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Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

strikethree Re:Snow Leopard (95 comments)

My Macbook Pro is from mid 2010. I stopped "upgrading" at Snow Leopard because that is when OS X went off the deep end. Snow Leopard itself actually annoys me with the "integrated app store" bullshit. I wanted a Unix based laptop with a semi-reasonable GUI and all I would have if I upgraded to the latest is an ugly IOS device doing everything it can to get me to buy shit.

10 hours ago

Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

strikethree Re:$100k today the equivalent of $80k in 2004 (190 comments)

If someone will do the job for $X and not leave for greener pastures then $X is what they're "worth".

Keep on thinking that and see what happens. There may be a reason the person is not leaving such as there being nowhere else to leave to! But keep on paying shit salaries and see what kind of shit work you get.

13 hours ago

In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

strikethree Re:im seriously supposed to believe this?! (302 comments)

These hours have been intentionally redacted by large multinational corporations so as to create a permanent underclass of part time workers that is forced to take on two or three jobs in order to create a normal work week capable of sustaining basic rent and food.

And it shows that YOU are out of touch as well... but at least you appear to care. The long and short of it is that they CAN'T work 3 jobs because each 20 hour employer varies the schedule wildly from week to week in an attempt to keep the 20 hour employee from working any other jobs.

Why does an employer care if you have another job outside of your 20 hours? I would assume it is to ensure that your other commitments do not interfere with the job they hired you for. I really do not know... but it is absolutely fucking evil. Either pay enough for a person to live or schedule them reliably so they can work another job too.


GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

strikethree Re:Why do we have to be scared of "them" ?? (171 comments)

Why should we have to be scared of them pussies?

It only takes 6 pussies to kill one hero and there are millions of pussies.

It is rare indeed when you find someone who is willing to die for what they believe in. Most people just want to live their lives and will tolerate quite a bit before they will accept any risk.


Our Education System Is Failing IT

strikethree Re:"Get off my lawn" (288 comments)

If the IT sector were really that devoid of workers with an iota of critical thinking ability, the entire state of IT in the country would be in shambles.

Erm... it *is* in shambles. Ever used a Microsoft Operating system? Pure crap. No useful indication of what it is doing, no useful error messages, and it behaves semi-randomly. Let's not even get into the usable aspects of it (Windows 8). How about Heartbleed? How about the state of Linux Audio? Intentional backdoors? Default passwords? Botnets?

My god, you do not see the absolute shambles IT is in? There is no strawman. IT is currently one huge clusterfuck from hell. ITIL is an effort (arbitrary, but an effort) at putting some order and sense into IT but compared to the state of chaos that exists, it is just a drop in the bucket.


Our Education System Is Failing IT

strikethree Re:Cost and opportunities (288 comments)

If someone is skilled at IT, deeply understands computers and networking, and has critical thinking skills, they can get a better job. There are few people like that anywhere. Why would they be sitting around in IT? They should be designing a router.

There are only so many routers that need to be designed.

Really, everyone everywhere should be delving as deeply into this world/reality as they can. Obviously, nobody can learn everything but everyone should realize by now that the Earth is round (ish), voodoo/magic does not work, evolution is occurring, molecules and atoms are basic building blocks (and they are made of even more basic building "blocks"), there are billions of stars in the galaxy we are in and that there are more galaxies out there. Nobody should believe in the Big Bang theory, but everyone should agree that it is the best theory we currently have to explain what we see.

All of this is basic stuff that any person in the 4th grade should be able to see clearly... and yet most do not.

Sorry. I became sidetracked. Not everyone who is knowledgeable can be at the top. Not everyone who has knowledge WANTS to be at the top.



Our Education System Is Failing IT

strikethree Re:oh (288 comments)

The fact that MBAs and CIOs are the ones whining make me always suspicious who of course get quoted in all these articles and probably contribute to them. How convenient this propaganda can now be used and passed around to politicians to increase H1B1 visas as a response.

Hm. This is a very real issue regardless of who says it for whatever purposes. While many of the people around me (not most) can troubleshoot their way out of a wet paper bag, incredibly few demonstrate any understanding at all of what is going on around them.

Will foreign talent solve this problem? Not really. Finding the needle in the haystack is tough enough when you share a common culture. Finding that one person who can think critically and logically from a foreign country is even more hopeless.

Unfortunately, there are no certifications/degrees which prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that a person is capable of making accurate mental models and has an efficient method of refining and testing those models... and then understanding the implications of the models they have built.


Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

strikethree Re:What happened to Slashdot (307 comments)

It's turned into a bunch of paranoid libertarians trying to one up each other with how outraged they are.

I am more outraged by the outrage than you are!



Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

strikethree Re:Obligatory (307 comments)

Apparently, on September 11th, 2001...

I am not saying I agree or disagree, just answering your question.


New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

strikethree Re:NSA, all the way (155 comments)

Except that the NSA has taken to giving data to the FBI, DEA, and ATF to prosecute people for these "smaller" crimes. Parallel Construction ring a bell?

The NSA was cool when it was about national security. Now that it is "dirtying" itself with petty crime, it is not so cool.

2 days ago

GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

strikethree Re:Spare Change (320 comments)

3. Homeless people who lived too close to the edge and became unemployed

Yeah, much of America is on that fine line right now. It must be nice to be nowhere near that line.

Actually, I am not near that line right now but I have been there several times in my life. Life in America is brutal... but in a way, it kind of should be; otherwise, a very large group of people would just sit around and wait for food and shelter to be given to them. Very few people seem to have "the hunter instinct" nowadays.

2 days ago

GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

strikethree Re:Spare Change (320 comments)

In America you have to actively refuse help in order to be in continual pain or homeless.

Whoah there cowboy. I am unsure what country you are from but as an American young white homeless male without any felonies, it was impossible to get any help whatsoever. Granted, that was at least a quarter of a century ago but I doubt things have changed that much concerning the homeless.

If I were a felon, there were programs. If I were a woman, there were programs. If I was a minority, there were programs. If I were elderly, there were programs. I was none of those. There were no programs for me. So I starved and froze. Of course, it was not much different than when I actually had a job. I worked 6 days a week but could not really afford food or heat after rent was paid off.

A severe tooth abscess can be handled by the ER if its that bad and no publicly funded ER will turn down you down

Yeah, except that if you ever get a job, your wages will be garnished until the overinflated ER prices are paid off... which means that you pay the ER off before you can start paying for rent and clothes and such. Not very easy to get out of the homeless cycle there.

2 days ago

Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

strikethree Re:Using it against the government (139 comments)

But what out the following scenario: I get arrested and the cops seize my phone. Some buddy non the lookout sees this and bricks/formats my phone so the cops don't get to see my contact list and textsecure messages.

What? You do not get control of this kill switch and by extension, neither does your friend.

2 days ago

Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

strikethree I only have one thing to say (139 comments)

I only have one thing to say to the fuckfaces that did this: FUCK YOU!

You have not made me more safe and you have given another person a way to render my phone useless. Again, FUCK YOU! I am NOT you fucking slave and I WILL chop off your fucking heads you bitches.

2 days ago

'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

strikethree Re:power cars? technically no (174 comments)

Well, the Bugatti Veyron's engine generates 3 thousand horsepower. It can deliver 1 thousand horsepower to the wheels as kinetic force. That leaves 2 thousand horsepower on the table as wasted heat. If you were able to convert 10% of that wasted heat into kinetic force, that would be an extra 200 horsepower. That would be 20% more kinetic force applied to the wheels at no cost (energy wise).

Take it the other way and you get 20% better gas mileage. Still not shabby. Personally, I would go for more horsepower. :)

2 days ago

OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

strikethree Re:"Please Put OpenSSL Out of Its Misery" (304 comments)

"And it's nobody's fault. No one was ever truly in charge of OpenSSL, it just sort of became the default landfill for prototypes of cryptographic inventions

Erm, OpenSSL is the continuation of a project by (IIRC) an Australian named Eric A Young. I have been using that code base since it was called SSLeay. The mists of time are not THAT thick yet.

5 days ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

strikethree Re:How icky. (797 comments)

but in no way, shape or form should revenge fantasies like "going Columbine" be casually thrown about as if yeah, that's something reasonable.

It is not that it is reasonable. It is that such unreasonable actions could occur when all reasonable courses of protecting oneself are removed. We have seen it before and while I hope we never see it again, I am betting that we will see it again... for exactly what we see going on here.

about a week ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

strikethree Re:Assistant Principal doesn't believe it was bull (797 comments)

Something similar here: My son has always been MUCH larger than everyone in his same age group. In kindergarten, I caught him beating up a boy in the third grade. I grabbed him and took him over to the other boys house after the other boy arrived home and had him apologize in front of the other boy's parents. He stopped being a bully forever after that.

Fast forward to high school and my son comes home complaining loudly one day. He is tired of hearing all of this anti-bullying "crap". They have to watch movies and go to the auditorium and blah blah endlessly and there is no bullying problem!

"Dad, why do I have to keep hearing this crap? I never see ANY bullying anywhere."

So I finally broke it to him, "Son, YOU are the bully. I know, you do not bully anyone but look at yourself. Is there anyone in the 10th grade who is as big as you?"

"No.", he says.

"Is there anyone in the 11th grade that is as big as you?", I ask.

"No, but there is one kid as tall as me.", he says.

So I told him that he was supposed to be the bully but because he was not doing his job, there was no room for anyone else to do it. Why? Because he could beat the shit out of anyone who tried.

I then went on to explain how bullying actually *IS* is a huge problem elsewhere and he agreed that it was possible. He stopped complaining after that and his school remained peaceful. I am proud of his choices.

about a week ago

The Case For a Safer Smartphone

strikethree Re:If you can learn to put a beer down while drivi (184 comments)

Hm. I have to ask: Why is flashing lights at someone necessarily a bad thing?

To be honest, I do it fairly often. A quick flash seems to let people who are on their phones in the fast lane and doing 30% under the speed limit that someone is coming up at them fairly quickly. Granted, flashing your high beams seemingly endlessly is just plain rude but a quick flash seems to wake people up who would otherwise not be paying attention... but then, perhaps it is just the country I am driving in currently. In America, they don't care what lane they are in or what speed you are going, they will stay in the fast lane chatting on their phone as if they were the only person in the whole world.

about a week ago

The Case For a Safer Smartphone

strikethree Re:Human beings are not born with smartphone attac (184 comments)

I was eating once while driving and my girlfriend asked me if I found it hard to drive while I was eating.

My response was, no; although, I sometimes find it difficult to eat while driving.

In other words, the one single most important thing to do while driving is to pay attention to driving. If you can do anything else while driving, then fine, do it. If the thing you are doing while driving requires that you take your attention away from driving then you need to stop, do whatever it is, then go back to driving.

The real problem arises when people start thinking that it is a pain in the ass to stop for a moment just to arrange the hamburger buns and that a moment of inattention to fix them is fine. *CRASH* (sometimes)

about a week ago



MtGox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins in old wallet

strikethree strikethree writes  |  about a month ago

strikethree (811449) writes "BBC — Bankrupt Japanese firm MtGox said in a filing that it has found 200,000 lost bitcoins.

The firm said it found the bitcoins — worth around $116m (£70m) — in an old digital wallet from 2011.

That brings the total number of bitcoins the firm lost down to 650,000 from 850,000.

MtGox, formerly the world's largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in February, after it said it lost thousands of bitcoins to hackers."

Link to Original Source




strikethree strikethree writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Oops. I made a statement about contributions to Wikipedia being reverted rapidly. Someone pointed out that the name that I gave, strikethree, had not made any edits.

There are two reasons for that:

One, there is no strikethree there.
Two, my username there is megaton.

I am nevertheless dismayed that I had only made one edit while logged in. All of the other edits I had made were while I was not logged in. Regardless, I still stand by my previous statement.


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