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Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity

hax4bux Re:california is a joke (80 comments)

No need to get all lathered up and angry! Relax! Clean your guns, watch some NASCAR and enjoy some BBQ pork rinds.

California won't come to you, I think you will be safe in whatever flat spot you park that single wide trailer in.

And be sure to tell your neighbors and coworkers how lucky they are to not be in California!

4 days ago

NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

hax4bux Re:Stands to reason (181 comments)

How much could I get for my UID?

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

hax4bux Re:If you wanted ownership of the machine (184 comments)

gMail and chrome != Google Play Services

Google Play Services is like iTunes for Android, there is an agent on the phone which does such chores as:
1) deliver GCM "push" notifications (and other housekeeping chores)
2) notify you of application updates
3) probably other stuff but I haven't had coffee yet

+1 to brad-x, if you are serious about owning the machine then you should not be on Android

about two weeks ago

Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay

hax4bux Re:ASN.1 isn't a programming language. (242 comments)

I spit coffee when I read the summary. I have a long background in network management and ASN.1 (by itself) won't get you anywhere.

about three weeks ago

Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

hax4bux Re:Get Out of Your Bubble (275 comments)

+1 and well played

about a month ago

Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

hax4bux Re:Question doesn't match (241 comments)

My favorite conversations always happen after the executives have a nice lunch w/a vendor.

about a month and a half ago

Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

hax4bux Re:Everything's broken, as usual. (115 comments)

Another K upvotes from me as well. Android Studio/Gradle has cost me literally weeks of lost time. I will not be rushing to check the latest release of horrors.

about 2 months ago

Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

hax4bux Re:So What (574 comments)

+1 damn right

about 2 months ago

Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

hax4bux Re:10x Productivity (215 comments)

Good. Amazingly, there is more than one job out there.

about 2 months ago

Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

hax4bux Re:Here's the deal (215 comments)

I have been contracting since 1992. It is true we both want to get paid max($$). It is not true these are separate money pots. Most companies will look at your commission and my hourly rate as my total burn rate.

I will agree that recruiting is difficult because I don't know anyone who sticks w/the job even though it can be a license to print money. I will also agree that a competent recruiter is a joy. I switch jobs perhaps every year which means I am always looking for my next contract. Most recruiters are on to some other sales position in a matter of months, so there is constant churn.

Yes, there is a hostile attitude to recruiters. Some of it is silly, some of it is well earned. The fake jobs on DICE just to collect resumes are one bad example. The meat market, commodity skill attitude is another. I have a dedicated phone line that I keep just for recruiters to leave voice mail, and I have an amazing collection of WAV files containing broken english about skills I never had for jobs I would never consider.

My favorite ploy is the agencies who stalk me on LinkedIn. When I move to a new contract, they call my old employer to ask if they need any additional help. And they call my new employer to ask if they need any additional help. The kicker is they drop my name as if I endorse this action, which frequently gets me a email about "which side are you playing?" Needless to say, I do not return the phone calls of these agencies.

To wrap up, I would starve without recruiters and I am happy to do business w/them when it works out. You just have to be picky about who represents you.

about 2 months ago

Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

hax4bux Re:Tasks in the military can be limited (299 comments)

I am also an expired CT, and I spent my last six years of active duty in software. When I separated, it was difficult for people to understand my background unless they were already in the community. I agree w/you: we (CT) should do rather well but I only know a handful of people who have managed to build decent careers outside of DoD.

about 4 months ago

3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

hax4bux Re:Probably US Navy missile (138 comments)

SM1 (standard missile 1) required active guidance all the way, typically a 55B fire control RADAR or similar.

Typical warhead was continuous rod (a lot of shrapnel). The idea being to tear holes in the target and let aerodynamics do the rest.

about 5 months ago

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

hax4bux Re:News source (165 comments)

I love your .sig

about 6 months ago

Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

hax4bux Re:It is safer to fly (187 comments)

Barge and tug. Not everything fits in a container.

about 7 months ago


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