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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

boristdog Re: Monitoring software (236 comments)

I always tell people that my job is to make it so that eventually I am the only one who comes to work, and I just sit there in case I have to push the big red button to keep it all from going kablooey.

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

boristdog Re: Monitoring software (236 comments)

It was a choice of eliminating 1/3 of the jobs, or have all the jobs outsourced to Taiwan. I saved 2/3 of the jobs. That's pretty easy choice.

Now what were you saying about me?

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

boristdog Re: Monitoring software (236 comments)

Yep. I never claimed to be proud, but our entire factory was about to be closed and outsourced to Taiwan because they were cheaper. The changes my team and I implemented got rid of 1/3 of our people and brought our costs down well below what the factory in Taiwan could offer. Now we actually do some outsourced work for overseas companies, which has led to increased employment in other areas of the company.

It was a choice of eliminating 1/3 of the jobs, or have all the jobs eliminated due to outsourcing. That's pretty easy choice.

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

boristdog Re:Monitoring software (236 comments)

It's not just computer power, it's programmer time.

I could eliminate about half the jobs at my company (I've already eliminated about 1/3) with automation, but I don't have the time, and we only have a few decent programmers. I spend most of my time fixing problems caused by the lack of automation, aka general human error.

Will my job get automated? Not for a while. I'll be retired in a few years anyway..

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

boristdog Re:Duh (249 comments)

3) They often show you ads for things you've just bought. If I get a new laptop why do I want to see more laptop ads?

I wonder about this all the time. I still get ads for something I looked up once and then bought YEARS ago. And it's a pretty niche product, not something that is advertised to everyone.

If ads get too annoying I just start clicking on them. Then they have to pay. Sometimes I click a lot.

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

boristdog Re:Well duh. (293 comments)

Exactly. My company, based in the US, had [contractor name redacted] take over our IT. [contractor name redacted] is based in India. They slowly got rid of all the American IT employees over about 2 years and replaced them with Indian nationals. They would rotate them in an out based on whatever kind work visa they had. None of them ever really learned our system and eventually they had to hire back some of the Americans they got rid of.

Fortunately management has started to wake up and we're ditching [contractor name redacted] at the end of their contract.

about two weeks ago
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Genes Don't Just Predict Intelligence, But Also How Well You Do In School

boristdog Re:Genes don't just (154 comments)

So you're saying that there's a dancing gene?

about two weeks ago
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Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

boristdog Re:The water wars are coming (151 comments)

Back in my day we calculated war efforts in megapanzers.

about three weeks ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

boristdog Who cares? (200 comments)

Whatever the cost, it just got over a billion people excited about space again.

about a month ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

boristdog Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

Wow, this old idiocy? Even during the first moon landing when I was only 5 I heard Walter Cronkite explain about the stiff wires holding the flag out.

Dude, you are dumber than a 5 year old.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

boristdog Re:None, seriously, none. (471 comments)

My Nexus 5 doesn't have to be recharged every 12 hours as I've heard these "smart" watches do, so +1 for the Nexus 5.

about a month and a half ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

boristdog Re:COBOL & Scala & HTML5 (387 comments)

Yep, I try to do a few basic programs in nearly every language I hear about, just to see what works well in which situation.

about a month and a half ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

boristdog Re:Lucrative isn't all it's cracked up to be (387 comments)

Exactly.

I started writing a replacement for our company's 20+ year-old file-based data system 7 years ago. I didn't tell anyone about it until a few years later when I had a prototype ready and started producing better and faster reports for management than the old system. But they still wouldn't okay me to go ahead and start designing a full replacement for our old system. Then the old system coughed up some blood for a couple weeks and nearly caused us a to lose a couple million in sales.

After everyone stopped running aroud with their hair on fire they asked me what it would take to get my new system up and running as a replacement. I did it and now I am the one who controls all company data. At least a half-dozen people now work supporting the system and writing new code for it, but no one else has 7 years experience thinking about and designing this system, so a lot of the details escape them. HA! Try to get rid of me now.

Proactive programming will get you far.

about a month and a half ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

boristdog Re:$10,000 per camera (170 comments)

Let me know your results for toll road cameras. For...uh...science, yeah.

about a month and a half ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

boristdog Re:1st post (266 comments)

Yeah, I'm not a big believer in dowsing, but...I have seen it in action. In fact, back in 1993 I was shown how to do it by an old guy who was a friend of my grandfathers. And I did it. Of course, all I was able to do was find water pipes under people's yards, I don't know if it works any deeper. But dang I can find water pipes like a motherfucker now.

about 2 months ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

boristdog Re:So what they need, then... (185 comments)

Ah, knowledge can only be passed to YOUR children. The hell with other people's children, right?

about 2 months ago
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Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

boristdog Re:Put in a separate table (62 comments)

No, the SSN is on the tax return or form, still highly insecure. The data associated with the SSN in the IRS DB is linked to the hashed SSN.
So unless someone actually has the tax form (trivial for a few forms, difficult for massive amounts of forms) they cannot associate you with your SSN or your tax data. A corrupt IRS employee (and there are many) can easily enter one SSN into their application and get all your tax & income data. But they can't download EVERYONE's data easily.

We're talking about remedies to large data breaches here, not single experiences. Yes, your data is at risk while your tax form is in the mail or in the hands of an IRS employee, but as soon as it goes into the DB the associative data should be hashed. You don't eliminate breaches this way, you make them easier to deal with.

about 3 months ago
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Oracle Database Redaction Trivial To Bypass, Says David Litchfield

boristdog Re:Put in a separate table (62 comments)

BUT you can change the salt, or the hashing algorithm, in case of a breach. You don't have to replace all the CCs, just send out a new salt to the machines. Now the data lost in the breach is useless.

about 3 months ago

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