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Comcast Confessions

n7ytd Re:I must be the outlier (234 comments)

This is my exact experience as well. I couldn't convince the customer service rep that their "system" also showed that I was an Internet customer for 2 years before they started trying to charge me a modem rental fee. How was I receiving service before that time? Did their system show me ordering a modem? Did their system show them shipping me a modem? All of these questions fell on deaf ears.

After cancelling service with them, their automated phone service would no longer recognize my account number as an active account, but then 4 months later the attempted billings for not returning this mystery modem began again.

The very helpful person I chatted with on their website last month assures me the problem is fixed. We'll see about that.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Confessions

n7ytd Re:I must be the outlier (234 comments)

I wouldn't consider your journey done just yet.

If your experience pans out like mine has, in about 4 months you will start getting e-mails and letters from Comcast attempting to bill you for the equipment you haven't returned yet.

Attempting to explain that you don't have any more equipment to return, will get you empty promises that they will fix the error in their computers, along with another e-mail and bill next month.

In my case, they continue to attempt to bill me $70 for a cable modem that I have never rented from them. Their system still shows a credit of $42 they owe me, but no one seems to know when that money will be returned to me, 6 months after cancelling.

If I never hear from them again, I'll consider it $42 well spent.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

n7ytd Re:I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas? (383 comments)

They continually invent new and creative kinds of suck.

No they don't. They just change the suck icons, names, and desktop locations with each new edition. Still the same old suck.

Well, yeah, but now it's got the Ribbon of Suck.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

n7ytd Re:I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas? (383 comments)

If you are not making $45 or more an hour you are being robbed. Programmers are massively underpaid compared to the skillset we need to do our jobs. Why the hell do we tolerate deflating the job down to the level of a factory worker?

First off, $45 per hour is not too high. After factoring in benefits that probably equates to a salary of about $65k per year. So while I agree that making less than $65k per year is low for all but junior developers (or those working in very low cost areas), I'm not sure I agree with your assertion that most developers are underpaid. The average salary of a developer is about $90k per year, which is an incredibly high salary.

$45/hour * 40 hours * 52 weeks = $93,600/year. I'm sure where your message goes from there... is $45/hour "not too high", or is $90k an "incredibly high" salary?

about 2 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

n7ytd Re: Amen, brother Amen! (522 comments)

"Name 1 way to back up her emails and pictures on a remote server that requires fewer mouse clicks than forwarding them herself with email."

Dropbox - drag, drop, done. Single click.

You forgot the following steps:
0a: Learn what Dropbox is.
0b: Find Dropbox on the web without being suckered into look-alike advertisements and link farms.
0c: Download the installer from Dropbox's website.
0d: Execute installer and navigate Windows' UAC restrictions.
0e: Create Dropbox account, along with reading/skipping EULA. (Optional: Visit DropBox's website every 90 days to stay on top of any changes to their EULA, verify they haven't had any new breaches that might require a password change, or that the free account quota hasn't been exceeded.
0f: Learn how to create a folder to sync with Dropbox.
0g: Learn how to find said folder again.
0h: Learn to using Windows' file search functions to glean the cat videos from the grandkids e-mails which now all live in one folder.

Other than that, yeah, pretty much single click. I'm really not trying to be snarky here; my dad's on about this level. About three times a year I have to walk him through the differences between single-click, double click, shift click, and right click. Also why files that he's dragged from a folder to the desktop are no longer in the folder.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

n7ytd Re:HR lies. (309 comments)

"This is the result of capitalism."

You could not have gotten that more backwards.

"THIS IS THE RESULT OF CAPITALISM."

Is that better?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

n7ytd Re:Do you have the time? (309 comments)

Amen to this. Don't look at this as the last chance to be a child, look at it as the first chance to be an adult. Instead of looking at college as your last chance to avoid responsibility, use it as a chance to learn a little responsibility and ease into the idea of being a Grown Up.

Working during college is a reasonable thing. If you have a scholarship or the Bank of Mom & Dad is funding your education, bully for you; but having even a part-time job during school means that priorities must be set and time must be managed.

Much better to hit the ground running after graduation and not be shocked at the idea of needing to be at work 8-5 every day.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

n7ytd Re:BS (309 comments)

I just got my haircut from a lady whose 23 year old son just got a consulting gig making 120,000 a year! He started 2 years ago making websites and turning them into smart phone applets.

No offense but I do not believe that advice as employers and HR can not find anyone with 2 - 3 years of HTML 5 and css 3 experience. Coca cola and others hired this kid and keep paying him $50/hr to code.

Just picking nits here, but $50/hr != $120,000/year.

It is the Java jobs that require 10 years experience because the old timers all have that and can simply demand it. Web and mobile app positions do not have as much experience which means lower barriers to entry and more cash to make.

I'm not sure what you're saying here... that web and mobile app positions, with their lower barriers to entry, should be paid more?

about 4 months ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

n7ytd Re:So basically... (287 comments)

I would, simply because people learn at different rates and different ways. I dropped out of college after 3 semesters, best decision ive ever made. now it wasnt all flowers and roses but I learned more in the next 4 years actually working and researching things on my own then they were ever going to teach me in school.

You don't know that. If you're convinced your self-directed learning over those four years was more productive than a four-year degree could have been, there's two possible reasons for that: 1) Your school was not well-managed, or 2) you have an incredible drive and a knack for picking the right things to learn.

Of course, the boatload of money you would have spent on the degree is worth considering too. Glad it worked out for you.

about 5 months ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

n7ytd Re:Business/First class is absurd (146 comments)

I could care less about leg room (I'm only 4' 18" tall). But I'm built like a tank and my arms hang into the aisle or across the shared armrest in economy class seating.

4' 18"? That's almost 5' 6"!

about 5 months ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

n7ytd Re:Business class is a misnomer (146 comments)

I was once upgraded to "business class" on a flight from Madrid to Malaga Spain. As far as I could tell, the luxury afforded to the business traveler was being served my water in a glass rather than the paper cups given to the row behind me.

about 5 months ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

n7ytd Re:Because... (393 comments)

Oh my!

about 5 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

n7ytd Re:Meanwhile... (653 comments)

Actual intentional Fluke clones stream across the ocean in small lots from ebay every day. Some of these are presumably actual Fluke meters, just being sold by the factory directly, rather than through normal channels.

Plus the hilarious things like FUKE meters, which are very clearly inferior copies, but intentionally made to look similar.

And then the generic $3 meters in red, black, yellow, orange, green, whatever. Sometimes these come with a brand name you've never heard of, sometimes they are completely devoid of all identifying marks.

I'm guessing that way more than 2,000 of these have made it in the country so far this year, mostly with laughably and obviously bogus customs forms.

From reading the comments, it would appear that Fluke really did "invent" the yellow multimeter, and they have a legitimate concern about protecting their trade dress. But for most people (particularly those under 40 or 50), "cheap multimeter" (of any color) is a stronger brand than "yellow multimeter".

It's a lot easier to stop one container full of 2,000 meters as a symbolic gesture than to find and stop 2,000 shipments of one meter each.

about 6 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

n7ytd Re:Should have been an out, return (653 comments)

The thing that I don't understand is why returning them would impose a large import tax, when it was simply going back to country of origin and manufacture. How does that make any sense? And would that import tax on a mere 2000 devices really have exceeded the cost of destroying them?

Returning them is also more sound because at least then you can re-skin them and sell them eventually.

To me if you are going to manufacture anything it only makes sense that you would ensure the ability to return the products in case of an issue. What if they had simply delivered devices that didn't work? It seems like the same import tax dilemma would have applied.

If they had defective units, those would probably have been trashed and replaced, too. The numbers just don't work for them to do anything besides trash them.

Playing fast and loose with the numbers we're given, here's what it seems like to me: There are 2000 meters in question, which they retail for $15 each, which is where the $30k comes from. Let's say they purchased them at $5 each from the manufacturer, which is probably on the high side given the margins that Sparkfun would need to make this a profitable venture. The manufacturer could not have spent more than $3 each for them to make a profit. We know from their post that Sparkfun has been given 30 days by customs to sort this out, and they are facing a $150/day warehousing fee.

This number of meters would probably fill most of a single shipping container, which costs around $3k to have delivered from China to Los Angeles, and takes 3-4 weeks. So from manufacture and shipping, Sparkfun would be into this lot for around $13k. If they incur no other cost and could sell them immediately, they would have a profit of $17k on this lot. We know that's not the case: they will need to be handled by their staff, sit in a warehouse somewhere, then eventually handled again and shipped to an end customer.

It would cost them another $3k to ship them back to China. Once in China, after paying import duty, their vendor could repackage and sell them somewhere else, or rework them to make them sellable in the US. Remember the vendor only sold them for $5 each the first time around and it costs them $3 to make a new one, so there's no margin after duties and repackaging for them to divert them to another customer.

If Sparkfun chose to pay for the rework, it would then be another $3k to bring them back to the US and handle them again, after a 2.5-3 month round trip, where they could attempt to sell them again at $30k, after spending another $6k+ against their potential max profit of $17k.

The money's just not there. It's unfortunate that usable product will be destroyed, but unless Sparkfun is already set up to resell in another country to which they could be diverted, I don't see a lot of options.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

n7ytd Re:Yes (379 comments)

"20 years experience" on a resume means nothing to someone looking for a code monkey to bash out something that a new graduate could do. The way we hop around the work force these days, "20 years experience" can also mean "2 years of experience, ten times".

about 6 months ago
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St. Patrick's Day, March Madness, and Steve Jobs' Liver

n7ytd Re:Steve Jobs bought himself a liver.... (129 comments)

Someone with less money died waiting for a liver.

I understand that. Someone else died to make that liver available, too. No matter who is at the top of the list, there is someone at the bottom of the list who isn't going to get a liver in time. Was he less entitled to a liver than an average person because he was Steve Jobs?

I'm not trying to paint him as Saint Jobs, everything I've read about the guy makes me think he was a grade-A asshole. But the reason I responded to the post as I did was because the poster seems to think that because he spent his money in an attempt to save his life, we should hate him for it. I disagree with that; if I had the means to shop around for the most favorable transplant recipient list to put my family member on, I would do it. Maybe that makes me selfish.

about 6 months ago
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St. Patrick's Day, March Madness, and Steve Jobs' Liver

n7ytd Re:Steve Jobs bought himself a liver.... (129 comments)

Yes, his post was closed with "the fault here is America", but the post titled "Steve Jobs bought himself a liver" started with "One more reason to hate Jobs."

You raise a good point with the fact that Jobs squandered valuable treatment time with his homeopathic herbal horseshit.

As far as I've read, the shenanigans that he employed to be put on the transplant list in Tennessee consisted of qualifying himself as a Tennessee resident, certainly after unleashing an army of minions to figure out that the list was shortest in Tennessee.

But the fact remains that he got on the list, legally. To say that someone else deserved the liver he got more is up for argument, but by whose standard do we make that call? In an ideal world we give organ transplants to the most deserving first. One could argue that his providing jobs for thousands of people and using his pulpit as a public figure to evangelize the need for organ donors provided more good for society as a whole. If it were my son on the transplant list and some rich bugger bought his way in before us, sure I'd be pissed. But if I were the rich bugger, you bet I'd try to buy our way onto a shorter list.

I never met the guy and my impression of him is a greedy SOB, but I can't hate him because he threw money towards trying to save his life. He worked the system just like anyone else could have, if they had the resources.

about 6 months ago
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St. Patrick's Day, March Madness, and Steve Jobs' Liver

n7ytd Re:Steve Jobs bought himself a liver.... (129 comments)

One more reason to hate Jobs. He was able to get on the transplant list in Tennessee only because he had the money to fly out there (to a house bought just for that purpose) whenever he needed to for the various pre-op and post op appointments necessary. There are a TON of these for any organ transplant. Most people don't have the resources to do this. California is the worst place in the nation to need an organ transplant. The region Tennessee is part of is the best. Without his money, Jobs would have died waiting for a transplant -- as would most people in that position. Jobs is scum, but the fault here is America.

And you wouldn't have done the same for yourself or a loved one, if you had the means? If you feel you need to hate a dead man you've never met, there are plenty of other reasons for Jobs to be hated. Spending his money in a successful attempt at buying himself another two years of life doesn't need to be one of them.

about 6 months ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

n7ytd Re:We need to stop big tax dodgers useing loop hol (300 comments)

I can't agree with you that that everyone with over $1million is super-rich.

Here's a very middle-class example: A 50 year old man with three kids under 18. He has $200k equity in his home, and has saved $800k towards retirement. He dies, suddenly. Is it the moral obligation of the government to force the sale of his home and liquidate his retirement account so that they can "wipe the slate clean" for his minor children?

I'll somewhat agree with you that everyone with $1M isn't necessarily super rich, although that puts someone well into the 1% category. Sure, if you live in Manhattan, or SF, or whatnot it's really not an excessive amount of money.

However, the way you wrote what you did suggests that you think that this person's estate will have to liquid on death to pay taxes or make sure his kids have to start from the same place as everyone else. The first $5M or so of an estate (I think, it changes frequently and I'm not in much of a position to worry about it) is free from estate taxes, at least at the federal level. So there's no problem with your subject leaving his entire estate to his 3 kids, largely tax free. That should cover their entire educations with quite a bit left over for a better than good start in real life.

Yes, I'm aware that the ceiling where estate taxes apply is well beyond my pay grade. My reply was mostly toward the poster who claimed that the fair thing to do is "wipe the slate clean" by taking everything away upon death, that somehow that is "true capitalism", and that $1M is a good threshold for separating the wealthy from the rest of us.

The poster I replied to thinks $1M in assets makes someone incredibly wealthy, which just isn't the case. That's not the Warren Buffets or Bill Gates of the world, that's someone at the cusp of retirement, who finally owns their home after paying off a 30-year mortgage with enough money stashed away to continue living their middle-class lifestyle as long as they stick to a budget.

Someone who saves their entire working life and invests their money in a couple of duplexes to have some retirement income now has $1M in assets. A small business owner who owns their building and an office full of equipment has $1M in assets. The idea that having the government step in and take it because it would be unfair for them to allow their children to inherit anything is asinine.

If we ever want to encourage the wealthy to get even more inventive about hiding their assets, I'm pretty sure this is a great way to do it.

I suppose it really boils down to how much is "too much". Everyone thinks they are middle class, and that anyone who has more is wealthy.

about 6 months ago
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Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

n7ytd Re:Going bust not unique to drop-outs (281 comments)

You need to start looking at different states. $20k/year is what you would pay for out of state tuition where I graduated. After you've been a resident for 6 months and should show residency (in-state driver's license, utility bills, etc.) then you could get the cost break for in-state tuition.

about 6 months ago

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How one High-Speed Trader gamed the market and made $377,000 in one day

n7ytd n7ytd writes  |  about a year ago

n7ytd (230708) writes "The stories about the technology behind and the dangers of High Frequency Trading keep coming. Fortune has an interesting story about how one man, given access to a low latency line, was able to game Apple's stock for a risk-free, (theoretical) profit of $377,000 in one day's trading.
One wonders what the real money must be, especially if not limited to one stock."

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Another Rasberry Pi? $49 ARM SBC with Android

n7ytd n7ytd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

n7ytd (230708) writes "Announced today with an 800 MHz VIA core, the 170 x 85mm board is expected to ship this July. With a "Neo ITX" form factor, VIA touts the single-board computer as a "bicycle for your mind"."
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The Cloud's Unspoken Hurdle

n7ytd n7ytd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

n7ytd (230708) writes "The Register has a piece today about overcoming one of the biggest challenges to migrating to cloud-based storage: how to get all that data onto the service provider's disks. With all of the enterprisey interweb solutions available, the oldest answer is still the right one: ship them your disks.
Remember: "Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sneakernet"

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n7ytd n7ytd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

n7ytd (230708) writes "Since taking a new job in 2006 and finding out it's not what I expected, I am spitting out resumes to find a new gig. I've been wondering how to explain the short time I've been in this job to prospective employers. Have fellow Slashdotters found this to be a challenge in the past, or it is par for the course and no big deal? As someone interviewing, would the 6-month position I've had with my current employer cause you concern?"

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