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Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?

terminal.dk Re:Start your own (472 comments)

I agree with networking.

And if you send applications, just list accomplishments, not education. If you have to fill out education, just check university, and explain when you meet face to face. It is called initiative. Or get a cheap degree from a non-acredited university, doesn't matter if it is bible studies, knitting or something else. Then you have your checkmark and will continue to round 2.

But I agree that I see more and more programmers, developers (programmers who can think further than copy/paste) seems to be a dying breed.

about a year ago
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It's Time To Start Taking Stolen Phones Seriously

terminal.dk It is the telecoms that needs to do something (282 comments)

3G and LTE networks already supports blacklisting IMEI numbers of stolen phones.
Has worked for decades in Western Europe.

In most nations with a high rate of criminals and stolen goods, the telecoms decide to ignore the international IMEI blacklist. So a phone stolen in Western Europe can only be used in Eastern Europe, USA and other 3rd world countries. If the telcos where to shut down stolen phones, they would lose half of their subscribers, the teclos really like the availability of low cost (read stolen) feature and smart phones. They profit at least as much as Apple.

Apple earns around 35% on the sale of an iPhone. The iPhone 5 = $649. Apple profits $227.
If AT&T sells the same phone, they probably buys it around $400, sells it for $199, and loses $200. If a stolen phone is sold to a customer, AT&T does not lose $200, but will get the future income from the phone. Dataplnas and all. It is the telecoms that makes the most profits. They should implement stolen IMEI blocking worldwide. Even in the US.

about a year ago
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Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked

terminal.dk Re:just now? (398 comments)

I also noticed, that it does not seem to work from afar, so for certain not a keyfob hack.

My guess is they use an electromagnetic field in some way to unlock the car. Can they use induction to create the unlock doors signal on the CAN bus ? Or is it shielded enough ? There is holes in the door plate near the (plastic?) handle
Or physically move something in the lock ?

We don't know if they have larger batteries on their body. But certainly not a keyfob attack.

about a year ago
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Ask slashdot: Which 100+ User Virtualization Solution Should I Use?

terminal.dk Re:Hyper-V or vSphere. (191 comments)

Bug in Hyper-V.
Default for virtual machines is to randomize the MAC addresses at random times.

Not the fault of Ubuntu. You can disable that, but I am surprised default is to do MAC randomization on shutdown/restart or whenever it does it.
Caused problems here with RHEL.

about a year ago
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German IT Firm Seeks Autistic Workers

terminal.dk Not much news here (172 comments)

Specialisterne (The danish company who started all this, people with autism as testers) are part of this. They already sell testing services to lots of customers, and are present in many countries. It is all about using the abilities that people have.
Repetitive work is what developers tries to avoid, and what these people love. Perfect fit.
We are just seeing some new articles on this, now that the German revenge for having lost the war (SAP) will also be customers.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

terminal.dk Re:Wake up (524 comments)

Not only that, if he is such a master as he claim to be, he would detect the bugs when things moves along, and there would not be the pile in the end.
IMHO most of the "bugs" are not really bugs, but changes. Customer don't like that button etc. Most often when the product does exactly what is specified, the customer is unhappy. That is what comes from pre-project specifications. Expect 50-100% extra time making things like the customer wants it, rather than what he told you he wanted.

Or change development method. Pragmatic programming / LEAN etc. Have the customer (or yourself if you think you can read the custumers mind) see the intermediate results / the developing prototype, and they can change things as they go along. Total price will probably be cheaper.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

terminal.dk No - Switch main screen (312 comments)

Use the big screen as the main screen. If you are a developer, you know how to do that (I have seen many pretenders, claiming tobe, and working as developers, who does not posess basic user skills of their preferred platform, I would even hire them to type in Word).

Then get a stand for the laptop, and use it as a secondary screen to documentation etc.

about a year and a half ago
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What a 'Six Strikes' Copyright Notice Looks Like

terminal.dk Lots of workaround (273 comments)

Install TOR (if not against AUP), and tell them that you do not download crap not worth paying for, but that you are an exit node for TOR. Thustraffic from your IP can be assumed to originate from other computers. Inform FBI about the same thing, such that a judge can never issue a warrant as there is no reasonable suspicion against you. And that if you want to download crap, your traffic will use TOR to originate from another IP.

Use a VPN or virtual server for you criminal activities. You can get $2-$5/mo virtual servers powerfull enough for VPN. You can get them in Europe, Canada, South Africa. You name it, you get it.

But again, the whole idea is to hit the stupid guy with below average IQ and below average income. They are the ones least likely to get a qualified defense.

about a year and a half ago
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Meet "Ophelia," Dell's Plan To Reinvent Itself

terminal.dk Just another MK802 / mk808 clone ? (280 comments)

It is probably just another Android TV stick clone. You can have them for $30-$60 depending on specs.
Got the Mk808, works fine.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Found Guilty of Libel For Search Results In Australia

terminal.dk Money machine (223 comments)

Great,
1. Create a website writing bad about yourself
2. Make sure it gets intot he google seach engine
3. tell google to remove
4. Sue google and collect $200.000

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Reportedly Working On Xbox TV Device

terminal.dk What is cheap ? $50 ? (104 comments)

With the Mk802 / Mk808 / Ug007 out for $40-$70, we know what cheap is. It has to be way below $99.

about 2 years ago
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Salt Lake City Police To Wear Camera Glasses

terminal.dk This is bad for public recordings (307 comments)

Now the police can show the full picture, and what lead up to them having to use force, and not just the edited version making it look like they attack innocents.

about 2 years ago
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Red Hat Developer Demands Competitor's Source Code

terminal.dk Another nail in the coffin for GPL (394 comments)

GPL is the license of choice for unemployed nerds, or thise who want to make sure the competition can never charge money for it.
BSD style licenses is really the only ones you can safely use if you got a job. No risk that you company has to give its product source code to the competition.

about 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Hearing Case On Drug-Sniffing Dog "Fishing Expeditions"

terminal.dk USA Land of Crime (451 comments)

In the rest of the world, justice comes before anything else. No matter how evidence is obtained, it is still evidence, and will be used in court.
In the US, if an unskilled policeman makes a small mistake, all evidence will be thrown down the sink, and the criminals who would be convicted on that evidence in every other country of the world, will walk free. I don't understand this protection of people where there is evidence that they are criminals.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ideas For a Geek Remodel?

terminal.dk Invest in power (372 comments)

Invest in solar panels, such that you can get free/cheap power for all the gadgets.
Wind power is craap, and create so much noise pollution, that nobody wants to live near it

A fuel cell is another alternative, have not found a price for the Panasic fuel cell yet though. I think it is above your budget.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 7 Not Getting A Second Service Pack

terminal.dk SP2 is out (441 comments)

Windows Vista SP1 is normally called Windows 7, so the Windows 7 SP1 is what most people sees as an SP2.
Nothing new from Vista to 7, other than what Microsoft normally puts in a SP.

And, Microsoft can see nobody upgrades from XP, so they are afraid that companies will stick with Win7 if it is manageable. No sensible huge enterprise will go for Windows 8, they will wait for the first service pack, labelled Windows 9, and we don't know how far in the future that is. And Windows OS X is even further out.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

terminal.dk Re:Listen up newbie... (360 comments)

Only been at a few job interviews, directly or with recruitment companies.
The one killer skill is problem solving skills. There are so many out there working with IT that really sucks at problem solving (or don't have the experience to do it reasonable fast). Another of their problem is their narrow area of skills.

There are lots of programmers (and other IT ppl) out there, just writing boring code, and who tries not to get any interesting / challenging tasks.If you are looing for the interesting tasks, and can solve them, it elevates you to a level where you should always be able to get a job.

Learning a programming language is no big deal, I have programmed in a multiple of languages, and it does not take more than 2 days to be able to program and read sample code in a new language. Learning the API is the slow process. Getting used to the IDE takes some weeks. Takes years to master something like the iOS API. But you can get experienced in parts of it quickly.

If you are intelligent and have the problem solving skills, and human interaction skills, go to the recruitment companies, and they should be able to find a company that can't let a person like you pass.

about 2 years ago
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Supreme Court To Decide If Monsanto GMO Patents Are Valid

terminal.dk Re:I still think this guy should countersue . . . (308 comments)

He can probably not sell his seeds to Europe, we do not like genetically modified foods here. We let the americans be the Guinea Pigs of their own products.
It seems like the US Government has the same slogan like "The Body Shop" when it comes to food: "Product not tested on animals". There is enough humans to test on.

about 2 years ago
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Supreme Court To Decide If Monsanto GMO Patents Are Valid

terminal.dk Sue God (308 comments)

Since God used the first crop of seeds to produce new plants, I think the whole patent issue boils down to this infrigement made by nature or God. Since Monsanto can't sure nature, they will have go for the big man himself.
I think Monsanto needs to sue God or in his absence his nearest representative, the Pope, for making illegal copies of their seed.

about 2 years ago
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German Court: ISPs Must Hand Over File Sharer Info

terminal.dk Re:"..know who was using an IP address..." ? (136 comments)

They don't. Since in most cases they will not know who used the IP address, but only who paid for it, there should be no way they could get the name/address.

As an example, if both me, my wife and my son denies any knowledge of copyright infringement, how will they get a search warrant ? Whose computer will they search ? Can they get permission to search two innocent peoples computer just because those computers sometimes are at the address in question ? How about my sons friends computers who are used on our WLAN ? How about hackers ?

In Denmark we have had a few cases where the police just let people walk without a search as soon as they see there is an open WLAN. And open WLAN means that there is no evidence that anybody living at the address used the IP at the given time.

more than 2 years ago

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