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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Machtyn you jest... (731 comments)

you jest... but, currently, that's the way people act when their favorite political candidate fails to win the primary in the US. "That candidate doesn't agree with me 100%!!! I'm going to let the other guy who I disagree with completely win!"

about 8 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Machtyn Same PIN (731 comments)

That's not the point. The point is everyone uses the same 4-digit pin for the bank card, CC, or practically anything else that requires a 4-digit number. Passwords are much the same way.

about 8 months ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Machtyn Re:jerk (1440 comments)

A deer in my path while I have my car fully braked at a stop light is of no concern to me. The deer will likely move before I do, even if my light turns green.

1 year,27 days
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Bradley Manning Says He's Sorry

Machtyn Re:I'd be sorry (496 comments)

No they don't. MSNBC has a horrific record of presenting its news in a biased and sometimes offensive manner.

I'm not saying FoxNews doesn't have its problems. I saw a graphic today that shows the problem very distinctly:
[image of Obama with a Pepsi]
1. CNN: President Obama appeals to Pepsi drinkers
2. FoxNews: President Obama declares war on Coca-Cola drinkers
3. MSNBC: In a few minutes, we'll cut to the President drinking the acceptable drink. Anyone who disagrees is racist!
4. BBC: The US has fired a drone missile on Pakistan.

about a year ago
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AI Is Funny - a Generative Joke Model

Machtyn Data from ST:TNG (211 comments)

Okay, did anyone else think of the one or two episodes where Data was trying to be funny and do stand-up? This story reminded me of that. So did the jokes.

about a year ago
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Pro Bono Lawyer Fights C&D With Humor

Machtyn Re:County Lawyer (144 comments)

That's where context comes into play. The soundbite generation misses a lot of context due to that context being located in the rest of a paragraph or in preceding or proceeding paragraphs. But saying "tried to conclusion" means that it is over (unlike the SCO case, apparently). I suppose he could have stated tried to conclusion and won, but it would be repeating himself based on the context of the entire statement.

about a year ago
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Birthday Song's Copyright Leads To a Lawsuit For the Ages

Machtyn Re: In other news (442 comments)

If you can't argue both sides of a point, you will likely lose the argument. Along with that, don't ever ask a question to which you don't already know the answer. Doing so puts you in a position of weakness that will cause you to lose the argument.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

Machtyn Re:depends on what you're going into (656 comments)

Yep, stats is important. But stats isn't diff. eq. Once you understand differential equations, they're really cool! Unfortunately, I'm in the same boat as the author of the question, I was a B- at very best on the advanced maths. Linear Algebra was also very cool. I can completely see where it applies to computer calculation optimization, geometric calculations and a bunch of other things. But, again, I couldn't follow the process very well while in the class and certainly not now.

But stats... no matter what field you get into, even if it isn't an engineering (or pseudo-engineering), stats will come up.

about a year ago
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Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

Machtyn Re: Warranty or insurance? (329 comments)

And there you have the problem with most home owners. (of which group I obviously fall into)

about a year and a half ago
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It's 2013, and Windows Activation Is Still Frustrating

Machtyn Re:Dreamspark etc. (435 comments)

It's pretty bad. You go to install Windows XP. Which edition do you have?
Home OEM?
Home Retail?
MCE 2005?
MCE?
Pro?
Was it made by Dell? Those codes don't work anymore with the other ISOs (at least the ones I have saved), not even the OEM version.
Of course, there is Vista and 7, but which edition? Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Family Pack or Pro? Are these OEM versions or retail versions? Which OEM?
All I really need to know is: Ubuntu Desktop or CentOS Server? (Though, I like Slitaz for my thumb drive bootups.)

about a year and a half ago
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A Case For a Software Testing Undergrad Major

Machtyn Re:but then you'd have to pay them (220 comments)

Surprise! Testers, or Software QA, *are* paid like developers. Well, unless you work for a small business or a company that does not respect the development process and thinks that "If it works on the Dev's machine, it must work for everyone!" QA is part of the process as much as defining the requirements, building to the requirements and releasing the product to the customer. QA is there to make sure the expense of fixing a screw-up is minimal and taken care of before release, than very expensive and, depending on the industry, lawfully uncompliant.

about a year and a half ago
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A Case For a Software Testing Undergrad Major

Machtyn Re:Developer? (220 comments)

As a person who can do all that, and a lot more involving computer maintenance, business analysis and tech writing, I chose being in the Software QA environment. Why? It's an easy job. I don't get burned out on dev or tech support (which I do after hours on other projects). I get to utilize my creativity in trying to break software in unexpected ways. I utilize my understanding of computer systems from a user's standpoint to analyze the system and can relate the results to a developer or a business analyst in their own terms.

Granted, being a tester makes me weak on dev practices and experience or in business analysis, but I do need to concentrate what I am expected to do at the moment for my employer. It doesn't mean I can't understand and communicate with those across the wall.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

Machtyn Re: Warranty or insurance? (329 comments)

They get the insurance because law states they must, or it was a requirement for the loan. They don't understand anything about the insurance, what it covers, make assumptions about what it does or does not cover and their own costs in the coverage. For example, an assumption could be made that, like auto insurance, when you use it, the premiums will increase. And if you do use it, you still have a deductible to meet. So if you make a claim that doesn't meet the deductible, you now get dinged for making the report and getting a higher rate the next year. Is that how it works? I don't know. I fall into that category where I have insurance because it is required as part of the loan and I assume it is for catastrophic events, not for the broken AC unit or water heater.

about a year and a half ago
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Lawmakers Seek To Ban Google Glass On the Road

Machtyn Re:HUD (375 comments)

While not to the same level, I remember that it was mandatory for me to take a drivers ed class. They were also toying with a driving simulator at the time (early 90s). I don't see why, in this nanny state, we can't mandate all 16 year olds to take a drivers ed class, which includes simulator training.

about a year and a half ago
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The Top Paying Tech Companies For Interns

Machtyn Re:This is how it should be (133 comments)

How is that any different from a new hire or, in some cases, an entrenched employee? Bad code happens and it can happen from anybody. The Daily WTF reminds of this.

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Starts Promoting Steam For Linux To Windows Users

Machtyn Re:Compatibility (474 comments)

Torchlight 1 & 2 is also a really good series. Some concepts in Torchlight 1 can be found in Diablo 3.

about 2 years ago
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Firefox OS Smartphones Arriving For Developers

Machtyn Competition (124 comments)

This is to compete with the Winphone and Nokia markets. Microsoft has the idea to make WinMo flexible enough to work on high and low end phones and break into the Nokia dominated, but largely untapped, low-end market. Having several options is a good thing.

about 2 years ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

Machtyn Re:cue jokes about RieserFS (1719 comments)

I'd say, to the general public, "Uses the computer without complaining about it" == "Computer Genius".

about 2 years ago
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If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

Machtyn Re:tech is a fairly broad category (660 comments)

Don't forget, the "fiscal cliff" means that those making over $72k will go from paying their unfair share of about 14% to their fair share of about 27%. Don't worry, you're rich. The truly wealthy? Well, they'll go from paying their unfair share of about 35% to their fair share of about 39%.

There's a reason George Lucas sold his assets before Obama was re-elected. He knows the hammer (and sickle) is coming.

about 2 years ago
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If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

Machtyn Re:tech is a fairly broad category (660 comments)

Threat of taxes. Uncertainty with PPACA. Lack of direction and leadership. And we voted this failure in for another 4 years.

Granted, government isn't the only reason, but its policies, heavy handed regulation, threats, etc, etc, have been a hinderance for the past 6 years and will continue for the next 4 years.

In reality, the tech world is doing really good compared to other industries, where unemployment is really high. Give it time, our friends on the Hill are going to make us all drones and wards of the State soon enough.

about 2 years ago

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RickPerry.com has been redirected

Machtyn Machtyn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Machtyn writes "RickPerry.com has been purchased and redirected to the RonPaul2012.com website. While this may appear like Ron Paul is the perpetrator, it is more likely a fanatic of his. Unfortunately, while funny, it does not look good for the Ron Paul campaign. Cyber-squatting is not very popular.

Whois results:
Domain Name: RICKPERRY.COM
      Registrar: FABULOUS.COM PTY LTD.
      Whois Server: whois.fabulous.com
      Referral URL: http://www.fabulous.com/
      Status: clientTransferProhibited
      Updated Date: 04-dec-2011"
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What is the best open source Exchange replacement

Machtyn Machtyn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Machtyn (759119) writes "I'm looking for a decent calendaring system for a small office of 5 computers. I'd prefer not to use Exchange as they will be very reluctant to make that cost for a single use calendar."
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Students suspended for creating map of school

Machtyn Machtyn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Machtyn (759119) writes "Five middle school student are being charged for terroristic threats against their middle school. A teacher found a map with bomb placements, so the school did what any sensible school would do... ask the students why they made the map. NO! They called in the bomb squad, with dogs, and are going to suspend these kids long term and place them in an alternative school where the real criminal kids are. What was the map about? They were creating the map to model in a game."
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Machtyn Machtyn writes  |  about 8 years ago

Machtyn (759119) writes "In a topic most slashdotters will be familiar with, a new study indicates that one in three workers writes down their passwords. The article argues that stronger methods of security should be enforced, such as using biometrics.
Passwords are clunky, but it's the user forgetting or freely giving away the password that becomes the security risk. Do you think biometrics is the answer, or is there a better, simpler way?"

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What is the best open source Exchange replacement

Machtyn Machtyn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I am looking for a decent office calendaring system that can be used in a small office of 5 computers on various floors. Open Source is preferred, however all of our systems are running Windows XP x86 or Windows 7 x64. I may be able to run a Linux server as a VM on a slightly used computer.

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