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Thanksgiving means mostly ...

jerbenn Re:Personally... (586 comments)

Native American (commonly referred to as Indian - I hate Columbus)

I hate it too, as a real Indian.

I'm a real Indian, Cherokee to be exact. I don't give a shit what happened hundreds of years ago. The Europeans settled in North America. What's the big deal, I'm glad I'm not living in a Tee Pee chasing buffalo for a living. I'm an American, not a Native American; just plain old American. I get to vote, I can run for office, I have cool toys to play with. I don't bitch and complain about the past or try to open up a casino. Try them apples out!

more than 5 years ago

Spolsky's Software Q-and-A Site

jerbenn I was a beta tester (187 comments)

The site is now out of beta. I was one of the original beta testers and I can attest that this application is truly revolutionary from the other BBS/Q&A sites that exist out there. First off, it is totally free. Secondly, all of the stupid answers and questions get voted down and disappear very quickly. (Like the guy wanting you to "send me teh codez for class assignment"). Thirdly, the user interface is superb for a web-based app as well as the search functionality. It takes all of the new fangled web features and combines them into this site. You can even get 'badges' sort of like slashdot karma. Way to go Jeff and Joel!

more than 6 years ago



Bigfoot Trackers Say They've Got a Body

jerbenn jerbenn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jerbenn (903795) writes "FOXNews is covering a story about a Big Foot body that has been found and finally verifies that these elusive beasts do exists. "Two Northern California men and two Georgians say they've got a body, a photo and DNA evidence pertaining to the elusive forest-dwelling man-ape — and that they'll reveal all at a press conference in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday." I know I don't want to meet up with one of these creatures in the woods, although I did have a girl friend in highschool that slightly resembled one."
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Too Many Linux Distros?

jerbenn jerbenn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jerbenn (903795) writes "In college I grew up in a Unix/Linux environment, however after entering the workforce I have primarily used various Windows platforms. I have grown very comfortable having Windows XP as my primary desktop, but lately I have been trying to get back into relying on Linux. After trying several different distros (and finally settling on Ubuntu), I can only wonder if the large number of Linux distros available to choose from are keeping Linux out of the mainstream. Because of my background in I.T. I had a decent understanding of what I was getting myself into when choosing a distro, however when Joe Public hears about the free O.S. called Linux, he becomes thrown into a plethora of choices and decision making. To me this dilemma promotes the idea of collaborating on, and unifying Linux into a single distro. Do you agree? If not, what do you suggest?"

Debian/Ubuntu Security Vulnerability

jerbenn jerbenn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jerbenn (903795) writes "[From SANS Internet Storm Center] A couple of days ago Swa posted a diary about a critical Debian/Ubuntu PRNG security vulnerability. Today Matt wrote in to let us know that H D Moore posted a web page containing all SSH 1024, 2048 and 4096-bit RSA keys he brute forced. It is obvious that this is highly critical — if you are running a Debian or Ubuntu system, and you are using keys for SSH authentication (ironically, that's something we've been recommending for a long time), and those keys were generated between September 2006 and May 13th 2008 then you are vulnerable. In other words, those secure systems can be very easily brute forced. What's even worse, H D Moore said that he will soon release a brute force tool that will allow an attacker easy access to any SSH account that uses public key authentication. But this is not all — keep in mind that ANY cryptographic material created on vulnerable systems can be compromised. If you generated SSL keys on such Debian or Ubuntu systems, you will have to recreate the certificates and get them signed again. An attacker can even decrypt old SSH sessions now."
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.NET or Java: Which Road to Take?

jerbenn jerbenn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jerbenn (903795) writes "I have recently decided to make the move from being a generalist IT professional in government, currently involved in maintenance programming in several different languages, some project management, some admin work (both MS and Unix), user support, etc., to strictly development. I have two opportunities; one consisting as a Java Web Developer, the other being an ASP.NET Web Developer primarily using VB 2005. Considering that the benefits/corporate culture are fairly equal, and forgetting the "Do what makes you happy" philosophy, what do you think is the best alternative? Looking into the future, which of the 2 development environments will offer the most stability, marketability, and personal growth? What do you think Slashdot Community?"

jerbenn jerbenn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jerbenn writes "The following article appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education: "With interdisciplinary training all the rage in the IT industry, computer-science degrees just don't seem to carry the weight they once did. According to a new survey, three out of five British employers don't care whether applicants for high-tech jobs have IT-specific degrees. The survey — completed by E-Skills UK, a government agency — also found that only two of every five IT workers in Britain possess tech-related degrees. Karen Price, chief executive of E-Skills UK, told CNET News that applicants without IT degrees are often perceived as better entrepreneurs and communicators than their tech-trained counterparts."

What's this world coming to??? It's starting to sound like companies would rather hire someone who can't differentiate between a semaphore and a hole-in-their-ass as long as they have so called 'soft-skills'. Yes, those soft skills are important, but they can be developed much easier than learning the theory and skills needed for innovation and development, not to mention maintaining existing technology!"


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