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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

the_skywise Re:Old news (132 comments)

ptphpt... Zero Cool did it while the real Napster was still in diapers.


The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

the_skywise Re:Crapfinity (224 comments)

Ptphpht.. I switched to Geico for DSL and save $300 for half the time...

about two weeks ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

the_skywise Re:Wow ... (419 comments)

It's not a unique security code - it's a TRACKING NUMBER. This whole part of the process is designed specifically to work around an issue where the computer records might be incorrect or the computer system is in error and an actual human has to issue an authorization code.

The actual fault in the system is that the Apple Employees let Sharron make the call and GIVE them the number. Instead THEY should've called Chase directly and gotten the code.

about three weeks ago

ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

the_skywise Re:Peer pressure? (158 comments)

I have to question the analysis after this:

"These STEM majors, as with economics, begin with few women enrolling and end with even fewer graduating. This “leaky pipeline” has been somewhat puzzling, Arcidiacono said, because women enter college just as prepared as men in math and science. On average, women more eagerly spend time studying than men do, a trait that should theoretically attract women to STEM fields, which generally assign more homework."

More homework? Women should be attracted to STEM fields because they "generally assign more homework"?!


F- that... That's not at all why I wanted to go into "STEM" fields. I wanted to build s**t.

about a month ago

ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

the_skywise Re:hmmm... (158 comments)

Hear hear...

In my experience it's not that they can't be programmers it's that they don't WANT to be programmers. The smartest women in my family is a bio-engineer. The second smartest got an MBA (well.. y'know...we love her anyway. ;) ) I've known women physicists, astro-physicists, doctors (the MD kind), veterinarians, and psychiatrists. (None in a professional capacity) All of them geeks in one way or the other but all of them HATE computers and only use them as a necessary evil. I work in IT and have worked with a FEW women programmers compared to the hundreds of men I've encountered and worked with.

It's anecdotal to be sure, but I don't see women being scared out of STEM fields so much as women don't seem to "like" technical engineering/machines as career choices even though they're perfectly capable of doing the work. Is that something to do with existing patriarchal social power structures or something more intrinsic to how the sexes look at problem-solving? (This is aside from the sexism that IS inherent in all the fields but I don't think that's the core problem.)

about a month ago

ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

the_skywise Where's BroTech? (158 comments)

"In the United States, many boys are brought up to believe that 'doing math makes you a nerd' and that science and other 'geeky' topics are for wusses," the_skywise said. "We break down that idea."

about a month ago

How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

the_skywise Another feel good slashdot post (145 comments)

About a computer that beats ageism!

about a month ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

the_skywise Re:Foxconn beings?! (530 comments)

Right... my mistake - It's not Invasion of the Body Snatchers!

It's The World's End!!!

Who's up for a pint!?

about a month and a half ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

the_skywise Foxconn beings?! (530 comments)

The aliens have arrived!

It's invasion of the body snatchers!!!


(And I for one, welcome our new alien overlords...)

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

the_skywise Re:They Multiply... (365 comments)

Oooh... If I hadn't posted already you'd have had a mod point!

about a month ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

the_skywise Psst.. Hey buddy! (365 comments)

I'll give you $5 for your $20 bill!

I think I'm going to like this new MS CEO...

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

the_skywise I go old school (208 comments)

All of my financial info is with Quicken on my PC. Everything else related to teh intertube world is recorded on a textfile on my PC with the passwords being represented as a cypher. The cypher is a one or two word comment relating to the password phrase I use (which I, in turn, munge to be first letter of each word or some other pattern, yadda) I've got the username/password cypherlist stored on my smartphone as well (Because I can't keep up anymore) and the cypher key is kept only as a hardcopy along with a hard copy of the textfile stored in a fireproof lockbox in my home. (The textfile points out the key is in the lockbox too).

I should probably just put the cypher key list in a separate lockbox (without any other username/account info) and geocache it to make it more fun for my heirs...

about 2 months ago

The Light Might Make You Heavy

the_skywise I'm boned... (138 comments)

(big boned that is... ha! I kill me!)

How much is too much light?!

I've got a green LED clock and a TV with a red LED that's on when it's off. Once my eyes adjust I can see most of my bedroom FINE... especially when the moon is out and shining through my blinds...

So... the moon makes me fat?!

Or is this along the same kind of logic that because it weighs as much as a duck it's a witch...

about 3 months ago

UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

the_skywise Possibly... (207 comments)

"Perhaps they're bound by a National Security Letter?"

Maybe. It could also be exactly what they say - When presented by an actual warrant to intercept items (EG for goods purchased with stolen credit cards or contraband) they follow it. That WOULD include national security incidents too but, as they say "UPS is not aware of any court orders from the NSA seeking to inspect technology-related shipments" and I'd think a gag order would prevent them from affirming or denying the issue.

about 3 months ago

White House Pressures Legislators Into Gutting USA FREEDOM Act

the_skywise Re:But, but, BUT! (284 comments)

It is kind of strange that the headline mentions the white house adding pressure, but the summary doesn't at all...

Would ye kindly RTFA

Today, House Leadership, acting through the Rules Committee and in cooperation with the Obama Administration, approved a manager’s amendment to USA FREEDOM that makes significant changes to the bill it comes to the House Floor for a vote.

about 3 months ago

Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

the_skywise Re:Space is cheap, rip to FLAC (329 comments)

That's why I use Monster brand rubber band protectors on my hard drive. For only $50 per band ($60 for the professional gold embroidered trim which gives you a little extra protection) you wrap them around the hard drive and they protect from bitloss on your hard drive platters and other EMP disturbances.

about 3 months ago

The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

the_skywise Re:All I need... (243 comments)


I don't need my dog...

about 4 months ago

Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

the_skywise Soo... (465 comments)

He's going to use the, so-called, corrupt system to change the laws to prevent himself from ever doing this again?

I dunno... why not kickstart a super-PAC that would buy candidates that does something productive? Like hire candidates who will restore our rights per the 4th amendment, stop the drug war, stop punitive taxation...yadda, yadda...

No no... gotta use the loophole to close the loophole..

about 4 months ago


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