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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

gfxguy Re:~50% have no degree... (160 comments)

You can, but you're often not likely to even consider some things until you have to do them.

yesterday
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The Psychology of Phishing

gfxguy Re:well (118 comments)

That'd be a fair warning if phishers weren't pussy ass scaredy cat losers who wouldn't actually be able to inflict harm in any way except with a keyboard.

yesterday
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The Psychology of Phishing

gfxguy Re:well (118 comments)

That makes no sense to me, though... how does a phisher succeed when they don't send you a link? Since they can't blindly lead you somewhere else, you wouldn't receive a phishing scam email without links.

yesterday
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

gfxguy Re:~50% have no degree... (160 comments)

Yes... I taught myself how to program before ever taking a class, but learning all the different data structures and techniques for design and development at school helped a lot; getting out in the real world helped cut the cruft and continue to learn what works, but education actually did help... and with this field, it's all ongoing education and development and new techniques and tools, but there's always the basics they were built on.

yesterday
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The Psychology of Phishing

gfxguy Re:well (118 comments)

Click link below for weekly training memo about latest phishing threats. Remember failure to reading could result in the termination.

- IT Team

... and don't forget to sign in with your username and password so that you get credit for having read the memo!

yesterday
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The Psychology of Phishing

gfxguy Re:well (118 comments)

The thing with my bank is that they don't send links in the email, and they often warn people that they won't. If there's something you should look at on your account, like a notification of bill pay or something, they simply say in the email "log into your online account" without providing a link. Most people have their bank bookmarked, so it's not like it's some kind of hardship.

yesterday
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The Psychology of Phishing

gfxguy Re:well (118 comments)

Which I (and a lot of other people) would then not have participated in, so PayPal should learn from it.

yesterday
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The Psychology of Phishing

gfxguy Re:well (118 comments)

I pretty much do the same thing, but instead of useless data I put insulting data. Sometimes I'm impressed with the effort... sometimes it links to a google form, and that's pretty sad. Some of them are so good, though, if they just put that much effort into honest work, they'd be pretty well off.

yesterday
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The Psychology of Phishing

gfxguy Re:well (118 comments)

Yes! My wife is terrible, and when I say "just don't click on anything," she asks "what about the legitimate ads?" So I repeat "just don't click on anything... there's no SPAM that is legitimate." Sadly, she does it anyway. I missed a whole day of world cup group games "fixing" her computer... and it wasn't the first time. I should just cut her off.

yesterday
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The Psychology of Phishing

gfxguy Re:well (118 comments)

Interesting... I should stop clicking on those links, then. I feel like, since I'm using linux, I likely won't get a virus, so when I get a "you need to change your password" link, I usually just curse them out in it. Email: eat@shit.and.die, password: youfuckingasshole. I know it doesn't solve any problems, but it feels good.

Hey, if enough people did it, they'd have to wade through tons of insults before finding one where the person actually fell for it.

yesterday
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

gfxguy Re:~50% have no degree... (160 comments)

Agree... I was the only programmer in my last department that actually had a C.S. Degree; one guy was an education major, one had a degree in chemistry (I guess that's a lateral move in "STEM" as a whole). One guy had no degree at all, and that guy was probably the best programmer of us all.

yesterday
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

gfxguy Re:Illigal or not? (143 comments)

Maybe the warnings issued could be used by the IP holders in civil court. Perhaps there should be a fast track IP infringement court.

2 days ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

gfxguy Re:Don't buy cheap android (289 comments)

My last phone was an Optimus V from Virgin... The only problems I had resulted from me rooting and installing a clean version of Android, so I can't blame LG. I would have kept it... it was a bit slow playing angry birds (not what I bought my phone for, though), but I could use it as a mobile hot spot. When I upgraded to a 4G phone, I lost that ability... and didn't want to root it after the earlier problems I'd experienced. But here's the thing: I didn't encounter bugs like the author describes. It worked the way it was supposed to. I didn't mind the camera wasn't all that, I didn't have keyboard problems (although it seems like you can install a third party keyboard app that should fix those problems... not that you should have to). I see a lot of complaining about the author of this article, but I think he raises some good points... I'm reminded of Bill Gates saying that people didn't care about bug fixes, they wanted new features!

3 days ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

gfxguy Re: Hmmm (205 comments)

Not good enough... we also traded in the minivan when the kids were a bit older, but our small SUVs only get around 23MPG... I'd traded in my 93 Civic that routinely got over 35MPG, now you don't even get that in a Civic or other small car without it being a hybrid or something... with very few exceptions. I may get a Mazda 3 or 6, though. They get upwards of 35.

I will say this, though, to actually contribute to the conversation about minivans... I had no problem driving one, and felt no stigma about it. All the people buying giant SUVs and justifying it because hey, once or twice a year they may buy a big box item and save on delivery! Or they need to carry a lot of passengers... Our Honda Odyssey carried 7 people a lot more comfortably than any SUV I've been in, and when you needed cargo space it was right up there with the big boys when you folded the rear seat down... even more than a lot of big SUVs; add decent towing capacity and overall better mileage, and the only reason for most people not to get one was the "stigma." Unless you're towing a yacht, or need to go off roading, a good (200hp+) minivan is a much more logical choice.

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

gfxguy Re:We're sorry we got caught? (401 comments)

Have you seen the new spate of commercials? Where they're promoting customer satisfaction "guarantee?" I made the mistake last year of trying to save money by dropping satellite TV and going with Comcast, since I already got internet through them. It was a f#!king nightmare. I did have the forethought to set a cancel date for satellite far enough in the future (several weeks) to ensure some overlap... and was able to cancel the cancellation in time. For two missed appointments, hours on hold (unceremoniously being dropped after waiting 90 minutes at one point), and a multitude of unkept promises... for my "gaurantee" I got $20 credit.

I bend over and keep getting comcast for internet because there's no viable alternative where I am... nothing fast enough to allow me to work from home, but I won't give them the chance again for anything else, and I'm biding my time for when I can dump them entirely.

about a week ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

gfxguy Silicon Valley is still exceedingly liberal (533 comments)

"Today's Silicon Valley is still exceedingly liberal on social issues." GREAT! So are libertarians! Except the pretend ones who only use the guise of libertarianism to protect corporate interests... which isn't particularly libertarian, either.

about a week ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

gfxguy Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

Fair enough... and we'll judge democrats on what Barack "spread the wealth around" Obama, Joe "Foot in mouth" Biden, Hillary "We're going to take those profits!" Clinton, Harry "We refuse to vote on a budget because it'll show how terrible our fiscal situation is like" Reid, and Nancy "You have to vote for it to see what's in in" Pelosi say and do; and we'll judge republicans based on . . . who? Republicans are such a minority now it's hard to pick... John Boehner? OK. Guess what... it's all bad, and libertarians look like saints and perfectly sane by comparison.

about a week ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

gfxguy Re:Why are you so worked up about this? (214 comments)

Just because they didn't call it that? What about Macrovision, the fact that every blank CD, DVD, and VHS and Cassette tapes carries with it a fee that gets paid to the RIAA/MPAA no matter what you use it for; the whine's and cries that piracy would destroy the industry from these companies started long before digital and DRM, 40 years ago the RIAA was claiming recordable cassette tapes would put them out of business. Despite history, the content of their whining hasn't changed.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

gfxguy Re:Why are you so worked up about this? (214 comments)

A license can clearly be written such that the law interprets it as the right to view content on a particular medium/format for as long as that is practical.

It can be, but often isn't, and wasn't if we go back in history looking at VHS and DVDs (when they first came out). And I don't hand over the money anymore... I actually buy very little content anymore because of it.

This isn't something important like Health Care or Jobs.

I agree... I wasn't justifying anything illegal. That people violate IP laws because they don't want to pay for their entertainment actually really irks me, and I complain about it all the time. At the same time, it also pisses me off that the honest consumers are the ones that get the most limited flexibility, that get saddled with DRM, and also the "privilege" of paying for it - after all, they are passing the costs of the technology - including licensing the DRM technology - onto us.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

gfxguy Re:Lies, damn lies. (214 comments)

Right... I'm actually against IP infringement of any kind - it's all just entertainment, nobody "owes" you a damn thing, while at the same time I have no patience for the exaggerated claims of the industry, or the fact that only the honest paying customers (like me) are the ones saddled with DRM (and I do circumvent it in some cases, so that I can watch what I've legally purchased on my tablet)

However, the problem you describe is that there's a group of people with X amount of entertainment dollars, they spend it on one thing... then think they're entitled to the other things, also. I have a serious problem with people that think that mentality is somehow justified. None of us are entitled to games or songs or movies for free. If you do don't want to pay what's being asked, don't watch.

about two weeks ago

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Radio frequencies help burn salt water

gfxguy gfxguy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gfxguy (98788) writes "From the article at Yahoo News:

Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations. The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen, Roy said. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies, he said.
Isn't the oxygen also released? And wouldn't it burn, too? Sounds a bit too cool to be true, but it would be nice to think we don't have to wait for fusion to become viable."

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gfxguy gfxguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gfxguy (98788) writes "I recently took advantage of a program Tivo was offering where they replace an older Tivo with problems with a newer unit for $10.00. They didn't even want the series 1 back, they just sent a refurbished series 2. Now I'm wondering if the old Tivo (defective due to a bad modem, but I have an external one I was using) can be revived with MythTV. Anybody out there try this? Is there a problem with proprietary hardware, or are there other limitations? I'd imagine those old boxes are becoming quite common (and cheap off of Ebay). With a good MythTV setup from scratch costing about three times as much as a Tivo, it seems like it'd be a useful hack."

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