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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

HangingChad Re:The protesters should brace themselves ... (446 comments)

I think what this boils down to is you want to punish DropBox for some things that Rice did 10 years ago that you disagree with.

Rice was part of criminal administration. We aren't talking about philosophical differences, they were crimes. Rice may not have been robbing the bank but she was still part of the gang.

Any company putting Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld or Rice on their board is going to lose my business.

Maybe you missed it but she was also the National Security Advisor at the helm when the US was attacked on 9/11. If that represents the clarity and competence she brings to her job on the board, this is not a positive development for Dropbox.

about a week ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

HangingChad Welcome to 2004 (270 comments)

Microsoft: Yesterday's Technology Next Week

They always reminded me of Yoyodyne Industries from Buckaroo Banzai, where the future begins tomorrow.

about a week ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

HangingChad Re:Is it not obvious? They have dirt on him! (312 comments)

Or maybe he just doesn't want it to stop.

Or maybe he doesn't want to listen to the right wing scream and holler about him leaving America unprotected, how he's inviting another terrorist attack by hobbling the agencies trying to protect us. Frankly, given the piss poor treatment the president receives, I don't blame him one bit for not sticking his neck out.

I guarantee if did that by executive order Fox News would have Dick Cheney on the air every day grumbling about how he's playing right into the terrorists plans and Sarah Palin would be whining about how much the president hates America.

Don't like it, then give the president some cover by making it an issue with your Congressman. Oh, that's right, they don't actually work for you anymore. Too bad.

about two weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

HangingChad Re:A simpler cure (240 comments)

So, yes, if you fuck with the clocks like an inconsiderate fucking fucker, I'll lose an hour of sleep.

I don't have to set an alarm and I still hate that damn time change. There's no reason for it anymore. Thanks to lights on tractors and a GPS system that actually steers the harvester, farmers can work all night if necessary.

Stop the insanity.

about three weeks ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

HangingChad Everyone is a potential criminal in L.A. (405 comments)

I'm going to take a wild guess that claim is going to get bounced out of court. Sounds more like a stalling tactic than a real defense. Unless the L.A. PD is going to try and make the case that everyone in L.A. is suspicious, in which case they might have a point.

about a month ago
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Navy Database Tracks Civilians' Parking Tickets, Fender-Benders

HangingChad The Army is spying on people too (96 comments)

The problem is not the database, the problem is who's running it. The military has zero business spying on civilians. The CiA doesn't like the competition.

about a month ago
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College Grads Create Fake Tesla Commercial That Elon Musk Loves

HangingChad Saw a Tesla Model S on a trailer tonight (100 comments)

We were coming back from dinner and it was on a trailer being towed by a white truck with Tesla stenciled on the side. It was a grey Model S with a roof rack.

Some lucky dog right in our neighborhood getting their delivery today. I bet they're excited.

about a month ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

HangingChad Re:The real puzzle (382 comments)

The not so obvious explanation is hypoxia-induced dementia in the pilots.

There's precedent for that scenario. But it's hard to see that happening on a modern jetliner which has cabin pressure warnings.

about a month ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

HangingChad I love my Android tablet (487 comments)

I love my Android tablet, it does 90 percent of what I used to need a laptop to do. The only minor niggle is no Flash support. I get why Google doesn't want to support it but so many sites still use it.

That and Chromecast is great for streaming Netflix content on TV.

about a month and a half ago
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Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

HangingChad Re:So why is this here? (387 comments)

OK... then.... her daughter violated the terms of their settlement.

If the daughter's not 18, how can she be bound by the settlement? It doesn't seem reasonable that the father would be responsible for any thoughtless comment by a family member, regardless of the medium.

Seems this ruling seems overly broad.

about a month and a half ago
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Book Review: Survival of the Nicest

HangingChad An overlooked gem (176 comments)

and the amazingly effective Tit-for-Tat strategy...

In politics we have one party that spews whatever unscientific nonsense bubbles up to the surface of their collective consciousness on a particular day. The other party tries to the be adults in the room and, if we've learned one thing over the last 30 years, that doesn't work.

It's counter-intuitive but the way to deal with irrational people is to match crazy with crazy, with forgiveness. So, if they want to stop the crazy and work on something sane, you're also willing to do that. But also willing to match crazy statement with crazy statement.

about 2 months ago
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Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

HangingChad Here's what happened when I tried (236 comments)

I picked up maintenance of an application that had been built by one of the military business units. For the longest time I couldn't figure out how it was passing user credentials and session state, until I found it all contained in a 2,000 character URL string. That string included the administrator username and password, in plain text.

Instead of being grateful that I raised a red flag on the application security, they tried to insinuate that I was blaming the previous developer. They also insinuated I was being unethical.

That's what happens when you try to do the right thing.

about 2 months ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

HangingChad Use Two-Factor Authentication On Gmail (448 comments)

This story reminds me why I don't use GoDaddy and, if you haven't already done so, activate two-factor authentication on your Gmail account.

It's not bulletproof (what is?) but it's an extra layer of security that keeps a hacker from getting control of your email account.

about 3 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

HangingChad They don't get out enough (841 comments)

'The agency, from top to bottom, leadership to rank and file, feels that it is had no support from the White House even though it's been carrying out publicly approved intelligence missions,' says Joel Brenner, NSA inspector general from 2002 to 2006.

Which "public" was that? Spying on foreign leaders, collecting unlimited data on US citizens, tracking cell phones...I think I'm seeing the problem. They know they're doing wrong and still feel justified. Now they want the president to make them feel better.

It's like the phone companies wanting retroactive immunity for cooperating with spying. They want Congress to pass new laws making everything they've done legal.

Nevermind all the spying didn't stop the Boston Marathon bombers or the Sandy Hook shooter or any of the more common threats.

Maybe they deserve to feel bad.

about 4 months ago
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Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing

HangingChad Isn't Ohio a Republican state? (670 comments)

I thought those GOP freedom fighters were the ones who don't like government interference? They want the government out of their lives...except for abortion, religion in public schools, and secret compartments in your car.

Good thing we have a party that wants to keep the government out of our lives or things would really be messed up.

about 5 months ago
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Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing

HangingChad Re:How did they prove intent? (670 comments)

The driver has only been arrested and charged, not convicted.

Too bad the driver still has to pay a lawyer and fight the charge. His arrest record has now been sent out to a 100 background check databases and that he'll have to go through, one at a time, to get it cleared off if he wins. He probably had to post a bond to get out of jail.

Whew, lucky him they haven't proven intent.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

HangingChad Google Voice (497 comments)

Get a Google Voice number and just disconnect the landline for a while. You can program how incoming calls are handled, screen calls, block numbers, and set up individual voicemail boxes for people you know.

I had nearly an identical situation with a bill collector looking for the person who used to have that number and refused to take us off the list unless we identified ourselves. I switched over to Google Voice and they all went b-bye.

about 5 months ago
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China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

HangingChad Re:Only partly joking... (519 comments)

Except it's halfway around the world for us and in their backyard. If the world needs policeman, then the world should put up the money to pay for them.

about 5 months ago
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Sen. Chuck Schumer Seeks To Extend Ban On 'Undetectable' 3D-Printed Guns

HangingChad Re:Liberty is the only thing in danger here. (550 comments)

From those who kill it in the name of defending it.

Oh get off your high horse. Society has a right to regulate things that are inherently dangerous like chemicals, drugs, vehicles, and firearms. This is no different.

What seems to be at issue here is the convenience. I can make a suppressor out of a few hand tools and basic parts but it's still illegal. With some basic machine tools I can make homemade firearms, cannons and lots of illegal things. Machine shop, 3D printer no difference.

about 5 months ago
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Court Rules Probable-Cause Warrant Required For GPS Trackers

HangingChad Let's see if I got this (116 comments)

the primary reason for a search cannot be to generate evidence for law enforcement purposes.

So, we don't have any evidence now so we'll attach this GPS tracker to their car and then we'll have evidence that justifies tracking their car!

Law enforcement logic.

about 6 months ago

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Why is Google Funding Grover Norquist, Heritage Action and ALEC?

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  about 4 months ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Google, the tech giant supposedly guided by its “don’t be evil” motto, has been funding a growing list of groups advancing the agenda of the Koch brothers. Voluntary disclosures indicate Google has given money to groups like the Cato Institute, Heritage Action and the Federalist Society among others."
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IDC Predicts Tablets Will Outsell PCs in Q4 2013

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  about 7 months ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "The gurus at IDC have put together their market forecast for the fourth quarter of this year and they’re predicting that the worldwide smart connected device market, comprised of PCs, tablets, and smartphones, is forecast to grow 27.8% year over year in 2013. The “PC” segment includes both desktop computers and what they call “portable” computers. IDC says that PCs will still outship tablets for the 2013 calendar year, but the trend is definitely shifting toward mobile devices with tablet shipments to surpass total PC shipments (desktop plus portable PCs) in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13)."
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Intel Profit Shrinks 27 Percent On Dreadful PC Sales

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  about a year ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Intel reported earnings on Tuesday that were down nearly 27 percent from a year ago on slumping PC sales. Worldwide PC sales dropped by 5 percent in just the 4th quarter and are down 2.5 percent for all of 2012. Intel managed to beat earnings in Q3 2012 but the numbers are still dismal.

Speculation is that customers are replacing PCs with tablets and other connected devices."

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Nanoparticles Stop Multiple Sclerosis In Mice

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  about a year ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Scientists have used nanoparticles covered in proteins to trick the immune system to stop attacking myelin and halt the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

The nanoparticles, about 200 times thinner than a human hair, are made from the same material as dissolving stitches. Scientists compare the process an immune system "reboot". The process keeps the immune system from treating myelin as an alien invader and to stop attacking it."

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Microsoft Admits Surface Tablet Might Alienate Partners

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  about a year and a half ago

HangingChad writes "Microsoft this week admitted that its upcoming Surface tablet might hurt its relationships with PC maker partners. As first noted by the New York Times, Redmond said in a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that "our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.""
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Who's Controlling Our Vital Information Systems?

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Gary Lyndaker talks about Janine Wedel's "Shadow Elite". About how our information infrastructure is increasingly being sold off to the low bidder. Contracting in state and federal government is rampant, leaving more and more of our nation's vital information in the hands of contractors, many of whom have their own agenda and set of rules. From the article: "Over 25 years, as an information systems developer, manager, and administrator in both state and private organizations, I have increasingly come to the conclusion that we are putting our state's operations at risk and compromising the trust of the people of our state by outsourcing core government functions." I've seen the same thing in my years in government IT, ironically much of it as a contractor. My opinion is this is a dangerous trend that needs to be reversed. We're being fleeced while being put at risk."
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What tech tools are in your black bag?

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Now that my latest gig is winding down, I'm thinking about starting my own PC repair and network support business instead of another managerial position or going back to consulting. I've run my own business before so I'm already familiar with the realities of licensing, insurance and advertising, and I've got enough capital to get started. I'm planning on taking some classes to sharpen my hands-on skills even though I already build my own PC's. I wanted to ask some of the tech types here, what are the essential components of your black bag tool kit? What software tools would you consider essential? What's in your hardware tool bag? And what, if any, spare hardware supplies do you routinely stock (power supplies, spare hard drives and spare memory would seem to be no-brainers)? And what areas of that field are most requested (forensics, data recovery, PC repair, laptop repair)? I'm leaning toward a mobile service model instead of a bench top retail store, so I'll have to carry with me what I need.

It's almost inevitable I end up providing this service for family and friends anyway, I figured it's a good time to consider trying it for a living."
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Banks Harvesting Social Media Data?

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Roger Thompson describes on his blog, also reported here, an experience that may point to banks and credit card companies aggregating data from social media sites. Before the corporate apologists step up with their usual "if you don't want to make it public don't post it" line, think about that for a second. And ask what's next? Are they going to start reading your email? Logging your cell phone calls? Is social media a public web site, or a convenient way to keep in touch with family and friends and where do we draw the line on corporate data aggregation? I'm thinking right here might be a good place."
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Secession Goes Mainstream

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "MarketWatch makes a logical case for secession. Just because we started out united doesn't mean we need to stay that way. There are a lot of advantages for letting red state America go their own way. Why not? The only thing "united" about the United States is the name."
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Net Neutrality Gets Political

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Republicans are mounting opposition to net neutrality as federal regulators prepare to vote this month on regulations that would prevent discrimination against certain types of internet traffic. Democrats say the rules will keep phone companies from discriminating against Internet calling services and stop cable TV providers from hindering online video applications. Meanwhile in the Senate, the top Republican on the Commerce Committee, Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas, is considering legislation that would prohibit the FCC from developing net neutrality rules."
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Is Intel Killing 12 in Displays On Netbooks?

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HangingChad writes "Dell has retired their 12-inch Intel Atom-powered netbooks, they said today. The official reason — "It really boils down to this: for a lot of customers, 10-inch displays are the sweet spot for netbooksLarger notebooks require a little more horsepower to be really useful." Or is the real reason that 12 in displays on netbooks cut into Intels more profitable dual core market and Dell's profit margins on higher end machines?"
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FBI and US Marshalls Hit By Virus

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HangingChad writes "Law enforcement computers were struck by a mystery computer virus Thursday, forcing the FBI and the U.S. Marshals to shut down part of their networks as a precaution.

Apparently the case files are kept on an isolated system and critical data was not impacted. Though it did force them to shut down their email and internet connections for a short time."

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Recession Catches Up To Tech Jobs

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  about 5 years ago

HangingChad writes "Once thought to be somewhat recession-proof, tech jobs have been getting slashed as companies look to trim budgets. From the CNNMoney article: "After three years of at least 2.5% employment growth in the United States, tech jobs are forecast to decline by 1.2% this year, according to Forrester Research. They have already fallen by nearly 1% since their November peak, according to the Labor Department. Year to date, 8,000 tech jobs have been slashed, including 4,100 just last month."

We're not anticipating any layoffs and I'm not seeing a lot of top flight programming talent on the bench. Not even certain how noticeable a 1.2% decline would be in our industry. Anyone else feeling the pinch?"

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IBM Takeover of Sun In Final Stages

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  about 5 years ago

HangingChad writes "It appears IBM and Sun are mere days away from announcing a deal. As the details emerge it would appear to be more of an outright take over than a merger. It would mean Websphere, JAVA, StarOffice, and MySQL under one big blue roof. Dell sees it as an opportunity in the server market and Sun servers running with the IBM label on Dell hardware certainly would be an attractive combination. But it's difficult not to notice that the product stack this would give IBM could be leveraged for corporate desktops running Linux. That's provided the deal gets past anti-trust review. Previous Slashdot coverage here."
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Dealing with strong personalities and opinions

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Hang around Slashdot for five minutes and you'll discover that many in the tech field have strong opinions, frequently coupled with equally strong personalities and seasoned with a dash of ego. As a tech manager you frequently have to balance application changes management wants with difficult programmer and designer personalities who sometimes react like you're attacking their baby. What makes it tricky is sometimes both sides have a point. At times the changes management is asking for really are a poor choice. My attitude is they're paying the bills and I'll make the best counter-argument I can, but if they remain determined then give it to them, even if I personally disagree. Then I wind up getting it from the programmers and designers. These aren't necessarily issues related to ethics or security, sometimes the most vitriol arises from things as simple as a difference of opinion about a page layout.

I've consulted with a few companies in the recent past that have actually outsourced development because they had difficulty finding and retaining quality programmers and then found them difficult to work with.

One of the challenges of being a tech manager is refereeing between opposing viewpoints bumping into large egos. Replacing quality programmers is not always easy, even if they're being annoying. Productivity suffers. My questions for the other managers here, what tricks do you have for managing difficult personalities and where do you draw the line? For programmers, when you feel management doesn't appreciate your masterpiece of development, how could your managers frame communication so the topic is less threatening? There has to be some means of compromise that doesn't let developers dictate to management which is the tail wagging the dog, or being brutish and insensitive, sending valuable but bitter employees home to polish their collection of assault rifles. And is the vitriol and clash of egos we take for granted here at Slashdot discouraging some companies from in-house development?"

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