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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

jtownatpunk.net WTF is this doing on a tech site? (92 comments)

If you can't boot it, you can't delete the data stored on it. How difficult is that concept?

The only way you can clear it now is with a shotgun.

Same procedure if it does work. People say "encrypt then wipe" but how do you know what's going on behind the scenes when you do that? You don't. You assume it's doing what you want but you can't know that unless you go over the code. If you really care about security, destroy the device when you're done with it. Bash it good and grind the pieces to powder.

11 hours ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

jtownatpunk.net I must be missing something. (259 comments)

I could have sworn that part of the deal Verizon negotiated when buying the 700Mhz spectrum was that they would not be allowed to interfere with LTE data transfers of unlimited customers when connected via 700Mhz LTE. What happened to that?

I can't wait to be done with Verizon. If a corporation could be diagnosed as insane, Verizon would be locked up. They're flaunting their new XLTE service, bragging about how fast you can move data then smacking down the small percentage of customers who are in a position to make use of that speed. I recently was in an area where I got 80/44 Mb/s but what good does that do anyone who has a data cap? That's psychotic to keep ramping up the speed and lowering caps.

I'm doing a bit of international travel this month and, when I tried to turn on global data, I couldn't do it thru he website unless I picked a "valid" domestic data plan and a "valid" domestic text plan. I had to contact customer service to get global data turned on and I'm sure I'll have to contact them again to turn it off. When I get back, I'm going to be resuming a long stretch of domestic travel and hotel/resort WiFi universally sucks sweaty donkey balls. I've been travelling around the US for nearly a year and I've stayed in less than half a dozen places that had usable internet. Most places have been less than half a meg down and even slower the other way. Barely able to load a frickin' web page. I've had several months during this trip where I've moved well over a hundred gigs thru my phone via tethering and I don't feel a bit bad about it. I've been paying them around $125/month for nearly 5 years and, for the first two years, I moved less than 10 gigs a month. For the second two years, I hung onto my unlimited plan in anticipation of needing it for this trip and moved less than a hundred megs during many of those billing cycles. Put up with the shittiest service in the area to keep that plan. Had to go outside to make and answer calls.

It was worth every penny of those 2 years to have the plan when I needed it but Verizon's sure not keeping my loyalty with this kind of crap. I was considering keeping it as a backup, continuing to pay $125/month as "internet insurance" once I stop travelling and settle down but I guess there's no point. I guess I'll just switch to whoever has decent local coverage at the lowest price.

2 days ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

jtownatpunk.net Re:Not just AC (124 comments)

"I can't get my computer to turn on."
"Can you make sure it's plugged in?"
"I'll try but it's really dark."
"Do you have a flashlight?"
"No. I've been trying to find one ever since the power went out."

2 days ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

jtownatpunk.net Memories (192 comments)

The talk of needing to find a loaded A2000 to make it worth buying reminds me of the old Iris 3130 I picked up for a couple hundred way way back in the day. When I popped the cover, it was absolutely loaded. Every slot filled. Ribbon cables strung everywhere,blinkenlites flashing. If there was an expensive card for the 3130, it was in there. What a beast. It was named bigiron.sgi.com. :)

about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

jtownatpunk.net You had to be there. (701 comments)

"Go for it!" Followed seconds later by the destruction of my friend's car. Poor thing didn't deserve to go out like that.

about a week ago
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Drone Search and Rescue Operation Wins Fight Against FAA

jtownatpunk.net Re:both? (77 comments)

Well I do happen to have a rig that can take this kind of picture. Am I allowed to photograph my own property from the air and give the pictures to my agent to include in the listing? What if I have a friend who's selling their house and I want to take pictures for him to give to his agent? What if I really enjoy taking real estate pictures and I have a friend who's an agent and I enjoy going out on a Saturday morning to take aerial photos of properties before we play a round of golf at the club? No money's changing hands so it seems like it would be fine by the FAA's "guidelines".

Also, $500 will get you the whole kit and caboodle these days. That's the price of a low-end Phantom with camera and they're dead-simple to fly. I bought their first model a while back and it's he first multirotor that I was able to fly. All the previous cheap stuff was more a matter of "avoiding crashing" than flying. If I were selling a quarter million dollar property and $500 could get me some aerial shots, that's a no-brainer.

I'm not really sure why the FAA got this bug up their ass about realtors. It's not like they're as bad as lawyers. (To my lawyer friends, I'm just kidding.) I'd think the FAA would want people to pay more for houses. The more people pay, the more the economy grows, and the more taxes are collected. Every government agency should be happy with that.

about two weeks ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

jtownatpunk.net Re: Not usable (125 comments)

This has nothing to do with RT so I don't know what point you're trying to make. The devices referenced run Windows 8.1.

about two weeks ago
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Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

jtownatpunk.net I'd use encryption if... (91 comments)

...if it didn't force me to also use an alphanumeric password on my new phone. It's got a fingerprint scanner. I want to use that to unlock my phone. But that's disabled if I turn on encryption. Same with my new tablet. So no encryption for me on these devices. Both of my previous devices were content with a PIN which is considered as secure as the fingerprint scanner. Seems ridiculous that I can't determine the level of risk I'm comfortable with.

about two weeks ago
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YouTube Issuing "Report Cards" On Carriers' Streaming Speeds

jtownatpunk.net Re:Great, but.... (110 comments)

The average person wouldn't comprehend that the graph has no meaning as presented. It falls under the "shit they don't know they don't know" category.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

jtownatpunk.net Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (272 comments)

Goes both ways. Reminds me of a situation I ran into years ago. The company I worked for shut its doors overnight (Monday was business as usual, Tuesday "we're done"). I was one of the last people out the door because I stayed on to wrap up our last projects. When that was finally done a few weeks later, I did my exit paperwork. One of the documents said that the company owned any IP I had created during the time I worked there (both on the clock and off the clock, even if it was unrelated to my job) and everything I might create for the next 5 years. When I stopped laughing and dried my eyes I said, "You can't be serious." So the accountant who had inherited HR duties read the document. "You're the first person to say anything about this. Wow. That's just... Okay, cross out the parts you don't agree to and we'll both initial the changes." There was hardly anything left by the time I stopped crossing shit off.

I thought I'd been working with intelligent people but I'm the only one who noticed that ridiculousness.

about a month ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

jtownatpunk.net Re:Why can't (349 comments)

When you grow up and buy a house, you're going to be shocked how other utilities work. They charge you for the capacity of your connection, then charge you for the amount of product you move through it. Water for example. My last house was around $62 to have the 1/2" connection. That's it. Just the potential to move water into my house. That cost went from about $35 for 1/4" to hundreds of dollars for larger pipes. Once I flushed a toilet, the usage meter started ticking and I paid $2.73 per 100 cubic feet of water. The usage rate was constant all the way from a 1/4" to 6" connection. That's how all the utilities were set up. A monthly fee for the connection based on capacity, a per-unit cost for the amount delivered. And, if you have a water leak, they rarely give you a warning. They just send a bill.

Cable and internet are the oddballs that charge a flat "connection" rate with no metered usage. That works for cable TV but not so much for internet which functions more like water or electricity. Trouble with internet is they'll cut you off for using "too much" of their product but don't give you a way to purchase more of it. I wouldn't mind the caps so much if they'd give an accurate measure of usage and the option to purchase additional product at $10 per hundred gigs or so. That seems reasonableish to me. But they don't want you paying for the product that you use. They want you paying for product that you don't use.

about a month ago
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Funding for iFind Kickstarter Suspended

jtownatpunk.net Re:Far-fetched? (104 comments)

If I read it right, they're claiming that their devices can collect more energy than exists. They're claiming to collect 10 units of energy from an array of devices that put out one unit of energy. (Obviously, I'm dumbening it down a lot.)

Reality doesn't work that way.

about a month ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

jtownatpunk.net Thanks for the tip! (448 comments)

I pledged $120.

about a month ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

jtownatpunk.net Not really. (163 comments)

Time and I have a pretty open relationship. We get together occasionally but generally each do our own things.

about a month ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

jtownatpunk.net Re:People assume they're watched. (195 comments)

I never spied on coworkers. Only time I saw their desktops was during remote assistance or when I was at their desk.

about a month ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

jtownatpunk.net People assume they're watched. (195 comments)

One day, I was puttering away on some project when the phone rang. "It was totally an accident!" "What was an accident." "I didn't mean to go to that website." "What website." "The porn site." Then it dawned on me that this woman actually thought I sat around all day watching what people were doing on their computers.

about a month ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

jtownatpunk.net Re:Huh? (465 comments)

Maybe if your employees weren't emailing so many dick pics, the traffic wouldn't be so high. My email archive of nearly 20 years is 5 gigs. I quadrupled that. Dipshit.

about a month and a half ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

jtownatpunk.net Re:Huh? (465 comments)

2 years is a ridiculously short time to "age out" email archives. Especially for an agency that takes longer than that to handle basic interactions. I just got a call last month from the IRS regarding the estate of a relative who passed in 2011. And the IRS claims they have the authority to go back six years for substantial errors so I'd expect them to be keeping their emails at least that long. More realistically, I'd expect them to keep their emails indefinitely. Storage is getting cheaper faster than email accumulates. What does the average person accumulate in a decade? 5 gigs? IRS has around 90,000 employees so that's 450,000 gigs of data give or take. Shit, I've got 32,000 gigs of storage 2' from me. I could expand that to 78,000 by swapping in bigger hard drives. And 144,000 by swapping in bigger drives and adding more ports. That's with stuff I could order from Newegg and assemble on the dining room table. If I went with real equipment, the only limit would be my wallet.

Last company I worked for, had been archiving email for years before I started and hadn't thrown out (or lost) a single email when I left 5 years later. If legal needed something from 2005, they'd give me the particulars and I'd plug them in and the system spit out a compilation of every message that met the specs. I also made an image of every employee's hard drive when they left the company before I put a fresh image on their computer. Just in case they'd stored something important on their local drive instead of their department's server. Only needed that a few times but the cost was so negligible we spent more on donuts and bagels than storing drive images.

Their failure to have a redundant, secure archive of such recent email is either intentional destruction or gross incompetence.

about a month and a half ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

jtownatpunk.net Ow, the ignorance (186 comments)

Was that summary written by someone who's never used a 30Hz 4k display?

A 30Hz feed to an LCD panel is not like a 30Hz feed to a CRT. The CRT phosphors need to be refreshed frequently or the image fades. That's why 30Hz was all flickery and crappy back in the 90s. But 30Hz to an LCD isn't like that. The image stays solid until it's changed. A 30Hz display on an LCD is rock solid and works fine for a workstation. I know. I've seen me do it. Right now. There are no "transition" issues, whatever that is supposed to mean. Nothing weird happens when I switch between applications. Multitasking works fine. I'm playing multiple HD videos without a hitch. Same way the 30hz 1080 programming from cable and satellite plays just fine on LCDs. Gaming's not great but turn on vertical sync and it's not terrible. I'd rather be running at 60Hz but I got my 4k panel for $400. It'll hold me over until displays and video cards with HDMI 2 are common.

about a month and a half ago

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Are There Affordable Low-DPI Monitors?

jtownatpunk.net jtownatpunk.net writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jtownatpunk.net (245670) writes "As time goes by, I find myself supporting a greater number of users moving through their 40s and into their 50s (and beyond!). I notice more and more of them are lowering the resolution of their displays in order to "make it bigger". That was fine in the CRT days but, quite frankly, LCDs look like crap when they're not displaying their native resolution. My solution at home is to hook my computer up to a big, honkin' 1080p HDTV but that's a bit of a political risk in an office environment. "Why does Bill get a freakin big screen TV???" Plus, it's a waste to be paying for the extra inputs (compunent, s-video, composite), remote, tuner, etc. that will never be used. And a 37-47" display is a bit large for a desk.

So here's my question: Is there a source for 24-27" monitors running at 1366x768 that are affordable and don't have all of the "TV" stuff? Or is my only choice to just buy 27" HDTVs and admonish the users not to watch TV? (And, no, just giving them big CRTs is not an option. Most people would rather stare at a fuzzy LCD than "go back" to a CRT.)"

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