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Microsoft To Shut Down App Store For Windows Mobile

I8TheWorm Re:Windows Mobile? (154 comments)

It's defaulted to off though, and probably a majority of Android users don't know it exists or are locked out of changing it by their carrier (without rooting it) in the US.

Pre WP7 there wasn't any code signing necessary, so deploying to WM6.5 and below was as simple as it is on a Windows PC.

more than 2 years ago
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SFPD Breathalyzer Mistake Puts Hundreds of DUI Convictions In Doubt

I8TheWorm Re:Good (498 comments)

In Texas they use three tests to confirm suspicion and give you a ride in one of their fancy jail taxis. Breathalyzers tend to be one of those three tests.

Nothing holds up in court, however, unless you either submit to a blood test or refuse one (which in Texas is an admission of guilt).

more than 2 years ago
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Glen Beck Warns Viewers Not To Use Google

I8TheWorm Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (1276 comments)

Actually, regardless of income or popularity, I was merely giving an example of less than objective media from both sides of the fence.

more than 3 years ago
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Glen Beck Warns Viewers Not To Use Google

I8TheWorm Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (1276 comments)

Wow, I would love to know where your statistics on education level of sheeple (liberal or conservative) come from. I think you're way off.

more than 3 years ago
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Glen Beck Warns Viewers Not To Use Google

I8TheWorm Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (1276 comments)

Meh, I don't think he's really any of those. Just a guy looking for shock value to sell viewership/listenership, and it works.

Either way I can't stand to listen to anything he says, or Amy Goodman for that matter. People who push their agenda through "news" irritate the crap out of me.

more than 3 years ago
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IT Turf Wars: the Most Common Feuds In Tech

I8TheWorm Re:DBA vs. SysAdmin (217 comments)

It's not that the systems are poorly designed (filesystem access, and hell, Oracle DB has its own filesystem), it's poorly designed DBAs who think that because the system needs it, they need it too.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Releases File On the Anarchist Cookbook

I8TheWorm Re:Lame (375 comments)

Nah, just a guy concerned that we're a generation or two away from people who knew how to do this kind of stuff.

So far I can make beer, butter, mayonnaise and soap. Not all that useful yet, but I'm getting there.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Releases File On the Anarchist Cookbook

I8TheWorm Re:Lame (375 comments)

And for the sodium hydroxide, drip water through ashes (hardness of wood tends to determine hardness of the lye). Soap is pretty dadgum easy to make.

more than 3 years ago
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BitTorrent and Khan Academy To Distribute Education

I8TheWorm Re:Human video projectors (139 comments)

My calculus class in college wasn't a lecture class, thank goodness. We were able to interact with the prof, ask questions during the lesson, and learned much more (and quicker) for all that.

A video lecture class on calculus would be helpful, but not nearly as helpful as having the professor interact right there to the 20 or so students in the room.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

I8TheWorm Re:fail (278 comments)

From TFA

"In (his) book Domscheit-Berg confesses to various acts of sabotage against the organization. The former WikiLeaks staffer admits to having damaged the site's primary submission system and stolen material," Hrafnsson's statement said.

Damaging the primary submission system could be a range of things, but given the accusation I'd say they sound more than suspiciously similar.

So I suppose you can believe his own words or not... up to you.

more than 3 years ago
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Out of Egypt Censorship, US Tech Export Under Fire

I8TheWorm The final question (217 comments)

The final question in the grilling by Reps. Chris Smith and Bill Keating to Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg...

"So, how much does this cost and why don't we have it in place here already?"

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Gets Geohot's Hardware, But Not YouTube/Twitter User Info

I8TheWorm Re:Just Sony? (254 comments)

Criminal vs Civil. Lawsuits are civil, what was flawed there was the criminal system.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Gets Geohot's Hardware, But Not YouTube/Twitter User Info

I8TheWorm Re:Just Sony? (254 comments)

Our justice system allows for people to go to court when they feel like they've been wronged. That's not flawed.

The problem is companies like Sony abusing that right. I hope they get their backsides handed to them and additional fines for wasting the court's time.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

I8TheWorm Re:fail (278 comments)

I don't think you're really reading what Jeremiah is saying. This guy admits to removing a component guaranteeing the anonymity of leakers. On top of that, he's taken with him backlogged (read: not yet published) leaked documents. Assange's alleged wrongdoing has nothing to do with the functionality and business model of the site/company.

Now, strangely, if this guy was a programmer and the component was software, all they would need to do is go to their SCR and put the code back in.. and possibly some data cleanup (redaction of names of leakers). If it was hardware, then plug it back in. If it's damaged, the author of the story needs to report that.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

I8TheWorm Re:Texas Budget Deficit (811 comments)

The fact that there are insufficient laws governing taxes on sales of items bought on the internet from a company in another state doesn't at all make it dishonest or tax evasion. You cannot evade taxes that don't exist.

And I argue those jobs will not reappear, people will still continue to buy from Amazon regardless of the location of a distribution center.

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia and Microsoft Make Smartphone Alliance

I8TheWorm Re:Rest in piece, hacker friendly mobile future (479 comments)

Fair enough. I suppose the punchline is my Samsung device is unblocked. Back to the comment above where someone said (paraphrasing) caveat emptor.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

I8TheWorm Re:Texas Budget Deficit (811 comments)

I remember hearing about this a while back though, and I believe it all actually started before the budget crisis.

That said, I live in Texas, and am pretty incensed that my state is trying to do the same thing a few other states have to companies that do business on the internet. The end result is they've cost quite a few jobs, meaning they've actually eliminated some tax revenue (no state income tax, but jobless people buy fewer things, so less sales tax). Also, that when I buy something from Amazon it's likely it will take a little bit longer to get to me (not a big deal, just me whining a little).

I think your friends left out the fairly high property taxes in most parts of the state... it's sort of how they make up for no income tax. Then there's the state lottery which pays something like 80% into a general funds pool.... ugh. Plus my ex police officer wife agrees most fines (speeding etc... minor stuff) are for revenue rather than punishment, but that's probably true in most if not all states.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Says California Stores Can't Ask Customers For ZIP Codes

I8TheWorm Re:Postcode (461 comments)

Its 106 miles to Chicago, weâ(TM)ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarretes, someone elses zip code, itâ(TM)s dark and weâ(TM)re wearing shades. Hit It!

more than 3 years ago
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Cancer Resembles Life 1 Billion Years Ago

I8TheWorm Re:wow (223 comments)

Argh, I just ran out of mod points to give your post a +1.

more than 3 years ago

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Middle of my Career as a Contract Programmer

I8TheWorm I8TheWorm writes  |  more than 9 years ago I've written software now for over twenty years. I've done it professionally for fourteen, and have been a contract for ten. In the last four years, I've had three (like how all the numbers are descending? we'll get back to that) full time offers, but they were far from perfect gigs. As a contractor, you can take the less than perfect ones, as they'll end sooner or later.

In the late 90's, there was quite a shortage (at least in the Houston area) of programmers, and it seemed a great many people took advantage of that by either stuffing unqualified programmers into positions, or demanding way too much money. I did nicely, but never chased the exorbitent rates that other people I knew did, and I think that has helped me a bit rolling forward.

In 2001, the market for IT in Houston crashed miserably (9/11, Enron, Dynegy, El Paso Gas) and salaries/rates bottomed out, if you could find work at all. I was only out of work for four months, aided by my lower than some rate requirements I think. However, in the last six months, demand for qualified IT people has risen, and in the last two months, it has turned into an employee's market again.

So why has my rate not been able to nudge back upward in the last four years? My fiance complains about her 3% raises she's been getting, but that certainly beats 0%.

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expanding GIF - I'm curious

I8TheWorm I8TheWorm writes  |  more than 9 years ago I saw this post today here on Slashdot. I've been a programmer sometime, but have never had to deal with CGI, much less any graphics formatting and manipulation. So it got me curious, as usual. Is it really possible to create an image that, on your disk, takes up a few (thousand?) bytes, but in display takes up many thousands?

I found a couple of sites with some good file format information, here and here. I'm going to spend a little time perusing the documents, and see if I can mimic Mmm coffee's results.

If anyone has any experience with this, I'd love to hear about it.

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Slashdot does it again

I8TheWorm I8TheWorm writes  |  more than 9 years ago For those who didn't catch it, BBSpot writer Nikolaj Borg came up with a great satire titled Counter-Strike Movie Deal Inked. Our beloved fackcheckers at Slashdot posted as a real story, apparently without checked into the story. It's nice to be made fun of on BBSpot's mailbag, isn't it? Thanks Zonk :)

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Poker Night

I8TheWorm I8TheWorm writes  |  more than 9 years ago So tonight is poker night. It's where we and other parents who don't get a chance to get out much play really low dollar Texas Hold 'Em and just hang out. Other times we have gourmet dinner night where everyone is required to bring a dish that meets a particular theme.

Do any of the rest of you who don't have very many nights-away-from-the-kids have plans with friends like these?

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Nice timing

I8TheWorm I8TheWorm writes  |  more than 9 years ago I'm now in month two of my first full time programming job in 9 years (contractor for that 9 years). We're due to move into the new building this coming December. Today we heard the announcement that the manager of the networking group has tendered his resignation. Add this to an already unstable network, and I wonder what the future of this group holds. I think I can get by as long as that little place across the street keeps making these unbelievable breakfast tacos :)

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CyberSquatter KenyaTech.com

I8TheWorm I8TheWorm writes  |  more than 9 years ago I have a close friend that, after "retiring" as a touring musician out of Nashville, I played bass for about a year with. He's a great texas singer/songwriter, and a heck of a nice guy. His name is Leslie Doak, and if you're into Texas country, you might have heard of him.

He had a manager who had registered his DNS (www.lesliedoak.com) for him. After an arguement, and subsequent termination of the business relationship, the manager refused to sell the leased DNS to him. He eventually registered www.lesliedoakband.com and decided not to pursue a complaint through ICANN, as the fees for doing so usually live in the $2000 USD range.

As the registration ran out, we were surprised to see that within an hour, we were beat to the punch by registrar www.kenyatech.com. In good faith, I went ahead and followed their procedure for bidding on the DNS, but only offered the rate of $16/year which is what the original cost of the DNS lease was. I'm sure, however, that kenyatech paid less, as they were sure to register several expired DNS's at the same time.

Of course, my offer was rejected, so I asked them what amount they were looking for, but they wouldn't answer. So I mentioned that "Lesie Doak" is trademarked, and they were in violation of ICANN's Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, as they had "no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name" and the name was trademarked. They still wouldn't budge on the DNS. So now I'm writing a script that will offer a bid $0.01 higher than the previous bid constantly until it reaches a maximum of $30.

The problem with the ICANN disupute policy is the cost associated with it. They use third party companies to handle the disputes, and the usual amount I've seen so far is $2000 USD. Personally, I would rather pay them that amount then $50 to a shady company like kenyatech, and am still considering doing so.

If anyone else has any experience with ICANN DNS disputes, I would love to hear about them. Otherwise, I'll post more as I hear more about the dispute.

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Politics on Slashdot

I8TheWorm I8TheWorm writes  |  more than 10 years ago Anytime I have something to think about subjectively, I play devil's advocate, and politics is no exception. It's no surprise that most slashdotters seem to dislike G.W. Bush and his policies... frankly, I'm no fan of his either.

To that extent, I'm no fan of Kerry's either. He was a coward during his military service, more of a coward when he got out, married rich, has an enormous (88%) track record of simply not voting on issues, and changes his mind when the wind changes direction.

So when people say something to the effect of "I'll vote for Kerry because Bush is an idiot" all I can think of them is yet another uninformed voter who will waste their's on another bad candidate.

When I bring that up as a reply to someone's comment, I'm labeled a Bushie. So for all of those people, let me say here, I'm no fan of Bush or Kerry, and I have no idea who I'll vote for. Neither is a good candidate for President, and we should all back these folks so that in the future, we might be able to do something about it.

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