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    • Behind the Tech! Journal #4 - Equifax: Hackers Also Compromised Driver's Licenses, Passports"

      1 week ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      Oh boy, this one's a fucking doozy

      What happened: In September of 2017, Equifax (One of the major companies responsible for tracking credit scores and a lot of financial information for millions of people) announced that they had suffered a network breach earlier that year, likely between March and July, targeting a vulnerability in Apache Struts. Malicious actors (teh haxors) were able to obtain Personally Identifiable Information, or PII, on millions of people stored on Data Tables across their network. Throughout late last year and early this year, Equifax has been providing updates on what they've found while investigating their breach. Each update adds millions more people to the list of those affected by this breach, and sometimes the level of information obtained varies from person to person that's involved. Some only have minor information taken like an address, some are much worse.


      Just how bad is this?I'll let this handy table do the talking for me. Note that some of the affected people here can fall under multiple categories depending on what information was obtained

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      That's SUPER fucking bad. 3,200 passports doesn't sound like a lot, but those are some of our most secure documents. As if 209,000 credit card numbers weren't bad enough. Some of these people are going to have fraud issues to deal with for years because of this shit. 

      What can we do?: You can get a hold of your local elected official/representative and request that we have stronger rules and laws to protect peoples' privacy and customer data, and that we have harsher consequences and punishments for companies that breach this trust. Facebook, Cambridge Analytica - they don't care and they're going to keep existing. It's only if we take action that we can hope to prevent similar incidents. 

    • Behind the Tech! Journal #3 - Cambridge Analytica is back as Emerdata

      2 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      I'm a few days behind on this one, so I'll try to make this one fast:

      What happened: Cambridge Analytica, the company behind the infamous Facebook data harvesting scandal, has shut down. That much we all knew already - what's fucking crazy is that a lot of the people who founded and backed Cambridge Analytica are now also backing a new venture called Emerdata. Basically - their brand name got tarnished and they decided to start another company to do the exact same thing under a new name.

      Why should I care?: Because the same people responsible for manipulating the minds of desperate voters are about to do it again, in our country and abroad. If people stop giving up their social data (unlikely), or we have substantial privacy reform (a little more likely), then this might get fixed but it's VERY unlikely to be fixed within the next 5-10 years. It takes congress for-fucking-ever to do anything and technology is light years ahead.


      Who is involved really?: I'll let this article excerpt speak for itself - from Tomshardware.com
      https://www.tomshardware.com/news/cambridge-analytica-bankruptcy-execs-emerdata,36998.html

      "Emerdata was funded by Robert Mercer, who was also the biggest investor in Cambridge Analytica and a donor to Donald Trump in his race for the 2016 presidential election. Mercer's two daughters, Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer, have also joined Emerdata as company directors.

      Other directors of the company include Johnson Ko Chun Shun, a business partner of Erik Prince, who founded the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater. (Blackwater was later renamed to Xe Services after its contractors were convicted of killing Iraqi civilians.)


      Alexander Nix, the former CEO of Cambridge Analytica who was caught on tape talking about bribing and blackmailing politicians, and who resigned a few weeks ago alongside other SCL Group executives, have also joined Emerdata."

      How would you feel if a company called Renron got started, and it was started and run by all the familiar faces at Enron? You probably wouldn't trust it a lot would you?


      Using social media is a double edged sword. You're trading connectivity for privacy. For all that we want to be connected with one another, we're letting a lot of people know who we are without telling them explicitly. They're studying us silently from afar, using data modeling and machine learning techniques that only a handful of nerdy engineers would understand. But they're able to use that data to do insane things. With great power comes great responsibility, and I'm not sure that Facebook or Twitter, or any social media platform, truly understands the power they wield. 

    • Behind the Tech! Journal #2 - Not so techy

      2 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      This post today isn't so technical (Thursdays are rough for me at work), but I read this article off SplinterNews (from gizmodo's page) and it's resonating

      Please take the time to read this. This is important, it's about male toxicity but told from a girls' perspective as she'd also suffered from rejection and loneliness issues herself. 


      It's aptly titled "Unfuckable women don't go on killing sprees"

      https://splinternews.com/unfuckable-women-dont-go-on-killing-sprees-1825746733

    • I'll be in Austin 5/14 - 5/19

      2 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      Indeed.com is sending me to HQ along with all of our remote recruiters!


      Should be a fun time. I'm taking my gf with me :D

    • Behind the Tech! Journal #1 - Apple spending $100b on stock buybacks

      2 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      I had an idea today. I'm fairly interested in tech news, specifically I'm really interested in new technologies, how they work, and why they're important/what impact will they have. Being a former engineer, I've always retained my interest for high-tech. My real passion is spreading that knowledge to others. I like informing people of new stuff, busting myths, breaking down technology stereotypes and misinformation. Having worked in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area for 10 years has given me a lot, and I think it's time I start imparting some of that knowledge to others. I've been gifted a lot with freedom of information on the internet when I grew up - I should reciprocate that as much as possible. 

      With that being said, I had an idea to come up with a daily journal entry that talks about one thing that's happening in tech news. It won't be a long drawn out post every day like this one, some will be super short and to the point and others that are more complex might be a bit longer.


      Today, let's start with this doozy: Apple is using $100 billion of its cash that it's bringing back to the US from overseas (remember that tax break Trump kept touting about?) to buy back stock from the public. 


      Source article: https://gizmodo.com/apple-will-spend-100-billion-of-that-cash-it-stashed-a-1825704742

      Source #2: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/01/technology/apple-stock-buyback-earnings.html

      Why is this happening? - Apple had over $250 billion in CASH, CAAAAASHHHHH, hoarded overseas collecting dust because they didn't want to pay taxes in the US. New Tax break passed last year let companies do a one time transfer of that cash to US soil at a MUCH lower tax rate, but that going forward they had to keep their money here. 

      Is this bad? - Verbatim from the article:

      "Share buybacks, which are reaching record levels, are great for investors, including executives and employees, because they reliably lift stock prices by limiting the supply of shares for sale.


      But critics say the actions can take money away from potential investments in hiring or research and development, and can increase economic inequality because they typically benefit wealthier people.


      Investors should want companies to reinvest in themselves and their employees versus repurchasing their own stock to increase the share price, said William Lazonick, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, who studies stock buybacks. “It’s nothing but a manipulation of the stock market.”

      So TL:DR It isn't great for anyone but Apple itself and its massively wealthy shareholders. Remember, Stock Buybacks used to be illegal and according to an estimation done by CNN in February, Republican tax cuts generated $171 BILLION in stock buybacks, but only $5.6 billion in employee raises and bonuses. 

      Why is this important? Because our president and congress sold this to the American people based off the notion that this tax cut will be paid for by reinvestment and trickle down - a concept we know by now doesn't work and only benefits the people at the top. We knew it before it was passed, and now we've seen it confirmed that corporations are out for themselves. It's not entirely their fault either - that's what they're supposed to do. It's our fault for supporting a system that encourages this. We should try to look to change things. 

      Cory Booker has an interesting idea - I encourage you all to read:
      https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/6/17083398/booker-buyback-populist

      The concept is basically this:

      The Worker Dividend Act would mandate that companies buying their own shares must also pay out to their own employees a sum equal to the lesser of either the total value of the buyback or 50 percent of all profits beyond $250 million

      It's a neat idea. I like it.

    • 3rd time in Austin soon! Indeed.com is sending me to HQ

      4 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      Oh boy, I get to go to Austin again!


      So for those following along my life story, I work for Indeed.com which is HQ'd in Austin, TX. I've been here for a few months now, and they want to send me and a bunch of my team members in San Francisco out to Austin to connect with the rest of the HR team. 

      Each year I've been to Austin now for RTX on vacation related reasons. Now this will be the first time I get to go to Austin for business, but I'll still try and have a little fun while I'm out there.


      Some things I want to do while there

      - Try and swing by Rooster Teeth?

      - Eat at Chupacabras 

      - Go to foggo de ciao (spelling?)

      - Swing by Gordoughs and get a selfie with the owner (we've been in constant contact!)


      I always love going there. Maybe one day I'll live there.

      Maybe one day I'll work for Rooster Teeth ;-)

    • RvB Season 16 - episode 1 discussion

      1 month ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      Gonna bullet point this list to make it easy to read through:

      - Who are the new alien lifeforms watching over the reds and blues? Have the always been with them since the gulch?
      - What happened to Donut? Whatever machine the evil blues made - it's somehow distorted space and/or time for Donut specifically. He seems to have been transported somewhere else, or he's not in "our dimension" anymore and exists beyond it.
      - Grif's constant badger of how we're not doing any adventure, we're NOT. He's so adamant about it that it's clearly a way to draw the hard cut comedy that RvB is known for. I love this
      - I like how they started the episode almost as a direct continuation from the previous one. It was a little jarring at first, almost like I accidentally hit fast forward a minute at the beginning, but now that I reflect on it, it works nicely. Don't think I'd change it.

      - Doc doesn't get a vote - lol
      - Who are the other aliens that seem to be watching over? The giant guy sitting on what I assume is a throne - that's the one I'm talking about here. Are they the same as the glowing orbs of light? Doubtful since the one orb refers to the one sitting as some sort of higher being or the same being of a higher caste/authority. 

      - Were these the beings that created the keysword for Tucker, who wrote the prophecy about "The Great Destroyer"?


      Great episode, great start to the season! Lots of new questions

    • I wonder when the site redesign will include a community redesign?

      1 month ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      I WONDER >.>




      >.>




      Please redesign the community site XD

    • Should I stay or should I go now? When to re-evaluate your job and start looking

      2 months ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      As a few of you know, I now work at Indeed.com in their San Francisco office. I was hired with a team of 7 other recruiters, a recruiting coordinator, and a sourcer to compliment an existing Sr recruiter on site. In the short time I've been here (3 months), we've lost our Sr Recruiter, another new recruiter, our sourcer, and our on site coordinator. We're about to lose another coordinator in Seattle and another recruiter in San Francisco (most likely) to Google. And I can't blame the person who's leaving for Google - it'd be about a $30k pay increase, full time, with benefits, at one of the best places to work at on the planet. I even advised her to take it, even if it would hurt the team, because I know it would do so much for her career long term. 

      Oh - and we lost our VP of HR.


      So now I'm sitting in a team meeting with 4 of my coworkers and we're talking about how we're not sure of our own position here. We have no job security really - we're all contractors. We have no manager here on site for 3 months still and upper management is frantically looking to put someone on site. Same thing for the coordinators. 


      I like the company, I like the division I get to recruit for, but man is everything else just so batshit crazy. Here's to hoping things calm down in a month or two, otherwise I'll have to look for a new role. So sick and tired of doing that.

    • Guess who's not coming to the Untied States? International Students. This affects you too

      2 months ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      Cutting and pasting from an article on Forbes. I've been preaching this shit for years about how we need to make it easier for international students to come to the US and stay, while also increasing US based enrollment in STEM fields in colleges through advocacy and awareness.

      Full text of article, emphasis mine in bold. Full URL here https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2018/03/02/guess-whos-not-coming-to-america-international-students/#b2e5d6a3c3e7

      International students are America’s “golden goose.” They provide billions of dollars to the U.S. economy every year, subsidize the education of U.S. students and are a key source of talent that  help make American tech companies the envy of the world. So why is the Trump administration trying to drive away international students? More important, is the administration succeeding? New data suggest the answer may be “yes.”


      A recent National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) found that “The number of international students enrolled at U.S. universities declined by approximately 4% between 2016 and 2017. The study notes, “The number of international students enrolled at the graduate level in science and engineering fell by 14,730, or 6%, between 2016 and 2017, which represented about half of the overall drop in international students.”

      In what could be a significant development, much of the overall decline in international student enrollment is due to fewer individuals from India studying computer science and engineering at the graduate level in 2017. “The number of international students from India enrolled in graduate level programs in computer science and engineering declined by 21%, or 18,590 fewer graduate students, from 2016 to 2017,” the NFAP analysis found.


      Indian graduate students in computer science and engineering at U.S. universities are a key source of talent for U.S. companies. The decline in their numbers may relate to concerns about working after graduation. Those concerns may be tied to Trump administration policies to make it harder to obtain H-1B visas, administration proposals to eliminate work authorization for the spouses of H-1B visa holders, and the long waits for Indians to obtain employment-based green cards due to the per-country limit and low annual quotas.

      Another more direct worry is the Trump administration has published its intention to restrict the ability of international students to work after graduation on Optional Practical Training (OPT), which allows for 12 months of work for students. OPT in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields allows for an additional 24 months of work. Educators say OPT makes a U.S. education more practical and “real world.” U.S. employers say the time on OPT improves the chances they can obtain H-1B status for an international student.

      Recall that an H-1B visa is typically the only practical way for an international student to work in the United States long-term. However, the annual H-1B quota has been reached for 15 straight years. Companies note they often need two or three attempts before gaining an H-1B for an international student, which means the end of Optional Practical Training, or its curtailment, could make it impossible for many international students ever to work in the United States – and that may be the goal of key Trump administration officials.


      A bill introduced in December 2015 by then-Senator Jeff Sessions and Sen. Ted Cruz would have, in effect, prohibited international students from working in the United States after graduation. The bill eliminated Optional Practical Training and required anyone without a Ph.D. to work outside the U.S. for 10 years before obtaining an H-1B visa. The bill imposed such extreme conditions that even those with Ph.D.’s would have been unlikely to get a visa.

      Trump immigration advisor Stephen Miller, who press reports indicate controls most of the administration’s immigration agenda, is a former Sessions staffer. Individuals who worked for organizations or Senators with animus toward international students and employment-based immigrants also fill many other key executive branch immigration policy positions.


      As noted in previous columns, "merit-based migration" in the Trump administration means fewer immigrants, not making it easier for any actual high-skilled foreign nationals to immigrate to or stay in America.


      Research has shown a positive connection between international students and U.S. student enrollment. “At the graduate level, international students do not crowd-out, but actually increase domestic enrollment,” according to a study by economist Kevin Shih. “Foreign student tuition revenue is used to subsidize the cost of enrolling additional domestic students.”


      We can see this in real-time, as a lower number of international students at some universities have already resulted in budget cuts and fewer course offerings for U.S. students. “Just as many universities believed that the financial wreckage left by the 2008 recession was behind them, campuses across the country have been forced to make new rounds of cuts, this time brought on, in large part, by a loss of international students,” reported the New York Times in January. Wright State in Ohio, for example, eliminated programs for Italian, Russian and Japanese after international student enrollment declined.


      About 90% of U.S. universities have a majority of international students among full-time enrollees in graduate level computer science and electrical engineering. If the number of international students in those fields declines significantly, then there will be fewer such programs available for U.S. students. Moreover, professors who rely on graduate students to conduct research are likely to relinquish their positions and pursue employment at companies, reducing the role of U.S. universities as a center of basic research.


      In 2015, 81% of the full-time graduate students enrolled at U.S. universities in electrical engineering and 79% in computer science were international students, according to the National Science Foundation. If U.S. companies can’t hire these talented individuals in the U.S., then they will hire them outside the United States (or their competitors will) and take complementary jobs that U.S. workers could have filled along with them.

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    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      1 year ago

      Holy shit I have comments on here from 12 years ago

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        Thank you for accepting! :-)

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

      Hey there you :)

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        I get up at 6 to get ready for work. MWO is super fun though, you should try it if you can, f2p.

      • JazzyBellz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        I've heard of that game, but I've never actually played it. Dang, that suckssss. Do you have to be up super early?

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        I am playing a little Mechwarrior Online before I go to bed. I work in Fremont but live in Tracy, so my commute's a bit rough.

      • JazzyBellz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        Just playing Minecraft. How about you?

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        Not too bad. What're you up to at this near midnight hour?

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        I'm alrighty and yourself?

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        Why hello there! How're you?

    • general08

      8 years ago

      Woot, on at same time.

    • evilcherry

      13 years ago

      what is up with everyone and the amazing music and T.V. shows at this place? lol, p.s. love the pics

    • dyskrasia

      13 years ago

      Happy New Year!

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      13 years ago

      EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

      I REMEMBER THAT!! lol

      that was so funny when i first saw that, where did you get that from?

    • SmartSphinx

      13 years ago

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    • dyskrasia

      13 years ago

      Okay wait, is your friend Sean a lesbian? If he isn't, how the heck am I supposed to help him out? :insert surreal icon here:

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      13 years ago

      no problem, just hit me up on AIM, or email me at ryanfurlong@sbcglobal.net

    • dyskrasia

      13 years ago

      I'm a week late, but thanks for the hair compliment...I don't know if I thanked you already, but thanks again.

    • LiquidHavoc

      13 years ago

      wow, another guy from Tracy Ca
      I wonder if we ever crossed paths in the West Valley Mall

    • Show

      13 years ago

      take it easy on insulting the regulars... not a good way to establish yourself... Quazz recently got back from Iraq, so he deserves all the respect in the world... take it easy on the flamewars overall.... just get a bit more low key

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      13 years ago

      where exactly in the basement to you go? Because there's like 3000 topics down there, a name would narrow the tedious search down a little

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      13 years ago

      Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

      I gave you +3 for having enough sense to realize that in my journal. Fucking Rock! You sir look like a level headed individual. I try to rally the few of those we have struggling through these forums and direct them to the Basement where we only stupid for amusement. Rest assured, we can hold a good conversation if necessary and overall I think it's more fun in there... I suggest you head down and check the place out. Good to have you on the forums. Yo

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      13 years ago

      not bad, yourself?

    • lenny

      13 years ago

      hey im lenny hows it goin friends??

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