Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower
Coding is not a superpower, as simple coding can be taught to any moron who can think semi-logically. Ask the average teenage coder to write a program to
run a bank of elevators efficiently, or solve the youngest uncle problem, or solve the shortest distance problem. Or ask the average teenage coder to explain how
i/o systems work. I'm betting the average "coder" has no clue about any of these things.
In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License
Other than everything ...
Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race
As if you needed one ...
Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data
Surely no one would try to hack, much less succeed at hacking, this data. Would they?
Where Whistleblowers End Up Working
If you're going to be a whistleblower, do it anonymously. Very anonymously. And be sure you have your facts straight and that they cannot be disputed or disproved.
And be very sure that you have a nice cache of damning documents very securely stashed that can be released to the press should your employer attempt
Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City
400,000 people oppose climate change. Well, what changes is anyone willing to make to prevent climate change? Stop using electricity (coal and natural gas
are bad, hydroelectric harms fish/streams/etc, wind power kills birds)? Stop using petroleum products (imagine the economic effects of that)? Live in much
smaller houses? Stop having children? Stop all medical treatment designed to prolong or save lives? The primary problem is overpopulation. Reduce the world's
population by about 95% and our climate change problem will go away.
Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
Do not conflate atheism with science. I'm an atheist and as I get older I have come to trust science less and less, esp. theoretical physics.
Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone
You're a regular user of facebook? On your cellphone/tracking device? And you're too dumb to turn off autoplay of videos? You deserve those higher charges.
Life's hard. It's harder when you're stupid.
HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port
to those of us who know and love this OS. Very big. VMS is secure, stable (can run for years - yes I said years - without need of reboot), and the UI is about 99%
intuitive (unlike unix/linux, windows, and others). Sometimes I think I'd un-retire for a chance to work in a good vms shop ...
Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads
in VMS (you know, that semi-mainframe OS invented by DEC and now owned by HP).
Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift
Just what we need! Better compilers is what we really need, but that apparently is too difficult.
Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game
Nintendo needs to tell the LGBT crowd to get a life, be concerned with real issues, and pound some sand in the process.
Kids To Get the Best CS Teachers $15/Hr Can Buy
The idea is to teach kids to code? In what language? And how long will that language be in vogue? Are we ever going to have a "universal" programming
language? Or is the idea to teach the kids the fundamentals of computing, computers, programming, file structures, algorithms, etc? At present, we
have a plethora - perhaps an excess - of programming languages, and new ones are popping up like weeds all the time. It seems to me that an ability
to program - at least in some high level query-only language - is highly desirable, rather like the ability to use a calculator or smartphone. But if we
try to teach everyone to program, are we not simply creating even more potential hackers than we already have, thus making everyone's everyday
experiences on the internet even more insecure than they already are?
Free Can Make You Bleed: the Underresourced Open Source
I don't trust "free" software. And never will. If you pay for software and it does not perform, you probably have a comeback on the vendor. If "free" software does
not perform, you have no comeback on anyone, OpenSSL being exhibit one. And in case anyone was wondering, the ONLY reason "free" software has been so
widely accepted by corporations is because it is supposedly "free". IMHO, free = crappy.
The Ways Programming Is Hard
Bad code keeps many, many, many people fully employed at good hourly rates. So be thankful for it.
Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech
there would be more women it IT. Seems that IT is not an attractive career option for the ladies. BFD. Interior design is not an attractive career
option for men, BFD. I worked in IT for 30+ years, but wouldn't do it again. Too much sitting, too much listening to incompetent management,
too many clueless users who didn't know what they wanted or needed and couldn't be bothered to figure it out ("how do I know what I want until
I see what I get"), never-ending software updates, greedy and incompetent vendors. But it did pay pretty well.
Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem
The PC crowd have their collective shorts in a knot over this one, as they did with the Mozilla CEO situation. Seems you can't hold a political view which disagrees
with the official PC/libtard position without them having a temper tantrum. And it's so easy to set these people off on a tantrum that it's tempting to do it on a
regular basis just to watch them scream. But I digress. There are only 2 reasons I can think of to put Rice on the Dropbox board: her business acumen and her
OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks
There are security vulnerabilities seemingly EVERYWHERE. Do programmers not test their code anymore? Is there no testing protocol for security issues? Is
no one embarrased to have released a piece of software that's so porous? I'm retired, and I can tell you that if I had written code with the security holes that modern
programs and apps seem to have, I would have been unceremoniously fired very quickly by any and all of the several employers for whom I worked in my career.
But that doesn't seem to happen today, unfortunately.
Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services
encrypt your message, send it in clear, no one but no one can decrypt it unless you give up the key. Never heard of one time pads? Google it.
Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?
Stay right where you are: max out your pension fund contributions, enjoy the perks your current employer provides, and take some contract work on the side to
satisfy your need for challenge. Figure out how much money you need to retire comfortably and work toward accumulating that money as fast as you can. Then
retire. You'll be much happier. Trust me, not having to respond to an alarm clock 5 or more days a week is very nice.
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