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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

MarioMax Re: Get a real mail account (388 comments)

I've used my own domain for 9 years with paid hosting thru a major host. Personally I can't stand webmail and stick to traditional POP3 email and for that purpose it suits me. But it is easy enough to set up domain forwarding to services like gmail if you choose (most likely for a fee).

The nice thing about buying a domain is you can pretty much set up unlimited email addresses under the domain for any purpose you choose, or use a single email address as a "catch-all" for said domain. Web services like Facebook won't know and won't care.

As for specific hosting recommendations, they are all about the same in terms of terrible service and support, but I encourage you to research and decide for yourself.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

MarioMax Re: Get a real mail account (388 comments)

This. Domains are cheap, and hosting/forwarding is cheap. Plus you get some level of personalization.

Also easier to remember. bobsmith@bobsmith.com is catchy while bobsmith@gmail.com is generic and easily forgotten.

about 9 months ago
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Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

MarioMax Re: Water intensified the effect? Duh (388 comments)

Pure lithium reacts quite exothermically to water:

2 Li + H2O -> Li2O + H2 + heat

Which leads to:

2 H2 + O2 + heat -> 2 H2O + MORE heat (aka: a fireball)

1 year,18 days
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Work Schedule Make You Unproductive?

MarioMax Compressed Work Week perhaps? (311 comments)

Ever give a thought to a compressed work week of 4x10-hours instead of 5x8-hours? You could also try 3.5x12-hours (3x12 one week, 4x12 the next week) but that kind of schedule works better when you need 24/7 coverage.

about a year ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

MarioMax Reviving the bit wars? (773 comments)

The one thing that struck me as odd is how much Apple is trumpeting 64-bit.

On a desktop or laptop computer I can see why you would care about 32-bit vs 64-bit; being able to address more than 4 gigs of ram is a huge selling point for 64-bit. But for a smartphone with only 1 gigabyte of ram, why should anyone (outside of developers) even care?

about a year ago
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The World's First CPU Liquid Cooler Using Nanofluids

MarioMax Re:Why? (79 comments)

They are claiming that their coolers are suitable for CPUs with a TDP of 400W, at least that is how I interpret it. Which would mean that something that generates less heat than 400W (like pretty much every AMD and Intel CPU) would benefit from the additional cooling headroom.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Non-US Based Email Providers?

MarioMax Re: Use your own domain and host (410 comments)

Perhaps, but nothing is stopping them from doing the same to your hosting provider either.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Non-US Based Email Providers?

MarioMax Re: Roll your own... (410 comments)

Demand a search warrant issued by the local county or state judge, and have the county sheriff deliver it in person. No search warrant, no search.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Non-US Based Email Providers?

MarioMax Re: Roll your own... (410 comments)

I agree completely, roll your own is the best method. The only issues with it is technical know-how, and ISP limitations (and cost). But if those are a non issue, there is no better solution.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Non-US Based Email Providers?

MarioMax Use your own domain and host (410 comments)

Domain names are relatively cheap, and hosting is relatively cheap. I go that route myself. The only people that have access to my server is the hosting company (which is no worse than Google to be honest)

if you have the means, the very best solution is to run an email server out of your home or place of business.

about a year ago
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Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks

MarioMax Not necessarily illegal (353 comments)

I used to work for a smaller semiconductor fab. The site itself was considered a foreign trade zone, which meant you were subject to search entering and leaving the building. It doesn't matter if you were paid or not, you were subject to search.

about a year ago
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The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'

MarioMax Didn't Canonical try/do this with Ubuntu? (608 comments)

I seem to recall something very similar happening with Ubuntu last year with Ubuntu 12.10. Canonical received all sorts of flack for it, and rightly so. But at least with Ubuntu, you can at least disable that "feature" without much effort.

Makes me wonder if Microsoft is going to get a free pass because, well, Microsoft.

about a year ago
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State Photo-ID Databases Mined By Police

MarioMax How is this surprising? (205 comments)

Seriously, I have to ask how anyone is surprised at all by this. I pretty much wrote it off as an expectation that LEOs would be doing this routinely. And why wouldn't they?

about a year ago
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Proposed NJ Law Allows Cops To Search Phones At Crash Scenes

MarioMax Re: OK,here it is good luck with the encryption (397 comments)

In Texas, and I suspect other states, refusal to blow into a breathalyzer is grounds for arrest and then forcible draw of blood. The probable cause for this is that you refused to breathe into a breathalyzer.

True in Arizona. Plus refusing to take a sobriety test (they give you a list of options, so you have to refuse all of them) is an automatic 1 year license suspension even if you are not convicted of a DUI. And then they can still arrest you and/or a judge will issue a warrant for your blood.

about a year ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

MarioMax Re:Viruses drove me from Win7 to Linux (1215 comments)

Key phrase here is "Java Virus"

I'll give you that one. Unfortunately malware in general is a major problem on the Microsoft OSs, and I'm sick and tired of dealing with it.

about a year ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

MarioMax Viruses drove me from Win7 to Linux (1215 comments)

I'm not gonna pretend that viruses and malware don't exist on Linux. They do.

However the final straw that drove me to Linux over Windows 7 was a very, very nasty Java virus that managed to disable my antivirus program outright, disable my administrator account's admin privs, and even manage to corrupt some core DLLs required to boot Windows. At that point, I literally said "fuck it" and downloaded the then-current version of Linux Mint and gave it a whirl (after a few months I settled into Arch Linux and never looked back).

Also, I realized that I only really needed Windows 7 to play games, and I just don't have as much time for games as I used to. I still keep it around on a separate hard drive, ready to boot into at any time, but it is no longer my primary OS.

about a year ago
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CRTC Unveils New Wireless Code To Protect Canadian Customers

MarioMax Re:Devistating blow (230 comments)

Funny thing with BB late fees, you actually had until 2PM, not Noon, to get your movie checked in. I know this because I used to work for BB from 2001-2002; the 2PM deadline was to allow the clerks time to get the movies checked in, and even then the late fee could be overridden by the clerk.

Then again, considering that it was a minimum wage job, most clerks didn't care (I was one of the few who actually gave a rats ass). Its hard to give quality service when the majority of your staff works minimum wage. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, and employees who care is no exception.

There are other reasons why BB is doomed; profits from late fees is only one facet of a much larger problem.

about a year ago
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Most Companies Will Require You To Bring Your Own Mobile Device By 2017

MarioMax Just Say No to BYOD (381 comments)

At my company there is a lot of internal chatter about BYOD, along with the security concerns (especially in terms of IP).

My stance: Just say no to BYOD. If my company deems it necessary for me to use a portable electronic device to perform my job, then either:
a) They supply it, and it remains company property, or
b) There is no option b

about a year and a half ago
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Google Glass Specs Hit the Web

MarioMax Re:Radiation (198 comments)

How much radiation is this thing shooting directly into my head?

Aside from the visible light spectrum, it also has a Bluetooth receiver/transmitter. So probably 1W/m^2 is my best guess (and its probably a poor guess).

about a year and a half ago
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Samoa Air Rolling Out "Pay As You Weigh" Fares

MarioMax Re:Linear Cost (587 comments)

Weight is only a factor on takeoff or climbing. Cruising and descent, weight isn't much of factor. Only other point would be during reverse thrusting on landing.

I disagree. In order to maintain a constant cruising velocity, the airplane still has to exert a constant force to counter drag and gravity, and that force is directly proportional to the mass of the airplane (as well as its cruising velocity). More mass means more force needed.

If you say that a Boeing 737 has a mass of ~40,000 kilograms (a ballpark estimate, not counting fuel), and each Boeing 737 has a seating capacity of ~180 passengers (another ballpark estimate), each passenger would be responsible for ~222 kilograms of plane in addition to their own mass and cargo they bring aboard. And keep in mind that the average adult human has a mass of 60 to 80 kilograms.

about a year and a half ago

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What to do with unwanted desktop computers?

MarioMax MarioMax writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MarioMax (907837) writes "I've recently acquired several (3-5 year old) desktop computers from various family members. They are far from the latest and greatest machines, but they do a good enough job for checking email and playing web-based games. The problem is that I have no personal use for them, and other members of the family have no use for them either. It seems a shame to send them off to a recycling center when they're still perfectly servicable. What should I do with them?"

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