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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

hsmith Re:Level3? (159 comments)

Regulators don't give a fuck. No one does. I've been getting robodialers to my cell phone endlessly. They all come out of blocks of phone numbers provided by one datacenter (they own blocks around the country). They won't do anything. The regulatory bodies in states the numbers call from won't do anything. FCC won't do anything. FTC won't do anything. I've contacted my state AG. I've contacted my senators and congressmen.

No one gives a flying shit about this kind of thing. It is infuriating.

about a month ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

hsmith Uh what correlation? (250 comments)

Violence as a whole is drastically down the last two decades as a whole - so a meaningless correlation if there is one.

about a month and a half ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

hsmith Re:Vote by mail. (388 comments)

Yeah, no one could ever tamper with the mail.

about a month and a half ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

hsmith Bank of America has had this for awhile (130 comments)

While cumbersome, you'd login to your account, magically find the tab and you could generate a 1 time credit card number. You could set a one time balance, set a monthly balance for recurring charges, etc.

Fantastic for any online purchases you make. But, in reality - how many times are CC #'s getting stolen online vs in real life?

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

hsmith Re:More secure than cards (150 comments)

"can be" is the keyword there... Seeing how easily previous systems were compromised this doesn't have much promise behind it.

about a month and a half ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

hsmith Re:Oooh ... formally promised ... (167 comments)

Doesn't matter. Acquiring company can just purchase IP and not the corporation - thus invalidating all the cute "do no harm" language.

about 2 months ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

hsmith Re:Lots of things (84 comments)

Parent means enterprise consulting "no one ever got fired for buying IBM"

about 2 months ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

hsmith Not a shock people aren't prepared for this (150 comments)

Our SaaS is hosted on both AWS and Azure. It one goes down, the other picks up the slack. It is far from easy to configure, but you want real redundancy you need to do it.

about 2 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

hsmith Re: symbols, caps, numbers (549 comments)

Oh, you mean they store the password in plain text? That is the easiest give away there are poor security practices - password max lengths. Once hashed passwords all have the same length, so avoid those sites like the plague.

about 2 months ago
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Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

hsmith Re:this aught to be a riot. (146 comments)

Sadly this is closer to reality

about 2 months ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

hsmith I can't imagine how big of a boner (209 comments)

That Wolf Blitzer has at the moment. Between this and Ebola, CNN has the next few months of programming on a silver platter.

about 3 months ago
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After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

hsmith I feel like we are living in an 'outbreak' movie (258 comments)

Amazing how the government freaked out over H1N1 years ago and simply nothing happened. Yet, a real virus is on the move and "everything is a-ok" is the word from everyone.

Yes yes, you only get it if you come in contact with feces, vomit, etc, but that perception is there now that it is in the US.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

hsmith Re:C# using xamarin (316 comments)

I do all native for my development. But, if you design your business and storage layers correctly, it is all but a few "find and replaces" to convert ObjC to Java. Then all you have to worry about is your UI. Apps that took months to sort out business logic have been ported (business layer) to the other platform in a day.

about 3 months ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

hsmith Re:Let me guess... (421 comments)

You are probably more right than you realize. If the phone is parallel to your leg it won't bend. If it rests non-parallel against your thigh and you sit down, the fabric of your clothes will stretch it around your thigh, thus bending it.

about 3 months ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

hsmith Yawn, markets change (277 comments)

What do people expect Apple to say when all they are selling are the smaller phones? OH THATS A GREAT PHONE SAMSUNG. No, they are going to describe how theirs is better.

Reviewers are shills for whoever is giving them free stuff so their reviews are useless.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

hsmith Re:iOS NFC Only Being Used for Apple Pay (336 comments)

I doubt Apple will open NFC up. They released their proprietary ibeacon technology which oh a few aspects has a leg up on NFC. I don't see them undercutting iBeacons.

about 3 months ago
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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

hsmith Won't solve the real issue. (64 comments)

Lets say you have the best "mobile app" to do whatever, XYZ.

Oh great, govt customer wants it. They see it today. Well, thanks to procurement, it will be 18 months before they actually buy it. But, by that point, the product will have changed a good bit - well because that is what software does now a day. But, that isn't what Gov manager wanted - they want what they saw 18 months ago.

The sales cycle will chew startups up and spit them out. Not many can accommodate 18 month+ sales cycles.

And that even excludes the issues of continuing resolutions means they don't have cash to buy buy many shiny new objects.

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

hsmith Who cares if they pay $0 (200 comments)

In the end, no worker harmed by this policy will see a dime of the $320m the government is fining them. In the end, $320m is a drop in the bucket for these firms and won't change a thing.

about 3 months ago

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