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Whistleblowers Enter the Post-Snowden Era

nha Whistleblowing considered harmful (129 comments)

AFAIK all the information released by Snowden is about official NSA programs that have been approved by legions of higher-ups. It is obviously a loser to go to one of those higher-ups to claim that such a program is illegal. Whistleblowing within the organization only makes sense when it involves actions by some rogue person(s) that goes against organization policy. Telling your boss that what he does is illegal, will just get you into trouble.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

nha It's the same everywhere (465 comments)

I look at job descriptions from all over the world, and it's the same everywhere. For short-term contracting gigs, it usually makes sense. For a permanent employee, it doesn't. Smarter would be to simply describe the tasks of the position, and let the candidates figure out for themselves if they can hack it. Problem is, this basically means that HR can't even pretend to contribute anything meaningful to the process. Ergo, it won't happen.

about a year ago
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NYC Police Comm'r: Privacy Is 'Off the Table' After Boston Bombs

nha Let me get this straight, (508 comments)

these are the same police who claim that it is illegal for a citizen to make a private video recording of police doing their public job in a public place?

about a year and a half ago
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When Computers Go Wrong

nha Two more fun failures (250 comments)

1) Some new naval warship on its shakedown cruise had to be towed back to San Diego because its Microsoft OS bluescreened.

2) When NASA's shuttle engines were being tested, two of them blew up on the test stand. Some programmer neglected to factor in the fact that a large butterfly valve takes time to close. He issued the command to start closing at the time it should have been completely closed, and boom!, no more engine.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Says Offshoring Fears Are Unwarranted

nha Re:Obama is not the Great Leader that many wish hi (763 comments)

"For the past 30 years every Republican president has increased the debt while every Democrat has decreased it."

Sounds good, but a closer look at the cited page shows that in the last 30 years there has only been one Democratic president, and we all know Clinton was just lucky to have presided over the superbubble. Furthermore, for six of his eight years both the House and Senate had Republican majorities. Remember, the President cannot spend a dime -- only Congress can do that.

Going back to the beginning of the table in 1945, the results are more mixed.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Microsoft Is So Scared of OpenOffice

nha Re:Classic "skills" FUD (421 comments)

The other major deficiency is the huge list of bugs. Try working on anything non-trivial and you'll quickly come up with problems.

about 4 years ago
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HP Explains Why Printer Ink Is So Expensive

nha The proof is in the pudding (651 comments)

The only thing you have to know is that the manufacturers purposely make it difficult to refill their cartridges. This proves that their ink is simply way overpriced, and all the marketing hot air in the world will not explain away that fact.

more than 4 years ago
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Michael Meeks Says OO.o Project is "Profoundly Sick"

nha Re:"Finished" software (676 comments)

I recently built a trivial database application using Base. I stumbled over more bugs than you can shake a stick at, especially with report builder. Despite the bugs, report builder is still better than the catatonic alternative. And no matter how I screw up my SQL, I always get the same, utterly unhelpful, error message. If OO were anywhere close to being done experienced people wouldn't have to redesign simple projects to work around bugs.

more than 5 years ago
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The State of Electronic Voting In the 2008 US Elections

nha Re:Paper??? (223 comments)

Paper and pencil works great in Canada and Germany because nobody cares enough to try to steal an election. If anyone bothered to try, they'd find all sorts of ways to beat the system. Any system involving people can be subverted.

In 2000 Europeans had a great time claiming that Americans are incapable of doing something as simple as counting votes. This is like the ugly girl who boasts that SHE never has any problems with men.

more than 5 years ago

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