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Comment Re:Yay, more elecromagnetic fields (Score 1) 109

My father worked at a power station, they used to rotate staff through duties in the switching yard (where they ramp up the voltage for transmission along power lines) otherwise they would start getting sick. You could walk through the yard with a neon tube and it would glow faintly. So no, I don't think I would like being inside this room.

Comment Re:JavaScript ... and maybe Python (Score 4, Insightful) 374

Good god, just learn C instead of trying to force javascript into everything. It's like my wife trying to drive a nail into a wall with her high heel shoe. Sure, it would probably work eventually, but the right tool for the job is right there in the toolbox. Use it. Step outside your little javascript box and learn something new.

Comment Re:They said the same about mobile (Score 1) 374

but eventually technology developed enough

Yes eventually it did.
If you want to connect every lightbulb in a big building to the IoT it's going to cost a fuckton to do it on hardware which can run higher level languages. A small $1 6bit chip with 1k of RAM and things get a bit more affordable. There is definitely a need for C in the emerging IoT market, I agree it may change as per Moores Law, but it's not there yet, and may not be for a while.

Comment Re:A damn good reason to learn security best pract (Score 1) 374

Hell, ask them what the stack is first, most won't have a clue. I used to ask developers (for C# positions) what the difference between a value and a reference type was. Still have not got a correct answer, eventually stopped asking the question. The problem is only going to get worse as they force more and more people to "learn to code" when they actually don't have the inclination. Cut and paste coders, the lot of them.

Comment Re:Oh noez! (Score 4, Interesting) 60

I worked alongside one of the biggest consulting firms in the world, they might not be great programmers, but when you throw 300 of them at a project the project gets completed. Buggy as shit, convoluted (so you HAVE to go back to them) but it gets the job done. THAT is all management give a shit about, because it's their bonus on the line. Once they have their bonus they wander off and leave us to maintain the stinking pile of poo.

Comment So, nothing new then? (Score 1) 74

These are then consumed by amphipods and other deep sea creatures.

So "fish" that eat "fish' have bad stuff in them, what's new? I regulate my tuna consumption because of the mercury buildup, and I love tuna. I would bet their mercury levels were high as well, but then that would not make news I suppose.

Comment Re:Can't play games at work? (Score 1) 47

Agreed, the last company I was at, it would have been a final written warning. Which is why I didn't tell anyone :-)
My current company is a lot more laid back about stuffs, can even go to youtube and facebook if you feel so inclined, so the server I rent in Chicago to tunnel is doing nothing much at the moment.

Comment Re:What Backdoor? (Score 1) 123

The clever ones are not criminals, they get away with it. There are some scary smart people working on the trojans etc. out there. Some of the stuff is hand coded in assembler, which they structure in such a way that the usual debuggers get confused and either crash or start following the wrong path, all just to make it more difficult for the white hats to figure out how to shut down the botnet.

Comment Re:What Backdoor? (Score 1) 123

I doubt he did any of this on a major FOSS projects main trunk, it would definitely have been picked up there. He could have modified a WordPress site to add the functionality / backdoor and deployed that directly onto the server. No one would think to check that the code was not standard. I doubt he did that though, since they have an update function which would have wiped out his backdoor. I suspect this was all custom code, probably some cookie cutter website he used with a lot of his clients.

Comment Re:What Backdoor? (Score 1) 123

Clearly you are not a developer. All you would have to do is create webpage which when you pass it a certain variable pops up a form to upload something and run it on the server. The webpage does a legitimate task (registration for instance) but if you access it with webpage.php?action=registers instead of webpage.php?action=register it jumps to a separate section and allows you to upload a file etc. Even if someone were to give the site a once over it would be hard to pick up. To make it even more secure you can have it check for a cookie or originating IP address so that if someone else tries it, it will ignore it.

Developers have access to very sensitive stuffs, there is a very high level of trust that the developer is not going to do what this guy did. Firstly they are expensive to hire, what they produce can only be understood by another developer, so just having the code double checked (properly, not just a quick look) will almost double your costs, so it's rarely going to happen.

I'm not sure about other countries, although I imagine it's pretty much the same everywhere, but any financial institution here does a full background check before they will hire you. Any criminal record and you won't even get an interview. Bad debt is almost as bad, if you are black listed don't even bother applying. Sometimes they will make an exception for black listing, depends on the situation, but in all my years I have only heard of one.

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