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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

ryen Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

I can't power up my pants nor underwear. Shall I leave those at home?

about 5 months ago
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AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

ryen We need an automated system, not tracking. (228 comments)

The fraud prevention systems built into bank credit cards are largely to protect them, not you. More often than not a bank will refund funds that occurred from fraudulent activity (a good thing) but are overly aggressive in trying to mitigate the issue (i.e. traveling == suspected use). I've had my card shutdown *many* times while traveling. I have had to call and waste my time as well as their customer service's time to get it turned back on. I always ask to have fraud prevention turned off - which they refuse.

Chase has recently built a feature to send a text message and automated-call to confirm these kinds of things before shutting off the card - others should follow suit if they do not all ready.

This is all we need to combat unintended card cutoff, not tracking.

about 6 months ago
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Reinventing the Axe

ryen Re:Neat (217 comments)

My wrists hurt just watching this guy. I gotta imagine some of that rotational force is transferring into the wrist and elbow

The axe site says that the user should loosen their grip upon impact to allow the axe to rotate.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

ryen Re:Training and/or Documentation (451 comments)

Only thing I would add is that the tech sector is a whole different animal than the school scene. A lot more politics are involved and you're beholden to investors and other outside forces (although i'm sure schools have their fair share of outside forces, school boards, etc). You may not have the same job security that you might have in a school. Good luck!

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

ryen Training and/or Documentation (451 comments)

With your limited skillset without programming or intermediate sysadmin, but given your background in teaching and familiarity with concepts i'd say you'd be a good fit for training and/or documentation within a tech company. Training can include on-boarding new hires and getting them familiar with internal systems, or even training customers on using the software. I've worked with many people in these roles at companies i've been with. Documentation also might be a good route: writing manuals, online specs, and online training stuff. Theres lots of people doing this at the larger software shops.

about 9 months ago
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Report: Windows Blue Reaches Its First Milestone Build

ryen blue? (199 comments)

sounds old school to me

about 2 years ago
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Summer Programming Courses Before Heading Off To College?

ryen Try community colleges (183 comments)

I was in the same boat the summer before college. Wanted to learn more about programming but wasn't sure about it yet. I chose a course at the local community college which was affordable and no hassle to register for. It was C++ but focused on beginning programming which was probably not the best route to learn programming but it gave me a good start to everything. You might find more topical courses at community colleges if you're trying to stay away from the "general stuff".

about 2 years ago
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Intel To Help Stephen Hawking Communicate Faster

ryen Re:I have an idea (133 comments)

Oh really? Can you elaborate please? And are you also pursuing bioscience research in the same spirit in which you balk?

about 2 years ago
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Foxconn Accused of Taking Bribes

ryen authorities (51 comments)

>and is being investigated by the Chinese authorities

They're probably upset they were cut out of the bribe deals

about 2 years ago
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Man Charged With HIPAA Violations For Video Taping Police

ryen named names (620 comments)

What I like best about this article is that real names identifying the officers at fault were used. If you're going to be paid on the public dime then there should be a public record of every thing you do, searchable on the internet (note no addresses for these people should ever be given).

about 2 years ago
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What "Earth-Shaking" Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?

ryen Re:water (544 comments)

You mean, like, a carbon-based fossil that used water to survive like us? That would be pretty interesting!

about 2 years ago
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Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

ryen Changes? (1576 comments)

It's currently projected that the Republicans will retain control of the House of Representatives, and the Democrats will retain control of the Senate.

So nothing has changed. Looking forward to the next four years of partisanship!

about 2 years ago
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Entire Cities In World of Warcraft Dead, Hack Suspected

ryen oblig (305 comments)

"I felt a great disturbance in the 'Craft, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were forced to come out of their parent's basement. I fear something productive has happend"

more than 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

ryen Programmer vs Good Programmer (767 comments)

I think a distinction should be made between a programmer and a *good* programmer. My CS program had a number of *really* smart kids - 1600 SAT scores and the like - but many of them really struggled at the concepts and barely made it through the curriculum. I think a good programmer takes 1. Creativity to think about problems from different angles 2. Drive to hunker down and get through hard problems (be it starting a new language, that pesky compile error, starting a large project from scratch). 3. I'm sure fellow slashdotters can think of many more

more than 2 years ago
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"Going Google" Exposes Students' Email

ryen Re:Still more secure than most school systems (244 comments)

my school, UIC, used aix unix with its own mail setup (no Exchange) when i was there. the admins never had problems like this (i know them personally).

more than 5 years ago
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Developer Stigma After a Bad Or Catastrophic Release?

ryen Re:People change jobs all the time (223 comments)

Bad programmers move on to do other things. A guy may suck at programming and be perfectly fine in IT doing maintenance, managerial duties, or in an over priced big box electronics store selling some new electronic pieces of shit.

There, fixed that for you.

more than 5 years ago
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Go For a Masters, Or Not?

ryen Re:Work Experience (834 comments)

I was in this same dilemma and I chose to stay for an M.S. in CS. I was near the top of my undergrad class but felt I could get a 'leg up' on even experienced people out there with the higher degree. What I found was that even with a little bump in pay the loss of 2 years of work experience was near detrimental and humbling.
The professional work environment is a much stricter and difficult place to fit in. Learning how the business works *besides* just knowing how to code means more.
I recommend he go into the workforce as soon as possible. If he has time after work to finish an MS then that could be an option. But don't discount real-work experience for a few more advanced classes and another 10k starting salary. It won't mean much when your peers have 2 years on you and already covered that 10k in bonuses and salary (and now real experience).

more than 5 years ago

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