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Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands

ChrisKnight Re:handshake (77 comments)

FIFY: "Joke's on you. It's FappyCoins."

about a month ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

ChrisKnight Where can I find the except clause? (575 comments)

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

No matter how many times I read that, I can't seem to find the clause that says "Except when..."

about 3 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

ChrisKnight Why bother? (561 comments)

I thought this is why we have so many Regional Gatherings? I'll wager a higher success rate for three days at HalloweeM vs a year long match.com account any day.

about 6 months ago
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Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

ChrisKnight It can never be fair (150 comments)

The actions of this cabal of companies has had a lasting effect on everyone working the tech sector. The normal cycle of hiring employees out of their existing position with an offer of more money helps to drive the average salary for a position up. Years of refusing do to that caused average salaries to stagnate. When I was offered a position at Apple in 2007 I scoffed at the rate I was offered, and I was told that Apple prided themselves in paying industry median salaries. What they neglected to mention was that they were actively working to keep the industry median down. I never took the position at Apple, and am not eligible in the suit; but that doesn't mean I wasn't affected. Many companies gauge offer salaries and raises against industry salary reports like those generated by Glass Door and other wage survey groups. Because some of the biggest employers in tech were working to keep wages down, and their rates significantly contributed to those salary reports, they effectively kept an entire employment sector's wages low.

How do you compensate for that? You can't. No court settlement will make up for the damage caused by this.

about 6 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

ChrisKnight You mean "let the police blow it off" (664 comments)

A friend of mine was recently mugged, on the doorstep of her home. While the police were in her house asking questions she pulled up the current location of her phone on her laptop. The police did not care. Did. Not. Care. For an hour her phone drifted around a park that was a known after-hours teenager hangout, while the officer asked inane questions. She fumed for weeks. Getting mugged was bad enough, but feeling like the police didn't really care, that all they wanted to do was get the report filled out, made her feel truly helpless.

If the police are unwilling to react to these thefts because they are low priority for them, they have to expect that citizens will have to take it into their own hands. People don't like someone else telling them their problems are trivial. People don't like feeling helpless. They need to believe that there is always something they can do.

about 8 months ago
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Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review

ChrisKnight Many years too late... (360 comments)

Huzzah! If only my high school physics teacher was still alive. We frequently argued this point.

about 8 months ago
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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

ChrisKnight Re:Uproar? (146 comments)

The 70's are full of TV shows that had evil computer episodes. The plot would revolve around a billing error, and when the protagonist would bring it up with the store they would be told that computers don't make mistakes. Then they would trigger an error in their favor, and comedy would ensue. Partridge family, Eight is Enough, and I think the Brady Bunch. Those are the easy ones that come to mind.

about 8 months ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

ChrisKnight Re:Thank you for the mess (239 comments)

Midnight_Falcon, you are indeed a rare bird. :)

about 8 months ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

ChrisKnight Re:Is OpenVPN affected? (239 comments)

Some versions are. The OpenVPN appliance I was running was affected, and there were no updates for it this morning so I had to kill it.

https://security.stackexchange...

I read somewhere that there is a TLS flag you can use in the config to disable the affected code, but for the life of me I can't find it for this post. :(

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

ChrisKnight You have already given up... (306 comments)

If you think fifteen years in the profession makes you an 'old programmer'.

about 9 months ago
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What I Did During My Summer Vacation: Burning Man Edition

ChrisKnight You didn't get it. (228 comments)

Bennett,

    If these are your take-aways from Burning Man, I am sorry. It is apparent that you just didn't get it. You had a technical experience, but apparently not an emotional one. From your article, it sounds like you were a perfect spectator; but not a participant.

    I've only been nine years, and I'd happily share all my tips with you. I have no problem 'making it easy' for people. But if they came back from the event with nothing to share except how to make it easy on themselves I would wonder why they bothered at all.

    You can camp with my crew next year. We aren't the perfect camp, but nobody from my camp has ever come away with this dry of an experience.

   

about a year ago
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Buy the WarGames IMSAI 8080 and Possibly Impress Ally Sheedy

ChrisKnight Somebody is out of touch with reality. (103 comments)

From the linked article: "It is currently appraised at over $25,000, potentially making it the most expensive "personal computer" ever!"

There's an Apple I up for auction that is expected to haul in half a million.

about a year and a half ago
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Transfusions Reverse Aging Effects On Hearts In Mice

ChrisKnight Heinlein gets another one right (130 comments)

In Methuselah's Children, one of the secrets to longevity treatments is transfusions with 'young blood'.

about a year and a half ago
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Man Accused of Selling Golf Ball Finders As Bomb Detectors

ChrisKnight Re:Title not entirely accurate (131 comments)

This was not a case of people believing in magick. This was a case of someone taking a fake product, slapping fake certification labels on the outside, fake circuit boards on the inside, adding bogus 'smart cards', and selling it as a high-tech piece of hardware. It was a scam, but in this case there was active deceit that didn't need to rely on people's belief in 'dousing'; he relied on people's faith in technology and their unwillingness to crack open the case. This would have never fooled a person with the Maker Mentality. :)

about a year and a half ago
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Russians Find "New Bacteria" In Lake Vostok

ChrisKnight "life form unclassified" (147 comments)

I love living in a world where the regular headlines sound like the start of a decent sci fi adventure.

Now let's just hope this puppy doesn't get out of the lab and become a sci-fi/horror. Two hundred years from now it could be on the History Channel as "Zombie Plagues from the Past".

about 2 years ago
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Making Sure Interviews Don't Turn Into Free Consulting

ChrisKnight Re:I had a friend do this to me once. (232 comments)

If that was the case, I think he would have explained it that way. He was quite frank in telling me that after I explained it, he felt he could do it himself.

about 2 years ago
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Making Sure Interviews Don't Turn Into Free Consulting

ChrisKnight I had a friend do this to me once. (232 comments)

Strictly speaking, this wasn't an interview; but I think it applies.

Many many many moons ago, a friend asked me if I would be interested in setting up a Novell network for his employer. I put together a quote and sent it off. He called me up, and said that he needed a detailed walk-through of the work involved in order to explain the quote to his boss. I explained everything that was necessary. A couple of weeks go by, and I haven't heard anything so I call him. After learning what needed to be done, he decided he could do it himself; and that was the route they were taking. Lost a 'friend', but gained a cautionary tale; I think I came out ahead. (Yes, Jeff; this story is about you.)

about 2 years ago

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