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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

datavirtue Re:Asian-only team? (83 comments)

Why do we need sneaky, agile robots? It seems we are mindlessly building our overlords. How long before we are trying to stuff brain/brain stem into a robot?

4 hours ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

datavirtue Re:Ads (316 comments)

Minecraft is fairly vulnerable though. The kids are eagerly exploring different block games--these same kids loath Microsoft for some reason. My son who is 11 starts dropping the Microsoft hate one day and I play the devil's advocate explaining all of the cool stuff Microsoft offers. Still hates Microsoft. He got this from hanging with his friends online. These kids have no loyalty to games unless they get something from it that they cant get somewhere else. When my son hears of Microsoft buying Minecraft it should be comical.

http://www.roblox.com/

yesterday
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

datavirtue Re:It's not your phone (584 comments)

Amazon is awesome...they get a free pass from me. But Apple, I would flip a wig.

yesterday
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

datavirtue Re:It's not your phone (584 comments)

I find inoffensive music very offensive.

yesterday
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Malware Distributed Through Twitch Chat Is Hijacking Steam Accounts

datavirtue Re:I do not understand (53 comments)

People are used to a computer telling *them* what to do. It is our basic authority worship. Remember the Wizard of Oz?

yesterday
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

datavirtue Re:Hahahaha (404 comments)

giving a huge rival some unexpected exposure.

should be: diluting a rivals' trademark

4 days ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

datavirtue Re:PCs are the problem (111 comments)

They arent too cheap. They are worried about better technology supplanting their monopoly. This is just the thing to do it. The CC becomes more inconvenient for security purposes so people opt to pay with their phone--Google Wallet, Apple Pay, whatever. Those are abstracted systems that can switch the payment processor at a whim without affecting customers.

about a week ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

datavirtue Re:PCs are the problem (111 comments)

The cost of everything is always passed to the consumer. The retailer gets its money from you buying shit. Then they pay their expenses from the revenue. Can they accept lower profits? No. Same with taxes. Asking for a corporation to "pay their share of taxes" is like asking for higher prices across the board. Convenience and simplicity are valued over safety and security...period. Both by the consumer and the business.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

datavirtue Re:'nothing to do with [your] job' (548 comments)

"The boss gets all the shit jobs." --My Grandma, business owner of 40+ years.

about three weeks ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

datavirtue Re:The first ever business course (179 comments)

I can guarantee there are no big fat ugly chicks at the schools where Ballmer teaches.

about a month ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

datavirtue Re:Spilling over to white people (231 comments)

Let's not muddy this argument with facts! I have a perception of Obama being on vacation all of the time and no one is going to take that from me. Aside from bouncing your ball peen hammer of facts against my stone wall of cognitive dissonance there is one thing I know for certain: Regan == Good, Obama == Bad. End. Of. Story. Asshole!

about a month ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

datavirtue Re:What a bunch of Wuss (579 comments)

I would never try to sell management free software. Come up with a solution and tell them the price.

about a month ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

datavirtue Re:If you *lourve* your job ... (135 comments)

office culture continually rewards people who are at their desks early and stay late

[citation needed]

about a month and a half ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

datavirtue Re:It's not a marketplace.. (258 comments)

Crreating apps is just something companies have to do to support their customers now-. I have been playing some good games that professionally developed but I'm not going to pay for them. The fact that I play the game and engage in PVP is enough payment--my participation adds value to their product. If you are going to create a killer app the mobile version is only going to be one aspect of it.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

datavirtue Re:Amazon as infrastructure (168 comments)

Even though Amazon has very good prices I find the most value in being a Prime member spending less time tracking down what I need. I don't have to drive...I don't have to find...I don't have to guess. The reviews are right there and the customer service is great. Click, shows up in 1.5 days...and I live in the deep countryside. Anything that removes my dependence on Wal-Mart's shitty retail and grocery management is a great thing.

about 2 months ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

datavirtue Re:The Station Wagon Was Killed by CAFE Standards (205 comments)

I know. I would rather they dump their kids off somewhere, drive two-seaters, and whoop it up at all the latest hot spots. Thing is, when their kids are growning up (teen age...college) they will have a much richer life than you will without those people (kids and all their friends and family) in your life. Being a parent is rather inglorious at first, in fact it is downright humiliating, but coming out of it with your kids in tow is a great life. Careful what you wish for.

about 2 months ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

datavirtue Re:but... (284 comments)

Expensive candy

Are you trying to pick up 35 year old women?

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: How do you get a job when you already have one?

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  about a year ago

datavirtue (1104259) writes ""I've just entered the job market (this last month) and have been mostly using a popular tech job site with a smattering of CraigsList. I feel like I'm getting attacked! The question I pose is this: How do you deal with getting a job when you already have one? The recruiters literally ring my phone off the hook like a psycho girlfriend and I now spend more time on the phone, answering emails, and in interviews than I do actually working. My paid time off is starting to run out and people are getting suspicious, and I have just started looking! Please help, I need advice.
As a side note, I ran a job posting on CraigsList to get resumes and cover letters from other people looking for similar jobs and all I have gotten is almost a complete failure of applicants to submit cover letters--and the ones who did had a string of developer jobs where they lasted only a year or less. Is this the norm?""
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Fast and Furious Developer Job Market

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  about a year ago

datavirtue (1104259) writes "Hello fellow Slashdot'ers. I've just entered the job market (this last month) and have been mostly using Dice.com with a smattering of CraigsList. I feel like I'm getting attacked! The question I pose is this: How do you deal with getting a job when you already have one? The recruiters literally ring my phone off the hook like a psycho girlfriend and I now spend more time on the phone, answering emails, and in interviews than I do actually working. My paid time off is starting to run out and people are getting suspicious, and I have just started looking! Please help, I need advice.
As a side note, I ran a job posting on CraigsList to get resumes and cover letters from other people looking for similar jobs and all I have gotten is almost a complete failure of applicants to submit cover letters--and the ones who did had a string of developer jobs where they lasted only a year or less. Is this the norm?"
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US District Court, "'Silly' Apple and Google"

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  more than 2 years ago

datavirtue writes "A recent article in the WSJ details how and why the Seventh US Circuit Court of Appeals gave the boot to both Apple and Google over patent infringement claims/counterclaims that Google "copied" iOS with Android.

There were great expectations when technology giants Apple and Google squared off in court, each accusing the other of violating its patents in competing mobile phones. No one expected this case would end in a whimper, with one of the country's most influential judges dismissing the claims as "silly." In the process, the judge, Richard Posner of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, described a patent law system in "chaos" and needing basic reform.

This is one article you might want to read before commenting!"
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Advice on Logic Trainers and Prototyping Boards

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  more than 2 years ago

datavirtue writes "Hi everyone! I'm studying electrical engineering and I'm in the market for a couple prototyping boards. I want to play with Xilinx processors, but I'm seeing other processors that I'm not familiar with. My main purpose is to get experience developing with systems that are used in the "real world" (so I can get a job), and Xilinx seems to be used extensively for embedded systems. I'm currently eyeing a RSR PLDT-3 with a XC95108, any advice? I need to keep the costs down too."
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Which web platform would you use?

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  more than 2 years ago

datavirtue writes "I'm about to embark on developing active content (database driven, and web services) for the first time for my website and I have grown to love PHP. Knowing that there are other web development platforms available, and noticing some disdain for PHP in some circles, I'm curious to know which platforms slashdotters prefer along with the reasons why. Before I get started into heavy development I would like to get some opinions and more facts. Why shouldn't I use PHP?"
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Hijacking authenticated open wifi sessions

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  more than 2 years ago

datavirtue writes "Still in early testing, but I have successfully hijacked an authenticated user session on a managed Cisco wifi network by spoofing the MAC of an authenticated user. The MAC was easily obtainable by scanning with Cain, followed by a simple and well documented registry mod in Windows to change my MAC to that of the victim. Interested to see if anyone has a solution for this problem. Disclaimer: This was performed as a test on two of my laptops in the course of my job as a researcher."
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"Grey Market" Drugs

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  about 3 years ago

datavirtue writes ""PBS just ran a story about "grey market" drugs that hospitals are forced to buy during supply crunches. These drugs are often sold at exorbitant prices (conservative choice of words) with questionable pedigree. Even though hospital pharmacies and doctors can't verify the origin of these transient drugs they often purchase and administer them any way--citing a dire need that overrules the requirements of safety and potency. In quoting one of the principals of the article: "We were in dire straights, so we still had to use it,"""
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HBGary Cancels RSA Conference Appearance

datavirtue datavirtue writes  |  more than 3 years ago

datavirtue (1104259) writes ""A group of aggressive hackers known as “Anonymous” illegally broke into computer systems and stole proprietary and confidential information from HBGary, Inc. This breach was in violation of federal and state laws, and stolen information was publicly released without our consent.

In addition to the data theft, HBGary individuals have received numerous threats of violence including threats at our tradeshow booth.

In an effort to protect our employees, customers and the RSA Conference community, HBGary has decided to remove our booth and cancel all talks.

HBGary is continuing to work intensely with law enforcement on this matter and hopes to bring those responsible to justice."

I wouldn't show my face either....I hear McDonalds is hiring."

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