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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

grasshoppa Re:2GB of RAM? (215 comments)

"Well no, but I can see MS making the same mistake "...never post before coffee.

about two weeks ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

grasshoppa Re:2GB of RAM? (215 comments)

Well no, but I can see MS making. Chromebooks are sold as a browser-based solution, that's the expectation. An MS laptop will have a different set of expectations placed on it, right or wrong. If they aim to "just" provide a browser experience, they'll fail.

about two weeks ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

grasshoppa Re:I'm not so sure.... (171 comments)

You're right about he insurance, but I can't help but wonder if the reasons the data is valuable are far more mundane: in order to target specific product and services for sale. If you know a patient has a specific condition, you can target them with ads for specific therapies.

about two weeks ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

grasshoppa She's selling a book (457 comments)

The scope of the problem isn't clear, the goal is ill-defined. What, exactly, are trolls winning?

I think the only one "winning" anything here is the author trying to sell her book by engaging in much the same inflammatory business as the trolls she purported to study.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

grasshoppa Re:Location, Location, Location (131 comments)

Decent advice, but it's been my experience that you don't get valuable information from conferences, just more sales contacts.

Guess it depends on the tech in question.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

grasshoppa Location, Location, Location (131 comments)

If you're a former grunt, then you've seen the after effect of these conferences. At best, it gets your bosses out of your hair for a few days. At worse, they come back revved up to implement the newest buzz work...for a week, until they see the cost, then it's like it never happened.

Take my advice; choose based on location and work up your justification from there. Myself, Vegas is always an attractive option, but by no means should you limit yourself. Be imaginative. /jaded and tarnished.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

grasshoppa I have an alternate suggestion (194 comments)

Stop arming seniors afflicted with alzheimers.

about a month ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

grasshoppa Now I know it's bullshit (514 comments)

Anytime Jesse Jackson gets involved, you know it's more about skin color than relevant metrics.

In some cultures, we might call that "racist".

about a month ago
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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

grasshoppa Flawed reasoning (77 comments)

It is flawed to think that MORE laws will fix a problem. If a problem exists, it is likely due to the fact that there are too many laws to begin with.

When it comes to laws, less is most definitely more.

about a month ago
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Poetry For Sysadmins: Shall I Compare Thee To a Lumbering Bear?

grasshoppa Beer (31 comments)

Seriously.

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

grasshoppa Online trolls, really? (962 comments)

Is this what we've come to? Pretending online trolls are a problem specifically for women?

Here's a hint for the author of that article: Trolls are adept at identifying that which will get under your skin, and will hit that button repeatedly as long as it keeps spitting out a pellet ( much like this article ). If we're going to generalize it, men don't get this particular brand of trollling because it doesn't work on us. Ultimately, it has very little to do with sexism.

But no; let's work on trying to make ourselves a better brand of troll. Let me know how that works out for you.

( and no; had the author been a man, I'd have responded in the same manner )

about a month ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

grasshoppa Corporate doublespeak (401 comments)

We are very embarrassed by the way our employee spoke with Mr. Block and are contacting him to personally apologize. The way in which our representative communicated with him is unacceptable and not consistent with how we train our customer service representatives. We are investigating this situation and will take quick action. While the overwhelming majority of our employees work very hard to do the right thing every day, we are using this very unfortunate experience to reinforce how important it is to always treat our customers with the utmost respect.

If you read this carefully, they aren't sorry for the content, merely the delivery.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

grasshoppa I've toyed with this concept.. (265 comments)

...and while I'm reasonably sure I can execute automated maintenance windows with little to no impact to business operations, I'm not sure. So I don't do it.

If there were more at stake, if the risk vs benefits were tipped more in my company's favor, I might test implement it. But just to catch an extra hour or two of sleep? Not worth it; I want a warm body watching the process in case it goes sideways. 9 times out of 10, that warm body is me.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

grasshoppa Am I alone here? (160 comments)

I mean, ya; "facebook is the enemy", sure. But honestly? Where's the personal responsibility? You can show me whatever you want, *I* control my emotions and my responses.

This whole thing has seemed a tempest in a tea cup, but because facebook is of questionable morals and ethics, it seems everyone is jumping on board how horrible this was.

about 2 months ago
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Intuit Beats SSL Patent Troll That Defeated Newegg

grasshoppa Overall happy (59 comments)

...but intuit. Ya...

If those folks were forced out of business tomorrow, I'd be just as happy.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

grasshoppa Re:Fitness pretty much covers it (427 comments)

Fitness telemetry doesn't *need* a point beyond "it's fun". There's a sizable number of us stats geeks that would love to play with that dataset.

Seeing how we're effectively talking about a toy here anyway, "fun" is allowed to be the point.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

grasshoppa Fitness pretty much covers it (427 comments)

The only thing I can think of are the fitness metrics. It would be exciting if a smartwatch could measure not only heart rate, but vo2 stats as well as blood pressure.

That'd be almost exciting enough to plop down 100 bucks on it.

about 2 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

grasshoppa Re:*sigh* (619 comments)

I wonder if you are familiar with the US Budget. Take a look at it sometime. I don't think it's outside the range of possibility that they might divert funds from frivolous expenses to maintain critical infrastructure.

There is no need to give the government MORE money that they may or may not spend on what it's been earmarked for.

about 2 months ago

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