Beta

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Google To Restart Talks With China

jotok Re:Pussies. (118 comments)

There's a saying:
When you owe the bank a hundred dollars, you're fucked.
When you owe the bank a hundred billion dollars, the bank is fucked.

more than 4 years ago
top

Newspaper "Hacks Into" Aussie Gov't Website By Guessing URL

jotok Re:Wouldn't it have been easier (271 comments)

It's sad that some people consider 2007 to be "back in the day."

more than 4 years ago
top

Federal Judge Orders Schools To Stop Laptop Spying

jotok Re:Because it was done on a computer, (359 comments)

But saying "laptops are useless in high school" sounds a lot like someone 50 years older saying "ball-point pens are useless in high school".

You really think so? Every tool has its place, but schools in general have failed to use this kind of technology in any useful way.

more than 4 years ago
top

What To Do With a Free Xbox 360 Pro?

jotok Re:Why bother? (416 comments)

HD output? Really?
I never poked around very much but for me XBMC only ever produced a bog-standard 480i signal. How did it push 1080p over component cables? Was there an xbox with digital out that I missed?

more than 4 years ago
top

Are Game Consoles Ruining DLC?

jotok Re:Different Audiences? (399 comments)

I have yet to see this tested/demonstrated.

I know that before anyone discovered keyboard-and-mouse a lot of people were playing Doom with the gravis gamepad. IIRC it was Thresh who popularized pwning n00bs with WASD and since then nobody even thinks of playing a PC shooter with a joystick.

Keep in mind this was 1994.

more than 4 years ago
top

Are Game Consoles Ruining DLC?

jotok Re:Different Audiences? (399 comments)

Yeah, I have a weird setup...all my movement keys are laid out from SHIFT to B and the A-L row is for options (flashlight on/off, reload, whatever).

more than 4 years ago
top

StarCraft II Delayed Until 2010

jotok Re:Not really (453 comments)

Where were you stationed? TCOM gives me (reliably) 16 down/3 up right now. Kabel BW has a 32/6 package I think, and I know that's also consistent.
This to me is way better than anything I ever got from Comcast, Verizon, Cox, etc.

more than 4 years ago
top

Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable

jotok Re:Depressing, but not uncommon (1251 comments)

Caveat: I am not an expert.

In my opinion there is very little to "doing IT" beyond a series of low-level to mid-level jobs: helpdesking, laying cable, basic administration, etc. It's not clear to me that there is a way for you to gain experience by doing new tasks or to move up into management, even project management.

In your position, it sounds like you need to do more education outside of work--get into architecture and engineering and work your way up into consulting gigs. Or drop $3k of your own money to get a cert (you can consider this an investment). Very few companies seem to bother with education benefits (minimal investment in employees usually equates to high turnover and is a sign of a crap working environment IMO).

As for dream jobs, I work in network security. I started on the lowest of low rungs and made sure that everyone knew I was the reason why our investigations succeeded...I wrote whitepapers and I got as much customer facetime as possible. Along the way I was lucky enough to get some certs which are good for getting your foot in the door with HR but no replacement for hands-on. Now I'm doing consulting and the pay and benefits are really good, but I'm not sure I would call this a "dream job."

more than 4 years ago
top

Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable

jotok Re:Depressing, but not uncommon (1251 comments)

Are you suggesting that the economy can always grow?
This sounds like a terrible idea. I don't want to spend my entire career job-hunting.

more than 4 years ago
top

Music Streaming to Overtake Downloads

jotok Re:You know... (254 comments)

I live in Europe and the trains seem to work a lot better here. Planes are faster and the price is the same but they're a lot less comfortable.

more than 5 years ago
top

McAfee Sites Vulnerable To XSS Attack

jotok Re:Wait one minute. (84 comments)

The same is true of the other vendors. Symantec and Mcafee are both largely acquisitions companies with great enterprise stuff and crappy consumer stuff.

more than 5 years ago
top

Virginia Health Database Held For Ransom

jotok Re:Sounds like an inside job. (325 comments)

Trivial for FBI to get a warrant for the guy's login details from Yahoo.

Of course, if he's using TOR, then they're hosed.

more than 5 years ago
top

Speaking With the Devs Behind a 7-Year Game Mod Project

jotok Re:Wouldn't it have been better.... (100 comments)

Well, having an opinion and having any creative ability are surely divorced, in any case.

more than 5 years ago
top

Speaking With the Devs Behind a 7-Year Game Mod Project

jotok Re:Wouldn't it have been better.... (100 comments)

That's silly. It's created and marketed for a specific audience. It has things that audience likes. If you don't like the Hannah Montana movie, and you're not a preteen American girl, then what does your opinion matter? If you go on and on about how much you dislike it and why, then you sound like an idiot because the simple answer is: Don't watch it.

The OP I was responding to didn't play the mod, but felt like he could pass judgement on it. Maybe he feels he deserves something in this mod he's not getting--ok, fine. Don't play it, then, Scooter!

more than 5 years ago
top

Speaking With the Devs Behind a 7-Year Game Mod Project

jotok Re:Wouldn't it have been better.... (100 comments)

Yes.

It reiterates the principle that every time anyone produces something like this, for every 1 person who enjoys it--you know, the target audience--there are 100 people who don't like it and just sit around bashing the project, despite never having gotten one off before.

more than 5 years ago
top

Looking Back At the Other Kind of Virus

jotok Re:Nimda deserved its place (147 comments)

I'd like to throw a few bricks at Symantec over this

What for, exactly?

The vendors don't get definitions out until they have received and reverse-engineered a sample of the malware. In most cases they get it very early, in some cases they get it from the authors themselves who just want a write-up, in rare cases they will buy them.

In any case, I often hear customers saying "Man we got this worm, fuck $ANTIVIRUS_VENDOR!" but I don't know how you expect them to protect you from something if they haven't seen it yet. As you mentioned, your company didn't take security seriously--although I understand (for good or ill) that there are plenty of endpoint products out there now.

more than 5 years ago
top

Why Is It So Difficult To Fire Bad Teachers?

jotok Re:Difficult to Define a "Good" Teacher (1322 comments)

I think you're wrong, to the extent that race and culture are congruent.

My folks both taught in the inner city of Chicago for over 30 years. This is a culture where a generation is 15 or 16 years and it makes more sense to kids to turn to violence and crime than to study and try to improve their lot (convincing them that this was in fact possible was, they said, the hardest part of their jobs).

In these cases race and culture were also congruent with economic status, and you see a lot of the same problems (substance abuse, early pregnancy, etc.) among poor rural whites, so obviously poverty has a lot to do with it. But aside from Eminem I don't see a lot of white artists who write wildly popular songs about objectifying women and selling drugs.

As I said, convincing the schoolkids to give up that narrative in favor of a less glamorous and more difficult one is hard--one thing they have found over the years is that if the school district has enough money for things like field trips, so you can show them a greater world, then it helps a lot.

more than 5 years ago
top

The Economist On Television Over Broadband

jotok Re:I guess I'm at the far extreme (220 comments)

Outstanding points. I'm convinced--this is something I would pay for.

more than 5 years ago
top

The Real Story Behind Gaming Addiction

jotok Re:Not new (300 comments)

No, you're missing the point. Chess requires you to develop certain skills before you can apply any of the contextual knowledge. If you're not good at "longterm planning" (e.g. holding in your head several branching pathways to represent all the possible moves and countermoves--what, 5? 10 moves ahead?) then memorizing isn't going to help you.

Likewise WoW requires a lot of specific skills or else you just won't be good. I understand this. But WoW players have several times maintained that the IN-GAME ATTRIBUTES they acquire (speed or strength or whatever statistics you guys have) are equivalent to actually being able to apply the underlying skills that make you good at chess--which is nonsense.

more than 5 years ago
top

The Real Story Behind Gaming Addiction

jotok Re:Not new (300 comments)

Well, no.

The rate at which you regenerate a statistic has nothing to do with YOU, the person playing the game. It's not a skill you have acquired at all. It's just something the game ALLOWS you to do since you performed a certain action a million times.

Knowing HOW to do a raid, that is knowledge or skills you have picked up. But the attributes commensurate with your level, specializations, gear you have selected...none of that is the same as learning how to play chess.

Also that is not very complex mathematics. You could napkin that while blind drunk and write a script to do it all for you (in fact I know people do this in Wow).

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

jotok hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

jotok has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?
or Connect with...

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>