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Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

Sez Zero Re: No Wonder! (77 comments)

Yeah, I would say that there IS NO NEED to wonder how they will behave. We know already.

3 days ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

Sez Zero Re:GeekDesk! (348 comments)

This is why I got my department to buy me a GeekDesk a couple of years ago.

We've been using Kangaroo desks. We went to them after trying out a few Ergotron sit-stand desks that were just too flimsy.

We've got about a dozen now and there have been nothing but positive reports including a few that have lost weight (not a controlled study). The best tool we've found for making sure the desk gets used is to have your PC read off the time every half-hour as a reminder to switch. I don't have one of the desks, but I use the half our reminder to get up and move around if I haven't recently.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Sez Zero Re:I live in Montgomery County, MD... (784 comments)

My wife and I and our kids were just talking about TFA this morning. The reaction that I got from my kids (8 and 10) was something like "huh?". We live just a few doors from a park where all the neighborhood kids play together, unsupervised, when the weather is nice.

I was raised in Montgomery County, back in the 80's. I remember it was quite a change from where I had lived in California because none of the yards in Maryland had fences. During summer, we'd walk or bike to friend's houses or to the junior high to play basketball. We probably had a range of 5 miles, with the only direction "Be back by dinner."

I can't believe this is the same place I used to live.

about two weeks ago
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First OSX Bootkit Revealed

Sez Zero Re: My kid does magic tricks... (135 comments)

We have several new Mac laptops at work. They don't have an Ethernet port, so all of them are connected via Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapters. All the time. It seems like Ethernet or DVI adapters would be a great vector for this attack.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

Sez Zero Re:Intel says no. "short durations" - Intel.com (325 comments)

Non-obligatory car analogy: Nitrous Boost would have been a more analogous name. It's used for seconds, like nitrous oxide, not all day, like a turbo can be.

Best car analogy so far this year. Well done!

about three weeks ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

Sez Zero Re:Well duh (241 comments)

Seriously, do they even have an IT group?

Yes, they wear the red shirts of Engineering.

about a month and a half ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

Sez Zero Re:Is it more difficult? (241 comments)

It is mind boggling to me that everyone seems to have gotten hoodwinked into thinking a "Like" button provides more benefit to the company than the things which keep corporate data intact.

Maybe I'm lucky but I've only seen that where I work after all the basics are taken care of. With all of the tools and services available these days, I'd assume that the basics like data integrity, telephones are *locked down*. If your basics are causing trouble, you are definitely doing it wrong.

I think more and more IT is becoming a manager of services, instead of a manager of servers. When there are companies out there making the basics easy to manage, then you can afford the time to get the Like buttons running.

about a month and a half ago
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Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?

Sez Zero Other 'M' companies (57 comments)

McDonalds' was in China in the 90's. There are dozens of other M companies in the Fortune 500. I'm surprised only one fits the profile. Merck, MorganStanley, McKesson, Monsanto, Marriott, Manpower, MGM Resorts, Micron, etc. That was the time to setup in China, I wouldn't be surprised if it was something like MRC Global, Inc and the MS hint was dropped just for headlines.

about 2 months ago
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Millions of Spiders Seen In Mass Dispersal Event In Nova Scotia

Sez Zero Spiders flee before it (81 comments)

If I've learned nothing else from Harry Potter... obviously a Basilisk has invaded Cape Breton. Beware, Mudbloods!

about 2 months ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

Sez Zero Re:Journalists are fair game (197 comments)

When a journalist writes a bulls--t story about you ought to know whos paying their bills and who their friends are.

What I want to know is when did anyone with a blog/website suddenly become "a journalist"? Is the bar really that low?

I can setup a domain and pound out some page-view inducing BS; am I a journalist then?

about 2 months ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

Sez Zero Re:WTF? (265 comments)

It hasn't been breached... they just got a hold of their email mailing list! This is the crappiest bad summary of all crappy bad summaries.

Yes, and their ability to manage a mailing list is in no way related to their ability to manage more sensitive information, in their system that isn't even live yet.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

Sez Zero Re:Competition (265 comments)

It isn't alleged-- TFA states CurrenC sent out a notice saying email addresses were compromised.

about 3 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Sez Zero Re:I'll just go down the street (631 comments)

Pissed might be too strong a word but I have a Walgreens right down the street from the CVS and Rite-Aid. Only one supports Apple Pay so guess which one I'm going to use if I want to use Apple Pay? (or Google's alternatives)

That's right, I will vote with my wallet.. er, crap, my phone!

about 3 months ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Sez Zero Re:Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads And More Ads Ads Ads Ad (126 comments)

If I could delete 3 things from all existence they would be:

How about Flash? Isn't that how we ended up with "analytics provider Adobe"?

about 3 months ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

Sez Zero 26 App Launches (147 comments)

That constitutes a "daily driver" machine? (BTW, I appreciate the car analogy.) But I only launch one or two apps each day; most of the time I'm resuming already running apps. Do they have to reboot each day as part of this tool?

about 4 months ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Sez Zero Re:Of course! (571 comments)

What the article fails to mention is that the new reactor has to be 800 feet tall or buried 400 feet in the ground. Or 400 feet tall and 200 feet buried. It's pretty complicated figuring out the math here.

A related article from the comments below says that the final size will be small enough to fit on the back of a truck (roughly cargo container sized), or 10 times smaller than ITER being built in France.

I found it interesting that 55 pounds of deuterium is needed as fuel, but only a few grams of tritium ('bred' from lithium) is needed, since part of the nuclear reaction makes tritium to feed back into the reaction.

I was then reminded of many Star Trek episodes where power couldn't be generated because of damage to the "dilithium crystals". Maybe those should have been called "trilithium crystals" instead?

Other article, cited below

about 4 months ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

Sez Zero Re:scroll-wheel test (274 comments)

It is my own fault for not seeing this was a Bennett Has-too-much-time-on-his-hand-elton story.

about 4 months ago
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

Sez Zero Here's the bill: public notice key (115 comments)

Link to the text of the bill, since TFA is limited.

Probably the sticking point was:

A public agency that uses an unmanned aircraft system, or contracts for the use of an unmanned aircraft system, pursuant to this title shall first provide reasonable notice to the public. Reasonable notice shall, at a minimum, consist of a one-time announcement regarding the agency’s intent to deploy unmanned aircraft system technology and a description of the technology’s capabilities.

There's also some reasonable limitations on data captured by drones (can't be kept long) and a requirement to log who requests drone missions. If only there was some federal body that could come up with some reasonable standard for all states...

about 4 months ago

Submissions

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Amazon Goes to War Against Oracle

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about 3 months ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Amazon Aurora is a MySQL-compatible, relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases. AWS page

Once again Amazon Web Services is taking on Oracle, the kingpin of relational databases, with Aurora, a relational database it said is as capable as “proprietary database engines at 1/10 the cost,” according to AWS SVP Andy Jassy."

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Perl 6 Ready for Production in 2015

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about 3 months ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "The last pieces are finally falling into place. After years of design and implementation, 2015 will be the year that Perl 6 officially launches for production use.

In this talk at FOSDEM 2015, Larry Wall reflects on the history of the effort, how the team got some things right, and how it learned from its mistakes when it got them wrong. But mostly how a bunch of stubbornly fun-loving people outlasted the naysayers to accomplish the extraordinary task of implementing a language that was so ambitious, even its designers said it was impossible. Prepare to be delightfully surprised."

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Microsoft Pulls iPhone YouTube videos

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about a year ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Microsoft’s Windows Phone team posted today a rather cringe-worthy Windows Phone video on YouTube that mocks Apple and its recent iPhone announcement. Titled “A fly on the wall in Cupertino?”, it depicts what some might believe to be Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive in separate meetings to go over the various color options and other features for the iPhone 5c and 5s.

The nearly two minute clip doesn’t follow the same style Windows Phone typically does when making fun of iOS and Android phones. All you see are two “employees” poke fun at the decisions that Cook and Ive make about the next generation iPhone. What makes things awkward is that although you can only see the back of the actors’ head, it appears that Microsoft has got the wrong image of who Cook is — or is it supposed to be Steve Jobs?"

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Boxee to join Samsung

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "We’re pleased to announce that the Boxee team will be joining Samsung.

We started on this journey six years ago, and have been at the forefront of the changing TV and video landscape. We believe that over the next few years the video market will change even more than it has in the past few decades.

Joining Samsung means we will be able to work on products that marry the best hardware and software in the TV space, products that will be used by tens of millions of people and will help to shape the future of TV.

We are excited about the next chapter for our team."

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Curiosity uses Brush; almost Hammer Time!

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  about 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity has used its brush tool for the first time to sweep dust off the surface of a rock. Brushing away the dust gives the robot's survey instruments a clearer view of the texture and chemistry of the underlying rock.

Curiosity is building towards using its hammer-drill, the last major tool yet to be deployed on the mission."

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Disney Buys Lucasfilm Ltd; new Star Wars in 2015

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Not only did the news break today that the Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion, but the studio press release also announces that a Star Wars: Episode VII feature film is targeted for a 2015 release! Yes, 2015 will give us The Avengers 2, Justice League of America and now a new Star Wars movie!"
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Software Engineer is 2012 Best Job, according to CareerCast

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "CareerCast gathered mounds of data and sorted through all of the factors to break each element into five key categories: Physical Demands, Work Environment, Income, Stress and Hiring Outlook. Jobs receive a score in each individual category, and when these are added together, the career with the best overall score is ranked 1st, while the one with the worst overall score is ranked 200th.

Which one came out on top? A job this crowd might be familiar with..."

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Study Shows Alcohol Buzz Prompts Intuitive Insights

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "A moderate alcoholic high loosens a person’s focus of attention, making it easier to find connections among remotely related ideas, Andrew Jarosz of the University of Illinois at Chicago and his colleagues propose online January 28 in Consciousness and Cognition.

On average, participants at peak intoxication solved about nine problems correctly, versus approximately six winners for the sober crowd. It took an average of 11.5 seconds for intoxicated men to generate a correct solution, compared with 15.2 seconds for sober men."

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7-inch Google Tablet Coming From ASUS

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "Google and ASUS have been collaborating on a co-branded 7-inch Android tablet, with a launch as early as May, according to sources, challenging low-cost rivals and the iPad with a $199-249 price tag. The fruits of the partnership, whispered to the runes readers at DigiTimes by industry sources, will take on the NOOK Tablet and the Kindle Fire, with ASUS selected for its willingness to flex to Google’s requirements."
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Debit Card Outrage Takes Down BofA Site

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "

Bank of America Corp plans to charge customers who use their debit cards to make purchases a $5 monthly fee beginning early next year, joining other banks scrambling for new sources of revenue. Senator Richard Durbin, architect of debit card interchange fee reform, bashed the proposed monthly fee. "Bank of America is trying to find new ways to pad their profits by sticking it to its customers," he said in a statement. It's overt, unfair, and I hope their customers have the final say."

This morning, it looks like Bank of America's website is down."
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Russian space freighter lost

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sez Zero (586611) writes "An unmanned freighter launched to the International Space Station (ISS) has been lost.

The Russian space agency has confirmed the Progress M-12M cargo ship was not placed in the correct orbit by its rocket and fell back to Earth.

The vessel was carrying 2.5 tonnes of supplies for the ISS astronauts.

With the retirement of the US space shuttle, there is now a critical reliance on the robotic freighters to keep the station supplied."

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Journals

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Workless

Sez Zero Sez Zero writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Fifteen moderator points. Well, I'm not getting any work done today, I've got read Slashdot all day.

It's a moral imperative!

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