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The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

darkstar949 Re:millenials (289 comments)

Systems that were written largely by members of Generation X and marketed by Baby Boomers. But no, keep thinking that everything is the fault of which ever generation is the youngest.

about a year ago
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Wikipedia's Participation Problem

darkstar949 Re:You can find million reasons why it is so, but. (372 comments)

...in my opinion, the decline in contributing members is mainly because of today's "gimme-gimme-gimme and I won't give anything back in return" mentality of the young generation of internet users.

So in other-words, everything started going down hill September 1993?

about a year ago
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Wikipedia's Participation Problem

darkstar949 Re:Unfriendly Elitists (372 comments)

Which thoroughly pisses me off, considering that wikipedia is the biggest free and easily accessible repository of human knowledge (outside of the NSA).

I'm not sure you could call the NSA a repository of human knowledge though. While they might have a lot of human data, the curation (such as it is) at Wikipedia is what actually makes things useful. Just having a bunch of data in and of itself doesn't mean it's actually useful.

about a year ago
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US Government Shutdown Ends

darkstar949 Re:postpone the inevitable (999 comments)

Nothing has been fixed, US still has a spending problem.

I'd argue that we have a spending problem and a revenue problem. Think of it this way, if you were trying to pay all of you debts off, would you quit your job and find a lower paying one or would you get a second job to until things are paid off?

about a year ago
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US Government Shutdown Ends

darkstar949 Re:Now it gets worse. (999 comments)

I agree with you on all points but one -- this wasn't really a chance to stop the crazy. The budget is too out of control to come up with a fix in a few days. It is going to take a very difficult debate among the entire electorate to decide which sacred cows are going to be slaughtered. It has gotten to the point where no politician is willing to bring the subject up because everyone is going to feel some very real pain in order to solve all of this.

The biggest sacred cow to fix the federal deficits would be to just reform the tax code and actually have more revenue coming in than is being spent. Discretionary spending is only 30% of the budget with 6%, 64% is mandatory spending and the interest on the debt is only 6%. Even if you cut the discretionary spending completely (ignoring the revenue issues due to that workforce being laid off) you still aren't going to close the gap completely. Tax breaks, on the other hand, are currently $1.18 trillion dollars which is more than the discretionary budget.

Once you have the federal deficits taken care of you can just pretty much let the budget cost on cruise control since your principle shouldn't be getting any bigger at that point. Granted between months in the year you might see some nominal increases in the debt due to short term bonds being sold to smooth out the bumps in the revenue caused by how taxes are filed, in the long run even that would go away if a nice âoerainy day fundâ and âoebufferâ account was established.

about a year ago
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US Government Shutdown Ends

darkstar949 Re:Americans doing the right thing (999 comments)

Frankly, the only sure-fire way to pay off this debt is via massive spending cuts.

Massive spending cuts are completely useless if you are still running a deficit. If you have a balanced budget then you will eventually payoff all of your debts in full and considering the time frames that governments have to work with, who really cares how long it takes as long as the principle is not increasing and the payments are being made on time?

There are some issues with actually getting a balanced federal budget though due to the inconstant way the money comes in and the unpredictability at times as well. It's not like a household budget where barring job loss you pretty much know exactly how much each paycheck is going to be. The federal budget really does need to be running a slight surplus so that a âoerainy day fundâ can be established but usually as soon as a surplus appears politicians want to use that money to gain political capital as opposed to saving it for later on down the road.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Work Schedule Make You Unproductive?

darkstar949 Re:Who cares what the community thinks? (311 comments)

I guess it depends on the type of work though. When it comes to writing software, I find that if I get up, go for a walk, chat with some coworkers, etc. - which is technically "unproductive" - that I can move past a roadblock that I was encountering and sometimes wrap a problem up in about thirty minutes. Other-times where the expectation was that you had to sit and code all day, I could easily spend four times as long working on the same problem due to mental fatigue.

Back in 1995 Dilbert highlighted some of the issues with development and engineering type positions and what is considered work - namely, the time spent at home thinking about a problem isn't considered "work."

1 year,23 hours
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Study Shows Professors With Tenure Are Worse Teachers

darkstar949 Re:Awful professor story (273 comments)

I'm willing to bet your physics, maths and engineering professors don't dick around like that.

Nope, the physics professor I had spent the first day talking Sikhism and the Harmandir Sahib (the Golden Temple) and it would come up from time to time after that, although he did some more time actually talking about physics. Sadly, he had a very thick accent so you really had to pay attention to figure out what he was saying to determine if it was even relevant.

1 year,8 days
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Syrian Gov't Agrees To Russian Chem-Weapon Turnover Plan

darkstar949 Re:Missing Option (362 comments)

Sure, except for the fact that nobody has been able to explain how the rebels managed to get their hands on chemical weapons in order to launch the attack. Short of manufacturing them they would have had to have gotten them from a Syrian storehouse that fell into their hands in which case it makes sense for the Syrian government to want to wash their hands free of them.

1 year,11 days
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Amazon Hiring More Than a 100 Who Can Get Top Secret Clearances

darkstar949 Re: Who cares about the polygraph? (213 comments)

It's entirely possible that the rules have changed since you had your first SSBI, but unless they changed things (again) the only reason that they would talk to elementary school teachers is if you actually given them as one of your references. The last time I looked at DCID 6/4 it basically said something along the lines of verify education and interview sources if education was your primary activity during the past three years. There's always the possibility that an investigation would be expanded, but I like I said a couple posts back, I don't see OPM going and talking to someone's elementary school teachers and asking for a character reference.

1 year,15 days
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Amazon Hiring More Than a 100 Who Can Get Top Secret Clearances

darkstar949 Re: Who cares about the polygraph? (213 comments)

Except that nobody in this day and age actually calls it "special clearance" or if they do then it was outside of the community that I was in. If they are going back and talking to elementry school teachers then it is not an SSBI that is being conducted since that only goes back 10 years or until the age of 18 which ever is less and that is the usual standard for SCI materials. Of course, this is not to say that a SAP might require above and beyond but then my point still stands about talking to elementray school teachers about what you were like at that age still stands: it is completely meaningless unless they knew you as an older teenager or adult.

1 year,15 days
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Amazon Hiring More Than a 100 Who Can Get Top Secret Clearances

darkstar949 Re: Who cares about the polygraph? (213 comments)

You are speculating incorrectly. I held a special clearance and they went back and talked to elementary school teachers, old friends, etc... If they come up with concerns, they dig further than they did with me.

What do you mean by "special clearance" though? For an SSBI they aren't going to go back and talk to elementary school teachers because there would be no point in doing that unless you knew those same teachers when you were older. When they do an SSBI for military personnel that are fresh out of high school they don't go back and talk to elementary school teachers unless they knew the subject in the recent past since someones opinion of a child is unlikely to give any indication as to their trustworthiness as an adult.

1 year,16 days
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Amazon Hiring More Than a 100 Who Can Get Top Secret Clearances

darkstar949 Re:Polygraph Tests (213 comments)

They always accuse you of using drugs. Always. They also try to beat you into a confession. Always.

Generally speaking the odds of a random American having tried drugs was about 42% back in 2008 and I'm sure that on a generational basis that number is likely higher or lower. Plus if you know where someone grew up or is currently living that affects the odds as well. So from that perspective it kind of makes sense to push someone on the issue - if they will not admit to doing something once or twice (that they really don't care about) then what else are they likely to keep close lipped that can actually be used against them?

1 year,16 days
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Yahoo! Sports Redesign Sparks Controversy, Disdain From Users

darkstar949 Re:this is not news to Flickr users (172 comments)

Although oddly enough I've actually seen more traffic going to my Flickr account that was being driven by searches on Flickr. So it looks like they might have tweaked the searching under the hood as well which is nice, but the new UI on the other hand, cluttered.

1 year,25 days
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US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered

darkstar949 Re:Great (918 comments)

Tell me again why we should care about the use of chemical weapons in Syria? I don't see a reason to intervene.

Realistically the reason that the US cares about the use of chemical weapons in Syria is because there is fear that AQ or one of the other radical groups operating in Syria could get their hands on them for use outside of Syria. If Syria is resorting to the use of chemical weapons then they are becoming more liberal with their transport and they can fall out of their control. If this was a false flag operation of some sort then Syria has already lost control of chemical weapons in which case someone needs to go in their to re-establish control of them. Beyond that the US doesn't want to get involved unless one of their allies in the region pulls them into the quagmire which hasn't been happening. As someone already pointed out, the missiles that hit Turkey gave the US casus belli to attack Syria and even with the war hawks in Congress and the Senate beating the war drums they've avoided doing anything overt thus far.

1 year,25 days
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The College-Loan Scandal

darkstar949 Re:The best combination (827 comments)

Education in Japan, Work in USA, and wife from France.

I'm not sure if that is sarcasm nor not. The education system in Japan is largely based upon rote memorization and is known be counter productive in terms of creativity. The United States are up there on the list of countries with the most working hours and least amount of vacation time taken.

about a year ago
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Area 51 No Longer (Officially) a Secret

darkstar949 Re: Sounds like some of the story (115 comments)

There are actually a lot of reports of the B-2 Spirt being reported as Black Triangle UFOs and there is some plausible evidence out there that there might be another experimental airframe out there that is triangular in shape.

about a year ago
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Dolphin Memories Span At Least 20 Years

darkstar949 Re:I yell my name all day (110 comments)

I understand a lot of the illiteracy in the world, that one has always puzzled me...

Pointing such things out does not make you appear couth, but rather more of a churl.

about a year ago
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Dolphin Memories Span At Least 20 Years

darkstar949 Re:I yell my name all day (110 comments)

Why can't dolphins do intelligent and interesting things without people applying unfounded anthropomorphic qualities to their behavior?

On the same token, who said the anthropomorphic being applied aren't unfounded? There is a lot of evidence out there to support the fact that some animals aren't "dumb" so it's not unreasonable to speculate that some of them might be capable of communicating using mechanisms that we could both anthropomorphise and be complete incapable of understanding.

With regards to the argument that the "Language Log" is trying to make about signature whistles not acting like names, well, they are guilty of assuming that dolphin "grammar" would act the same as human languages. For all intensive purposes they are falling for the anthropomorphic as a result. Or to put in another way "Dolphins aren't following the rules of human grammar, therefore, signature whistles can't be names."

about a year ago
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Training Materials for NSA Spying Tool "XKeyScore" Revealed

darkstar949 Re:Rogers was not lying (347 comments)

This is false. He said, and I quote, ""He was lying, He clearly has over-inflated his position, he has over-inflated his access and he's even over-inflated what the actually technology of the programs would allow one to do. It's impossible for him to do what he was saying he could do."

It turns out that he was in fact NOT lying, and Rogers WAS lying by saying Snowden was lying.

Or Snowden might be exaggerating what the software could do because he wasn't actually authorized to use it (i.e. he drew conclusions based upon the training materials on SharePoint) and Rogers is downplaying how poor the security at the NSA actually is.

If Snowden was a system administrator at the NSA then there would have been no reason for him to be using the tools that the intellegence analysts would have been using and I would like to think that he would not have had need to know to actually use the systems even if he had knowledge of them. So he likely was not in a position to be fully briefed about the actual capablities of the systems. Even if he was being truthful about being a "infrastructure analyst" (i.e. black hat) there still wouldn't have been much of a reason for him to the tools of an intellegence analyst.

about a year ago

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A potential solution to the black hole information

darkstar949 darkstar949 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

darkstar949 (697933) writes "One of the biggest paradoxes in physics is the black hole information paradox, but new research from a team of physicists at Case Western Reserve University may have resolved it. They have purposed that information is not lost in black holes because nothing ever crosses the event horizon, and if this theory is correct then it could be the solution to one of the biggest paradoxes encountered in modern physics."
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