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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

sethstorm Re:From the home of industrial espionage, China (114 comments)

most of the allegations have been proven to be true, the ones that haven't been proven they just refuse to comment on.

The only "proof" is his statements.

he possibly performed one of the bravest acts of all given the US's track record with assassinations.

If he's so brave, then he and his friends can face the Mt. Everest of evidence against him on US soil, in a US court.
The bravest people will be the ones bringing him in.

Besides, Russia's economic position may make it that much easier for the US to walk in and fly out with him. He can only pump out so much to earn his keep before he's worth more in US hands.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

sethstorm You can't please two masters at once. (820 comments)

If manufacturers such as Ford are faking cylinders, then it shouldn't be surprising to see them faking engine notes. They're trying to please environmentalists by cutting down the engine; they're using a turbocharger and audio system in an dishonest attempt to please the customer. When said customer actually tries to *use* the engine, they only see how it can't match their expectations.

It might cut it for the granola-eating, Aspen-attending environmentalist with deep pockets, for they can buy whatever they please. On the other hand, the majority of us really don't have much choice in the matter. Perhaps if the environmentalists were kicked out of auto design and CAFE was abolished, we wouldn't have to wonder if our engine's faking it.

When pressing the pedal, a full-displacement engine should be the sole source of engine noise - not a tuned speaker nor a turbocharger.

about a week ago
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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

sethstorm From the home of industrial espionage, China (114 comments)

Given the historically proven record of China and its espionage, it should be the other way around. It is a part of their history and their culture.

Nortel? After the Chinese were done with them, Huawei and ZTE rose up as PRC military-backed entities.
US government contractors? The Chinese have been continually caught with their hand in the cookie jar.
Any company that deals with China? Expect clones if your designs aren't tightly controlled.

On the other hand, the accusations against the US rely on baseless allegations from a cowardly individual. The desire to preserve one's own life, through the trading of national secrets for protection, put the lives of US citizens at danger. Enemies changed their actions based on the improper and unlawful disclosures of classified material.

The only valid response to such demands from China is to turn up the heat on their actions. Huawei's banishment from the US and Australian governments was a good start in that respect.

about a week ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

sethstorm How long until they get turned? (512 comments)

Nice gesture, but they need to be able to sustain their "no" even in the presence of K Street.

about a week ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

sethstorm Tagged !victim (688 comments)

Kind of hard for Ms. Van Valkenberg to be the victim when she's the one calling for the damage.

about two weeks ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

sethstorm Chelsea Van Valkenberg's not a victim, but a perp. (688 comments)

For a known harasser, Chelsea Van Valkenberg's quite odd for wanting to stop something she has practiced often.

Never mind that she's more than happy to see that opponents swatted (like Mike Cernovich) or gagged (like Eron Gjoni) - both cases based on falsified information.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

sethstorm Except when you are wrong, which is often. (325 comments)

A properly equipped workstation laptop (read: Lenovo W series Thinkpads, or Dell Precision) would have to be configured deliberately low for that to happen.

If one were to consider something on the order of a larger W series Thinkpad (W540, for example), there would be plenty of room to not only outdo that buildbox, but to also have room for a long service contract, a feature that OP's company may want.

Yes, these kind of laptops do get hot, but it's not as if manufacturers haven't paid attention to getting it right.

about three weeks ago
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Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

sethstorm Wont help him, will hurt him more (278 comments)

It won't change the need for justice exacted on him, just the method.

"But I have diplomatic immunity^w^w a pardon!" comes to mind when Snowden and his helpers find out the unfortunate error of their ways.

about a month ago
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Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

sethstorm Nice if it was true, but it takes a court for that (278 comments)

Until Snowden and his co-conspirators are brought to a US court of law, this means nothing. It's (at best) a Schrodinger's Unauthorized Disclosure.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

sethstorm Why not Taft-Hartley? (628 comments)

Instead of automatically repealing it, extend its definition of labor unions to include forms of contingent/temporary/non-FT labor - and that such definition supercedes any state definition.

Sch forms of labor would then compete with the choice of a more secure job arrangement wherever RTW is enacted, as opposed to being used as a benefits/etc. dodge for entities operating under a defective business model.

about a month ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

sethstorm Diversity Candidate Preference. (307 comments)

The divisions are based on non-merit criteria.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

sethstorm Embrace, Extend, Extinguish Whites/Asians from CS? (307 comments)

To address the challenge of rapidly increasing CS enrollments and increasing diversity, reports the Computing Education Blog, Google in November put out an RFP to universities for its invite-only 3X in 3 Years: CS Capacity Award program, which aims "to support faculty in finding innovative ways to address the capacity problem in their CS courses." In the linked-to RFP document, Google suggests that "students that have some CS background" should not be allowed to attend in-person intro CS courses where they "may be more likely to create a non-welcoming environment," and recommends that they instead be relegated to online courses. According to a recent NSF press release, this recommendation would largely exclude Asian and White boys from classrooms

In other words, they're trying to remove White males and Asians for non-merit reasons, and making it look like it was a merit-based criteria.

The project suggested in the Google RFP — which could be worth $1.5 million over 3 years to a large CS department — seems to embrace-and-extend a practice implemented at Harvey Mudd College years ago under President Maria Klawe, which divided the intro CS offering into separate sections based upon prior programming experience to — as the NY Times put it — reduce the intimidation factor of young men, already seasoned programmers, who dominated the class.

Intimidation? That sounds like they're not interested in merit but in discrimination against Asians and White males - as in wanting to see them leave CS. As one of those "white males that dominated the class" through performance, I used that knowledge to legitimately help others (which might be an extraordinary concept at Harvey Mudd).

The only thing they want to do is to embrace and extend a false sense of diversity while extinguishing the supply of education to those not "diverse" enough.

Google Director of Education and University Relations Maggie Johnson, whose name appears on the CS Capacity RFP, is also on the Board of Code.org (where Klawe is coincidentally an Advisory Board member), the K-12 learn-to-code nonprofit that has received $3+ million from Google and many millions more from other tech giants and their execs. Earlier this week, Code.org received the blessing of the White House and NSF to train 25,000 teachers to teach CS, stirring unease among some educators concerned about the growing influence of corporations in public schools.

As long as you're a Diversity Candidate, they want you to learn. If you're a White male or Asian, they want you not to learn. That, and combined with the preference for non-US labor, they don't want White males or Asians in traditional lines of work either.

about a month and a half ago
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

sethstorm van Der Snoot Private Academy much? (105 comments)

Wow, sounds just about like classes we had in the US until the 1930s when we adopted the Prussian designed "Industrial Education system" which made people smart enough to calculate artillery range but too damn stupid to question orders doesn't it? Oh, you may not know this part of history since it's buried in piles of bureaucratic shit to hide it.. but it's there!

Your epic contempt for public schools, however good they can get, is shining brightly. Then again, I doubt you've seen a well-run, highly-ranked public school.

On the other hand, no real problem exists with the people we have.

about 2 months ago
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

sethstorm Businesses caused the problem by being too picky (105 comments)

It certainly could turn into a cheap labor scenario, and I am no fan of the H1-B, having worked with many in my time, but businesses that do not have a good pool of candidates are in big trouble, because you need talent as well as skill on your coding bench to make money and get ahead unless you're already a giant, and even then it hurts when your coders suck. Many H1-Bs are sweatshop hacks. However, there are some who are very talented and I am happy when they manage to upgrade to green card or even naturalize.

That's what you get when you do nothing to counter the entitlement mentality of businesses.

about 2 months ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

sethstorm Re:US Citizenship is an excuse for discrimination (139 comments)

Current immigration policy in the US, whether or not it was intended to do so, treats the citizen as having too good of a position in the world. Businesses read that as citizenship being business-hostile (unless it's their own).

about 2 months ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

sethstorm Disparate Impact (139 comments)

Unfortunately, disparate impact can change that statement.

about 2 months ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

sethstorm US Citizenship is an excuse for discrimination (139 comments)

You are disposable. There will always be another one just like you that they can hire. They can get a dozen resumes with a single call.

Only if citizens are not given their proper prioritization above non-citizens.

That's if they don't just get someone on a H1B visa.

That's an even bigger problem since it presumes that a US citizen is never competent enough.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

sethstorm Rarity. (376 comments)

I am running my own business these days. but several years ago (2008-2012) I was working for an Israeli start up and was enjoying myself. They appreciated the life-long experience gained during dozens if not hundreds of software projects big and small.

Exception case of someone doing well in a unstable environment designed to be bad for most - versus a system of good pay & security that is better for most.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

sethstorm Less stable than a damaged nuclear reactor. (376 comments)

So, I would say consider setting up your own company and doing independent consulting. That way you can just help companies out when they need it and continue to stay on the technical side of things. Depending on what your skills are, your rate as an independent consultant will probably exceed what you would make going into management anyway.

Not only do you get to deal with the increased costs (which claw back any increases), you also have an increased lack of stability for when things go wrong (which they will).

I've been doing nothing but contracts for almost 4 years now and almost every week a recruiter or someone is asking me if I'm available for a contract. I haven't noticed any age discrimination yet. I've seen guys in their 70's still working contracts along with me and doing fine.

You're disposable, so they like you - which is the problem at hand.

about 2 months ago

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