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The Worst US Cities To Work In IT

jrp2 Re:No way (538 comments)

"I agree. I would love to move to Alaska. Any Alaskan companies looking for an experienced LAMP developer? I scan the job sites on a regular basis but haven't found any appropriate opportunities."

I agree with you, but if you look beyond the snarky comments in the "article" you will see they also consider the employment situation. Anchorage perhaps has the lowest per-capita quantity of IT jobs of any major city in the US. The number of tech companies that have a significant presence there is near zero. Just a few corporate IT jobs.

more than 5 years ago
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What Carriers Don't Want You To Know About Texting

jrp2 Re:INCORRECT Correlation (570 comments)

"WTF? Does that mean the US telcos are double dipping?!"

No, it is just a different model.

In the US/Canada, calling a mobile vs. calling a landline is the same price (often unmetered or very cheap). In most cases it costs just a few cents a minute to call anywhere in the US, landline or mobile, usually including Alaska and Hawaii. Some packages even extend that to Canada, and western Europe (non-mobile in the latter case).

That is not the case in Australia, the caller to a mobile is usually charged a hefty surcharge. Take a look at your international calling rates, you will see no special mobile rate for calls to the US. It is all the same rate, there are no special mobile area codes (a.k.a. city codes).

In many cases, you can even transfer your home number to a mobile if you are eliminating your landline.

One could argue which concept is better, fairer, or whatever. As with Australia (and almost everywhere) it really depends on the package you get.

more than 5 years ago
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Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

jrp2 Re:Duh. (1601 comments)

"Well, they also completely missed the question (or rather dropped) the question of whether or not Obama is really even eligible to be president, or that one citizen tried to discover if he was through the courts and got thrown out for "having no standing to bring the lawsuit". "

Your point is somewhat valid. The concept of "standing" is important to keep the courts from being overwhelmed by frivolous lawsuits. The question is, who does have standing in this case, and why did they not file a lawsuit?

My guess is a Secretary of State for an individual state (or whomever is the head of elections) or an Attorney General could probably claim standing on behalf of the state's residents. So could Congress, or probably the Solicitor General or US Attorney General (both of the latter reporting to a Republican President). There are certainly plenty of officials from red states where Obama one that might be motivated to do so.

My guess is they are not filing suit for a bunch of reasons, not the least of which is they know it is a farce and that they would be proved wrong, then highly embarrassed.

Also note, despite the "privacy" of the original vault copy, there are plenty of people who could access it (legally or illegally). I am sure the CIA, FBI, etc. have plenty of resources that could dig in, and have, but found it was legit.

If you read the lawsuit the Hilary supporter in PA filed, it was a bunch of conspiracy theory crap. No proof whatsoever, just a bunch of accusations. Are you telling me that some official in Kenya could not be bribed to pony up a birth certificate if it existed? But, no such certificate has emerged.

Obama responded with a birth certificate, yet no official in Hawaii has disputed it, and I am sure there are plenty of honest people there that would if it were bogus.

Bottom line, this was brought up by the media, but dropped mostly because it was a bogus claim.

more than 5 years ago
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Computers Causing 2nd Hump In Peak Power Demand

jrp2 Re:Simple solution. (375 comments)

"Just change the air time of American Idol to 6:00pm and turn politics to 8:00-9:00pm"

LOL. Scary, but true.

That would not solve the problem, as it would just enhance the effect of the 4-7pm peak.

Move American Idol to 6am and you might actually spread power usage a bit.

Yeah, yeah, I know you were joking, just had to play along.

Seriously now, the solution is demand-based control. Move laundry and other big users of electricity to the middle of the night, and charge demand-based rates (cheaper rates at night when demand is lower). This has to be done as automatically as practical, with little user intervention.

We will not likely be able to affect things like TV and Internet usage times, but we can spread the load on high consumers like laundry, dish washers, car charging (when the comes along), etc. There might even be some hope for Air Conditioning, but that is a bit tougher to time.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Beats McCain In Spam Landslide

jrp2 Re:Political interest? (154 comments)

"I'm (hoping) analyzing spam headers is part of your job description, otherwise you have way too much spare time :D"

I know I look at my spam folder and could come up with similar "analysis" without spending much time or effort. It is usually pretty obvious what the trends are.

Most of us know that spam filters are not perfect, so we scan our spam folders for false positives. Every now and then I open one up, mostly just curious as to what the scam is.

A few months ago I opened one up. It was an email confirming my registration with some dating site. I was perusing it, looking for the scam, when I noticed it had the last 4 digits of the credit card used to open this account. Strangely, it was the same as my credit card!

I checked my bank website and sure enough, somebody was using my credit card. They foolishly used my email account, and I use unique email addresses when I buy things online. I canceled my card immediately and contacted the company associated with that email address.

I convinced them it was likely real and suggested they contact a security firm. Sure enough, a few days later, the FBI called and thanked me for being persistent and asked for any more info I had. They indeed had been hacked (SQL injection), about a year earlier, and about 90% of the credit cards used at that site over the last year had been canceled due to fraud.

In my case, I was able to cancel my card within hours of it being compromised, and about $1000 worth of fraudulent purchases wiped off my card with almost no questions. It would have been a lot uglier and more hassle if I did not catch this until the statement came. I now get a daily statement in email and scan it thoroughly.

Bottom line, a little basic analysis of your spam is a good idea. Doesn't have to be your job to find benefit. To the best of my knowledge nobody got busted, but that gaping hole was fixed, and that company now uses a trusted service for their shopping cart application.

more than 5 years ago

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