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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

mark_reh Wha???? (323 comments)

"Or we should all just sit and hope for Microsoft to give us a new Windows with good integrated protection?"

What is there in MS history that would lead anyone to believe that MS could possibly make a secure Windows OS? I am flabbergasted!

4 days ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

mark_reh Forget the app store. (249 comments)

How about getting rid of iTunes? It would be really nice to just drag and drop files into my iPod as can be done with every other mp3 player/phone in the world.

about a week ago
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Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

mark_reh I admit ignorance about archeological stuff, (164 comments)

but how hard is it to "discover" a tomb that has a 5 yard wide road leading to its entrance? With carved sphinxes on either side? Encircled by a 500 yard long marble wall? Seems sort of obvious to me.

about a week ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

mark_reh Here's the problem: (261 comments)

it isn't the douchebaggery of the people who are going to change the world. It's the douchebaggery of the other 99.9999999% who THINK that they are going to change the world.

about two weeks ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

mark_reh Re:A real-world aimbot (219 comments)

It will no doubt benefit from the same economies of scale as they build millions and millions of them...

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

mark_reh Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

My "freedom loving" countrymen who want it that way are the guys who run the big companies. They, of course, get all the time off they want, and their jobs resemble time off anyway (golf and ski outings, dining out with others of their sort and politicians, etc.).

I used to work for HP in the early 90s. Every year the HR dept would host big meetings in which they announced the annual pay raises. They would come out and do a power point presentation describing how they had got together with the HR people from every big engineering employer in the SW US to define job title, duties, pay and benefits. Then they would announce that all the engineers were getting a 2.5% pay increase for the coming year and everyone would cheer, ignoring the fact that they were just told that HP had been colluding to limit pay and benefits with other major engineering companies.

I had been there for a number of years and had my annual vacation up to 3 weeks (not that I could ever actually take it). I interviewed for work elsewhere and found the pay offered at the new positions was exactly the same, but that my vacation time would reset to 2 weeks (not that I could ever use it). After many months of looking I finally took a job at a Japanese company that wasn't part of the network of collusion and got a hefty pay increase and even additional vacation (not that I could ever use it).

When you're an engineer and you want to take your vacation time in the US they came at you with "we're at a critical point in this project- you can't take off now", but you're ALWAYS at a critical point in some project, so you can almost never take off more than a day at a time. When you're young, dumb, and have no family you take this abuse, but as you get older and start pushing back they squeeze you out.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

mark_reh Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

The US is not a reasonable employment environment. In the US you are "given" typically 2 weeks, but in most professional occupations, you are lucky to actually get 1 week off in a year. When I was an engineer if I tried to take more than a day or two at a time I was given the hairy eyeball by management and branded "not a team player".

The hours worked per year in the US are probably the highest of any "developed" country. Do you think it's because we want it that way? I don't know anyone who doesn't want to take 6 weeks off per year. One of the main attractions to the teaching profession is the long summer break. It is so attractive that many forego the higher pay in other professions because they want to enjoy their lives a little.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

mark_reh Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

When you consider the hell their lives will become once they finish school, never getting more than a week or so off in a year, yeah, let them have a little time off ferchrissakes.

On the other hand, maybe if kids went to school year round they would be able to take off time as adults instead of working 51 weeks per year to try to keep up with smarter people in other countries (who went to school year round as kids).

about two weeks ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

mark_reh Re:Athletes? (146 comments)

Calling golf and bowling sports is stretching the definition of sports.

about two weeks ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

mark_reh Re:Non transferable to another game, (146 comments)

Playing real sports is a social and physical activity. Both can be beneficial.

Sitting on a couch swilling red bull, munching on funyuns, twitching your thumbs, and tea-bagging your virtual victims hardly compares.

about two weeks ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

mark_reh Re:Non transferable to another game, (146 comments)

Yeah, and someone wins the lottery, too. That doesn't make it a good investment.

The number of people who make any money at video games vs the number who waste the biggest portion of their lives when they could be learning things is about as miniscule as your chances of winning the lottery. I stand by my assertion that it is a waste of time.

about two weeks ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

mark_reh Non transferable to another game, (146 comments)

and completely useless in real life. Video games are a waste of time and energy like no other.

about two weeks ago
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Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

mark_reh Why should anyone trust this or any other (175 comments)

encryption? I seem to recall news about 6 months ago that RSA Security took $10M from the NSA for allegedly tweaking a random number generator or some such thing. I know PGP is open source, but who knows enough about both encryption math and programming to actually verify that the code is safe, and why should anyone trust them?

about two weeks ago
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Why Bhutan Might Get Drone Delivery Copters Before Seattle Does

mark_reh Umm, didn't they mention bad weather (102 comments)

as one of the big problems with transportation in Bhutan? How well do quad copters work in bad weather?

It sounds like a solution looking for a problem.

about two weeks ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

mark_reh Will the test include the environment in which (162 comments)

this brain has to function? I mean specifically, does the test account for that brain being surrounded by and overseen by clueless administrators throwing obstacles in that brains path at every turn?

about two weeks ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

mark_reh Are you kidding? (273 comments)

No one has any privacy thanks to the government and corporations who both profit from our lack of ability to control who gets to see what data. THAT is the new norm. Tek is going to complain when someone cracks their "security" on hardware and software built into the scope? Why should they be any different from the rest of us?

about two weeks ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

mark_reh Re:Funny (316 comments)

A person is a person. A corporation is a legal construct designed to shield the persons who start the corporation from legal responsibility for their corporate actions, deserving of no special protections. This relief of personal liability/responsibility leads to all sorts of abuses, therefore, persons need protection from corporations similar to the way persons need protection from criminal gangs.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

mark_reh Re:Funny (316 comments)

bbbbbbbbut corporations ARE people. The supreme court said so. That's why its legal to buy elections.

about two weeks ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

mark_reh Re:Yeah, sure, youbetcha! (402 comments)

The locals are being used a human shields ferchrissakes. Are they nuts enough to actually guard the missile launcher that is going to make them a target of Israeli attack?

about three weeks ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

mark_reh Re:Yeah, sure, youbetcha! (402 comments)

If that thing is what you claim, would anyone in their right mind continue to live anywhere near it?
I don't care about jobs, businesses, family, etc., if something like that is anywhere near me I get myself and family the f**k away from it as fast as I can. Anyone who doesn't is just plain nuts.

about three weeks ago

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Linux replacement for Playon Media server

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  about 2 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "I am tired of dealing with Windows and want to go 100% linux. There is one app that I have yet to find a linux replacement for- Playon media server. Is there a roughly equivalent Linux program that makes streaming web content as easily accessible from the TV?

PS3 media server is nice for streaming from my HDD but doesn't have the easy web content accessibility that Playon has."

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Ask Slashdot: moving out but need to keep up with

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mark_reh writes "I am forced to move to another state where I can work. My wife and son will be staying put. I need to go over my son's homework with him every night. Is there a decent tool that allows collaborative screen sharing accompanied by voice/video? His computer will be running Win 7 and mine will be on whatever is required, preferably linux."
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How are photos controlled on the internet?

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  about 3 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "When you search for images via Google Images you see a bunch of pictures, but how is the availability of images controlled? For example, where are all the swimsuit pics of Sarah Palin when she was in beauty contests? How does the Palin organization or any other celebrity, or anyone else for that matter, manage to control availability of images on the web? If such control is possible, how do sex videos of celebrities manage to fall outside that control, or do they?"

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For the love of God, will someone tell me why

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

men who drive pickup trucks insist on backing them into parking spaces? What is the point?
The bigger the pickup, the more likely it will be backed into a parking space.
If it has a trailer hitch, it will be backed up so the hitch hangs over a sidewalk, just waiting to knee-cap someone walking by.

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