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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

omnichad Re:None of them, absolutely none. (674 comments)

I don't think MTP is such a bad idea. It lets Android use ext2 without breaking USB connectivity with Windows. What would you suggest for the masses?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

omnichad Re:Logitech MX510? (674 comments)

Don't remind me. I loved my Performance Mouse MX until I hit this problem. Couldn't justify replacing it for the price.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

omnichad Re:Kinesis Advantage Keyboard (674 comments)

How does that compare to the newer Microsoft Natural Keyboard? I won't give up on a split keyboard, but I might consider a new one. The key labels on the MS Natural Keyboard wear out too fast. I don't need them, but it doesn't look nice with worn labels.

How much typing force is needed? How easy is it to clean? How quiet is it?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

omnichad Re:CRT televisions (674 comments)

Why does my TV need to boot anyway?

Most TVs run firmware of some sort. Even CRT. The newer CRT TVs did not have a physical dial for changing channels, they display channel numbers on screen, and they even have a few menu options. Guess what runs that?

It sounds like you're not buying good LCD TVs.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

omnichad Re:Consoles (674 comments)

For about $7 on eBay you can get a replacement cartridge connector (not OEM). Maybe you've already done that.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

omnichad Re:My toilet (674 comments)

Works better when you hook it up to your home water supply.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

omnichad Re:Pfsense (98 comments)

nobody would recommend deploying it on ARM in 2014

Guess they were wrong on one point.

3 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

omnichad Re:Rewarding the bullies... (791 comments)

Yes. Months after it had gone on completely unchecked. And all of it was based around the victim's lawbreaking.

3 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

omnichad Re:Rewarding the bullies... (791 comments)

Any form of sanction that separates the students or gives some threat of consequence.

3 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

omnichad Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (267 comments)

They had advantages when they were calibrated. But for operational speed, a UI that was designed for fat-fingering is probably the actual revolution rather than the screen itself. I guess pinch to zoom and one finger 2D scrolling is a part of that as well. So it's more a capacitive screen tied with all the UI tools to use it effectively. Have to hand it to Apple, they did it first.

3 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

omnichad Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (267 comments)

I think the accuracy of capacitive is inherently better. Plus, since the screen isn't inset behind a bevel, it's much easier to get at the edges of the screen.

3 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

omnichad Re:Rewarding the bullies... (791 comments)

ensuring that the other side cannot continue the fight. That does work.

Sure it does. It's called bullying.

3 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

omnichad Re:ob Henry Ford (267 comments)

Their dressings are made by Newman's Own. Not bad stuff. Not particularly "real" but almost nobody's using anything but shelf-stable dressings. The primary ingredient on the list is water, so the dressing is somewhat thin.

4 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

omnichad Re:ob Henry Ford (267 comments)

I'd like to see that too. They just haven't come out with many that taste very good.

I go to McDonalds when I don't have time to prepare something and I don't want to spend too much on convenience. I often use that an excuse to eat bad food, but it's far from the only reason to go.

They're also really bad at marketing those options as flavorful foods. In researching my reply, I see that they have a pretty good looking southwest chicken salad. Probably lacking in heat, but that's only a minor complaint...

What's annoying is the perception that salad is the only kind of food that qualifies as healthy.

4 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

omnichad Re:Rewarding the bullies... (791 comments)

So you're not really looking for an end to anything. You actually want to perpetuate this...

4 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

omnichad Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (267 comments)

To be honest, I think capacitive touch is what made tablets and smartphones take off. Nothing else had a bigger impact for me. I did use a PDA with a stylus for a couple years in college. It was just a toy. Just not good enough to be taken seriously.

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

omnichad Re:Rewarding the bullies... (791 comments)

You mean like dressing too sexily? You're a sick individual and you need mental help.

4 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

omnichad Re:WTF?? (791 comments)

does not apply because not all of those present were committing a crime

I don't know... Being complicit in the face of something like this and doing nothing about it - especially the teacher, should be considered accessory to assault. Maybe not legally, but logically.

4 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

omnichad Re:WTF?? (791 comments)

In their opinion, it wasn't destruction of evidence - since it wasn't valid evidence (fruit of the poisoned tree). But they aren't judges, and they really can't make that call. Too bad the judges made the wrong call too - a recording at a public school is public, not private.

4 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

omnichad Re:WTF?? (791 comments)

Because using antiquated wiretapping laws to prevent citizens from recording the actions of police is a rather favorite interest of the police these days

Motive to be corrupt, sure. But wiretapping laws aren't really antiquated, just shouldn't be applicable. The recording took place in a public school where there is no expectation of privacy. Even in a private run-in with police, they are public servants and working in their official capacity, and almost everything they do ends up in the public record. A recording of police at work should be no different.

4 days ago

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Huge Twitter Campaign against Outlook '10 renderer

omnichad omnichad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

omnichad writes "The Email Standards Project just launched a massive Twitter campaign, begging Microsoft not to use the Word rendering engine in Outlook 2010. As it stands, Word 2010 will continue the tradition of painful HTML email design for those of us who create HTML emails for a living. Another several years of tables and almost no CSS support."
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Is "Card On File" Even Allowed Under PCI D

omnichad omnichad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

omnichad writes "I am working on a new payment system for my employer. We would like to allow the customer to keep the "Card on File" for future service. How can we make charges against the card on file if the PCI DSS Standard explicitly forbids storing the CVV or CVV2 codes from the card?

How is it that GoDaddy, Amazon, iTunes, Paypal and all the rest are able to do this? Are they violating the PCI specification? Or is there another way of processing a transaction without the CVV codes? Dish Network kept my card on file so that they could charge my cancellation fee directly to my credit card. Note that I'm not just talking about recurring billing as a monthly fee — although that would also fit under the same umbrella."

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