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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Shados Re:A more important issue... (231 comments)

"the only time you have to play with video drivers under Linux is with any consumer grade discrete card that matters".

Is basically what you just said.

yesterday
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Shados Re:A more important issue... (231 comments)

There's very few companies you wouldn't be able to sue if you could sue for that. Heck, Linux is very stable if you use "the good parts" and set it up just the right way, but get out of its comfort zone (ie: start using it on the desktop with a setup thats not the "ONE" setup) and things go to hell pretty quick.

2 days ago
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Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

Shados Re: Neener (97 comments)

Personally at this point my favorite is LevelUp, though its a lot more localized. Its just a barcode picture, you point whatever version you have to the machine, it turns green, you're done, save a ton of money, and can use whatever device you want (android wear watches work nicely with it).

Its not as fancy shmancy as NFC, but it the deal is better for both the customer (get pretty decent discounts) and the merchant (pretty much no transaction fee whatever and free hardware in many cases)

2 days ago
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Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

Shados Re:Would this solution stem these unending breache (97 comments)

this isn't a password you can hash and compare hashes. You have to use the number, so it kind of has to be in number form somewhere... Even if it was encrypted and the key was on a different machine... it will get read and decrypted next time its needed. Then you can steal it there.

Now for a lot of cases you don't need to store credit card numbers at all, you can just replay a transaction, but thats not always possible.

2 days ago
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Microsoft To Open Source Cloud Framework Behind Halo 4 Services

Shados Re:please keep closed! (50 comments)

.NET is slowly being "re-opensourced" under MIT license though.

about a week ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

Shados Re:Well DUH, You can't stop piracy. (115 comments)

I'm sure there's bits of information/data about you that you'd be against sharing. You just can't phantom why these particular bits of data being shared would be bad because it benefits you. If it didn't, or god forbids it hurt you, you'd be singing a different tune.

about a week ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

Shados Re:Well DUH, You can't stop piracy. (115 comments)

I'm not saying I agree or not with piracy, but this is a ridiculous arguments. "You can't completely stop X, therefore you shouldn't even try to do anything about it".

That can be said about -ANY- crime/undesirable behavior.

"You can't ever completely stop home invasions. Its a waste of effort to put lock on doors".

Some people will do whatever, all the way down to the extreme, no matter what you try to do about it. Efforts to stop "X" is generally to stop as much as you can.

The question is purely: "is it beneficial to society to spend X amount of resources to stop Y amount of piracy (or to try at all). Yes/No.

People feel pretty strongly on both sides of the fence as if it was an obvious question with an obvious answer to either of the sides. It is not that simple.

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

Shados Re:Visual Studio 2015 (115 comments)

I just got mine from t-mobile (a 64gb too). About a a week and a half from order to delivery. The 32gb supposingly only take a few days.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Shados Re:The Netherlands has something similar (291 comments)

If it was a reasonable company doing it, it wouldn't be so bad. In this case for example, for a lot of people, the account setting to turn it off doesn't work (you get an "unexpected error" when clicking the button on the website). You're also only notified of it up to several months after they turn it on, and their customer reps lie about it and ways to get out of it.

If they were up front, honest, and had a decent workflow to get out of it such that a non-techy could understand how to do it without being lied to, and it wasn't enabled by default in areas where population density means a saturated 2.4ghz space, thus making a lot of every day devices fail because of it, there wouldn't be any problem.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Shados Re:Suing over something that can easily be changed (291 comments)

"Unfortunately" (for this particular scenario, as its quite nice fore most purpose), I live in a loft where the walls are lined with windows.27 windows, roughly 35x70~ each, one next to each other all around. Blocking the walls won't help much :)

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

Shados Re:What about things like the JVM inside a contain (149 comments)

Think of it as running separate VMs in an hypervisor, but SOME stuff can be shared. If its all in the package, yes they'd have their own mysql or postgres, but its the same thing as if you had VMs with everything included.

Nothing stopping you from having an instance for the database, and an instance for the web server that connects to the database.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Shados Re:Suing over something that can easily be changed (291 comments)

Comcast tends to make it hard to bring your own modem. The list they give of the ones that will work is frequently out of date, once you have one you may or may not need to talk with them to get it recognized, and they may just lie to you instead of helping.

Beyond that, its just that, again, they don't tell you when they turn it on (until months later, I eventually got a letter, though I already knew they had). I had tried to turn it off via the account settings (there's a button to do so), but it always has "an unexpected error". I eventually managed to get it turned off by talking to an agent (I wasn't in the mood to fight with a third party one that should work but doesn't because Comcast's a dick company).

Now, even after all that, it still doesn't matter: I live in a very high density area, and there's something stupid like 30+ xfinity wifi hotspot within range. The 2.4ghz band is totally useless from interference.

Easy right? I just got a 5ghz router, and that works great. Oh, but the Wii U is 2.4ghz... Well, I'll wire that. My TV is 5ghz so thats fine. My roku is 2.4ghz...I could buy a new one. Oh but the Nest thermostat....and the list goes on.

Its just something they shouldn't be doing, flat and simple.

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases Android Studio 1.0, the First Stable Version of Its IDE

Shados Re: Looks pretty impressive... (115 comments)

Having cross platform support doesn't mean you cant recommend a platform.

ie: git works fine in Windows. It just works better under *nix. Node-webkit works fine on a Mac or Linux. Its just lightyears (ya, i know, unit of distance...) faster in Windows.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Shados In the big tech hubs, sure (720 comments)

It may take a few tries, but a lot of places don't do background checks, and some that do won't care too much.

I know a guy who several felony, recidivism, his mug shut come up as the first hit on google if you google him... and he was able to get a job in a few weeks.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Shados Re:Might change the choice of platforms (545 comments)

Fair, but then it has nothing to do with the platform. Windows has a lot of flaws, but requiring a lot of IT people to maintain a large number of them is not one of them. Domain policies, centralized app deployment and management out of the box and all the features you'd expect have been in for a very long time and work very well. Its one of its strengths, not weakness.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

Shados Re:Risk? (118 comments)

Except there's support included when you get a Microsoft product. If you're beyond that and don't have a support contract, its $250 to pass the buck over to them if their shit goes kaboom on you.

Once, I was at a company where we ended up with a critical bug in SharePoint ( ::shudder::...that was a long time ago...) auditing.

After going through the support monkey, we eventually had something silly like 12 microsoft engineers and PMs on the line in a conference call debugging the issue with us a few times over a week. In the end they gave us a fixed up DLL, and things were good.

Net bill: ~$250 (give or take).

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Shados Re:Might change the choice of platforms (545 comments)

10 to 1 ratio for mixed environment? Thats insane. There was some incompetence in there somewhere. 100:1 sounds about right, but ratio obviously gets better as you scale up (once you have tens of thousands, you only need a few to handle the centralized stuff, and 1-2 per physical office for hardware related issues).

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Shados Re:Nobody should be exempt (545 comments)

Game development is the worse plague in the industry. Only finance companies come close, and they're not nearly as bad (because they pay up the wazoo. Game development shops do not).

Too many college kids went in with the thought having their name in the credits of the next Final Fantasy or Call of Duty. Supply and demand.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Shados Re:I see both sides of this issue (545 comments)

The main thing is companies have to be up front about what's expected.

We pay you X, you are expected to Y. This includes A, B and C.

Then its simply a business agreement between 2 people, and the software developer has the long end of the stick.

My issue is companies that don't tell you. Sure, you should ask, but really, it should come up in the employment contract or during salary negotiation. I'm perfectly fine with on-call, I'll just ask an extra 20 grands on my paycheck. Usually most companies are ok with that, and everyone's happy. But there has been a few times when I forgot to ask, and not a peep was made about it from their end. Maybe my fault...but then I end up quitting and everyone gets hurt. I have to explain a short sting on my resume, they have to replace me, everyone's losing out.

about two weeks ago

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