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Google Fires Back About Search Engine Spam

gabec Re:Pshaw (270 comments)

ExpertsExchange has an extremely misleading UI, starting with a question, followed by graphics that imply it's hiding the answer and you must register to see it... but all the text google thinks is there, is really there... you just have to scroll down to the bottom of the page.

(You may know this and block them simply because they're being intentionally misleading... OTOH, you may not. I actively railed against them for years before noticing.)

about 4 years ago

Tennessee Town Releases Red Light Camera Stats

gabec Re:Traffic Cameras are Free Money... (567 comments)

Ah, another Knoxvillian...

After getting a small speeding ticket from Oak Ridge at one of these red light cameras I swore off going to Oak Ridge for any financial transaction. So far, I've counted about $3,500 worth of small contracts, Craigslist purchases and whatnot I've turned down or avoided simply because they were in Oak Ridge.

It's my small, passive-aggressive non-resident contribution to Oak Ridge.

more than 4 years ago

How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?

gabec Re:You don't (533 comments)

RE: "Seriously.. despite all the controversy it has stirred up.. if you don't have anything to hide.. who cares"

That is, of course, the crux of the privacy argument and even exactly the sentiment Eric Schmidt was expressing: "Only bad people want privacy."

Even defending those that want privacy is hard to express. Why would you want privacy? What do you have to hide that you don't want known?

So here are a few off-the-cuff points for privacy:

* There's a quote out there (google it--lol) that goes along the lines of "You don't need privacy to protect you from the government you have today, you want privacy to protect you from the government it may become."

* People's ideas of what's acceptable to share are different depending on the times. Maybe a miniskirt is no big thing today. Maybe by the time she's running for senate miniskirt=whore. Maybe you comment on a friend's private facebook account. Maybe last week Facebook just made all that very, very public (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/12/13/2028219/Facebook-Founders-Pictures-Go-Public).

* On the last vein, Do you think if today were 1929 you'd hesitate to put that you were Jewish on your online profile?

* Even publicly making a stance on pro/anti online privacy costs you in some way. Certainly anyone pro-privacy had better have a squeaky clean past present and future. After all, anyone that uses scroogle.com and the like are exactly the wingnuts you'd want to track, right?

Nobody can see into the future far enough to know just what they'll regret, and just what it will cost them.

more than 5 years ago

Best Way To Clear Your Name Online?

gabec Re:Not keeping low profile? (888 comments)

That made me think of an even better idea... astroturf yourself. "[Joe Skeleton] wins Nobel Peace Prize!" etc. Get enough out there--backdated even--and if anyone asks, just say you have some real prankster buddies.

Short of that though, your best bet really is to start putting your name out there for what you've done since. I've sort of had the opposite effect happen to me. For years just out of college I thought it was pretty rad to be findable online and worked to be every result on the first page (why... I don't know.) of Altavista (yeah, remember them?). Then after a while I changed my mind and started pulling things offline, which left only crap I couldn't erase myself. Now the first page results include only one item that's legitimately from me (not someone with my same name) and it's of me chewing out a guy on a mailing list. Thus my legacy is of being a douche to some random guy. =/

more than 5 years ago

Verizon Droid Tethering Comes At a Hefty Price

gabec Re:Tethering (555 comments)

OP is ranting to a degree that he's misrepresenting his case.

First, all smartphones require this crappy extra $30/month fee. Blackberries, iphones... Droids. It sucks, but Droid isn't the bad guy here, it's every carrier.

Second, tethering isn't supported for most smartphone plans on the major networks. You want it on your iphone, too bad. The iphone itself supports it (as does Droid obviously) and AT&T doesn't. Well, apparently they will, but they will charge extra, just like Verizon. (http://mashable.com/2009/10/08/iphone-tethering/) Once again, don't blame Droid / verizon, blame every carrier.

So please don't blame the Droid or Verizon for this without including every other network and smartphone in the rant. =P

(Though calling 5gb "unlimited" is pretty skeezy.)

PS. Loving my droid, tethering or no. ;-)

more than 5 years ago

Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

gabec Re:Release cycles? (1231 comments)

FWIW, I've been using Ubuntu since 6.10 and Karmic Koala has been by far my easiest and most care-free install. Every six months since 6.10 I've installed the new Ubuntu and it generally takes me about a week to get my OS going to full speed. Sometimes the damn dual monitor thing doesn't want to work. Sometimes my network shares stop being accessible by name and have to be hit by IP... whatever, it's all piddly one-off stuff.

Karmic Koala installed everything perfectly this time. I didn't have to custom compile Pidgin to get Microsoft Communicator functional at work. The OTR plugin worked too without custom compiling, unlike previous times.

My setup for my laptop, for the first time ever, doesn't need switchconf to load one xorg.conf for stand-alone mode and another for dual monitor docked mode. Heck, I don't even have a xorg.conf! I deleted it alltogether and let the system figure it out!

Wireless worked, the network worked, the printers worked.

Everything has been smooth smooth smooth.

So, for me at least, Koala is my favorite release yet. Kudos to the Ubuntu team, keep going!

more than 5 years ago

With a Computer Science Degree, an Old Man At 35?

gabec Re:Yes, go for it. (918 comments)

You're older than I am, but you're far too young to be pulling the "[that] fact shows at the very least your ignorance and, at worst, your ageism" bullshit.

Your argument assumes he was referring to mid-thirties as part of the "older generation[s that] didn't grow up with computers" and obviously if you were learning to program when you were eight, you're not in the same age bracket as the grandparent-post's target-generation.

But cheer up! This means you're only an old fart on the inside.

more than 5 years ago

What To Do With Old USB Keys, Low-Capacity Hard Drives?

gabec Playing with Magnets (546 comments)

A friend of mine loves old harddrives. They have a lot of super heavyduty magnets in them. To my knowledge he just dismantles the drive and then sticks'm to his fridge but ... either way, ubermagnets are fun!

more than 5 years ago

How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?

gabec Re:80 hours (1055 comments)

At my last company they allowed 9-nines or 4-tens. 9-nines is a great deal for the developer. Any actually important developer in a company ends up working 9 hours a day anyway, just due to interruptions, meetings, etc. so having every other friday off for doing what you'd be doing *anyway* is excellent, and if you have that mentality, then even if you *do* get called in for a crisis, well, then you don't get your "free day".

It's actually a much better deal for the developer than the manager / company. the 4-eights guys end up being the ones to stay late friday night to meet a deadline and the 9-nines and 4-tens guys get to wash their hands of it on Thursday (and only come in for a production issue/crisis).

Also, if you're the type of person with a lot of domain knowledge people probably drop by your desk a lot. Every Friday you're out someone drops by and goes "AH, dangit!" and wanders off to find someone else. Not a big deal, but it's there.

Point is, don't feel abused when you get pulled in or called, because the company's doing something very cool for you they don't have to.

about 6 years ago

Microsoft Causes Internal Family Strife

gabec Re:I want to see one (543 comments)

holy flamebait summary, batman!

Seriously... Slashdot never has made claims at being unbiased, and I have no excess fondness for MS products (I'm currently writing this from my ubuntu desktop) but still... Frontpaging needlessly harsh opinions best left to tongue-in-cheek office humor don't serve the slashdot community.

If I want vitriolic bias, I'll head to Fox News.

more than 6 years ago



Failed projects on a resume?

gabec gabec writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gabec writes "The economy being what it is, and layoffs layoffs around every corner, why not a "(useful) stupid" resume question? My biggest project so far--one that lasted a solid year--ended in abject failure. Angry users, bad interdepartmental PR, untestable code (at the DB level, not mine, I swear! I've got jUnit tests to prove it!), and in the end an application that no one used. Still, I spent a year on it and it'll most likely be on the tip of my tongue for any "tell me of a time when things went wrong" behavioral interview questions. Is there a reason to put it into my resume? Should I leave it off my list of "major projects"? If not, how does one best describe the debacle to justify its mentioning?"


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