top Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step
I am an Indian (asian) and work in SF and have worked in a few big tech companies down in the valley. I understand that people like Jesse Jackson spew a lot of rhetoric for their own cause not necessarily for upliftment of the people he supposedly represents. And, I also understand, the solution isn't as easy as making tech companies have some sort of affirmative action - if there aren't enough black people with basic tech skills or college degrees then affirmative action isn't going to help. All that said, it is bizarre - in all the places I have worked including the current, there isn't a single black person on the entire floor. And, think, places like Oakland are just right across the Bay here but so few black people on the tech workforce. It speaks volumes about the failed social integration of black people in this nation - and it has failed at so many levels - from basic primary education, healthcare, law enforcement to higher education and outright discrimination. It doesn't matter who's to blame for it, really because at end of the day, you have a population that isn't as functional as the rest and we should be fixing that. Instead, we have these arguments where people don't even seem to recognize the problem.
top New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure
Being a Linux geek since '95 (and somewhat of annoyed-by-all-things-apple person), I bought an Android phone ever since they became available commercially. Did that for five years, ran custom roms and put in an Android patch to maintain a permissions firewall. It was one big PITA from a usability point of view. One day, I saw my banking app looking at my call log and that broke the camel's back, for me. I realized Google simply isn't interested in protecting my privacy. The whole you-can-see-what-perms-app-is-asking-for-before-install is a smokescreen. It doesn't scale. Pushing security problems to the user won't work for 99% of the userbase. Hell, it didn't even work reliably for a Linux nerd like me. By contrast, Apple only exposes a handful of data/attributes to ANY app. An iOS app can't look at or even ask look at my SMS, call log and practically most of the stuff - now, that is a sandbox. Also, from a business point of view, Apple makes money by selling me a phone so yes, they have some incentive above that to milk me for analytics but they aren't Google, who don't make much money when I buy an Android phone. For Google, I am the product. So, I switched to iOS (phones and tablets) and actually since then have switched from Gmail to Fastmail, Picasa to SmugMug. With these switches, my privacy is better protected and even usability is better (Picasa, for me, died when Google started shoving G+ Photos down everyone's throats).
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top Cisco's Cloud Vision: Mandatory, and Killed At Their Discretion
You must be one of those nerdy un-social types. Rest of us already have facebook brain implants.
top The Billions In Mobile Ad Money Nobody Can Grab
The whole ad industry and it's suppliers (Google, FB etc) are run by marketers. The fundamental theory that drives marketing is that the more you advertise, the better you sell (up to a point of marginal returns). No one has seriously looked at this approach to marketing in a long time. The result is that the billions spent on TV/Radio/Newspaper are moving to online advertising. While online advertising offers improved feedback, it basically is push advertising - shoving something in front of you in the hope that you will bite. Well, think for yourself, does that work for you? I, mostly, am supremely annoyed by push ads and I think the age of push ads will quickly die. In the future, marketers will have to engage more personally with buyers and require more humans to interact with buyers to form some sort of trust. The age of holding (and hiding behind) a big megaphone and blasting your message will quickly come to an end.
top "Cyber War" Is Just the Latest Grab for Defense Money
Everything, from serious works of Plato to satire like "Yes, Prime Minister" mention how fear mongering is used to prop up power.
Bernard Shaw wrote "Of government, ‘that foolish gaggle shop’, he says: you will do what pays us. You will make war when it suits us, and keep peace when it doesn’t. You will find out that trade requires certain measures when we have decided on those measures. When I want anything to keep my dividends up, you will discover that my want is a national need. When other people want something to keep my dividends down, you will call out the police and military. And in return you shall have the support and applause of my newspapers, and the delight of imagining that you are a great statesman"
top Online Services: The Internet Before the Internet
..... we ran back and forth screaming in binary.
top Your Privacy Is a Sci-Fi Fantasy
Only slashdot visitors get all worked up about privacy invasions. As far as I can tell, the rest of the world is pretty happy openly letting everyone know of their social, economic, emotional, physical, geographic or mental status. People want to share all this information. We get a kick out of it. Remember that thing about humans - Humans are social animals. Somehow, we want humans to unlearn their biological craving to share information and close themselves in? Good luck!
top U.S. Gov't To Keep Data On Non-Terrorist Citizens For 5 Years
One wonders if hard drive manufacturers had some influence on this decision
top Facebook: Legal Action Against Employers Asking For Your Password
Right. That is the fix. A new law. Lets make a new law for every issue that crops up and see how long the judicial system lasts.
top NSA Publishes Blueprint For Top Secret Android Phone
Remember, double encrypting rogue apps in AES does not make them good. The traditional approach towards security doesn't work very well in the mobile world especially Android. You have to not only do the regular things like encrypt but have a strict login such that they cannot run any app other than authorized. Not even the HTML5 stuff because it doesn't matter how locked down the phone is - once you allow an app on the phone that can access the data, it is game over.
top FBI File Notes Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field
So anyone holding a government job, working on a government project or deemed a person of public trust is required to go through a FBI background check, except the political masters at the very top. Boy! that sure makes sense to me
:-D Because we all know the masters at the top are beyond blackmail and corruption! Right.
top FBI File Notes Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field
Wondering if the FBI does background checks on Senate, Congress and Presidential candidates? Pretty sure 99.9% would have the same issues with "dishonesty". My favourite line from the TFA is "Others mentioned that Jobs couldn’t be trusted and that he was able to create a reality-distortion field." Wondering how strong this force field was and was it able to warp the time-space continuum??
top No More SSL Revocation Checking For Chrome
I have been running with security.OCSP.require set to true for a long time and haven't really noticed failures. Maybe the stated problem with CRL check timeouts is being overblown?
top Solar Company Folds After $0.5B In Subsidies
“It is clear that Solyndra was a dubious investment,” representatives Fred Upton, of Michigan, and Cliff Stearns, of Florida, said in a joint statement. The company “is just the latest casualty of the Obama administration’s failed stimulus.”
Meanwhile China continues to invest is loss incurring businesses and technologies to under-cut and eradicate the competition.
top Why Companies Knowingly Ship Insecure Devices
I have worked long and hard in my profession to get devs to fix security bugs. The reaction mostly falls in one of these categories:
1. I do not understand the issue (read, I am just copying code of the interwebs and have no clue about my job).
2. I understand the issue but we are under the gun to release the product.
3. I understand the issue but the vulnerability is theoretical (read, I don't understand anything about large scale production infrastructure)
Bottom-line: Unless a security big breaks functionality, a dev doesn't care.
Sorry to devs who care but after a decade of trying devs to release secure code, my opinion maybe a bit biased.
top Get Cyber-Mercenaries Suggests Ex NSA, CIA Director
Every time one of these ex-XYZ or ex-Army or current ones open their mouth, it becomes abundantly clear how clueless they are about nature of the digital worlds and how hopeless it is to entrust the DoD/Government's digital security in their hands.
top The View From the Ground At an Indian Call Center
This article and many other western publication paint the picture that BPOs are the only game in town for young Indians. Not true. Engineers are in very high demand, especially Civil, Mining and Mechanical engineers. College graduates with degrees in commerce or liberal arts also do well depending on the first job they take up. Jobs that service the local market are tougher but have an actual career path. But you won't get to work in a nice air-conditioned office, won't have a car to pick and drop you back and initial pay will be lower than a call center job. Several of my friends who started working for local banks and selling financial products to Indians started off with low pays and jobs that require a lot of enterprise and leg-work. Ten years later, most of them make more money that I do in silicon valley with a respectable 6 figure salary. People (kids really), who end up in BPO jobs get attracted by the initial high salary, party like culture on premises (free food, chicks, parties thrown to retain employees). So can't really blame capitalism for this mess. These young people can chose - start with a good pay and good work environment but boring job and no career path OR start low, work hard but have a viable career ten years down the line.
top US Army Spent $2.7 Billion On Crashing Computer
RTFA and comments on it. Apparently, the linked article is a pro-Palantir marketing gimmick.
top Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT
IT departments do not care about stupid and retarded. They say NO because they cannot deliver with the resource constraints they have. Example, company wants to launch a new mobile app to complement an existing service. Mobile app takes couple of months to conceive and write. To demo the app, salespeople need to be armed with Android/iOS devices. That means IT must support Android/iOS devices. IT's response - Hell NO! We can only support BlackBerry. It will take a 6 month project to support other devices. Result, you are late to the market by at least 3 months with your app and meanwhile other business steals your slice of business.
top Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT
Business hasn't gotten immature and impatient, the market has grown too dynamic for a business to make a 5-year plan and consequently, tell IT their exact needs for the next 5 years. Market conditions change so frequently and rapidly that businesses need technology solutions that can evolve with the market. If IT cannot keep up then it is doomed to disappear.
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