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Malware Scanner Finds 5% of Windows PCs Infected

xandercash I finally gave up.... (232 comments)

Although most viruses and malware are easy to avoid for the "informed user" the "naive user" is still a humongous target. I could NOT keep malware and viruses and unwanted Firefox toolbars off my kid's computer. I lectured them and told them how to avoid most of them (don't install things without asking me), took away their admin rights, etc. It did no good, the stuff kept appearing, even though we've tried both AVG and Norton. I think most of them are appearing because my daughter likes to Google Image search for cute puppy pictures. It makes me wonder if the malware distributing population has figured out kids are the best conduit to getting their apps on your computer. So now they're using Linux. Took them 10 minutes to figure out where everything was. Plus the machine is much faster without an antivirus running and checking everything they do.

more than 3 years ago
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Why the New Guy Can't Code

xandercash Hire by trial is the only way.... (948 comments)

It's ridiculously easy to be tricked, as an interviewer, in technical interviews. Tricked in both directions. Some people are stupendous programmers, but they have to look up everything (ever been asked to create a COM+ object from scratch without use of MSDN or the internet? Even a competent programming genius can have problems with this). Others will bring you code samples and say "I wrote this" and explain it in great detail, only to reveal later that someone wrote it for them and coached them through the whole thing (yes, this happened to me, dammit!)(but she was VERY cute). The same goes for "pointing to apps they created." Unscrupulous people would point you to plagiarized stuff. It's WAY too easy to take credit for other people's work, or app storefronts. The only REAL way to hire people and know their skills is to hire by trial. My favorite two ways of hiring are giving the candidates a competition task. I.e., write an app that does this. Then review the code. It's quicker, but a LOT of work for the interviewer reviewing the code if the task is easy enough and everyone completes it. The other way to hire by trial is simply bring them on as a temporary employee (1099) until they prove their worth. This is the method that works out for me the best, although some interviewee's are skeptical, most of the good ones don't seem to have a problem with this.

more than 3 years ago
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Richard Stallman: Cell Phones Are 'Stalin's Dream'

xandercash Once you know it's a tracking/eavesdropping device (792 comments)

.....it's easy to simply leave it home when you don't want to be tracked/eavesdropped. I feel sorry for anyone who is trying to eavesdrop on my on my mundane days.

more than 3 years ago
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Simple Virus For Teaching?

xandercash Re:What OS? And how annoying? (366 comments)

I'm having a similar problem right now. An app I'm working on which does some low level socket networking keeps being flagged by Symantec's active scan as a virus. I'm not sure why, yet, but IT keeps telling me my computer is infected (as discovered by their nightly scans). I've explained more than once that it's an innocuous program that I wrote myself, and have assured them many times that it is NOT a virus. But they believe Symantec over me. It's VERY annoying when I compile the app and Symantec decides to delete it an hour later. Or when it's running and suddenly stops because Symantec suspended the process. It was funny the first time. (where'd the exe go? I know it was here somewhere...) but it's gotten quite tiresome. Then there's the OTHER conversation. "Why did you disable your antivirus? That's against company policy" "It keeps flagging my project as a virus" "Well, then don't write a virus...."

more than 3 years ago
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PayPal Withholding Indie Game Dev's €600,000 Account

xandercash Re:I think an Indie game developer found.... (775 comments)

Yeah, no, I based my opinion on the posted website alone, which was weird and sparse. After reading many other Slashdot comments and Googling the game, I decided I jumped to conclusions too quickly. People obviously love the game. It must not be crappy, lol.

about 4 years ago
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PayPal Withholding Indie Game Dev's €600,000 Account

xandercash I think an Indie game developer found.... (775 comments)

.....an easy way to get Slasdotted aka free advertising on a crappy game. Has anyone actually confirmed this claim of Paypal wrongdoing, which was in a blog the developer himself posted? Seems like a lot of people here are quick to believe a story from a guy who obviously needs advertising on a fledgling game.

about 4 years ago
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Philly Requiring Bloggers To Pay $300

xandercash Re:Being an (ex) blogger from Philly.... (456 comments)

There's always the chance they'll put you on a list and stop believing you. And there's LOTS of hassles of owning a business/website in Philly. And working there. And living there. And buying stuff there. Which is why I'm not there, anymore.

about 4 years ago
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Philly Requiring Bloggers To Pay $300

xandercash Being an (ex) blogger from Philly.... (456 comments)

Being from Philly, I have had similar experiences. In my case, my website was registered to a Philly address, so they automatically sent out the "you must have a business license" letter. I was making no money. It's their number one automatic letter. My 3 year old daughter got one, once, even. (we're not sure how, in that case). All a person has to do is call the number on the letter and say "this isn't a business" and they'll put a check-mark in the "not a business" box. They don't care about the miniscule $50 every two months businesses. Just the profitable ones. This is why, when I lived in Philly, I always had a PO box or location outside the limits for business/website purposes. Mostly to avoid the hassle. The current township I live in is MUCH more reasonable, thankfully.

about 4 years ago
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Google's Streetview Privacy Snafu Prompts Lawsuit

xandercash So Google knows my wifi name, BFD. (418 comments)

I wasn't aware that a router name of "GoogleEatMe" would give away my identity. I guess I'll be more careful in the future.

more than 4 years ago
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Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis"

xandercash Re:Google saved my sight (368 comments)

That must have been SOME DREAM you were having. ;-)

more than 4 years ago
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Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis"

xandercash Oh thank god! (368 comments)

If Google is wrong, maybe I really DON'T need a hysterectomy and a vasectomy.

more than 4 years ago
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Looking At Google's Flashified Chrome

xandercash With Google's history for over-collecting data.... (385 comments)

...I'm not sure I'm very comfortable with using Chrome as a browser. I didn't detect any network traffic from Chrome other than what I requested of it, but that could quietly change in the future.

more than 4 years ago
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Don't Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

xandercash It might not be so bad.... (1015 comments)

...if they bring healthcare reform with them...

more than 4 years ago
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Don't Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

xandercash Wow...... (1015 comments)

That would make a really good science fiction movie....oh, wait.

more than 4 years ago
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Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets

xandercash I discovered this fact the hard way... (204 comments)

...(in 1999) when I copied an offer letter for better employment on my current employer's copier, then left for a long weekend. I came back on Monday to find my offer letter pasted all over the company.

more than 4 years ago
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Research Suggests Brain Has a 2-Task Limit for Multitasking

xandercash Multi-processor but multi-threads, too... (257 comments)

So we have a 2 processor system, but, at least for me, one of the two processors can also multi-thread.

more than 4 years ago
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Lower Merion School District Update

xandercash Too bad... (367 comments)

...the school district wasn't issuing laptops to supermodels.

more than 4 years ago

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