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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

NuAngel I don't get it... (329 comments)

Women would be more into Computer Science if it weren't for those pesky computers?

about three weeks ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

NuAngel Re:I call bullshit (710 comments)

You can say you include yourself in this, but don't try to sound so high and mighty. People have ALWAYS found a way to "waste time" at work, but if you actually cranked every minute of every day, you would burn out in years rather than decades. Every profession does it. Doctors get treated to lunch by drug reps, farmers as long as there has been farming have either ridden on a carriage of sorts behind the oxen or the tractor. It's why executives golf and rub elbows with each other at business awards ceremonies, schmooze clients at lunch. You may consider it "work related" but not "working hard."

Facebook is the new water cooler. You take a few minutes to clear your mind before moving to the next task at hand, it's a normal part of a person's workflow, provided they don't have some form of Asperger's or something on that order. A few minutes to read news on Slashdot is often thought to be work related, depending on the field of work.is. Normal, long standing behavior in every work force of every era, save for maybe slavery.

about 3 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

NuAngel Re:Life is too short (710 comments)

I'm about to turn 30 and have never had time for a wife or kids, and even if I made time, I couldn't afford them.

The "life is too short" speech doesn't work when your 18 year old goes from high school to college, and then is 22 and saddled with $40,000+ in debt. Then they have to pay $700+ every month in rent (not the $150 it was for my parents in the 1970's), because a six figure loan to buy a house is complete nonsense. In order to keep my job I have to work, as the article suggests, 50+ hours every week, sacrifice sleep to do some work from home and allow my boss to bug me via my smartphone on the rare day when I take a vacation day.

That's just a summary of my experiences and everyone I went to college with. Ask one of your three kids, if any of them are in college. Or wait until they graduate. It is terrifying that prices of many things have inflated far faster than incomes, the income gap is the largest its been in decades, and not ONCE has anybody ever uttered the word pension in the near-decade I've been out of college.

Life is too short, but if I don't work it'll be even shorter, because I'll be out of food and shelter.

about 3 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

NuAngel Contributing thoughts (710 comments)

I'm late to this article by 7 hours, way down at the part where nobody reads the comments anymore, but I do find it therputic to respond sometimes, so I will.

I have to first laugh at the neckbeard movie theater employees claiming people chained to desks want to defend their lifestyle, "defending the man" and whatever "modern day slave" type comments they want to pull from the beatnik bible. Very few people WANT to work a 60+ hours week. But you don't have much of a choice in the matter. The big problem is that if you won't do it, there's someone waiting to replace you who will, so you have to do it. Even if you're salaried, with no overtime - the best you can hope for is a little recognition and a bonus. If you don't work those exhausting hours, you will be replaced by someone who will. Employment is better than unemployment, so that's what you do, unless you want to work 22 hours a week and live in your parents basement.

My first job out of college I averaged 70+ hours a week - and I was on a salary BELOW $30,000. I had graduated 7 months ago and took a bad offer just to finally have "a" job. But it wasn't worth it. I got to a point where I worked through my weekends, ten hour days, and got to 34 days in a row when I finally told my boss I was clearly being abused. Within a few weeks, I was fired. The guy they hired to replace me started at $46,000. Valuable lesson learned: never undersell yourself just to get in. Raises don't happen as frequently as they did in our parents' generations, and frankly, you'll never even get one of those if you don't stick your neck out and ask.

I've job hopped a bit, and was even at a job where I would work about 50 hours a week, clients would call and email at all hours of the night and I had to be able to respond to those calls, too. My boss, one day, would tell me that these things weren't expected of me, and the next day ask me why a project wasn't moving as quickly as he wanted it to. To mitigate some of those problems, I asked him to prioritize the multiple tasks I had in front of me. He would decide what got finished in what order (usually forcing him to choose between pet projects and profits).

The simple fact is that it's still an employer's market out there. Unemployment is still just high enough that they have their pick of the litter and if you don't live up to their expectations, you're gone, and another warm body can fill your chair. The problem isn't so much that people are willing to do this, the problem is that employers are expecting them to do this. It is the expectation set by the "driven" few at the top, who expect all of their employees who earn a tiny percentage of what the guy up top earns, to be just as driven as they are. I'm not going to "make partner" as an IT guy, why should I have to work just as hard at your law firm, accounting firm, medical practice, etcetera?

about 3 months ago
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Watch the FCC Vote On Net Neutrality Live At 10:30am Eastern

NuAngel Irony? (90 comments)

Ironically, without net neutrality, I imagine the FCC's website would be in the slow-lane and we wouldn't all be able to stream this at the same time. Just sayin'.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

NuAngel A bit TOO far... (245 comments)

I know it has been pointed out that the question asker is being overly paranoid, but I just can't help but point something out, beyond that. He is the kind of person that carries ICE numbers on him that aren't in his cell phone or in his wallet. He is the kind of person who clearly wants to plan for every possible scenario. Yet he argues that he might be forgetful and leave his wallet at home, or his phone at the office? Attention to details, man. I haven't done something like that since I was a teenager.

about 5 months ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

NuAngel Well, that does it (148 comments)

I'm moving to Europe. The real parts, not the Russian parts.

about 5 months ago
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Symantec Fires CEO Steve Bennett

NuAngel Wouldn't be hard (111 comments)

I could run Symantec better than it's been run the last decade... or two.

about 6 months ago
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OKCoin Raises $10 Million To Become China's Largest Bitcoin Exchange

NuAngel Re:The point of an exchange (48 comments)

I was using what's known as "an example." I wasn't saying that OKCoin would exchange for US Dollars. Still, actual currency exchanges usually offer multiple currencies. I can go to a bank not for from where I live in Pennsylvania and get Euro and Yen, if I want them.

about 6 months ago
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OKCoin Raises $10 Million To Become China's Largest Bitcoin Exchange

NuAngel Re:The point of an exchange (48 comments)

Exchanges are used to "exchange" from virtual currency to a different regional currency (cash out your BTC for some USD).

about 6 months ago
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How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware

NuAngel Re:Linux version? (234 comments)

I'm sorry, just the fact that you actually used the phrase "year of the Linux on the desktop" makes me crack up. I'm not a Linux hater by any means, but I've been hearing this same phrase since at least 1998. :)

about 6 months ago
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How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware

NuAngel LinkSys TheMoon worm? (234 comments)

Anybody wonder if the plans in these documents (circa 2009?) have maybe adapted and become the recent Linksys worm?

about 6 months ago
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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

NuAngel Opting Out (of life) (437 comments)

What kind of greedy world are we living in that they would GIVE US a car with heated seats, and then CHARGE US MONTHLY to have access to them???? How about we keep the cost of the vehicle down by NOT PUTTING HEATED SEATS IN EVERY CAR?

I don't want to live in that kind of world. If I buy a cheaper car it's because those features ARE NOT IN THE CAR. Having "options" is not the same as having unlockable features. This is like "DLC on the disc" for video games. If I buy something, I expect to own the entire contents of the thing I have purchased.

If this "feature renting" thing becomes the norm in my life time, you can BET I will be a pioneer in the field of "hacking" these features to life in my car, and gladly sharing walkthroughs on the internet with other people looking to do the same. Lock me up if you want. If I bought a car with heated seats, I'm going to use them, not pay extra to have someone else turn them on.

about 8 months ago
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China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

NuAngel Re:Audit? (223 comments)

The article here on Slashdot you should've just read before commenting says "open sourced."

about 8 months ago
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China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

NuAngel What happened to Kylin? (223 comments)

So there was that Kylin Linux distro, then Ubuntu Kylin, and "Red Flag Linux," and now... a mobile one? Interesting key word, though, is that the article calls this an Open Source mobile OS. User "war4peace" noticed this, as well. I'll be the first to admit that I am *NOT* a coder, but how many backdoors can you hide in something that is open source? I'm sure it's large and it would take time to go through, but if it is open source it *could* be gone through, right?

about 8 months ago
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Futuremark Delists Samsung and HTC Android Devices for Cheating 3DMark

NuAngel A history of this? (188 comments)

Seriously, target-specific optimizations are as old as benchmarks themselves. If you're going to start penalizing companies for that, nVidia should've been delisted since 3DMark 99.

about 10 months ago
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Wikimedia Sends Cease and Desist Letter To Firm Providing Paid Editing Services

NuAngel Charge them as felons! (186 comments)

Under our current (ridiculous) law, it is a felony to break a website's ToS. Go on, Wikimedia, don't just sue them, make them into life-long criminals!

about 10 months ago
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US Killer Robot Policy: Full Speed Ahead

NuAngel All for it (202 comments)

The robot would of course need to be pre-programmed with SOME KIND of target - faces from the FBI's Most Wanted list or something like that. And in a case like that? It's muss less apt to make a mistake than a trigger-happy teenager sent overseas to get stoned and guard sand all day.

about a year ago
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Ask Personal Audio's James Logan About Patents, Playlists, and Podcasts

NuAngel The court of public opinion (99 comments)

Dear James Logan, Do you believe litigation is the best way to win over the court of public opinion? Sincerely, -The Internet

about a year ago

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Are journalists afraid to confront Google?

NuAngel NuAngel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NuAngel (732572) writes "Google recently admitted that they may have captured more than just ‘bits and pieces of data’ but entire emails, personally identifiable email address, and even passwords. It’s not the “admission” of this that’s bothering me, it’s the fact that GOOGLE IS STILL ANALYZING THE DATA that they claim they "accidentally" harvested. What's worse? Everybody reports on "oh, Google says they found email address, full email messages, and even passwords in that data they accidentally got from their Street View cars." Why does Google know what they captured? Why didn't they just DELETE it? More importantly, why is nobody else asking that question?"
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Why Tablets that aren't the iPad Aren't Affordable

NuAngel NuAngel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NuAngel (732572) writes "After a few people asked me why the Samsung Galaxy Tab and other up and coming tablets weren't competitively priced, I decided to do a short blog post about how the Tablet industry related to the video game console industry.
From the article:
"...if you can’t subsidize the cost of your tablet with anticipated software sales, you can’t price it low enough to compete with the iPad. If you can’t be priced to compete, you can’t expect to succeed.""

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