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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

PackMan97 North Korea, Syria, Iran, Russia all disagree (218 comments)

They think a centralized kill switch would be a FANTASTIC idea! Just brick the phones for anyone who dares challenge the state.

I can really see how this might be useful in the US. Instead of the IRS investigating tea partiers, we could just selectively brick their phones. Or if you swing the other way, disable those iPhones from all those annoying hispter Occupy protesters. Seriously, you have an iPhone and you complain about the 99%? You are the 1% globally.

about three weeks ago
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White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

PackMan97 Re: I went back to corporate America because Obama (578 comments)

I'd rather my car insurance not cover oil changes and tire rotations. I don't mind paying for catastrophic care, which because of my age (over 30) the Affordable Care Act has made illegal.

about a month ago
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White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

PackMan97 Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (578 comments)

Please describe in detail your first sexual encounter. That has about as much relevance to my post as anything else. It really doesn't matter what I had as part of a private business transaction.

What matters now is the choices I have due to government force.

about a month ago
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White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

PackMan97 Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (578 comments)

Aren't you a lucky duck.

The second cheapest plan my family could purchase (on or off the exchange) is a $640 bronze POS plan (yes, it calls itself a POS) that has a nice budget friendly $11,000 family deductible.

Obamacare has been a flat out DISASTER for my family. Of course, it makes sense that we have more coverage. When you have everyone pay for maternity coverage, everyone pay for mental health and substance abuse coverage and give out free well visits and routine exams of course costs are going to go up. It doesn't matter if you want (or need) that coverage.

My family is now paying for coverage we don't want or need and will have to pay out of pocket $11k (in addition to almost $8k in premium) before our "insurance" kicks in. This must be one of those crap plans Obama and the Democrats talk about.

about a month ago
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Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

PackMan97 Iran, Russia, Venezuela approve (158 comments)

...they all stopped by to give a +1 to this idea. They'd love a way to be able to brick cell phones of protesters and stop videos from getting out into the world.

about a month and a half ago
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US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

PackMan97 +1 from Iran, Venezuela and the Ukraine (197 comments)

Can't you just imagine this tool when it comes to mass protests? Especially when things turn violent as they have in plenty of countries over the year. The primary way news is getting out is cell phone cameras and videos.

Wouldn't any freedom loving government just die to have access to a kill switch?

about 2 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

PackMan97 No atom left behind (574 comments)

Somewhere out there is an atom without it's own IP address because we haven't fully rolled out IPv6! I demand no atom be left behind.

about 2 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

PackMan97 Christmas Presents! (445 comments)

I know what all the neighborhood hooligans are getting for Christmas! LASER POINTERS!

I also know what I'll be getting for New Years, $10,000!

about 2 months ago
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The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

PackMan97 Re:Passionate == Enjoys programming (533 comments)

LOL! Like I'm going to trust the interesting work to someone who posts as much on Slashdot as YOU!

about 3 months ago
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The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

PackMan97 Passionate == Enjoys programming (533 comments)

What I look for when hiring someone is someone who likes programming. Who wants to get better at doing it. Who wants to work with other people who like programming and want to get better. Someone who treats their work like a craftsman.

I think a lot of these job ads are so over the top because the folks doing the hiring have no idea what they want in a developer. Somewhere along the way someone wrote a blog post on somewhere site that talked about hiring folks who have a passion for their work.

However at the end of the day, do you want to hire a zookeeper who doesn't like animals? an accountant who hates math? a lawyer who can't stand the courtroom? No you don't. You want to hire someone who goes in does an 8-10 hour day and at the end of it says, "I'm proud of what I've done. I can't wait to do some more of it tomorrow".

I think moderately enthusiastic would be just fine for most position. What I don't want is someone who views the job as a grind or a bore. I will fire you for a bad attitude. Fake enjoying it until you actually do :)

about 3 months ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

PackMan97 Genesis Transcription Error (1226 comments)

While some believe the good book is 100% accurate and contains no flaws from copying, translating and retelling the stories for countless years and generations, I believe that some error is in there.

If you simply move the creation of birds to after calling for the animals to land, you've pretty much got the evolutionary chain:
1. Sealife
2. Makes its way to land
3. Takes flight
4. Mankind appears

So we mess up the order and all of a sudden fundies can't accept evolution. Right that wrong and it's really not that hard to imagine that evolution is a divine and guided process. Of course, it's not that hard to imagine it isn't :)

about 2 years ago
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How long until the (first-world) classroom education model is obsolete?

PackMan97 Re:It already is - flipped classrooms (317 comments)

I was going to post this exact issue. The best of the best will have kids watching their instruction on youtube and the average teacher will be turned into a homework monkey. A really hope my kid (1 year old now) gets a chance to learn in a flipped classroom.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

PackMan97 Re:Worse than that. The subsidies are debt based (1797 comments)

Since the government guarantees the loans, the bankers will get the money regardless. Of course it's also good for the government since this debt can never be discharged it will be paid back even if that means taking social security checks when the borrower is retired.

more than 2 years ago
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1948 Mayor To MIT: Use Flamethrowers To Melt Snow?

PackMan97 Snow Melters (203 comments)

Most major northern airports have snow melters that do exactly that, melt snow. They work pretty well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNERNVAlAMo

Of course, we can't have our railways held hostage by snow either, in that case, they just strap a jet engine onto a rail care and melt snow that way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5OrCCGV6hg&feature=related

Where there is a problem, we'll find a solution!

more than 3 years ago
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Doctors Save Premature Baby Using Sandwich Bag

PackMan97 Record for smallest babies to survive (246 comments)

No infant at THAT hospital has survived at that age. Plenty of kids at other hospitals have survived I believe the record for youngest is 21 weeks 6 day and the record for the smallest is 244 grams. So this girl doesn't really come close to those records. In the article the hospital says they are only equipped for deliveries of preemies 28+ weeks and usually refer to a hospital with more specialized equipment for the cases more premature than that. Reality TV star, Josie Duggar, was born at 24 weeks and is doing great (newest member of the Duggar family from "19 kids and counting" on TLC)

more than 3 years ago
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Mom Arrested After Son Makes Dry Ice "Bombs"

PackMan97 Idle hands are the devil's tools (571 comments)

This is nothing. Back in the day I lived in a state that allowed fireworks. Typically around New Years my friends and I would get some empty wrapping paper rolls, some bottle rockets and pretend like we had bazookas. Light a bottle rocket it, stick it in one end, watch it come out the other and go wherever you pointed it. I'm sure that was breaking some kind of law, but it sure was fun. Of course we were smart enough to go out into the woods where no annoying parents or busy bodies were around to see.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Tablet Rumor Wrap Up

PackMan97 TV and Kindle Competitor (348 comments)

My predictions: 1. TV Replacement - Built in HDTV antenna , will work with Apple TV or another wireless TV spec to stream TV directly to the tablet. Sure, we know about internet TV and hulu, but I'm talking over the air TV and live TV. Killer feature for something this size. 2. Kindle Competitor - My bet is a new display type that has a very low power ambient light setting that allows the screen to be as easy on the eyes as a Kindle or other eInk reader. So, while this will be a laptop/phone hybrid, it's really going to go after the TV/Paper publishing angle for it to have mass appeal. While it can surf the web and do general laptoppy/phone things...I see it as really something that's looking to create a new market and kill netbooks and eReaders all in one swoop.

more than 4 years ago
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Legal War For WA State Sunshine Law

PackMan97 Re:Turn the tables (1364 comments)

"Let's take away your ability to marry" Please do...prevent me from making yet another stupid mistake next time I visit Vegas!

more than 4 years ago
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IBM Building 20 Petaflop Computer For the US Gov't

PackMan97 Can it balance the budget? (248 comments)

The feds have been needed a computer that can balance a budget...think this monster is up to the task? Somehow I doubt it.

more than 5 years ago
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Cuil Proves the Bubble Is Back

PackMan97 Is this unusual? (496 comments)

There are a ton of companies out there that offer free snackies, gyms, on-site doctors, etc. For the most part they are prudent financial decisions. free snacks: the cost is VERY minimal compared to the good will generated and assuming it's stocked internally, you don't have to allow an outside vendor in to stock machines improving your security. gyms: healthy employees cost less to insure. healthy employees miss less work. healthy employees are more attractive and will lead to improved workplace chemistry. healthy employees impress customers. on-site doc: employees only need to take 30m off work to see the doc instead of having to get in a car, drive to their doc, wait, wait, wait, see doc, drive back to work which is 2 hrs minimum. so, while a lot of these really seem excessive, they aren't.

more than 5 years ago

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