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Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

Snotnose I see 2 problems (83 comments)

First, about half of what I buy on Amazon are gifts that I myself would not have any interest in owning. Second, I haven't ordered anything off Amazon since they started charging sales tax (fark CA and it's high taxes). Too many other online sources to use without letting the spendthrifts in Sacramento squeeze me dry.

5 days ago

Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

Snotnose Sounds wishy-washy (199 comments)

Without their knowledge? You and your gf (or bf) are getting busy in the back yard and you see a drone. That drone can now film away as you know about it.

about two weeks ago

How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

Snotnose Think of the children!! (97 comments)

Or terrorists, whichever works better for this particular feel-good do-nothing PoS legislation.

about two weeks ago

The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Snotnose Re:COBOL was better than JavaScript. (294 comments)

I've used a lot of languages in the last 35 years, I've only actively hated 1. That would be Javascript. I find it amazing you can test your code for weeks, but as soon as you let someone else run it everything breaks in mysterious ways because they have a different environment than you do.

Javascript needs to die, and I'll find another job before I waste any more time programming this POS "language".

about three weeks ago

Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

Snotnose Re:XP losing Market share is not bad news. (336 comments)

This. Last year I finally bought a new laptop not because Microsoft EOL'd XP, but my hardware was dying. Went with 8.1, once I de-Metrod it I quite like it.

Win 8.1 is a solid OS. Metro is a steaming turd.

about a month ago

Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Snotnose My saddest interview (514 comments)

Around 2000 or so had a black guy in his 20s come in, dressed to the nines, well spoken, really likeable guy. I was his first interview and, when I met him in the lobby, he had an older white guy with him. hmmm. My interview technique is to start with softball questions to get them to relax, then get harder and harder questions. I don't want to stress them out, I want them to be themselves and give me an idea of what they know and how easy they will be to work with.

This kid couldn't answer my softball question. Couldn't even try, he had no clue. Tried an easier question, utter failure. I kept dumbing down my questions, and it wasn't until we got to data types that he could, eventually, come up with an answer. He couldn't even answer questions from his resume.

Thing was, as the interview went on I got to like this kid more and more. Really nice kid who seemed to have read a quick tutorial on C but had never so much as written a hello world.

My guess is he was a disadvantaged kid who went to some program, the program did a week of classroom, no lab, wrote his resume, loaned him a suit, got him an interview, drove him there, and presented them as an experienced C programmer to companies.

about a month ago

Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Snotnose Re:What Jesse wants (514 comments)

There have been questions of my ability to do what is on my resume that are legit.

My typical modus operandi is to scan the resume for things I've done myself, the more obscure the better. I then target that in the interview. It's amazing how often people list crap on their resume that was done somewhere in the building, but not by themselves.

For example, I spent about 4 years in the 80's working on the 1553 bus, and considered myself an expert on the protocol, the hardware, and the usage of the bus. A few years ago some idiot put 1553 on his resume but, in the interview, couldn't answer anything about it other than "the military uses it". No shit sherlock, that's my it's full name is MIL-SPEC-1553.

about a month ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Snotnose Re:i blame my kids (570 comments)

Children are something like 80% water. Sounds pretty liquid to me.

about 1 month ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Snotnose Re:I'm probably one of them (570 comments)

The default notice lists a website that is in, and it has the same info in the notice. I'm 100% sure it's not a scam. Well, it sounds like a scam from california, but not from Nigerians.

about 1 month ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Snotnose I'm probably one of them (570 comments)

2-3 months ago I got a notice from the State (CA) collection agency stating I owed them $200 from 2007, along with warnings they could garnish my salary, garnish an incomtax refund, take my firstborn, etc. First I've heard of it. They have a number to call to ask questions. Half the time the phone isn't answered, the other half I leave voicemail that is never returned. So I'm prolly in collections, along with the credit ding, for a 7 year debt I knew nothing about and can't get any information on.

I'm about to spend the money for a registered letter to ask WTF, but I'll bet they don't respond to it.

Farking asshats.

about 1 month ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Snotnose How do I get on this list? (242 comments)

Aside from doing anything illegal, hurting anyone, etc. Seems that if enough of us buy the Get On The Terrorist List for Dummies then the problem sort of solves itself by making the list useless.

about a month ago

Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Snotnose I majored in applied math (241 comments)

some 20 years ago (yikes, did the math and it's closer to 30). I wanted to do signal processing and such, but I realized MIT grad students were doing all the fun stuff. I now write embedded software, and the only time I use math is when I either go off on a tangent, or sine off on an apology for doing so.

about a month and a half ago

Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found

Snotnose Re:KeePass? (114 comments)

I've got my keePass database on my phone. It's always with me, readily available if I need to logon somewhere and I have a trusted computer handy (and a USB cable, of course),

about a month and a half ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Snotnose For me to wear it it would have to be sexy (381 comments)

Sexy enough for an attractive 20 y/o to hop into the sack with my 56 y/o fat self.
/ 20 y/o female
// human female
/// I've posted this same comment in a dup thread a week or two back.

about a month and a half ago

A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Snotnose Re:Subject bait (379 comments)

So a bunch of insane asshats decide to shoot rockets at you, and you're supposed to pull up stakes and move elsewhere? In this example, from Israel to the US?
I have to admit, I must be missing something. If a bunch of nutjobs in Tijuana decided to shoot rockets into my hometown of San Diego I would certainly hope the government would respond.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

Snotnose C/C++, perl, python, Java (359 comments)

Mostly vim, although I'll drop to Eclipse if I need a debugger for Java.

about 2 months ago

Astronomers Discover Earth-Sized Diamond

Snotnose Pawn or sell? (112 comments)

Lemme call a buddy of mine to see what he can tell me about this.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Snotnose It would have to be sexy (427 comments)

Sexy enough so a hot 20 year old would hop into bed with my fat 56 y/o self when she sees me wearing it.
/ make that a hot 20 y/o female
// human female
/// I have no explanation as to why she would wander into mom's basement to see me wearing it tho.

about 2 months ago

Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Snotnose Re:About time (276 comments)

Hell, not knowing you're on it until denied boarding is an abomination. What ever happened to due process? Oh I forgot, it's the terrorists/children/drugs/$fear_of_the_day

about 2 months ago


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