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Can the iPhone Popularize Fingerprint Readers?

jameshofo Re:How do you change your fingerprints (356 comments)

Really good point, "well my fingerprint is compromised, time to have this one burned off"

about 7 months ago

Interviews: Q&A With Guido van Rossum

jameshofo Tricks (242 comments)

Do you have any personal tricks or methods to learning new things, and what are the benefits/shortfalls or situations where it didn't work?

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?

jameshofo how long... (189 comments)

will you continue to be friends if he hates it, you duty as a grind is to dispense advice (if requested or appropriate). and empower the decisions he does make, it is NOT your duty to make sure he makes the decision you like.

about 8 months ago

Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

jameshofo Re: Yeah, that's just what the world needs (625 comments)

and it would quickly turn out that only the rich would be able to afford it while the poor die at the same rate, how does this improve society?

about 8 months ago

Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

jameshofo Don't worry (629 comments)

It only effected a small handful of people unlucky enough to have windows phones.

about 8 months ago

NSA Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times Per Year, Audit Finds

jameshofo The system works! (312 comments)

See, they told us about it! Surely we can trust them. Don't worry next month we'll get some new tidbit after this calms down, as they "turn up the heat a little more".

about 8 months ago

Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

jameshofo Yea.... (692 comments)

Because publicly traded companies breed and promote people who stay within the box, and apply the model that the investors, accountants, and whoever else are OK with. Bureaucracy and politics are self perpetuating cycles that assimilate good ideas to meet their wold view.

about 8 months ago

NSA Firing 90% of Its Sysadmins

jameshofo Solid (634 comments)

That's hard core millitary logic right there. "lets not fix the real problem, lets just fire people who could point them out"

about 8 months ago

Other Agencies Clamor For Data NSA Compiles

jameshofo Re:2 points (144 comments)

How about, if it ever was misused in those ways, will we even know...oh right, that's number 1.

about 8 months ago

Other Agencies Clamor For Data NSA Compiles

jameshofo Re:No Catfood (144 comments)

Surely they won't abuse it after this!

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Staff Handovers -- How To Take Over From an Outgoing Sys Admin?

jameshofo Ask (195 comments)

Ask about the problem children and squeaky wheels (regarding to servers), that will get you down to the one-off fixes that are held up by bits of string and expect scripts that rely on chaining ssh across 5 machines to touch a file that doesn't exist. Ask about the oldest equipment, and spend some extra time getting to know your world. Leverage the time you have with him, when he goes home for the day scour the network and start looking at boxes and going over notes, when you run into problems write them down and ask him about those.

And you dont have a week you have 4 days, because the last day he may show up but you most likely wont get much out of him unless its a quick Q and A. That and keep your resume up to date because you may want to use it again soon.

about 9 months ago

With Microsoft Office on Android, Has Linus Torvalds Won?

jameshofo Re:No but Google did (365 comments)

I was referring to the narrative that since Microsoft released software for Android Linus won. Pointing out with the title that Google really builds and controls the SDK to a point and that Microsoft has released Office on Mac's for a long time, before windows in fact, http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Microsoft_Office. So if Office is the measure of making it, isn't apple on top? Or more to the original point, this isn't really a good metric since "it's just on android". Now Office running without wine on a desktop Linux distribution, where Microsoft actually has a large market share would be impressive. Microsoft has never done well with mobile, and continues to do bad, they've just started caring about it because its starting to displace full blow desktops.

about 9 months ago

With Microsoft Office on Android, Has Linus Torvalds Won?

jameshofo No but Google did (365 comments)

Android is not Linux, and by that definition apple won a long time ago.

about 9 months ago

Early Surface Sales Pitiful

jameshofo Relivent in 10 years (251 comments)

Some day Microsoft will make a really good case study as a company that had the PC world on a string and ended up making themselves irrelevant by trying to copy a model that works and turning it into something that doesn't.

about 9 months ago

Obama Praises Amazon At One of Its Controversial Warehouses

jameshofo Re:"Controversial?" (435 comments)

Controversial or not its not a permanent position

"Integrity Staffing places qualified candidates to work on assignments at Amazon Warehouses on a temporary basis. Assignments vary in length. There is no guarantee to the length of the assignment. Length of employment is based on client’s business needs which can change."

about 9 months ago

Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash

jameshofo Nothing to see here (284 comments)

This is how it works every day of the week so...

about 9 months ago

Psychopathic Criminals Have "Empathy Switch"

jameshofo or maybe (347 comments)

It might be more about who the person identifies with. If someone grew up to be an abuser they identify with the person doing the deed and get a rush from the hormones they would usually get. Because encouraging someone to feel bad about something just isn't going to stick.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Deliver a Print Magazine Online, While Avoiding Piracy?

jameshofo Watermark, and get over it (298 comments)

Put a watermark on the page and hand out a few small warnings to those that are distributing to please stop, and slowly step up enforcement. Make it cheap enough that people wont want to pirate it, make it valuable enough that people will respect you enough not to. And build a community around your product, you can always go the DRM route but its ruling with an iron fist, and makes the content inaccessible and hostile to port to other devices, at that point your customers will put in the effort to pirate it because they have no respect for your company.

Modern companies are getting worse at "customer service" and going the DRM route will make you just another one of the companies people love to hate.

about 9 months ago

Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

jameshofo Not enough data (237 comments)

By far there is not enough data for them to come to a good conclusion about "fracking" in general. The problem is they use concrete to line holes and direct fluids, its not a matter if, but when something like that cracks. It's the same reason you have a gutters and drain spouts that lead water away from your house, that fluid pushing against your foundation constantly pushes and seeks an entrance. Your house shifts a fraction of a fraction and that water can seep in.

about 8 months ago


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