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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

quetwo Re:I'm missing something about this product, I thi (78 comments)

Not true. There is a PIN requirement for cards that have a PIN assigned to them. US Banks have switched from the "Chip + Signature" to "Chip + Pin" system in the last year.

3 days ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

quetwo Re:I'm missing something about this product, I thi (78 comments)

All the banks are issuing new terminals that accept chip+pin in the US. Start watching your local markets and smaller shops -- many of them already have the new readers. My corporate card was just re-issued last month with a Chip+Pin -- if I try to swipe it on one of these new readers, it denies the transactions and prompts me to insert it near the bottom.

I'd say 25% of the merchants I've visited in the last two weeks have a chip+pin reader already. Major chains where they have their own branded readers don't have them yet at all.

3 days ago
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Nuclear Regulator Hacked 3 Times In 3 Years

quetwo Re:Skydrive? (66 comments)

Because if you block access to SkyDrive, you end up blocking access to being able to run the newest version of Microsoft Office. The servers that it uses to get (stream) content are the same ones that SkyDrive uses.

about a week ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

quetwo Re: Politician thanks company for doing his job (137 comments)

Well, then your spouse dosen't know how to account for their time very well.

When I was teaching, I topped out at $52k a year. This was in the midwest, and the top-paid teacher in the district I think made near $60k.

We were required to be in the classroom for 990 hours. IF you just count that, 52,000 / 990 = $52/hr.

But I was required to be in school more than just the kids. This averaged to be 1 hour before they arrived, and 3 after. (4hrs*5days*39weeks) = 780 + 990 = 1770 hours required to be in school. Now, the per-hour figure goes down to just under $30/hr.

Oh, and if I don't get my grading, lesson plans, meetings, and everything else done in those four hours (I rarely did), then I had to do that as well. Lets be really conservative and say that was only 6 hours a week. 6*39 = 2,004 hours. $25/hr.

Oddly enough, ~2000 hours is what an average blue-collar worker gets paid for per year, including vacations. $52k is pretty good, but I was also at top-pay. That is what was worked-up to.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

quetwo Re:Not this again. (637 comments)

The trick is knowing what is happening under the hood -- whether you do it on a day-to-day basis or not. It's good to know why you wouldn't want to send a LONG into a function that requires a FLOAT. It's also good to know what the difference is between a MAP and having two Arrays or linked-lists. These things don't require doing memory management by hand, but being able to demonstrate what and why is the difference between a code monkey and somebody who is architecting code. Because a lot of the higher-level languages will obscure this from you, you can get along without ever learning them -- but you can get yourself into a hole quickly.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

quetwo Conferences (131 comments)

IT in Education conferences I would have you look at include Educause, and ACUTA. Educause is the 1,000 lbs gorilla, and everybody is there. ACUTA is much smaller, so you tend to build really good relationships with your peer institutions.

about three weeks ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

quetwo Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

Dude. You are still talking about backbone-to-backbone peering arrangements. This hasn't been the case for ISPs in probably 10 years. Just stop it.

about 1 month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

quetwo Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

You are already late to the game. Tons of ISPs have direct contracts with companies for direct peering. Things like ESPN360 and the like have existed for years and are ISP specific.

What we are seeing Netflix do here is smart for both them and the ISPs that are offering to host them. They send one data stream to a colo box that the ISP is hosting, and the the massive bandwidth that it generates is moved from their expensive pipes to the "free" pipes they already own. They aren't offering any services that aren't available to the rest of the world (in fact Netflix is doing this all over the place -- ISPs, Universities, etc, and building their own CDN).

about 1 month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

quetwo Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

But you are under the grand assumption that Level-3 is going to charge Verizon more because of the imbalance. Something they have NOT said. In fact, they have a blog post on their site (quoted multiple times in this thread already) they will NOT be charging Verizon more, and have offered to pay for the equipment to do it.

In the old-world, peering arrangements between backbone providers and ISPs were all about symmetrical data. That day is LONG gone. Now it is all about bandwidth and that is it. It's well known that the last-mile providers are heavy downloaders and that large hosting companies are large uploaders. It's just the nature of the internet as we know it. Peering arrangements between large backbone providers (which is the knowledge you are referring to) are generally seen as symmetrical.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

quetwo Re:One might say (174 comments)

Mappoint did a lot more than Bing does... And the VPs who think Bing is the answer have no idea.

Mappoint is closer to ArcGIS than it is a consumer mapping applications. It had an extensive set of APIs that you could allow apps to push data onto maps, it allowed statistical queries and it allowed complex boundaries. etc... all back in 2004. Heck, they even had some traffic data built in for their analysis.

I remember when Verizon used on-site Mappoint servers to allow dispatchers to use Verizon phones as tacklers (this was before smartphones), so dispatchers could see where certain trucks were, directions they were going, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

quetwo Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

Since the time that the S has come out, battery technology has gone significantly further... I'm sure that by the time this hits the road it will be far enough to compensate the difference in material...

about 2 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

quetwo Re:Sheer insanity (214 comments)

It all depends on what you are shooting. I'm paid to cover an event (concert, wedding, conference, etc), and don't second chances -- let alone much time to setup the shot -- so I take two or three exposures per "shot". It's easier to discard later than it is to miss the shot. When I shoot a concert, I'm shooting the entire 3 or 4 hours. A wedding, I'm shooting for usually a 12 hour period, at least. A conference may be over 4 days, and a runner's race might be over the course of a full day. Each event usually produces just as many shots.

If I only was shooting a potted plant I might only need three exposures because I can carefully plan the shot, adjust the lighting, and edit the shot thoughtfully for an extended period of time. A senior photo shoot might only need 20 exposures. But when you are working events with moving lights, moving people, and instantly changing emotions, the difference between 1/3 of second between exposures can make the photo while the next one is too dark, missing the person, or doesn't show what I want it to show.

I don't deal with film anymore. Space is cheap. Exposures only cost power. In this day and age there is no reason to not take too many photos and throw out or ignore the ones you don't want.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

quetwo Re: My plan is to wait and see (214 comments)

Not quite. Tried it, but it is still linked back to the App Store. If you copy it to a computer that doesn't have a sub to the app in the App Store, it won't run. It wants you to login to the App Store. When it doesn't find it, it won't run.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

quetwo Re:Sheer insanity (214 comments)

I usually only edit about 1/4 to 1/8 of the shots I take -- sometimes less depending on the client. Each one takes at most 5 minutes to edit -- usually closer to 2 minutes. Each day of shooting takes a day of editing. But RAW does chew up LOTS of space with a good camera.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

quetwo Re:Sheer insanity (214 comments)

I shoot live events. Typically concerts or conferences, but I've done weddings and other engagements like that as well. It is not unusual to snap between 1,200 shots and 1,800 shots in one evening between my three cameras. My 7Ds stores RAW files sized about 50MB or so each. My 5D-MK3 ends up somewhere in the 35-40MB range per shot. Heck, even my backup 60D takes 35MB RAWs.

I don't delete shots that make my first pass. Blurry ones, or test shots usually get deleted but the rest stay. I edit the ones I feel the client want and store the rest. I've often come across clients that want a photo of person X or a particular moment in time that didn't make it through my 2nd pass, so the small cost of storage is worth it. I have a few 3TB drives that get put into storage after they are full.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

quetwo Re:Sheer insanity (214 comments)

You only have a 70GB library? Hell, I usually shoot 30 - 90GB each and every shoot I do. And I'm probably on the low end in my studio...

about 2 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

quetwo Re: My plan is to wait and see (214 comments)

Yes, but you can't GET a backup installer, if you bought from the App Store. Oh, and the most recent versions, you could ONLY buy from the App Store. As soon as Apple removes it from the store, you can't re-install. You are not only responsible for the data you own, but the installers you use -- and you can't get access to them in this case.

about 2 months ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

quetwo Re:Administrators (538 comments)

Here is the dirty little secret -- there hasn't been a huge influx of money. It used to be that most public schools got a majority of their funding from the state they reside in. Back in 1990, the public schools in Illinois got approximately 70% - 80% of their budget from the state. In 2010, this number is now 20%. Many states have also capped the school's ability to increase tuition to help back-fill this huge reduction in funding. The cost of things like power, water, gas, food, insurance, etc all continue to go up, and in most cases, the corporate donations to schools that used to fund research has gone down. Demand for increased enrollment has gone up (because every child NEEDS to attend school).

What you have is a case where there is much more pressure applied to each dollar that walks in that door. In response, schools have been cutting everywhere -- including the amount they spend on faculty.

about 2 months ago
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Adobe To Let Third Party Devs Incorporate Photoshop Features

quetwo Re:Still in the cloud? (39 comments)

Windows, Office, MacOSX, and just about every other app in the top 15 do this now. If you don't think that's the case -- you got something else coming....

about 2 months ago
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Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

quetwo Re:It doesn't take a genius to come up with an att (155 comments)

tl;dr -- It's not as big of a deal as the TFA makes it out to be. The vector of attack is incredibly small, very well protected and requires a very specifically trained person with very trusted access to do. And the result would be that all they get is a webpage to pop up on a TV, that is turned on, that is tuned to that channel, and has the viewer's attention. Oh, and is on OTA.

I'd imagine a larger metro like Chicago you might get a few dozen people at most to be in this category.

about 2 months ago

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