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Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

Dragon Bait Re:I see 2 problems (83 comments)

First, about half of what I buy on Amazon are gifts that I myself would not have any interest in owning.

IIRC, you can mark an item as a gift when you purchase it (not sure if that impacts recommendations). You can alter the recommendations via "Your Account", "Your Recommendations", "Improve Recommendations", "Don't use for recommendations."

about a week ago
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Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

Dragon Bait Re:OK, fine, do it already. (83 comments)

I'm OK with targeted ads. I just wish they would figure out how to target them.

On the desktop version of Amazon, go to "Your Account" on the top right next to the search bar, then "Your Recommendations" from the drop down. Under the search bar there should be a "Improve Your Recommendations" link. Find your "Hello Kitty" purchase and click "Don't use for recommendations."

Note: If anyone cares, I do not work for Amazon any more than any of their other customers do.

about a week ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Dragon Bait Re:Because they could't sue the Government (210 comments)

Hmm, Kaiser. Where have I heard that name before? Oh, I remember: in the Nixon tapes when he's discussing HMO's, which in turn created the largest rise in healthcare costs in the entire history of the United States! Well now that there is sure an unbiased source, yesiree Bob!

An Anonymous Coward does an ad hominem attack without bothering to see if his nay saying has any credibility. How useful.

You could have done a simple Google search

about a week ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Dragon Bait Re:In the south bay... (135 comments)

We are 29 miles away and it felt stronger than any others I've been through in this same location - but still not very strong. However, my parents live in Napa - trying to contact them now.

Use text messaging.

about a week ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Dragon Bait Re: In the south bay... (135 comments)

That's completely untrue. I gave a fuck to your mom during the earthquake. She said it was way better than when you do it.

Did she feel the earth move?

about a week ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Dragon Bait Re:Not strong in Oakland (135 comments)

Why do Californians think they can "feel" the strength of a quake?

With the Northridge quake of '94 I was over 150 miles away and knew it was significant. Not by the rolling sensation, but by the duration.

about a week ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Dragon Bait Re:They always told me I was so smart... (243 comments)

Intelligence isn't a liability.

It certainly can be. With schools aiming for the middle or least common denominator, intelligent kids get bored and don't live up to their potential. The kid that is motivated and has to struggle is far ahead in this system than the kid that is intelligent, finds everything easy, and gets bored with it all.

about a week ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Dragon Bait Re:Reputation (210 comments)

I don't know if Oregon's suit has merit or not, but that sure sounds like my employer's experience with Oracle.

This is pretty much SOP with any big custom system from a big company.

I know that we all like to paint with broad brushes, but back in the late 80s and 90s I worked for a large computer consulting outfit that did a reasonable job of delivering on time and on budget. But of course, it all depends on the individuals involved. The company had done an excellent job of hiring managers that hired technically competent people--and then trained them to estimate high to keep from causing problems later on.

It's funny how on the one hand we like to criticize pointy haired bosses for treating all employees like interchangeable widgets, but then when painting with such broad strokes, we do the same. But then again, if we're talking about Oracle, even if there are competent, well meaning individuals involved, they get over shadowed by a corporate culture of sleaze that starts at the top.

about a week ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Dragon Bait Re:And ironically (316 comments)

Bill Gates openly supports creating an income tax in Washington to pay for education.

Just because Bill Gates is successful at the capitalist game doesn't mean that he is a capitalist. Same goes for Warren Buffet.

about a week ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

Dragon Bait Re:Some people are too stupid (131 comments)

p>I think the GP was being ironic.

Part of the problem is that no matter how stupid a position someone will honestly believe in it.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Dragon Bait Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

neat fact. all the current ford designs

The problems I had were manufacturing related,not design related. You close the rear door from the inside and the plastic modeling would come off in your hand (happened to [at least] two different Fords bought at the same time).

Maybe I'll trust them in 10 to 15 years when I buy my next vehicle if they outsource manufacturing away from Detroit.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

Dragon Bait Re:Some people are too stupid (131 comments)

It is a good thing that intelligence is not determined by genetics.

Citation needed --- and not to a stupid failed experiment that drew the wrong conclusion.

Yes. I know. It's politically incorrect to think that intelligence does have a genetic component. My anecdotal examples certainly leads my belief that there is a causal relationship.

And no. I'm not saying that genetics is everything; nor am I saying that all children of two intelligent people are intelligent. Anyone who has even the simplest understanding of genetics knows that not all children of brown haired parents have brown hair. But only someone who has baked their brain in a politically correct stew would think there is no genetic component.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Dragon Bait Re:Change "Microsoft" too? (426 comments)

I vote they change Winders to Mundungus Fletcher, from the Harry Potter books. He's a thief and has the handy nickname of Dung. Why not go the whole hog and call it "Tommy Riddle"?

Naming a product after the founder's alter ego is seldom a good idea.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Dragon Bait Re:All white meat (426 comments)

Simulated meat.

You really think that McDonald's is going to spend more buying simulated meat when chicken is cheaper?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Dragon Bait Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

...feel Microsoft's pain.

After you push a substandard product for so long, nobody will buy your stuff even when it is improved to the point of being superior to the competition. The stink just will not wash off.

Completely agree. The stink will take [at least] a generation to wash off. In the 90's I owned a Honda and the company cars were Fords. The Honda never gave us any trouble; the Fords had constant issues directly related to poor manufacturing control (side panels that would pop-off when the door was closed---on a two day old car).

I no long work for the company that provided Fords. Since then I've bought 3 Hondas (all made in Kentucky), 1 Nissan, 1 Toyota (used), and 1 BMW (used; built in North Carolina). While I read the stats that say the American Big Three have their act together, I'm not about to bet $30K or more that they do.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Dragon Bait Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

The sys-admin should know that if the company is running an old OWA version but have deployed new browser versions, then he need to set his users browsers to compatibility mode and they will have no problems.

What?!? You actually expect sys-admins to test before deployment?!? This is a Microsoft shop we're talking about.

about two weeks ago
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Response to Protests in Ferguson Raises Concerns About Police Militarization

Dragon Bait Re:Idiots (6 comments)

you don't need a militarized police to take care of rioters, you just need police.

You know that. I know that. Most of slashdot knows that. Grandma watching the nightly news thinks its a good thing that the police have those nice big toys to put down the riots. The rioters destroyed any good will that the community could have garnered to effect real change.

about two weeks ago
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Response to Protests in Ferguson Raises Concerns About Police Militarization

Dragon Bait Idiots (6 comments)

It is unfortunate that the summary was written with a self-serving biased slant designed more for click bait than spreading the truth.

I lived in Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots. I remember distinctly after the verdict was read, everyone -- white, black, brown, red, yellow, and green -- condemned the verdict and the outcome. For a moment, people of all colors turned and stared at those in blue and looked at them with suspicion. It didn't last long. The riots hit and people look at the rioting, the looting, the senseless beating of innocent people that were just going about their daily lives -- and people turned the people in blue and decided "I think you were wrong, but protect me from that."

And now it's happened again. A senseless killing of an unarmed teenager -- you label his race if it matters to you; his race doesn't matter to me. Once again, people -- of all colors -- looked a the police with condemnation in their eyes, ready to take those responsible, not just the officer who pulled the trigger, but whoever was responsible for his training and putting a gun in his hand in the first place, and take those responsible to court and hopefully to prison.

But again, the idiots snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They start throwing rocks down on innocent motorists. And people look at the police and say "I think you were wrong, but protect me from that."

I despise with a passion the fact that we've militarized our police force. But the idiots rioting are justifying why having a militarized police force is a good thing. Not to me perhaps, but to enough voters.

about two weeks ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Dragon Bait Re:Government in the U.S. is extremely corrupt. (306 comments)

No. Some politicians. not all. There are plenty of states that are citizen friendly regarding solar, and that's because the politician did what there voters, BaL, wanted.

Are you sure the friendliness is towards the voters and not the solar companies? Just curious?

Note: I'm just playing devil's advocate on perceptions. While normally I'm against government subsides, I personally think solar/alternative energy is a great thing for the governments to subsidize; especially when you consider that the "loser" (if there truly is one) is another government sponsored monopoly.

about three weeks ago

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Apple Wins $1B Verdict

Dragon Bait Dragon Bait writes  |  about 2 years ago

Dragon Bait (997809) writes "Apple Inc. (AAPL) won more than $1 billion after a jury found Samsung Electronics Co. infringed six of seven patents for its mobile devices in a verdict that may lead to a ban on U.S. sales of handheld electronics a judge deems to violate Apple’s rights.

Let the appeal begin."

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