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Verizon's Plan To Snoop On Its Customers

burningcpu Re:Only one way to stop it. (85 comments)

From my experience, Sprint is able to offer unlimited data transfer because even if you max out the connection 24/7, you aren't going to hit 10 GB in a month. I couldn't even stream 92kB/s pandora streams.

about 9 months ago

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

burningcpu Re:Because Hollywood. (544 comments)

Yes. What really gets me is that cars in movies are constantly accelerating and shifting gears like there are 500 of them to get through.

about 10 months ago

Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

burningcpu Re:Chinese Stamp? (184 comments)

I full heartedly agree with your second sentiment. What gets me is the abundance of American flags and such gear that is made oversees -- and people gobble it and feel damn patriotic about the whole thing.

Side note: Apple is opening a plant in Mesa, Arizona and will employ about 700 people. http://cdn2.geeknation.com/gee...

about a year ago

Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

burningcpu Re:Here in Baltimore (290 comments)

As a former Missouri resident, I suggest shoveling when you can as it's a lot easier to just lay down salt or other heating agent on the ice when it forms. If the snow is already gone, you won't need to shovel. If the snow is still there, the salt/whatever won't work well and you'll have to break up the ice/snow conglomerates, which is tough stuff.

about a year ago

Security Vendors Self-Censor Target Breach Details

burningcpu Re: Really? (115 comments)

And from now on, I will refer to all those infuriatingly insecure devices as POS^2.

1 year,7 days

Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

burningcpu Re: Units sold or already out? (511 comments)

The cost is also what, 1/3 as much for the Nexus versus IPhone?

1 year,14 days

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

burningcpu Re:Memorizing stuff is pretty central to schooling (384 comments)

I think you're being more than a little harsh here. Almost all of us have some sort of difficulty to work through when it comes to higher education. Would you have told Steven Hawking to go home?

1 year,16 days

China Prefers Sticking With Dying Windows XP To Upgrading

burningcpu Re:Why (333 comments)

Apparently you missed this statement:

"At some point a PC will cost more than it's worth to repair, but that's the point you chuck it and get a new one, and even then you can harvest parts as spares."

Replacing the motherboard certainly qualifies as the point that the pc is cost more than it is worth. But then, as stated, you can salvage the other components for another system.

about a year ago

Student Arrested For Using Phone App To 'Shoot' Classmates

burningcpu Re:Really? (706 comments)

My comment wasn't detailed and I may have given the wrong impression. The two guys were friends, and he had said it in a joking manner. There were more factors that made it obvious to all involved that this was a benign situation.

about a year ago

Student Arrested For Using Phone App To 'Shoot' Classmates

burningcpu Re:Really? (706 comments)

In 1999 when I was a freshman in HS, I saw another freshman walk up behind another kid and jokingly put a plastic knife from the lunch room to his back. He said, "give me all your money."

Unfortunately, a teacher also saw this harmless joke. The kid was arrested and expelled from the entire school district.

about a year ago

Flash Memory Won't Get Cheaper Any Time Soon

burningcpu Re:What a scam (166 comments)

This, and the chemicals used in the manufacture of semiconductors are of extremely high purity and precision. I work for a manufacturer of such chemicals, and I'm amazed at the amount of thought and innovation that is thrown at maintaining and improving the quality of our product. Additionally, the solutions are typically custom tailored to the application, even down to the customer's process line. Everything that can even obliquely affect the final product is regulated and and detailed at length. I can't so much as move a printer in our lab without writing a whitepaper and requesting the change from the customer. We're talking a 2-3 month turn around time. This sort of service does not come cheap. And I'm just talking about the chemical side of the business.

about a year ago

Can Even Apple Make a Watch Insanely Smart?

burningcpu Re:Smart watch not such a smart idea (196 comments)

In my opinion, the smart watch should be considered a peripheral for the smart phone I already have in my pocket.

This means it won't need to be a high powered device. I agree with you that this is not practical at this time.

But, if I'm able to check notifications such as text messages, subject lines of received emails, and navigation commands from my GPS, I'd be happy. I should be able to change music tracks without pulling out my phone. It could display a grocery list.

Stop thinking of it as it's own computing device, and more as a display device with limited input capabilities, and I think it'll make a lot more sense.

about a year ago

'Half' of 2012's Extreme Weather Impacted By Climate Change

burningcpu Re:All weasel words.... (417 comments)

You must be new to science.

about a year ago

The Science of 12-Step Programs

burningcpu Re:quit drinking (330 comments)

No true Scotsman.

about a year and a half ago

Security Researcher Attacked While At Conference

burningcpu Re:i would have killed him. (666 comments)

No one really knows how they'd handle such a situation until they are in it. Past thoughts and declarations might predispose an untrained person to a certain action, but when a harsh reality comes suddenly and unexpectedly it's all about instinct and fight or flight responses.

I've been enough dangerous situations to know that I'm neither a courageous man nor a coward, but simply a man. I saved a roofied woman from being raped by a group of strangers and have a heavily scared face to remind me of my moment of courage. On the other hand, I ran like hell when skinheads raided my friend's party with baseball bats and knives. I have the memory of standing over my friend's hospital bed as he was nursed back to health to remind me of my moment of cowardice.

The lady from the article is alive and was able to free herself from her attacker. That is what matters.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Reputation Manager's Guide To Xbox One

burningcpu Re:Herp Derp Derp (611 comments)

Weird, most of the posts I've read from GirlinTraining have been interesting and well received by slashdot. Enough so that I remember her/his name. I can't say the same for either of you. Maybe you should try to contribute to the discussion rather than throwing stones?

On that note, I'm conflicted about this generation of consoles. I skipped the last generation entirely and was hoping update my aging PS2, but I certainly won't abide an always on type requirement. That leaves Sony's offering, but with their history I can't trust that they change their policy in a year or two after they eat Microsoft's lunch.

What this means for me, and I'm sure quite a few other people, is that I'm going to delay purchasing any console until the water looks less muddied. Or not. I already have a perfectly capable PC. If the console manufacturers can't make their experience easier and more convenient than a PC in the livingroom, well, why even use a console?

about a year and a half ago

Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

burningcpu Re:Living (814 comments)

I'm sorry, but I'm from the midwest and I can tell you that a lot of fucking people care about shit that is none of their business. The rednecks absolutely will attack you for being gay, transgendered, atheist, black, hispanic, hell even dressing like a goth or with too much care (metrosexual).

about a year and a half ago

Oculus VR Co-founder Andrew Reisse Killed In Auto Collision

burningcpu Re:A MEXICAN killed him - had enough yet? (302 comments)

I get where you're coming from, but if you go far back enough on the timeline, we're all immigrants, including the 'Native' Americans.

about a year and a half ago

A Commencement Speech For 2013 CS Majors

burningcpu Re:Goes along with my poll: (144 comments)

I'm working with a masters in a STEM field (Chemistry), and I make about 60% of the salary of the HR drone who happens to have a degree in History. The job market is so shitty for new grads in science that my company is starting chemists with undergraduate degrees at $13 an hour. This is not atypical for the industry, at least in my state. Trust me, I've been looking.

My friends that went into the trades already have houses and are making families. Those of us that went into science are living with roommates and scrounging by like we're 20 well into our 30's.

Don't get me wrong. There still are some good jobs out there. But similarly to what apparently (from my reading of slashdot) is going on in the software field, these positions require 15 years experience in a technique that is 12 years old.

That $13 an hour job I was talking about earlier? We received 63 resumes for the position. 63. The pay was listed. As was weekend work and mandatory overtime required.

Another interesting tidbit is that as health insurance continues to become a larger portion of the cost of the employee, the employers are experiencing a higher sunk cost per worker, shifting the sweet spot of overtime versus staffing up to higher OT values. My lab has cut two positions and moved to mandatory 45 hour base weeks, with mandatory additional overtime up to 55 hours.

The number of part time positions that are capped at 39 hours per week are also increasing.

Go into a trade. It isn't for dummies. Ignore your cultural bias.

about a year and a half ago


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