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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

nwf Re:or 2 competing providers before an area loses P (449 comments)

Sounds like comcast. We got a few business phone lines from comcast where I work, and none were usable for fax, alarm panels, modems or anything. We canceled because they couldn't even understand why there could even be a problem in theory. Voice works, so everything must work!

At my house, Verizon stopped providing POTS phone service ages ago. VoIP phone is all they offer now, and while better, it's still not very good.

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

nwf Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

Addon to protip: Any type of bread product works, especially in combination with milk, to quench the fire. I also like extraordinarily spicy food, but I don't want it to linger more than a few minutes.

Protip: you can temporary relive yourself of the heat with bread and fat, but it comes out hot later. :)

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

nwf Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

I don't really like it when I can taste black pepper. It's not really hot, just bad tasting. I use cayenne in place of black pepper. You don't need much, and it tastes much better.

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

nwf Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

I agree, but why do we call it Umani when none of the other ones have fancy foreign names? It's "savory" or glutamate. I guess people just like sounding trendy.

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

nwf Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

Wow, that's definitely a fear of heat by the parents. I feed my toddler Heinz ketchup, cinnamon, garlic (in stuff) and taco meat. He loves it! He'll have to be much older to try jalapenos, though. I eat them on nachos all the time, but that's about as hot as I'll go.

I remember in college we had a Thai place that would make their dishes on a scale of 0-10 on heat. My friend got a 10 one day. I ate one small bite and had enough. I usually got a 3 or 4. Then there are places like Pei Wei, a chain "asian" place that warns that some dishes as hot. I honestly can't even tell when I get one of the 'hot" ones and a normal one. I think Americans are generally pretty wimpy when it comes to spicy food.

about three weeks ago
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Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

nwf Re:Diebold (150 comments)

That was my first guess. My bank uses them, and they are absolutely amazing in terms of completely uninformed user interface design. They've upgraded them over the years and are a little better, but they are just terrible to use physically and electronically. Not really related to hacking, other than by the fact they just don't care about making a quality product.

about three weeks ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

nwf Re:That's capitalism. (710 comments)

And that is different from how we would expect her to approach a male engineer she was trying to ensnare exactly how?

Why is it that a woman "ensnares" a man? Have men no self-control? Or is male infantile sexuality simply "the law of gravity" as you seem to claim in OP?

I think for many men it is a "law". Self control in the US is declining in general, and many men didn't have much to begin with, particularly when culture encourages such behavior. Everyone wants to blame someone else for their failures, anyway. It's a convergence of a society not valuing self control nor personal responsibility. It's only like not worse because it's politically incorrect.

Disclaimer: I'm a man, but I see this all the time, everywhere.

about a month ago
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Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

nwf Re:darn. (264 comments)

We had a rental car with Ford Sync for two weeks. It's nothing like simple or intuitive. I write software for a living, and I can't imagine what went through the Sync developers' heads. It's a colossal of usability, speed, efficiency, intuition, and functionality. While Ford is dropping Microsoft, they can't replace it too soon. I need a new car, and I explicitly won't get anything with Ford Sync or the BMW iDrive which is less crappy, but still junk but easier to use.

about a month and a half ago
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How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

nwf Re:Cutting any recurring bill (206 comments)

You said the magic words, "I want to cancel my (TV/Internet/Phone, etc.). Nothing fets their attention like the word cancel. Always at least threaten to cancel before quitting a service.

I did that with Comcast because they couldn't get me more than 256 kbps download speeds. They don't care. I cancelled and moved to Verizon, but at least I had choices. Threatened to cancel Verizon too after their rep completely lied to me. They didn't care. I finally reported them to the BBB, which did get some action.

Basically, even canceling doesn't concern them. They know you'll be back or it just isn't worth it to make it work for you. I still get two mailings from Comcast per week that go right into the recycle bin. I tried to drop phone service, but their "double play" packages were like $5 less than having the phone. Plus, event their crappy VoIP solution sounds 100 times better then the best cell phone.

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

nwf Re:Professional Email Address (149 comments)

Yes, because anyone who doesn't think like you is biased. Sure there are exceptions to any rule, but it works most of the time. How else are you going to sort through 1000 resumes for 1 posting but to use heuristics? Nothing is perfect, get over it.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

nwf Re:Professional Email Address (149 comments)

If I'm hiring for a position in the fashion industry, then I may very well check out what clothes they are wearing. Same for someone wanting a job in the tech industry. An applicant with an aol.com or yahoo.com says they just aren't serious about their profession. If they are applying to be a secretary, then indeed, I could care less what their email address domain is.

about 2 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

nwf Re: No (627 comments)

Yes, using bad analogies is like cutting a tree down with a fish.

about 2 months ago
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Old cellphones, in my household ...

nwf Re:James Bond's Phone (171 comments)

I've got an old Startac somewhere, I think. It was quite a great phone in it's day. Sounded better than any phone today, long battery life and had a great belt clip that was actually useful. I think I have an old palm phone in my office drawer somewhere, too. That was a piece of crap.

about 2 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

nwf Re:Pffft (723 comments)

Indeed. Where I live, we have tons of snow plows and salt. We maybe need it 10-15 days a year. So in three years, we don't use our equipment about as little as they give for justifying why they don't have them. That's the dumbest justification I've seen. Most places that have snow removal equipment don't use them very often, but they aren't dumb enough to hope that things will just work out. If you know you get snow every three years or so, that sounds like enough justification to purchase equipment. Down there you could get buy with some large tanker trucks to brine the streets before hand. This greatly reduces the chance of icing, even if you aren't going to plow. It comes down to: equipment is expensive and we just don't want to buy it.

about 3 months ago
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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

nwf Re:And (437 comments)

The problem with some features, is that they add weight to the car. I don't want to pay for gas to truck around 20 lbs of crap I can't use. I can't imagine cruise control takes much to make it work with computerized cars (software having little mass), but something like a seat heater would. I'm already hesitant to buy a new car with all the crappy "infotainment" systems that pretty much all suck and generally aren't updated.

about 3 months ago
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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

nwf Re:Obligatory Trainspotting (692 comments)

Why waste 45 minutes interviewing for a developer position at a place that doesn't use version control?

Well, I would follow up by asking whether I'm being hired to fix that - senior dev jobs often include that sort of thing. That being said, I once left a job after two weeks (well, two weeks after an internal transfer) because the group insisted on using Rational Rose. I've since asked about that on every phone interview, so as not to waste my time in person if they're that silly.

Indeed, and one of my first tasks at one job was to implement version control. They just never got around to it. That's presumably why they are hiring: they need help, otherwise, no opening.

about 3 months ago
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Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve

nwf Re:Good. Attics & closets waste $30 bulbs. Dim (767 comments)

You could still purchase halogen bulbs and these new more efficient incandescent bulbs, e.g. uses 53 watts for the output of a 75 watt bulb.

about 3 months ago
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Target Admits Data Breach May Have Up To 110 Million Victims

nwf Re:Bad Math? (213 comments)

The summary says "had increased from 40 million to 70 million", but the title of this post says 110 million. I note that 40 + 70 = 110, so I think somebody parsed it wrong.

Probably the people who wrote the obamacare web site.

about 3 months ago
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Target Admits Data Breach May Have Up To 110 Million Victims

nwf Re:They declined me ... (213 comments)

Target declined me for a credit card in August and wouldn't tell me why either and I still don't know, so I guess that was a "Good Thing".

[True story!]

If you write to them, I'm pretty sure they are required to tell you. Plus, you can get free copies of your credit reports as a result.

No loss, though. I had one of their CCs and their customer support was so amazingly inept that I cancelled out of frustration. I've never dealt with a CC company with such pathetic customer support. It makes me mad just thinking about it. I can only imagine how well they handled a massive amount of fraud on their cards. Good thing their support is in India or people would have liked showed up with baseball bats.

about 3 months ago
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Target Admits Data Breach May Have Up To 110 Million Victims

nwf Re:Lots of class actions (213 comments)

That's a lot of data, though....

It's bet it's less than 1% of what traverses their network every day. If they are using hadoop for marketing purposes, I'd guess all the CC information for every account in the US is a drop in the bucket in comparison. I'd further bet it compresses well, as does most text, making it the size of a few nice digital pictures of cats.

about 3 months ago

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Righthaven's lawyers target of State Bar investiga

nwf nwf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nwf (25607) writes "Ars Technica reports that three of the company's lawyers, including CEO Steve Gibson, are the subject of a Nevada State Bar investigation. Details of the inquiry aren't public, but judges have been blasting Righthaven's legal team so strongly in court that the move is hardly a surprise."
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iPhone SDK Available ... Almost

nwf nwf writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nwf (25607) writes "Apple has apparently release the iPhone SDK although the site seems to be having some availability issues at the moment, perhaps posting here will help!

From their site:

Standard Program $99
The Standard Program is for developers who are creating free and commercial applications for iPhone and iPod touch.
Enterprise Program $299
The Enterprise Program is for developers who are creating proprietary, in-house applications for iPhone and iPod touch.

Apparently, it's US only for now."

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