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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

boristdog Re:Why do you want pieces of plastic (337 comments)

Yeah, screw all those farmers and ranchers and small town folks! They only provide all our food and stuff, why do they need movies?

News flash: Internet speeds more than a few miles from urban development usually suck donkey balls.

2 days ago

Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

boristdog The Gripping Hand? (77 comments)

I see that the kids at MIT have read their Niven.

5 days ago

ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

boristdog Re:Name (158 comments)

I actually had a business called "rent a nerd" in the early 90's when I was in my mid 20's and in great shape. I got lots of repeat calls from lonely divorced women to fix very simple "problems" with their computers. e.g. Problem: "My screen is blank!" Solution: "Turn up the brightness knob" | Problem: "My software won't load!" Solution: "You have to run the install.exe program, not the readme.txt"

If I hadn't had a girlfriend and/or a conscience at the time I would have made even more money. I did get a lot of free sandwiches & beverages, and got to see a lot of low-neckline shirts.

about a week ago

'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

boristdog Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

Especially David St. Hubbins.

about two weeks ago

Homestar Runner To Return Soon

boristdog Re:Have another trophy! (57 comments)

I bought a "Kick the Cheat" for my wife when they first came out.

It was amazing fun to kick while the batteries lasted. The Cheat would yell and curse when you kicked it across the room.

about two weeks ago

Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

boristdog Re:Or, you know (150 comments)

For you maybe. I live out in the country in a house I built myself. No city councils, no neighborhood associations, no nothin'. The wife and I sit on the porch naked and smoke weed while enjoying the sunset over the hills damn near every evening.

Enjoy your city livin', kids.

about two weeks ago

Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

boristdog Or, you know (150 comments)

You could just live in a regular house without all that crap.

about two weeks ago

Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

boristdog Yeah (346 comments)

Barbara Striesand never returns my e-mails either.

about three weeks ago

IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

boristdog Re:Fox News? (682 comments)

Never attribute to malice that which may be caused by incompetence.

I worked for the IRS for 6 years. It is a huge, bloated bureaucracy and everyone is afraid of it so no one messes with it. We lost data all the time, which was a boon to people who owed money based on that data. Honestly, there was more fucking going on amongst the people in the office than actual work. It was the land of office affairs.

about a month ago

Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

boristdog Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (435 comments)

Women who prevail and succeed have a property similar to many men. They know what they want to do, and do not care what society, or Barbie, or fashion magazines think. And they are willing to do what it takes. My wife, the model of an Alpha female, is this way. The successful female techs, engineers, and scientists where I worked were this way.

You just described my network engineer wife. She doesn't give a crap about doing girly things. Awesome cook and a sex machine though. I'm a lucky SOB.

about a month ago

Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

boristdog Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (435 comments)

My wife changed careers 10 years ago from teacher to network engineer. She tries VERY HARD to get other women insterested in going into tech fields. She has oodles of money from her job, while all her female friends make less than half what she makes. But none of her friends or relations are even remotely interested in changing their career, even though they all complain about not making enough money.

Hell, I try to get more women interested in the tech fields all the time to no avail. I've even gone to career days at local high-schools to try to get women interested in tech careers. Last time I interviewed a woman for a programmer-trainee job she decided she wanted to do something else after we offered her the job, she didn't even try it.

So the problem seems to be pretty cultural. Even with someone offering to mentor them, most women (based on my limited sample) have little or no interest in the tech fields. And these are all smart, educated women. I imagine we really need to change the way we bring up girls if we want to fix the situation.

So it will remain a sausage fest wherever I work until I retire, I guess.

about a month ago

Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

boristdog Re:Really? (293 comments)

How about "Positive parental involvement" then?

about a month ago

Americans Hate TV and Internet Providers More Than Other Industries

boristdog Re:yup, its true (for me) (255 comments)

I'll take "The big companies that most people deal with at home for 400, Alex"

about 2 months ago

The Shrinking Giant Red Spot of Jupiter

boristdog Re:Monolith! (160 comments)

I haven't heard that since I did a nickle in Leavenworth.

about 2 months ago

Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

boristdog Re:right to be forgotten (370 comments)

I'm thinking there will eventually be a "statute of limitations" for data. Anything more than X years old can be requested for removal.

about 2 months ago

You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

boristdog Re:Which one? (315 comments)

My wife changed from teaching school to becoming a network engineer about 8 years ago. She went from making 40% of my income to making 95% of it in the past 8 years time, and that's with about 30% increase in my income in that time.

She is treated like a professional and doesn't have to deal with the parents of her clients. Yes, there are a lot of clueless "Durr, she's a girl!" nerds that she has to deal with, but she says they are easier to handle than her former students.

So if you are a woman and you are AT ALL interested in technology, get into the tech field anywhere. We're in Austin but it is lucrative no matter where you go. And you will have your pick of well-employed male suitors if you so desire.

about 2 months ago

Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

boristdog Re:Electric. (659 comments)

Then one day somebody discovers this awesome substance called gasoline that has so much more energy

Do you honestly think that if we didn't have gasoline powered cars already ANY company could get a tank full of gallons of a highly volatile and explosive liquid put under the back seat of a car (where the CHILDREN sit) approved by ANY government agency? Sure, it's fine for daredevils and stuntmen, but you would be thrown in the looney bin for even suggesting that families use it for daily transportation.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

boristdog Re:Good to go with minimal competence. (466 comments)

I consider myself minimally competent, but most programmers I meet don't seem to be as skilled as I am.

about 2 months ago


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