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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

mindmaster064 Re:Yay! Hopenchange! (225 comments)

Same here. I tried college, but I was already too advanced when I enrolled and I literally bored myself out of the place. I've never had a college degree or needed one and I've worked solo, my own company, and even with fortune 500s. Generally, I never was stopped at any point due to not having that paper but I have lost to others on experience on a particular platform or whatever. Fine, I can deal. =)

about a month ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

mindmaster064 Re:they can't find people who will work 60-80+ hou (225 comments)

More like they build the job posting to fit one foreign amateurs resume and then act like there is no one in the USA that could do it. The H1-B is complete fucking slavery. No raises likely and as many hours as the employer wants to put you through OR you get fired and lose your ability to stay here -- then have to buy your own ticket home. That's why our corporatacracy allows this -- employment is slavery too, but not nearly as bad. As long as you work for money you're basically in debt, so the wage slave is only slightly better off. We should be against this process not only because it costs US workers jobs, but because it is a violation of the human rights of the individuals as well. The problem is that we need government reform that represents the people not the fictious entities known as companies. Until that happens the money is the most important thing.

about a month ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

mindmaster064 Re:1st Amendment rights?? (347 comments)

501(c) is used by a lot of social or policy based groups. Since I don't think their purpose is gathering money to profit, but rather to feed campaigns they believe in it is no different than passing a hat among your friends. I don't really want government to get into policing this type of thing because it limits our ability to effect the political process for good. Since money is the only thing candidates think about that is the only way to control them and keep them honest. Going after 501(c) is basically just going after you and me in the long haul through the organizations and groups that we can use to influence politics now and in the future.

about 3 months ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

mindmaster064 This is great. (347 comments)

Since the US government is not protected by itself branches of itself can invade the privacy of the other branches. Check and Mate. I think we found out how to destroy the NSA and IRS in one swoop.

about 3 months ago
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GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks

mindmaster064 Re:~45yrs of buffer overflows... (127 comments)

Yes, but it's easier to worry about one library (the VM) than 5000. Also the need for "compiling" is caused by the limitation that your OS cannot directly digest the bytecode. If it could there is nearly no need for a C++ glue layer other than a very minimal one that can easily be secured. If it can read that code then the C++ dependency goes away outside of the small bit riding right on the hardware. Put C where it belongs -- touching the hardware -- move the standard libraries into the virtual sandbox. No more problems.

about 3 months ago
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AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy

mindmaster064 Sometimes things aren't done for evil. (80 comments)

Bottom line, if a game runs poorly on a graphic device AMD and NVIDIA directly get blamed. This program is merely NVIDIA's tack towards improving user perception. They know if you have a problem running software on one of their cards you will probably go buy a Radeon. The computing hardware in each card is far beyond the privy of any single developer to understand at this point. You need a glue layer and technical resources to properly expose the interfaces. The problem is when one vendor is specifically excluded from the glue layer. Both of these vendors have been cheating benchmarks by analyzing what game is attempting to access the features and then dumbing them down selectively in barely perceivable ways to artificially pump benchmark results. The problem I have with NVIDIA doing this is mostly that they typically have their own black box code (that is closed) and you have no idea how that is interacting. If it interacts poorly with your application you are just screwed. There is nothing to fix you must patch around it. Ergo, the state of the current NVIDIA drivers in Linux. =)

about 3 months ago
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GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks

mindmaster064 Re:~45yrs of buffer overflows... (127 comments)

I'd even go far as to say the problem creeps into larger issues. All the libraries you require are based in C/C++. QT, etc. These code bases are completely massive and even if you run some small "shows a box on screen" app you are calling 3000 lines of possibly broken an insecure code. The solution is move the core libraries away from C to C#, Java, or some other viable candidate that prevents software from "doing bad things". Essentially what the open source community has been saying is "trust us", but who exactly do you trust to carry your wallet? I only trust myself... How about you? Community developed software is great provided it is implemented on a framework that is invulnerable to input errors. I rather have my app crash than get hacked.

about 3 months ago
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Percentage of Self-Employed IT Workers Increasing

mindmaster064 Re:Mostly because companies are bastards. (138 comments)

The S-corp is a newbie way... Really you need to fully incorporate in a state that doesn't have state or personal income tax (Wyoming, Nevada -- do Delaware if you want to IPO and get big) (yes you'll never get away from the fed..) Standard corporations can take a TON more exemptions than you can personally so any "pass-thru" is just false savings and you're leaving money on the table. Any decent corp is paying exactly $0 federal tax most of the time so there is no reason to take the S election and lose money. Mostly how much you can charge is how you can "come off" there are businesses willing to pay any unreasonable rate. Just remember if you ask for $300/hr you are expected to pick up lunch, dinner, and buy the drinks -- it just goes with the territory.

about 8 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight With HTML5 Support In IE11

mindmaster064 Netflix Currently Works in Linux (337 comments)

Due to mono and wine I am able to view any content via streaming. This just means it'll be even simpler since I won't need the sluggish mono/silverlight layer.

about a year ago
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Join COBOL's Next Generation

mindmaster064 The reason it is still used is simple. (276 comments)

COBOL is one of the few languages that is completely standardized. IO, formatting, everything works the same EVERYWHERE. Certainly, the column nature of coding in the language is annoying, but not much more than BASIC was with it's numbering scheme. As far as the programs that chug through industrial-sized databases go few touch as many records as COBOL does.

about a year ago
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Intelligence Director Claims NSA Surveillance Reports Inaccurate

mindmaster064 This has been going on since at least 2001. (262 comments)

I used to work at Bank of America and NSA had a black door closet in our office that I couldn't get into. Now mind you I had a security key card that could open any door in the establishment due to me being in the network security team. I could get in any VIP office, the trade floor, any secured area and any BofA server room on the premises but no one in our company could open that one door. So it's not just Internet dotcoms it's all your financial transactions and anything else as well. They are snarfing everything.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Confirms Xbox One's Phone Home Requirement, Game Resale Rules

mindmaster064 This console will be useless. (581 comments)

Half the players of these games are non-internet connected teenagers at least in terms of their bedrooms. They can't buy $70+ games either as a rule. Microsoft just hasn't had enough strikeouts yet eh? Well they'll learn the hard way. All the next gen PlayStation has to do is be less draconian because the hardware is absolutely the fucking same.

about a year ago
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To Avoid Confusion: Oracle's Confusing New Java Numbering Scheme

mindmaster064 Re:Why can't they do it like everyone else? (183 comments)

Actually the .Net philosophy to me seems the polar opposite of Java. .Net releases seem further apart but seem to work better and have more integrated functionality. Personally... after using both for a long time C# + .net wins.... The portability comment isn't even an issue anymore really... Mono is working well in most cases (the gap is mostly in the latest incarnations of asp.net and MVC) and is fast enough to run games so it is fast enough for any business use at least in my mind. Personally, I dislike Microsoft and Oracle but I dislike Oracle way more.

about a year ago
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N. Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"

mindmaster064 Re:And we don't need the man in the middle indeed. (555 comments)

Moreover, you win nothing but a higher cost with that middleman. The further you are removed from the supply chain the more something is marked up. Understand that most items in the USA that you can buy are marked up on each phase of the distribution. The manufacturer sells to a distributor who doubles it, and that guy goes to someone who represents a retailer or a group of them and they do the same thing. So something that costs $5 to make (with profit mind you) ends up being $20-30. Cars are no different -- the manufacturer price is much less than the 'invoice' cost which is just a number these dealers cook up but they are marked up less than other items due to the smaller supply chain -- usually being manufacturer to dealer vs there being another couple of parties -- if you add importers and such into the pile you can see why foreign cars with dealerships cannot compete with Tesla. Tesla can sell a car for the exact same price as these guys and make way more money doing it. Bravo -- you are winning at business!

about a year ago
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To Avoid Confusion: Oracle's Confusing New Java Numbering Scheme

mindmaster064 Why can't they do it like everyone else? (183 comments)

Microsoft - One big version number. One little one. .Net Framework 2.0, 3.5, etc... easy to know where you are. Security patches don't alter the name unless they're a service pack. Then it would be .Net 3.5 sp 1 whatever. You at least know that as long as you have the update service running you are fully patched up and manually running it will make sure. 7u45 is freaking Chinese - it sounds like something that should be on the side of a submarine. Imagine trying to say one of these numbers on a phone to someone you're trying to help through a problem. You can't overload CPU either; too damn confusing even for me. I won't know whether you will talking about your computer or the software. Especially if it is like 2am and something broken. Java is becoming more and more aggravating the longer Oracle has anything to do with it.

about a year ago
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Apple CEO Likens Surface To Car That Flies, Floats

mindmaster064 Choices are good... (377 comments)

Honestly, Microsoft is placing the product for the people like me who won't buy a tablet because I already have a laptop and the iPad keyboard is complete shit for anything I want to do. For typing a complete keyboard (not some crappy slow screen thing) is necessary and I type a lot, and I type fast... I can't stand the interface. Thus, it is a more hybrid device close to what I want that will do a little more than iPad but much much lighter and more portable than said laptop. They made a product for a market that isn't being addressed, and honestly.. I think it was the best place to put it out -- right between androids & iPads, and laptops. If you can give me a full blown laptop with the portability of an iPad I no longer care about iPad.

about 2 years ago
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Internet Providers To Begin Warning Customers Who Pirate Content

mindmaster064 How they are probably doing this... (442 comments)

I would speculate that they are not using any type of sniffing/firewall monitoring to do this due to the volume of the traffic (it would just tank modern implementations..) so they are probably using their DNS servers + some sort of transparent proxy to do it (just so they can piece together URL). Basically, I doubt this will work if you use your own DNS server (which I do at home for this reason... generally not good for providers to see your DNS anyway...) since they would have to use selective monitoring such as this to avoid legal problems. If they never see you hit up the pirate bay then they probably aren't monitoring the rest of the communication at all.

about 2 years ago
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Alan Cox to NVIDIA: You Can't Use DMA-BUF

mindmaster064 Re:The infection of GPL stunts growth... (946 comments)

They don't have to. They can leave the GPL code as is, add GPL w/library exemption (since it is their work) to the tack on (remember GPL prevents you from limiting rights not expanding them..), and link their code to the new interface. This is exactly what every single program that links to the standard library (GCC) is currently doing regardless of it's license. Thus, they only have to "GPL" their glue code and connect to the glue -- the glue would be GPL and the proprietary module would only interface that thus no GPL violation -- the interface can be open source since it doesn't cause a problem. If it worked as suggested by you it would be impossible to link anything in Linux without it automatically becoming GPL since technically everything 'links against' the kernel libraries by extension. GPL lets you fork and branch the code all you'd like the GPL specifically states you can modify the software you just have to distribute the code.

about 2 years ago
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Has Lenovo Taken the Top PC Manufacturer Spot From HP?

mindmaster064 Never trust Gartner on anything... (99 comments)

At least that's what I learned when the word "Microsoft" is in any of their reports. I would assume that it is that way with everything else too... They're like the Fox News of the tech industry -- it's all about who pays the most.

about 2 years ago
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Alan Cox to NVIDIA: You Can't Use DMA-BUF

mindmaster064 Re:The infection of GPL stunts growth... (946 comments)

Nvidia doesn't need Linux or to make drivers for it at all. The top two environments are OSX and Windows and it can ignore Linux completely if it must leaving you with some shitty integrated video adapters. Between negotiating terms or heavily modifying the driver to fit the GPL taint (probably removing functionality) and whatever else it may simply ignore the new functionality since while advantageous it wouldn't effect the position of NVidia at the top of the video heap and most of the cards that would take advantage can't compete with Nvidia anyway. The bug is really in how Linux is licensed not in what NVidia is doing, but there is nothing stopping Nvidia from taking linux sources removing all of the bits it doesn't like and licensing the changes with the library exception and plugging its kernel module into that effectively creating their own branch over which GPL cronies have no say over since this is all GCC has really done by creating the standard library. As long as Nvidia plugs into these 'changed' hooks and not the originals everything still works.

about 2 years ago

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