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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing?

nomad63 Late to respond to my own posting (250 comments)

But better late than never. Few years ago, someone in the wise US government, approved that, poor people on government provided health insurance plans can get the little blue boner pills on the taxpayers' dime. Now getting access to free porn, they are closing the loop, making everyone happy :)

about three weeks ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

nomad63 Free Broadband for Public Housing in NYC Sought (289 comments)

Earlier this week, the NY Times reported that a group of city and leaders, with NYC public advocate Letitia James at the helm, are pushing for a commitment from Comcast to provide free broadband to the city’s public housing and to extend its low-cost Internet Essentials plan (which was created as a condition of the NBC deal). While New York City might be the center of finance and commerce in the U.S., about 1/3 of households don’t have an Internet connection, highlighting the huge “digital divide” between the city’s wealthy residents and those who can’t afford broadband service.In addition to the free service for public housing, the group wants gratis access at shelters for the city’s homeless and its victims of domestic violence.

Looks like, after our tax dollars have been providing little blue pills to the less fortunate, now they are closing the loop by providing free access to pr0n as well. Must be very good to have that "Mission Accomplished" feeling.

about three weeks ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

nomad63 Get over it! You're being tracked (289 comments)

Okay, if you are living in a false sense of privacy, while you spend your every waking moment surfing the net, you are in denial and seek professional help. For those of you who somehow accepted the fact that you are being tracked, I have one question: Who do you want tracking you ? Google, Micro$oft or Facebook ? These are the 3 major players in tracking as they have tentacles reaching to the far corners of the net and combination of their forces, probably cover 90% of all pages available on the net, if not more. So, do you trust your data to a proven evil-doer, Microsoft, or to a young hotshot called Zuckerberg, who blatantly bragged to his friends "you just ask and they give their personal info to you" when he was just starting the Facebook, or to Google ? I personally prefer Google. Yes it would be nice if we were not tracked at all but that ship has sailed long time ago. Now, we need to fend ourselves against lesser of evil and this is Google for me. The information I give in return of free services of theirs I use, is far more in my favor comapred to any other entity on the Net.

about 1 month ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

nomad63 Do we really need to hear this from someone (293 comments)

I mean c'mon. They make money exploiting workers from India, making them work for peanuts, dangling a green card in front of them. I am sharing a cubicle with one of these folks and he is making 2/3 of what I make doing the same shit I am doing. Guess where the remaining 1/3 is going to. It doesn't need rocket science to understand how these outfits are meking their money. The bad thing is, Facebooks and Microsofts of the American economy is pressing for laxation of the H1B visa quotas. And we end up with ass hole of companies like Infosys and Tata Consulting, stealing jobs from American workers. A real pity. I hope the politicians will get the heads out of the asses of these companies and think about the people they are representing for a change.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

nomad63 Yeah right ! (299 comments)

You can equate the experience of a soldier calculating the mortar trajectory with a handheld computer of some sort, to the experience in managing a virtual infrastructure. In the same way of thinking, since I am driving a car, I should be no problem getting employment as an engineer in automotive industry, overseeing the design and manufacturing. Right ? Hold on a second. I can barely change a tire. That is why I pay AAA. I have no mechanical aptitude what-so-ever. How can you expect anyone who knows how to hold a computer and punch few letters and numbers into it to be an IT expert after their service time ? This is the same mentality, who SIC'ed the ex-military people in the ranks of IT management and their thinking was, they decide fast under pressure. Yeah ! I can decide fast too, if you don't mind 50% of those decisions to be on the wrong side. Don't get me wrong. I support the armed forces and contribute money to causes supporting veterans regularly, but assuming all of those people will translate into IT because of their past experience in the armed forces is putting too much stock into a label, without actually hearing what is coming out of ones mouth. Jeeez...

about a month and a half ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

nomad63 Color me selfish (652 comments)

Color me selfish and flame me if you will, but as an American citizen, why would I care to solve the whole world's energy problem from my hard earned tax dollars. I don't even know if I will be alibe by 2035, as I am expected to be in my 70s if I haven't kicked the bucket. I don't have any children to leave the world as a better place for. So, why would I pay more taxes so that some dude in a lab can spend money that he didn't work for, in the name of renewable energy research while my quality of life diminishes. Sorry about being selfish but self preservation is the most basic human instinct.

about a month and a half ago
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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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago

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Free Broadband For NYC Public Housing Sought

nomad63 nomad63 writes  |  about three weeks ago

nomad63 (686331) writes "Earlier this week, the NY Times reported that a group of city and leaders, with NYC public advocate Letitia James at the helm, are pushing for a commitment from Comcast to provide free broadband to the city’s public housing and to extend its low-cost Internet Essentials plan (which was created as a condition of the NBC deal). While New York City might be the center of finance and commerce in the U.S., about 1/3 of households don’t have an Internet connection, highlighting the huge “digital divide” between the city’s wealthy residents and those who can’t afford broadband service.In addition to the free service for public housing, the group wants gratis access at shelters for the city’s homeless and its victims of domestic violence.

Looks like, after our tax dollars have been providing little blue pills to the less fortunate, now they are closing the loop by providing free access to pr0n as well. Must be very good to have that "Mission Accomplished" feeling."
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H1-B Visas to companies in real need, not outsourcers

nomad63 nomad63 writes  |  about 6 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  |  1 year,1 day

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  |  about 3 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 5 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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