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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

sdguero This has been going on for years (130 comments)

Back in 2005-ish a friend of mine worked for a MPIAA contractor. His job was to seed bad torrents. THat is torrents that would go to 99% complete but never finish (I forget the trick for that, I think it was to control.remove all the 100% seeds after a couple days or something). Another was to simply mis-label torrents, give people a PBS show or something instead. The thing is, all the torrent sites are self-moderated, which roots out the shady torrents pretty quickly.

3 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

sdguero Re:Did anyone watch the video? (514 comments)

Well I haven't reviewed the evidence from Eric Garner's case, but what was presented in the indictment for Chris Brown showed that the witnesses who were brought out by the media before any evidence was presented were lying. There was substantial physical evidence showing the Brown assualted the officer after committing robbery/assault at the lquor store. Fighing cops is a good way to get yourself killed. I thought the most interesting part of the Ferguson incident was that the officer wasn't carrying a taser. If he had been, Chris Brown would probably still be alive.

about a week ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

sdguero Did anyone watch the video? (514 comments)

I watched it. From what I can see, the police are detaining a man. Nothing else. The woman who is recording is stopped in the middle of the street (she is creating traffic, not stopped "in traffic") and when the officer initially tells her to move, she doesn't. Then, when she realizes that maybe what she is doing is a bad idea and she should leave, it's too late as the cops are swarming her car by the time she tries to pull forward. Now she has potentially assaulted an officer with her vehicle (can't tell from the video), which is a felony. This is why the one cop says "Your a dumb bitch."

I'm not saying the cops didn't do anything wrong (clearly he should not have called her that), but all the accusation about deleting the video are not supported by anyhting other than her lawyer saying she alledges that is what happened. The only hard evidence we have is the video, and all it shows is her breaking traffic laws and an officer calling her a "dumb bitch."

Before we all get our panties in a bunch, why don't we just let the lawyers and the court figure this out. All we have heard so far are statements from her lawyer and I suspect that he is overstating her case because that is his job.

about a week ago
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California Sues Uber Over Practices

sdguero Suprised it took this long... (139 comments)

There is strong correlation between which states are going after online ridesharing and their level of corruption. As a lifelone CA resident, it surprised me that it took this long for the state to take action.

about a week ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

sdguero Re:LOL (398 comments)

I know of which you speak, as far as ageism. After interviewing an overqualified Engineer in his early 50s at my last job, my manager literally replied to my recommendation to hire with: "Meh. He's just too old to fit in." I was pretty shocked, especially since part of my argument to hire him was that our team had too many young inexperienced people and could use some balance. I'm 34.

Leaving your field is an option. But there are other viable options out there. Moving to a different job market, expanding your search to the rest of CA or even out of state is another one. I'm praying some company makes me a manager in the next 5 years so I don't end up fighting for individual contributer jobs against people half my age.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

sdguero Re:LOL (398 comments)

My friend is a software developer that was being discriminated against. After acknowledging, then ignoring him, the HR department screwed up pretty bad. He had no choice but to threaten a lawsuit (he had a lot of solid evidence) and they offered him a pretty sweet retention package (nearly a year's pay) that came with a promise not to sue. He took it and quit. He is white, his VP, manager, and most of his coworkers were Indian. The company was Verisign. He has had several good paying jobs since and hasn't been "blacklisted" whatever that means.

about two weeks ago
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With Eyes on China, Intel Invests Billions In Mobile Ambitions

sdguero Good Luck (33 comments)

The high rate of employee turnover, politics, and finger pointing that goes on in the China office I work with (aprox 300 engineers in Beijing) is shocking. I don't know how a company can expect to be sucessful at doing real engineering and development work over there.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

sdguero Re:Nobody should be exempt (545 comments)

This doesn't apply in software development. The work isn't "just throw another body at it." It requires thoughtful insight and a nuanced approach to do correctly, and efficiently. An effective software engineer should rarely, if ever, have to work more than 40 hours a week.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

sdguero Re:Betteridge (545 comments)

Agreed. All of the talented and seasoned Engineers I have worked with share this approach. And it works wonders for your stress levels and family life.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

sdguero Am I the only one? (545 comments)

I have been working as a Software Engineer in Southern California for ~10 years and other than my first job when I was paid hourly, I have never averaged more than 40 hours a week. Sure, once and a while there is a production push and I have to work a 16 hour day, but I take a day off (wihtout using vacation) if that is the case. In general, I work less than 40 hours a week. Over the last year, I'd estimate I average 34 hours/week of actual work and that is split between home and in my cubical. And I'm effective, my maanger is ahppy with my performance and I get good reviews. I am also able to be responsive to my email and even VPN in at times during off hours. I also get to spend a lot of time with my family because I am empowered enough to create my own work schedule. Some of the people I work with spend 50+ hours a week in the office and will respond to emails in the middle of the night. Yet they are less effective than I am. Many of the people I work with ahve siomlar schedules to me, and they are most the upper echelon as far as talent goes. In general, I think engineers who work long hours are inept and are trying to make up for their lack of ability.

Do I think the inept people I work with should get paid more for being at their desks more? No, not really.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

sdguero I figured it out everyone! (584 comments)

Dice is engaged to a femminist. That is why we are recieving these posts 2x a day. You see, LinkedIn also married a feminist recently, and Dice was jealous so Dice got engaged. Because slashdot is owned by Dice, and Dice is now owned by a feminist, this is the stupid shit that we can now expect to be posted to /.

I hope that my message is clear to everyone. :)


PS LINKEDIN RULLLLZ! I just got a new job hat pays $130k thanks to that website.

about two weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

sdguero Which job website pays the best? (277 comments)

I read that LinkedIn is a job website that will get you more than $100,000 per year. Meanwhile, LinkedIN was the one programming language to appear on LinkedIn's recent list of the fastest-growing tech skills, which is assembled from mentions in LinkedIn job postings.

Fuuuuuck Yoooooouuuuuuuu Dice!

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

sdguero Re:Is it true... (355 comments)

"I bet you can correlate that with the improved living standards in Northern Ireland."

So you are betting that the difference in living standards for Catholics and Protestants in Ireland 100 years ago was the same as or larger than the difference between people in Sub-Saharan Africa and those in Europe/USA right now. I'd call that a pretty risky gamble. Interesting that you have formed a strong opinion, that was upvoted, based on this assumption that has no support other than your intuition.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Adora Svitak Answers Your Questions

sdguero Re:Where are your ancestors from? (107 comments)

Reading your post made me envision a fat white nerd punching a bitchy little asian girl in the mouth at a bar. lol

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Adora Svitak Answers Your Questions

sdguero Re:Where are your ancestors from? (107 comments)

Thank you. If you don't know anythign about soemone, all you have to go off is their appearance as a conversation starter. I think getting offended and accuratory over a simple get-to-know-you question shows a lot more aggression than the person that asked the question.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Adora Svitak Answers Your Questions

sdguero Re:Where are your ancestors from? (107 comments)

I never really asked that until I started trying to get laid. For me it was just a way to start a conversation with a cute girl so I could tell her she looked exotic or pretty or natural or whatever seemd most appropriate given her looks. It often worked as a starter and I'd often get asked back where my ancestors are from (Ireland). In a country where 99% of us have ancestors from another continent, I don't think it is racist to ask someone where their ancestors are from. But then again I'm not a 17 year old half asian female prodigy with an axe to grind.

about two weeks ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

sdguero Slander? (256 comments)

An arrest is not the same as a conviction. IANAL but I think this would be slander (and the police could be sued in civil court) if this happened in the USA.

about two weeks ago
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Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

sdguero It's not that hard (50 comments)

This may be an unpopular opinion, but IMO, brewing beer is pretty easy. It's not like there is a lot of information to "open source" like in a modern operating system. Seems stupid to even call it "source" unless you are giving away free yeast or something.

about two weeks ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

sdguero What exactly is 4G anyway? (216 comments)

The last I read (years ago) 4G was a broken standard. This is part of the reason why some carriers now call their service "4G LTE", and it was following in the steps of the 3G standard being broken by the carriers late in it's life cycle.

If the term "4G" essentially means nothing now, why will "5G" be any different?

about two weeks ago
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Big IT Vendors Mostly Mum On Commercial Drone Plans

sdguero In Other News... (22 comments)

Ford and GMC are keeping their plans for organic egg-free mayonaise alternatives very hush hush. A lawyer representing the eggless mayonaise lobby recently stated that he suspects the transportation giants are up to something.

/facepalm

about three weeks ago

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