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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

freeze128 Re:seriously? (247 comments)

I don't know if I would worry about personal threats from these types of scammers. A cursory check of the information that they even have on file for you would indicate that they don't really know anything except the phone number that they just dialed. When you get a call from "The windows support department", ask them all sorts of questions like:

What is the name of the company that they work for?
How do they know that my machine is infected with a virus?
Which computer is infected? (I have multiple PCs...)
Who has paid them to provide this service for me?
If my PC has been sending internet packets because of spyware infections, and they have detected this, then certainly they would know the IP address of the machine that is doing it.

If the caller cannot even answer these basic questions, then you know it's a scam.

2 days ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

freeze128 Re:Is he a senior? (247 comments)

It would be more obscure, but just as funny, to use the name David Lightman.

2 days ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

freeze128 Re:Fail (247 comments)

Thankfully, my parents would never even be able to fall for this scam, because they have dialup.

You can either go online, OR you can talk to the scammer, but not both.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

freeze128 Careful! (131 comments)

If you need an obscure battery right away, try Batteries+, but be prepared to pay big time for it.

If you need an obscure battery and can wait, there are often resellers on Amazon that will get you what you need DIRT CHEAP! If it turns out to be crap, you can just be thankful that you paid a fraction of what you would anywhere else, and then try somewhere else.

about a week ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

freeze128 Re:What would happen? (144 comments)

I'm just surprised that you even have INTERNET ACCESS.

about a week ago
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Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

freeze128 Version control (127 comments)

Why is version control $500 per person? Haven't they heard of Subversion or GIT? These are problems that have already been solved!

about two weeks ago
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A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

freeze128 Re:plot from Crichton novel (56 comments)

I wouldn't worry until they at least start to conquer a third dimension. These little bots just jiggle around on the floor.

about two weeks ago
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A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

freeze128 Re:That's-a-lotta-bots-a (56 comments)

If they have 1024 bots that can assemble into a shape, then the bots should millibots (one onethousandth of a shape).

about two weeks ago
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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

freeze128 Re:Well (100 comments)

But who would buy it? Only the stupid would do such a thing, and they already have enough stupid, stupid!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

freeze128 Re:Dedicated candidates (278 comments)

Conversely, why are the text fields too small? Would you want to hire anyone whose browser size is 640x480 for a technical job? What is this, 1994?

about two weeks ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

freeze128 Re:Wha? (116 comments)

Right. It's finding a task IMPOSSIBLE that will kill you.

about three weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

freeze128 Re:Huh? (406 comments)

I can't help but think that was an attempt to justify using the carpool lane.

about three weeks ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

freeze128 Re:A comment from the linked site: (273 comments)

If you're scared, then you can get him labelled as a terrorist.

about three weeks ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

freeze128 Why car analogies are stupid. (273 comments)

The whole thing is: That would never happen. Electric windows require motors and switches which cost money. Heated seats require coils and thermistors which cost money. Radios require receivers that cost money. There is no way a car manufacturer (especially in this day and age) would spend the money on those things for EVERY car and not expect to get paid for them!

Now with the scopes, the DAC required for FFT is already in the scope doing its job. It just requires the SOFTWARE in order to activate the menu item, and handle the analysis. No extra hardware is needed.

So this comes down to: How do you reasonably add software features? If you just sent the user a USB stick with the code on it, then how would you prevent the user from installing that code on 100 scopes instead of the one that was paid for? The scopes are not (normally) internet connected devices, so a scheme like Windows Activation is out of the question.

about three weeks ago
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Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

freeze128 Re:What was old... (138 comments)

If your smartwatch has to be the size of the great seal, then I think they need to re-think this technology.

about three weeks ago

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