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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

PackMan97 Re:Bets on first use (233 comments)

Exactly! Or maybe someone took some photos or videos that a government doesn't want to get out. Simply kill the phone and you are done with that problem.

The bad scenarios are far more dangerous than not having a kill switch.

Besides, weren't there apps that do this that folks could purchase of their own free will"?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

PackMan97 Godwin's Law (382 comments)

This is a record. Godwin's law before the comments!

One site I participated in had a great way to deal with trolls. Once your rating became negative enough, you were put on a global /ignore and no one saw your posts except yourself and others with equally negative reputations.

about a month ago

Tesla's Already Shopping For More Office Space

PackMan97 Re:Check out Detroit (100 comments)

Checking out Detroit is definitely on my bucket list. However, I have conveniently put it as the last item just in case it's the last thing I do.

Tesla is trying to be a disruptive force in the auto market, they aren't going to do that by locating in Detroit. Too many "old car" thinkers.

about a month and a half ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

PackMan97 Arrest the Credit Card Issuers? (419 comments)

It sounds like the real scammers are the credit card issues that have a system in place to override that has ZERO security in place.

about 2 months ago

The World's Best Living Programmers

PackMan97 Number of /. posts? (285 comments)

Even then, I don't think I rank anywhere special. Oh well.

about 2 months ago

Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

PackMan97 Re:If generic and common behavior patents are... (140 comments)

You NEVER EVER NEVER want to search for a patent when implementing something. To do so opens you up to a willful violation of that patent and treble (x3) damages.

about 3 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 8 months ago

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 8 months ago

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 :)

more than 2 years ago

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

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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