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DrPeper (249585) writes "I *may* have an opportunity to assist a pair of renowned meteorite hunters (yes the ones on the Science Channel). Being the MacGuyver everywhere I've worked and a consummate geek, I thought I would pose a question to the UberGeek community. If you were to go meteorite hunting, what gadgets would you use?
I've already thought of using; a UAV with a radio gradiometer, or attaching a coil to a quadrocopter, blimp, or terrestrial robot. The point of which would be to have it automatically produce a gradient map of the density of ferrous metals in a given area.
DrPeper (249585) writes "I just had a unique experience with my Bank. It's one of those really big ones that got a bunch of federal bailout money, and is asking for more. I logged into my account online to take a look, only to find that I had been overdrawn the week previous. They had quite happily chalked up 6 $35 "Overdraft fees". Well I had signed up a long while back to get email alerts whenever my account is low. I didn't get any such warning. I even tested the email forward that I use and it worked perfectly. I've also stopped in a branch on two occasions to make sure my savings account is linked to my checking so that I wouldn't get overdraft fees. Each time they told me it was all set. So I shouldn't ever be overdrawn. Low and behold a while later "whoops Overdraft fees". After an hour on the phone with 3 seperate people, I finally got a manager who admitted that the problem with e-mail alerts was on their end. To be fair the bank did refund the fees and said that they fixed the problems. But I'm just wondering how prevalent this kind of "whoops our mistake" funny business they have going on, in an attempt to raise (extort?) income for the bank?" top
DrPeper (249585) writes "I just ran across this
laughable article on silicon.com.
CIO Forum: 'Young people will kill off the IT department' But
that's not a bad thing, says Peter Cochrane...
'Young people are proving to be a disruptive force in the
enterprise which will bring about the demise of the IT department as we know it
today, according to technologist and futurist Peter Cochrane.'
It goes on to say that;
'The tech-savvy workforce of the future won't need or want
the usual type of IT support. "I can guarantee the young people coming
into your company know more than the IT department," he said'
Now I don't know about everyone else but I've been in the IT industry for over 16 years. I have yet to meet a new young employee who knows more than me. If anything their frequently virus and Trojan ridden systems are driving most IT departments. But at least the article is good for a laugh!"