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Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

sgt_doom Re:Best hacker movie? (98 comments)

I'd agree with that!

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

sgt_doom Re:Real, real, real... (98 comments)

Quite a few Feng Shui experts in IT. Is Feng Shui deadly?

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

sgt_doom Re:Completely believable! (98 comments)

Loved CB's comments!

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

sgt_doom Biz as usual . . . (98 comments)

I guess this just means we still have quite a few fuckwits in the IT Security arena (Exception: Chris S.).

about two weeks ago
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Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

sgt_doom Re:Please be good... (254 comments)

In reading an interview with Verhoeven about the movie, Verhoeven believed both the book and Heinlein to be pure fascist, never understanding the concept of meritocracy and citizenship responsibility RAH was pushing. Just don't think Verhoeven grasped the book, and therefore the movie was skewed accordingly.

about three weeks ago
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Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

sgt_doom Ditto (254 comments)

Heinlein was at his best with that story (zombies referring to the blithelessly ignorant, if I recall correctly). It was a flashback to his old self, when he was a progressive and before he became a righwing libertarian type, and Goldwater supporter.

Best time travel story I've read recently, The Revisionists, by Thomas Mullen (while comparisons are odious as Voltaire once opined, his writing style is a combination of Robert Silverberg, John Varley on his best day, and Graham Greene).

about three weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

sgt_doom Re:Hmm... (417 comments)

You may be onto something . . . .

about a month and a half ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

sgt_doom Of course and duuuuuhhh. . . (417 comments)

Is there any godforsaken human with an IQ above a doorknob who still hasn't the read the greatest SF book of all time, Iain Banks incredible book, The Player of Games?????

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

sgt_doom And a similar argument .... (720 comments)

... after having saved this law firm in Seattle, Bogle and Gates, some bucks when I was an IT contractor there, I applied for a position which opened in their tech support department. For some peculiar reason, instead of hiring me, a tried and true quantity, they opted to instead hire a woman who had been fired from two previous jobs in San Francisco --- for embezzling.

One day the partners arrived at work to find all their operating funds had disappeared, and today Bogle and Gates is no more since they dissolved the firm without any operating funds to continue on. (Maybe crooks hire crooks, after all, considering who that Gates was the grandfather to?)

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

sgt_doom Normally, felons should seek employment .... (720 comments)

... at either JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup or Morgan Stanley. If they aren't too bright, they try the TSA, which has a track record of hiring felons, although they tend to bust them frequently for pilfering luggage. (If you think I jest, look it up!)

about 1 month ago
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

sgt_doom Yo, let's cut the bullcrap. . . . (218 comments)

Wall Street, responsible for the global economic meltdown (JPMorgan CHASE, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, etc., etc.), is in Cyrus Vance Jr.'s district, and it was Vance Junior who went after some tiny little Chinese immigrant bank, Abacus Bank, instead of going after a single one of the major players.

I call bullcrap on this!

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

sgt_doom Re:Why are you a corporate shill? (111 comments)

Plus, Gladwell took that contract to spew out propaganda against WikiLeaks and Assange!

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

sgt_doom Are you delusional????? (111 comments)

You are so bloody ignorant your mental instability is really besides the point! What an effing idiot!!!

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

sgt_doom FYI: Gladwell?????? (111 comments)

This is the royal jackhole who took a contract to put out propaganda about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange? Screw him to hell and beyond.

about 2 months ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

sgt_doom Re:The perennial disconnect... (574 comments)

Back when I was really, really at the top of my game, when I was really an experienced and skilled coder, I couldn't find squart, or was considered a hardcore unemployable for some unfathomable reason. You make a few valid points, but overall I have to disagree with the thrust of your thesis. Fundamentally, those doing the hiring are clueless, which is why so many frauds get hired, and the real programming talent is filtered out.

Recently, the local news wondered if the Seattle area would have more tech startups with ensuing local Microsoft layoffs, but with their established pattern, it is far more likely that the market of patent trolls will grow.

It used to be that the hotshots would leave a well-established startup to begin their own startup, but they aren't hiring the real talent anymore, just offshoring jobs and importing foreign visa scab workers. They have destroyed the pattern of amortization at the cognitive level.

about 3 months ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

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

The very first time that happened to me was waaaay back in the 1970s, when as a contract programmer with IBM I was on one of their developer teams, and several years later, replied to an ad for that same software, but they were requiring 10 years experience, and I explained that I had more experience then anyone else, as I had been on the development team. They never got back to me?

about 3 months ago

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Swedish Justice and WikiLeaks

sgt_doom sgt_doom writes  |  about 2 months ago

sgt_doom (655561) writes "The Australian-British journalist and author, John Pilger, has written a concise single-page synopsis of the assault on WikiLeaks' Julian Assange by the Swedish legal system, and the case being decided this week on whether or not their prosecutors must present all the discovery evidence (incriminating SMS messages between accuser Anna Ardin, and other parties) to Assange's attorneys, as would normally be the case in any other legal proceeding. So much for Swedish justice!"
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This Machine Kills Secrets by Andy Greenberg

sgt_doom sgt_doom writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sgt_doom writes "Privacy on the Internet can be a life or death proposition: whether it was Yahoo's Jerry Yang outing a Chinese pro-democracy activist to the Chinese government, the secret police of Bahrain disappearing protesters, or the lengthy incarceration and sleep-deprivation torture of Bradley Manning, the outcomes can be enormous.

Greenberg has exhaustively researched the story — and the back story -- providing the reader with the ultimate bird's eye view of the unfolding story of WikiLeaks, Internet privacy and the corporate and governmental battles waged against them; this is one kick ass piece of work!

From cryptography and cipherpunks to the extreme efforts of hacktivists, Greenberg delivers mightily.

Highly recommended!"

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