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The Shortage of Women In IT

gimmebeer 2 problems here. (697 comments)

1. IT is a meritocracy, you are awarded contracts or jobs based upon proven performance. To give a contract to a company specifically based on the gender of the owner is bad business. Gov't spending out money the wrong way, yet again. 2. Why is it a 'problem' when specific gender is not highly represented in a specific industry? Nothing against women in IT, I have and do work with many women in IT who are stand out performers and are extrememly intelligent. I just don't think we should be granting contracts based specifically upon the gender of the submitter.

more than 2 years ago
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Huge Triangle-shaped Spot Over the Sun

gimmebeer Aliens (229 comments)

It's the only explanation.

more than 2 years ago
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White House CIO Describes His 'Worst Day' Ever

gimmebeer Re:OMB IT has their hands tied. (333 comments)

I agree with you completely. The current CIO probably did crap his pants when he saw the state of the OMB networks in 2008 and realized what he had gotten himself into. But, interns are generally not the ones you want handling systems, and that's really not what they're used for in the WH environment. Everyone in that environment tends to think they are too good for any kind of menial work.

more than 2 years ago
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Can $60 Games Survive?

gimmebeer World of Tanks hit the nail on the head. (FtP) (435 comments)

It's a free to play game with upgrades attainable faster if you choose to pay. I love the game, have played it a lot and have spent more $$ over time than I'd have paid for a one-off $60 fee. In fact, I would have never played it if it cost $60 up front, and I'm sure there are many other games out there that I would enjoy but never even tried because the upfront I-don't-even-know-if-I-like-this-game-yet fee is too steep. The Free to Play initially approach is a very strong business model when done right.

more than 2 years ago
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White House CIO Describes His 'Worst Day' Ever

gimmebeer OMB IT has their hands tied. (333 comments)

The problem is the procurement process. It takes a hell of a long time to get IT resources ordered, and often by the time they are actually put into service half of their warranty life-time has expired. It has nothing to do with a lack of knowledge on the OMB IT front, it's got everything to do with the red tape they have to cut through to make anything happen.

more than 2 years ago
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Russian Scientists Revive Plant From 30,000-Year-Old Seeds

gimmebeer So...what happened to the squirrel? (162 comments)

Scientists just come along and steal the food you've had stashed for 30,000 years... being a squirrel is rough.

more than 2 years ago
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Female Passengers Say They Were Targeted For TSA Body Scanners

gimmebeer Good job Schumer (572 comments)

Way to take the typical govt stance that the answer to any complaint about too much govt is... more government! He just took a complaint about the TSA's overwhelming presense and turned it into an arguement to hire more TSA workers.

more than 2 years ago
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MIT's Online Education Prototype Opens For Enrollment

gimmebeer Basic requirements...? (42 comments)

"You must know basic calculus and linear algebra and have some background in differential equations." Stupid math... someone point me to a refresher....

more than 2 years ago
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How To Pull Location Data From Encrypted Google Maps Sessions

gimmebeer Always cool...but useful? (28 comments)

An interesting take on attacking an SSL stream, but like said above how useful is this really? As the first reply said, it does sounds like a known-plaintext attack in that you know to look for a certain number of bits, and when taken together with other certain numbers of bits you can deduce the area of the world being viewed. Seems mostly academic, unless you're law enforcement or some other such entity who is recording traffic from a known bad guy and trying to determine his next target... (which then again is sorta what counter-terror units do these days)

more than 2 years ago
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India Turns Down American Fighter Jets, Buys From France

gimmebeer Re:Many versus Awesome (600 comments)

While great for Starcraft, this model falls apart when you're talking about units who carry a very limited number of offensive weapons (Air-to-Air missiles), the radar ranging and tracking capabilities, and computer sophistication to track and lock on to many targets at once. Add in the latest stealth capabilities of US fighters and their ability to share targeting info (we call it a force multiplier now), and a swarm of older fighters no longer beats a smaller number of more advanced fighter aircraft. What they have chosen to do is an old gambler's move. Rather than bet it all on one roll of the dice, they are choosing to spread out their money in the hopes that they can beat any local air force. They realized that if the do go up against the US or another very modern air force, it's hopeless.

more than 2 years ago
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The IT Certs That No Longer Pay Extra

gimmebeer Certs are only as valid as they are difficult. (267 comments)

Let's face it, anything by CompTIA and to an increasing degree at the lower certification level, Microsoft, is worthless. If it's a straight memorize, take test, do a braindump and update your resume type of exam... eventually even HR types will catch on to it and it will go from a 'preferred experience' to a 'job requirement'. Employers will continue to use certs as yardsticks to measure potential hires, especially when they can obtain 'Partner' or 'Gold' status and add a cool logo to their website by claiming to have X number of MCPs, but the real IT people who do the interviewing will see through it immediately. There are higher level certs that still hold weight... CCIE, CISSP, VCDX, some others I don't know or care about, that will continue to hold weight. Also do not forget that the US govt is continually requiring it's employees in certain positions to hold specific certs... *cough*CISSP*cough* which in a sense floods the certified ranks with those who took a mandatory class and otherwise would never have attempted the exam and artificially inflates the numbers of people certified, which in the end will de-value the cert. I generally don't look at most certs as real means of proving I know something, I look at them as a way to market myself to the HR types who will be the first to review my resume. If I can match enough acronyms to make them happy, I can get an interview with the tech people who will actually determine if I am qualified for the position. It's just a big game and geek pride thing that we, as IT types, must endure.

more than 2 years ago
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US Judge Rules Defendant Can Be Forced To Decrypt Hard Drive

gimmebeer That darn Constitution... (1047 comments)

I didn't read, I don't know what this person is accused of. In the interest of objectivity, I don't want to know. He/she/it may be deserving of The Chair for all I know, but it's a right which is near and dear to our Previously Glorious Country's very foundation that if you choose to do so, you can refrain from saying or admitting evidence that may OR MAY NOT incriminate you. You are only refusing to give the prosecution potential evidence to incriminate you, and do you think you really understand all of the laws where you live better than your tax-payer funded local prosecutors?? And in Today's America, damn near any admission to police can incriminate you in one way or another. Therefore, pleading the 5th should be the default response to police questioning, it's an exorcise of your rights. It's NOT an admission of guilt, it's an embrace of your Constitutional rights. Police are trained to find a way to get you to say something, anything which is not 100% true, and from there they can tear apart your character in court and win a conviction. I've been there and seen it,as soon as an officer can contradict ANYTHING you say in court, you are finished in the eyes of most judges. The courts do not care, their salary is dependent upon convicting and fining a certain percentage of people. You don't have to be a master criminal, you just have to be a citizen that doesn't understand our modern justice system and it's goals. Not saying anything is not only your right, but it prevents police and prosecutors from turning your words against you. In other words, NEVER talk to police.... be it a statement or password.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Wireless Changes Privacy Policy

gimmebeer Re:Use a firewall (204 comments)

A firewall won't prevent your ISP from telling advertisers that you like to google Nike shoes and them then targeting you with advertisements... that is information upstream of your local connection. At best, you could use it to try to block ads from certains domains from loading. SSL or a VPN is a better alternative, but it's not always available. At the end of the day, it's just your ISP selling you to advertisers to make even more money at your expense. The outrage is present, there are simply fewer real alternatives these days.

more than 3 years ago
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What security policy will the TSA adopt next?

gimmebeer I prefer the bacon test. (554 comments)

Everyone must take a bite of bacon prior to when boarding the plane. Anyone who refuses is obviously a terrorist.

more than 4 years ago
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US Presidential Nuclear Codes 'Lost For Months'

gimmebeer Not a good thing, but nobody was in danger. (322 comments)

Those are just part of the authentication process to initiate something like a launch. Still, it looks bad on those who lost them.

more than 3 years ago
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Many More Android Apps Leaking User Data

gimmebeer Am I the only one who giggled... (299 comments)

...at the application named 'taintDroid'? I must be really bored today.

more than 4 years ago
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Cyber Command Will Miss Friday's Operational Deadline

gimmebeer The problem is the area where CYBERCOM is located. (156 comments)

In the MD/DC/VA area, everyone works for some form of gov't agency. Ft. Meade is also home to another larger and sexier IT-type agency which shall remain nameless, so they are competeing heavily for the IT talent they have. Also, agencies in the suburbs between DC and Baltimore generally pay less than those located in the District and NoVA, so people with the clearances required to work there would be taking a paycut. The short answer.... pay more or lower your expectations.

more than 4 years ago

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Ceiling lights used as data network

gimmebeer gimmebeer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gimmebeer (1648629) writes "ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Flickering ceiling lights are usually a nuisance, but in city offices in St. Cloud, they will actually be a pathway to the Internet. The lights will transmit data to specially equipped computers on desks below by flickering faster than the eye can see. Ultimately, the technique could ease wireless congestion by opening up new expressways for short-range communications. The first generation of the LVX system will transmit data at speeds of about 3 megabits per second, roughly as fast as a residential DSL line.

This system also uses less wattage than standard lights, it's cheaper and doubles as a data network. Nice."

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Dell Streak goes Official, Runs on Android 1.6

gimmebeer gimmebeer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gimmebeer (1648629) writes "Dell’s little five-inch tablet, the Streak, has gotten official, and it will launch in the UK “early next month”. The Snapdragon 1-GHz-equipped Android slate has been Dell’s worst-kept secret for a while, but now at last it has made it (almost) into the light and revealed a rather dirty little secret: it will run the ancient Android 1.6 OS."
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Firefox slowly making it's way to Android

gimmebeer gimmebeer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gimmebeer (1648629) writes "While it's not even ready for an Alpha release, it's good to know that someone is working on porting FireFox mobile to Android. Eventually we'll be able to run our favorite add-ons on the go.

Mozilla’s Vladimir Vukicevic is currently working on porting the mobile version of the Firefox browser to Google’s mobile operating system. The first results, seen in the screenshot above, were posted to Vukicevic’s personal blog Tuesday.

This means that, yes, a full, add-on capable version of Firefox will be making its way to Android phones and tablets in the future. Just a few days ago, Mozilla released a version of Firefox for mobiles running Nokia’s Maemo OS.

Vukicevic’s screenshot shows Firefox running in an Android emulator (to make debugging easier, he says) but it works fine on regular Android devices, too. His team has “a ways to go” before the first public alpha release — various input methods like the keyboard and mouse only “sort of work,” to say nothing of a touch screen — but it’s cool to see some progress being made."

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Google gets a Chinese 'older sister'

gimmebeer gimmebeer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gimmebeer (1648629) writes "Google gets hacked and claims code stolen, threatens to pull out from China, almost immediately there is a Google clone up and running in China. Nothing fishy 'bout that at all, carry on.

BEIJING (Reuters) — A Google knock-off has surfaced in China to compete with the world’s largest search engine, while at the same time pleading with it to stay in the country despite censorship and hacking allegations.
Google had said two days earlier that it may close its Chinese Google.cn portal and pull out of China.

The name chosen by the newcomer is a play on words. The final syllable “jje” sounds like the Chinese word “older sister,” while the “gle” syllable of “Google” is pronounced like the Chinese word for “older brother.”

Goojje (www.goojje.com) has a search engine and provides social networking services. Its home page bears a Google-styled logo that combines hallmarks from the “older brother” and China’s top home-grown search engine, Baidu Inc."

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Soviet Garage Sale: Mach 1.8 for only $5mil

gimmebeer gimmebeer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gimmebeer (1648629) writes "The Russian Sukhoi SU-27 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (more than 1,300 mph) and has a thrust to weight ratio greater than 1 to 1. That means it can accelerate while climbing straight up. It was designed to fight against the best the U.S. had to offer, and now it can be yours for the price of a mediocre used business jet.
The SU-27 was one of the Soviet Unionâ½Ââs premier Cold War weapons. The same SU-27UB model being offered for sale is flown by the Russian Knights, that nationâ½Ââs closest equivalent to the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. And John Morganâ½Ââs team at Pride Aircraft has â½ÂËoezero timedâ½Ââ both the airframe and engine, meaning youâ½Ââll be getting an aircraft thatâ½Ââs just like new."

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All your HTTPS are belong to us

gimmebeer gimmebeer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gimmebeer (1648629) writes "A security flaw that has been identified in the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol could open the door for man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks against HTTPS communication. All implementations are said to be vulnerable because the flaw is in the protocol itself. Security researchers are taking steps to resolve the problem.

The flaw was originally found in August by researchers Marsh Ray and Steve Dispensa from security company PhoneFactor. They chose not to widely publicize the issue and began working in secret with other security experts and industry leaders to develop solutions. The flaw became known to the public this week when Martin Rex of SAP discovered it independently and posted a disclosure to the mailing list of the Internet Engineering Task Force."

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China bans physical punishment for Net addicts

gimmebeer gimmebeer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gimmebeer (1648629) writes "China's Ministry of Health has banned the use of physical punishment to wean teens off the net, months after a boy was beaten to death at an Internet boot camp. Many of the camps are imbued with a military atmosphere. Patients are forced to replace hours in front of the computer with arduous physical drills or even more extreme "treatments"."
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