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In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot

Subgenius Re:Not Just Parking.... (427 comments)

That is a nice change, I did not know that they finally fixed the issue (sort of). Thanks for the update (as I run to get in line tomorrow at 6:00am...)

about 3 months ago
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In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot

Subgenius Not Just Parking.... (427 comments)

Actually, a form of this has been going on in San Diego for some time, but with golf tee times. Torrey Pines is a public golf course that the PUBLIC gets to use. Each and every damn morning, two or three groups (with a dozen or so low-income/shelter 'contractors') phone in and grab ALL of the daily tee times. These folks then turn around and sell them for 3x to 5x the normal public price.

The city can't do a damn thing about them, since each reservation is under a different name......

about 3 months ago
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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

Subgenius Re:Awesome! (269 comments)

You've obviously never been 'ramp checked'

about 4 months ago
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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

Subgenius Re:So, how much does it cost? (269 comments)

ROUGH numbers (and yes, I know GPH not MPG).

Typical Cessna 172 flown by a decent pilot, not a speed-demon, will see a burn of about 10-12 gallons per hour in calm skies. 100LL (avgas) is running here at Montgomery Field in San Diego (Gibbs FBO) $6.19/gallon. Assume a full 56-gallon fill ($346), you are are looking at 5-hours runtime @ 105kts, or about 500 miles before refueling.

Not the cheapest way to get there, your plane/burnrate/mileage WILL vary.

about 4 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

Subgenius At least there is no cameras (664 comments)

True story: My CEO (US company, California) tasked me to install 3 motion-detection CCTV cameras at all of our remote staff locations (3 part timers, in their homes, in eastern Europe), and then review the footage daily to determine if they 'were at their posts' during working hours (and did not take 'too many' breaks during the day). Of course, the reason for this was to 'make sure we are getting what we paid for.' I'm glad this device was not around last year (or will be very expensive THIS year).

No, I did not install the cameras, I just let the issue die. (still have a job, too).

about 6 months ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

Subgenius Just wait until... (549 comments)

those high-powered NSA satellites can do this from orbit. No, this is NOT meant to be a troll post. I wonder if a country could actually orbit a satellite with enough power and a spot beam to stop cars in an entire city... in the name of anti-terrorism, of course.

about 8 months ago
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Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

Subgenius Re:Why bother with a radar / laser jammer? (666 comments)

Hell, bust him at the federal level for use of an uncertified intentional radiator (jammers).

about 9 months ago
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How the Smartphone Killed the Three-day Weekend

Subgenius No way to change (232 comments)

(this is NOT a troll)

As a person (senior management) who has been told by his CEO "I don't care about what happens to the employees, I care about my company making money," I don't see there is anything you can do to get 'companies' to recognize the value of vacations... other than quitting and making them scramble to find someone else they can screw over. Sadly, the perception of vacations, much like IT and paid training in general, is that it is a drain on the company (doesn't produce IMMEDIATE revenue but DOES result in IMMEDIATE costs), and if it was possible to run the company without it, most companies would do so in a heart beat. Of course, those companies are often hell-holes to work in and fail on a regular basis.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

Subgenius You have a chance, of course (314 comments)

There is always a chance. if....
      you never get hit with the non-existent age bias in the tech industry
      you like the smell of curry and noodles
      you don't mind ramping up on a skill set and then seeing your job get outsourced
      you hit the lottery
      you work AT the office
      you can hide your grey hair (or if you have no hair, keep the dome waxed)

Life may suck, but if you enjoy what you do, you will always have something to fall back on, even if that something doesn't pay the bills.

about a year ago
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Bit9 Says 32 Malicious Programs Whitelisted In Recent Hack

Subgenius Really? (18 comments)

Wait a second. You mean that despite this company's security and operational protocols and supposed firewalls, they found that they had a server compromised by a SQL injection in 2012, took it offline, and then BROUGHT IT BACK ONLINE in 2013 w/o wiping it???

OR

They had a SQL injection on a server in 2012, never saw it but turned off the system anyway, and then brought the SAME system back up in 2013?

wow.

about a year and a half ago
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150 Copyright Notices For Mega

Subgenius Re:DMCA Takedown Notice - I got one (199 comments)

FYI, this is what their notices look like (cut/paste, left the speling errers in place)

---CUT---

We are in receipt of a takedown notice affecting the following public link in your account:

(link removed)

Please be reminded that MEGA respects the copyrights of others and requires that users of the MEGA cloud service comply with the laws of copyright. You are strictly prohibited from using the MEGA cloud service to infringe copyrights. You may not upload, download, store, share, display, stream, distribute, e-mail, link to, transmit or otherwise make available any files, data, or content that infringes any copyright or other proprietary rights of any person or entity.

Furthermore, please be reminded that, pursuant to our Terms of Service, accounts found to be repeat infringers are subject to termination.

For further enquiries or to file a counter notice, please do not hestitate to contact us by replying to this e-mail.

Best regards,

Team MEGA

---CUT---

I sent the reply to their message at 7:00pm last night (Pacific, GMT-8) but as of 1:00pm pacific today, have not heard anything back.

(watching for replies, black helicopters...)

about a year and a half ago
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150 Copyright Notices For Mega

Subgenius DMCA Takedown Notice - I got one (199 comments)

Mega cannot see the contents of files. The DMCA notices are simply based on the filenames when linked through search engines.

I created an 80 byte text file that contained the words "star" and "wars" in the FILE NAME, with the actual content being "This is a text file..." with no internal links or other content. Using the mega-&&&.me search engine, I posted the link NAME.

Not surprisingly, I received a DMCA notice within 10 hours of uploading, SOLEY based on the file name.

No big surprise here. I expected the result from the test.

about a year and a half ago
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VA Governor Wants Military Drones For Police

Subgenius This affects access to news crews folks.... (183 comments)

With drones in the air, the access to crime scenes by news helicopters and planes will be a thing of the past. The neat thing about this issue is that the gov. can say "I didn't pass any laws restricting news access to sites, it was the feds!" since the FAA will have final determination regarding access to the airspace.

Niiiiice.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Toys-R-Us Carry Spy Drones?

Subgenius Re:Quiet Citizen, this is a National Security Issu (189 comments)

ever heard of flying kites? moron

That would also need to be banned, under the same set of rules. Kites are a security threat and must be stopped.

And while we're at calling people names, I'll add:

hot air balloons
blimps/lighter-than-air ships
paper airplanes
ski flying/jumping (and all other winter 'off the ground' sports)
skeet shooting (if the clay pigeons go higher than 50' above the nearest obstacle)
motocross
extreme pogo-sticking
trolling

more than 2 years ago
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Will Toys-R-Us Carry Spy Drones?

Subgenius Quiet Citizen, this is a National Security Issue. (189 comments)

Since such actions may affect national security, we better redefine controlled airspace as anything "50 or more feet above the average natural or man-made object height within in any 250' radius from the device in question." By doing this we can eliminate: uncontrolled private aircraft (ie; Cessna fuel bombs), terrorist-centered high-powered rocketry (why would any 'normal' citizen need to launch any device over 250' in the air), surveillance drones (including all forms of remote-controlled aircraft, again, why would any 'normal' citizen need to pilot a 1/24th scale flying model for ANY reason, other than terrorism training), parachuting, etc..

Of course, there will be law enforcement exceptions.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Tried and Failed To Launch a Monkey Into Space

Subgenius Re:Wrong Species (272 comments)

Yes....the goat. That reminds me to make sure my phone is clean.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Tried and Failed To Launch a Monkey Into Space

Subgenius Re:Gosh... (272 comments)

It was a scratch monkey.

more than 2 years ago
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Church Turns To Facebook To Find Priests

Subgenius Finaly, the Catholic Church is catching up! (286 comments)

We've been recruiting priests, bishops, popes, hell popes, anti-popes, pope-esses, Doktors, cardinals, ordinals, and rabis via the Internet for nearly 20 years. No mandatory molestation, just $30 for ordainment (Eternal Salvation or Triple Your Money Back!) and the Divine Excuse! It is nice to see organized religion copying US!

more than 4 years ago

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