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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

TJ_Phazerhacki Probably going to get flamed for this (501 comments)

But I have a hard time referring to Rev. Jackson by the titular "US Civil Rights Leader" when in fact, he is most widely known for promoting the civil rights of a specific minority. Also, and again, I don't like where this is going. Hiring should be based on qualification of skill, and NOTHING else. Trying to make up for inequality of upbringing by arbitrating diversity standards is as stupid today as it was 20 years ago.

2 days ago

IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

TJ_Phazerhacki Duh... (265 comments)

The point at which this guy admitted he maliciously tampered with equipment, he was screwed. He should have argued that he was incompetent...

about 2 months ago

FBI Need Potheads To Fight Cybercrime

TJ_Phazerhacki Colorado Attorney General (319 comments)

When Colorado passed the recreational Marijuana law last year, the AG stated that he expected to review employment-discrimination cases by the end of this year. It's going to be interesting when it comes to companies that do business in Colorado and other states, since current doctrine allows companies to have policies dependent on individual state laws, but I don't believe any of then conflict with national policy.

Regardless of your stance on the morality of it, maybe we just start treating one drug (MJ) like another (Alcohol or Tobacco) from a legal perspective? Contrary to Mr. Christie, Denver is a fantastic place to live, and I genuinely believe the recreational industry has improved it even more.

about 2 months ago

Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

TJ_Phazerhacki Re:Depression is weird (257 comments)

Just reinforcing his narcissistic view, justifying it to him. Don't argue, he's a special snowflake, offer to sell him something that'll prove how special he is... And take all of his bloody money.

about 4 months ago

Ubuntu Phone Isn't Important Enough To Demand an Open Source Baseband

TJ_Phazerhacki Re:What an open source baseband can be. (137 comments)

I was actually curious about this - when I used to play with radio scanners, you could (theoretically) get in lots of trouble if you opened them up and sniffed on frequencies that weren't approved. I would imagine very low level control of the radio within a phone could get you in tons of trouble if you were able to spoof things like the IMEI, but even if it was somehow burned into the silicon, you could still play silly buggers with a very controlled set of rules and standards.

about 4 months ago

HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

TJ_Phazerhacki Deja Vu (513 comments)

Didn't we go through this same nonsense with Windows 7 and XP? Call it buggy software or just a resistance to change, it is effectively guaranteed that in 3ish years the headline will be the same, about a major OEM offering disgruntled low-end consumers the last-gen OS as an option. It does NOT signal the death of Metro, or the supremacy of 7, or even a policy shift at MS - it's a vendor kowtowing to consumer demand.

about 6 months ago

How Can Nintendo Recover?

TJ_Phazerhacki Re:Wii U is decent, but needs quality games (559 comments)

-Batman Arkham City

If his premise is that the Wii is more appropriate for his home schooled kids, and he disqualifies FPS games in abstract, its a good chance this is not an appropriate game for his kids.

about 6 months ago

How Can Nintendo Recover?

TJ_Phazerhacki Re:Wii U is decent, but needs quality games (559 comments)

If you think the target market for the Wii U is Homeschooling dads trying to use it to keep their kids physically active, I have a few other large revelations coming for you. It's quaint at this point to hear people talking about the effectively moral supremacy of the Wii as opposed to the Evil Playstation and Xbox - tell me more about how one of the experience simulators is inherently worse for child-rearing outside of parental supervision?

about 6 months ago

Losing Aaron

TJ_Phazerhacki Re:please stop (199 comments)


While this may generally be a popular liberal justification for Judiciary reform (and I'm not saying we don't need it) I have worked in a number of high-security environments, held multiple positions with banking institutions, I have a passport with no restrictions on it, and by itself (violent, Drug, or sexual offenses obviously carry a different classification,) it does not qualify as a legal denial for protected-housing (which most rental units fall under.) You can be licensed and insured (*but not BONDED* - I can't be a locksmith) and in most states, it doesn't affect your voting rights at all. The biggest downside at this point is that I can't legally possess a firearm, so if I *were* to go trap shooting a couple of times a year at the country club, I *could* get in trouble.

about 7 months ago

Congressman Accepts BitCoin For His US Senate Run

TJ_Phazerhacki Re:Colour me confused (165 comments)

This is the guy who thinks that John Cornyn (R-TX) is too liberal and not a True Texan. You know, that John Cornyn who compared Homosexual Marriage to marrying a box turtle, or who voted in favor of notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions, or who mocked Democratic objections to Alito's confirmation and then made (effectively) the same accusations against Sotomayor.

This is the guy who ran a Dodge meme against Cornryn on his Twitter feed last week.

This is the guy who wanted to remove the 'gun-free' zones around schools to keep children 'safer', a month after Sandy Hook.

Actually, the more traction these fringe idiots get, the more fragmented the far right looks. VOTE STOCKMAN 2014!

about 6 months ago

A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

TJ_Phazerhacki Re:Video editing... (501 comments)

I've been regularly accused of being a MS Shill, and it's unfortunate because it discredits this very argument when I present it. Outside of a personal preference with your OS Workflow for creatives, I have not supported an enterprise environment (or small business, for that matter) that had a justifiable need for Apple workstations in the last 5 years. If you want to use this overpriced designer hardware, be my guest and BYOD. I'll even give you DMZ Internet access. But if you expect the office to pay for your computer, it's going to have a PC logo on the front, Active Directory in the back, and a fully licensed copy of the industry standard application for your job. It's nauseating how many creatives act like I've dropped a dead fish on their desk when they see a Windows box - the only good news is decent creative is a supply-saturated market now, and most companies just won't put up with that crap.

about 7 months ago

What Would a Post-Email World Look Like?

TJ_Phazerhacki As long as... (314 comments)

As long as mid level execs feel that email is an instant, unlimited capacity communication channel that saves everything for ever but is still secure and reliable with 24/7 5-9's uptime, email will be around.

I've been waiting to kill email for years, and they won't let me do it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Monitor Traffic?

TJ_Phazerhacki Re:In reply to alot of the posters (338 comments)

I've worked for stupidly rich stupid people before. Generally it's all fun and games billing them for medium-business level IT for their homes for a year or 2, and ordering big-boy Cisco hardware when you aren't really qualified to do much more than patch their cables and set up a wireless network for them. Eventually (inevitably) they will ask for something retarded. In my case, he was worried that an ex was spying on him. He wanted the full counter-surveillance sweep, even after I priced him out something ridiculous (I was sub 6 figures, but just.) I contracted it out to the professionals, but that was just the start. Once you start to see some of the tinfoil hat levels of distrust most of the 1% have, you will quickly tire of billing them, and you will feel better when you are fired or when you get to hand them off to someone else. I am much happier 7 years later without the paranoid, entitled, out of touch with reality oligarch having my cell number on speed dial.

more than 2 years ago

Twitter Leaked Obama's Visit To Afghanistan

TJ_Phazerhacki Re:Memes (177 comments)

The president's specific travel itinerary has been considered a matter of secrecy for years. When the specific route of travel is generally known, bad things can happen (just ask Mr. Kennedy, oh, wait...) This is not odd at all. The tension in the middle east has been high for the last two thousand years, and does not dictate whether we know when our country's leader is flying or not. I actually find it reasonably comforting that this managed to stay "secret" for as long as it did.

about 2 years ago

Opus Dei To Hunt Down Vatican Whistle-Blowers

TJ_Phazerhacki Hope they make an Anime of it (286 comments)

Most of the Catholic-church-secret-agent ones are pretty fun to watch...

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft's Hotmail Challenge Backfires

TJ_Phazerhacki Re:weak password (453 comments)

Sure. But was it actually Hotmail that was hacked, or the way more likely cause of a non-unique password or existing compromise on his pc? Hell, I know script kiddies who would SALIVATE at the chance to make Hotmail look bad for teh lulz...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Daily Stand-Up Meetings More Productive?

TJ_Phazerhacki Standups and by definition Agile (445 comments)

We (private/public utility company) recently decided to implement a company wide application of the SCRUMM stuff our Dev department has been working with for the last 2 years. Mind you, this came down the pipe just before we decided that we were going to LEAN out our organization. So the top level guys are left trying to show off in director meetings as having met 2 sets of goals, the middle level guys are scheduling a crap-ton of meetings and have passed much of the PMO work down to the "foot troops" (most of us being Tier 4 or higher professionals) and we have to try to shoehorn our workflows (infrastructure, operations, even maintenance) into the SCRUMM mold. Seriously, I saw half a dozen engineers (the pipe laying kind, not the computer kind) in their standup last week, conforming to the expectations passed down from on top. Daily standups are awful for anyone outside of the traditional development group organization - they allow poor middle managers to micromanage and to offload large chunks of their responsibility. It's sad that in a reasonably sized organization (1200ish) there are people who can now justify their existence with a quarter's worth of daily meeting minutes and nothing else to show for it.

more than 2 years ago

The Last GM Big-Block V-8 Rolls Off the Line

TJ_Phazerhacki Re:Had a 454 Suburban (525 comments)

By 96, the 454 Towing Suburban upgraded. To leather and 11.5 MPG @ 5280 feet above sea level. And it just cracked 200k with no major engine or transmission service - and by that, I mean anything other than oil changes. Too bad the 2nd power steering rack is on it's way out. Big block gas engines are MUCH nicer tow vehicles in cities and suburbia. That, and they rarely belch black smoke from the 5 inch sewer exhaust the idiot driving them added (though, they will roll on 25" wheels more than I would like...)

more than 4 years ago

Why AT&T Should Dump the iPhone's Unlimited Data Plan

TJ_Phazerhacki Re:And ditch that 8/16/32mb option (501 comments)

I spend a few hours a day with my phone connected to the internet, RDP to damn near everything on it, and LOVE Verizon's service (and their customer support has gotten orders of magnitude better in recent years.) If you can't hack your Verizon phone, you don't deserve the features for free. Everybody RAVES about the "customizability" of other phones without realizing that Verizon basically requires you to do so.

more than 4 years ago

Incorporating Human Behavior Into Wall Street Mathematical Models

TJ_Phazerhacki Re:Voodoo (300 comments)

Because there is a grain of respectability and truth to the pure quantitative analysis. So engineers/smart people pursue it. And the people with money who want to make more will leverage whatever small advantage the quants can generate.

more than 4 years ago



"Spam King" Edward Davidson Walks Out of P

TJ_Phazerhacki TJ_Phazerhacki writes  |  about 6 years ago

TJ_Phazerhacki writes "I was surprised to see that not only did the "Spam King" escape from prison, but he was last seen wandering around my neighborhood (Lakewood, CO!) Our local NBC affiliate 9news reports: "Davidson is on "escape" status with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and according to officials in Washington, authorities in Florence have notified the U.S. Marshal's service about Davidson's escape. The U.S. Attorney's office says Davidson was ordered to report to the Florence camp in May. " If anyone has seen him, please berate him with offers of cheap drugs and subdue him with penny stocks while you contact the local authorities."

Robotic Cannon Looses Control, Kills 9, 14 Wounded

TJ_Phazerhacki TJ_Phazerhacki writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TJ_Phazerhacki writes "A new high tech weapon system demonstrated one of the prime concerns circling smarter and smarter methods of defense last week — an Oerlikon GDF-005 went wildly out of control during live fire test exercises in South Africa, killing 9. Scarily enough, this is far from the first instance of a smart weapon "turning" — the biggest concern seems to be finding the glitches in the system instead of reconsidering automated arms altogether. Sarah Connor, where are you?"



TJ_Phazerhacki TJ_Phazerhacki writes  |  more than 9 years ago Title is pretty much self explanitory. Had it a few weeks ago, lost it, and Its back with force! To the mod points, ahoy!


What is this?!?!

TJ_Phazerhacki TJ_Phazerhacki writes  |  more than 9 years ago Really have to wonder about this - I've got a guy with a UserID# almost twice mine as a freak... Have to monitor this situation closely... Mebbe not...


TJ_Phazerhacki TJ_Phazerhacki writes  |  about 10 years ago What to do, what to do... I have a freak. Hmmm, he considers me a foe... will have to monitor this situation more closely.

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