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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

captjc Wifi-Dialup Router and Chromebook (332 comments)

Apparently there are Wireless routers that are designed to connect via dialup (for instance This Router.) With that, I would go with a Chromebook / Chromebox or an iPad.

Given the constraints, that is probably the best you can get. However, you could probably experiment with an old Win CE Thin Client or an old WebTV and try to get either to work, but neither are particularly great solutions.

2 days ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

captjc Re:Sweet (327 comments)

I can't wait for the SQL: Data Minecraft!

4 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

captjc Re:illogical captain (902 comments)

So should everyone lend credence to any claim that is made? Should every old book of fairy tales be taken as truth until it is systematically proven as false beyond any shadow of doubt?

If I say there is an invisible tiger patiently waiting behind you ready to eat you the second you did something he doesn't like, would you believe it? I offer you no real proof other than my word that it is written in an old book that I found. Is it arrogant to assume that it is just plain superstition at best and probably just outright lies on my part at worst until some semblance of proof was offered on my end?

As for the Higg's Boson, it wasn't something whose only basis is, "some guy said it is true". There are mathematical models that suggest its existence which warrants testing (Just as any search for a supposed deity warrants testing.) Few people claim that the Higg's boson is a certainty and those who do are scientific extremists jumping to conclusions.

A line must be drawn somewhere. The burden of proof is on you to prove the claim is true, not for me to prove it is false. I understand there must be a modicum of faith in a belief to actually test the idea in order to generate evidence. The problem is that too much blind faith in any idea makes it easy to go down a destructive or self-defeating path. What makes things worse is that to question those who believe is heresy, dissent to be destroyed at any cost because those who request evidence are a threat to the faith.

5 days ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

captjc Re:How much money are we talking about? (385 comments)

90% of all the jobs I have seen listed were either Java, SQL, or C#, with the occasional reference to iPhone programming.

C++ is not even remotely close to being a popular language unless you are looking for jobs that require a masters / Ph.D in electrical engineering.

about two weeks ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

captjc Re:No pity for him (137 comments)

No, it's cool. Deadmau5 is the last of the Deadmaus. Deadmau 0-3 were destroyed by terrorists. Deadmau4 was sent back in time to help fight the first Shadow War. Deadmau5 is Earths last, best hope for funk.

about two weeks ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

captjc Re:What he should have written is ... (169 comments)

No, this is Steve Ballmer, not a Dalek. It would have been, "FUCKING KILL! FUCKING KILL! FUCKING KILL! "(TM)

There once was a CEO named Steve,
Who threw chairs at employees for reprieve,
He shot lasers from his eyes
To bury other guys,
And he'll Fucking Kill you if you don't believe.

about two weeks ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

captjc Re:Prevent damage to your computer (169 comments)

We're sorry, Someone threw a chair and smashed your Windows. Please press CTRL+ALT+DEL to reboot.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

captjc Re:donate (171 comments)

Maybe, but even assuming that everyone on earth would give them a dollar, do you think they stop their plan or simply pocket the cash and continue anyway?

I'm guessing they would still do it anyway.

about three weeks ago
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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

captjc My advice...RUN! (120 comments)

Stay away! Long hours, crappy pay working for a company that will use you for everything you are worth, chew you up, and when you turn 35-40, will spit you out. Only those few who specialized in now ancient technologies will have any prospects beyond age 40. The worst part is, there is no such thing as job security. No matter how much of a rockstar you are, at any time you are at risk of being replace by a kid from India or China, if for no other reason than the CTO needs a few extra dollars to get a new company Lexus.

Sure, the idea of joining a startup and becoming an overnight billionaire sounds appealing, but except for a very small handful, IT WONT HAPPEN. If you want to join the Video Game Industry, all this same stuff applies, only cranked up to 11!

For your own sake, stay away. Don't make the same mistake that I made. Get a real job, spend time with your family, go outside and enjoy life.

about three weeks ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

captjc Re:Amazing (276 comments)

Really? Here is my anecdotal datem point on the subject. I have been a gamer since the Atari 2600 and NES era. I have been involved in the gaming culture since there was gaming culture (same with the computer and internet cultures as well). Thus far, I have owned and played every major Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft platform made (except the PS4 and XBone due to the still lack of games) as well as many others. My current library spans well over 500 games between consoles and PC (especially Steam). When I go on business trips, my laptop with my Steam library and 3DS goes with me.

For all intents and purposes, I consider myself a gamer. Being on the backside of the 18-34 demographic, I have a full time engineering job with its own hours and obligations. So while I don't put myself in the league of those who play games as their main and only hobby, I am still part of the core gaming audience.

With that out of the way, between professional and personal obligations, I am lucky if I can actually play games for 2 hours a week. This is usually when I can block out one night just to sit down with a game until I have to get to bed. Sometimes, I might get lucky and have a lazy Friday night or Saturday to just sit down and play. Meanwhile, my Mom, Dad, Girlfriend, Grandma, and Step-Mom have kindle tablets, and iPhones and can play one of their dozens of free-to-play casual games for 5-15 minutes a piece whenever they have a few minutes downtime. My girlfriend also occasionally plays a few rounds of Mario World or Mario Kart with me on the Wii U.

Now the question, who is the real gamer My family or myself. Certainly, I buy more games, am a part of the gaming scene, and play hardcore games. Meanwhile they just play games in short bits and pieces many times a day. They don't care about the latest shooter, the next Civ game, what EA is doing to piss-off gamers this week. They don't know who Tim Schafer, Reggie Fils-Aime, Jim Sterling, or Master Chief is, they just play their games.

about a month ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

captjc Re:Really? (441 comments)

Generally nice, but they damn they like their work spaces cold. They also stink up the break rooms with their fish lunches.

about a month ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

captjc Re:I'm not saying it's aliens... (80 comments)

Since when is Slashdot a text mode version of Fark?

[Welcome To Slashdot]

\ I'm surfing on UltraSlashd+++CARRIER LOST+++

about a month ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

captjc Re:Even more disturbing (421 comments)

The most disturbing news in all of this is that his neighbor is breeding raptors. The kid was justified in his heroic actions, the deranged neighbor needs to be indicted for crimes against humanity.

God creates the world. God creates dinosaurs. God destroys the world to get rid of the raptors. God creates man; Man kills god. Man brings back raptors. My god, what have we done!?

about a month ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

captjc Re:Really? (441 comments)

As an American engineer working for a large multinational electronics company, I have worked with people from every continent. Many are polite, have good communication skills, know their stuff and are very pleasant to work with. I have also worked with incompetent PhDs with huge language barriers who act as if anyone who doesn't have a PhD is a complete moron who doesn't deserve to be on the same planet as them. This pretty much applies to everyone, everywhere.

The point is, people who are smart and easy to work with are a great asset and I don't care where they come from. I hold nothing against foreigners or Americans. I hate incompetent assholes, both foreign and domestic.

about a month ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

captjc Re:Mario (419 comments)

"Kids get in the car. We're goin' to the sewers!"

GTA: "Kids get in the car. We're goin' to prison!"

about a month ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

captjc Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

I also grew up with Mario and Zelda. I never once had the urge to jump on a turtle, eat a random mushroom, or go into someones house, smash their pots and vases, and take any and all money that was hidden within after mowing their lawn with my sword.

I doubt I'm atypical.

about a month ago
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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

captjc Re:It's all Dante's fault (107 comments)

...and his friends, after hacking Dante's foot off.

Some people just can't throw their hat over the wall for the good of mankind.

about a month ago
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Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

captjc Reservoir Dogs (146 comments)

There is an easy test. Just play "Stuck In The Middle With You." If they pull out a razor and start dancing, they are obviously a Psychopath and you shoot the bastard before he takes off someone's ear.

about a month ago
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Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

captjc Re:Picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue. (146 comments)

If stress is probable cause for warrantless attention, Americans have no rights at all, because stress--not liberty--is the cornerstone of our lives.

Whoa, back the FBI surveillance van up there cowboy. The article has nothing to do with the US. This is about China. Sure, if this technology takes off, there is a good chance that the TSA and NSA would be next in line. However, it is way too early to start decrying the loss of American civil liberties over this story.

about a month ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

captjc Re:This will be GREAT! (116 comments)

Knowing some of the managers I have met, they would call you up on the phone, multiple times a day and if you'd answer, "HOW DARE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE!? DON'T YOU KNOW THAT THAT CAUSES BUGS!?" However, if you ignore the calls, you will get a face to face meeting demanding why you are avoiding them.

Managers, can't work with them, can't get paid without them!

about a month ago

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