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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

chemicaldave Re:Stupid (130 comments)

Sony has exclusive rights to publish software on their own hardware and you think it's stupid that they're only focusing on that user base? Seems like the first logical step for a competitor.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

chemicaldave Re:Stick to your field (138 comments)

From consumerwatchdog.com's "Who We Are" section of the website:

Consumer Watchdog is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics.

Criticizing a company for getting steep discounts worth millions of dollars on jet fuel from the government and then getting a large lease from that same government seems in line with their mission.

about two weeks ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

chemicaldave Re:Bitcoin... (353 comments)

You mean the paper bills with unique serial numbers printed on each one? The ones which are regularly used by law enforcement to track the movement of money in drug and counterfeiting investigations?

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

chemicaldave Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

I doubt it. In all your examples, the trademark becomes part of the lexicon of the general public but the owners still retain the sole rights to sell the product under that trademark. People call all bandages Band-Aids, yet there is only one Band-Aid brand. Same goes for Hoover, and Cellophane. Now when grandpa types into Bing "where to buy an iPad" he's going to be directed towards Apple, even though he might have been thinking of the Surface tablet he saw during the Steeler's game.

about 3 months ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

chemicaldave Re:Sue the bastards (441 comments)

"Think of the children"

The book is 900 years in the future. I think you mean "Think of the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren."

about 3 months ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

chemicaldave Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (131 comments)

I think it's less about technical know how and more about now having the authority to issue warrants to service providers and connect the dots.

about 3 months ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

chemicaldave Re:And who the fuck will maintain it? (228 comments)

This is an example of where DevOps comes in handy. Developers make requests, and devops creates it (it it doesn't already exist), a maintains it.

about 4 months ago
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Russia Captures Alleged American CIA Agent In Moscow

chemicaldave Re:BFD (195 comments)

Capturing intelligence is worlds apart from inciting criminal acts like treason.

Capturing HUMINT is going to involve inciting treason almost 100% of the time given that spying against your country is usually considered treason.

about a year and a half ago
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US Wins Appeal In Battle To Extradite Kim Dotcom

chemicaldave Re:And the Steamroller begins (175 comments)

He will be given a trial based on American laws, when he was a German citizen doing business in New Zealand. The idea that US law applies to him at all is simply unconscionable.

Wasn't he operating servers in Virginia?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?

chemicaldave Could be the medium (605 comments)

I think writing a blog implies much less formality than a traditional paper. I graduated with a BS in 2010 and never did I write a paper with improper grammar that did not receive deductions, no matter the course or the assignment. It could also be that the students are not writing this in Word, and thus can't rely on the spelling and grammar checking functions.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

chemicaldave Re:A battery that doesn't suck. (322 comments)

Yes, but is the inconvenience of night-time charging really outweighing the benefits that a smartwatch might provide?

about 2 years ago
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North Korea Conducts Third Nuclear Test

chemicaldave Re:Even China is getting tired of their shit (270 comments)

Why would Saddam give anything to Iran? Part of the reason the intelligence community was convinced that he has weapons was because Saddam was a master of denial and deception. Ever since the Iran-Iraq war Saddam has been trying to convince his neighbors that he had WMDs while simultaneously trying to convince the west that he had none. One is difficult to do, both is nearly impossible.

about 2 years ago
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My cumulative GPA, thus far:

chemicaldave Re:Not trying hard enough... (441 comments)

Graduate programs here at Carnegie Mellon University run on a scale out of 4.33. It works out so that an A+ will get you a 4.33 and A is just 4.0. In these cases, A+ grades are rarely handed out and almost always to only one student per course, more if there is a large class.

about 2 years ago
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South Carolina Shows How Not To Do Security

chemicaldave Re:What primary key for person? (123 comments)

To further compound the problem, SSNs are increasingly being used as both an identifier AND an authenticater!

about 2 years ago
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FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn

chemicaldave Re:I'm still trying to wrap my brain around... (346 comments)

I should note that I assume the site's instructions are for regular users who don't know how to re-image a drive and that doing so would be enough to remove it. Just googling "removing eblaster" appears to give some rudimentary instructions. I doubt it hides itself that well.

about 2 years ago
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FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn

chemicaldave Re:I'm still trying to wrap my brain around... (346 comments)

The agent shouldn't have needed to take it to a repair shop in the first place. SpectorSoft's own FAQ section states "eBLASTER ... cannot be uninstalled without the eBLASTER password YOU specify..." Sounds like the guy forgot the password AND the shop didn't do its job.

about 2 years ago
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US Presidential Debate #2 Tonight: Discuss Here

chemicaldave Re:I would love to see someone challenge Romney on (706 comments)

The concept that giving the middle-class more money to buy things seems to not be well known in either party, as both of their plans to start the economy make bad assumptions.

Democrats: Keynesian stimulus designed to jump start the economy assuming it will be enough for the public to start buying things and hiring workers.

Republicans: Tax cuts so business can hire more people.

The Democrats' stimulus won't work because the middle class has less income than before meaning they can't/shouldn't be buying things to stimulate the economy. The Republicans' tax cuts won't work because businesses won't hire people unless sales go up. Sales won't go up because the middle class has less income than before.

more than 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Land Entry-Level Job?

chemicaldave chemicaldave writes  |  more than 4 years ago

chemicaldave (1776600) writes "I'm graduating this May and have been seeking a programming position for months. It seems that the biggest hurdle to landing an interview is getting past the doorman that is HR. After reading this entry from Coding Horror describing the lack of programming candidates who can actually program, I can't help but scratch my head. I can program! (See how I put that link in?) If I can't land an interview, then even a short online evaluation of my coding skills would suffice. I just want a chance to prove myself. Alas, sending resumes to companies has rarely led to anything but an auto-confirmation email of my submission. I understand that sending resumes online is not the best method to landing an interview, but I come from a small rural school so job fairs rarely offer anything more than IT support positions let alone a programming position. It seems to me that developers are always looking for talented young programmers. We're out here looking for you too. Am I missing something?"

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