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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

milkasing Re:If it bother you that much (944 comments)

Rich idiots in privileged settings, my foot. Power delivery in India is truly horrible. Yet everyone in India has florescent lamps. They prefer it because it is brighter, is a more natural light than incandescent, is cheaper in the long run and lasts longer. Seeing the prevalence of incandescents in the US was one of my WTF moments, when I first came over.

about 7 months ago
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Former NSA Chief Warns Hackers Will Attack US If Snowden Is Captured

milkasing Activist cyber attacks now cyber "terror" attacks (413 comments)

Of the types of Cyber attacks motives -- Activist led, state sponsored espionage and ones driven by criminal activity, activist is a tiny fraction compared to the other two.
http://www.verizonenterprise.com/resources/reports/es_data-breach-investigations-report-2013_en_xg.pdf
Also of the three types, activist attacks are the least sophisticated while state espionage attacks are the most sophisticated. Its funny how activist attacks are considered as "terror" attacks.
Yes there will be attacks because of Snowden, but they will be insignificant compared to the daily business of government led attacks

about a year ago
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Study Questions H-1B Policies

milkasing H1Bs are a quick fix - there are deeper problems (361 comments)

In the past few decades, the change in norms removed a lot of cushions that were there:
1. There are fewer entry level jobs -- few companies are willing to train people.
The buzz from Jack Welch was to treat team members like pro athlete stars -- pay the alpha performers well and get rid of the beta performers. The problem is that almost all new comers will under perform for a while. Why hire them?
2. There is less loyalty towards an employer.
Again this hurts entry level jobs. The norm used to be that employers used to train people, and the people would stay with the employers for a few years, even if the pay was less. The loss in productivity and the training costs from an employers perspective would more than be made up by the long term savings. From an employees perspective, skipping from job to job made you appear unreliable and would hurt your job prospects. Then with the dot com boom, everything changed. People used to join a company that offered training and then immediately jump ship to get even a slightly higher pay. Jumping from company to company became the most reliable way to get a pay raise. Most companies saw their investment in training wasted and eliminated or severely reduced training.
3. There is no loyalty towards employees and long term planning is no longer considered.
IT is typically a cost center. The norm today is to look for saving by cutting payroll where ever possible. Strategically employers look for a cheaper alternative, even if the long term risk to the business increases. incentives for managers are based on short term performance, so even star employees are at risk of layoffs. Salaries are often cut, irrespective to the damage to the morale of the workforce, because by the time the effects are seen, the people responsible for the cut would have moved on.
4. The geographical mobility has decreased in the past 30 years.
The drag caused by having ever larger mortgages, and complexities of ensuring both the husband and wife have a job, often prevents people from moving to places where there are new jobs.
With constant layoffs a new fact of life, the risks of moving, particularly to smaller markets and single company towns has risen. In a larger metro like NYC, folks can look for new jobs more easily if they feel their job is at risk, and even go to interviews in their lunch breaks. In a small town, this becomes much harder.
5. The move towards orienting IT personal to a project at all times creates a need for an ability to hire and lay off people at all times. As the projects becomes larger, at times there is a glut and times there is such a shortage that the project is moved offshore.
6. The need to restrict liabilities, reduce fixed costs and deflect responsibility is leading to more outsourcing. (Outsourcing != off shoring.) This in turn leads to a need for a more mobile workforce. Just pouring money into these issues will not make it go away, and often the cost could be too high. The solutions for these problems -- rethinking at will employment, tort reform, rethinking home ownership as a primary method to build equity, rewarding long term performance over short term performance are complex, difficult to implement, and will require a ton of time, and right now these problems are not even on the public radar. In the mean time business must go on.
H1Bs offer a quick fix to many of these problems by creating a more mobile, more employer dependent workforce. They are a crutch, and do not solve the long term issues, and they do have a downward pressure on wages. But they also buy time for US society and business to get its act together. Whether this time is used properly, I have no idea.

1 year,2 days
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MS Tackles CS Education Crisis With Popularity Contest

milkasing Re:computer science (141 comments)

Programming does not require a lot of math, but Computer Science is a branch of Math. If you wanted programing without the math, you took the right path.

1 year,10 days
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Ask Slashdot: Development Requirements Change But Deadlines Do Not?

milkasing Formally find out why deadlines are missed (221 comments)

After you miss your next deadline and/or push out a bug riddled release, task the initiative and get your group and sponsors together to formally find out why deadlines are missed.
As discussed by commentators above, the reasons are definitely a lack of a change management process (and possibly a lack of a clear scope / requirements definition). But somehow people are more receptive to the obvious when it comes from a discovery process, rather than being told.
After you set up a change management process figure out a way to get an estimate of how much the impact will be. So the next time some change comes up, tell them how much the release will be delayed up. front and ask them if they would want it for the next release.
Remember, the more time you spend on management, the less time you have to develop, so factor that into your schedule as well.

1 year,17 days
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More Details Emerge On How the US Is Bugging Its European Allies

milkasing Re:No Shit (442 comments)

Not really, that's a construct that you probably picked up from Hollywood propaganda.

Luke Skywalker in Tatooine - stays? no - runs.
Sarah O'Corner when t100 finds her - stays? no- runs.
Indiana Jones in front of boulder - stays? Heck no - runs!
Mad Max, Roger Rabbit, James bond, John McClanne,Spideman, Superman, Batman, Ethan Hunt, Rambo
Heroes ALWAYS run, in Hollywood as much as in real life.

1 year,26 days
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Man Of Steel Leaps Over Record With $125.1 Million To Mixed Reviews

milkasing Re:Metric should be number of tickets, not revenue (364 comments)

With the ever-increasing number channels of viewing movies, using number of tickets sold is grossly inaccurate, as it as it erroneously omits the effect of higher ticket prices on demand and ignores the home theater, dvd, and online streaming boom.
If you compare the cost of a 1939 ticket ($0.25) in todays prices, it would be only $4 -- which would make movie going far more affordable than $12-16 that a ticket in a major metro like NY costs these days.
It would be more accurate (though still not completely accurate -- after all the previous generations hardly had the options of home entertainment from video games to the Internet that we have ) to use the inflation adjusted revenue as the basis for judging whether all time records have been broken.

about a year ago
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Automated System Developed To Grade Student Essays

milkasing Essay grading machines have been in use for years (253 comments)

All your GRE essays are evaluated by a machine and have been for years -- the e-rater. http://www.ets.org/research/topics/as_nlp/writing_quality/
The rating is also done by humans. It works well in practice and ensures that essays are graded fairly. If there is a significant discrepancy between the two ratings for a essay, that essay is examined further by another specialist. It prevents students from being victims of someone having a bad day at the office, and also does not encourage writing an essay to beat a machine.
The significance of the EDX news is not the concept of automated grading, it is that that such software is now free and opensource.

about a year ago
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Schneier: Security Awareness Training 'a Waste of Time'

milkasing Re:Obligatory car analogy (284 comments)

That. Every system can only do so much. Ultimately, even the best designed system depends on having people do the right thing, and accept changes that makes the system more secure
What use is it if you build a closed environment, with restricted access and rely on two factor authentication, if some CxO gives his RSA token and password to his unvetted summer intern to do some trivial task without supervision?
Is security awareness training the end all of IT security? Of course not. But frankly, it is a trivial part of a security budget and it does have real benefits.

about a year ago
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64GB MS Surface Pro Only Has 23GB of Free Space

milkasing Got to wonder what the product managers at MS do. (588 comments)

The product managers seem to have forgotten what it is for someone to just go in and start using a product. To really find out how much a feature is worth. There are so many things they could have done...
1. Just deleted the recovery partition to begin with..
2. Provide a cheap recovery USB stick with the recovery OS and apps on it
3. Pre-load surface with a 32 GB micro SD car
Personally I feel surface Pro would have flopped in any case (a 4 hour battery charge for something specifically meant for mobile use is nonsensical), but things like this make it seem that the folks at Microsoft are not even trying to market to the customer.

about a year and a half ago
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Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

milkasing Re:Why bother? (847 comments)

There are so many facts wrongs on this that it looks like you are making things up to supprot a point (a point which I agree with).
Beria was not arrested on molestation charges. He was arrested on charges of treason, counter-revolutionary activities and terrorism (for his role in the purges).
"Beria died in prison 'attempting to escape',". No. He was sentenced to death and was executed by a firing squad.
" the date unknown.". Again, no. The execution was on 12/23/1953.
BTW, In his trial, he was accused to allegations of rape and sex crimes. But that seems to be mainly because it was true and pretty well documented (unlike the treason charges)

about 2 years ago
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Booted From Airplane For Wearing Anti-TSA T-shirt

milkasing Re:Not the TSA (826 comments)

As the FTA makes clear, the passenger in this case went through all the additional checks and did everything asked of him, (including changing the shirt) http://arijitvsdelta.blogspot.co.uk/
The pilot threw him off AFTER all this. Heck the passenger was a scrawny, compliant, grad student with stage 4 cancer who was traveling back with his wife from a family funeral. The pilot clearly abused his position and suspended for this.
And yes, the passenger goes out of his way to say that the TSA is not to blame:

It is worth noting that once TSA was involved and had to question me about the meaning of my shirt, they did treat me with the utmost respect and without any malice. Indeed, the lead TSA agent recognized the absurdity of the situation and even apologized I had to go through all this, saying that he found the entire situation to be ridiculous and that he’d let me fly. The same cannot be same about Delta or NFTA transit police. Shortly afterwards, I labeled the transit police as being “thuggish brutes” and I stand by that characterization. As for Delta, their actions could be at best described as cowardly and racist. (There’s much wrong with the TSA and the entire airport security operation — to wit — but in this case, the TSA agents I personally interacted with were courteous and professional.)

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Surface Release Date Confirmed

milkasing Except that MS isn't competing with the ipad (175 comments)

.. it is trying to create a new niche. One that has more in common with the ultra book market than iPads. Something that plays nice with business / enterprise setup. Surface could become a hit without making a dent in iPad sales.

about 2 years ago
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Nukes Are "The Only Peacekeeping Weapons the World Has Ever Known," Says Waltz

milkasing Based on a false premise (707 comments)

Kenneth Waltz seems to have cherry picked information to support his hypothesis. The full article mentions that he basis his hypothesis on India-Pakistan relationship, but it is clear that he has ignored several things in it.
First of all, unlike what he mentions in TFA, India and Pakistan relationship has had a full fledged war (and not just terrorist actions launched by Pakistan) , after Pakistan conducted A-Bomb tests. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kargil_War
India has come very close to waging war on other occasions as well, especially after the terrorist attacks on the Indian Parliament.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Parakram
Waltz is right that the possibility of nuclear war raises the stakes, but what he does not acknowledge (and what the Pakistani example shows) is that the a nuclear state might indulge in risky behavior against another nuclear states, precisely because it counts on the other state to act more conservatively. And sooner or later, there is a miscalculation of the risk by the aggressive nuclear state.
This makes the entire premise that Nukes Are "The Only Peacekeeping Weapons the World Has Even Known," a wrong one.

about 2 years ago
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South Korea Surrenders To Creationist Demands On Evolution Textbooks

milkasing Re:Why would you think that? (640 comments)

"Most creationists on this planet are Hindu or Muslim" I can't think of any Hindu who thinks that evolution is a lie, and I've known quite a few orthodox Hindus, and Hindu priests. Hindu theology is quite complicated and it is easy to interpret it it to conclude that it says that religion should be secondary to science.

more than 2 years ago
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Rutger's Student Dharun Ravi Sentenced To 30-Day Jail Time

milkasing Re:No wrongful death? (683 comments)

There NEVER was a video. Just a webcam that was on for a couple of minutes.

more than 2 years ago
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Tim Cook Prefers Settling To Suing and Has a Huge Quarter

milkasing Re:Developer for the world? (246 comments)

What did smartphones look like before the iPhone?

They looked like the LG Prada, which sold a million phones incidentally, the iPhone, which was announced after the photos of the LG Prada had been circulating, looks like the LG Prada as well.

What did tablets look like before the iPad?

They looked like the Knight-Ridder Tablet, which was developed by one of the largest media companies of the time. Incidentally, the iPad, made 17 years later, looks like the LG Prada as well.

Aren't all of the ultra books attempted copies of the Macbook Air?

No. There were thin ultralight notebooks, long before apple. For example, the Sharp Actius which, as CNET noted, showed that the Macbook's claim of being the thinnest notebook was nonsense
This is nothing new. All my examples (and several more) have featured before in other places including /. comments. The point is, whatever you want to call it, Apple hasn't lead the industry and they probably steal the best ideas of trailblazers to build better targeted, better marketed, products, backed by an awesome supply chain, and a pretty decent industrial design team. But they have always been evolutionary (at least recently) rather than revolutionary.

more than 2 years ago
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Whistleblower In Limbo After Reporting H-1B Visa Fraud At Infosys

milkasing Re:Was he really naive enough to expect otherwise? (276 comments)

Where did you get the "17 months of the company screwing with him"?
From TFA: He sent his first report in oct 2010. He filed a lawsuit in Feb 2011 against the company. Given how little happens in the holiday season, he well could have been planning the lawsuit in advance of filing the memo.

more than 2 years ago

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Secret Chat between Julian Assange and Eric Schmidt published by Wikileaks

milkasing milkasing writes  |  about a year ago

milkasing (857326) writes "Via The verge (http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/19/4241486/eric-schmidt-and-julian-assange-conversation-published-on-wikileaks)

Google chairman Eric Schmidt and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange secretly met in 2011 and held a lengthy interview, according to a transcript published on the whistleblowing site. The leak is surprisingly timely — Schmidt was apparently conducting research with Jared Cohen for the pair's book The New Digital Age, which is set to be released on Tuesday. Assange was under house arrest in England at the time the five-hour conversation took place. The conversation is a fascinating look into the minds of the two men, both of whom have had immeasurable impact on issues surrounding technology over recent years.

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Engineer proposes to cheerleader via groupon

milkasing milkasing writes  |  more than 3 years ago

milkasing (857326) writes "In a first of its kind on Groupon, Greg H, a self described "Cold logical Engineer", proposed to Dana, a NFL cheerleader . She accepted. It must have been either the proposal's inclusion of hard to resist allurement of a lifetime of IT support, or just that women love discounts and the proposal had a cost to buy of $1, advertised as a $999998 discount."
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