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Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

technomom Not killing Wallet, just payment for digital goods (105 comments)

This is just killing a very small function in wallet that mostly no one was using anyway. It does not in any way kill Google Wallet NFC payments or Wallet itself.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

technomom Oh Microsoft Windows... (114 comments)

....Don't ever change you magnificant bastard.

about a month ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

technomom Re:Why anyway? (447 comments)

Pretty sure weddings, even lavish ones, are not limited to Christianity.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

technomom Re:Or, just don't get married. (447 comments)

Obtain visiting rights at hospital and for couples with widely different incomes, filing jointly is better. And then there's, of course, the lessening of the "When the hell are you guys going to get married?/Make an honest woman of her?" questions from rude relatives.

about a month and a half ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

technomom Re:On Distractions (208 comments)

Most passengers aren't half-deaf, mostly unhelpful bitches like Siri.

about 1 month ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

technomom Siri is distracting because it only works 50% (208 comments)

I wonder how much of this is distraction and how much of this is driver rage at Siri not understanding what the driver is asking or responding, as it does in most cases, with "Sorry, I can't do that".

about 1 month ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

technomom Re:Do people actually use Siri? (161 comments)

Love Google Now on my Android devices and laptop, especially the Google Everywhere thing where I don't even have to touch the device. With my husband's MotoX, it can even be unplugged with screen off. The utility is quite amazing. But using Google Now on iOS kinda sucks because you have to get to the app to begin with, which kind of defeats the purpose. I wish Apple would let you change the voice rec engine from Siri to Google Now. I would probably consider replacing my Android stuff with iOS devices if I could do that.

about 2 months ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

technomom Re:Samsung Already works with Apple, what changes? (161 comments)

Apple really only ever competed against IBM's PC division, which was never terribly profitable to IBM anyway. They cooperated quite a bit with technology (PowerPC) and of course today with software and services.

about 2 months ago
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Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

technomom Scarier (78 comments)

This is even scarier if you have any familiarity with how most hospital records and/or IT departments are run.

about 2 months ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

technomom It's too perilous (354 comments)

Sir Galahad: Look, let me go back in there and face the peril. Sir Lancelot: No, it's too perilous.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

technomom Re:Don't put PhD in the resume (479 comments)

You'd be surprised at the number of hours you can dedicate while undergraduate. For a lot of students who have already been putting in 40+ hour weeks, the degree actually is just a formality. I know plenty of students who contributed very good work during their undergraduate years. Cared about enough that they were invited back after graduation to our company.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

technomom Shocking. (203 comments)

"Apple never releases anything until it actually works." -- Quote from an Apple fanboy Fanboys.....just a tip, never use the term "Never" or "Always" regarding your favorite toy. That goes for Android, Apple, Windows, Blackberry, whatever. These companies have people working for them. Some good, some great, some really suck at their jobs. They're all just people, not superheroes. Sometimes Apple fucks up. Sometimes Google does. Sometimes Microsoft does. It happens. Get over it. Your phone is just another finicky appliance no matter how shiny the bendable aluminum is.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

technomom Don't put PhD in the resume (479 comments)

I don't think it's a matter of intimidation. Quite the opposite. To some folks, "PhD in CompSci" means, "I didn't have the chops to get a programming job while getting my undergraduate degree so I just stayed in school." Yeah, harsh, but that's the feeling out there. Most really good programmers don't bother with higher degrees because they're employable from the get-go.

about 2 months ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

technomom Re:Just what apple does... (277 comments)

No, they didn't plan it optimally. They got broadsided by Android capturing 85+% of the market, a lot of that led by Samsung's charge into phablets. They knew they had a problem and they fixed it. No need for spin here. They did the right thing.

about 2 months ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

technomom Re:Different things for different people (277 comments)

...and kudos to them. I'll say it because lots of people are thinking it. Losing Steve Jobs may be the best thing to happen to Apple. This is the first generation of iPhone that I'm actually considering. I think it is about an "S" generation away from it being a good choice. Right now though, I won't be giving up my screen off/unplugged "OK Moto" function nor will I give up my programmed NFC tags.

about 2 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

technomom Maybe not, but it can help too (546 comments)

I don't think a degree is necessary but a lot of everything in your work life depends more on where you intend to go from there. College can also give you skills in business, leadership, writing and negotiation skills. Those can be very helpful if you want to ever get out of the coding business or just want to expand your horizons outside of coding. The thing you find out quickly in this business is that there are a lot of coders, but fewer people who can organize requirements from customers, architect solutions to scale to enterprise level, negotiate a schedule for release, or even lead a group of programmers in a large scale project. Yes, even those things might not require a college degree, but if you don't have those skills to begin with, college can be a good place to acquire them.

about 3 months ago

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