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Is the App Store Broken?

datavirtue Re:It's not a marketplace.. (235 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.

12 hours 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 a week 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 two weeks 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 three weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

datavirtue Re:Reviving comatose people (284 comments)

I don't know...let's give it a try.

about three weeks ago
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Does Google Have Too Much Influence Over K-12 CS Education?

datavirtue Re:what about more trades like post HS schools? (66 comments)

It seems those who "choose" to use beta get to comment on stories first? The galaxies story is only found under submissions and there are no comments. On beta it appears in the stories and had a few comments. Weird.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

datavirtue Re:Uh, sure.. (359 comments)

Sounds like you guys need a competent build engineer and some decent hardware.

about a month ago
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Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

datavirtue Re:He has no clue. (186 comments)

Now they'd just have to check the data mine and see if you bought a pack of smokes, and levy the fee anyway (but this time make it bigger, because, you know, you . I could also see healthcare insurers charging you extra money if you visit a fast-food joint more than x times of month (where x > 1), or bought more than x amounts of soda at the grocery store.

I have been dreaming of this for a while. I want my discount or my insanely cheap health insurance because I make healthy decisions. Right now I'm lumped in with a shit mound of assholes who guzzle soda, live on fast food, smoke cigarettes, and drown themselves in alcohol. I'm not to happy about paying for their unabashed hedonism while they kick back, party, and welcome my contribution to their happiness. Bring on the data mining. Data doesn't lie.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

datavirtue Re:Put it on a disc (208 comments)

encrypt it and devlier the password over the phone

about a month ago
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An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

datavirtue Re:What's so Hard to Understand? (192 comments)

Now if we could just get our common staff accountant to that level of efficiency we'd be getting somewhere.

about a month ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

datavirtue Re:Administrators (538 comments)

Funny, study history and you will see that declines last painfully long...everything will still be livable when you die, probably much worse, but liveable. Society is like a complex organism...it can weather a lot of bad health an continue living through tons of adversity. Many of us would like to see then end of a rotting society but the truth is that it will flounder on for many more generations. Maybe the spread of information will harry in a quick death or transformation...who knows. Get some popcorn, and change yourself.

about a month ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

datavirtue Re:Administrators (538 comments)

I can vouch for this from my recent three year stint in education--working intimately with faculty, staff, and students, and being a student myself. This story summary is VERY accurate....well, accurate, I guess you are either accurate or inaccurate. Anyway, the real issue is that the administration of each college knows who butters their bread...state government. There is a chancellor and vice chancellor who both report to the governor. This is the real leadership. True, college administration is a pile of sniveling incompetents, but it isn't really their fault. Great systems make average people great, bad systems make average people suck. We are witnessing a bad system, don't blame the people. We all work together to fashion the system...and we have to be willing to admit when it doesn't work properly and kill/replace the damn thing...NOW. The trouble is, the system has been following our typical politically based timeline...creeping, slovenly decline to death--thousands, millions of people watching "helplessly" as the system (government) sucks the life, will, and ambition until all that is left is a dry, decayed husk. Hyperbole? Yes, and NO!

about a month ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

datavirtue Re:He didn't sacrifice a goat to the SJWs. (281 comments)

All they can do is kill you...just like any other human being. Well, torture.....shut up!

about a month and a half ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

datavirtue Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

depolarizing...I like it

about 1 month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

datavirtue Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

I think I heard Brat spent $150k and Cantor spent $100 million. Tea Party is the best thing to happen in politics since any of us have been alive.

about 1 month ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

datavirtue Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

Those are wonderful insights nut guns cost money. Income adjusted, how many dollars of disposable income are available to each citizen in all of those countries? Does that ratio correlate to the amount of guns owned per segment of each population?

If an American has $1000 of disposable income per year and a Serbian only has $100 of disposable income per year (adjusted for currency valuation to living expenses) I would say the Serbians own WAY more guns than Americans becasue given an increase in disposable income they would surely trade in more firearms for the same given population. This is just one factor to look at. I'm tired of this simplistic tripe...nothing is black and white.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Launches Subscription-Based Billing And Payments Service

datavirtue Re:why there is no competition (76 comments)

It is common for merchants to give discounts for cash however.

about 2 months ago
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Kim Dotcom Offers $5 Million Bounty To Defeat Extradition

datavirtue Re:How about a Kickstarter... (253 comments)

Highly doubt that. Maybe thousands...but there is no significant portion of the population that naturally wants to engage in this behavior. People just want to be left alone. Even if there were no justice system to regulate such behavior there is still many deterrents. The first one beingthat most people just want to be left alone.

about 2 months ago
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Geophysicists Discover How Rocks Produce Magnetic Pulses

datavirtue Re:Animals? (72 comments)

and the electrical properties of the giza complex as well? It has already been postulated that the pyramids were flooded in order to pressurize the stone, causing it to pulse.

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  |  about 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  |  more than 2 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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