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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

garcia Re:first world problems... (195 comments)

The real irony is that you've confused Iran and Israel.

about two weeks ago

Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

garcia Re:What a joke (195 comments)

Then why aren't you buying your own modem for less than $50 and saving yourself the money every month? I mean, I get it, I think Comcast is for the birds too but honestly bitching about something you can buy yourself and they'll absolutely allow you to take on all the risk for is not something to choose to complain about.

about two weeks ago

Percentage of Self-Employed IT Workers Increasing

garcia Re:Another reason... (138 comments)

Or the company provides the minimum insurance to meet the ACA mandate and forces you out into the private insurance world to get coverage wholly on your own.

I'm not complaining about it mind you, I'm just stating that 1099 isn't the only thing companies are doing to avoid this these days.

about 4 months ago

Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

garcia Re:Better chances if you do not have one? (343 comments)

I did read the article and while I had a typo in the first line of my comment, I think it's silly that he says he would be less likely to hire someone with an MBA.

about 5 months ago

Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

garcia Better chances if you do not have one? (343 comments)

As a one-time worker bee who is now a part of senior management (with an MPA and not an MBA, although they are pretty similar) I understand what he is saying but I disagree that people should have a better chance of being hired because they have the three letters next to their name.

I hire for open reqs based on the PERSON and their SKILLSET, not the degree they may or may not hold. You know, the way it should be. What Musk is promoting through another one of his ridiculous soundbites is that we should pay more attention to degrees (good or bad) than the skills someone brings along with them.

Musk can be absolutely brilliant and incredibly and insanely stupid all at the same time.

about 5 months ago

Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

garcia Re:The reason is private insurance (786 comments)

No, the problem is that the public sector does not operate anything at all like the private sector all the while trying to emulate it under the overhead and red tape that comes along with requiring the public's input.

In addition to the issues seen with how the public sector operates, we have the requirement of outsourcing to the private sector to do the bulk of work through private/public partnerships which the public sector cannot and will not effectively manage,

The competing interests of these partnerships leans heavily on the private sector to make loads of money while the public sector expects them to operate within the bounds of the red tape the private sector is not accustomed or willing to accept as part of their business model.

If the government took this upon themselves to do anything in its entirety, it would likely be done slowly but correctly. Unfortunately, we end up with the result we did: a quickly cobbled together, expensive, and poorly implemented product which would never have seen the light of day in the private sector.

This happens ALL THE TIME with public/private partnerships. Take a look at the website redesign for the City of Apple Valley, Minnesota which was originally budgeted at $76,000 but later reduced to a much more reasonable, although still incredibly expensive $30,000. The resulting site is basically unusable, slow, horrendous to update, and slightly more useless than its predecessor (lipstick on a pig).

about 6 months ago

Blackberry BBM App and Suspicious Google Play Ratings

garcia Re:Unprecedented (67 comments)

I am shocked! Nothing like this has ever happened on the Google Play store before.

I am shocked! Nothing like this has ever happened on the Internet before.


about 6 months ago

Would-Be Tesla Owners Jump Through Hoops To Skirt Wacky Texas Rules

garcia Re:Red state (470 comments)

I'd love to see the Tesla sales numbers from Austin vs the rest of the state. Austin residents have long been at odds w/the rest of the state and their politics and as such I have a feeling we'd see a pretty high correlation with Austin vs Tesla ownership when compared w/the rest of the state.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

garcia Re:Programmer Troubles (473 comments)

I once had a non-technical manager and she told me what I did was simply "magic" to her and others and while she knew the results provided weren't as simple as it seemed to them, others in the organization felt it was.

It's a very difficult concept for non-technical people to understand and part of the life of any developer to deal with. It's the same thing many developers feel about management and administration and we all need to share in the responsibility of not assuming it's easy and/or "magic".

about 6 months ago

San Francisco Fire Chief Bans Helmet-Mounted Cameras For Firefighters

garcia Re:I get to bust this one out again. (209 comments)

I have repeatedly requested camera views from publicly owned but privately operated buses in the southern suburbs of the Minneapolis/St Paul metro area.

These cameras exist both inside and outside of the buses but whenever an issue arises which negatively impact the bus drivers or the system itself, the camera feeds are unavailable, usually due to some sort of unknown malfunction: http://www.lazylightning.org/bus-2-0-directs-mvta-driver-onto-dirt-shoulder

However, when they are not at fault, the videos are available to me right away and without question: http://www.lazylightning.org/mvta-rider-alleges-racism-over-bus-incident

about 8 months ago

The College-Loan Scandal

garcia Re:Students have to take some of the responsibilit (827 comments)


1. I went to a state school in Ohio which offered me a scholarship for athletics during undergrad. We paid very little.

2. I delayed grad school until I found a company that would pay for my education. I left that company with about 5 classes remaining but only had to end up paying $5200 total for a $28,000+ education.

3. This is being compared to the home loan situation. People were doing things that were stupid then too such as buying homes beyond their means, not educating themselves about the types of loans they were obtaining, etc. This is no different.

Do not go to a school you cannot afford and most definitely don't go into a major which will not provide you with a working wage afterward.

about 8 months ago

Iris Scans Are the New School IDs

garcia Re:This is yet another example of why it is import (217 comments)

What sorts of public campaigns have you witnessed for school boards where these sorts of asinine discussions are raised? This would be injected into the meeting agenda as a minor item lumped with a bunch of others which would have all been approved with a single quick vote so they could move on to much more important topics such as wasting money on some frivolous sporting event or booster club meeting.

These sorts of discussions only come up during campaigns AFTER they've been put into place and one person in the community stands up to say WTF and is ignored at meeting after meeting by the administration who put it into place with the consent of the morons on the school board and then runs solely on the platform of removing this one item.

After they spend $1500 running, get on the board and abolish the decision, something else comes up which is possibly worse and they are powerless and clueless to stop it.

This is the problem with all local level government bodies (city, county, etc). People run on a single stupid platform, are elected, and stay there forever or are booted out because someone else has another single stupid platform of the day.

Most everyone else just shrugs, says ok, and their kids get scanned.

(As an aside, my kid is NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER getting their fucking eyes or fingerprints or any other biometric data scanned for school -- fuck that noise).

about 9 months ago

FTC Wins Huge $7.5 Million Penalty Against "Do Not Call" List Violator

garcia Re:Very nice (136 comments)

Yesterday I got a scam call for a free resort stay if I was over the age of 28 and would provide them my credit card number.

While this particular scam is nothing particularly new, what was surprising is that the call appeared to originate from my area code. When I called the number back it went to a woman's voicemail. I'm guessing the entire thing was spoofed and she's an unknowing accomplice to this scam. Hell, they could be choosing numbers entirely at random.

about 10 months ago

YouTube Removes Video of Reactions To Being Videoed

garcia Re:Really (229 comments)

I have the legal right to ask for the video from a video camera that is owned and operated by the public sector, I have no legal right to do so from someone with Google glass.

about 10 months ago

Is Google Voice Doomed To Be 2nd-Class Messaging System?

garcia Re:Saves me from having to buy cheap cellphones (172 comments)


I use it on my LinkedIn profile so that recruiters don't learn my real number but can still get in touch with me easily.

about 10 months ago

2013 U.S. Wireless Network Tests: AT&T Fastest, Verizon Most Reliable

garcia Re:T-mobile the one that doesn't cost a damn fortu (131 comments)

I have Verizon (I have had T-mobile and various rebranded AT&Ts over the years as well) and have found the Big Red to be the best overall for a few reasons:

- Coverage
- Data sharing
- Cost

I think my wife and I pay about $150 for our two lines which include unlimited voice and text with 4GB of data shared between us and our chosen devices.

AT&T was less money (about $130/month) however we had 450 anytime minutes/1000 night/weekend with rollover and no SMS plan. Being that my wife is using around 1000 SMSs a month, the cost savings from that alone is worth it.

Now, Verizon's 3G is noticeably slower than AT&T and while that doesn't matter much in the metro area where our primary residence is located as there is LTE, at our lake home (which has LTE about 500 feet outside of the cabin) we are stuck w/pokey 3G service that is comparable to the 1300/700 DSL service we get there.

For me I dropped more calls in dead zones with both T-mobile and AT&T than I have noticed w/VZW but the single biggest advantage Verizon has over any other carriers is coverage. I should NEVER, EVER, EVER have No Service show up along major interstates yet with both T-mobile and AT&T I did. I have never been w/o VZW service in the last year I've had it.

To me the $150/month is well worth it. YMMV.

about 10 months ago

Hacker Exposes Evidence of Widespread Grade Tampering In India

garcia Re:not even hacking just URL typing with fixed ID (304 comments)

Back in late 2009 and early 2010 I was scraping jail inmate registry records for Scott and Dakota County, MN. This was simply a script which incremented the ID numbers by one several times a day and put them out into a CSV. I uploaded these to Google Docs and had Docs Widgets build simple charts based on those data for a rolling ~6 month window of inmates.

As I started looking deeper into the data I started noticing I had ages lower than 18. Odd I thought but sure enough, Scott County was including their juvenile records in the data mixed with the adults even though it wasn't shown on their public website.

I contacted the County and they fixed the bug (you can read about that here: http://www.lazylightning.org/scott-county-quickly-fixes-juvenile-jail-roster-issue) but I was still surprised at the relative lack of security for juvenile records:

Within mere minutes of my e-mail they were on the phone with me and informed me they closed the hole. After mentioning that the only way someone may have been able to retrieve a juvenile record is if they âoeguessedâ the booking number, I replied that the booking numbers are sequential and thus âoeguessingâ is as simple as incrementing by 1. After our short discussion they asked me to let them know immediately if I noticed anything else with their data and the call was ended.

It's surprising how lax security is anywhere and to the poster elsewhere in this thread that said this is what you get when you outsource to India, this particular web stuff was not performed with outsourced talent so that comment was nothing short of asinine.

about 10 months ago

PayPal Reviewing Qualifying Age For Vulnerability Rewards

garcia This kid pointed out Paypal's Biggest Vunerability (95 comments)

Their poor policy and the public's perception of that company. The more people hear about PayPal's poor internal decision making the better off everyone is about avoiding their biggest vulnerabilities.

about a year ago



garcia garcia writes  |  about 7 years ago

garcia writes "After some lengthy speculation in the blogosphere, Dodgeball founders Dennis Crowley and Alex Rainert have left Google and Dodgeball behind to move on to other projects. Crowley said in an interview on Wired's Epicenter, "Alex and I quit Google on Friday. It's no real secret that Google wasn't supporting Dodgeball the way we expected. The whole experience was incredibly frustrating for us — especially as we couldn't convince them that Dodgeball was worth engineering resources, leaving us to watch as other startups got to innovate in the mobile + social space." I was a regular Dodgeball user from June of 2005 up through January of 2007. I called it quits when other MSN (mobile social networking) sites were beginning to offer more options and were widening the gap between themselves and Dodgeball. According to Young Manhattanite, plenty of other Google acquisitions have received similar treatment and haven't received the engineer time and resources they felt that they deserved. Is this a warning sign for other companies that might be interested in being picked up by the popular company?"


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