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NSA Data Center Brings Concerns Over Security and Privacy and Jobs

catherder_finleyd Re:Well paying jobs (138 comments)

Extremely unlikely that these jobs will go offshore:

1. Even unclassified government contract jobs go require citizens or green cards. Classified jobs require citizenship.

2. The Salt Lake City area is lower in cost compared to alternative areas.It already gets companies that want cheaper workers, but needs them in the US.

about a year and a half ago

Building a Better Tech School

catherder_finleyd University of Cincinnati Co-op model (62 comments)

I would suggest tech schools should follow the Co-op model pioneered by the University of Cincinnati ( It provides students experience in their fields of study, as well as extra funds.

about a year and a half ago

Navy To Deploy Lasers On Ship In 2014

catherder_finleyd Re:with frickin' lasers! (402 comments)

To quote Hyman Rickover, "Fish Don't Vote!".

about a year and a half ago

H-1B Cap Reached Today; Didn't Get In? Too Bad

catherder_finleyd Re:Tech / IT needs some kind of apprenticeship sys (512 comments)

The University of Cincinnati Engineering College and several other Engineering Colleges have, for the last century, used the Co-Op model. In this system, students alternate school terms with work at companies. It is generally paid, and is in the student's area of study. It is fairly common in Engineering schools, especially in the Midwest USA.

about a year and a half ago

Chinese Want To Capture an Asteroid

catherder_finleyd Solar Power Satellites (481 comments)

The idea of building Solar Power Satellites, where solar energy is produced in orbit and beamed back to earth as microwaves, has around since the 1970's. Using spaced-based resources, like an asteroid, is likely to reduce the costs substantially. For more, check-out

about 3 years ago

Sharks Seen Swimming Down Australian Streets

catherder_finleyd Sharks in Minnesota (210 comments)

That's nothing. We've had Bull Sharks in Minnesota! (

more than 3 years ago

Bill Calls For Wi-Fi Base Stations In All Federal Buildings

catherder_finleyd Re:We don't have the cash for this let the cell ph (196 comments)

Actually, the Government will pay for this. The money will come out of the "Federal Buildings Fund". It is collected from "rent" the GSA is paid by Federal Agencies that use federal facilities.

more than 3 years ago

Developing StarCraft 2 Build Orders With Genetic Algorithms

catherder_finleyd EURISKO (200 comments)

This is not necessarily original. Douglas Lenat used EURISKO ( to win the Traveler RPG ( "Trillion Credit Squadron" championship in the early 1980's. Lenat got the attention of DARPA and later formed the company CyCorp (

more than 3 years ago

Hacker Business Models

catherder_finleyd We have the terms now (96 comments)

White Hack ( versus Black Hat (

more than 3 years ago

Denver Airport Overrun by Car-Eating Rabbits

catherder_finleyd One word solution (278 comments)

Ferreting! Even if the ferrets don't catch the rabbits, the scent will often chase the rabbits away.

more than 3 years ago

More Than 10% of Mozilla Bug Finders Refuse Cash

catherder_finleyd Job may not allow you to accept cash bounty (115 comments)

If one were to find the bug in the course of one's job, the employer may not allow you to accept a cash bounty. This is certainly the case in the US Federal Government, as well as many Federal Contractors.

more than 4 years ago

Canadian Libraries Want $300,000 To Buy Games

catherder_finleyd Libraries, the OLD babysitter (229 comments)

Libraries as Babysitters is not a new thing. It has been going on at least since the 1980's. Google 'unattended children in library' for more information.

more than 4 years ago

Health Care Reform

catherder_finleyd Pray you do not get a chronic condition (2044 comments)

If you get a chronic condition (MS, Diabetes, etc.), you will regret your catastrophic insurance choice. Your routine, non-covered expenses will go through the roof. It will get worse if the condition is such that you have problems working full-time, or you lose your job, etc.

more than 4 years ago

YouTube To Kill IE6 Support On March 13

catherder_finleyd And businesses lose out!!! (282 comments)

YouTube is increasingly becoming an important tool, especially in marketing and training. For example, search for "PMP Certification", "ITIL", "iso 9000" on YouTube. Not to mention any number of technical skill areas.

more than 4 years ago

$4,400/Yr. Coders May Work On Dept. of Labor Project

catherder_finleyd Call or e-mail your Congress-Person (418 comments)

I would urge US slashdotters to call or e-mail your Congress-Person. If this is really true, it is a violation of US Federal Contracting standards. Generally, Federal IT contracts specify all workers on the contract to be either US Citizens or Permanent Residents.

more than 4 years ago

Western Union Proposed Computing on Tap in 1965

catherder_finleyd Not a new idea (1 comments)

People forget that remote computing, and even rudimentary "Cloud Computing", was started back in the 1960's. I can remember in the 1970's doing work on GEISCO computers. At a time when the smaller "mini-computers" cost over $100K (1970's dollars), it was common for smaller companies to make use of GEISCO and other computer time sharing services.

more than 4 years ago

Turning Classic Literary Works Into Games

catherder_finleyd How about 'Grapes of Wrath'? (93 comments)

An even better subject for a Steinbeck game would be "Grapes of Wrath". It could play well as both a historical learning game, and as a current events social commentary game.

more than 5 years ago


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