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Bill Gates... Secret Santa

hobo sapiens Saw this on reddit (2 comments)

Was curious if anyone noticed it here.

Do we still hate Bill Gates here? Haven't visited in a while.

about 7 months ago
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Least worthy tech-world cliches / buzzwords?

hobo sapiens Re:First (297 comments)

Cowboy Neal. That is the correct action. Oh, wait...

more than 2 years ago
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What's Keeping You On Windows?

hobo sapiens Windows? (1880 comments)

What's a windows?

more than 2 years ago
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What's Keeping You On Windows?

hobo sapiens Re:Money... (1880 comments)

hah, a mail client. How quaint.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Love Things We Build Ourselves

hobo sapiens Re:Ikea Customers (263 comments)

Whatever happened to cinder blocks and wolmanized deck boards? Where is the class?

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Love Things We Build Ourselves

hobo sapiens Re:Then use IE6 for the rest of your life (263 comments)

Yes! I used opera on windows a long time ago. I gave it a try on Mac recently. It's actually unbearably bad. It's like using a badly unfinished alpha release of firefox.

more than 2 years ago
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So Long, CmdrTaco, and Thanks For All The Posts

hobo sapiens Re:thanks for all the fish (238 comments)

You don't post much?!

You magnificent bastard! You post all the best stuff!

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Receives 20th Birthday Video From Microsoft

hobo sapiens Re:Microsoft and Open Source in General (368 comments)

yes, and it's almost useless as a skillset considering most servers are *nix. Unless you work in a .NET shop, but why would anyone want to do that?

about 3 years ago
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Linux Receives 20th Birthday Video From Microsoft

hobo sapiens Re:Microsoft and Open Source in General (368 comments)

why would anyone want to learn powershell? MSFT got it wrong, they should have done what Apple did with OSX and used some *nix variant as the shell. sh and its offshoots are a de-facto standard. The fact that they made powershell somewhat understand nix commands is an admission of this.

about 3 years ago
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Do 'Ultracool' Brown Dwarfs Surround Us?

hobo sapiens Re:Hipster trends... (224 comments)

Ultra-cool brown dwarf? How about p-diddy?

about 3 years ago
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Snail Discovered That Can Survive Digestion By Birds

hobo sapiens Re:Reedit redux (82 comments)

I have been reading more reddit than /. lately, and I missed that one.

I think the signal:noise here is a bit higher than reddit (scary, I know!) Or it could be that there is just less signal here to pick through. This place is a ghost town!

Back in the day, this story would have like 500 comments by now. As of now, this story has 37 comments.

about 3 years ago
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Snail Discovered That Can Survive Digestion By Birds

hobo sapiens Re:I won't be eating escargot now... (82 comments)

I am a peschitarian. I only eat food that looks like Joe Peschi. I eat a lot of ham.

about 3 years ago
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Court to Decide If Man Can Keep His Moon Rock

hobo sapiens Re:Translation (390 comments)

he found it in the trash. He didn't steal it. It was being thrown out and would have been put in a landfill. The museum was negligent; he didn't steal it.

about 3 years ago
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Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

hobo sapiens Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (950 comments)

"You have health care and the complaints you have about it will be much worse after the government has taken over the insurance industry"
that doesn't mean the current system isn't broken. also, your point is a good one, glad you are not a troll. There is one single thing that undermines your point: the rest of the developed world has government run healthcare. And it works. Not perfectly, but it works. I don't think you could make the same statement about ours. it works OK for some people, and is completely busted for the rest.

It's easier to reform a system where everyone has the same universal plan. Currently, the US has a patchwork of health plans. Any changes to legislation under the current system has a ton of unintended consequences. If you have the same experience for everyone, then the repercussions are the same for everyone. This provides incentive to produce good legislation.

The middle class will pay for this because the current political climate in the US gives corporations and the very wealthy a free ride. If corporations and the very wealthy paid their fair share, then this wouldn't be a problem. You could ensure this by doing one thing, and one thing alone: impose a 14% federal flat income tax on EVERYBODY, corporations included. One exception: determine a poverty level for each state, and anyone at or below this poverty level pays no taxes.

I'd bet that universal healthcare could take a lot of the burden off the welfare system as well, maybe even make it obsolete. If you don't wanna work, you get health care so nobody here in the US is going to die from a lack of care. But you will need to work, since you need a home and food and clothes. In other words, the government will help keep you alive. But what you make of your life is up to you.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

hobo sapiens Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (950 comments)

I am calling you out as a troll.

I gave you a reply and you never bothered to address it, since it showed your statement to be fallacious.

If you have nothing better to do than serve as a shill for HMOs, why don't you get a hobby?

Defend the current health care system that you claim is so great and everyone should like. This time, try to use sound logic. You can't. It's broken, and so are you.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

hobo sapiens Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (950 comments)

I do, and I have what people would consider "good" insurance and a great job. I have never ever been unemployed since I was 14 years old.

I am far from happy with my insurance.

There is so much bureaucracy to deal with. I know that government run healthcare would still suffer from this, obviously. But privatized healthcare has this same bureaucracy but it is coupled with greed. Insurance companies have an interest in making it difficult for you to get the coverage you need, because every dollar they can get you to pay out of pocket is more for the bottom line. These insurance use fabian tactics and diffusion of responsibility to get out of taking care of you. If you want to spend an entire day on the phone or writing letters, you can sometimes get somewhere. But who has that much time to dedicate to making the insurance company do what you are PAYING THEM to do? When I go to work, I do the job I am paid to do. Insurance companies have to be wrestled with to get them to cover your expenses properly. I guess since I cannot fire them (they have a monopoly after all) I just have to suck it up.

My wife had some health problems and needed a surgery. Well, long story short, despite the fact I have insurance, I ended up with a $2000 bill I had to pay off. And at my current job, I find that if I ever need to take my children to the doctor, the insurance company always finds ways out of covering everything, so I always get stuck with bills. Because I don't believe in being dishonest I pay the bills off. I could probably use some shady means to get out of paying them, but that would make me just like the politicians and corporations I hate so much.

It makes me angry to think that people think this system is ok. Those people come off as either naive (because they haven't really ever had to use insurance or are just very young), evil (because they stand to profit from the current situation at everyone's expense), or just plain dumb (because they just fall for the insurance companies' propaganda).

more than 3 years ago
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Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

hobo sapiens Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (950 comments)

yes, because you're 20 years old and male.

Try being a 35 year old woman. Or having children. Or just getting older.

You suffer from the same narrow minded mentality as many others here: oh, it doesn't affect me (yet) so it's not a problem! What's wrong with these whiners?

Healthcare in the US is broken beyond belief. You are either incredibly naive or a beneficiary of this broken system.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

hobo sapiens Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (950 comments)

"Everyone I know has health care they're happy with"

Ah yes, and since you know *everyone* there is no problem with the current health care system. We should all just move along because there's nothing to see here. Something like that?

Don't be naive.

more than 3 years ago
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More Users Are Shunning Facebook

hobo sapiens Re:cocky site (411 comments)

and yet you sound so bitter...

more than 3 years ago
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Los Angeles To Turn Off Traffic-Light Cameras

hobo sapiens Re:Protip: (367 comments)

Note I didn't say "make money for the municipalities off you". The camera companies were not operating at a loss. Of this you can be sure. Those guys are a lot of things, but bad businessmen isn't one of them.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Schematics and the DMCA

hobo sapiens hobo sapiens writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hobo sapiens (893427) writes "I am considering launching a website that contains information on vintage and modern guitar and bass guitar tube amplifiers. The site will include schematics, board layouts (important because many of these aren't PCBs), general information, user-submitted pictures, and user-submitted sound clips. I mainly want to stick to vintage and out of production amps, but I'd also be willing to post information on current production models.

I know there are other sites on the web that contain the same schematics I will be hosting, but none that also have photos and sound clips and data sheets.

I do not want to flagrantly disrespect copyrights, at the same time, I want to provide a useful service to technicians and folks perhaps considering a purchase. I don't think user generated data will cause legal trouble, but I am slightly worried about schematics and most worried about circuit board layouts (I will not be posting PCB layouts, only layouts for old hand wired amps). Is there anyone familiar with DCMA law regarding such a venture or anyone with similar past experience who foresees legal problems?"
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hobo sapiens hobo sapiens writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hobo sapiens (893427) writes "The WSJ reported that WalMart is going to move to automated schedules for its employees. This means that employees are given, at least according to the article, random schedules and will be expected to work them regardless of inconvenience. Having worked in retail many years ago, I for one can tell you that this is going to be a major headache for these people.

Many of us may write software that tries to make things more efficient, but this is a good example of the human cost of that efficiency. So what do you think? Is this A Good Thing, or is this another case of software just going too far?"
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hobo sapiens hobo sapiens writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hobo sapiens writes "Looks like IE7's Anti-Phishing feature will have some unintended consequences for small online businesses. The problem is that IE7 will visually indicate, via a green address bar, which web sites are certified as legitimate. Sole proprietorships are currently not elgible for such certification.

Of course, just because a website is not certified doesn't mean it is not legitimate, but will people tend to stay with "certified" sites? From the article, "'Yes, they will,' says Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner Inc. and an expert on online payments and fraud. 'All the business is going to go to the greens, it's kind of obvious.'"

Is this an attempt to steer consumers to large businesses, or is this merely an unintended consequence of a well intentioned feature?"
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hobo sapiens hobo sapiens writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hobo sapiens writes "This article seems to expose yet another gross lack of planning within Microsoft. First, the Zune is incompatible with Media Player and PlaysForSure, and now SQL Server and Vista don't play together well. Is Microsoft just incapable of getting it right, or are all of these apparent missteps part of some master plan for world domination? What gives?"

Journals

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visiting again

hobo sapiens hobo sapiens writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I haven't been to Slashdot for a while. I came back to check out my profile page.

I wonder whatever happened to my friends here? I wonder whatever happened to people from the glory days, TripMasterMonkey and Cowboy Neal? I wonder, does anyone even know them anymore? There hasn't been a "cowboy neal" option on the Slashdot polls each of the last times I came back to check.

Visiting Slashdot is like coming to visit the old neighborhood you grew up in and finding everyone has either died or moved away, and all the old buildings you remember are gone. Or perhaps visiting a vacation spot you remember from childhood, only to see the cabin you stayed in every summer leaning to one side, windows broken, and paper blowing in the cold wind.

I wonder, in twenty years, when the slashdot servers are decommissioned, where the data will go? Probably nowhere. Think of it, millions upon millions of hours of peoples' time writing up lengthy explanations, refutations, troll posts, Soviet Russia jokes, and Natalie Portman memes, all gone just like that. It's just bits on a storage system, but it represents so much.

I used to envy the low ID posters. I once tried hacking the site to see if I could somehow hijack the email address of an unused low digit ID post. I'll bet many here have tried something similar. Back then, karma, friends, and yes, even my ID really mattered. I visited slashdot daily, posted daily, metamoderated daily, and all for what? Things that seem important soon fade. Perspective, you cruel bitch!

There was once community here. I enjoy posting on reddit, but there is no community there. The poor bastards don't even show the user ID. Any self respecting geek would wonder about the value in the primary key column of his user record. I guess redditors aren't really geeks.

Will anyone even see this entry? Or has slashdot become, like so many other good things, swallowed up by the cold, black vacuum of indifference? People say time will tell, but in reality, time has no obligation to do so.

See you in the void.

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