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What is your computer most often plugged into?

pr0fessor Re:UPS (138 comments)

I used to do tech support for a computer manufacture... there was a storm and the power went out now my pc doesn't power on or won't boot was a fairly common call.

I went to a website I shouldn't have and it changed the home page, what do I do? My parents will be home soon and my Dad will ground me until I'm in college, was also fairly common call. I always want to reply with "I'm sorry, you probably won't get into college... unless it's a community college or you get sports scholarship."

2 days ago
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CERN Releases LHC Data

pr0fessor Re:Nuclear weapons? (41 comments)

My younger brother joined Mensa while in college... he likes to make fun of them. He is the kind of guy that will pose the dumbest thing he can think of in the most intelligent manner just to see how many people will take it seriously... I've seen him make professors and high school teachers doubt they knew what the subjects they were teaching. I know that is kind of jerk thing to do but it is so funny.

2 days ago
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CERN Releases LHC Data

pr0fessor Re:Looking closely (41 comments)

He's the one in the hat... oh wait, that's Waldo.

2 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

pr0fessor Re:wont last (267 comments)

Walmart is generally cheaper than other stores where I live by a large margin as for online... depends what and how much you are getting and whether you can wait for it to ship.

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

pr0fessor Re:From Experience (541 comments)

I got good grades in school, was never geeky, and I did flirt with a shy nerdy girl because I wanted her to help me get caught up on classes after spending a few weeks in the hospital... and then pretended to still need her help after I had caught back up before I finally asked her out.

I'm guessing that would be what the non-geeky boys do.

2 days ago
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Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

pr0fessor Re:Not a jet pack (53 comments)

I thought it would be able to bypass traffic and get a first responder on the ground in a much shorter time even in an urban environment, when 3 or 4 minutes could be the difference between life or death. They may not be able to evacuate an injured person but they should be able to attempt to stabilize an injured person. {the article doesn't really mention lift capacity but I imagine it would have to be able to take some basic supplies}

3 days ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

pr0fessor Re:Wow ... (297 comments)

Which regulations? Where I live drivers need a commercial driver's license which cost the same as a regular license.. everything else is fairly standard, vehicles have to be inspected, have insurance, and be registered just like any other business or personal vehicle. The business of course need a tax ID and they have to pay taxes.

4 days ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

pr0fessor Re:Wow ... (297 comments)

Well if the reports of them promoting using an escort service are untrue then it's actionable, otherwise they should have known they would have had some backlash and outrage especially from the media. Now if they attack the media directly smearing the personal lives of journalists chances are it would be even worse for them than the journalist.

As a company anything they do that offends a large enough number of people is going to get covered, and the more often they do it the more the press is going to watch them.

4 days ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

pr0fessor Re:Which says what? (276 comments)

Well the thing about certifications are memorization, some people can memorize a large volume of information for a short period of time with no real understanding of the subject. I aced history in high school, I would read chapters from the textbook the night before and ace tests but not retain any information. The teacher accused me of cheating but was even more disappointed when he found out I wasn't actually cheating and how I did it.

I've worked with plenty of fresh out school kids with degrees and certs that they got mostly by memorization. They end up learning on the job.

5 days ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

pr0fessor Re:If at first you don't succeed... (262 comments)

I think it was Diablo 2 {it was one of the Diablo games} I took back to the store because it had a visible defect on a couple of the discs that kept it from being read. The guy told me they couldn't refund it but he would exchange it... which was fine because I wanted to play the game.

He exchanged it for me and I opened it at the counter and inspected the discs only to find some of them also had the same defect. He opened four boxes for me to find all the disc needed for the game with out the defect.

This isn't really the same thing, it would probably be harder to get them to refund it for bad code.

about a week ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

pr0fessor Re:Bah (458 comments)

Certifications aren't required either... you could have started as a tech grub for an ISP or computer manufacture and worked your way up with only on the job training.

At no point have I ever had anyone say to me "Isn't your degree in applied arts? How can you know that without a CS degree?"

The company I work for employs fewer people with degrees than people with extensive experience.

about two weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

pr0fessor Re:Videophones (206 comments)

Really my teenager and his friends use facetime, all the time...

about two weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

pr0fessor Re:If he's right, (206 comments)

a predominantly video Facebook guarantees it will NOT be user-created.

I already see a lot of video status updates posted by users... oh look you took video snippit instead of a photo... not that I care to see everything your cat, dog, or kid does that you think is cute...

about two weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

pr0fessor Re:Video isn't hard now (206 comments)

I'm not particularly found of facebook but I have a lot of friends that use it and the younger ones tend to post a lot of short video rambles instead of text.

Really a 20 second video from your iphone about riding in the car and something funny happened, but you didn't catch it on video and all we see is your face?!?!?!?

Will it eventually replace the text on a status update maybe, it already has for some people.

about two weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

pr0fessor Re:Getting trolled (716 comments)

I don't know but I have heard of assaults where only the perpetrator was aware of a perceived real world acquaintance.

about two weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

pr0fessor Re:Getting trolled (716 comments)

How many teenage boys make jokes about shooting up a school every day? (if you're really wondering, it's pretty much all of them)

Teenage boys don't send threats like that to the school everyday, I would know my teenage boys would never be in class, because they send the kids home or evacuate the building if it's a bomb threat. Usually when they catch them they give them big a slap on the wrist with some probation and make them get an evaluation.

They might jokingly text it to their friends.. but that's not the same.

about two weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

pr0fessor Re:Getting trolled (716 comments)

A week from now if someone does follow through on the threats is it still a joke? Seriously, sometimes threats do get carried out.

about two weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

pr0fessor Re:Wait.. (716 comments)

It's a felony in some states including mine sadly battery is only a misdemeanor. You would think that punching someone's lights out would have a harsher penalty than saying you will.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

pr0fessor Re:What's the range? (150 comments)

Unless you are trying to not leave any traces a sheet-rock knife could cut a new door between hotel rooms and in just a few seconds. Some doors are sturdier but most doors are really easy to kick open just like in the movies. Windows are easy to break also. Most door locks are more of a suggestion than an actual security feature.

about three weeks ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

pr0fessor Re:Boys are naturally curious... (608 comments)

I think CS should be a core class in high school and required for everyone at least two years worth, four would be better. I say this because computers are so integrated into our lives that not having more than the most basic understanding could be very limiting. Then after high school if a girl wants to go into CS she will already know if she has the aptitude and desire to do so, naysayers be damned.

about a month ago

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