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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

mprindle XKCD (275 comments)

Obligatory XKCD comic...

http://xkcd.com/327/

about three weeks ago
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Big Data Breaches Give Credit Monitoring Services a Boost

mprindle Limited use for credit monitoring (48 comments)

The problem with most of the credit monitoring companies is the little they do can be done by the consumer for a lot less. The real work comes when your identity has been stolen and the hundreds of hours it takes to clean up the mess. This is where you need a company that will do the legwork for you. I use Zander Insurance's ID theft program. I look at it as one more insurance that I pay per year. If/When I need them they are there and I won't have as much pain to endure and the massive learning curve to cleaning up ID fraud on your own.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

mprindle Limited time (669 comments)

With as little time as I have I try to sneak in a round of two of World of Tanks every now and then. The rounds are quick and fun.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Trust Online Tax Software?

mprindle Used the online version once and never again (237 comments)

I have used TaxCut for years and have had very few issues with it. The one year I tried the online variant of it was horrible. There was one particularly nasty bug that caused my return to be rejected twice before I had to go over the print out with a fine tooth comb. I found they were inserting a bogus figure into one of the fields instead of leaving it blank. I finally was able to work around the system to get the issue fixed, but it caused way more work and aggravation than it should have. I did try calling their "help" line, but the person on the other end was completely useless.

about 5 months ago
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The Case Against Gmail

mprindle Limited 3rd party support? (435 comments)

I use K9 on my older Android phone and it works great with my Gmail accounts. I use Thunderbird at home and it also works just as well. I have no issues with the way Gmail "Labels" messages. K9 and Thunderbird treat them as folders and shows me the messages I have flagged.

about 6 months ago
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Dell Is Now a Private Company Again

mprindle Tech support (151 comments)

Man I hope there tech support improves. It's next to impossible to get anyone on the phone and I even have their Tech certification. Our company just switched to HP due to the cost and there horrible support.

about 6 months ago
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Volvo's Electric Roads Concept Points To Battery-Free EV Future

mprindle Powers Out... (216 comments)

Radio announcer: "Well there's a traffic jam on I90. The power to that section of the city went out during a thunderstorm. The electric company has said power will be restored within 6 - 8 hours."

about 10 months ago
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Florida DOT Cuts Yellow Light Delay Ignoring Federal Guidelines, Citations Soar

mprindle Houston had Red Light Cameras (507 comments)

The City of Houston was doing this crap. Yellows that were so short there was no way to stop or you'd be in the middle of the intersection. A petition got the cameras on the ballot and they were defeated. The City was whining about safety, but there were several studies done at intersections in the city by independent auditors that found rear end accidents increased due to the shortened yellows and the RL cameras. From what I read the city was pulling in $2 - $3 million per year on the fines.

about a year ago
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A Least Half a Million Raspberry Pis Sold

mprindle Re:What do I do with one? (212 comments)

You can get an HDMI to SVGA/DVI/Display port converters for pretty cheap so you can hook it to any monitor you want. I also picked up a 802.11N 2.4Ghz WiFi adapter from AirLink for less than $10. I got both at Amazon.

about a year ago
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A Least Half a Million Raspberry Pis Sold

mprindle Running my PI as an Asterisk PBX (212 comments)

Got my PI Monday and got it setup with Asterisk 11 and FreePBX 3 beta. The site raspberry-asterisk.org has a prebuilt image and from there you can easily update to the latest versions. This is going to be mainly for testing/playing at home, but I may deploy one to setup a small 4 DID/10 extenstion FreePBX install to supplement an old POTS pbx.

about a year ago
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Amazon Overcharging Publishers For Tax

mprindle Off line storage (184 comments)

"Amazon is also facing criticism right now for allegedly shutting down a woman's account and remotely wiping her Kindle, then refusing to provide information about why it did so."

This is the exact reason why I strip the DRM from every Kindle book I buy and then store them in my own offline repository. Should Amazon ever decide to wipe my account I'll still have the books I purchased. The other advantage is I can use any e-reader I want w/o being locked to a Kindle.

about a year and a half ago
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The Coming Internet Video Crash

mprindle Re:Unfortunately, the solution is obvious (419 comments)

You see how well that went with Verizon's FIOS service. That is exactly what they were on track to do, but it finally became to expensive to run new fiber every and fighting with local governments to get the rights to even lay the fiber.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

mprindle If you want to read... (415 comments)

If you want to read then get an e-reader. I have a Kindle for reading, not surfing the web, not checking email, etc. If I want to do something else besides read I pull out my phone or use my laptop. When reading with a tablet you'll end up getting distracted by new emails, something that pops into your head and you want to quickly look it up, but in reality you end up doing everything else except reading. With an e-reader you can focus on the book your reading and keep the distractions to a minimum.

about a year ago
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Is Windows 8 Microsoft's Riskiest Bet?

mprindle Gonna bomb if you follow the trend... (362 comments)

Following Microsoft's trend this one will bomb.

Windows 98 - Good
Windows ME - Bomb
Windows XP - Good
Windows Vista - Bomb
Windows 7 - Good
Windows 8 - ????

about a year and a half ago
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Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

mprindle What I want... (660 comments)

A device with a 4" - 4.2" display, decent dual/quad core processor running around 1.2 - 1.5 Ghz, and the ability to obtain root on the device if I choose. I have no need to carry around a beast of a deivce with a 5" display or a device that so locked down that I can't unlock features the phone has, but the carrier decided to disable.

about a year and a half ago
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Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

mprindle It's called Time... (1134 comments)

I use the command line to save time.

Example, to transfer FSMO roles there are three places in the GUI that you have to go to vs via the command line I can easily execute the command to transfer roles and after every command I get the response to verify it successfully completed.

Another example, I have a PowerShell script and a batch script to install windows hotfixes on standalone non-internet connected machines in the field. I can install 100+ hotfixes onto a new station in 20 mins or so. Also the script queries the system for installed hotfixes and skips them if they are already installed which equates into a major time savings. Try doing that via the GUI and see how far you would get w/o accidently rebooting or just giving up cause it takes so long.

about 2 years ago
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Major Networks Suing To Stop Free Streaming

mprindle Re:You can't rebroadcast Public airwaves (250 comments)

Over the years the FCC has granted to local stations the right to charge for their product. Cable companies pay about 1 cent per station (per household)* for the rights to rebroadcast local stations over their wires. This "Aereo" service may have to abide by the same rules.

*

Sounds fair to me, if they are sending 10 stations then they pay .10 cents per user to the content provider.

about 2 years ago
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Major Networks Suing To Stop Free Streaming

mprindle Live stream = More Customers = More Ad views (250 comments)

So what's the issue here? It's not like they are removing/skipping the TV ads, they are just converting the broadcast to play on a persons digital device. They even have a dedicated antenna for each user. So, that means more people are now seeing the same commercials equaling more ad impressions which means the TV execs can charge more for the ads.

As others have said why not working the company to work out a fee instead of trying to sue them into the ground.

about 2 years ago
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The Ineffectiveness of TSA Body Scanners

mprindle Re:TSA is an expense account scam (494 comments)

The state of Texas tried to do something like this away back. They were going to pass a law that made it a crime to do patdowns that involved touching sensitive areas of people. The TSA threatened to shut down all air traffic in and out of Texas airports if the law was passed. The guy who introduced the bill backed down from the TSA.

http://blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/2011/05/patricks-intrusive-touching-bill-junked/

more than 2 years ago
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Do you like your cell phone?

mprindle My phone just got better (396 comments)

I just loaded a custom rom based on CyanogenMod CM7 on my Moto Atrix. My phone is now what I have expected it to be. Fast, great UI, tons of options, and best of all it's not crippled by the crap AT&T loaded on it.

more than 2 years ago

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