wow Wow.
Which had that hot welsh/burmese chick

about two weeks ago

Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

boristdog Re:Gee, thanks... (150 comments)

And you know, to not use wireless keyboards in any environment that could be compromised.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

boristdog Re:Win7 is the new XP (640 comments)

I work in a facotry and we still run Windows NT 4 on a couple hundred machines. Because the equipment interface for the tools these machines control requires it.
The tool manufacturer isn't going to invest money in upgrading 20 year old equipment, they want us to buy new tools.
As does every vendor we deal with in any kind of tool support role.

At $2M per replacement tool, even if we only need 1/4 as many new tools due to throughput inprovements on the new platform, we'd have to spend over $100M to acheive what we do now.

so I get to keep supporting NT4.

Don't ask about the win98 controlled tools. Or the half-dozen DOS tools that have to connect to the network. It's like I live in medievel times.

about two weeks ago

UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

boristdog Re:Obviously on the right track (329 comments)

And few will remember how secret communications used to be done before the days of the Internet.
But for those who do, the world will be their oyster.

about two weeks ago

The Next Decade In Storage

boristdog Re:Maybe (93 comments)

Too many of us have "gone to the backup tapes" and found them to be corrupted.

I'm not saying "don't use tape" but I've been burned too many times with only having tape backups (and these were expensive enterprise systems) in the past. If you use tape, also use something else. Belt & suspenders.

about three weeks ago

In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

boristdog Re:Restrictive Gun laws (490 comments)

France: 3.01 gun deaths per 100,000
USA: 10.3 gun deaths per 100,000

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

So according to you, if their gun laws weren't so restrictive they could have had over three times as many deaths!

And before you flip out and call me a "gun grabber" I happen to own about 8 guns. Which admittedly is a ridiculous amount. Though I have grabbed them on occasion.

about three weeks ago


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