* Posts by tommy_qwerty

14 posts • joined 1 Mar 2016

A volt out of the blue: Phone batteries reveal what you typed and read


Re: "Always carry a burner phone when visiting the USA"

>Why on God's Green Earth would you want to do that ?

Because New York City is safer than London in the Trump era, that's why.

Latest F-35 flight tests finish – and US stops accepting new jets


This plane has been

nothing but problems from the beginning. I guess that's what happens when you switch from Ada used for the F-22 and earlier to C++.

Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today


What I don't understand

is that in the previous two elections, the winning candidate's use of social media in quite a similar way was praised as "savvy" and "forward-thinking", and now all the sudden it's a crime. Is it because one is a photogenic lapdog of the multinationals and the other is an orange oaf intent on throwing a wrench in the works?

Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password


Not really a fanboy here

But I can't get this to replicate on my own system, no matter what I do. How many times is a few?

CEO of $300m-a-year ad upstart Vungle cuffed for allegedly sexually abusing toddler son


Thank God!

I actually interviewed for a job with this company about 10 days after this occurred. Apparently, they didn't like me, which I am now totally fine with.

Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting


Re: So Google told them to fuck off

Google is basically a monopoly at this point and should be regulated like a public utility. And yes, currently as a private company, they have the right in a purely legalistic sense to tell people to fuck off, however if you do not see the wider problem of companies (especially near-monopolies) censoring things they don't like, you have an extremely narrow vision and may find yourself without any right to speak.

One last thing, you are misusing the word "bigot". Bigotry is not an essential characteristic of racists, it is simply the bull-headed attitude of a person who is obstinately committed to his own ideas and unwilling to listen to others (strangely, an attitude one notices a lot from people overusing and misusing the word "bigot").

Please, pleeeease let me ban Kaspersky Lab from US govt PCs – senator


This coming from the country...

that's been putting backdoors in its OSs and possibly processors 20 years now. The whole Russia affair is a case study in projection.

Silicon Valley IT biz boss cops to lying about Cisco H-1B jobs


It's so encouraging to see they are cracking down on this.

As for them being highly skilled and low-cost, only part of that is true. They certainly come cheap. My current and previous jobs have been mostly cleaning up the messes they make. The compiler always throws a over a thousand warnings , there's hardcoding galore, disregard for design patterns, variable names like "data1, data2, data3", and security issues among other things. I wrote better code in high school. People put their credit card or medical information in these apps.

'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump


Can it just be over?

Ignoring the fact that the Democrats were appalled a mere two months ago at the idea of Trump even so much as questioning the results of the election... Ignoring the fact that Putin would definitely rather have Clinton in office because getting her to change a position or even sell the whole country is as easy as wiring a few bucks to her foundation... Ignoring the fact that many of those ballots were on paper and therefore somewhat difficult to hack from a computer in Moscow... Ignoring the fact that there were people on the Democratic side caught on video laughing about how they were busing people around to vote multiple times in multiple locations and machines shown to select Clinton when someone ticked someone else...

I just want this election to be over. They need to stop trying to tear us further apart with this sore loser's tantrum. Clinton was up against the most dismal candidate possible who didn't even seem to be trying to win, because of her experience and connections it was rigged in her favor practically if not literally and all indications are that the economy is doing fine under her Democratic predecessor. If she couldn't win in an electoral and popular landslide under those conditions, it's simply not in her fate to be the president.

The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code


Re: Alarm bells were ringing from the start of the article...

> I'd add that another red flag would be in the Craigslist posting.

My experience with Craigslist job postings has been pretty good (selling my junk, not so much). If they're posting on Craigslist, it's a good indication they are actually looking to fill the position with a new local and not posting it either for some legal reason while looking to hire internally or bring in some H-1B gomeril. I'm convinced half the companies posting on Dice, Monster, Indeed and the like have no intention of actually hiring anyone through their job ads.

Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell


The longer you listen, the funnier it gets...

You're missing out by not listening to it to the end. No, nothing really changes, you'll just laugh more.

This year's H-1B visa lottery jammed full in just six days


Re: In my experience, there's always a shortage of the highly-skilled workers ...

If there's a shortage of skilled IT workers (which I don't believe there is) then I think it's actually more advantageous in the long run for both the company and the country if they train a citizen to do the jobs they can't find people for. A trained citizen doesn't have to go back to their country after a few years, losing that skill to the visa holder's home country.

In addition, many employers of my parents' generation whine endlessly about the job hopping and lack of loyalty from younger workers, when I've never felt much loyalty from them on my end. Training employees to fill in gaps that college left or for very recent technologies will show they take care about the employees and the employees may be more likely to take care of them.

This may also solve the problem of the lack of women in STEM. Radical feminists constantly moan about the gender imbalance while in my college classes, there was rarely more than one woman. If there's really a shortage of STEM graduates, then maybe they can hire a few of the unemployed Wymyn's Studies and other humanities type graduates and train them to do the jobs that computer science and information systems graduates don't care to do.

India challenges US visa price hike at World Trade Organisation


Re: I thought that the USA was highly in favour of Free Trade in every form?

American corporations and their puppets in elected offices maybe. The average American worker and consumer, not so much. The American tech worker gets screwed because they're laid off or simply not hired (while the people laying them off complain they can't find anyone so they need to get people from overseas). The consumer gets screwed when a company like Target finds its customer information leaked because the H1B worker they hired got his degree from a mill and/or cheated on the certification and writes code as well as I did just getting out of high school. They'll probably keep him on too, because management sees all IT people as interchangeable.

I think most average Americans are at least dimly aware of this kind of corruption going on with any free trade or open border agreement. It's never to the advantage of the American worker or consumer, just the major multinationals. The Washington Post ran an article a while ago containing a quote from a congressional representative about free trade and visa expansion. He patted himself on the back because he supported the bill, calling it an act of courage as nearly 90% of his constituents were against it. That's the kind of gulf that exists here between the citizens and government.

Poor recruitment processes are causing the great security talent drought


It may be deliberate

In Canada and the US, there are special visas for foreign workers with skills said to be in demand. The reason behind these visas is an alleged severe shortage of skilled workers, particularly in technology. Companies seeking workers with in-demand skills often end up sponsoring people from countries where the average salary for these tech workers is a fraction of what local workers get.

Whenever I see a story about a lack of workers, specifically in any area of technology, I think about this. I get calls every day from recruiters who I later find have no intention of hiring me, in spite of years of experience and education. They have to go through the motions of pretending to not find any local workers with the skills they are looking for. What we are seeing here is what is called a "manufacturing of consent" to bring down IT salaries by claiming a shortage of workers and then calling for more who coincidentally come from a country where they are accustomed to receiving a much smaller salary. Don't fall for it, or you will be digging your own grave like those Disney workers in the US.


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