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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

dickens Re:India: Scammer country (210 comments)

It is kind of a shame. I worked at DEC for 18 years and I knew quite a few genius-level CS guys in the research and AD group where I worked.

But I think the wannabees followed them in. I finished my BS at Fitchburg State College where there are a dozen undergrads and 100 grad students in the CS dept, and almost all of the grad students were Indian. I went to a programming contest there, showed up 40 minutes late for a 2 hour contest, was the only one there writing in Java (because I was intent on learning it at the time) and took 5th place out of a field of 80.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

dickens Untangle? (238 comments)

What do you think about Untangle? ( You can buy appliance version of it too.

about a week ago

Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

dickens Re:Right to a Bank Account (548 comments)

Um, you have heard about "Romneycare" ? He pretty much invented the idea of the individual mandate. And yup, it's working.

about 5 months ago

Yahoo DMARC Implementation Breaks Most Mailing Lists

dickens we should drop yahoo groups (83 comments)

seriously drop all mail incoming and outgoing to/from yahoo groups. Put them out of business instantly.

about 5 months ago

USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

dickens Re:Hey you, early USB plug apologist (208 comments)

I have personally witnessed a user break out the little tab in a usb jack by repeatedly trying to force the plug in backwards. Twice. The same user.

about 6 months ago

WPA2 Wireless Security Crackable WIth "Relative Ease"

dickens Re:Expected (150 comments)


about 6 months ago

My SSID Is...

dickens Cisco Valet amusement (458 comments)

I've set up a few Cisco Valets and they pick some rather amusing default SSIDs.. usually an adjective plus a species of plant. And the guest password is some kind of fruit or vegetable followed by digits. Some seem so appropos.

about a year ago

The Steady Decline of Unix

dickens I'd mod the OP Flamebait (570 comments)

Between OS-X, IOS and Android, this discussion is more than a little comical.

about a year ago

NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

dickens Re:The Romans found out about lead (780 comments)

Even I, a non-hunter, know that around here deer are normally killed with either a lead slug from a shotgun or with buckshot (notice the word "buck" in the name) which is a shell filled with 9 pellets each of which can contribute little shavings of lead into the meat.

I'm not sure it's legal to hunt deer with a rifle at any time in my state unless it's a herd-thinning thing.

about a year ago

Kremlin Security Agency To Buy Typewriters To Avoid Leaks

dickens Re:even better technology (49 comments)

or proceed as if a interested party couldn't equip all those new typewriters with high-tech keyloggers

about a year ago

Kremlin Security Agency To Buy Typewriters To Avoid Leaks

dickens Re:and in other news... (49 comments)

Remember them? They're still the bane of my existence. Many trucking companies still communicate only by fax.. which injects just enough credibility to keep a lot of other people thinking that faxing is a sane thing to do.

about a year ago

Dr. Dobb's Calls BS On Obsession With Simple Code

dickens tame complexity with useful abstractions (381 comments)

Even very complex problems can be made to look simple at various levels of abstraction. Hiding complexity inside objects that represent real-world objects is a good way to make the code that uses those objects simpler.

In development, plan to do at least one major refactoring after the project is feature-complete to move complicatons in and out of abstractions, add new abstractions or collapse old old ones as needed to make things "feel good".

about a year ago

Bill Gates: iPad Users Are Frustrated They Can't Type Or Create Documents

dickens Re:And... (618 comments)

just got an "iHome" BT keyboard for my Nexus 10. Makes chopping through those email replies a lot faster on the road. I was going to get Poetic the keyboard-case thingy but decided I didn't want to carry the keyboard with me everywhere. Also this keyboard is wider than the tablet, so it's better to type on.

about a year ago

Foxconn Signs Massive Android Patent Agreement With Microsoft

dickens O Happy Day (168 comments)

Microsoft is well on its way to becoming SCO.

about a year and a half ago

Google Apps Suffering Partial Outage

dickens Re:Hit the paid accounts (150 comments)

Confirmed here ... it was down for about an hour including the admin control panel.

One nice thing about multi-tennancy is problems get attention immediately.. they simply cannot be ignored.

about a year and a half ago

The 'Linux Inside' Stigma

dickens UNIX is pervasive but under the radar (366 comments)

When I finally put a stake in the heart of the SCO UNIX system that hosted our legacy accounting system, someone commented "so I guess UNIX is dead now, isn't it?" Then I pointed out that our server infrastructure was still Linux-based, and that the Google Apps we used ran on Linux, and that the NetSuite ERP system we use ran on Oracle Linux, and that the few macs we have were BSD Unix-based, and then the iPhones, iPads, Android phones, Android tablets and well, pretty much everything except the Windows desktops were UNIX-based. I think they were more confused rather than less after that explanation, but it felt good.

about a year and a half ago

FTC Awards $50k In Prizes To Cut Off Exasperating Robocalls

dickens say something memorable (216 comments)

I get at least two or three calls a day on my employer-provided cell phone from someone who wants to lower my credit card rates. You have to press "1" to talk to someone about it. If you complain to them or ask who they're calling from they instantly hang up. Unless I'm very busy I always put the phone on speaker and press 1. Then I say hello to the human, and wait for them to say something. If there are other people in ear shot I'll take the phone off speaker and and stage-whisper "die in a fire!" into the phone before hanging up. If there's no one else around I will say something considerably more creative along the same lines. Something that will come to them in their dreams for weeks or months, I hope.

Worst case I cost them some minutes and lowered their rate of return.

about a year and a half ago

Cherry's New Keyboard Switches Emulate IBM Model M Feel

dickens Ok now how about an ergo version (298 comments)

I would dearly love buckling spring keys but still the "bend" of my MS "natural" that I have gotten so used to. I can still type faster on a model M - I have several, but the ergo keyboards are so much better for my beat up wrists.

about a year and a half ago

Google Patents Staple of '70s Mainframe Computing

dickens big deal (333 comments)

It's not like Microsoft was ever going to be interested in that anyway. They must get cents back from the disk manufacturers for perpetuating their ever-growing temp folders.

about a year ago



dickens dickens writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dickens (31040) writes "Technewsworld reports that Lawrence R. Goldfarb, a founder of BayStar Capital Management, said he was approached in 2003 by Richard Emerson, a Microsoft senior vice president for strategy, about investing in SCO, "a company about which I knew little or nothing." Emerson said Microsoft wanted to promote SCO's lawsuit against IBM and Linux, Goldfarb alleged."


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