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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

DaMattster Red Light Cameras (265 comments)

Arguably, they make things even less safe. I've been blinded by the camera's flash at night.

2 days ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

DaMattster DPRK (236 comments)

If there is even a nugget of truth to North Korea being behind the cyber attacks, then why should we be frightened of them? Why should we let some little pygmy dictator tell us how we can lead our lives? Obviously, North Korea won because Sony capitulated.

2 days ago
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India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket

DaMattster Off topic (56 comments)

This might be off-topic or even seen as discriminatory but I will take the chance. I'm appalled at India's Government for putting it's space program above the welfare of its people. There are many Indians living in abject poverty whilst her government fritters money away on fancy projects that ultimately do nothing at all save for showing off to the world.

4 days ago
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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

DaMattster My 0.02 (222 comments)

It looks as if Marissa Mayer's micromanagement style might've backfired. For one, she probably killed moral for the people that enjoyed the perk of working from home. Her failure will be an ultimate win for Yahoo. Micromanagement NEVER works!

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

DaMattster IT (720 comments)

For what it's worth, IT is not what it is cracked up to be. It is one of those careers that looks better from the outside, looking in. Granted, my experience is jaded and I'm autistic so I don't function well in an office environment. Have you thought about a career driving an 18 wheel semi? The reason I ask is that many companies don't care if you're an ex-con and the money is VERY VERY good. After 13 years of being in IT, the most money I made is 75,000.00 a year and I worked 90+ hours per week plus on call time. I felt as if I was only noticed when things went wrong and I got absolutely sick and tired of dealing with people who think that computers should be perfect. Furthermore, I got sick of being penalized on performance reviews for not making improvement suggestions. Every time I made a good suggestion, the answer would be "let me look into that." As a rookie truck driver, I'm earning 65,000 a year and my cubicle is an 80,000 lb semi with satellite radio, GPS, and a few other bells and whistles. I get quarterly fuel and safety bonuses and I can get pretty much routed wherever I want to go. Since it's cold and snowy up north, I've requested routes that take me through the desert southwest. If I could turn back time, I never would've gone to college - I would've gone straight into a tractor trailer training school. Also, contrary to popular belief, truck driving has challenging moments and there is almost rarely a dull day. :-D

about two weeks ago
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A Common Logic To Seeing Cats and the Cosmos

DaMattster Dang (45 comments)

And I thought we were going to read something truly extraordinary about our feline friends. What a crock!

about two weeks ago
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Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing

DaMattster Re:My 0.02 (109 comments)

Oh, I did not realize this. I thought that was a government statistic based on reported education levels and careers.

about three weeks ago
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Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing

DaMattster Re:My 0.02 (109 comments)

This is why long distance, over the road trucking is great. It attracts people who are wired a little differently. I found I don't even have to think about being on the spectrum. I actually have friends and something of a social life with many fellow drivers. We have a tendency to be brutally honest to each other but we'll go to the ends of the earth to help a fellow trucker in need.

about three weeks ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

DaMattster IT workers (139 comments)

The reality of it is that there are more qualified IT professionals than there are jobs available. Competition is very stiff for many system admin and engineering jobs. System admins are overworked and under-appreciated: they are treated as very disposable. Screw that! I tell most folks to stay out of IT.

about three weeks ago
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Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing

DaMattster My 0.02 (109 comments)

I know that this is off topic but why does underemployment have to be seen as such a negative thing. I am on the spectrum, I have a masters degree in Information Systems, and I drive a truck. I love my job! I don't consider it being underemployed at all. I have precious solitude, books on tape, the ability to take a nap during the day, and a boss who I communicate over text message. The office requires some really strong social skills and savvy personalities. Forget all of that noise and stress. I'm far happier and more successful as a truck driver than I ever was administering windows and unix systems. I gave up trying to get any kind of accommodation from a workplace, instead I chose a career to suite my temperament and interests. The bottom line is that society places too much emphasis on a very saccharine, one dimensional definition of success and happiness. I now see success and happiness as holding down a job I like and living below my means. If I could do my professional live over, I never would've gone to college - I would've gone right to tractor trailer training school. Instead, I got caught up in society's expectation for me to make it big in some bullshit white collar gig and lead a miserable daily life. Yeah sure, I don't make high five figure salary anymore but no amount of toys that that money could buy me gave me any happiness whatsoever. This is just my 0.02 cents but I feel a sense of freedom in the past six months that I've never felt in my adult, professional life. Choose a career based on your temperament, aptitude, and interests - not on how much money you can make or what society expects of you.

about three weeks ago
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Graphene May Top Kevlar As a Bullet-Stopping Material

DaMattster I wonder (129 comments)

Kevlar tactical vests, being essentially a ballistic, polymer weave, have a shelf life of only about 3-5 years or so before they lose their power to slow and stop bullets. Apparently the strength of the polymer degrades over time, especially with repeat exposure so heat and UV. I would be curious if the graphene-based body armor is stronger and with a longer shelf life.

about three weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

DaMattster Lived there (289 comments)

I've lived in Gilbert, AZ, and in some ways, it is a mini bible belt in its own little domain. There are Jehova's Witnesses, Mormons, Catholics, and Protestants all locked in a political contest with one another. Gilbert is a really nice part of the east valley with safe neighborhoods and streets and friendly people. Its a shame religion is so embedded in politics. If you want to teach your kids creationism, the bible, and/or religion specific teachings, that's what Sunday school is for. Please don't dictate to me and my family your way of system of beliefs and force it onto me. I make the choice to be atheist but I don't come right out and criticize the faithful, rather it's the faithful that lambast me.

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

DaMattster Hubris (234 comments)

The hubris of Uber will be its undoing. They are quickly and loudly showing their true colors. One could only hope that enough drivers wise up to the Uber mafia and organize a labor stoppage to teach them a lesson in free market economics.

about three weeks ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

DaMattster In a word ... No (433 comments)

This is a presidential candidate that will most likely favor mass domestic surveillance. After all, she willingly spied on her own board of directors. Please don't forget this when you go to vote against her and try to ensure her defeat.

about a month ago
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DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

DaMattster Yeah right (71 comments)

They don't want evidence of wrongdoing and ethics violations are their part surfacing.

about a month ago
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WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption

DaMattster Re:FBI Director James Comey may not care. (93 comments)

Furthermore, you can bet the FBI and NSA are going to figure out a way to bruteforce the encryption anyhow.

about a month ago
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AT&T Stops Using 'Super Cookies' To Track Cellphone Data

DaMattster Re:Correction (60 comments)

AT&T *claims* to have stopped using internal tracking codes.

Whether or not you believe one of the top 3 most evil corporations on the planet is up to you.

I wouldn't believe anything any of the large telecom companies say with the possible exception of T-Mobile. And even with T-Mobile, I'm likely to have a healthy dose of skepticism.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

DaMattster A suggestion (405 comments)

You might be able to make the argument that Comcast is in breach of their service agreement with you. Firstly, and as painful as it will probably be, try to resolve the issue with their technical support. If you get sent into an endless loop without any kind of resolution, you might get out of your contract by simply making the argument that Comcast is failing to provide services as advertised.

about a month ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

DaMattster And .... ? (308 comments)

So, let them pause the gigabit rollout. Then Google can come in and beat them to the punch. Arrogance and greed has a way of being thwarted by karma.

about a month ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

DaMattster Thoughts (438 comments)

Simply because something is endemic and pervasive in a society, does not make it a right. Cheating is dishonest, pure and simple - there is no good way to rationalize it. Cheating in an exam means that you either did not take the time or care enough to understand the material. If I were an employer, I would be wary of hiring someone so unscrupulous.

about a month and a half ago

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Ask Slashdot: Would you be willing to sign a petition against SecureBoot UEFI?

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  about 2 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "Please visit the White House website and sign the following petition: http://wh.gov/wHLq. When it comes to computing, many slashdotters value openness and SecureBoot UEFI is the very antithesis of open. Instead, SecureBoot UEFI makes it extremely difficult to use Linux, BSD, Minix, or whatever other open source operating systems there are out there. Please help me send a message to Microsoft that this mandate of SecureBoot UEFI in order to run Windows 8 is not only anti-competitive but anti-innovation as well"
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Worldwide: April Sizzles as La Niña Fizzles

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "The waning influence of La Niña helped April 2012 to become the fifth warmest April worldwide in 133 years of recordkeeping, and the warmest April on record in the Northern Hemisphere, according to scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center."
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IBM to laid-off: Want a job in India?

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DaMattster writes "IBM employees being laid off in North America now have an alternative to joining the growing ranks of the unemployed — work for the company abroad. Big Blue is offering its outgoing workers in the United States and Canada a chance to take an IBM job in India, Nigeria, Russia or other countries. Through a program dubbed Project Match, IBM will help interested workers whose jobs are on the chopping block to "identify potential opportunities in growth markets and facilitate consideration by hiring managers in those markets," according to an internal company document obtained by CNN."
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Samba 4 has reached Alpha Stage

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "Samba4 alpha1 is the culmination of 4.5 years of development under our belt since Tridge first proposed a new Virtual File System (VFS) layer for Samba3 (a project which eventually lead to our Active Directory efforts), and 1.5 years since we first released a Technology Preview. We wish to allow users, managers and developers to see how we have progressed, and to invite feedback and support."
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DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) — Behind the county hospital's tall cinderblock walls, a 27-year-old tuberculosis patient who spent years living in Russia sits in a jail cell equipped with a ventilation system that keeps germs from escaping. Robert Daniels has been locked up indefinitely, perhaps for the rest of his life, since last July. But he has not been charged with a crime. Instead, he suffers from an extensively drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, or XDR-TB. It is considered virtually untreatable."
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DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  about 8 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "Here is a very tasteless, disturbing, and sad story: especially for someone whose family has survived the Nazi concentration camps. The gingerbread nazis One Christmas display near Cleveland, Ohio has some residents seeing Red! From the Angel Gabriel to the nativity scene, most symbols of the season have a story behind them. But artist Keith McGuckin likes to take the traditional and make it non traditional. "And add a little bit of an edge to it," says McGuckin. And Thursday's unveiling took the holiday in a very different direction. "They're Nazis," exclaimed one young woman. "It's called 'The Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men'," he said."

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