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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

NewWorldDan Re:Novelty Media is Novelty (278 comments)

How much manual labor do you do? When I worked in fast food and manufacturing, I spent more of my spare time reading, gaming, and writing software. I still do those things in my spare time, but now, as a desk jockey, I do a lot more woodworking, cooking, and biking. I trained for a week long bike ride across Iowa. Best shape I've been in in years because of it. As I spoke with my fellow riders among the corn fields, I found a lot of professional workers. I didn't find any carpenters or plumbers or electricians.

I assume that one of the reasons you find running to be rewarding is because of the amount of work it takes to successfully prepare for a marathon. Running a marathon in anything under 5 hours is a major achievement. We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Some guy that builds houses for a living? He doesn't need any more hard work.

about three weeks ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

NewWorldDan Re:Novelty Media is Novelty (278 comments)

I think we're also at a point in society where many things have become just a bit too easy. I can carry around one thousand albums and play them back on a device the size of a pack of gum. Vinyl forces you to store and manage a bulky item. You can't take it on the go, you put on one album and you listen to it (or even only half of it). It's a listening ritual.

Similarly, people who don't find themselves doing enough real work do things like running marathons. Food preparation these days, especially for dinner parties, is often about showcasing how much time you have to devote to the process. In a world where you can have anything you want delivered the next day from Amazon, people are starting to want things that require a bit more effort.

about three weeks ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

NewWorldDan Re:"In 1966..." !! (755 comments)

All right thinking people know that God died on May 16, 2010. In 1966, he hadn't yet even founded the precursor of Elf. \m/

about a month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

NewWorldDan Re:They said that about cell phones (386 comments)

Exactly. Also I doubt Google wants to be in the business of making and servicing cars. They want to be the technology platform that you don't see, that Ford and Toyota are paying $1000/car royalties on. That's where the monopoly market is and that's where they want to be.

about a month ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

NewWorldDan Re:70 years (441 comments)

Tell me about it. I've already lived over half of that with a tenuous connection to reality. I intend to continue eating fatty foods and with luck, I'll go out in a single massive heart attack around that age.

about a month ago
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

NewWorldDan Supply and demand (190 comments)

What an idiot. He spells out the whole thing but can't see the big picture. Sidecar is hampered by a lack of drivers. Drivers are making more money on Lyft and UberX, so that's where they go. And those companies also have better marketing departments so they get more business. It's really not that complicated.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

NewWorldDan Re:Static IP reverse DNS. (405 comments)

Not just that, even if you have both a valid forward and reverse DNS entry, a lot of spam filters will reject the message if the DNS entry is in the format of x192.168.168.168.comcast.net or other similar format. Make sure both the forward and reverse are for your domain. I had that problem when I first put my business server on Comcast.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

NewWorldDan Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

It may be that the only way to detect the counterfeit hardware is to see if it breaks. That's still the wrong way to go about it, though.

about 3 months ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

NewWorldDan Re:Not quite (228 comments)

Nope. Caffeine. Decaf isn't a problem, but energy drinks are. Caffeine is actually the leading cause of GI problems.

about 5 months ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

NewWorldDan Re:Not quite (228 comments)

For some of us, caffeine causes horrible gastro-intestinal distress. A naturally decaf bean that tastes more like the regular thing? Sign me up.

about 5 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

NewWorldDan Re:Trade school vs College (546 comments)

In terms of hiring, I have yet to see a college or trade school that does an adequate job. Fundamentally, I'm hiring people to develop web apps on the MS MVC stack. That requires a bit of theory, architecture, security, and hands on coding skills. If you can't actually code, you're worthless. I give all applicants a CS101 level coding test. Anyone worth hiring will be done in under 5 minutes. From there, it turns in to an interview about your theoretical knowledge and patterns. Anyone without a basic grasp of security and best practices is a liability. And most recent grads, even if they have all that covered, take 6-12 months to really become useful. At which time, they expect to get paid a boatload of money, except I've got to somehow account for the expense of training them to be useful. It's all kind of frustrating, really,.

about 5 months ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

NewWorldDan Re:Bad Advice (253 comments)

His columns aren't always terrible, but this one was particularly dumb. Oh no, I'm so god damn special that I can't wait 2 days to get my phone replaced. If it's that big of a deal, either get better insurance or buy your own spare phone.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

NewWorldDan Re:Why do CS grads become lowly programmers? (637 comments)

Is it too much to ask that whatever their course of study they take at least one class on the principles of web application security? When I can hack your web app six ways before lunch time, there's a major gap in your education.

about 6 months ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

NewWorldDan Re:shift of blame. (419 comments)

Fraud is fraud. They aren't going after the banks, just arresting the actual criminal.

This scam is nothing new. I fell for it once 20 years ago when I was 18. The customer told me I needed to use the number printed on the card to get an authorization code. Being 18 and not knowing any better, that's what I did. Everything seemed legit during the phone call, I punched it in to the card system, and the scammer walked away with a very nice laptop.

Now that I know how the scam works, I could easily spot it and have the guy arrested. Asking the typical register jockey to do so? Not likely. I'm actually a little surprised that override codes are still a thing. The last time I worked a register (about 13 years ago), a declined card was a declined card, no exceptions.

about 6 months ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

NewWorldDan Alternate view (354 comments)

Alternately, you could claim that they cut Saturday processing instead of raising prices. I'm hardly outraged about this.

about 6 months ago
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Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

NewWorldDan Re:I used to donate blood... (172 comments)

By law, all the blood donations in the US have to come from volunteers -- donors are not allowed to sell blood

Then fix the law. I'll give my blood away for free when everyone working at the blood bank and the hospital start working for free as well. Until then, my O-Neg blood is staying where it is. Frankly, it takes balls to ask me to donate when everyone else in the system is in there for the money. Pay people for blood and the shortages will disappear. At least in the US. 3rd world countries may have other institutional problems getting in the way.

about 7 months ago
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The Ethics Cloud Over Ballmer's $2 Billion B-Ball Buy

NewWorldDan Re:the summary is a lie (398 comments)

With the long term capital gains tax rate at 15%, I'd just pay the tax. Odds are that rate is going back up at some point in the not too distant future.

about 8 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

NewWorldDan Re:By mistake? (711 comments)

Oh, I've bought a few phones that were, in hindsight, mistakes. I knew what I was buying, I just didn't know it was crap. Android prior to Gingerbread was crap, and even Gingerbread was kind of iffy. Fortunately, smartphones have reached a point where even the cheap phones are pretty nice. My S3 is approaching 2 years old and I may continue to use it for another 2 years.

about 8 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

NewWorldDan Re:Already being done in the US (493 comments)

I always fill out the conscientious objector form, even though my kid is vaccinated. It's none of the government's business. Yep, I'm one of those people.

about 8 months ago
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Virtual DVDs, Revisited

NewWorldDan Re:Sigh (147 comments)

He's a columnist. He's probably more qualified than the idiots who write for my local newspaper. But his job is to write something even if he doesn't really have anything to say.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bennett_Haselton

And in this case, there's not much to say. Movie streaming, DVD sales, rentals, etc., are tied up in a web of contracts and distribution agreements, and it's entirely possible that a studio couldn't sell streaming on some things even if they wanted to. Also, a lot of movies are available on Amazon Instant Video as 24 hours rentals. Ta Da. The challenge for Amazon, Netflix, and the studios is how do they milk the most money out of consumers while at the same time satisfying all of their existing contractual obligations. They're all smart companies, it's just more complicated than poor Bennett understands.

about 8 months ago

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How to respond to a fishing expodition

NewWorldDan NewWorldDan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NewWorldDan (899800) writes "I recently had a phone call from some gentlemen with very thick foreign accents. They claimied to be from Microsoft and had detected a malware infection on my PC and were going to help me fix it. I kept them on the line as long as I could to keep them from bothering anyone else. I'd never received a scam call like this before, much less one so blatant, so I'm wondering what should one do in a situation like this?"

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