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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

datavirtue Re:First and foremost (151 comments)

There is no such thing as cheating on taxes. If you can avoid taxes in any way then by all means avoid them. If it cannot be enforced then it was not meant to be.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

datavirtue Re:First and foremost (151 comments)

Yep, I'm running into people who are being hired as architects and they know barely anything because they have been stuck working on the same crap for ten years. I worked on my own outside of corp America for ten years always doing what I wanted to do, experimenting, making mistakes on my own stuff. I learned a lot....a lot more than I thought I had as I'm now employed to examine software systems that have been designed by senior developers and architects--fixing thier crap systems and documenting their blatant mistakes.

I'm also finding that they are using the business to experiment and pad their resume most of the time which is not tuning out good. They have attempted to build systems that are scalable and robust--ending up with products that are neither and worse than the simple solutions they replaced. In every meeting and design session I'm in I hear "I have never done X before (replace X with any fad or buzz tech you can imagine) but it is the way it should be done." I let loose with questions and insights and all I get is stammering and blank stares. It is a joke....and the company is trusting them to build key systems. So far it has not gone well.

yesterday
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How YouTube Music Key Will Redefine What We Consider Music

datavirtue Re:"Limited beta access" (105 comments)

Marketing is not advertising

about two weeks ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

datavirtue Re:ah, but the analogy ... (212 comments)

Actually, now they are locked into a cycle of debt that precludes using an old tractor in favor of buying new ones before the old ones wear out. Those who run old tractors fix them themselves. Besides, there is often no time to hire a mechanic, when the tractor breaks it needs to be back in production ASAP. Your analogy sucks.

about two weeks ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

datavirtue Re:And Self-Actualization is not the goal. (212 comments)

Our best developers (I'm an Application Engineer/Application Support....read dev babysitter) create some of the most dangerous code. The less skilled devs create code that obviously doesn't work from zero point. Their lack of knowledge about the database, network, operating system, application server, threading, failure to properly handle exceptions all contribute to dangerous bugs and failures. Senior developers routinely take it upon themselves to make decisions in vacuum that they press on junior developers who get blamed for fucking up. The worst possible thing you can do these days is grant a title of architect or senior developer--people stop questioning their decisions and they feel like they can make design decisions without a team review of their choices. Automation and abstraction are the key ingredients in making this situation a reality. These things are good, but they allow us to construct systems without the necessary knowledge of the inner workings. Colleges cannot handle teaching the inner workings...especially if we require them to turn out x-number of new programmers every year.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

datavirtue Re:So.... (583 comments)

I think he is talking about this because we are starting to build quantum computers. As soon as we can rectify and combine a deterministic machine and a non-deterministic one we will have created the foundation for a new being. It is un-nerving to some, hell most, because they realize that the progress from that point will be very fast with the market being the proponent of spreading these new beings. What we are really asking is if we should be using the market to propagate self-aware entities or should we have some type of control over the spread--regulation.

about a month ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

datavirtue Re:Boys are naturally curious... (608 comments)

I think we need to look harder at why women are put off by busts.

about a month ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

datavirtue Re:No. (291 comments)

The business district (Loveland Madeira Road) in one of the wealthiest suburbs in Cincinnati (Loveland) only has access to 5MbDown 500kUp DSL and no cable. WTF?

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

datavirtue Re:Man up (279 comments)

Why did you skip the bathroom?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

datavirtue Re:Just do it (279 comments)

Certainly do not need a 20AMP circuit to support a home networking closet.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

datavirtue Re:Combine the 2 (279 comments)

Let us know when you move out of your mom's house.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

datavirtue Re:Combine the 2 (279 comments)

Seriously, I wouldn't show up for less than $200.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

datavirtue Re:Combine the 2 (279 comments)

What is wrong with trendnet? Reviews are good and I have been using the hell out of a trendnet switch which has proven reliable. Many gigs traverse it each day with multiple users--not one single hiccup in three years, never rebooted.

about a month and a half ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

datavirtue Re:TL;DR (602 comments)

Yes, but they were cramming the damn transformer/ballast into the lamp/bulb at the cheapest rate humanly possible. Those used in industrial applications have always had discrete ballasts that efficiently regulated the power. Furthermore, if you wanted longevity you had to, and still do, have to pay a steep price.

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

datavirtue Re:I'm sold on LED bulbs... (602 comments)

I was at the returns desk in Home Depot and witnessed someone returning about 15 of those LED bulbs with the soft rubber coating.

about 2 months ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

datavirtue Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

I was looking at LED replacement bulbs at the hardware store the other day ($20 each). I am suspect as to their efficiency. They have large heat sinks on the which get very hot. That is wasted energy. There is no way to pack an efficient transformer into such a small space. There is no easy fix. Houses need wired seperately with a lower voltage appropriate for powering LED lights. You can install a high efficiency transformer to step down the 120V into a clean, lower voltage signal but that transformer is not going to be cheap....and you need additional wiring dedicated to lighting.

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: How do you get a job when you already have one?

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  about a year and a half ago

datavirtue (1104259) writes ""I've just entered the job market (this last month) and have been mostly using a popular tech job site with a smattering of CraigsList. I feel like I'm getting attacked! The question I pose is this: How do you deal with getting a job when you already have one? The recruiters literally ring my phone off the hook like a psycho girlfriend and I now spend more time on the phone, answering emails, and in interviews than I do actually working. My paid time off is starting to run out and people are getting suspicious, and I have just started looking! Please help, I need advice.
As a side note, I ran a job posting on CraigsList to get resumes and cover letters from other people looking for similar jobs and all I have gotten is almost a complete failure of applicants to submit cover letters--and the ones who did had a string of developer jobs where they lasted only a year or less. Is this the norm?""
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Fast and Furious Developer Job Market

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  about a year and a half ago

datavirtue (1104259) writes "Hello fellow Slashdot'ers. I've just entered the job market (this last month) and have been mostly using Dice.com with a smattering of CraigsList. I feel like I'm getting attacked! The question I pose is this: How do you deal with getting a job when you already have one? The recruiters literally ring my phone off the hook like a psycho girlfriend and I now spend more time on the phone, answering emails, and in interviews than I do actually working. My paid time off is starting to run out and people are getting suspicious, and I have just started looking! Please help, I need advice.
As a side note, I ran a job posting on CraigsList to get resumes and cover letters from other people looking for similar jobs and all I have gotten is almost a complete failure of applicants to submit cover letters--and the ones who did had a string of developer jobs where they lasted only a year or less. Is this the norm?"
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US District Court, "'Silly' Apple and Google"

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  more than 2 years ago

datavirtue writes "A recent article in the WSJ details how and why the Seventh US Circuit Court of Appeals gave the boot to both Apple and Google over patent infringement claims/counterclaims that Google "copied" iOS with Android.

There were great expectations when technology giants Apple and Google squared off in court, each accusing the other of violating its patents in competing mobile phones. No one expected this case would end in a whimper, with one of the country's most influential judges dismissing the claims as "silly." In the process, the judge, Richard Posner of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, described a patent law system in "chaos" and needing basic reform.

This is one article you might want to read before commenting!"
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Advice on Logic Trainers and Prototyping Boards

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  more than 2 years ago

datavirtue writes "Hi everyone! I'm studying electrical engineering and I'm in the market for a couple prototyping boards. I want to play with Xilinx processors, but I'm seeing other processors that I'm not familiar with. My main purpose is to get experience developing with systems that are used in the "real world" (so I can get a job), and Xilinx seems to be used extensively for embedded systems. I'm currently eyeing a RSR PLDT-3 with a XC95108, any advice? I need to keep the costs down too."
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Which web platform would you use?

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  more than 2 years ago

datavirtue writes "I'm about to embark on developing active content (database driven, and web services) for the first time for my website and I have grown to love PHP. Knowing that there are other web development platforms available, and noticing some disdain for PHP in some circles, I'm curious to know which platforms slashdotters prefer along with the reasons why. Before I get started into heavy development I would like to get some opinions and more facts. Why shouldn't I use PHP?"
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Hijacking authenticated open wifi sessions

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  more than 3 years ago

datavirtue writes "Still in early testing, but I have successfully hijacked an authenticated user session on a managed Cisco wifi network by spoofing the MAC of an authenticated user. The MAC was easily obtainable by scanning with Cain, followed by a simple and well documented registry mod in Windows to change my MAC to that of the victim. Interested to see if anyone has a solution for this problem. Disclaimer: This was performed as a test on two of my laptops in the course of my job as a researcher."
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"Grey Market" Drugs

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  more than 3 years ago

datavirtue writes ""PBS just ran a story about "grey market" drugs that hospitals are forced to buy during supply crunches. These drugs are often sold at exorbitant prices (conservative choice of words) with questionable pedigree. Even though hospital pharmacies and doctors can't verify the origin of these transient drugs they often purchase and administer them any way--citing a dire need that overrules the requirements of safety and potency. In quoting one of the principals of the article: "We were in dire straights, so we still had to use it,"""
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HBGary Cancels RSA Conference Appearance

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  more than 3 years ago

datavirtue (1104259) writes ""A group of aggressive hackers known as “Anonymous” illegally broke into computer systems and stole proprietary and confidential information from HBGary, Inc. This breach was in violation of federal and state laws, and stolen information was publicly released without our consent.

In addition to the data theft, HBGary individuals have received numerous threats of violence including threats at our tradeshow booth.

In an effort to protect our employees, customers and the RSA Conference community, HBGary has decided to remove our booth and cancel all talks.

HBGary is continuing to work intensely with law enforcement on this matter and hopes to bring those responsible to justice."

I wouldn't show my face either....I hear McDonalds is hiring."

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