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19,000 French Websites Hit By DDoS, Defaced In Wake of Terror Attacks

WinstonWolfIT A positive step (206 comments)

The crusades are returning, and every attack hardens our defenses. In the end, AK-47s and RPGs are no match for a thousand years of military advances while they neuter themselves with infighting.

about two weeks ago
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Intel 5th Gen Core Series Performance Preview With 2015 Dell XPS 13

WinstonWolfIT Re: Bigger keys please (97 comments)

I'd give Raul's left testicle for a standard keyboard form factor to return to the Thinkpad W series.

about three weeks ago
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Closure On the Linux Lockup Bug

WinstonWolfIT Re:Call me crazy (115 comments)

Might want to check your first link.

about three weeks ago
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Google Sees Biggest Search Traffic Drop Since 2009 As Yahoo Gains Ground

WinstonWolfIT Re:Google Censorship (155 comments)

Ah, I was wondering where Britney Spears disappeared to.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

WinstonWolfIT Ageing with contacts (464 comments)

I've been wearing RGP contacts for 35 years, and only in the last year as I turned 50 has computer work become difficult. When I refresh again in six months I'm going to seriously consider a pair with acuity at 24", and a pair for general use, as RGPs are stupidly easy to fit and remove. Or possibly combine general use with prescription glasses in conjunction.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

WinstonWolfIT Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

In brighter light, your pupils constrict, resulting in a deeper field of vision. It's an optical affect well known in photography. This is why one squints to help bring something blurry in focus.

about a month ago
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Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

WinstonWolfIT Re:No problem. (145 comments)

:) I'm aware of the conflict of interest in play. However I'm more interested in a seamless experience than being pedantic about who aggregates my history since I have no possibility of clicking through ads that are never displayed because of Adblock, and even if they're displayed, by policy I ignore and never click through ever ever ever. Ghostery and Adblock+ in combination do well enough, where Privacy Badger doesn't play nicely with Pale Moon and I'm quite over downloading and manually installing zips as I never grew a neck beard. Yes, to a certain degree I simply don't care, which has actually led to having sex as often as I want and Christmas dinners with people capable of conversation.

about a month ago
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Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

WinstonWolfIT Re:No problem. (145 comments)

Ghostery turns that shit off. With rare exceptions, the only add-on I allow to remain is new relic, since that helps my counterparts actually improve the service.

about a month ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

WinstonWolfIT Re:people still watch that crap? (106 comments)

You didn't miss much with voyager.

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

WinstonWolfIT Re:You seem to think .NET is a language (421 comments)

And, increasingly, F#. I haven't done the leap myself but will soon have to out of necessity, but I haven't seen a single C# -> F# developer want to go back.

about a month ago
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Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

WinstonWolfIT Re:Network Level (97 comments)

So Cory did it?

about a month ago
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T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

WinstonWolfIT Re:And where is my money?? (51 comments)

Here in Australia, when a company acts fraudulently, they're pretty much forced to declare their misdeed to all their customers, and to go through all the necessary steps to make it right. For instance, when Coles got spanked for calling their bread fresh baked daily, and when it came out they were baking from partially baked and frozen, they had to put several notices on the wall behind their breads spelling out in great detail what they did wrong. Every detail including the placement, frequency, and wording were ordered by the court.

In T-Mobile's case, the court should have (and perhaps actually) ordered them to mail and email every potentially affected customer with details on how to apply credits to their account online, and every affected prior customer to claim a refund online using account number and mailing address to verify. In cases where the actual damage amount can be determined, credits and refunds should be automatic. Anything that requires jumping through one hoop too many is egregiously odious. Ah well one can dream.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

WinstonWolfIT Consider (317 comments)

Sometimes process is more important than technical competence. A scrum master certification might get you recognized for seeing the bigger picture and potentially affecting change in a team. In addition to just scrum, the PSM course also touches on TDD, definition of done and many things that tie directly into the development process.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

WinstonWolfIT I had that wife (720 comments)

After about 6 years of alimony payments, and found a compatible partner, I consider the alimony a bargain.

about 2 months ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

WinstonWolfIT Re:Sexist? (125 comments)

Both of my daughters type between 120 and 140wpm, where I topped out at 95. Point being, they grew up surrounded by technology, infrastructure, and encouragement. (D+ in science? I'm surprised, since Science is your best subject. Psych bullshit but I tried every subtle mind game to encourage her. She responded with an A+, and straight-A'd her way through high school and uni from then on.) Eldest is a successful banking marketer expanding into teaching yoga, youngest is doing well in uni but unsure, and I'll be damned if I didn't encourage and support any of their aspirations, and they can bloody well see day to day how I get stupidly rewarded for being tunnel visioned.

I do recruiting screening for a high end consultancy, and not one female applicant that has crossed my path has remotely approached a passing score, even as I would in a heartbeat pass a female with simply a marginal competency in the interest of diversity -- and I'm far from the only one interested here in facilitating gender diversity. Every cultural male is represented where I work, but it's just depressing how male it is. I wasn't able to interest my daughters in tech, nor would I have tried to coerce them, and for decades of trying I have NO ANSWERS.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

WinstonWolfIT Buzzword bingo, but with sincerity (176 comments)

Retain a consultant with a proven track record to implement your processes.
Hire only senior level devs who can do solo heavy lifting across your technology stack.
Deliver small increments of potentially shippable product.
Insist on emergent architecture.
Empirically adapt into better processes.

about 2 months ago
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Another Hint For Kryptos

WinstonWolfIT Mu guess (50 comments)

Be sure to drink your Ovaltine

about 2 months ago

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