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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

micheas Re:Sexy job (205 comments)

While that works to have some developers like that, you at some point need developers that can look at the program as a whole and figure out that with a minor refactoring you can delete 40% of your code, because it is essentially redundant.

High end developers are not needed for a lot of things, but having a couple on staff can make the other developers a lot more productive.

about 3 months ago

Outlining Thin Linux

micheas Re:min install (221 comments)

Tom's root boot linux was two 3.25" floppies. I didn't know there was a smaller distro.

about 4 months ago

What the Insurance Industry Thinks About Climate Change

micheas Re:We have this thing called "competition" (385 comments)

They were still very bad for the people that were short AIG stock. Which is what the anonymous coward was suggesting.

about a year ago

What the Insurance Industry Thinks About Climate Change

micheas Re:We have this thing called "competition" (385 comments)

The problem with that is that the US government has a history of bailing out large failed insurance companies. (AIG for example)

about a year ago

New Tech Money, Same Old Problems

micheas Re:Actually... (372 comments)

In an interesting twist, coop owners of profitable coops in California frequently make $16.50 plus "share". Share meaning the owners share of the profits, minus retained profit. This is because "share" currently seems to be allowed by the IRS to be declared as long term capital gains and not earned income.

There are dev shops in California where the junior employees make $39.90/hr and the senior employees make $16.50/hr. (of course the Senior employees generally have a higher total compensation.)

about a year and a half ago

New Tech Money, Same Old Problems

micheas Re:Actually... (372 comments)

California has some, shall we say interesting, minimum wage laws.

  • Minimum Wage $8.25/hr.
  • Minimum Wage for Management (people that spend > 50% of there time supervising people), if you don't want to pay overtime, but instead offer paid time off. $16.50.
  • Minimum Wage for Computer Professionals if they are not management and you want to treat them like management $39.90/hr and $83,132.93/year
  • Minimum Wage for Physicians that you want to treat like management even though they spend less than 50% of their time managing other employees: $72.70/hr.

The back story of these laws was that there were some companies that were hiring HB-1 visa holders at far sub market rate and using their immigration status to keep them in essentially indentured servitude. One of the results of this has been that desirable locations in California have become heavily populated by computer professionals.

about a year and a half ago

New Tech Money, Same Old Problems

micheas Re:Next thing you know... (372 comments)

Except that it is more profitable to produce housing that is 25% occupied that is priced at > two million a unit than lower priced units that are actually occupied by residents of the city.

The 25% occupancy rate was a fairly recent number from One Rincon Hill With units going for between $700,000 and $30,000,000. That is some of the densest housing in San Francisco.

One of the effects of Prop 13 is that in California when your property goes up in value, your taxes go up no more than 2% annually, and when your property goes down in value you get a new lower cost basis for which to limit your annual increase from. This means that housing shortages that predominantly effect the young and entrepreneurs minimally effect the large voting block of older voters allowing rather unique real estate economic systems to form. Many of them encouraging a concentration of wealth.

about a year and a half ago

Apache Web Server Share Falls Below 50 Percent For First Time Since 2009

micheas Re:1st post. (303 comments)

It was mostly due to microsoft cutting a check to godaddy to not show apache traffic server in the headers.

Godaddy runs IIS on linux. Well, they run IIS behind apache traffic server so which webserver to count as the webserver is a bit of an academic question. The moral here is that godaddy hosts a lot (hundreds of thousands, if not millions) of inactive sites that they collect 9.95 or so a year for hosting.

about a year and a half ago

Whistleblowing IT Director Fired By FL State Attorney

micheas Re:So sue 'em. (569 comments)

Um, Zimmerman was found not guilty. So, what harm was done to Zimmerman by withholding the evidence?

He might have been found not guilty after a shorter deliberation? The Judge is probably going to rule that any misbehavior by the prosecutors office is moot because they lost. Sort of like one of my chemistry professors in college couldn't be bothered to do more than inform the class that he knew that some people cheated on a test when the high score of the cheaters was a failing grade.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Will You Update Your Technical Skills Inventory This Summer?

micheas Re:no formal training (208 comments)

https://android.googlesource.com/ and your favorite dev environment (whether that is vim and various shell tools, emacs, eclipse, netbeans, visual studio, or whatever) Is the definitive source of android documentation. But, not what you want.

If you want to see the basics of writing an android app look at the source for phonegap and titanium. Those two frameworks combined with The New Boston will allow a programmer to come up to speed quickly

But, you seem to want to through together an app that you built yourself, without having to actually learn java and such. For that Buzztouch http://www.buzztouch.com/ is a pretty good solution, and you might not need more than that, depending on what your app does.

about a year and a half ago

Supreme Court Decides Your Silence May Be Used Against You

micheas Re:wtf (662 comments)

Not quite

If you voluntarily go to the police station without being asked. and refuse to answer a question, but don't say that you are invoking the fifth the lack of answer can be used against you.

The theory is that you instigated the conversation, so you had the chance to talk to an attorney before the conversation. (unrealistic for the general population, but the people that made this ruling have never dealt with low level civil law where over 25% of the litigants are self represented, and thus have a warped view of the world)

The big can of worms that this opens is that does it mean that you should not call 911?

about a year and a half ago

Questioning Google's Disclosure Timeline Motivations

micheas Re:Publishing a warning about a vulnerability ... (73 comments)

You miss read.

What Google is saying is "You have seven days before I tall people how you customers are being screwed."

Once you have an active malware attack exploiting a vulnerability, what is the harm of full disclosure? They only thing I can see this buying is time for the PR flacks to get the story together.

about a year and a half ago

I typically receive X pieces of misdelivered (postal) mail ...

micheas Re:More than 150? Seriously? (217 comments)

Or a letter carrier that consistently delivers the mail in the wrong order in the housing complex.

I can count on my neighbors getting seven out of ten of my packages, and vice versa.

Fortunately we get along and have no major squabbles so we more or less resort the mail four days a week.

about a year and a half ago

(Highly Divided) Federal Circuit Opinion Finds Many Software Patents Ineligible

micheas Re:Good! (116 comments)

You're right of course.

It sort of comes down to what should we give the greatest incentives to people to pursue.

Right now, Things are very stacked towards research into drugs that suppress a problem without actually curing it.

People will always do things that they are not being maximally rewarded for economically. However, most people will pursue that path that provides the greatest chance of economic success.

Personally, I think that we should have more people than David Blech Deciding on what our national priorities are for medical research. However, I am sure others are in favor of letting the market sort it all out.

about a year and a half ago

(Highly Divided) Federal Circuit Opinion Finds Many Software Patents Ineligible

micheas Re:Good! (116 comments)

Although, it can be argued that patents cause the Medical industry to focus on drugs instead of preventative medicine.

If you have a drug that treats a condition at a cost of $100/month, and a profit of $40/month and the average usage is 10 years that treatment would generate an average of 48k profit per patient, and if the condition effects one million people a year you are looking at a predictable 4.8 billion a year in profit, with an expected profit of 96 billion during the period of patent protection and additional residual profits after the protection lapses. All that for an ante of about 45 million dollars. or an ROI of 200,000% over 25 years. (assuming that the approval process takes about 5 years, which is on the short, side but the 45 million is spread over 3 rounds of clinical trials).

While the numbers I pulled out were not based on any particular drug the are somewhat representative of the current drug development model in the US, with some anti psychotic and AIDS related drugs fetching over $1,000 a month per patient while identical generics are priced under $30 per month per patient.

The result of the current economic incentives of patented medicine has been a huge amount of research into drugs that people will have to pay for for as long as possible, with less investment into preventative measures.

The upside of this type of investment is that a lot of the failures in the hunt for a cure for aids have shown real promise for a treatment for cancer, and it has encouraged private investment in medicine.

The downside is that the potential financial upside of the treatment is considered very early in medical research.

The irony of the current situation is that it is in many ways a more extreme version of the worst case scenario painted by the critics of universal health care.

about a year and a half ago

Yahoo First Quarter Results: Revenue Dips Slightly, Profits Increase

micheas Re:news for nerds? (84 comments)

What time since ~2000 has Yahoo been a relevant technology company? </troll>

As recently as 2010 I used YUI a fair bit.

about 2 years ago

Largest DDoS In History Reaches 300 Billion Bits Per Second

micheas Re:Watch your clauses, people! (450 comments)

The NYT is not particularly liberal, unless you compare it to Fox news.

VOA (the news station funded by the CIA to spread anti-communist pro USA propaganda) is substantially to the left of the NYT and the rest of the media companies in the US owned by major corporations.

about a year ago

EFF Jumps In To Defend Bloggers Being Sued By Prenda

micheas Re:I'm waitnig for the counter suit by EFF (87 comments)

Because the false claims section is toothless crap (c-3-A-v and vi). The only bit that is enforced by penalty of perjury is the declaration that the declarant represents who they say they do. The claim that the material is infringing isn't covered by perjury at all, just a "good faith belief".

However it appears that Prenda Law was not representing who they said they were representing. So this could be one of those rare times that the false claims section comes into play.

One thing that is not clear from the reports is whether or not the head of litigation at Morrison Foerster's LA office made a personal appearance on behalf of Verizon or not (He is listed as one of Verizon's attorney's on the declaration submitted by Verizon).

about 2 years ago

Sheryl Sandberg and Technology's Female Leaders

micheas Re:When women can be despised... (181 comments)

More hated than Pelosi: Obama and Bush Jr.

More dangerous than Napolitano: Obama.

Fucked up more than Fiorina; Jason Elop

about 2 years ago



Are there any Gopher holes

micheas micheas writes  |  more than 5 years ago

micheas writes "I did a quick google search for gopher holes and failed to locate a gopher hole in operation.

Has gopher:// finally gone away? or has http:/// finally killed it off?"

Paypal XSS vulnerabilty Disclosed

micheas micheas writes  |  more than 6 years ago

micheas writes "Netcraft is reporting that Harry Sintonen ,a Finnish Security researcher, has uncovered an XSS Vulnerability in Paypal.

While the article is a little light on news. They do have a screen shot with the following advice:

While SSL certificates do indeed provide a higher level of assurance when it comes to site ownership, they cannot guarantee that a site is free from other security problems — including cross-site scripting. There are concerns that hackers may exploit misunderstandings in the significance of the green address bar for their own benefit, piggybacking off the trust that is instilled by EV certificates. Users need to be aware that a green address bar does not guarantee the origin of a page's contents if there is a cross-site scripting vulnerability on that page.

Maybe the green and yellow bars should be replaced with the old locks with either green or yellow background on the locks?"



Looking for a new mail client.

micheas micheas writes  |  more than 10 years ago I am moving a friends email from Pegasus. The vital features are:

  • run on Windows XP
  • All email must be queued for delivery in the future.
  • The number of emails waiting in the queue must be visible at all times.
  • support IMAP as primary email account
  • show the number of emails in each mail folder
  • support PGP
  • prompt the user for which folder to save sent mail in
  • queued email must be reviewable and editable
  • Mail folders cannot randomly disappear from view

Thunderbird seems promising. But queued email is not editable in a sane way (you have to "edit as a new email" and then delete your original emai.), I cannot figure out how to change the mail thread pain. and finally, I cannot figure out how to show the number of queued messages.



micheas micheas writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I am updating freeprintshop.org . The Free Print Shop this site to distribute information about where to get free food, shelter, and medical information in San Francisco.

My personal goals for the site are:

  • Make the site multilingual.
  • Make the site more "accessible".
  • Convert the charts from pdf to html.
  • Make the information available in Chinese
  • Make feedback easier for people who use the services listed on the charts.

Any help, suggestions or ideas are welcome.

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