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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

jrmcferren YES! (376 comments)

I work with someone who started an IT career in their mid 30s in an entry level (help desk) position. I've seen people retire from IT from the same help desk, the same as I've seen people advance to other parts of the company and other government agencies. At 28 I'm actually the second youngest on our team. When I say help desk that's just the beginning too. We do production monitoring as well as being system operators.

You are NOT too old to start in IT!

about three weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

jrmcferren Re:But is it reaslistic? (369 comments)

They make money by the Fuckton, give them enough time and they can buy nukes.

about 4 months ago
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

jrmcferren Re:What about flat cards? (142 comments)

THIS is exactly why this isn't a perfect solution! Not only do they have to use ARU which is more costly per transaction, they would have to process it as card not present as they can't imprint on the card. If I had mod points I would mod the parent up.

about 6 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

jrmcferren Re:Fix according to Apple is (415 comments)

Nope, Turn off iMessage on the iDevice before wiping or tossing. Been there, done that.

about 7 months ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

jrmcferren Coal Miners aren't stupid (581 comments)

Bloomberg as always is full of it. Coal miners aren't dumb people, they are far from it. I suggest you try and find the Spike TV mini-series entitled "Coal." You will learn quite a bit about mining coal from it.

about 8 months ago
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Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

jrmcferren Re:The unseen enemy (510 comments)

Remember this is the same cunt that proposed last year's gun control legislation that thankfully died in the senate.

about a year ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

jrmcferren Re:It's about time! (1431 comments)

First I'm an NRA member myself. Second I didn't read the article, but by the summary this was in no way a self defense shooting and the perp should rot in jail. I am one that believes that self defense is a right granted by God the same way that freedom of speech and freedom of expression is granted. Wasting a life because somebody got pissed is not a good excuse. Now when it comes to movies personally I only go to the drive-in or watch Blu-Ray anymore and I even turn off my phone at the drive in as I don't want the distraction. The last time I was in a regular theater was 2007 when I watched The Simpsons Movie.

about a year ago
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Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone

jrmcferren Re:Hmmmm (397 comments)

Where does it say these are electric?

1 year,18 days
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Ask Slashdot: Printing Options For Low-Resource Environments?

jrmcferren Re:Impact printers and thermal printers (108 comments)

I assumed a maximum power consumption of 30 watts and I think that is pushing it. If the printer for some reason is in graphics mode you are looking at a minute or two per page and event at 30 watts you risk depleting batteries.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Printing Options For Low-Resource Environments?

jrmcferren Re:Ugh. (108 comments)

Line printers??? Do you realize how much power those things take? I'm assuming he has a power budget of 30 watts or less. If it wasn't for that restriction I'd tell him to go with a good dot matrix printer.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Printing Options For Low-Resource Environments?

jrmcferren Re:Impact printers and thermal printers (108 comments)

I don't think there is a modern printing technology that can meet the requirements. Lets take a look.

Dot Matrix Impact is out due to excessive power.
Thermal is out due to longevity issues of both supplies and the actual printouts.
Laser/LED is out, again due to excessive power.
Daisy Wheel is out due to lack or printer availability. Not sure about power.
Ink Jet would only be feasible if you can find one that takes cheap ink, these take little power.

about a year ago
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WWVB Celebrates 50 Years of Broadcasting Time

jrmcferren Re: And (97 comments)

WWVH also operates on those frequencies. It is possible to hear both at the same time with good conditions and a good antenna. As a user of HF spectrum this is a valuable resource.

about a year and a half ago
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Wi-Fi Light Bulbs Shipping Soon

jrmcferren Re:Shitty ASS LEDS???? (401 comments)

Adjustable desk lamps can't take the weight of LED bulbs due to the heat sink. They always droop over from weight of the bulb.

about a year and a half ago
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AT&T Rolls Out iPhone Wireless Emergency Alerts

jrmcferren Re:Mass SMS? (199 comments)

Simple, a mass SMS would overload the network in a situation where the network is stressed. Plus it takes longer to determine all the numbers that need to receive the message.

about a year and a half ago
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Wi-Fi Light Bulbs Shipping Soon

jrmcferren Re:Shitty ASS LEDS???? (401 comments)

Modern Incandescent lamps no longer use lead in manufacturing. If you include the energy used during manufacturing and transport incandescent lamps are rather energy efficient as little aluminum is used in the base and there are no plastics, semiconductors or other materials that use a large amount of energy (or are made from crude oil) used in the manufacturing of incandescent lamps.

about a year and a half ago
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White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

jrmcferren Re:The metric system is the tool of the devil! (1145 comments)

Mod Parent +5 funny! Anyway as of the last time I was in my auto I was getting 532,224 rods per hogshead which is low compared to 544320. Of course I've been driving where the speed limit ranges from 27,200 furlongs per fortnight to 107,520 furlongs per fortnight. However when the school zone lights are flashing it is a piddly ass 40320 furlongs per fortnight even in a 107,520 furlongs per fortnight zone.

about a year and a half ago
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One Boston Marathon Bomb Suspect Dead, Other At Large After Shootout With Police

jrmcferren Re: Holy crap! (1109 comments)

If I was allowed to leave a gun in my car at work I would get one too. Problem is it is against FEDERAL LAW to have a gun where I work unless you are authorized (military installation).

about a year and a half ago
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Earliest Version of D&D On Display At Rochester Museum

jrmcferren Re:FROST PISS!!!! (28 comments)

I don't know, but whoever was wanking around on my slashdot account and trolling around will have a more difficult time. I just changed my password.

about a year and a half ago
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Earliest Version of D&D On Display At Rochester Museum

jrmcferren Re:FROST PISS!!!! (28 comments)

What FUCKING FAGGOT is behing "You must wait a little bit (8 minutes) before using this resource; please try again later."

about a year and a half ago

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Hacking the Emotive Epoc Brain-Computer Interface

jrmcferren jrmcferren writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jrmcferren writes "Cody Brocious is developing an open source interface to Emotive EPOC Headset to open the product for development and research. Providing open access to the $300, High Quality, 14 sensor EEG headset is a great feat allowing for easier development of future applications across all platforms."
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Apple rejects iBoobs app.

jrmcferren jrmcferren writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jrmcferren (935335) writes "Apple rejected the iBoobs application on Tuesday due to "Objectionable Content" according to a Foxnews report. The iBoobs application used the gyroscopic sensors in the iPhone or iPod touch to jiggle a large set of breasts in a bikini top based on movement. A video of iBoobs in action is available on Youtube."
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Light Bulb Destruction Techniques

jrmcferren jrmcferren writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jrmcferren writes "From an old Candlepower forums post in 2000 here are some interesting ways to destroy a light bulb.

Examples:

Soak light bulbs overnight in liquid nitrogen. Remove them, screw them in, and quickly turn them on.

Microwave them. Always place a cup of water in with the bulb(s) to prevent the magnetron from overheating.

http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/showpost.php?p=165263&postcount=2"

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jrmcferren jrmcferren writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Linux is not used on many computers. I use Knoppix when I want to screw around with Linux. The fact that most of the world runs on Windows makes the Linux Penguin Tux an endangered species.

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