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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Phreakiture Re:At least it wasn't goatse (136 comments)

It seems like it would be one of those degenerate cases that might warrant a -1 Informative.

3 hours ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Phreakiture Re:Hulk hogan could code too (581 comments)

Fuck you. Who said anything about male? This is most of the family in this bind.

about a week ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Phreakiture Re:Hulk hogan could code too (581 comments)

That's okay. Sympathy is a renewable resource.

about a week ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Phreakiture Re:Hulk hogan could code too (581 comments)

How to get a job with no transportation? Move to the job, you say? How to get an apartment with no job? We're not talking city here, we are talking over a mile to your nearest neighbour.

about a week ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Phreakiture Re:Hulk hogan could code too (581 comments)

Some, but not many, mostly because I haven't got the resources. Now, that said, I did just buy a truck for one of my nephews because I see a spark in him that shows some potential.

More to the point, however, the status quo has beat any ambition out of most of them.

about a week ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Phreakiture Re:Over 18 (631 comments)

Actually, a person doesn't inhert this debt. The debt is inherited by the estate. If the estate runs out of assets before the debt is settled, then the rest of the creditors are SOL, but the debt does not pass to the heirs. Mind you, nothing else does, either, but the heirs are not stuck with the debt.

about two weeks ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Phreakiture Re:Hulk hogan could code too (581 comments)

Unfortunately, this is true of many art forms. TV has become so much "reality" TV because it is formulaic and easy and cheap to produce because it has no production value. Movies have become very uniform and bland, also, because the "spice" they use is special effects rather than writing a decent story, because it is cheaper and easier to do. Music is not "performed" an more, but "produced" by stringing together bits of this and pieces of that, then "normalizing" it by compressing the living shit out of the dynamics to the point where you can easily hear the whole sound go "squish" on every beat of the thing that used to be a kick drum. And so it goes.

The good news is that every now and then, some market niche will buck the trend . . . going to see a local band play live . . . buying bread that came from a bakery rather than a factory . . . seeing an independent film that was produced by an artist and not subject to the whims of a studio exec . . . but these niches are just that, and not enough to reverse the trend, at least, not yet.

about two weeks ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Phreakiture Re:Hulk hogan could code too (581 comments)

Anyone working as a coal miner is so far past the "I'm willing to do jobs that suck" threshold that it has vanished over the horizon.

Yep, but so, sometimes is the "Jobs that are available, that I can get to" threshold. I know a lot of people who are stuck in this type of mess because:

  • They were born in East Bumfuck, and
  • They were born poor because they live in East Bumfuck, and
  • They have no transportation because they are poor and
  • They can't commute far because they have no transportation and
  • The only job they can find that is within walking/biking/bumming a ride distance is the one they got.

Pay close attention to that bumming a ride distance. If you are dependent on another family member for a lift to work, and you are poor, you know that one car that works (not counting the ones parked on the lawn) will break because they're poor and can't maintain it well. You're not going to go anywhere that that family member doesn't deem, and so, there you sit, another generation festering in the rot that is East Bumfuck

I know it first hand because these folks are my in-laws. Some of them have escaped (very few, my wife being one), and some of them are going to, but mostly the opportunities just aren't there.

about two weeks ago

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Phreakiture MOD Parent up! (477 comments)

Mod this guy up because he actuall read all the words and demonstrated the ability to grok basic sentence structure.

about two weeks ago

New MU-MIMO Standard Could Allow For Gigabit WiFi Throughput

Phreakiture Re:Sooo, TDMA for Wifi (32 comments)

Your understanding is reversed.

TDMA for WiFi is what we have now.

MU-MIMO is simultaneous comms with each device.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

Phreakiture Re:April First????? (219 comments)

OMG! Pwnies!

Happy now?

about three weeks ago

FCC Boosts Spectrum Available To Wi-Fi

Phreakiture Re:Spectrum Frequency (73 comments)

MIMO is a great technology, but it has two problems.

First is that there is a lot of equipment that is too small to implement MIMO (think phones, iPods and other, similarly-sized devices) because there is not enough room to put the requisite multiple antennas in place at a sufficient distance from each other to do the job. This may be curable with another advance in technology, but we don't have this one yet.

Second is the large amount of equipment in which it just isn't being implemented. Look at the shelves of a store (or pages of a webstore) and you will find a gajillion "N150" routers and cards. Naturally, these are the ones with the lowest prices on them, and therefore are the ones that get bought. Band congestion takes that 150 and turns it into a 36 or so, where if you had bought an "N300" or "N600" you might see 72 or 144 respectively.

Of course, this is less of a problem on 5 GHz because there is more spectrum, no channel overlap (unless you bonded your channels) and the signals don't carry as far.

about three weeks ago

How the FBI and Secret Service Know Your Network Has Been Breached Before You Do

Phreakiture Re:NSA (72 comments)

Viola? I think you meant "voila"

about a month ago

Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Phreakiture Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

Aldi is also a very interesting case study in store efficiency.

Most of their stores that I have seen have four aisles. Coming in the door dumps you into aisle 1. Most traffic in aisles 1 and 3 is heading to the back of the store and most in aisles 2 and 4 is heading to the front.

Every one of the store products has at least two copies of the barcode on the package, and many times more than two. In one extreme case, I saw a barcode turned into package decoration by wrapping it all the way around the bag.

Of course, that last one wouldn't work well if things double-scanned, so the cash registers have a duplicate code lockout on them, and the cashiers are trained to group and count, and use the '@' button on their cash registers.

Checkout lanes have very long conveyor belts on them so that 2-3 customers can be unloading their carts at once without getting in each others' way.

Cashiers sit, rather than stand, in order to lower fatigue and improve productivity.

The till is arranged like a vertical file with a lid that pops open in front of the scanner. This is because, with the cashier seated, a cash drawer would collide with him/her requiring him/her to move his/her seat to slide it all the way open. It pops open driven by a spring at the appropriate moment in the transaction, and closes with less effort than a cash drawer, again, reducing fatigue.

Oh, and last but not least, staff are actually paid decently.

about a month ago

Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

Phreakiture Re:Without her permission? (367 comments)

How many home schooled kids have you met? I have met four, from two families, and in all of their cases, they are functioning at an intellectual level well above most adults. Were I not able to see that they were children, I would have expected them to be at least 30 based on the way they communicated.

One of the kids, at age five, was throwing around college-level vocabulary and asking me if I knew what the words meant.

Of course, I see you posted AC, so you'll probably never see these comments. After all, we wouldn't want to take responsibility for our broad brushstrokes, now would we?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Phreakiture Re:Fast, Cheap, High Quality (370 comments)

High quality doesn't seem to be in this asker's requirements. He already has the knowledge, he just needs a piece of paper to prove it.

Never minding that, though, I did go to university with someone who was earning her Bachelor's degree in Architecture (traditional meaning of the word - buildings, not IT). She went from start to finish in 3 years by taking on an oppressive courseload. Using this methodology, and assuming you can get your credits for your Associate's degree to transfer, you should be able to get there in 1.5 years from where you are now.

I also went to uni with someone who went from start to Master's in four years. He did it by creative border-hopping, transferring his credits back and forth between Canadian and US universities, and relentlessly bullshitting the various administrators when trying to convince them to accept his credits in a way that would be beneficial to him.

Finally, I will point out that the degree need not be in Computer Science. I have many current co-workers whose degrees are in other fields, yet here they are, populating the IT department of my particular organization. HR wants to know you have the paper, and that's kind of where it ends.

about a month ago

Big Data Breaches Give Credit Monitoring Services a Boost

Phreakiture Re:Writing's on the wall: credit is a scam (48 comments)

What other industry has done so much damage to the economy?

Mortgage lending, to name the most obvious one . . . .

about a month ago

WPA2 Wireless Security Crackable WIth "Relative Ease"

Phreakiture Re:NSA says fuck off (150 comments)

Why are you asking me? You know damn well where my papers are.

about a month ago

Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"

Phreakiture Responsiveness (119 comments)

Bluecoat don't vet every site. They vet what they can, and let bayesian classifiers do the rest.

That said, when you find a mistake, you can submit it to them and they will look into it. I have had a 100% success rate getting them to adjust the classification of sites I've submitted to them over the last six or seven years.

about a month ago


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