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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

ub3r n3u7r4l1st India: Scammer country (210 comments)

ugh, this is a real disgrace on India. I think this scamming here is frequent from India because there is little to no regulation, law or enforcement of it if there were one about scamming 'foreigners'.

This is how most of the Indian GDP were composed of.

It is part of their culture. In the university that I went to, 90% of the Indians are cheating. This is in a electrical engineering master's program.

That's why our organization will not hire any H1Bs.

about two weeks ago

IT Job Hiring Slumps

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Re:My experience (250 comments)

That type of thinking is the reason why recidivism is so high in this country. Everyone deserves a second chance.

"Good, available" - good enough for hire.

about two weeks ago

IT Job Hiring Slumps

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Re:My experience (250 comments)

Just for reference, at least in downtown Chicago and NYC, a person with 5+ years of well rounded senior level person with VMWare, some SAN, and Windows is going for $130K. A "good" Cisco guy starts at about $140k.

Excellent. This gives me some reference salary points when I am looking to switch out from the academic sector to the private sector by next summer (in the Chicago area preferred). One thing you want to look for is a PMP (Project Management Professional) credential, it is getting very popular in the IT industry.

about two weeks ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (327 comments)

May be in the USA, but in many east Asian countries, especially Japan, government workers get paid little but work their ass off.

about a month and a half ago

The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Re:You lost me at... (146 comments)

You burn calories via your fingers and your brain. Definitely an intensive activity.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Re:Simple (509 comments)

You forgot to say "Private" student loans. Federal student loans have very generous provisions on forgiveness so if you have ultra-high balance you probably will get some forgiven if you use Income-Based Repayment. Plus, the interest are deductible (as adjustment to income) on your federal tax return.

about 2 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Re: Bit pin (753 comments)

I mean Bitcoin , the iPad is not typing in correctly

about 2 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Bit pin (753 comments)

Best form of digital payment, with almost zero transaction fees, and no risk centralized control of regulation.

about 2 months ago

IBM To Invest $3 Billion For Semiconductor Research

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Re:Ms. Ginni Rometty - a tard (68 comments)

Thanks to the proliferation of Ivy League business school education, this type of management style will continue to spread to every corner of corporate America.

about 2 months ago

US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Re:Not new (253 comments)

I highly doubt most employers think that way. Otherwise why "overqualification" still exists? By your logic someone with CS master degree with 1-2 years of experience should trump a fresh college grad. In the real world that is most likely NOT the case.

about 2 months ago

Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Re:No. Die in a fire. (113 comments)

"You cannot force people to be competent."

Every single human being are good at something. It may be in some other fields. Underutilized workers are usually a result of incompetent managers. I once supervised/trained a ADHD student working in our IT lab that has 1.) borderline 2.0 GPA and 2.) consistently harassed by my boss because the boss accused him that he just sit on the screen and reading reddit / running full screen 3D applications (a.k.a. games) all day, and guess what.... when he graduated he landed a software consulting job for above-median wages in the geographical area.

Managing ADHD people requires a different approach to fully unlock their potential. But most managers will just write them off as "incompetent".


"You cannot force people to do jobs they have no interest in (hi women, minorities!)"
"You can get anybody to fill a seat for enough cash."

The above two sentences can be combined:

You can get anybody to do jobs they have no interested in provided that it pays enough cash.

about 3 months ago

What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

ub3r n3u7r4l1st choose STEM if you want forced early retirement (148 comments)

with probable bankruptcy to boot.



Another issue with the job markets for STEM and engineering degrees is that there is a lot of involuntary retirement from about age 35-40, in aggregate based primarily on age. Any gains realized up to that point tend to get thwacked pretty hard in the process of readjusting and finding other employment. The point being that majoring in STEM or engineering, and even performing well in STEM or engineering, is no guarantee of anything.

Many employers really don't know what they are hiring for and frequently have hiring practices counter to their stated wants. In fact, most people making hiring decisions have little to no actual knowledge of the disciplines they are hiring in.

As for what constitutes 'public support' - we've already voted with our taxpayer dollars for zombie studies. There is no greater form of express support than subsidy. Furthermore I guarantee you that there are at least three industries outside academia that will consume the products of 'zombie studies' - publishing, film/TV, and internet-based media - and it is no doubt pursuit of income from these sources that will enable 'zombie studies' to flourish. Like I said before, one does not buck the public purse with impunity.

H-1B workers are not "trained by the government," at least not through any kind of formally established program.

They are not paid "premium salaries," at least not according to the US Department of Labor: "...the Department's regulations require that the wages offered to a foreign worker must be the *prevailing wage rate* for the occupational classification in the area of employment.
The prevailing wage rate is defined as the *average wage* paid to similarly employed workers in a specific occupation in the area of intended employment...
The requirement to pay prevailing wages as a minimum is true of most employment based visa programs involving the Department of Labor. In addition, the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 programs require the employer to pay the prevailing wage or the actual wage paid by the employer to workers with similar skills and qualifications, whichever is higher." In short, they are supposed to be paid "prevailing wage" or going rate for that position with that employer. In many cases these minima are not met by the employer.

Let's read about that "crying demand for engineers" from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers:

Anio, Monica "Are Engineers Really In Demand," IEEE Roundup, 2/10/12 ... and from senior editor Patrick Thibodeau of Computerworld, who has reported on IT and engineering employment issues for over a decade:

Thibodeau, Patrick "What STEM Shortage? Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year" Computerworld, 01/16/14.

As for "lies" about "domestic staff being displaced," the displacement of US citizen engineers has been documented for well over a decade by Dr. Norm Matloff, Professor of Computer Science at UC Davis. Distillations of his research on visa programs have appeared at ("How Foreign Students Hurt U.S. Innovation," 2/11/2013) and Barron's ("Where Are the Best and Brightest," June 8, 2013).

In these articles he takes the current president to task for his support of expanding green card giveaways as well as California Democrat Zoe Lofgren for her support of the H-1B program. The "people who hate the Koch Brothers" reflexively vote Democrat and don't go after the party faithful in op-ed pieces.

about 3 months ago

Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Re:This is what we've warned you about (281 comments)

So, if you are so smart, either come up with the patch to fix this, or propose a new protocol that does not have the same problem, and does not involve any centralized entity such as the federal reserve.

about 3 months ago

Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Three reasons for this behavior (378 comments)

1. LEO have a case "quota" to meet.
2. Government attorneys who are thinking of running for an elected political office, want to appear to be "tough on crime" (which is apparently want most voters want, unfortunately.)
3. The top 1% wants to suppress any tiny indication of an uprising. An citizenry that is armed with biological, chemical or nuclear capabilities threatens the existence of the elite class.

about 3 months ago

Thai Police: We'll Get You For Online Social Media Criticism

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Guns in the hands of the common citizens (86 comments)

will solve this problem. There is a reason brutal monarchies never exists in a society where its citizens are armed.

Thailand will be a great business opportunity to Smith & Wesson.

about 4 months ago

As Crypto Mining Grows, Data Centers Begin Accepting Bitcoin

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Re:Why would they accepts fantasy money? (94 comments)

I no longer have to worry about paying my bills and putting food on the table thanks to bitcoin.

The existence of the Zionist Federal Reserve is to enslave people through debt. The only way to revitalize the economy and to free the people is to invalidate the U.S. dollar's legal tender status. That way all debt denominated in U.S. dollars will be invalid, unleashing enormous economic growth that were suppressed due to debt. This is the central thought of the New Monetary Theory.

And BTW, Mr. Government Shill, North Korea is calling, may be you should return to your fatherland. The sole purpose of ANY form of government is to restrict people freedom. You can take communism back to your grave.

about 4 months ago

Water Cannons Used Against Peaceful Anti-TTIP Protestors: the Next ACTA Revolt?

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Be careful what you are posting here (142 comments)

all your anti-government rants are probably being recorded by the NSA.

Being that said, there is one golden rule in any political duel:

The enemy of your enemy is ALWAYS your fiend

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Re:HR lies. (309 comments)

This is the result of capitalism. But for now, the way to do it is to go back to school with student loans, or find some contract work to do, either way that will cover up the gap as large as it can. Same advice with those who have criminal records as a result of criminal identity theft.

about 4 months ago

Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

ub3r n3u7r4l1st Re:Quid pro quo (187 comments)

"I have to say that I find your lack of integrity rather appalling."

Unfortunately, engineering ethics is something that is normally taught in the undergrad level. With the onslaught of international graduate students and H1-B workers, engineering ethics become a "luggage" for competitiveness om the domestic student or workers to compete with these people who treat plagiarism as honorable activity. Any person with integrity will lose out to those who has no bottom line to achieve the goals.

about 5 months ago



Apple removed last iOS FOSS app in the App store

ub3r n3u7r4l1st ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes  |  about 8 months ago

ub3r n3u7r4l1st (1388939) writes "On Wednesday February 5th, Apple attempted to strike a devastating blow to the FOSS ecosystem on iOS by removing “Blockchain”, the last remaining payment app, from the App Store. Offering no explanation and no opportunity to address any issues, without any apparent change in circumstances other than the growing popularity of the independent and competitive payment system, Apple has eradicated their payment competition on iOS and left the space entirely to competing mobile OSs like Google’s Android."
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Payment system update glitch caused massive shopping spree

ub3r n3u7r4l1st ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes  |  about a year ago

ub3r n3u7r4l1st (1388939) writes "The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system allows recipients of government food stamps to purchase goods using a digital card with a set spending limit, but for a few hours over the weekend, that limit disappeared for many users visiting Walmart stores in Louisiana. Xerox, which hosts some of the infrastructure used by the EBT card system, claims that a power outage during a routine maintenance test caused the temporary glitch. The chaos that followed ultimately required intervention from local police, and left behind numerous carts filled to overflowing, apparently abandoned when the glitch-spurred shopping frenzy ended. A local police chief says that "It was worse than any black Friday" that he's ever seen."
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Most approve of hosting games on company gear, sur

ub3r n3u7r4l1st ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ub3r n3u7r4l1st (1388939) writes "Only about a third of more than 1,000 respondents to a Network World online survey believe it's always wrong to use company or governmental equipment to host private video game sessions for groups of players.

The rest of those registering an opinion are OK with the practice, although some approve only with caveats.

Only about a third of more than 1,000 respondents to a Network World online survey believe it's always wrong to use company equipment to host private video game sessions for groups of players."

Link to Original Source

Google Hackers Had Ability to Alter Source Code

ub3r n3u7r4l1st ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ub3r n3u7r4l1st (1388939) writes "Hackers who breached Google and other companies in January targeted source-code management systems, security firm McAfee asserted Wednesday. They manipulated a little-known trove of security flaws that would allow easy unauthorized access to the intellectual property the system is meant to protect.

The software-management systems, widely used at businesses unaware that the holes exist, were exploited by the Aurora hackers in a way that would have enabled them to siphon source code, as well as modify it to make customers of the software vulnerable to attack. It’s akin to making yourself a set of keys in advance for locks that are going to be sold far and wide."

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Tour de France champion accused of hacking

ub3r n3u7r4l1st ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ub3r n3u7r4l1st (1388939) writes "A French judge has issued a national arrest warrant for U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis in connection with a case of data hacking at a doping laboratory, a prosecutor's office said.

French judge Thomas Cassuto, based in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, is seeking to question Landis about computer hacking dating back to September 2006 at the Chatenay-Malabry lab, said Astrid Granoux, spokeswoman for Nanterre's prosecutor's office. The laboratory near Paris had uncovered abnormally elevated testosterone levels in Landis' samples collected in the run-up to his 2006 Tour de France victory, leading to the eventual loss of his medal."

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Learning the Art of Creating Computer Games Can Bo

ub3r n3u7r4l1st ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ub3r n3u7r4l1st (1388939) writes "Computer games have a broad appeal that transcends gender, culture, age and socio-economic status. Now, computer scientists in the US think that creating computer games, rather than just playing them could boost students' critical and creative thinking skills as well as broaden their participation in computing. They discuss details in the current issue of the International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing."
Link to Original Source

United States Government: How They Want To Take Ov

ub3r n3u7r4l1st ub3r n3u7r4l1st writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ub3r n3u7r4l1st (1388939) writes "Fox News recently ran a report about the website, the official "Cars for Clunkers" site that allows you to trade in your old car and get money to buy a new, fuel-efficient vehicle, has a very odd Terms of Service.

When you click on the button on the official site to submit a transaction, a warning box pops up that states the following:

"This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the US Government. Any or all uses of this system and all files may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, DoT, and law enforcement personal, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign."

So basically, by clicking on "Continue", you've just made your personal computer, in your home, a Federal computer system, which would allow the government to spy on it!



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