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Obama Praises Amazon At One of Its Controversial Warehouses

tdp252 Middle Class (435 comments)

The Middle-Class is being redefined as people who can afford basic necessities like food, shelter, clothing and medicine. Want money to enjoy life beyond that? Tough luck!

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Funding Trends Low

tdp252 No SD Card Slot? No thanks (251 comments)

The trend of omitting an SD Card slot so that people are funneled through cloud services is disappointing. I personally won't be buying any device where I am forced into being Cloud-walled.

about a year ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

tdp252 Re:Smart guns... (814 comments)

A CAR or TRUCK ran into a crowd will also do the same thing. Are you suggesting we ban driving?

about a year and a half ago
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Ancestor of All Placental Mammals Revealed

tdp252 Typical Redneck Response (123 comments)

Damn them whacky scientists. Me and my girl didn't come out some squirrel's butthole !

about 2 years ago
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Has the Mythical Unicorn of Materials Science Finally Been Found?

tdp252 Don't tell the Japanese (238 comments)

They will make a Sushi roll out of said Unicorn meat.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Hotmail Challenge Backfires

tdp252 Duh (453 comments)

This is why it's called, "hot" mail. Because most of the active accounts are stolen.

more than 2 years ago
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The iPhone Is a Nightmare For Carriers

tdp252 Re:Perspective (438 comments)

I know how everyone loves to dump on the carriers but the "dumb pipe" idea is not feasible for a couple of different reasons. The wireless network doesn't have practically "unlimited" bandwith like the internet. Because of this the carries are extremely interested in making sure that the devices running on their network do not consume excess bandwith. Everyone phone that is made available for sale by the carriers is extensively tested to make sure it won't tank the wireless network. The other issue is support. If you have everyone and their grandma using all variety of devices on your "dumb network" then how exactly do you train a customer service organization to support every phone known to man including one made in 1992? The biggest reason carriers carry phones, is so they can limit the amount of trash on their network.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Forcing IT Shops To 'Adapt Or Die'

tdp252 Re:Leave It (715 comments)

This is why I believe there is still some hope for a RIM comeback. A much as blackberries suck at multimedia and other "consumer" stuff, they have the lock-down mechanisms in place to make them perfect for the large enterprise.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Android Tablet For Travel?

tdp252 buyer beware - Transformer Prime (356 comments)

If you are a person who values GPS, or simply having all of the features you paid for function in your new $500 purchase then you should head over to the XDA forums. Forum users are reporting that GPS locking is impossible to unreliable at best and it could have something to do with Asus' choice of using an aluminum back-plate.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Apple's Lion Roar For Business?

tdp252 Apple is not interested in the Enterprise (340 comments)

Apple's focus is on the consumer market. Period. I've met with Apple Sales representatives multiple times in technology purchasing roles at various companies I've worked for and they aren't shy about stating that you either play by their rules or leave the discussion.

One of the biggest problems is that large companies want to see things like Product Road Maps. Apple makes it very clear they won't let you know whats going to happen 6 months ahead with any of their products. This really puts the enterprise off in many large companies because they like to know where technology is going in order to plan for it's impact on their infrastructure accordingly.

more than 3 years ago
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Lidar Finds Overgrown Maya Pyramids

tdp252 I've been told that (169 comments)

GayDar is a much more advanced technology...

more than 4 years ago
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How To Find Bad Programmers

tdp252 Re:Crappy programmers (359 comments)

I don't care if an Indian developer is a genius and the reincarnation of Einstein. If the person can't speak fluent enough English to exercise basic communication skills then you are worthless to me in a business setting ! This isn't limited specifically to Indians but the growing trend of companies to hire extremely intelligent people from foreign counties for pennies that cannot speak but a few words of broken English infuriates me. They may have done well on some written acceptance test but then they throw these poor people into group situations where communication is key to getting any work accomplished and it freezes the entire process.

My job is to gather application requirements and pair new projects up to an appropriate data storage solution. Getting any sort of requirements out of some of these people is frustrating beyond all belief and driving a lot of very good people out of technology. I know it cannot be much better for the poor developers being taught to swim by being thrown into the deep end.

more than 4 years ago
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Nose Scanners — the New Face of Biometrics?

tdp252 Unfortunately this Technology (115 comments)

Wouldn't work for the likes of Cher and Heidi Montag. Their plastic surgeries change their identity every few weeks !

more than 4 years ago
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The Science Credibility Bubble

tdp252 Re:What (1747 comments)

I believe this is a problem beginning to evolve out of the information age when people are now subject to being deluded with so much information that the easiest coping mechanism is to just become numb and tune everything out.

How often are we told that Red Wine is good for longevity only to have another expert state that alcohol consumption is responsible for disease XYZ. Multiple this by a hundred fold and all of a sudden our very state of existence is put into doubt. What do we do? What do we avoid? Maybe we should just not change anything - it's worked so far and is by far the easiest route.

When it was difficult to disseminate information (think print media) only the most important and worthy items were published and thus noticed with more impact creating more permanent neural imprints. Now we are bombarded with so many "facts" that trying to analyze the validity of them all is near impossible even for people you would ordinarily think of as intelligent people.

Is this the price that society has paid for the internet, for near-borg like collectivity? For subjecting ourselves to endless streams of mass media pumping data into our minds 24/7 at speeds computers were designed to handle but the average person is not?

Is brain shutdown and inaction for anything that isn't about to physically rip your leg off quickly becoming the new norm for a majority of people?

Perhaps global warming is just the next expert report on Wine consumption.. so I'll just do whatever I enjoy.

about 5 years ago
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Is That Sushi Hazardous To Your Health?

tdp252 Re:post (554 comments)

I think this falls into the TMI catagory.

about 5 years ago
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Device Protects Day Traders From Emotional Trading

tdp252 There is already a better device in existance (260 comments)

Tradestation is an automated trading platform where you program in routines that monitor the market in some near-real-time fashion and they make the decisions on when to buy or sell for you.

If you are an avid geek, up to learning a new programming language, and have some statistical analysis background, then this platform might be a good option. The goal is that you program your routines during relaxed off trading hours, back-test them against historical market data, and then once satisfied let them go to make all of the emotion-free decisions for you.

I personally don't know that I have the skill needed to protect my fortunes from what amounts to a complicated shell script but for others I'm sure it works fine, or at very least provides the allure of finding the "secret" algorithm to make millions. :)

more than 5 years ago
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Nissan Gives Electric Cars 'Blade Runner' Audio Effect

tdp252 Re:But... (553 comments)

What you don't understand is that in the sue-happy area of Atlanta peds are WANTING you to hit them so they experience the equivalent of wining the lotto!

more than 5 years ago

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ASUS Transformer Prime and GPS issues

tdp252 tdp252 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tdp252 writes "Geeks after having unwrapped their Quad-Core Transformer Prime are finding that the tablet is not reliably acquiring a GPS lock. There are uncertainties on the XDA forums about whether this is merely due to a software issue or if a more serious design fault may be at play. The Prime uses an aluminum metal-backing that while desirable as a styling element could potentially block signal reception."
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Drip Irrigation for Dummies?

tdp252 tdp252 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tdp252 (519328) writes "The South-East United States has been experiencing a multi-year drought that has forced many local governments to tighten water restrictions, forcing home owners to stop watering outdoors. Many people are having great difficulty establishing new plants outdoors or just keeping what they have alive. Yesterday I saw a "Drip Irrigation for Dummies" kit in the local Home-Depot. What experiences do Slashdotters have on drip irrigation systems for the notice? Are there any that are better than others? How difficult are they to setup and maintain vs. a traditional sprinkler system? Should I just embrace the inevitable and plant cacti?"

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