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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

failedlogic Easy solution ... provide a better excuse (401 comments)

Don't tell them you're transferring to a competitor. That gives them all the excuses to 'save' your account.

My father was canceling his cable Internet service and reconnecting with another provider. I knew about all these tricks they use to retain customers. He had tried calling before and was put on hold, transferred, then spoke to someone for a few minutes and was again put on hold. He ended up hanging up the phone in frustration.

My solution to him was provide a different reason to cancel.

Told my father a better excuse. The next call lasted less than 1 minute. No transfers, no retention reps. A CSR cancelled the service. The reason: carpal tunnel syndrome. As soon as he said he can't use the keyboard/mouse anymore they immediately cancelled no other reason needed.

Hope this helps others! :)

about a month and a half ago
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404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

failedlogic Re:what a terrible idea (72 comments)

This would also make deletion of content on the web more difficult.

about 4 months ago
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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

failedlogic Re:Figures (165 comments)

The use of the nuke for the Israelis is to preserve their land to continue living on it. I would agree having nukes is a deterrent. The risks of nuclear fallout seem the greater risk.

about 4 months ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

failedlogic Yahoo Japan ... what is that? (150 comments)

I searched for this "Yahoo" "Japan" website since I never heard of it. I used Google naturally since Yahoo.com's results, as this article points out, are worth less than nothing.

I found the website but it is absolutely incomprehensible.The writing is in mixed font characters on my computer. It looks like the wingding font. Do I need to install additional fonts?

Yahoo engineers should get on fixing this right away. They built a large presence with such gibberish, think of the possibilities when we can -all- read it!

1. Gibberish site
2. Fix fonts and spell-check
3. ????
4. Profit!!!

about 4 months ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

failedlogic Suggestions for Monitor setup? (312 comments)

I'm an avid reader and studying for career advancement as well as looking into Grad school. I would prefer to be able to stand and read for extended periods rather than sit since I already sit down 8 hours a day at work.

**Tips/Suggestions on where to find proper monitor size for standing desks?
I'm struggling with choosing an appropriate monitor and resolution to read from the computer. I can't seem to find any Ergonomic studies on-line that will help make this decision. I have a 23" monitor but I'm not sure if about 2-3 feet away I should get a 27" or just a TV (I'm aware of pixel density issues).

**Looking for Tips/Suggestion to select a Monitor to reduce eye-strain?
The move to a standing desk is supposed to be for health reasons. So while on this topic, it should be important to get a monitor to reduce eye strain too. I have good/great vision but my eyes do get sore reading on the computer. Adjusting the back-light helps a bit but not much. I've seen monitors from Asus, Eizo and BenQ that advertise reducing eye strain. The BenQ one has a reading mode with significantly reduced blue light. Anyone have experience with this or can suggest a budget-friendly monitor to look for that would reduce eye strain?

about 4 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

failedlogic Re:Ability to design and write software... (581 comments)

> requires foundations laid down in the 5th and 6th grade of school, mostly math, but also the interest and desire to learn.

I'm good to very good at math and interested in computers. So I thought I would be a programmer. I couldn't quite figure out some concepts as easily but more importantly there were some people that could code in circles around me. Depends also on the language used, textbooks and documentation. Some people have it some don't and you most certainly can't teach that. You also can't really predict who has it and who doesn't.

I think some languages are probably more suited to strong Math skills. Others are for people that are more Systematic thinkers. And others probably demand more Artistic skills think where end goal is graphics (math there too!), web, UI.

As I've learned career choice isn't just a matter of choice but of circumstance. Assuming a Coal Miner can't code is presupposing a lot about their work duties and abilities. Heck, some might make a better CEO or Mayor than Bloomberg.

about 5 months ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

failedlogic Re:Reality in the USA.... (529 comments)

"Smart and gifted kid? Shove them to the back of the class. Oh that not so bright kid that can run and catch really good? he is a superstar!"

I can't speak of the entire job market, but there are a lot of very smart people without jobs right now. If smart kids are encouraged to be smart and pursue higher academic goals, we need an economy that can support them first and not just at the Grad school level. One major hurdle is TFA posted yesterday about Gates predicting workforce replaced by AI/Robots article. We need to plan and prepare for the future by having real discussions on the future workforce. With all the recent unemployed/underemployed Grads right now, there isn't much motivation as it is.

The start-your-own business model fails miserably when too many people are competing for finite resources.

"Teachers are scared to death of kids that are smarter than them"
Not only that but we have an education system that 'forces' everyone to think the same way.

about 5 months ago
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How Data Storage Has Grown In the Past 60 Years

failedlogic Re:Using 'songs' as units of measurement? (100 comments)

Not once did the author of TFA bother to use the LOC (Library of Congress) as a measure of data. Now I'm totally lost. I don't even know how much data a GB or a TB can store. Please use the LOC measure next time! It is less confusing.

about 6 months ago
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Apple's Hiring Spree of Biosensor Experts Continues As iWatch Team Grows

failedlogic Privacy regulations (62 comments)

There are all kinds of biosensors available that don't connect to the Internet. An Apple device presumably will.

There is enough concern with the amount of information being collected with an iPhone. Consumers should be cautious about providing their personal health info with Apple. I would only hope whatever information is stored on Apple servers, it is regulated like other HIPAA info. At the least, if Apple needs to be HIPAA compliant and information is breached, big fines and other penalties will/should follow.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

failedlogic Re:I gave up and used a tablet (134 comments)

I was looking at youtube videos of PDFs on various tablets. It looks like with book format the larger hi-res tablets (like iPad w/Retina) and some of the newer 9-10.1" Androids with similar hi-res display (2048 x 1152-ish) do a much better job of displaying the full page of text and are legible to read. I find the small screens make reading difficult and strenuous on the eyes.

I'm going to grad school soon and I'm debating buying a tablet or getting a new laptop with hi-res display. I just want to setup something where I don't have to sit down and read all day long. I'd think a laptop would make that easier or tablet with one of those stands. I'm not clumsy but I dread the idea of dropping a $500+ tablet while sitting down to read.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

failedlogic Re:Tempest in a teapot (2219 comments)

I also don't care about the stories in and of themselves on Slashdot. I occasionally RTFM. Most of the time I read the comments. I like the moderation and I can easily adjust up or down depending on how much I want to read about a particular subject.

The comments on this site are generally intelligent and have added greatly to my tech knowledge over the years. I'd also add I have a deeper respect for different types of people and people pursuing different careers as a result of reading their comments.

I was on another web forum and just quit outright. With no moderation the comments on that site became a waste of time to read.

I like the current Slashdot site. Please don't change it. Slashdot it perfect as is.

about 7 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

failedlogic Solution (664 comments)

Putting this in a Faraday cage is sure to generate a report "Employee is well shielded from management and employees. Recommend promotion to CEO."

about 7 months ago
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Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec

failedlogic Re:plastics the new paper (398 comments)

Canada makes polymer bills. The first polymer bill produced was the $100 CAD. Not too long after it was released, counterfeits were reported. This is a CBC story from May 2013. Too bad, for the longest time $100 and $50 paper bills weren't accepted at retail even if legal tender for fear it was counterfeit. Hopefully this doesn't happen with the new polymer bills.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com...

about 7 months ago
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Should Everybody Learn To Code?

failedlogic Re:Perhaps not everybody, but many more (387 comments)

This. It is even worse when said employee does this as their full-time job and it is in the government. The government has IT staff that could easily automate some of these jobs and they wouldn't be backlogged all the time.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Linux Set To Be PC Gaming's Number Two Platform?

failedlogic Premise of story a bit odd (281 comments)

The premise here is a bit odd. Windows is the obvious #1 platform on PC but the #2 Mac doesn't have a close second to Windows globally. Taking 2nd place here isn't very hard. There aren't even many desktop OSes capable of running modern games now. I also though Linux wasn't a "platform" since it isn't an OS, its the kernel. Anyhow, given the small number of desktop gaming OSes, it won't be hard to be #3 or #4. Unless I'm mistaken. Maybe there are a lot of gamers using DOS, OS/2, Solaris, BSD, BeOS, QNX ....

about 7 months ago
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Facebook Puts 10,000 Blu-ray Discs In Low-Power Storage System

failedlogic Re:Write once? (153 comments)

There's a new (and rather expensive) Sony product: http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/m... that they're saying will be in densities up to 300 GB. From what I've read it looks like a Blu-Ray sized MiniDisc.

I'm not saying these are any better, but there is higher optical densities becoming available. They're targeting high-end video right now in the US markets. I tried to read-up more on this out of curiosity a while back but majority of info in on Sony.jp site site in Japanese. At $6,000 for the drive alone, hopefully there'll be some cheaper alternatives out there. The media prices are much less .. I see one site with a 300 GB disc for $50.

It seems Sony is partnering up with Panasonic. Hopefully something interesting happens with this.

I'd like a backup alternative to DVDs and doesn't seem to be worth the leap to go to Blu-Ray and most tape is too expensive for home use (and/or hard to find).

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Often-Run Piece of Code -- Ever?

failedlogic Re:Probably some telphone code (533 comments)

I'm having the same problem. I'm looking for a cell-phone with rotary dial.

about 7 months ago

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Dealing with Porn Addiction

failedlogic failedlogic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

anonymous coward (627314) writes "I'm addicted to 'Internet' porn. I call it Internet porn, because I believe I would not have the problem if not for the Internet. The anonymity, volume of material available and being able to keep it hidden from others are strong motivators for maintaining the behavior. I've tried deleting images only that I keep wanting or downloading more. I've filled many DVDs with Porn and still have over 100 GB at this point. I know I've downloaded much more. Its been an ongoing habit now for 10 years, starting in early adulthood. Has anyone else had this problem and been able to overcome it? Are there any suggestions to minimize the behavior such as keeping only a small collection of images? I have found it to be an incredible waste of time and want to stop or control the behavior. I'm still able to do other activities like sports, a normal social life, work and so on, its just this behavior is very, very easy to hide from others."
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Changing Keyboard in Workplace

failedlogic failedlogic writes  |  more than 5 years ago

failedlogic (627314) writes "The keyboard I am using at my current employer is uncomfortable that by the end of the work day my wrists hurt a bit. I brought this up with my manager and IT and the company does not allow keyboards to be changed unless authorized by management and a doctor's medical certificate. This seems odd, as my request for a keyboard change is a preventative measure to workplace injury. In other similar sized companies where I worked the process was ask and its done. I would simply like to install a keyboard that I feel is comfortable and correct (I have studied ergonomics BTW). I'm not alone in complaining about the keyboards for the same reason. Since the current policy seems too complicated, I've considered just installing a keyboard. I don't want to take unnessary risks but there is no indication in Computer Use Policy or any company documentation that mention said procedure and the necessary requirements."

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