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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

neurovish Re:Or (182 comments)

To quote Mike Masnick of Techdirt:

I can't help but feel that there's a kid in a basement somewhere yelling, "OMFG, I killed a movie!"

...then 3 years later gets sent to Gitmo by Jeb Bush.

4 days ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

neurovish Re:I, for one (175 comments)

New?! They controlled us all the time. At least since our ancestors arrived at this planet.

And they have now tricked scientists into a discovery that will keep them youthful looking with incredible skin!

5 days ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

neurovish Re:Seems unintuative (175 comments)

I think you may be misunderstanding. The summary says that it is the engineered mice that could resist the sunlight while the normal mice became prunes. In this case the cream (more likely a shot) would be what allows you to stay out in the sun without using sunscreen at all.

TFS makes it sound like the mice are still susceptible to sunburns (and probably skin cancer), but that their skin is no worse off looking after the burn heals. I'm just curious what the unintended consequences of that would be. Our skin probably gets old and wrinkly for a reason.

5 days ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

neurovish Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (159 comments)

iPhone came back with "one in 252,331 have the same fingerprint as yours". I can't think of a more generic browser signature.

about a week ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

neurovish Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (159 comments)

"Your browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 4,789,097 tested so far.

Currently, we estimate that your browser has a fingerprint that conveys at least 22.19 bits of identifying information."

Unique amongst the browser's tested. Is there a selection bias amongst people who would check to see if their browser is unique going on? I tried with IE from a generic install of windows 7 and still get the "you appear to be unique" message.

about a week ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

neurovish ...or an alternative view (281 comments)

Fast forward to the year 2017.
Headline: NSA outsourced to Google
In a cost cutting move, the US Government has outsource all NSA activity to Google. In a statement from President Hillary, she gives the reasoning that "[they] recognized a duplication of data collection efforts between the NSA and Google and decided to take advantage of those synergies."

about a week ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

neurovish Great News! (281 comments)

I was wondering what I could do to keep the NSA from spying on me. I'm glad that Google has it figured out. Time to upload all of the documents I have stored locally on my desktop to the Google servers so that they can keep a watchful eye on them. I was worried that this was going to be hard and require a lot of dilligence.

I'm going to tell my boss that we need to move away from all of these Microsoft products to and only use Google cloud services for security.

about a week ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

neurovish Re:Wait what? (222 comments)

He has a 4yr old playing these games?
His 4yr old plays mine craft?!?!
His 4yr old can handle WASD input?

I keep hearing about kids loving minecraft, but every time I ask if they have actually played the game I find out they are simply watching Youtube videos of funny British guys narrating their games. It seems the narrators are the real stars and the games incidental. I've got a 7yr old and he, nor anyone in his class can actually play the game.

Whoah...so that SouthPark episode is a real thing?

about two weeks ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

neurovish Re:This really is a man's world... (377 comments)

Oh man, you didn't get the joke... :(

It was subtle...I'll give you that. I had a whoosh going on, but caught it before I hit "send".

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

neurovish Re:If everyone in government and industry cheats.. (438 comments)

Sigh. True that. We cheat about cheating by pretending we don't cheat.

No, we're just better at it. Reminds me of a course I had in school where about 80% of the grade was a single Java project where students worked in teams of 3 or 4. This project is always the same from one semester to the next. One of the projects from the previous year was floating around, and everybody had access to it. Out of a class of 50 or so students, I think 2 groups turned in what looked to be 100% original projects. The groups that re-used the old projects did so at varying levels...some of them completely changed the UI layout, some of them only changed the UI colors, and then you had the groups of the Asian students. They turned in the exact project from the previous semester only changing the names on it. There were 4 Asian groups, and they all had the exact same software...it was blatant. They also all received As on the project.

about a month and a half ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

neurovish Re:Worthless degrees (438 comments)

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned that if these students get a job where they are actually required to be able to do what they say they can, they'll get knocked on their ass real fast.

/quote>

That's when they become Oracle, Cisco, or Delloitte consultants and jump from one job to the next every 3 months.

about a month and a half ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

neurovish Re:Great! More hipster hate. (176 comments)

I'm 41 with a gigantic oustache. I work in tech, live in San Francisco, like craft beer, and bike to work, all things associated with being a hipster (except my age). I don't define myself around my consumption habits; I just am. I like to bike. I like to drink craft beer. I like working in tech, and my facial hair rocks. It's the idiots out there like you who feel it's necessary to label folks different than themselves as " empty soulless yuppie shitheads." If you think that having a mustache or liking craft beer is what makes a person a shithead, then you are part of the problem.

Hmmm, you're pretty close. What size pants do you wear, and how often do you wear plaid?

about a month and a half ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

neurovish Re:True anticonformancy (176 comments)

Showed up to a rave in a suit and tie once, got called out for "looking like everybody else" by a candy raver wearing a MLB knock off T. Laughed my ass off at her. Irony was not detected.

Good thing it wasn't a ska show, then she would've had a point.

about a month and a half ago
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Pitivi Video Editor Surpasses 50% Crowdfunding Goal, Releases Version 0.94

neurovish Speaking of open source editing tools... (67 comments)

Is Cinelerra still around? Looks like there was an actual update back in September, which is the first movement I've seen on the project in about 5 years. I've never come across anybody else that uses it though.

about a month and a half ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

neurovish Re:Overreach... (251 comments)

Everyone knows this is an overreach by the prosecutor and an abuse of the very intent of the law. All the Judges need to do is read up on the history of what lead to it's creation to understand that it was developed purely as a way to ensure that publicly traded corporations weren't reporting fictional financial statements. There is no way that this should have EVER reached the Supreme court, let alone this fisherman being convicted under this law. But, of course, we now have a legal system that prizes conviction over justice.

I also love the argument for why this conviction should be upheld. "The government replies that the "records only" argument would make it a crime for a murderer to destroy his victim's diary, but not the murder weapon." Um... The destruction of evidence to cover up a crime is already against the law (Tampering, Obstruction, etc.). Saying that the Sarbanes-Oxley law is needed for this is just plain silly..... I guess it's a good thing that I am not a Supreme court justice. If I were I would have laughed my head off at the pure stupidity...

FYI: I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV... The above are my personal opinions...

IMO, the guy got lucky. If he was in state waters, then that could have been his boat. 379.337(a):
(a)Property used in connection with a violation resulting in a conviction for the illegal taking, or attempted taking, sale, possession, or transportation of saltwater products is subject to seizure and forfeiture as part of the commission’s efforts to protect the state’s marine life. Saltwater products and seines, nets, boats, motors, other fishing devices or equipment, and vehicles or other means of transportation used or attempted to be used in connection with, as an instrumentality of, or in aiding and abetting such illegal taking or attempted taking are hereby declared to be nuisances.

I'm not sure how that statue would apply to federal waters or if he was caught after bringing the fish into state waters.

about a month and a half ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

neurovish Re: What am I doing wrong? (574 comments)

Like a majority of the job postings we don't list the salary range. We only get to that part after the interview process which is why I know salary isn't the reason we are not receiving candidates. Our retention has also been very high so employees are satisfied with the overall benefits package. If we had candidates receive an offer and then refuse it, that would indicate a salary issue.

Personally, if a salary range is not posted, then I am probably not applying. It isn't trivial to apply for jobs these days. I would say that each job I apply for usually involves 2 - 4 hours of research. If I see a posting with no salary range, then I'm going to assume that company will low-ball me and is not worth my time. I will target one that lists a salary range that is reasonable. Post a realistic salary range where you would hire the right person on at any point along the range and not at the bottom. The good applicants will be shooting for the upper end. Mention the salary expectations up front and you'll save everybody time.

about a month and a half ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

neurovish Re:What am I doing wrong? (574 comments)

I'm a "former" developer and current IT hiring manager. I am trying to fill a couple of developer positions. I worked with HR to craft the job description that best described the job opening... Without any crazy years of experience requirements. It is a senior level position though. At any rate, we have received only two qualified candidates in two months. And we have received only four or five resumes so it's not as if we have been weeding out a ton of candidates before interviewing them. One received a promotion from their current employer before we could bring them back for a second interview, the other was asking for almost double what we could have offered plus wanted to telecommute from out of state half the week. We just are not seeing candidates. Where do developers go when they are looking for jobs? Job boards are expensive and we can't afford to hit every one of them.

Indeed usually. Dice and Monster are virtually useless these days from a jobsearch perspective IMO. Also, people seem to get hired via offers that came through LinkedIn. Try looking through LinkedIn for candidates and shooting them an email? Where is the job location?

about a month and a half ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

neurovish Re:There's a clue shortage (574 comments)

Move to a hypothetical rat hole, lets make up a name, say Gibraltar, and then reduce the salary to less than people usual make for the privilege of only having sun and beach around, and nothing else. Sure that it is far better than being in a city. Much better. I will relocate to there if then they pay me for a couple of years of therapy.

Gibralter is a rat hole? I'm going to cross that off my list of "weird places I could mve to".

about a month and a half ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

neurovish Re:There's a clue shortage (574 comments)

I always wondered why tech offices were located in the centre of some crappy city or soulless business park (eg Winnersh in Reading, sigh).

If I had a big company to set up somewhere, it'd be in an area usually frequented by tourists - there are enough people wanting to move from their shitty rat race commute that they would want to relocate to a nice area. And you'd have the side benefit of having a trapped workforce who would never want to relocate back to their grimy city commute days.

So you want to setup shop in a "nice place to visit"?
Sure the Grand Canyon might be picturesque and all, and Las Vegas may be fun for a weekend, but no way in hell I want to live out there.

about a month and a half ago

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