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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

datavirtue Re:That's WordPress in a nutshell (302 comments)

I tried WordPress for a client...twice...it was a nightmare. If it isnt a blog forget it.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

datavirtue Re:you nailed it (302 comments)

Thanks...I just checked out MODX and used it to build a good solid website for a client. Got to trash a Wordpress install...a great feeling.

3 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

datavirtue Re:Popcorn time! (376 comments)

Lost on me on the first half of the first sentence. Most rapes are never reported. The girls tell their friends...maybe their mother but I doubt it...that's about it. I think the majority of the 25% figure is girls at college waking up in the middle or end of it after a night of heavy drinking. Some never wake up or remember the incident. I have had these incidences recounted to me by the victims and their friends.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

datavirtue Re:That's WordPress in a nutshell (302 comments)

PHP changes and updates break the site...sometimes these changes are forced.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

datavirtue Re:Yes (302 comments)

There are highly talented design professionals producing and selling awesome templates for pennies. Check out themeforrest. You can find flexible designs with all of the boilerplate already complete, leting you focus on the customer's requirements. No need to build from scratch. CMS? Bleh.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

datavirtue Re:Let's hope (253 comments)

Right, because without that they would have no tools to make people do the wonderful things they wish them to do and government would no longer attract them. They would have to go out into the world and figure out an intelligent way to help people...and to the feeble human mind that is an insurmountable task and very terrifying.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

datavirtue Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

"nobody in the U.S of A ever has to work again!"

I think that is the mission.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

datavirtue Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

It would be nice if the engorgement just printed money for themselves but they don't. They allow the creation of money through an issuance of debt. So they take a loan in order to "print that money." A loan that carries a nice safe profit for the granting private or sovereign entity. If you get your hands on enough cash you can loan the government money...it pays very well.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

datavirtue Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

Cause they spent all of their money on token ring, terminals, and some big, mean dot matrix printers and screen printing machines at an uncompetitive price. Flat files for the win

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

datavirtue Re:In other countries... (253 comments)

True...I came up in a family business who's livelihood was preparing tax returns and navigating the rivers of regulations and caveats for businesses and individuals. The slightest whiff or hint of tax reform in light of simplifying sends shivers and chills across these peoples' bodies. You and I assume it will never happen but they take any of this talk VERY seriously. I remember a little hub-bub in the 80's about tax reform to simplify the code and my grandmother (owner of the business) totally freaked and started positioning herself to lose her business.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

datavirtue Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

What is the value in taxing income at that point? Why not tax purchases to reward savings and give people a choice?

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

datavirtue Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

Fair Tax....I have analyzed this and it is perfectly workable. The government would have to give up on collecting all of that juicy data and it would disrupt the system...stuff the people don't care about but are things the government treasures--and we allow.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

datavirtue Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

Corporations or the wealthy do not pay taxes and are in no danger of an audit. You pay the corporations' and wealthy peoples' taxes when you buy shit...it is all wrapped up in the price before sales taxes. So, you are paying sales taxes on the income taxes you pay for these people you claim are afraid of being audited. I owned my own business, my dad and I would sit around joking how our customers paid all of our taxes...the rest was just funny math and numbers on paper with cute labels next to them to fool the plebeians.

Your first step should be to get your head out of your ass. Income taxes are one of the biggest corruptions of government and nations...and one of the main reasons why aliens wont talk to us.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

datavirtue Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

I love how we get caught up using our brain power here to rant about IRS and partisan conspiracies when there is a truly messed up system (government tax code, IRS) that needs eliminated and replaced. I think both sides can agree on this. Though, perhaps this was manufactured by the DNC to make their base defend the IRS because I'm certainly seeing that, and the MO fits the typical imperial technique of making a group with common interests fight each other. You people bore me.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

datavirtue Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

We don't need the IRS to pay taxes...and if you insist that we do it should be an IT organization that is nearly invisible to us whereby 200million a year would be more than enough to fund the whole thing. How many companies serve more traffic and store more data than the IRS for less money in IT expense? I don't know, but I think it would be an interesting study. Having people traveling around auditing people and businesses is archaic at best and wholly ridiculous...I would not be surprised if they pulled up with a horse and buggy. There are better ways to levy and collect taxes...but if you stop and think about it the current system for all of its loopholes gives the government power and lots of personal data. That is what they really want. Anyone with half a brain knows sales taxes are a fool proof way to collect government revenue without all of the administrative overhead and "loopholes."

about a week ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

datavirtue Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

Thanks for my new sig.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

datavirtue Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

Managers introduce methodologies like Agile because the word "sprint" seems to mean that they can overwork you.

LMAO!!

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

datavirtue Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

It only takes a few arrogant, know-it-all, elitist assholes to run people off. IT infrastructure and development are loaded with these assholes...and they generally make it hell for everyone. These assholes treat me nice but I see them treat others like shit repeatedly--and I hate it. Sprinkle in a bit social interaction awkwardness (especially with females) and I can see why women wouldn't want to live and work in these shops. Hell, I'm wondering if I can even take seeing it anymore...and I'm an insider.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

datavirtue Re:Schedule D?! (450 comments)

They probably use Drake...but yeah.

about three weeks ago
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PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

datavirtue Re:Uh, okay. (245 comments)

There are many frameworks that are still developed which make PHP useable and elegant...Phalcon for instance.

about three weeks 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  |  about 3 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 3 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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