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NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

Phibz SSH? (607 comments)

I wonder if their list includes SSH

about a year ago
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Don't Fly During Ramadan

Phibz Sounds like a (1233 comments)

That sounds like a panic attack to me.

about a year ago
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Disney Algorithm Builds High-Res 3D Models From Ordinary Photos

Phibz Re:Subliminal messages? (80 comments)

I hate responding to my own comment but I finally got it downloaded and stepped through the video.

It's just a person in the shot wearing a white and red striped shirt.

1 year,10 days
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Disney Algorithm Builds High-Res 3D Models From Ordinary Photos

Phibz Subliminal messages? (80 comments)

Did anyone else notice flashing images on the screen while playing the video?

I can't get it to stop exactly on the image but it looks like some sort of white and red striped thing near 7 seconds in to the video.

Odd.

1 year,10 days
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Ask Slashdot: I Just Need... Marketing?

Phibz How is this the opposite situation? (212 comments)

I've spent the last 7 years in marketing. The idea that the field is non-technical is just silly. Analytics drives the business. It's not enough to create interesting and compelling creative. You have to be able to be able to show a real lift from that test and use that data to drive future campaigns.

There are a lot of smart people in marketing. Both technical and non-technical. The argument that the field is largely non-technical and therefore some how foreign to you is both wrong and unimportant.

What you should focus on is hiring people who understand the field and can use, shape, and sell your mass marketing product. In other words this challenge is the same as any other business, learning how to successfully grow your business.

about a year and a half ago
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Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

Phibz Re:uhh (881 comments)

Also http://electionanalytics.cs.illinois.edu/ has the probability of an Obama win at 99.6% today.

about a year and a half ago
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Being Honest In Exit Interviews Is Pointless

Phibz Re:I disagree (550 comments)

I have to agree with this.

I had a similar experience when leaving. I was caught in a three way battle between my boss, his boss, and myself. I was the lowest ranked and ended up choosing to leave.

If you're considering "firing back" during an exit interview ask yourself the following questions:

1. Given the politics at play and the person I am speaking with what sort of outcome can I expect?
    * There is no point in complaining if HR/higher up managers don't care or are complicit in the problems

2. Are my complaints grounded in fact or open to interpretation?
    * Remember you are the one leaving. You will likely be blamed for the problems that led to you leaving. Make sure that anything you say is backed up with facts and difficult to spin (perception is reality).

3. How will my actions affect the rest of the team?
    * You may very well get the person you are upset with reprimanded. Be mindful of how it will affect the larger team. In my case I did indeed get my direct supervisor moved off of the account and on to another team and I got his supervisor put on probation with another VP and HR sitting in on all team meetings. Unfortunately this meant much more scrutiny on the team as a whole. Some of the other members on the team who were valuable contacts of mine did not look on this kindly. And were understandably upset with me.

Remember most likely your actions will not get the person fired. It's easier to blame you for the problems and reprimand the individual at fault while attempting to diffuse the situation.

Managers will almost always be more likely to opt for a calm, predictable situation even with mediocre output from their employees over having to clean house, and find new talent. With the predictable approach they can work on the team over time and not further compound the upset that your leaving will cause.

about 2 years ago
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City's IT Infrastructure Brought To Its Knees By Data Center Outage

Phibz It has to be said (102 comments)

I used to be a City until l took an arrow to the knee.

about 2 years ago
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Hackers Steal Keyless BMW In Under 3 Minutes

Phibz Re:The BMW Fob Sucks for many other reasons (486 comments)

What car do you have? I have an e46 2005 M3 and it uses the old diamond style twist key, not a push to start button. Also I have the navigation system and while I agree it's terrible, I never had an issue with it opening unless I pressed the eject button on purpose.

Did the facelift models get a start button? I didn't think so.

about 2 years ago
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Is Python a Legitimate Data Analysis Tool?

Phibz Re:really? (67 comments)

You joke but you'd be surprised in the marketing industry Excel is quite popular for data analysis. For small data sets it does a fine job.

about 2 years ago
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New Film Renders Screen Reflection Almost Non-Existent

Phibz Moth-eye (112 comments)

I was wondering what they meant by moth-eye and I found this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-reflective_coating#Moth_eye

more than 2 years ago
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Your Passwords Don't Suck — It's Your Policies

Phibz PAM (487 comments)

I'd love to see a PAM (Pluggable Authentication Module) for this.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best EEPROM Programmer For a Hobbyists?

Phibz Spark Fun (165 comments)

Spark Fun has some that are reasonably priced

http://www.sparkfun.com/categories/1

more than 2 years ago
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Why the Fax Machine Refuses To Die

Phibz Re:Hassle factor (835 comments)

Except that it would still have the problem of spam mails; people would definitely just start sending modified e-mails with the exact same line in the header just so that these devices would print those out, and voila! You've just turned spam e-mails into physical spam. With a fax machine you atleast need a dedicated phone-line that can only call a single phone-number at a time and that's why spammers don't use them

Not so. There is such a thing as spam faxes. You're right they require more time investment to send and they're easier to track/prosecute.

more than 2 years ago
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Why the Fax Machine Refuses To Die

Phibz Hassle factor (835 comments)

1. Sheet Fed Good Quality Scanner
2. Simple interface to enter an email address
3. Price competitively compared to fix machines .....
4. PROFIT!

I hate single use machines, but some times the simplicity of one alone justifies it's existence. Keep it simple and cost competitive and you'd have a winner.

more than 2 years ago
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Age Bias In IT: the Reality Behind the Rumors

Phibz Re:C programmers? Wanted! (582 comments)

A power-hungry dictator that is using every method of control that he can will see a Western programmer as a wildcard to their empire and call a thumbs down. They've built their fiefdoms, and can legitimately tell HR that an older Western worker will cause strife among their team.

While i disagree with asking more of my employees than I would ask of myself, I can understand being hesitant about introducing an unknown in to the group. As a manager I not only have to consider if an individual is right for the position, but I also consider the dynamics of the team, and how they will change when the person is introduced. I've had a few instances of a brilliant but verbally confrontational candidate who I passed on because the value brought as a developer was out weighed by the conflict they would introduce with other members of the team.

about 2 years ago
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I've lost more computers to ...

Phibz Re:The hardest one to give up (317 comments)

My Sun E450 is off somewhere kicking it with your ANS. It suffered a similar fate for the same reason.

I'm seriously jealous about the ANS for $75. I always wanted one of those.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Could We Deal With the End of Time Zones?

Phibz There is such a thing (990 comments)

see http://ebeats.org

more than 2 years ago
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Re. medication requiring a prescription:

Phibz Re:recovering from transplant (550 comments)

As a transplant patient of 15 years I wish you many years of long life and health. It sucks, but it's better than being dead.

g'luck. You'll need it.

about 3 years ago
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Texas and Taxes: Is a Server a Business Presence?

Phibz Re:Cool state (103 comments)

Geography.

about 3 years ago

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