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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

puto Re:Pft (962 comments)

I agree with you. I am open to what every sexuality you are. Brianna Wu is a transexual. And while she might be a man in woman's body, she has no cause no reason to speak on a natural woman's harassment in the workplace. Because in reality the majority of the population sees her as a dude in a dress. She has never experienced life as a woman who looks like a woman, who has been harassed as a woman, and her taking up a womans cause is not noble, it is attention whoring.

about two weeks ago
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FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

puto Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (128 comments)

I fly internationally and nationally quite a bit, and I work for a major cell co in the US. The majority of the people I see on planes using their phones are young kids and entitled soccer moms.

about a month ago
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BlackBerry Back In Profit

puto Re:Outside of North America (67 comments)

Really? In Colombia Blackberries are going the way of the dodo. Cheap androids, iphones, and windows mobiles are the norm. The only people you really see with blackberries are people who have bought them off of Mercado Libre. A big clue in all of latin america is that I would say 80 percent of the people who have a blackberry have it for show and do not have a data plan, and just use them for plain text. I would also say this goes for Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina. Even when I was working between those countries in 2010-2011 blackberries were dropping in share. You also have to realize that people in Latin America will keep an iphone or an android in one pocket, and a blackberry or cheap phone in the other. They only haul out the expensive one when they are relatively safe.

about a month ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

puto Re: Brand identity (209 comments)

Beats is a marginal product sold at an inflated price because it was lauded by Dr. Dre and people think it will make them seem cooler by wearing large gaudy headphones with Beats inscribed on them, when the same quality can be had for 20 bucks. As for as streaming, Beats is about 5 years late to the game.

about a month and a half ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

puto Re:WTF Is "Dead"? (243 comments)

revionist history, check phonescoop.com. that nokia has been smaller and lighter than all the iphones released.

about 3 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

puto Re:Rich(er) than you ludite here (243 comments)

I carry a almost three year old Samsung Galaxy S2, with an extra large battery. I can 3 days out of it, and also use it as a mobile hotspot, and even do most of my internet stuff I need to from the phone. I like not having three devices when one does all.

about 3 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

puto Re:It's All About The Data Plan (243 comments)

You are giing misinformation. 1. A large number of Verizons phones do not have sim cards due to them being CDMA in nature. 2. When a GSM, CDMA phone hits the network can request the IMEI and match the make and model on the phone automagically and most networks(especially where I work) will then place a data plan on device and then text the customer what has happened. I was recently using an unlocked HTC phone in Colombia, and it quit working and advised me to go by the local Claro office. I went in and they looked up my account and because the network had identified the phone as a model it did not support, it stopped all services. I put the sim card in an unlocked S2 and all was fine. At my employer when you call in, I can tell exactly what phone you are on, even though the one registered in the system is completely different.

about 3 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

puto Re:Except in the US (664 comments)

You have some pretty shitty logic working for ya bub. US carriers have had a blacklist for almost 2 years. And if a phone is stolen, people are not expected to get a replacement? If a phone is stolen, whether it works or not, the owner should not replace it? You have also not lived in the rest of the world. I am a citizen of spain, the us, Colombia, and Panama, I can drag a stolen phone to the other countries I am a citizien of, and have it work, or buy a stolen phone and it will not be blacklisted.

about 3 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

puto Re:frosty piss (664 comments)

I work for one of the largest cell carriers in the US as a tech manager. So when I am not managing my troops, I am taking escalated calls from angry customers who just have to speak to a manager. 99.9 percent of my stolen "you need to find my iphone calls" are people who have left it in a bar, in a cafe, in a cab, in starbucks, etc, so they consider it stolen... And when I ask if they had the find my iphone app, they say "arent you supposed to do that".

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

puto Re:I'm not worried about poor students (390 comments)

I am a natural born US citizen of Colombian heritage. My first degree was a double major of Information Systems/General Business and a minor in Philosophy. I got it in the US, at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana in 1992. My tuition, meal ticket, apartment, insurance, and spending money was 4,000 us a semester. 1500 hundred was covered by grants, and the rest was me waiting tables and bartending. My second degree was in economics in Colombia at a private university. 2000 was the year and my tuition was about 1200 USD a semester. Just for tuition. I worked for the university in the computer science department and was a sub ESL teacher, and so my tuition was waived. I also had a wild hair and studied law for a bit a public university but al fin no me llamo la atencion. I have worked in Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico. The company I worked for specialized in letting computer science majors do their internships and then hired the best of the best. In the US students tend to work while in school. In Latin America some do, but the majority do not. It is almost a insult to suggest to a Latin American student that they have an after school job. Not too mention the 18-20 year old grown men not being able to cook, wash clothes, and basically take care of themselves without being under their mothers skirts. Sure some of the best unis in Latin America, are state run. In Colombia only the best of the best get into them. In the US many people can go to a community college, then to a public uni etc. But people like to get grants, loans, stay in school forever, live beyond their means, and accumulate debt. It is not the school systems fault but the individual students. You can go to an inexpensive school, work full or part time, or you can ride the government teat and run up huge loans. No one signs the papers but you.

about 3 months ago
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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

puto Re:Yay for government!!! (139 comments)

I will say this on my public account. I work for AT&T for the last year all you have to do is call customer service, we can see the phone was originally on your account and we can blacklist it, 30 seconds. And company policy no rep would have told you it was on another account, be it pay as you go or post paid.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

puto Re:Physical security? (374 comments)

Really, I am Colombian citizen and Colombia is a country where people tend to steal your shoes if they are not tied tightly to your feet. Third world denizens tend to carry their expensive equipment in their hands as a show of wealth, and they get marked and the phones are easily stolen. I lived on and off in Colombia for years with expensive phones and never got them stolen. Why? I do not use them on the bus, the bar, or in the street. Stop using your smartphone as a status symbol in public.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

puto Re:Why do they need to unlock it? (465 comments)

I agree with the analogy fail, but if the Ipad is not removed from the mothers account, reset or not, then it is useless even if it is reset, because without being removed they cannot link it to another account to buy apps/content/ or use all of Apples whizbang features.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

puto Re:Why do they need to unlock it? (465 comments)

That is like saying my mother passed and while she bequeathed me her possessions she didnt explicitly say what I was left in her safety deposit box, so I only get the box and the bank gets the rest. Even if they do reset it that IPAD is going to be linked to their mothers .me/Icloud account and and so any imessages or Apple specific services that the heirs want to use, will be linked to their mothers account, and therefore not usable. Because unless it is removed from the moms account, they cannot link it with their own. So, they cannot have full use of it without access to the account/device.

about 5 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

puto Re:Erm, the 3DS (559 comments)

Really? I just found about 50 games that are multiplayer, including nights of the old republic... Of course in my day my parents held conversations with me in public...

about 6 months ago
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GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

puto Re:Score: -1, Flamebait (359 comments)

Iphone 4 Antennae issue, at first they denied it, then they said you were holding it wrong, then they sent you a rubber bumper for it instead of replacing it....

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Remotely Deleted Tor From Windows Machines To Stop Botnet

puto Re:Not sure how I feel about this... (214 comments)

While the intention was definitely good, I personally would not want to use a machine that the could be remotely accessed in such a mannter.

True, something like anti-virus software self-updating and removing a threat would be acceptable to most users. But this is more akin buying a car and discovering the manufacturer has a master key and a representative can come over and drive it around whenever he/she wants, and it's fully legal and you can't do anything about it.

Well, it's just that MSRT runs and executes a find and destroy script. In this case, it looked for a special version of Tor that the malware installed in a special location and configured in a special way. That way it would not destroy legitimate Tor installations.

And you have the option of not running it, if you really wanted to - you still own the machine.

It's the same as if you set your Linux box to self-update - are the updates it downloads able to remove other software? Yes. In fact, it's expected during updates that new versions remove old versions. And sometimes they also remove other software that are no longer prerequisites.

Sure you have the option to not do it, just like you have the option to not run the update.

In the end, for better or for worse, I think it's important that we actually own the devices we buy and pay for. Cases like this, and similar ones with Kindles and mobile devices remotely being accessed and modified or used to spy on us, are strong evidence that we do not. (I know that this particular case is not a big deal in of itself, but the fact that Microsoft can do what it did is not good news.)

It's really no different on any OS - updates automatically apply and they can remove stuff at will too.

Probably the most interesting thing is that Apple, of all companies, has not actually shown the need to remove apps remotely. We know they have the capability to disable apps (only the ones using CoreLocation, though), and they have removed apps from the store. But they have not removed apps from people's iTunes libraries, nor removed the ability of deleted apps to run, period. As long as you have a copy somewhere, it can be installed on other devices using iTunes long after it's been removed.

Heck, even when Disney forced the removal of its movies from Amazon and iTunes, they still play if you have a copy on your hard drive! Which can be copied to other devices or streamed to your AppleTV just fine. It only screwed you if you didn't already have a downloaded copy.

Funny how the most "walled" of walled gardens hasn't yet needed to flex its abilities. Even Steam has removed games from people's libraries (granted, the game didn't work anymore, but still - people paid for the game, and Valve deleted it!)

Apple has stopped apps from working, which is the same from removing apps. Look at Siri on iphones from the 4 on down. It is apples to apples, and there are many others they have stopped.

about 6 months ago

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