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"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At

ceriphim Re: Furloughed workers (346 comments)

That's gracious of you, and it's appreciated.

about 10 months ago

"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At

ceriphim Re: Furloughed workers (346 comments)

Living "high on the hog" is a relative term in San Diego. In any case, CA unemployment caps out at $450 a week (that's pre-tax, post-tax it's $360). For those who are mathematically challenged, that's $11.25 an hour before tax, $9 an hour after tax. Luckily I had savings, planned conservatively, and am married - otherwise I'd have lost a lot more than just my pride when my position was eliminated as a "reduction in force".

about 10 months ago

"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At

ceriphim Re: Furloughed workers (346 comments)

You twat. First off, regressive taxation punishes failure and rewards success, you got it backwards. Secondly, as someone who has been unemployed the past three months for the first time since I was 12 years old (I'm 33), I've also paid for my benefits many times over. You know what though? If I wasn't married and my wife didn't work, I would be fucked. Have you tried to live on CA unemployment? Even at the maximum possible payout, it's barely subsistence living. Get some perspective before you spout off like an ignorant child.

about 10 months ago

Marijuana Prosecution Not a High Priority, Says Obama

ceriphim Re:This changes nothing. . . (449 comments)

Jesus epic Christ I hope you have some sort of data to back that up? You do realize that simply stating something doesn't make it true, right?

about 2 years ago

AT&T To Pay $700,000 For Overcharging Consumers

ceriphim Re:Math (74 comments)

As I noted in my earlier post, it's as effective as making a bank robber pay back an hour's earnings from their day job. Great work, FCC!

about 2 years ago

AT&T To Pay $700,000 For Overcharging Consumers

ceriphim It'll be a tough hour, maybe? (74 comments)

With their 2011 revenue (, they generate roughly $697,615/hour in revenue.

I take it the FCC isn't familiar with "Old Testament" -style justice...

about 2 years ago

Facebook Releases Instagram Clone, Two Months After Acquisition

ceriphim Re:No wonder shares are dropping (138 comments)

It's absurd. While I have never (and am not planning to) used Instagram, I find the whole concept redundant, especially because if you must absolutely share your pictures, any decent smartphone OS will do that automatically, or at least with minimal fuss.

Ok, so you admit you've never used it, don't understand it, and declared it redundant based purely off of your perceptions. You then go on to unintentionally prove how clueless you are about its' function. Well played.

Let me help you out here: For me, Instagram is about sharing and viewing snapshots in my life and my friends' lives. It cuts out all the "sponsored tweet/story/ad" bullshit if FB and Twitter, leaving you with (mostly) all content and no filler. That's why my friends and I use it. This is a situation much like when you see an ad for a product you think is stupid or doesn't make sense - it probably isn't intended for you.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon Backtracks On $2 Convenience Fee

ceriphim Re:Don't you love asshats (281 comments)

The thing that pisses me off about ARCO is that they only charge you the advertised price IF you pay by cash. Debit adds another .50-ish cents (YMMV), and they don't take credit at all.

I got suckered by that once and swore I would never do business with them again, cause it's bullshit. They're betting you won't leave once you roll up and notice the terms.

more than 2 years ago

Apple's Siri As Revolutionary As the Mac?

ceriphim Re:It's more than just marketing (692 comments)

Question. How were you disconnecting it? Did you just grab the cord and yoink, or did you grab the nice, solid plug and yoink/rock it off?

You know, I'm actually all for the "you're doing it wrong" argument, in the case that he was trying to unplug it by kicking the plug out of the wall socket...

In this case, however, I'm wondering if Apple looked at how their innovation may have materially changed the way people use the item. People who have the magsafe adapter may feel more inclined to yank than those who have regular power cords. My gf, for instance, has a Macbook and I've seen her do it more than a few times (not me, I stay away from those icky things - Macbooks, not girlfriends).

Anecdotal evidence aside, and since IANAE(ngineer), serious question: Wouldn't unintended uses and knock-on effects due to design innovations be something you would study and build around?

more than 2 years ago

US Congress Tries To Cut Body Scanner Funding

ceriphim Re:Excellent (241 comments)

I have never understood the US publics horror at body scanners. So they show your junk. Who gives a shit?

I give a shit, thank you very much. For me, it's not about "showing my junk", it's about a needless intrusion into my privacy that wouldn't have detected ANY of the previous attacks.

If they shorten lines at the airport

Haven't seen anything showing that they do this, and my understanding is, that isn't the point of their use.

and avoid some of the pointless 'pat downs' then I'm all for efficiency. The scanned images are not all that personally identifiable in a real sense, and as far as I know they haven't been proven to be less effective than existing pat downs, those fake 'sniffers', etc.

Then I'm for NOT spending hundreds of millions of dollars if these machines are no less effective than pat-downs (as you claim, though the obligatory *citation needed* probably applies).

The scanned images are not all that personally identifiable in a real sense

See above, that's not the point.

I don't think anyone ever believed these are the end-all-be-all of airport security and I don't recall anyone saying they would prevent someone from tossing contraband over an airport fence. A basic premise of life..never put all of your eggs in one basket, applies here. Security checks at airports are a necessary evil, and they won't be going away. Complaining that these won't stop someone from tossing something over a fence doesn't address what they do detect, or that they do have valid uses for common contraband at security checkpoints.

Correct, but the if they don't detect what they were designed to detect, then they aren't valid for their intended purpose either. Unless you understand that their intended purpose was to create the illusion of additional safety ("security theater"). Even on that point, they aren't quite working as intended.

more than 2 years ago

New Internal Cavity X-ray Technology for Airports

ceriphim Re:Uh (308 comments)

Yeah that was my hope. Is the efficacy of this scan comparable to a colonoscopy performed manually? Close enough? Could it be made close enough? My girlfriend keeps hassling me to go get checked since I just turned 30, but I also have a trip I'm flying out on Saturday for...

They could confirm there are no weapons secreted inside my person AND no precancerous polyps!

more than 3 years ago

Study Calls Craigslist 'a Cesspool of Crime'

ceriphim Hyperbolic, much? (316 comments)

A "cesspool of crime"? Seriously? How many thousands or tens-of-thousands of successful interactions have their been? TFA doesn't say. Are the crimes linked to Craigslist unusual in that they are committed more frequently per capita (or however they measure crime statistics) than they would be without?

Anecdotal, yes, but I have used Craigslist easily in excess of twenty times over the past few years to sell and buy various items. Of course, you have to be smart about it and use common sense. Even then, there's the outside chance you may get robbed. You may also get robbed walking down the street. I have taken what I thought were reasonable precautions and always met in open, public areas with many people around. Others may choose not to take those precautions, or choose to put themselves in an inherently dangerous environment (going to someone's house, etc) because greed overcomes common sense. YMMV.

TL:DR - Bad things happen all the time, stack the deck in your favor but they may happen regardless. Don't be greedy.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Create Computer That Fits On a Pen Tip

ceriphim Let me know (110 comments)

...when I can skip Lasik and go straight to cybereyes. I'm sick of paying for contact lenses and glasses just to give me 20/20 vision. I want IR, UV, and better than human-standard sight with recording capabilities. Oh yeah, and augmented reality without the damn external glasses.

more than 3 years ago

Senator Wyden Asks DHS To Explain Domain Seizures

ceriphim Re:Duly filed (243 comments)

You can use adult words around here, this isn't Battlestar Galactica. Some choices available to you in lieu of "frak": Crap (if you're feeling PG), shit or fuck (if you're feeling a little more R-rated), or you can even substitute f*ck (think of the children!).

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

ceriphim Re:Horrible. (2254 comments)

WAY too much white. Come on /. help out my poor eyes!

more than 3 years ago

APB To Close Mere Months After Launch

ceriphim Realtime Worlds Points... (185 comments)

From the website:

Realtime Worlds Points are a virtual currency that you can buy, right here, for cash. You can spend these RTW Points on lots of cool stuff, including gametime. It costs 280 Points for a 20 hour chunk (which never expires), and just 400 Points gets you unlimited access for 30 days.

Guess that "never expires" part isn't entirely accurate now. Or, if it is, not useful.

Just for giggles I clicked on "Purchase 400 Points" and got a server error...

Adios APB!

more than 3 years ago



Ask Slashdot: Turning App Ideas Into Reality With No Programming Experience?

ceriphim ceriphim writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ceriphim (1530579) writes "I've come up with a handful of ideas for apps that appear to be unique, and would be useful for mobile device users. Having no programming experience and lacking the time to learn (I have a more than full-time career already), are there any suggestions as to how I should explore developing these ideas into full-blown apps for retail? My main concern is that I have no experience in this type of business and I'm not really sure how feasible it is to execute without the skills to do the work myself. Do I contact a reputable developer and negotiate selling them my idea(s), or look for an independent contractor to partner with? Should I be afraid of an associate or partner stealing an idea and developing projects of their own? Any advice or insight from those with experience would be greatly appreciated. At this stage, I don't even know what I don't know about app creation & development."


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