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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

s0nicfreak Re:Automate them (228 comments)

He said laid off, not quit.

Personally, if I quit (or otherwise left) on good terms, I'd have no problem telling someone how to fix/change such things before I left.
If they laid me off, I wouldn't care about being sloppy.

about two weeks ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

s0nicfreak Re:A comment from the linked site: (273 comments)

It could possibly be trademarked. But unlike copyright, trademark is not automatic. They would have to specifically register (and be granted trademark protection; it could - and likely would - be denied) and maintain the trademark for each code.

In this case, though, this is not what happened though because the email specifically says:

I have been notified of a posting on the “Hack A Day” website concerning hacking of Tektronix’ copyrighted modules for use in oscilloscopes. Hacking those modules permits unauthorized access to and use of Tektronix’ copyrighted software by means of copying of Tektronix’ copyrighted code in those modules.

Which to me seems like a purposely confusing way of saying the article is telling people how to violate copyright... but that isn't even copyright violation.

about two weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

s0nicfreak Re:Fraud (228 comments)

This is a big part of the reason why I refuse to work an hourly-paid job...

about two weeks ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

s0nicfreak Re:A comment from the linked site: (273 comments)

Unless they copy/pasted (or typed word-for-word) exactly what was in the instruction manual, it's not a copyright violation. It is not a copyright violation to read instructions and re-write them in your own words.

about two weeks ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

s0nicfreak Re:Wow ... (419 comments)

Nevermind, I just realized the reason - because the card could be fake. I suppose they ARE actually calling their bank who then checks it against a list.

about three weeks ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

s0nicfreak Re:Wow ... (419 comments)

The 1 single time I've been asked for ID when using a credit card, the card wasn't even in my name, it was in my husband's name. They still let me use it.

about three weeks ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

s0nicfreak Re:Wow ... (419 comments)

What reasons? Because it isn't obvious. I have never seen/experienced a merchant calling their own bank for this - always the customer's bank. Though I've always seen it as the customer reading off the number, not the merchant holding the card and reading it.

about three weeks ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

s0nicfreak Re:Wow ... (419 comments)

here is no need for the number on the card, but one that the store should have written down somewhere

I know that for cards issued by a credit union, at least, the number called must be the credit union, not the card company. (It makes for one hell of a pain when you have an issue during the weekend. Which just happens to be when I do most of my buying and in-person selling.) The store/vendor can't be expected to keep every local credit union's number on file, and call the correct one when there is an issue. And if it isn't local, well you get the idea...

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

s0nicfreak Re:This Post May Not Be Popular... (234 comments)

If we're talking basic human rights, shouldn't the right to food, shelter, clean water, sleep, growing your own food, selling your own products and services, buying your own medication at the global market price, and freedom from conscription come before broadband and Youtube?

The internet isn't just youtube. I make my living by selling the products I make online. I afford food thanks to coupons I get online combined with sales that I find out about online. I order medication online. I find out that a water main was broken and the town's water is not safe to drink online. I pay my property taxes (to keep my shelter) online. It is all connected, nowadays.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

s0nicfreak Re:It's systemic (234 comments)

Uh, but they don't need to be competitive - they have a monopoly! Staying competitive would only be an issue if customers actually had the ability to choose a competitor. The majority of the US has ONE isp to choose from.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

s0nicfreak Re:I must be the outlier (234 comments)

That was not an option when I canceled my cable and had to return the cable box. I specifically asked if I could mail it - nope, not even on my own dime.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

s0nicfreak Re:I must be the outlier (234 comments)

Well, that's great if you have the time to go in. Comcast won't let us change our service from my husband's ex-wife's name to my husband's name unless both of them go into the office. The office is 30 minutes away from us, an hour away from the ex, and only open during the hours my husband is at work. They were never able to coordinate a time/day to go there.

When we canceled our cable tv, it was during a time that I couldn't drive due to seizures. We had to pay the rental fee on a cable box that did nothing for a few months, until my husband's vacation from work when he was able to take it in.

about three weeks ago
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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

s0nicfreak I'll take my chances with Wikipedia over (189 comments)

books, which are never updated and only rarely publish errata - and when errata IS published, it is never stored with the book. I'd love to see someone walk into a school, open a textbook and denounce every "hoax" inside. Bonus points if it's a school in an "underprivileged" area, which most likely uses older books!

My brother went to look something up in an encylopedia the other day... but it was not there, because it was something that came about or was discovered after his encyclopedia set was published.

about three weeks ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

s0nicfreak This would actually be useful the other way around (205 comments)

! Not so that the kids can yell at me, but so that I can actually HEAR them over the wind blowing through the windows and the cars outside. I know how to project my voice, so the kids hear me fine, but I can't hear them at all. And I'm just in a car.

But just no, to the conversation mirror - most parents already don't keep their eyes on the road, we don't need to give them another excuse.

about a month ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

s0nicfreak Re:Silly season much (131 comments)

Doctors are also not allowed to tell prospective parents whether their child will be a boy or a girl -- that is forbidden because it could also lead to infanticide.

I would think that would lead to abortions, which would greatly reduce infanticide...

about a month ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

s0nicfreak Re:better than what we have now (249 comments)

Obviously you have some problems grasping where the system actually failed and what could have been done to prevent this failure. None of the points of failure would have been swayed by a statue.

about a month ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

s0nicfreak Re:Or Just Use a Password Manager (280 comments)

The main reason I ever need to use a computer when away from home is that my phone is dead or lost...

about a month ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

s0nicfreak Re:racist html (151 comments)

Because there is no kanji for "mt. Fuji"... you have to type fujisan or fujiyama
/badjoke

about a month ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

s0nicfreak Re:Died Outside a Tesla (443 comments)

They are irrelevant.

about a month ago
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Utility Wants $17,500 Refund After Failure To Scrub Negative Search Results

s0nicfreak Re:That's Fine (110 comments)

Well, that's only if you've only ever lived in places with good electricity service that doesn't go out regularly, electrocute you nor set houses on fire on a regular basis. As someone that has lived in places like that as well as places with no electricity, and places where there were actually options for utility companies - I can appreciate good electricity service.

about a month ago

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Just broke the streak!

s0nicfreak s0nicfreak writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I grew tired of digg a couple of years ago and now I have grown tired of reddit. Should I come back here or just give up completely?

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Keepin my "not commented since 2003" streak alive!

s0nicfreak s0nicfreak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

But considering sending the RSS feed to my Kindle...

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It's been a long time since I rock n rolled

s0nicfreak s0nicfreak writes  |  more than 6 years ago Wow. I haven't made a comment since 2003.
I use to come here daily. Now I don't really care because the news is on digg before it gets here.

I feel bad that I don't care.

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