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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

boristdog Re:Terrorists Win (396 comments)

These "terrorist" fellows seem to know how to get the US to do what they want!

They've got moxie, I'd like to be one of those guys!

11 hours ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

boristdog Re:Tired of this shit (428 comments)

No one is accusing you of oppression or repression, they are only stating that you have privileges that you don't see. You just can't see your privilege because like everyone, you only live in your viewpoint.

I am a straight, white male raised by two educated, middle-class parents who valued education. This gives me an ENORMOUS advantage over 95% of the population. I work hard, but honestly I have NOT had to bust my ass too hard to become a successful, upper-income, white male. I get out of bad situations easily merely because I am not seen as a threat by anyone in power, but rather an ally, just because of the color of my skin.

You have to realize that the reason that YOU think your life is not privileged is because you live in the middle of it. You think that if you have problems you are not privileged, but even the 1% has problems. I have only in the past few years come to realize the advantages I have had all my life, and when you get older you will hopefully see the same thing.

So no one is accusing you of anything, they are just letting you know that you have it better than you realize.

yesterday
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

boristdog Re:Really.. (112 comments)

Yep, I work for a company that actually makes flash memory and a lot of it is sold to Samsung. This gives Samsung a second source if they need increased volume without investing in another flash fab, and some of our product types (yes, there are many types of flash memory and implementations of it) are not made by Samsung so it's cheaper for them to buy it from us.

2 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

boristdog Cool research (137 comments)

Interesting reports like this can be rare as hens teeth.

2 days ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

boristdog Re:I knew it! (250 comments)

My neice tried to load a thumb drive of MP3's from my music library into her Ipod a couple years back. Itunes instead reformatted the thumb drive. I thought she just screwed up, so I reloaded the thumb drive from my PC and we tried again. Itunes gave some message about "scanning media" and reformatted the thumb drive again.

I said then that I would probably never buy another Apple product. I still feel that way.

about two weeks ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

boristdog Re:Lord, save me from buzzwords (196 comments)

But we already do that. I work in a highly automated factory and I've been doing that for the past 15 years.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

boristdog Re:Investigation a Crapshoot (229 comments)

Yeah, $1500+ per iPad is probably a bit high, even with custom software. This looks like a backroom deal between the Superintendent and Apple/Pearson.

Remember when Apple used to give discounted products to schools and students?

about two weeks ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

boristdog Re:Lord, save me from buzzwords (196 comments)

Yeah, I have had a coffee maker for 20 years that will make my coffee 10 minutes before my alarm goes off and I will have hot coffee in the morning.
I rarely use that feature, even though it is awesome and only requires me to dump in coffee grounds and push a button at night. Otherwise I have to do that and wait 10 minutes for my coffee in the morning. Big whoop.

So why would I use 95% of the promised IoT benefits, most of which are not as awesome as having hot, fresh coffee first thing in the morning. How lazy am I supposed to be?

Yes, there are some cool things which I will use in the IoT, but most of what is touted as revolutionary is just stuff that isn't hard to do anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

boristdog Re:Wait till they see water! (128 comments)

Really? I don't see the N word used in the comments to tech articles on Reddit, just Slashdot. /. needs better moderation.

about two weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

boristdog Re:is it really bad in the first place? (342 comments)

I have only once had to drive while high, to get a dog to the emergency vet.

No matter how hard I TRIED to go faster (I was taking the dog to the emergency vet after all), my body would not let the car go over about 50-55 on the highway and not over 35-40 on the smaller roads. About 10 miles under the speed limit in both cases. It's like my brain and body knew how fast it could handle things.and refused to go any faster.

Whereas the one time I drove while even slightly alcohol impaired (after a dinner and two apparently strong drinks) I immediately ran into a parking lot bollard and dented my truck. I stopped right there and went back inside the restaurant to have a dessert and sober up a bit.

So I can believe what you say.

about two weeks ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

boristdog Re:Put your money where your mouth is. (247 comments)

There was once a time when most members of congress listened to scientists and other learned minds in their fields.

Now scientists are viewed with suspicion and distrust by much of our congress and much of our public.

Why? Ask the media, who under the guise of "fair" reporting give equal time to anyone who disagrees with science, making their crackpot claims seem equal in weight.

about a month ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

boristdog Not surprising (308 comments)

AT&T has found a new excuse to not invest in their infrastructure.

I'm not an AT&T customer, so I can only assume that AT&T does not ask its customers to pay for bandwidth (e.g. it gives its services away for free), and AT&T relies on content providers for all of its profit? That's the only situation I can imagine where such behavior makes sense.

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

boristdog Re: Lol. (698 comments)

Has anyone studied how to spoof this thing? Firecracker in a piece of iron pipe?
You know the kids are going to try. I know I would have.

about a month ago
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Espionage Campaign Targets Corporate Executives Traveling Abroad

boristdog Re:Target, TJ Maxx, Home Depot (101 comments)

Doesn't matter. The exec will have all his passwords taped to the bottom of his laptop.

Seen it too many times to be shocked.

about a month ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

boristdog Re:Scum (253 comments)

I had a recruiter bitch me out on the phone because I wouldn't take a job that she sent me on an interview for. Why? The pay was $10K less than I said I would take, and they only offered me slightly above my current salary.

She (the recruiter) told me she would make sure I never got a good job again.

Oddly enough, two months later I got another job at the salary I requested.

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

boristdog Re:It's Own Encrypted Secure Channel (150 comments)

And then anyone can steal my underpants.

And guess what? No matter how secure the system is, the underpaid housekeeping and maintenance staff can still go in whenever they want.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

boristdog Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (739 comments)

Let me see...In the past two years, almost every person on my street has started a side business. Two of them have quit thier jobs and now just work on their small business. I hope to quit in a few years when mine is built up enough, it's doing well so far, I've gotten an effective 20% raise for a few hours a week extra work. One neighbor's business has failed, but his idea was stupid.

The fact is that MOST small businesses fail in a few years. Blaming "Obamacare" is just covering for your stupidity.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

boristdog Re: hmm (135 comments)

This is actually done already.

My company has a program that hands out pedometers and if you meet certain fitness goals you get a discount on your health insurance. And if enough people do it, the company gets a big discount from the insurer.

And it's a good thing to do. Most people at the company have lost weight and are much healthier.

about a month and a half ago

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