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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

ducomputergeek Re:In conclusions, the iphone6 sucks! (495 comments)

As a developer it's been a problem developing for Android. It's one of the reasons why at work we charge more to develop android versions of apps usually as we'll only QA test against Nexus devices. If our clients want QA on any additional handsets basically increase the development costs by 50% per device. Usually if clients add any other devices it's will be Samsung, but we charge QA per model on Android devices. So Galaxy S4, S5, Note could double the price we charge for an Android app vs. iOS.

Personally I no longer develop apps for Android. I used to, but Android apps were less than 25% of my revenue and accounted for about 90% of my support requests. In particular "App crashes on startup" and on a handset I've never heard of before. Especially problematic seemed to be the number of prepaid android devices. Their OS's never seem to be kept current or running some tweaks that may cause compatibility issues for whatever reasons.

2 days ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

ducomputergeek Re:Please describe exactly (385 comments)

The same thing happened to me. I'd been buying my own health insurance since I sold my company in 2011. It cost me $83 per month. I'm in my early 30's and healthy. Only time I used it was for a sinus infection and annual check ups. Deductible was $3500 with max out of pocket of $11,000. Office co-pay's were $30, $50 for urgent care and drug coverage worked well enough for me. My last antibiotics cost me $20 co-pay. Then I was informed last fall my plan was not "ACA" compliant and would be cancelled at the end of last year.

So I went shopping on the exchange. The closest plan to what I had was a silver package. It was $280 a month. 3x what I was paying. That was more than I wanted to pay. So I looked at a "Bronze" plan. Still $156 a month and eventually what I selected. It had a $6000 a year deductible and $17,000 max out of pocket per year.

Then I actually had to use it for an Urgent care visit. Under my old plan, Urgent care was a $50 visit. Well it was $90 co-pay under my new plan. I was prescribed the same antibiotics as the previous time. Cost: $45 co-pay instead of $20.

Fortunately I got married and now on my Wife's company plan (although they're likely to pay the fine as it will be cheaper than providing insurance so not sure for how much longer). It was about the same as my bronze plan (~$180 per month to add me). But coverage is a hell of a lot better.

2 days ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

ducomputergeek Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

It has nothing to do with the technology. And the law governing copyright and broadcast rights has been pretty clear for a long time. It would be no different than my neighbor on the hill that gets great OTA reception capturing those broadcasts, running a cable down to my house and charging me to "watch" signals he captured. He wouldn't have the rights to transmit that copyrighted broadcast/telecast unless he went to the networks and got a written agreement.

Or let's say he has a big radio antenna and can get radio broadcasts from say KMOX, then retransmits that signal to an FM frequency of his choosing. (Yes I know FCC licensing and all that, but let's ignore that and just look at the fact that the technology doesn't matter) He'd need a license from KMOX to retransmit their copyrighted broadcasts. Ever listen to a baseball game, especially on the Radio? Somewhere around the 5th to 7th inning I grew up with Jack Buck or Mike Shannon saying: "This broadcast is presented by the authority of Major League Baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals, LLC. Accounts and descriptions of the game may not be retransmitted or broadcast without prior written consent of the St. Louis Cardinals, LLC. And there is a such thing as the "Cardinals Radio Network" in which smaller stations away from KMOX retransmit KMOX's broadcast of the game on their local FM or AM frequency. But they have a license to do so.

Aereo is no different. You are just replacing radio waves with the internet. Technology for delivery is different, but the legalities are the same. That's why the Justice is saying that it shouldn't have a chilling effect on technology. If Aereo had a license or got a license from the broadcasters to carry their stream over the internet, then no harm no foul.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

ducomputergeek Re:misunderstanding of the internet? (484 comments)

"retransmit" means exactly that. Previously it was via radio waves, but now it's through the internet. Technology changed, but the spirit of the law did not. Whether it goes through the air or over a "series of tubes" is irrelevant: it's still retransmitting without a license from the copyright holders.

Cable companies pay a license per subscriber. Netflix pays a license for streaming rights as does Amazon. That's why they are allowed to show copyrighted materials. Aereo apparently did not.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

ducomputergeek Re:Wrong decision (484 comments)

More at the Cable companies have agreed to pay the broadcasters for a per subscriber fee to license those broadcasts. Apparently Aereo was not. Netflix has reached an agreement with content providers to provider broadcast over the internet and has the rights to do so.

Aereo apparently did not.

Now if you stream netflix to your computer, then say put a webcam in front to record and then stream to people via a 3rd party site, then you'd be publically broadcasting.

When you watch netflix on your device over wifi you are simply consuming...

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

ducomputergeek Re:Wrong decision (484 comments)

Yes, but your cable company has a license from the content providers to transmit those channels to you. My understanding is that Aereo did not.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

ducomputergeek Re:Lets Get Real (340 comments)

Now the Russians always had a greater heavy lift capacity when it game to rocket engines. Also seemed to be able to put things into orbit more accurately. But when it came down to military aircraft after 1970 it's been a different story.

Last I checked the F-15 is 104 to 0 against primarily MIG's. In fact I don't think an American fighter has been shot down in Air to Air Combat since Vietnam.

about 3 months ago
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Big Telecom: Terms Set For Sprint To Buy T-Mobile For $32B

ducomputergeek Re:noooooo! (158 comments)

My wife and I just left sprint literally 2 weeks ago for T-Mobile for the same reasons. We can afford to buy the phones outright and only pay for monthly service. We get two lines for the price of her old sprint plan on T-mobile.

Not sure how I feel about this...

about 4 months ago
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Google To Close Its American Moto X Factory

ducomputergeek Re:But was Google even trying? (154 comments)

My wife just replaced her Samsung Galaxy with a google Nexus. Worlds of difference between her old galaxy S3 and the Nexus 5 in terms of performance. Plus there is a lack of "little" things that annoyed her on the Galaxy.

about 4 months ago
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Australian iPhone and iPad Users Waylaid By Ransomware

ducomputergeek Re:Basic security measures? (52 comments)

Until it becomes a hassle. Example, I just got a new phone last week and didn't have a chance to update my google authenticator app to the new device. It was a vacation so the computer stayed at home. I ordered tickets online at went to print at the hotel only to realize I couldn't access my gmail account to print. I was still able to goto Will Call to pick up the tickets, but it still meant waiting in line for 15 minutes, something we had hoped to skip by purchasing online.

about 4 months ago
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California Legislation Affirms Privacy Rights Against NSA Spying Methods

ducomputergeek Re:Now we'll see who's really the master. (96 comments)

Sorry, no succession. The South tried that once 150 years ago. I didn't end well for them.

about 4 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

ducomputergeek Re:Wouldn't that be a shame (626 comments)

Which usually goes back to local law enforcement, or at least a portion of that, but not in all states. There are cities here in Missouri where the local governments made up most of the revenue from traffic violations. A couple cities were famous for this until the state passed some laws prohibiting them from doing this.

Nebraska, I believe, collects all traffic fines revenue and then doles that money out to the schools instead of police departments. Doesn't matter if it's a local cop or a state trooper who pulls you over and issues you the citation, the money goes to the state to prevent what occurred in Missouri.

about 4 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

ducomputergeek Re:Why bother with tricks? (297 comments)

They have no legal power? The average person commits what, 23 Felonies a day. They just pick one, make it stick, and get you to play ball. If you still refuse, well I suggest looking up what happened to Qwest's CEO when he refused to play ball.

about 4 months ago
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Pentagon Document Lays Out Battle Plan Against Zombies

ducomputergeek Re:Survivalists (131 comments)

Last couple years forced me to rethink a few things. I live in the suburbs of a moderate sized city, but have several hundred acres of farmland a couple hundred miles south with a place to stay, well water, septic system, small wind turbine, solar cells, and 100 acres of woods with a wood burning furnace + stove. Have the wind turbine and solar cells because I'm only down there about 1 month a year to look over the farming operations (we rent it out). So we sell most the electricity we generate back to the coop. Then at harvest time, we usually break even when it comes to running the motors for irrigation and driers in the bins.

I have the guns from my grandfather, a double barrel 12ga goose gun, a .22 Stevens single shot rifle, 1903 Springfield, a M1911, and a Walther PP trophy gun from WWII plus I have a AR, 2 9mm pistols for CCW (same model), a Mosin Nagant, a .38 revolver, and a .40S&W pistol. I figured the common thought of "Keep standard calibers and you'll be able to find ammo" was a good one. I used to keep enough ammo around to load magazines once. Basically enough that if I wanted to run to the range and didn't have time to stop off at the store to pick up ammo I could. The most I kept around was about a brick of .22 that would last me a year.

Well when the craziness happened after Sandy Hook the only thing I could find regularly was .40S&W and 30-06 Springfield. I sold one of my AR's during that time for nearly 3x what I paid for it. I kept the money in a savings account and recently bought a second safe for ammo. In the past few months I've probably bought enough ammo to be on a watch list as I've stocked up on 3000 rounds of 5.56, 3000 rounds of 9mm, 1000 rounds of .40, 250 rounds of .45ACP, 880 rounds of 7.62x54r, 300 rounds of .38, and 200 rounds of 30-06. And I intend on keeping this supply as reserve and not to shoot. If .22LR ever comes back into stock (hoarders are the main problem right now), I'll probably stock up of 5,000 - 10,000 rounds of that over time. (buy a brick a week for a couple months).

Five years ago I wouldn't have done that.

about 4 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

ducomputergeek Re:Life or death (765 comments)

This. I live in a suburban metro area, but rent out the old family farms. I go down several times a year to check on the farms and do a little work to maintain the properties. Well once upon a time in the woods I came across a camper someone had set up. Called the Sheriff and response time was 75 minutes. I know, it wasn't an emergency call and he does live down the road about 5 miles, but he was out on patrol that day. If it had been an emergency it still likely would have been 30 - 40 minutes before he or the deputy arrived.

At any rate it appears as though someone had been using the old camper to cook meth.

I have my CCW and usually carry a .38 around the farm with snake shot/JHP alternating in chambers and then JHP/FMJ alternating in the two speed loaders.

Down there as part of the county emergency planning they maintain a militia muster of people they would ask/draft into forming a county militia in case of a serious event. My name is on that list as if there was ever something that bad, it'd evac from the city with my family and head to the farm. We have wells and a septic system. Wouldn't be the life of luxury, but would be a life.

about 4 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

ducomputergeek Re:Flawed reasoning (765 comments)

I always want my concealed pistol to work. That's why I went to carrying a double action revolver. Simple mechanically, if the round fails to fire, pull the trigger again and load the next chamber. No safeties to deal with and with practice loading time is just as quick with a speed loader.

about 4 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

ducomputergeek Re:It's called a safety... (765 comments)

My revolver doesn't even have a "safety" other than a long trigger pull. And if it does go bang the first pull I pull it again.

about 4 months ago
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Silicon Valley's Love-Hate Relationship With President Obama

ducomputergeek Re:The Field Fox (131 comments)

Tail of two health plans. I've been "self-employed" after I sold my last company in 2011. I paid ~$100 a month for health insurance including a pretty good dental package. In three years I used it basically for annual check up (covered) and a trip to urgent care after cutting my hand while doing some home improvement costs. Total bill out of pocket: $60 for the visit, $10 co-pay for the antibiotics they prescribed. That included x-rays, cleaning, and stitching the wound. My deductible was $3500, $11,000 max out of pocket on the old plan.

Well I couldn't keep that health plan. Apparently now for someone in their early 30's that was now "Catastrophic only" or something. So I went to the exchange. The most like I had was the "silver plan". Silver plan premium $280 per month, no dental. The "Bronze Plan", $156 per month with no dental coverage. Well week before the wedding the puppy dog decided my finger was part of the treat ball. So I had to go up to the same Urgent care, cleaned, x-ray'ed, and medical superglued cost: well $90 for the visit and $45 out of pocket for the same antibiotics as they weren't covered under this plan. Further more the plan I had under ACA at $6000 deductible and $17k max out of pocket.

And for months all I heard from ACA supporters was how my old plan was "crap" and this new plan "would cover so much more". Well...I wanted to keep my old plan, but we know how well that went.

I'm now on my wife's plan from her work. Cost, about $200 a month to cover me with dental. But we may only have this plan until the end of the year as her employer (a Fortune 300) is figuring it's cheaper to pay the fine and force all their employees onto the exchange. Which scares me how much that will cost us out of pocket for a family.

about 4 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

ducomputergeek Re:No, thank you. (865 comments)

This. My wife's car is completely keyless. She has to have the fob to open the doors or turn it on. This past winter she came out of work and couldn't get into her car let alone turn it on because the battery in her fob died. Fortunately it was at work and she had a warm place to go back to and call me to bring her the spare fob. If she had been somewhere without such recourse when it was -15 wind chill she very well could have died.

My Chevy Volt has keyless entry, remote start, and a keyless start option, but it still has a physical key. If the battery in the Fob dies I can still get in it. My old Chevy Impala I kept a spare key in my wallet. It wouldn't start it, but would open the door or trunk in case I locked the keys in the car or I could get to the emergency supplies I kept in the trunk.

about 5 months ago
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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

ducomputergeek Re:Consumers are right (302 comments)

That's just it. It's a niche tool for certain industries, specially design and engineering firms, who spend a day doing the CAD specs and can let something print over night to see if the latest revision of a design will work in a prototype. For those industries it's a godsend. I can see some garage inventor wanting one to tinker around with. For those purposes it's exactly the right tool for the job.

But for stuff that I often need around the house, it's easier and quicker to run up to the store for me than to print it myself.

about 5 months ago

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Senator Feinstein: we need video game control

ducomputergeek ducomputergeek writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ducomputergeek (595742) writes "Since the AWB seems to have died in congress looks like she's now turning her angst on video games...again. Yet as the article points out, since the introduction of games like DOOM, the crime rate in the US has gone down. Dramatically. Correlation != causation and all that jazz, but there are a lot of violent video games these days and yet crime has continued to go down."
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PA-DSS and Opensource Applications

ducomputergeek ducomputergeek writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ducomputergeek (595742) writes "Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) certification requirements is now 60 days away. After July 1st, 2010 merchants will be required to process credit card transactions with PA-DSS certified software or face fines and/or terminal of their merchant accounts by Visa. (Mastercard, Discover, Amex as well, but Visa is the one leading the charge). And from experience the author is dead on.

We forked an opensource Point-Of-Sale application because the original project flat out said they were not going to get PA-DSS certified and seemed to think that it some how did not apply to them. We currently going through the PA-DSS certification process. Technical changes to the software to meet PA-DSS needs were minimal. That only took a couple weeks. We are in month 5 of writing documentation and shortly going to have the on-site inspection."

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