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"ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads

EvilJoker Re: Really? (97 comments)

I still can't read a word of it though

yesterday
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

EvilJoker Re: Stop the idiocracy (493 comments)

Degrees are not always 2 or 4 years (or 6, or 7), but can vary by degree. While the usual EE degree is normally a 4-year Bachelor's program, that is not always the case.

Most likely, you are correct, the Electronic Engineering degree is not the EE degree the parent expected.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

EvilJoker Re:PCI Compliance (339 comments)

Also, "Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data" appears to be the VERY FIRST requirement of PCI.
Now, I'm not sure if that can be met with a separate (hardware) firewall, but I suspect they require firewalls on each piece.

I'm assuming by "vendor", the OP meant a small company that sold the equipment and installation, not the manufacturer.

2 days ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

EvilJoker Re: Chrome? (375 comments)

He's referring to the address bar also being the search bar, which provides suggestions. I do believe this feature can be disabled.

2 days ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

EvilJoker Re:Neither (375 comments)

Generally, they work by brand recognition. Same as ads on TV, etc. When they show you an ad for (e.g.) a Ford truck, you aren't supposed to go out and buy one right away. It's supposed to linger in the back of your mind, so that when you do go shopping for a truck, you're inclined towards buying a Ford.

As the old saying goes, "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half." -John Wanamaker

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

EvilJoker Re:Wow ... (412 comments)

Per this article, either you're doing things wrong, or you are a very specific type of merchant.

Generally, if the card is swiped, your card processor (merchant account) eats the loss. If the card number is entered manually, you eat the loss.

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

EvilJoker Re:Beyond stupid (412 comments)

Apple stores routinely set off fraud prevention, because thieves like to target Apple. Apple gear is easy to fence.

There are a number ways to handle this properly, but they clearly didn't follow any of them.

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

EvilJoker Re:in fairness... (412 comments)

I fail to see how that article supports that claim. In fact, it shows that Apple is putting forth considerable effort to reduce child labor, and punish suppliers that get caught using it.

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

EvilJoker Re:Wow ... (412 comments)

When you pay for gas with a credit card and the pump asks you to punch in your zip code, it's not collecting marketing information. It's using the zip code as a (rather flimsy) security measure to protect against someone buying gas with a lost/stolen credit card

Sometimes. Other times, it's explicitly used for marketing purposes, and has nothing to do with card security. Gas at the pump is usually security, but any time a cashier is involved it's usually marketing.

2 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

EvilJoker Re:NO, all candy bar (540 comments)

You can add words to the dictionary, and Swype will find them just fine.
(Not necessarily true of other keyboards)

2 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

EvilJoker Re:NO, all candy bar (540 comments)

Glass screens (like the Note) do not scratch easily from metal. There are plenty of Youtube videos about this.

Sand, OTOH, would destroy that screen in a second.

2 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

EvilJoker Re:COST (540 comments)

People might *SAY* they want small screens, that so many phones are too big.

Whereas people actually *BUY* the phones with enormous screens. I believe 4.3" is the standard now, with phablets (like the Note) selling very well.

(The battery's probably not as big an issue as you think, because the screen sucks more juice than anything)

2 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

EvilJoker Re:COST (540 comments)

There was a study a while back about what people wanted most in a phone. The top 2 responses were a bigger screen, and for it to be slimmer. Physical keyboards are a problem for the latter.

The submitter (as well as myself) are in the minority by being willing to accept a thicker phone in exchange for a physical keyboard.

2 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

EvilJoker Re:Just get a case (540 comments)

I had Swype on my last phone. My new phone (and tablet) do not. I used Google Keyboard, and felt it to not be as good as Swype. I also still had access to SwiftKey from back when it was Amazon Free App of the Day, so I installed it. I am now back to Google keyboard, and am considering buying Swype.

Here's the real difference - how it handles mistakes. On Swiftkey, when you try to enter a word and it gets the wrong one, invariably I find it easier to erase the whole thing, and enter it manually.

Swype provides a long list of similar words, and it's easy enough to change to one of them. It also defaults to the words I actually use.

Combo that with Swiftkey recognizing the word 'fuck', but refusing to ever assume that's what I meant, and it's not a good experience.

2 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

EvilJoker Re:Lots of Hoops??? (271 comments)

While there are situations where infrastructure really can't scale with needs (e.g. crowded stadium, or a large event), I'm sure their claim that it won't affect very many people is bullshit. I'm sure, because this is a non-trivial change to make, and they wouldn't be doing it if wouldn't affect anyone.

My (and everyone else's) faith in VZW makes me think this is merely another attempt to kill unlimited data.

On a related note, last week, I was at a crowded stadium, and I made sure to torrent 4.1GB. I didn't need to, but if VZW wants to make unlimited such a pain, I'm going to make sure I use it to its fullest.

3 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

EvilJoker Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

Virgin is a Sprint MVNO, and Cricket was recently bought by AT&T (which will likely kill it for competing)

3 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

EvilJoker Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

I don't think it's a coincidence that this change was announced shortly after the last normal contract ended.
(June 28, 2012 is the last date people could get unlimited data contracts from VZW. There are, however, exceptions that people have discovered, which have been pretty limited)

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

EvilJoker Re:mbs/Mbs (206 comments)

Not when measuring traffic speed. 10mbps is 10,000,000 bits per second.

Source

3 days ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

EvilJoker Re:Is it starting already? (200 comments)

Youtube, backed by Google, has more servers, redundancy, and bandwidth than you do. This is true no matter who you are (unless you are involved with Google)

While it is possible that this 1 video would be hosted only on overloaded servers, a much more likely scenario is that whatever caused the slowness, had cleared up by the time you ran the tests. It's also possible that there is a caching server that's faulty, but that would usually mean a transparent proxy, which would be operated by Comcast.

3 days ago

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