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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

buddyglass i'm missing something (234 comments)

If the bounty amount were sufficiently large, i.e. larger than the amount of net profit a black hat could hope to gain by finding and exploiting security a given defect, couldn't a company create a scenario where even a black hat (acting rationally in order to maximize his profit, which is often not going to be the case) would be motivated to report it and claim the bounty rather than exploiting it?

Now, in theory, if there are truly infinitely many such flaws to be found and subsequent ones aren't any harder to find than the initial ones then a large enough bounty would bankrupt the company. But I have serious doubts at the presence of infinite (or even "practically infinite") security flaws that all require "about the same effort" to find. My suspicion is that the difficulty will increase the more flaws are found.

2 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

buddyglass here's how (457 comments)

Start working at 25. Work until you're 60. Put $800/month, every month, into an account that earns 4% nominal interest (i.e. counting inflation) annually. Buy a home worth about $300,000 and pay it off over 30 years. Assume the value of your home increases at about the same rate as inflation, so 1.5% annually. This is probably a low estimate. When you retire your savings account should have about $550,000. Your home should be worth about $450,000. Voila, millionaire.

4 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

buddyglass Re:my situation is similar (385 comments)

I'm not forced to pay the $30 fee. I could do my taxes by hand, if I wanted, and avoid it. TurboTax also has a free option which I could *probably* use, but for the $30 you get more hand-holding and sanity checks to make sure you didn't screw something up. To me, $30/year is worth it if it reduces my chance of being audited even slightly. Plus its way cheaper than what I'd pay an accountant or tax preparer.

4 days ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

buddyglass my experience (225 comments)

I'm a senior mobile dev. at a ~30 person startup who's recently been asked to step into a "DevOps" role. It's being represented as a promotion, since in theory the role will involve more responsibility than my current "pure development" role. Its been pitched as a part-time thing with 30-50% of my time staying devoted to mobile development. At this particular company the DevOps role is seen as being responsible for deployment, but also the build environment and some internal productivity and monitoring tools that require some development effort but aren't part of the company's core product. We'll see how it goes.

4 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

buddyglass my situation is similar (385 comments)

Live in Texas, pretty simple tax return. I've always used TurboTax online and never had any complaints. I think I chose the $30 option.

5 days ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

buddyglass Re:uhhh... (353 comments)

Yeah, but swapping to disk will be so much faster with a SSD!

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

buddyglass uhhh... (353 comments)

Obviously, the first performance enhancement you do on any computer you own is max out the RAM.

Uhh...not exactly. In fact, his subsequent logic about why lots of people don't need terabyte magnetic disks applies directly to this point about RAM. If your system supports 16GB of RAM but all you ever do is browse the web and check email then you almost certainly don't need to max out your system's RAM. In fact, you could probably make do with 4GB.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

buddyglass Re:Moral of the story... (1746 comments)

Unless your views would be well-received. Then you can publicize them all you want. Do you think Eich would be stepping down if it had come to light he'd donated in opposition to Prop. 8?

about two weeks ago
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More On the Disposable Tech Worker

buddyglass you know... (323 comments)

I always read complaints about the "disposable tech worker" but never the "disposable tech company". There's almost no company loyalty these days. Which is fine, since obviously there's not a lot of loyalty to employees either. That's the world we live in. But it cuts both ways. My company might lay me off rather than retrain me. Okay. But I might leave my company for another job if it happens to involve some cool new technology I want to learn. Or if they have beer in the break room. Or if they pay me a couple thousand more a year. Or if my manager looks at me funny one day. And, in doing so, I could totally leave my employer in the lurch in a way they, to be honest, can't do to me. If a tech worker has marketable skills (which is not true of every tech worker) then he's really in the driver's seat. Laid off? No problem; he can get another job inside two weeks. If he's an integral part of his current employer's team, though, then the potential for him to damage their bottom line by leaving suddenly is much bigger.

about a month ago
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More On the Disposable Tech Worker

buddyglass Re:Not easy? (323 comments)

Expense is a reason.

about a month ago
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Mathematician Gives Tips On How To Win $1 Billion On NCAA Basketball

buddyglass Re:well... (76 comments)

When I said "predict" I didn't mean there's actually someone crunching numbers somewhere and coming up with the line. I know how it's set. Nevertheless, Vegas odds can be used as a predictor. They "predict". Ignoring the fact that bracketology is concerned only with wins and losses, nor margins, if this guy were able to predict margins significantly better than "the crowds" (i.e. Vegas odds) then he'd have a license to print money and would likely want to keep it secret.

about a month ago
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

buddyglass define 'shortage' (392 comments)

That's the hard part: defining precisely what is meant by "shortage". If there are more candidates calling themselves engineers than there are jobs does that mean there's not a shortage? If so then there's probably not a shortage. If every company could immediately fill all its positions by offering exorbitant salaries does that mean there's not a shortage? If so then there's probably not a shortage. In my limited experience interviewing candidates, though, we seem to get a lot of people who aren't that impressive relative to what they expect to be paid. So maybe there's a shortage of "good" engineers?

about a month ago
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Mathematician Gives Tips On How To Win $1 Billion On NCAA Basketball

buddyglass well... (76 comments)

His predictive ability must not exceed Vegas's by any significant degree or we probably wouldn't be reading about it on slashdot.

about a month ago
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Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

buddyglass umm (397 comments)

Here is data for C.S. and C.E. bachelors degree recipients in the U.S. See page 5. About 8.7% of degrees were awarded to blacks and Hispanics, which is about one out of 11. So Silicon Valley isn't far off what one would expect based purely on # of degrees awarded. A significant portion of bay area tech workers are likely immigrants to the United States and got their degrees elsewhere. This group likely contains very few blacks and Hispanics. So, if the discussion were limited to Silicon Valley workers born in the United States the the percentage of blacks and Hispanics may well line up with expectations.

about a month ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

buddyglass on a more productive note... (529 comments)

There's no screening in the U.S., but I'm not sure we do so terrible a job of serving gifted children depending on where one lives. It's just hit or miss. The city and state where I grew up don't have a reputation for being "good" in terms of education, but there were selective magnet programs at the junior high and high school levels that were pretty decent. My elementary school split its classes by ability, so even at that level I was in a classroom with kids in the top ~quartile. That's more rare these days, but my son's public elementary does the same thing starting in 2nd grade.

about a month ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

buddyglass well... (529 comments)

...find ways for us to develop our own native talent without exacerbating inequality.

Good luck with that.

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

buddyglass Re:uhh (384 comments)

What's interesting is that if you talk about running or weight lifting...

Kind of apples and oranges. Physical activities are much more easily measured, and there the sex differences are apparent even among average individuals as opposed to only at the margins. Arguing that men have (on average) more upper body strength than women because of socialization is like arguing men are taller (on average) because of socialization. It's not plausible. It's entirely plausible, though, that women's math performance is impacted by socialization. My personal opinion is that socialization doesn't explain the entirety of the gap, but it's certainly not as obvious as the physiological basis for strength and speed.

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

buddyglass Re:Almost certainly "the result of socialization" (384 comments)

This researcher found statistically significant differences between boys and girls at the high-end of mathematical ability as early as Kindergarten. So we're talking about 5-6 year-olds. Of course this is just one paper and (for all I know) it's been refuted elsewhere in the literature.

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

buddyglass Re:Almost certainly "the result of socialization" (384 comments)

Does she hate math because she was indoctrinated or because she finds it frustrating and difficult? Or a combination of the two? Its pretty reasonable for a kid to "hate" a subject he or she finds particularly difficult.

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

buddyglass Re:Almost certainly "the result of socialization" (384 comments)

It's a tough thing to analyze since the physiological explanation could coexist (and possibly give rise to) the socialization explanation. Here's another paper that specifically looks at "high-end" SAT/ACT scorers among students who took the test in 7th grade. While the male/female ratio among those who scores 700+ on the math section declined (significantly) over time, it has settled at an approximately 4:1 level. Similar results for the ACT. If socialization is the primary cause then its fairly extreme and its happening fairly early.

about a month ago

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The Fiscal Cliff: What's your bill?

buddyglass buddyglass writes  |  about a year ago

buddyglass (925859) writes "As most slashdotters in the United States are aware the impending fiscal cliff will hit in 2013 unless a compromise is reached beforehand. Want to know the impact to your household in the absence of any compromise? Turns out there's an app for that. It should be interesting to see how different readers' households are affected by the "full cliff" scenario as well as various alternate proposals."
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London Stock Exchange delays Linux switch

buddyglass buddyglass writes  |  more than 3 years ago

buddyglass (925859) writes "Citing scalability concerns after its test platform "Turqoise" was knocked offline for two hours by unusually high volume, the London Stock Exchange announced that it is delaying its planned switch from Microsoft to Linux. The switch was initially motivated by a desire for shorter latencies. Notably, the NASDAQ uses a scalable Linux-based system that achieves trade latencies 25ms shorter than the LSE's planned deployment."
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No more Windows bugs?

buddyglass buddyglass writes  |  more than 4 years ago

buddyglass (925859) writes "Past submitters have focused on previous "Patch Tuesdays" in which Microsoft has issued fixes for a record number of issues. Examples here and here. It seems only fair, then, to mention that the software maker intends to release only a single fix this iteration, addressing an issue that is only considered critical for Windows 2000 systems. If past releases with large numbers of fixes were evidence of the poor quality of Microsoft software, and by extension the closed source model in general, does this upcoming Tuesday represent some level of vindication?"
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Climate change consensus questioned?

buddyglass buddyglass writes  |  more than 6 years ago

buddyglass (925859) writes "In 2004 Naomi Oreskes examined 928 abstracts of peer-reviewed journal articles published from 1993-2003 and announced an overwhelming agreement in favor of the "consensus view" of climate change, which states that human activity bears at least partial responsibility. Her methods were recently repeated by one Dr. Klaus-Martin Schulte, who examined 528 abstracts of peer-reviewed journal articles published from 2004-2007. Dr. Schulte's study found that 45% of articles agreed with the consensus view, either explicitly or implicitly, whereas 6% explicitly disagreed. Another 48% were explicitly neutral, refusing to support or deny the consensus view. Does this draw into question the notion that there is an unequivocal consensus among climate change researchers with regard to human activity's effect on the global climate?"
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How would you refocus linux development?

buddyglass buddyglass writes  |  more than 6 years ago

buddyglass (925859) writes "The majority of Slashdot users are no doubt appreciative of linux in the general sense, but I suspect we all have some application or aspect of the platform that we wish was more stable, performant, feature-rich, etc. So my question is a hypothetical one: if you were able to devote a "significant" number of resources (read: high-quality developers) to a particular app or area of the kernel, and were able to set the focus for those resources (stability, performance, new features, etc.), what application or kernel area would you attempt to improve, and what would you focus on improving?"

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