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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

hsmith Won't solve the real issue. (61 comments)

Lets say you have the best "mobile app" to do whatever, XYZ.

Oh great, govt customer wants it. They see it today. Well, thanks to procurement, it will be 18 months before they actually buy it. But, by that point, the product will have changed a good bit - well because that is what software does now a day. But, that isn't what Gov manager wanted - they want what they saw 18 months ago.

The sales cycle will chew startups up and spit them out. Not many can accommodate 18 month+ sales cycles.

And that even excludes the issues of continuing resolutions means they don't have cash to buy buy many shiny new objects.

2 days ago

Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

hsmith Who cares if they pay $0 (200 comments)

In the end, no worker harmed by this policy will see a dime of the $320m the government is fining them. In the end, $320m is a drop in the bucket for these firms and won't change a thing.

about two weeks ago

Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

hsmith Re:Mistake #1 (116 comments)

Not "A" but "A team of" 6 figure DBAs

about two weeks ago

Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

hsmith Re:ITT... (312 comments)

"Low prices" - what? Uber by all accounts is more expensive than traditional cabs.

about two weeks ago

Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

hsmith Eh, not quite (132 comments)

I've had an app in the store for years now that requires a login. We provide two to apple to test (one success one fail). I don't recall the last time the accounts logged in (perhaps version, their last login date has sat the same for years. So, not hard if you get in and sit there to slowly change to something malicious.

about two weeks ago

The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

hsmith Re:It isn't due to an EO (180 comments)

Constitutionally they don't really do anything.

about three weeks ago

The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

hsmith It isn't due to an EO (180 comments)

EO's have no real weight to create policy. They are simply instructions for federal agencies (which the President is in control of since he is the executive) to do.

Congress then up until now allowed it and the blame lies on their shoulders alone for creating the surveillance state.

about three weeks ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

hsmith Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

Such lack of history.

Look into why the drinking age was raised to 21 nation wide: Failure to comply cut highway funding. It was blackmail.

So, stick the shitty memes elsewhere.

about three weeks ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

hsmith CA is mind bottling (506 comments)

Consider how many people die on the roads every year in the United States alone, the biggest factor is humans.

Then, consider how many people die every year due to firearms in the United States alone and look how CA reacts and tries to limit access to firearms, through laws and technology. Basically, "remove the problem."

Shouldn't CA be pushing hard for driverless vehicles? Removing human error from the equation would save countless lives.

Think of the children.

about three weeks ago

Securing the US Electrical Grid

hsmith More so the IoT is going to be a disaster (117 comments)

[Besides Snowden] The largest data breach in recent memory was due to an internet connected HVAC system at Target. The electrical grid is a small sliver of the equation, the next decade is going to be a massive shit show.

about three weeks ago

Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

hsmith Re:Safe data ? (89 comments)

Yeah, paper is much safer because you can't just walk in and walk out with the folder.

about a month ago

Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

hsmith Re:Need to cut down on contractors and subcontract (166 comments)

Yes, great solution. Seeing as agencies take a year+ to hire a new gov hire, it will really help to get things rolling. Instead of a contractor that can be brought in that day and fired at an instant.

about a month ago

Silent Circle's Blackphone Exploited at Def Con

hsmith Re:Still Secret Source? (46 comments)

AFAIK all of blackphones source is in the public.

about a month ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

hsmith Re:Lies and statistics... (570 comments)

Golds is a cancer. I was a member there for awhile. For whatever reason, they stopped charging my credit card. I was looking over my bills and noticed they hadn't billed me for 3 months. Contacted the gym and fixed the CC. A week later, a call from collections for non-payment. No one ever contacted me. The CC was fine, hadn't expired. Because of an internal problem, they sent me to collections. Insanity.

about a month and a half ago

Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

hsmith Re:umm duh? (176 comments)

You do realize there are several flavors of encryption, right? Microsoft SQL Server TDE is an example. You can login, perform queries, update data in any table, but all data is encrypted - it is - transparent as the name indicates.

That also ignores things like encrypted volumes, etc. Just because individual files aren't encrypted with unique keys, doesn't mean that encryption isn't there.

about 2 months ago

Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

hsmith Re:Some hilarity (95 comments)

While i see the "point" in this Bot, the fact is a lot of the editing is probably bored staffers and interns editing things they find interesting.

about 2 months ago

The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

hsmith Re:Fair enough (78 comments)

Never go full potatoe [sic]

about 2 months ago

New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

hsmith Re:Not Australian, but I support this! (153 comments)

Aussies have voted themselves high taxes on all goods. If they are tired of paying the high taxes on them, well golly do something about it.

about 2 months ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

hsmith Re:Segregation By Choice (265 comments)

Perhaps it is because people don't find those companies do anything worth note. Google and Facebook try to recruit me once a year and I simply have no interest in working for them - I don't find anything compelling that they do for me personally. Perhaps females want to work somewhere that has a better mission than what they offer?

Everyone is looking for the discrimination angle but I think it is simpler than that.

about 3 months ago


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