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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

ageoffri Not necessary complacent... (269 comments)

I've got almost 20 years in IT, mostly in various aspects of security. I don't consider myself complacent at all, but at the same time I'd much rather work the 9-5 M-F then put in lots of hours. In my 20's I thought that the more hours you worked, the more it showed the company that you were valuable. Sure I got top ratings but I was only focused on my career. These days I consider it a source of pride that my overtime for last year was less than 10%. I'd rather spend time with my wife, with my friends, doing things that are fun. I stopped working to work and now work to enjoy life. I'm so much happier and the hours I put in our more productive, after about 10 hours pretty much everyone is better off calling it a day.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

ageoffri Gateway games! (382 comments)

For quite some time my gateway game has been Ticket to Ride. Easy to learn how to play. Doesn't take hours to finish and the game has a good visual aspect. For a more fun party time, I would say Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity. Just taking a quick look at my collection http://boardgamegeek.com/colle... , another good one to have is Acquire, plays quick and easy rules. I also like to pull out 7 Wonders for light gaming. For more involved games my go to's are either Eclipse or Twilight Imperium. Just depends, 2-3 hours or 10+ available?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

ageoffri Depends! (209 comments)

This is almost a philosophy question. While I haven't been directly involved with the implementation of an ERP, I have been at clients that were implementing large scale ERP systems. There are two main ways to deal with this. The first is to take the ERP system and make minimal changes to it and instead perform business process transformation to align the business with the ERP system. The second is to take the ERP system and use existing business processes with minimal modifications and instead modify the ERP and/or put in place interfaces/API's to make the ERP work with the business processes. The answer is not always easy. Many places can benefit from business process transformation because processes have been used for a long time and don't take into account the current environment, they haven't been changed because "this is the way we've always done it". Sometimes the business processes are optimized and your better off changing the ERP and/or putting in the interfaces.

about 2 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

ageoffri Re:NO, all candy bar (544 comments)

galaxy s5 power saving mode or galaxy s5 ultra power saving mode

about 2 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

ageoffri Re:NO, all candy bar (544 comments)

Samsung Galaxy S5 has this and more. I've set mine up so at 20% it goes into first level of reduced power consumption, turns screen into grey scale, restricts background data usage and a couple other things I don't remember right now. Then at 10% it turns into pretty much a late 90's phone with bare bones functions, supposedly it will go 4 or 5 days in that mode.

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

ageoffri Re:Uncertainty/fear? (550 comments)

While I don't know if the Doctor was telling me the truth. I was told that the smell was not my eye being burned but instead it was a side effect of how the laser was generated and I want to say he said something about ozone. I'm likely not right on the details, but on the general statement that is what the place that did my eyes told me.

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

ageoffri Re:not a permanent fix (550 comments)

I had LASIK December 1999 and even at that time I was warned that I would like need reading glasses in my 40's and due to large pupil size I might have halo's at night. I didn't quite make it to 40 and needed to start wearing glasses some days and at night. Even though it isn't permanent it was still well worth it. I was over 20/400 with a nasty astigmatism, I had coke bottle glasses even in plastic lenses. The new glasses are very slim and light.

about 2 months ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

ageoffri Dimmable LED's are still a tad pricey (196 comments)

I'm right at $20 a bulb since the majority of bulbs in our house are in ceiling cans and on dimmer switches. Best bulb I've found are these http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ... . And I've found that with LED's you really should just use one brand/color so every time one bulb burns out I order a two pack to get ahead.

about 3 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

ageoffri Re: So now autonomous cars will be called a poor t (626 comments)

What like mandates for so called smart guns? Both major political parties pull the same crap and aim at their uneducated masses. The difference is the focal point they chose.

about 4 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

ageoffri So now autonomous cars will be called a poor tax (626 comments)

I can just see the outrage from the Democrats now about how only the well off can afford autonomous cars and don't pay any fines any more. So only the poor who have to drive manual cars get pulled over.

about 4 months ago
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FCC Chairman Will Reportedly Revise Broadband Proposal

ageoffri Sounds just like credit card merchant rules (105 comments)

Credit card companies typically forbid a merchant to charge more than cash price. So what do the merchants do they offer a cash discount. So instead of having fast and slow lanes, everything will be slow/congested and by paying more you will get better throughput.

Can We the People just fire this clown?

about 4 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

ageoffri Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

Please go read the Federal Papers. It isn't supporters of the 2nd Amendment who are deliberately misinterpreting the right of the People to own firearms. The 2nd Amendment was a last line of defense against a tyrannical domestic government. This proposed change guts the original intent of the 2nd Amendment. When talking about the People in context to the US Government and laws, any definition other than citizens of the United States is flat out wrong.

about 5 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

ageoffri Re:"What I find interesting is how..." (1633 comments)

Using this logic every ruling by the Supreme Court should be 7-0. Instead we have hyper-partisan activist judges like this guy who are pushing their agenda using an appeal to authority.

about 5 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

ageoffri Actually the correct fix is far fewer words (1633 comments)

'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, and the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.' Instead of applying revisionist views that have no Constitutional basis.

about 5 months ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

ageoffri Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (304 comments)

The American Civil War was not a war over slavery. It was a war over Federal vs. State control. Slavery was an emotional issue used to by both sides as part of the their argument on control, but ultimately it was a secondary issue. If it was about slavery why did Lincoln "free" slaves in only the secessionist States?

about 5 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

ageoffri Re:Umm.. just as Europe moves beyond chip and pin. (731 comments)

The thing is the signature on the back of the card isn't for verification by a merchant. The stated purpose of the signature block is that you agree to the terms that come with the credit card. By the rules of Visa and MasterCard a merchant should not accept a card that is blank or has something like see ID.

Of course almost no merchant follows this part of their agreement.

about 7 months ago
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Why the Latest FISA Release By Google Et Al. Means Squat

ageoffri Re:Classic Slashdot (131 comments)

Don't know if I'll leave but it wouldn't take much to push me over the edge with the bad redesign. Of course if you want to see an absolutely horrible redesign pull up nbcnews.com

about 8 months ago
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Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

ageoffri Re:Credit Reporting Agencies (519 comments)

Apparently you didn't read the article. So I'll quote the part that matters.

"The Fair Credit Reporting Act, which governs credit reporting, says that only a state's attorney general can sue a creditor for furnishing inaccurate information. But if the creditor doesn't fix the inaccuracy permanently and in a reasonable time, you can sue, even though the Fair Credit Reporting Act doesn't explicitly give you that option."

The reason that people can sue is on the grounds of the CRA not fixing inaccurate information. The article makes it very clear that the public uses those grounds to sue, not the grounds of providing inaccurate information. So yes you can sue and it happens all the time, people win quite often against the CRA's when they do their homework. Especially effective in a few states like Texas and California where you can also use State level laws in addition to the federal.

about 10 months ago
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Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

ageoffri Re:Credit Reporting Agencies (519 comments)

Pretty much everything you stated is wrong. You can sue all three of the consumer credit reporting agencies in small claims court assuming you followed the processes outlined in the federal laws for consumer protection.

http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/special/19990820.asp

Check out creditboards.com and the ficoforums.myfico.com and you will find multiple success stories of people suing one or more of the CRA's.

I can also say that from personal experience that merely making the threat to the CRA that you will be suing them in small claims court with proper citations will cause the CRA to fix their errors.

about 10 months ago
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White House Official Tracked Down and Fired Over Insulting Tweets

ageoffri Re:Secret Emails and they fire a tweeter? (208 comments)

There are a lot of States are At-Will. In this case you can quit for any reason and the company can fire you for any reason*. So yes the company can and should fire you for tweeting nasty things about the company.

The only real issue here is that Obama promised the most transparent administration in history. Instead we have leak after leak showing that it is the most opaque administration. Not to mention corrupt and surprisingly the one area the Administrator isn't incompetent in, is the prosecution of killing terrorist.

about a year ago

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Opps! Printer releases Google earnings early, big drop

ageoffri ageoffri writes  |  about 2 years ago

ageoffri (723674) writes "The printer filed the Google results hours before they were supposed and with the earnings not meeting expectations Google stock got hammered. Hope the printer has good business insurance, though it wouldn't surprise me to see that printer go out of business. Who will trust them now?"
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Remember when video games didn't suck?

ageoffri ageoffri writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ageoffri (723674) writes "Remember when programmers had to design fun and engaging games with just a handful of bytes? When 8-bit graphics were ever so amazing? There is a trend to bring back games that are more then just pure action, games that make you think, plan and perhaps most importantly are family friendly. Here is one such attempt to bring back a classic game from the early 80's. M.U.L.E. is one of the most critically acclaimed video games, with even people like Will Wright praising it. Add in modern game mechanics from classic like Settlers of Catan and you have the potential to bring together the best aspects of video and board games together. Then to make the things even more interesting, add in a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recreation of M.U.L.E.

What other retro games would you like to see remade with modern graphics and game play tweaks?"

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Wielder of lightsaber defies police

ageoffri ageoffri writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ageoffri (723674) writes "33 year wannabe Jedi Knight proves that a lightsaber is greater then a taser. In a shocking display of skill the first taser is foiled with pure thought and the second has a wire cut before it can activate. Are midi-chlorians counts in current humans building back up to the levels from a time long ago?"
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Watch out Netflix, Amazon rolling in.

ageoffri ageoffri writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ageoffri writes "Amazon has announced that they will include streaming with a subscription to Amazon Prime. The free 2 day shipping on a huge selection of products either sold directly by Amazon or fulfilled by Amazon is already worth the Prime cost. Now add in streaming that works out to just under $7/month and it gets better. Sure the selection isn't that great yet but this has the ability to really change the streaming market!"
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