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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

dills Best to pretend you don't have the PhD... (479 comments)

Look, the phd is not going to open very many doors in this industry. This is one of the most severe industries for devaluing advanced degrees and instead almost all value is placed on demonstrable experience.

So basically, as a PhD, you're just (in their eyes) an inexperienced programmer who has unrealistic salary fantasies.

The PhD may help you in academic circles, but in the IT industry, it just represents prime years spent on something that brings no value to the company wanting to hire you.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Mitigating DoS Attacks On Home Network?

dills Re:Are you really being DoSed? (319 comments)

The logs you posted are not evidence of DoS, they show a random packet here and there.

A DoS would be characterized by, at a minimum, thousands of packets per second.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Mitigating DoS Attacks On Home Network?

dills Re:What evidence do you have that you're being DoS (319 comments)

This is not a DoS attack. Look at how infrequent the packets are...it's essentially background noise that every IP address will see.

This feels like 2002 all over again, when people had host-based firewalls and would freak out any time they got hit with a port scan, not really understanding what they were looking at.

about a year ago

Alcatel-Lucent Gives DSL Networks a Gigabit Boost

dills What an improvement over gigabit ethernet! (120 comments)

With gigabit ethernet, you can go 100 meters with cat6 wiring.

So, all this provides is the ability to use a single pair instead of two pair...at the expense of having equipment to terminate it at each end.

This has zero applications for delivering broadband. Nobody is within 100 meters of a DSLAM.

about a year and a half ago

John McAfee Explains How He Milked Information From Belize's Elite

dills Why is nobody stating the obvious? (275 comments)

This is clearly bullshit.

At every turn, he attaches quantities to resources:

75 cheap laptops
23 women
6 men
8 of the women lived with him
2 people in the Nicaraguan Hezbollah camp
3 people in Mexico dealing with the Zetas

The only "evidence" supporting his story are his "so easy to fake my kids could it" screenshots and audio files.

I think the original assessment stands: This is a guy who has snorted waaaay too much MPDV, is seeing shadow men in bushes, and killed his neighbor in retaliation for his neighbor killing his dog.

He escaped the country via a combination of his charisma, money, and the ineptitude of the Belize law enforcement.

This is all just a retroactive attempt at explaining why the Belize government would want to frame him. Look, it's simple...why would Belize kill his neighbor to frame McAfee, when they could simply just kill McAfee instead?

Paranoid bullshit, and so obviously so.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Motherboard Manufacturers?

dills Just do a little research. (352 comments)

It's all about chipsets. Figure out what chipset a given motherboard has, do a few googles, and you'll likely have your answers.

I have no problem with either of the manufacturers that you mentioned. Were you perhaps trying to do an AMD solution? I'd just stick with Intel chips and chipsets at this point in the game.

more than 2 years ago

Seattle's Creepy Cameraman Pushes Public Surveillance Buttons

dills Re:This is (probably) illegal... (387 comments)

In Washington State, the "2 party rule" specifically only applies to telephone conversations and other conversations where there is an expectation of privacy. Just because the rules are different in say, Maryland, doesn't mean that every state's 2 party rules are the same.

more than 2 years ago

Seattle's Creepy Cameraman Pushes Public Surveillance Buttons

dills Re:This is (probably) illegal... (387 comments)

There's no expectation of privacy in public, therefore it's exempt.

more than 2 years ago

Your Worst IT Workshop?

dills Re:Speaking of university... (497 comments)

That sucks. I had a different experience.

My freshman instructor in CS50, the first class you take in CS, was a special guest instructor that year.

I shit you not, I was taught C by none other than Brian Kernighan.


Hint: He's the "K" in "AWK". He helped Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie invent UNIX at Bell Labs. He co-authored "The C Programming Language", the very first book on programming in C, and widely considered by most to be the bible of modern programming.

He was extremely fun and engaging, and I felt honored to be in the presence of one of the forefathers of modern computing.

more than 7 years ago


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