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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

MBC1977 Re:Rediculous, but nothing new (251 comments)

Because techs can provide targeted and pertinent up-sell suggestions to customers due to being onsite and being able to see exactly what a customer needs. (Full disclosure, I resigned from TWC not to long ago). Hate to beat a dead horse, but a good tech who also understands the sales process and how they can assist in it; is far more valuable to the company (any company), than just a plain tech guy who fixes the issue and moves on.

If you don't up-sell, your competitor will.

about two weeks ago

Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

MBC1977 Re:Wait... (255 comments)

Aside from the questionably stupid|baiting statement, that Palin is smarter than Biden. One word stands out: quitter. She quit because she didn't want the job anymore. If your elected to an office and quit, you should never again consider running for office, much less attempt to offer any sort of discourse. I (and probably many other rational thinking individuals) will never look at you the same way again.

about 3 months ago

Help EFF Test a New Tool To Stop Creepy Online Tracking

MBC1977 No Thanks... (219 comments)

The information they collect is negligible (even in aggregate). I'd rather pay that way, then to pay cash for these services (as this will happen if they can't make revenue via data collection).

about 4 months ago

Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

MBC1977 Short-term solution... (673 comments)

While I don't agree with the premise per se (it should be gender neutral); I do personally believe there are two types of coders: those who do it for the love and those who do it for the money. Pay enough money (or have the real potential to earn a substantial amount) and people will do it. Where girls / women may not love to code, they do have unique insights which should be cultivated / encouraged; hence, useful in programming.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

MBC1977 Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (387 comments)

No, I'm just saying making a blanket statement that the start screen is "god dammed useless" is quite foolish. If he had said, it didn't work for him, hence its the reason why he didn't like it; I could accept that.

Oh and the only time I talk about sheep is when I'm trying to figure out how to cook a new dish.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

MBC1977 Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (387 comments)

Useless to who? There is this thing called "adapt and overcome" that works wonders. Or to put it another way, just because you (and some others) don't like it does not make it useless. I use it interchangeably with the Windows desktop and my output of work has not changed, thanks.

about 5 months ago

MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

MBC1977 Re:MIT researchers? (70 comments)

Not saying your sentiment is wrong, but most people know about the tech wizards at MIT. Most people know Maryland for its college basketball team. Best way I could see to counter this effect is to not involve the people at MIT when a new discovery is made / published.

about 5 months ago

They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

MBC1977 Privacy vs. Intellectual Property (206 comments)

I'm kinda on the fence with this one. On the one hand personal privacy is important and should be defended, however the offending party did use (a) company email and (b) they also own / control the Hotmail / Outlook mail servers. Given the amount of financial loss that could have occurred (yes I realize it might not be that large given it is Windows 8 / 8.1, lol) I'm not entirely certain Microsoft was in the wrong here.

Again, each country's law may vary with respect to privacy, but I can't see that defending one's intellectual property would be (should be) subservient.

about 5 months ago

US War Machine Downsizing?

MBC1977 Re:Makes sense. Its just the Army. (506 comments)

We (The Marines) are already undergoing our downsizing towards 150K personnel, though it may go even further.

about 6 months ago

Government Secrecy Spurs $4 Million Lawsuit Over Simple 'No Fly' List Error

MBC1977 Hubris and Pride (239 comments)

Sometimes I think the biggest weapon against humankind is our inability to admit when we are wrong. An obscene amount of money and time is fucking wasted everyday because we can't man up and admit to being wrong. I understand the need for operational secrecy, but sometimes just saying: "Yeah, I fucked up." Would be a much better approach.

about 7 months ago

Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

MBC1977 Re:brighter? (376 comments)

While yes some of the LED headlights are bright, I welcome them, because then I can see the road itself and other objects more clearly). However, given that it can be painful for some, perhaps we should consider making streetlights brighter, which would reduce the need for the brighter headlights. Being able to see at night is a must and brighter lights allow for that.

about 7 months ago

DEA Presentation Shows How Agency Hides Investigative Methods From Trial Review

MBC1977 Re:Fruit of the poison tree (266 comments)

Sigh...LEO = Law Enforcement Officer

about 7 months ago

Big MOOC On Campus: Georgia Tech's $6,600 MS In CS

MBC1977 Re:I'll do it (163 comments)

Just curious, why do you feel an online degree has no equivalent to an in-class one? If the same knowledge is being fed to both types of students then the outcome should be the same (provided the student applies him/herself to the learning process).

1 year,13 days

VLC For iOS Returns On July 19, Rewritten and Fully Open-Sourced

MBC1977 Not Available In U.S. ITunes Store (203 comments)

Well gee thanks, that's plumb useless...seriously. But congratulations to all of the other ITunes users (outside of the US) that can get it.

about a year ago

Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

MBC1977 Re:Whoosh (547 comments)

True, customers may not want DRM, but businesses don't want to lose money to pirates and the used games market. Personally, I think their implementation was flawed approach, but I understand the reasoning: you don't go into business and invest capital to give away the store.

about a year ago

Internet-Deprived Kids Turning To 'McLibraries'

MBC1977 Re:Wow (331 comments)

You fail to consider that the American (U.S) mindset however is based upon individualism rather than community. Sometimes I believe its both our greatest strength and our greatest weakness.

about a year and a half ago

Office 2013: Microsoft Cloud Era Begins In Earnest

MBC1977 Re:penny per save (241 comments)

I do. I've used every version of MS Office since 5, and paid for nearly all of them (or used them at school).

Main reason why I pay, because writing software is a business (regardless of what some may think). Not sure why some think their time and effort shouldn't generate revenue, but hey to each his or her own.

I'll ask a related question though - why shouldn't they get paid for their software?

about a year and a half ago

CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Affair

MBC1977 Re:Job Performance (401 comments)

Your post, sadly, comes off as very ignorant. Please don't take that as a direct attack - its not. However, as a Marine Veteran who has worked directly in an intelligence capacity; you have no clue. There is a reason the U.S. government spends the large amount of coin and time it does to vet every individual who holds a security clearance.

Any sort leverage (perceived or actual) that can be gained on an individual who has access to critical information pertaining to the protection of this county; can damage this country. Gen. (ret.) Petraeus is probably one of the few individuals in the current world who has access to deep and wide knowledge of both the country's intelligence and military current and future inner-workings (esp. as DirCIA). He realizes/knows this, that's why he resigned.

Whatever your personal thoughts are about adultery, when it has the potential to interfere with national security - that person needs divorced from his security role ASAP.

about 2 years ago

Canadian Regulator Orders Telecoms To Tell Us What It Costs To Run Their Service

MBC1977 Re:Kill the bidding for frequencies (120 comments)

I'm not from Canada so I don't pretend to understand the Canadian mindset... I do understand money though.

" The pattern in Canada is that some snot nosed upstart gives them a run for their money and they buy them out."

Your statement more than likely gives you your answer: offer enough money and people will sell. Why work harder than one needs to, if the opportunity cost: gain a large chunk of money in a short period of time, can occur? Granted, I'm certain - like in the USA - feel good thoughts and concepts such as, "personal pride", "helping others", "the underdog" probably cross their minds a couple of times, however in today's business environment, short-term profits outweigh long-term ones (research the present value of a future value, if you need help with this one).

about 2 years ago



Microsoft To Purchase Skype

MBC1977 MBC1977 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MBC1977 writes "Rumor on Wall Street is that Microsoft is expected to announce Tuesday that they have purchased Skype for $7 to $8 Billion dollars. Can Microsoft do better than eBay (who also had purchased Skype and sold it back to the founders for 2.75 Billion dollars) with this purchase?"
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Dr. Bose To Donate Company to M.I.T.

MBC1977 MBC1977 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MBC1977 writes "(From the Article):

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Friday that Bose, the 81-year-old founder of the sound system company that bears his name, has donated the majority of Bose Corp.'s stock to the school.

Very cool indeed!"

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Revitalizing Burned-Out Engineers and Programmers

MBC1977 MBC1977 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MBC1977 writes "I'm fairly certain that all of us at one time or another have fallen into marathon coding, either due to deadline or trying to implement the next big idea.

So how do you re-vitalize yourself (or your employees)?"

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Apple Thinks of The Children (Seriously)

MBC1977 MBC1977 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MBC1977 (978793) writes "Apparently the Apple is continuing their defense of the children by limiting the purchases of their new iPad (for life mind you, as one gentleman found out). At what point does a company's genius crossover into insanity, is the $64,000 dollar question of the day."
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Pentagon Is Seeking High School Hackers for Summer

MBC1977 MBC1977 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MBC1977 (978793) writes "Uncle Sam is now offering a variety of summer jobs (i.e. recruitment) to all high school age programmers / hackers. Could be fun, or could be a way to track future programmers. I'd be wary..."
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Valedictorian Penalized For Overachievment

MBC1977 MBC1977 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MBC1977 (978793) writes "One has to seriously wonder whether our schools are out to promote students' ability to excel, when you read articles like this.

One has to ask whether schools really want students to succeed or just do "well enough"."



Denied Valedictorian for Legitimate Overachievment

MBC1977 MBC1977 writes  |  more than 6 years ago One has to seriously wonder whether our schools are out to promote students' ability to excel, when you read articles like this.

One has to ask whether schools really want students to succeed or just do "well enough".

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