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ACLU Questions Privacy of License Plate Scanners

matang Re:Where is the line? (246 comments)

i've always believed that the line is crossed somewhere in the automation of things we are allowed to do individually. you can go to your local register of deeds and get someone's marriage certificate or information on their home (property location, value, previous owners, etc). i don't have an issue with that until it's automated, where you go to a web site and can check on literally anyone you want in half a second. in the former there is a commitment of time and effort involved that would a) dissuade most individuals from abusing the system and b) make the entire process slow enough that any abuse would be limited. in the latter you can literally get information on hundreds of people per hour. i feel it's the same with these automatic tracking devices. having a cop enter a license plate manually when there is probable cause is a LOT different than having a machine attached to his car do it automatically and store the information. just my two cents.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Overcoming Convention Hall Wi-Fi Interference?

matang i work at a convention hall (251 comments)

i work at a convention hall...are you sure they're not containing your AP? we don't allow outside managed gear although most people don't realize it until they can't connect to their router five feet away. we have our APs contain any rogue APs to avoid losing $$$ to folks showing up and trying to provide free wifi. most of the convention and exhibit centers we deal with do the same thing. the last thing we want is someone providing unsecure free wifi in the building and then we get blamed for 1) shitty bandwidth 2) mitm attacks 3) bad customer service because there's nothing wrong with our gear when you have an issue with dude in the next booth's cell phone tethered AP.

more than 3 years ago
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Sleeping iPhones Send Phantom Data

matang Re:Does it explain the sucky battery life? (248 comments)

thanks for this information. i've had this problem on and off all year. it seems to be triggered by turning on airline mode. every time i fly i deal with two or three days of the battery draining like mad, do a system restore and usually a few hard resets before it starts acting normal.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Office 2010, Dissected

matang Re:Google Apps (291 comments)

blindfolded moderating. parent shouldn't be modded troll. i've had the same experience and i'll add that i don't like the idea that when i delete a document it's up to some other company to determine how long it continues to exist.

more than 4 years ago
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Spamming a Judge Is Contempt of Court

matang Re:Why is the judge going after Trudeau (280 comments)

they aren't choosing to buy snake oil. they're choosing to buy a product they think will benefit them, which in fact will in no way benefit them in the means advertised by the manufacturer of that product. a lot of scammy stuff is legal (publisher's clearinghouse) but this guy seems to go way over the line with the deception including overpriced books that are at best full of untruths and at worst medically dangerous.

more than 4 years ago
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Gamma Ray Mystery Reestablished By Fermi Telescope

matang Re:Heliopause (95 comments)

the universe is awful old to be going through heliopause. it would explain the hot flashes though.

more than 4 years ago
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With New SDK, VoIP Over 3G Apps Now Working On iPhone

matang Re:What about multitasking? (171 comments)

exactly. i think at&t was being premature to block this. all they ended up getting was bad publicity on something that's so annoying to use regularly that no one will use it regularly. other than using skype via iphone to show relatives how skype works, i haven't used it at all, and not because of 3g restrictions.

more than 4 years ago
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What Can I Expect As an IT Intern?

matang Re:I was hired where I interned (325 comments)

i agree. an internship is exactly what you make of it. i've had both IT and non-IT interns work for me and universally i'd rather hire the intern who works hard, asks questions, and realizes that some of the stuff they are doing is menial crap that we all had to do when we started out. you can do your internship just to say you did one (which honestly won't matter to most potential employers that much) or you can really try, ask questions, try to be involved, etc. a lot of the busy work they ask you to do does help, but mostly it's to keep you busy while they work on important stuff. if you show you can be trusted (even just to grab a screwdriver when needed) they'll start bringing you along for fixes, start showing you the ropes, etc. if you pay attention you'll likely be surprised that you can be an asset relatively quickly. when you're standing in the server room looking over someone's shoulder, pay attention to what they're doing. it's easy to let your mind wander but you might just happen to notice the thing the guy in charge is missing. if you're smart, you'll notice it, let him/her know by asking something like "is that screen configured correctly? i've never done it before", and then reap the benefit of having helped without seeming like a know-it-all. in my experience it's a tight-rope walk at first to be accepted as knowledgable without coming across as someone "dangerous" to everyone else, but if you can be helpful, personable, and willing to spend several months doing gopher stuff you'll be fine. just my 2 cents, your mileage may vary, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Man Gets 50 Jobs in 50 States in 50 Weeks

matang Re:Must be hell on his resume... (4 comments)

i wonder if each employer did a criminal background check? his next book will be called "why i get stopped at the airport every time i fly".

more than 4 years ago
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First-Ever USB 3.0 Hard Drive

matang Re:Let's see some all-3.0 computers now! (191 comments)

i agree with the parent. when usb 2.0 came out, lots of machines came with both. they were usually marked with some non-descript color difference that had no reference so unless you natively remembered "purple outline means usb 2.0" you had to guess or wait for windows to tell you the device would work faster in a usb 2.0 port.

about 5 years ago
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Microsoft Drops Xbox 360 Pricing

matang Re:Keep Trying (169 comments)

"wii toy" - right, because the other two are deal-making, shuttle launching, techno-heavy pieces of equipment. "hey guys, we better get some xbox360s in here before people stop taking us seriously."

more than 5 years ago
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Who Will Fix the Internet? No One, Apparently

matang Re:The Whole Point if the Internet... (370 comments)

exactly. sure it's frustrating for an implementation of a good idea to take a really long time, but in turn that usually ensures the implementation of a bad idea will be thoroughly vetted and exposed before its adopted (with a few notable exceptions). i'd much rather risk the eternally promised "end of the internet" with the notion that someone would likely provide a fix before it gets to that point than i would risk having some person or company "in charge". we see how far that gets us with basically every other industry - nowhere. maybe i'm missing something obvious but what other global technology works as well with as little global oversight? it's easier from a "regulation" standpoint for me to email a home video to antarctica than it is to make a phone call to europe. just my 2 cents, ymmv, etc.

more than 5 years ago
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Cameron's Avatar Trailer Posted

matang Re:Story? (278 comments)

i read somewhere james cameron said it was dances with wolves but with aliens. it's what came to my mind when i read the synopsis (dude infiltrates a foreign and somewhat hostile group, falls in love, becomes one of them, is forced to decide whether to betray his former life).

more than 5 years ago
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10th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day

matang Re:hey guys, no more sysadmin bashing ... (232 comments)

all developers think they could be sysadmins (the inherent problem in dealing with them). i'm happy to finally be in a position where we don't have any in house developers. in the past ten years, no stereotypable group (technophobes, self-taught-it-experts, etc) has been more frustrating to work with than developers. all they NEED is something to input text and something to compile that text but they end up with $5,000 worth of equipment, countless hours of tech support, and endless perks but they still bitch that they can't work because we won't give them admin access to install twitter apps or "ram booster" software.

more than 5 years ago
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Firefox 3.5 Reviewed; Draws Praise For HTML5, Speed

matang Re:As usual with new Firefox releases... (436 comments)

why don't you just add rss feeds to your bookmarks toolbar? assuming at least half of the sites you keep open have rss enabled, you could severely decrease your need to have an insane number of tabs open at once.

more than 5 years ago
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What Do You Call People Who "Do HTML"?

matang Re:Not an easy job... (586 comments)

parent = perfectly stated. my company is paying for a new web site. the developer does good stuff but didn't realize it needed to be optimized for: IE6, 7, 8, firefox, and basically every other browser someone might use. it also has to fit the specs for blind/handicapped users. 90% of the developer's clients are happy with it being optimized for IE as long as it's somewhat renderable for everything else. doesn't work that way for us for a variety of reasons. he's happy to do it for a renegotiation of the contract (he knows it's not a breeze).

i spent the past week modifying the site's css, html, and js to look and function in a variety of browsers and with a variety of requirements for different types of users. i can absolutely see a use for someone who can do this well, especially in a shop where new sites or additions to current sites come online often. it's not rocket science but it certainly a skill set greater than it's being made out to be by people who i'm assuming haven't had to do much of it. it's tedious, there are a lot of nuances, trade-offs, tricks, pitfalls, etc.

more than 5 years ago
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Is Free Really the Future of Gaming?

matang Re:If a game is good it's worth money to me... (230 comments)

the problem is that for your $60 and thousands of hours, you've got my $60 and a few hours here and there. how do you translate that to a final price? i'd rather pay $60 for a "ten hour" game than $60 plus a monthly fee for a "thousand hour game", not to get off the point - it's a function of how much you value the thing vs the value of other things blah blah. it's why, although i'm sure world of warcraft is a great game, there's no way i'd justify spending the money on it plus the monthly fee when i'm only going to play it five hours a month. plus the inherent marriage you enter into with a game that you play against other people (if they play while you don't, they get better, gain experience, etc while you don't). different (sword) strokes for different folks i guess.

more than 5 years ago
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George Riddick — the One-Man RIAA of Clip Art

matang Re:And they called it (175 comments)

the whole thing is riddickulous.

more than 5 years ago
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Terry Childs Case Puts All Admins In Danger

matang my question... (498 comments)

isn't the long and short of it really "why do you care who has the passwords to a place that just fired you?" if my place of employment fired me they can have any password they want. go for it, screw something up, i don't care, i don't work there anymore. his real problem was making the job more than a job. he's only the superhero of the network in his mind.

more than 5 years ago

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