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Research Project Pays People To Download, Run Executables

nomad63 Surprised ? Don't be ... (76 comments)

What do you think that most of those websites sends you the surveys to fill out for a few cents running ? Flash ? How much do you know about flash, unless you are a web developer of course, to say if what you are downloading is secure enough, not to steal your identity ? Or when you click on coupons.com etc. coupon printer apps the get downloaded. Once you download and run them, you are giving the app, free rein of your computer. Once run, they are no longer governed by the security controls of your browser. This is how they get to stop you from printing unlimited number of free coke coupons, by hiding the information, somewhere on your storage, even you don't know how to find and delete. It's all about the Benjamins baby.

Anecdote: Do you sleep with me if I paid you $100,000 ? She answers "ummm, yeah, for 100K, I'd sleep with you"; how about if I paid you $10. She answers angrily "what do you think ? you think I'm a whore ?". Oh yes, we have established you are a prostitute. I am just trying to figure out your price.

This ain't anything different. Pay me few bucks and I will surrender my security to you. Then call the IT support, when my computer is running slow and acting weird. No harm to me.

about 3 months ago
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Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

nomad63 Re:Could be big if... (61 comments)

Data is king. I am willing to live with 3G, if it is really unlimited. LTE is good but for the things that require fast connections, I can wait to get home. The only allure of MVNOs nowadays is the unlimited data. I don't like to byte-count when I am mobile.

about 3 months ago
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Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

nomad63 Re:Could be big if... (61 comments)

I would buy it if it gave me unlimited free data a few minutes of talk time with prime membership. I would also finally say yes to prime. Right now I am not shopping amazon enough to justify prime as their video titles are not a deal maker or breaker for me. But if they throw a basic cell plan into the prime mix, then the balance of the scale may tip enough to convince me. But again, shopping on mobile platform is something I will never do. I prefer to open multiple screens to compare products before making any decision, regardless how inexpensive it is. This is pulling teeth hard if nothing else. and I will never be convinced to commit to it, amazon phone or otherwise.

about 3 months ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

nomad63 Re:Does it have to come from NSA ? (347 comments)

I think you didn't get what I meant. When you send a piece of email to another user on the same exchange server or some outside entity, via relay service, the information about who sent the emai, who was the intended target as well as a timestamp, gets recorded in the MS exchange database. The contents of the emails might be stored on a local PST file and might have actually been lost in a computer crash (color me skeptic but I didn't believe that BS for a second) but the so-called metadata should be somewhere on the exchange server, or backed up on a tape somewhere. If it is not, then someone is flat out lying or tampering with evidence. In every company I have been a part of, since sarbanes-oxymoron came into effect, we were required to keep our email archives for god knows how many years but definitely more than 3 or 4. Why not IRS ??

about 3 months ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

nomad63 Does it have to come from NSA ? (347 comments)

I am not a windows or MS Exchange admin but as far as I know the lost emails, refer to email contents and they are kept separately from the email header information. Unless IRS claims they have lost every worker's email for this questionable period of time (which, in and of itself is admitting guilt by hiding the truth in my opinion) they should be easy to go to a backup of MS Exchange database and pull the necessary header information. If I am required to keep a 7 years long duration of my financial records, I am sure they are keeping the same on everybody for 7 years. Why not email then ? There is an old folks' saying: The fish smells from the head. This one stunk up the whole neighborhood. Just curious how the Teflon covered president elect will slide out of this one without rolling some serious heads, maybe including his own.

about 3 months ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

nomad63 Re:Finally (519 comments)

You are a useless teacher or know one of those very closely and intimidated by this ruling. Aren't you ? Scream all you want. End of cushy teaching positions with tenure is almost over and it is long overdue... In today's economy, nobody who can't do his or her job well, don't deserve to get paid just because being there. I bet you support teacher's unions and vote democrat regardless of the issues.

about 4 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

nomad63 please buy more equipment (337 comments)

Please, but pretty-please, buy more traffic-shapers from us. Otherwise we are coming to the end of the road with nplain old network gear. We need to peddle more stuff. what a bunch of self serving idiots.

about 4 months ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

nomad63 Finally (519 comments)

Finally, a judge with common sense in the most liberal state in the country, fed by the donation of teachers' union. Wha-da-ya-know ? There still are people with integrity. I meant the judge. Take an example from him big bald governor of shame...

about 4 months ago
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In First American TV Interview, Snowden Talks Accountability and Patriotism

nomad63 If he is such a believer of constitution... (389 comments)

I have only heard the soundbites from his interview so far but looks like and he makes himself sound like he is a big proponent and believer of the US constitution. If that is the case, why doesn't he or, rather didn't he, let the constitution he believes in so much, decide his fate by staying in the US and facing the judicial system ?

Yes it is hard to fight with government but if you are right, you have a good possibility of clearing your name and becoming a true hero, not a sideline screamer like he is right now. For all I have heard about him and from him so far, he gives the impression of a self-aggrandizing, pompous-ass politician, more than anything else. And if he happens to step in to this country again, I am sure he will be charged with treason and rightfully so. He will have no way of clearing his name legally, short of US public electing an extremely socialist president and administration.

about 4 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

nomad63 Is it me or is slashdot in real decline ? (1198 comments)

This is the 3rd post I am reading today, that has nothing to do with technology other than talking about an angry geek (this particular post, other are just similar). I knew the posting quality will decline after the resignation of R. Malda, but this is becoming ridiculous lately. Is this me or other old timers are feeling the same ?

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 8.1 With Bing To Sell Cheaper Devices

nomad63 Bing is good for rewards & zeitgeist (124 comments)

I religiously visit bing for about 5 minutes daily, to get my points and see which celebrity is diddling which one or who had a fight with whom. Other than that, it might not as well exist. I am still unable to find something that can replace google. Tried duckduckgo but tomorrow, I am going back to google. Results are abysmal at best.

about 4 months ago
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Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

nomad63 Everybody sing together (310 comments)

... to the tune of Pink Floyd:

We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.

about 4 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

nomad63 Poor Cisco (damage control) (297 comments)

For this many years, NSA is employing this practice of injecting spyware code into CISCO's software/firmware and CISCO is realizing this malfeasance just today ? Gimme a break ! Get real people of CISCO. You were in cahoots with NSA, more than likely, inserting the sanctioned code into your hardware, wherever and whenever asked by the big brother. Now you are crying foul and run into the arms of Uncle Obama ? People are not that stupid as you can imagine. I can guarantee you, there are not that many people with skills of injecting a nearly undetectable routing code into a world renowned router and at the same time, work at NSA for a peanut salary paid by government. So, NSA doing this on their own with no help from CISCO is as believable as someone growing a bubble gum tree on their backyard.

about 4 months ago
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Glenn Greenwald: How the NSA Tampers With US Made Internet Routers

nomad63 And people though Huawei concerns were baseless (347 comments)

You need to be one to understand one. US, especially the international cyber security related ranks of government, were worried about the security of networks, operating on Chinese made Huawei brand routing equipment. Has anyone give it a thought "why" ? Because, they were doing the same thing to the US manufactured equipment and up until Huawei undercut Cisco prices and made inroads to the US networks, they didn't say anything. I am just laughing why people are getting so upset at this point in game. Your privacy and mine as well, is no more than a joke.

about 5 months ago
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Why Hollywood's Best Robot Stories Are About Slavery

nomad63 World would be a better place, if.... (150 comments)

The world would be better off without humans inhabiting it. No complaints about food shortage, air pollution, AI can build contraptions to to harvest energy from all possible sources, especially where there are no humans to consume some of those resources as something called food. No more wars.

Yeah, we humans are the inferior species and it is only a matter of time an AI entity will realize this and take necessary actions to eliminate human race.

about 5 months ago
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Stanford Getting Rid of $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock

nomad63 Where will this coal go after divestiture ? (208 comments)

This is an amazingly stupid approach to look good and get into the good graces of green initiative supporters. But, I am sure, they are not going to stop producing coal from those mines. They are just going to sell it to another entity, which in turn will utilize "dirtier" methods to cultivate these mines and sell the same product to the public to cause the same amount of pollution. It is just plain dumb, but again this is a university suystem with roots in the most liberal of the places, San Francisco Bay Area. Good riddance to them.

about 5 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

nomad63 Because people are complacent (482 comments)

Complacency of the subscribers is the bread and butter of the Verizon's and AT&T's of this world. Say the carrier subsidized your phone, knowing well that, at the end of the contract, they will have recouped their subsidy. And also knowing well that, you will not jump ship on the 2 years + 1 day point in time, while they are still charging you for the same rate that provided the subsidy payback to them. So, as long as you stay with the provider past your contract end, they are doing a double whammy. And most of the people fall into that category. Take me for instance, it took me a 9 months before I cancelled my service with VZW after my contract with them ended and go with Virgin Mobile. And I am a price conscious customer, who happens to be a nerd, a geek, a technologist. So, I have no excuse. If I am like that, think of the average Joe. He is hopeless and the cash cow for the carriers.

about 5 months ago
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H1-B Visas to companies in real need, not outsourcers

nomad63 Re:better yet... (4 comments)

Well, to give you an example, I came here on an H1B visa in '96 (I'm not an Indian national or look like one) via one of the worst H1B abusers and in 2 years, they hung me out to dry when they lost contracts in my area. I found a new employer on my own, who was willing to take over my H1B and they did. I was paid handsomely and was being paid as much as my US citizen counterparts were making. The thing is, that employer was clamoring to find more people like myself and getting no traction. I have brought in my 3 of my old colleagues to that company, none of which were H1B holders. So, even though it is rare, there are companies out there who has the need and who are wiling to do the work to get an H1B holder to fill their positions. But, thanks to the Indian owned outsourcer vultures, they don't get a chance to get an H1B when they need it, because, those quotas are running out 2 hours after they are issued for that year. This is rotten.

about 5 months ago
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H1-B Visas to companies in real need, not outsourcers

nomad63 Re:better yet... (4 comments)

I was going on the tangent that they really can not find any qualified candidates in their local area or anyone to relocate there, say Alaska for instance, wit not too many people to take the plunge and relocate there. As long as the need is legitimate, I have no problem with bringing in an H1B candidate. I am against Indian outsourcing firms, abusing this visa class and in turn US employers' using it to drive down the wages,

about 5 months ago
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App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

nomad63 Re:Viewpoint (161 comments)

Since you are so offended by the response, I am assuming you are in the non-college-grad crowd. Together with not being a guarantee for a grad to be better than everyone else, there is a very good chance that, it can teach the principals of critical thinking, which makes you a better analytical person in turn. And I have to agree with the post you are responding to, at a certain level. Not necessarily the college dropouts or high school students but a whole myriad of people who think they can code, but in reality can't, are the reason why there is a profession called Information Systems Security. Why, because those who can't code but still do, open up the floodgates to all the malfeasance of the internet. Who do you think coded the application, which lead to stealing of millions of credit card numbers from Target stores, not too long ago ? I bet dollars to your pocket lint, it was a so-called programmer, who had no business coding the leaky application. Most probably a "java guru" working for equivalent of $5/hr in an office building, in some sordid corner of Mumbai, India, who has a shiny CS diploma hanging on the wall behind him or her.

about 5 months ago

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H1-B Visas to companies in real need, not outsourcers

nomad63 nomad63 writes  |  about 5 months ago

nomad63 (686331) writes "When was the last time you have seen an H1-B sponsored worker, working directly at a company like Facebook, Microsoft or Google ? And all of these companies cry to uncle Sam about not being able to find any qualified candidates for filling up positions. For some reason, it doesn't add up. They can find the candidates but they don't want to do the work necessary to find them. If there is a real need, a seat really needs to be filled out but goes empty for a while, why not invest few thousand dollars with your legal team and hire the person directly, sponsoring his or her H1-B ? The picture is quite the opposite in my opinion. The seat is actually full or can be filled very easily, albeit, they want to fill it cheaper. And the H1-B regulation clearly states, they can not use this to drive the salaries of US personnel down, i.e., these people should be offered compensation in line with the industry average. And why pay 50% more for the same person to an outsourcer but not to the person who deserves it ? What service does these Tatas and Infosyses are providing to the actual employers other than being glorified book keepers ? Isn't it time to kick outsourcers to the curb and give the jobs to those who actually deserve it and pay accordingly ?"
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Wouldn't un-bundling be beneficial for cable companies and consumers

nomad63 nomad63 writes  |  about 10 months ago

nomad63 (686331) writes "I am ging to go out on a limb here, although the limb is not so thin. Everyone including their mothers, want unbundled cable TV service from their service providers. I was wondering who benefits from the bundling services. I mean other than the cable service providers. The only answer that I can think of, is the networks that no one wants to watch but subscribe to anyway, because, well, they come in the bundle. I took and inventory of my TV watching while sorting out a service dispute with my current landlord in the past two months. Other than the broadcast channels, which I can easily live without I realized, I want very few channels disposable to me, Likes of TBS, TNT, ESPN, SyFy Channel, A&E, AMC and few others that I can count with my two hands' fingers. I am willing to pay their subscription fees if offered individually and don't go anywhere beyond those channels as far as my subscription goes. The small guys, I mean the likes of baby channel or style channel gets screwed because of the people like me. Well, welcome to America, the land of the free enterprise. If anyone needs these services, they pay what you will ask them for your services. They are free to accept your offer or you wither and die. Free market economy at its best in my opinion. if this unbundling gets implemented, I am sure a lot of so called cable cutters will return as paying customers rather than leeching the shows from not-so-legal channels. Why are the cable companies are being so stagnant about not even test driving this schema in some markets ? Don'r say greed because, greed can get them so far. In the advent of the internet, they know their days are numbered. There must be some other reason, but can't put my finger on it."
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How do you deal with IT recruiters contacting you

nomad63 nomad63 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nomad63 (686331) writes "Recently, I decided to expand my horizons and see if there are any greener pastures out there and refreshed my resume on a prominent tech jobs website [dice.com] and made it searchable. It has been about 10 days and I am getting phone calls and emails, to no end, from unscrupulous recruiters, who obviously took no time of theirs to go through my resume but run it through some basic keyword search. I have over 20 years experience in trenches and there are very few things that I didn't touch. So, you can imagine the hit rate on my resume. Now, my question is, I know one day, when things at my current position is not so rosy, I may or will need one or more of these recruiters and it is a good practice to forge good relations instead of pissing them off. But some job descriptions I am getting are so not me, it makes my blood boil, knowing these people are not willing to invest any time on me but only after the commission they are going to make and expecting me to do the leg-work for them. How do you deal with these recruiters who has no respect for your time ? Just ignore them or let them know that you are onto their game, or even writing back to them in a not-so-nice way to let them know they are bordering scam artistry ? I want to know fellow IT workers' opinions about this, as I am sure, I am not the only one on this boat."
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Creating an RFID finder/reader on the cheap

nomad63 nomad63 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nomad63 (686331) writes "I am a cheap guy at heart and do not like to spend money on the things I am going to use once or twice in my life and this is one of those situations. I have lost my US passport after I came back from my last international trip 3 months ago. We all know, all the new passports have RFID chips in them nowadays and mine is a pretty new passport. I know it is somewhere in my house but my memory is not what it used to be. If only I have a detector, which indicates the proximity to an RFID chip so that I can concentrate my search efforts in those areas. I have tried to locate commercially available products on the cheap, but anything portable starts in the range of several hundred dollars. I am wondering, if I can cobble up something to detect presence of and RFID chip, from some cheap components, preferably cheaper than a replacement passport costing around $100. I do not need the content of the RFID chip but if it comes with the package, that would be a nice fringe benefit."
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Looking for poor man's touch screen computing

nomad63 nomad63 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nomad63 (686331) writes "Recently, I found myself in need of a touch screen computer for my aging mom. She is not capable of navigating the web browser using neither cursor keys nor any sort of pointing device that I could come up with and I tried anything and everything from trackballs to mouse to touch pads. Her mind is not accepting the coordination of arrow on the screen and any of the keyboard/mouse devices. Last month, at a big box retailer, I asked her to see the 24 inch HP touch screen. And she was more comfortable navigating that one. Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to spend upwards of a thousand dollars for one of these devices at this time of my life. I tried google and few other futile search engines but come up with nothing and I was wondering if there are any hacks to accomplish the poor man's touchscreen computer out in the wild, suitable for a 19-21 inch regular LCD display, which will not cost me a small fortune. Right now I am focusing on Windows but Linux compatibility is a strong desire."

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