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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 two weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 a month ago

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 a month and a half ago

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 ago

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

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 a year and a half ago

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 a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

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

Do you wear your watch to bed or something?

about a year and a half ago

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 a year and a half ago

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 a year and a half ago

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

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

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

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.

about 2 years ago

The Coming Internet Video Crash

chemicaldave Re:Utility (419 comments)

The Supreme Court already defined cable Internet as an "information service", which cannot be regulated, rather than a "telecommunications service" which can be regulated.

about 2 years ago

California Employers Can't Ask For Your Facebook Password

chemicaldave Re:Finally, a law recognizing privacy (363 comments)

I wish they could understand the US citizenry was tricked and had their country taken over by power-hungry demagogs for the last 100 years (well, 99 years this December), and that we're simply powerless to stop the machine at this point.

I think some of the blame should fall on the willful ignorance of so many apathetic voters.

about 2 years ago



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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