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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Pontiac Re:this is something Google does a bit better (593 comments)

There is a place in the Dalles, Oregon where Google maps will try to make you take a left through a guard rail and off a 30ft tall retaining wall. To be fair the street does continue down there.

3 days ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Pontiac Re:h1b visas are limited to 60k a year (398 comments)

60k end users.. We had 250 in IT at the Denver site.. and more on site staff across 19 states.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Pontiac Catholic Health (398 comments)

I left before it happened but my former company outsourced all of IT to Wipro.
This was on a system with 60,000 users.
Everyone but management was replaced with H1B- workers from India.
Outgoing staff was asked to stay and train their replacements with no severance packages.
Very few stayed and turnover documents were not made (hmm I wonder why) so the incoming Wipro workers had to discover and document the systems themselves.
I hear it was a real nightmare with lots of $$ spent on contractors to help figure things out.

about two weeks ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

Pontiac Re:Just can't win... (367 comments)

Hot air balloon heated by the fury of enraged PETA members.

about 2 months ago
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The Minecraft Parent

Pontiac Re:Single Player Creative Mode (174 comments)

5. Daddy builds a Minecraft server PC and throws it on the LAN. 4 kids play together or alone in a server you control.
6. Daddy bought a relm subscription.. performance was way better then the 7 year old desktop plus they can now access it from grandpas house or on vacation and let their cousin & school friends join in. I still have control as it's a whitelisted server done by invite form me.

The kids now play on some of the public servers but I always play on them first to get a feel for the user base before handing over the url to the kid.

about 2 months ago
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The Minecraft Parent

Pontiac Re:I look forward to Minecraft with my son (174 comments)

My son is 8 and has been playing Minecraft for 2 years. I've seen him go from just throwing stuff together to really putting thought into design and ascetics.

We started him out on Minecraft Pocket edition.. He can play with friends on the same lan but internet play is not all there yet so you don't have to worry about online strangers. We bought the PC version for him last year and started playing on the Reddit servers. Overall it's a good community.

about 2 months ago
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The Minecraft Parent

Pontiac Digital Lego (174 comments)

The best description of Micecraft I've heard is Digital Lego.

In creative you can build anything.. My son and I built the Great Pyramid of Geza to scale on the Reddit creative server.

Play with redstone.. lean the basic electronic circuits with switches and logic gates.

Then switch to survival, join a community.. work with others as a team.. So many things you can do in one little game..

Well not to call it little.. the map can have more land than 9 million earths.

about 2 months ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

Pontiac Re:They backup their email in tapes? (200 comments)

LTO 6 tapes will hold 2.5 TB uncompressed for $50 a pop.. So yes it is very cost effective backup media.
Also in your typical office the email system will be one of the larger consumers of storage.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Pontiac Re:Minecraft itself is a phenomenon, but (330 comments)

Watch for

Minecraft: The movie..
Minecraft: The cartoon series

Lets face it. Minecrat merch can be found everywhere for kids, teens and adults.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Pontiac Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

I joined sometime in 1998 or 99 and have a 6 digit number.. a low one but still 6.

about 3 months ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Pontiac Re:of course (300 comments)

At this point is you are supporting any kind of MS enterprise product since 2010 you need to know powershell just to do your job on a day to day basis.
Dare I say it Powershell scripting is one of those thinks MS got right.

about 5 months ago
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Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

Pontiac Re:More like 3400 fridge magents (73 comments)

16 T – magnetic field strength required to levitate a frog

about 6 months ago
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Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

Pontiac More like 3400 fridge magents (73 comments)

a typical fridge magnet is about 0.005 Tesla

Neodymium–iron–boron magnets are about 1.2 Tesla

about 6 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

Pontiac Great for work. Not so much at home. (379 comments)

I have a Dell Venue 8 pro.

Great little tablet powered by an Atom processor and Windows 8.1
Call it a baby surface pro if you like that costs $250

Now for work surface is a great tool. very portable with full windows desktop available when needed. You can't ask for better integration and portability when working in a windows dominated office setting.

At home not so much and it's not the tablets fault.. It's the applications. Overall Android and iOS apps just work better. That is jut my opinion anyway.

If MS could get some better entertainment/social apps out there that match the functionality of its competition it could gain some ground.

Sadly since I can't attach my personal computer to the company network I can't use it there so it just sits at home collecting dust.

What would make me use it more? hmm maybe touch screen controls and on screen keyboards that freaking work in minecraft on windows 8.1 .. You hear me Mojang? I want this!

about 7 months ago
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Why Cheap Smartphones Are Going To Upset the Industry

Pontiac Re:Shame Google dumped Motorola (234 comments)

I got my daughter a Moto G..

It's a nice phone.. We spent $150 through Consumer cellular.with no contract.

about 6 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Pontiac Re:No, thank you. (865 comments)

there are about two times a year where I want to start my car, leave it running, lock it and run into a building for a couple of minutes. I can take my RF key out of the car, but with the car running it won't let me lock the door.

I would only consider doing this someplace in the dead of winter, like when leaving some small hotel in the middle of nowhere. Start car, carry down bags/check out, drive off.

My Nisan will let me start then lock it up and go back inside with the key.

Now I did find one downside.. Once it's started there is nothing stopping you from putting it in drive and taking off.. Someone could easily bust the window, hop in and drive off if I left it running. Yes I tested this . Well not breaking the windows but driving off without the key.

about 7 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Pontiac Re:No, thank you. (865 comments)

Clearly you have never owned a "keyless" vehicle.

I say "keyless" because my Nissan has a physical key hidden inside the key less remote fob to open the door if the car battery is dead.

If the fob battery is low the car will warn you. It's hard to ignore.

If you are a dumb ass and keep ignoring the low battery warnings there is a slot under the dash for the fob to work when the fob battery is too low to transmit.

For what it's worth nearly every car made today has some kind of chipped smart key that costs $50-$100 to replace plus a remote that will cost you $100 or more if you wash it. Key less or not dropping your keys in a puddle will cost you.

Funny thing about keyless.. I never drop my keys trying to get into the car or start it.. They never leave my pocket.
I can't even lock the doors if the key is inside.. the car won't let it happen.

about 7 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Pontiac Re:VERIZON! or maybe SONY!!! (328 comments)

Are you using a Sony Blu-Ray player or otehr sony device to access Netflix?

If so that may be another possible issue.. Sony.. for whatever dumb reason programs their Blu-Ray devices to only access Netflix through Sony servers.
For us it became a huge bottle neck and the Sony streaming went to crap when every tablet and PC in the house streams flawlessly.

I guess this isn't an issue with the PS-3 or PS-4 but exists on other Sony streaming devices.

Insert a Roku and I'm getting HD quality again.

about 8 months ago

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Oracle Software Glitch Mars Semester's Start for Washington State University

Pontiac Pontiac writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Pontiac (135778) writes "PCWord reports that the first week of class at Washington State University has been a tumultuous one for students and parents who depend on financial aid, due to a software glitch in a recently installed Oracle PeopleSoft system.

The problems stem from communication issues between the software's student financials and financial aid modules, said Casey Hanson, director of new media and communications for WSU Information Services, in an interview Thursday.
Technicians are still working on the problem, Hanson said. The issues can also be attributed to the learning curve students and parents are facing while learning to use the system and its new processes, Hanson added."

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