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Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 61

by mcgrew (#47953295) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

The whole "needles in the eyeball" are just a stepping stone to something truly amazing.

Indeed. I was severely nearsighted all my life, after the cataract surgery I no longer need corrective lenses at all, not even reading glasses and I'm 62. My vision in that eye went from 20/400 to 20/16. Truly a miracle.

BTW, my retina surgeon said that my retinal detachment was a result of being so nearsighted; a nearsighted eyeball isn't perfectly round like a normally sighted person's eyes.

Comment: Re:Leave (Score 4, Insightful) 249

by Anrego (#47949525) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

Totally agree.

If you've got 10 years experience, that puts you in your prime. You've got the experience to be valuable, but are still affordable. I assume you're also at a point in your life where you can afford a little financial risk. It's time to use this to get into a job that you will enjoy and has the kind of work culture you want.

A lot of people out of school take the first gig that's willing to hire them. Some by random chance end up loving the job, others learn to accept it but gradually burn out. You sound like the second type. Time for a change.

Comment: Re:Credit cards? (Score 1) 77

by mcgrew (#47948599) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

I'm fine with the chip; that protects me, the bank, and the retailer. I am NOT fine with the PIN. My signature can't be stolen; if someone steals my card, the signature on the sales slip proves it's not me. But if someone steals your PIN they have your every penny.

It happened to me with a debit card. I welcome the chip, but of they add a PIN I'll cancel all my cards and go back to cash and checks, even though they're nowhere as convenient.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 61

by mcgrew (#47948525) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

I hadn't had any of the accounts I'd used, either, and wasn't sure which one it was. Still got the account back, give 'em a try.

I had cataract surgery on that eye two years before the retina came loose. I did know a couple of guys who had vitrectomies followed by cataract surgery, but the needles don't go through the lens, they go in through the whites (photos at wikipedia). I suspect that a vitrectomy involves steroids; steroid eyedrops for an eye infection caused my cataract.

Comment: Re:Poor security per news stories (Score 1) 77

by Anrego (#47947047) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

And the reason is obvious, people don't care.

How much money is Home Depot really gonna lose in this case? Maybe some liability? Probably cheaper to accept the risk than spend money on preventative measures which still might not be enough.

But surely people will be angry and vow to never shop there again? Nope. While it's in the news, sure, but people forget quickly. Remember how big the Sony/PSN thing was. I know people who swore they'd never do business with Sony ever again who currently own a PS4. As a whole, the thing has largely blown over and been forgotten about, as I'm sure this too will be.

Until there are real penalties to these kinda breaches, we'll keep seeing them.

Comment: Re:Paranoia? (Score 1) 77

by Anrego (#47946979) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

I think it's more that Visa and MasterCard have partially fixed the problem from the other end, by making it harder to actually turn stolen numbers into cash in pocket.

The whole system is still a farce, but I feel slightly better when I buy something online that is outside my usual spending habits and my card is immediately locked followed by a phone call from VISA.

Comment: Re:What is really surprising (Score 1) 77

by Anrego (#47945073) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

Obviously varies a lot by location, but I've found the Home Depot here to be one of the best as far as having people in departments that know their stuff. Spend a few minutes looking perplexed while staring at an isle and someone will ask if they can help. Last time I was there the guy in the plumbing department was ridiculously helpful.

And we have Chip & Pin here (Canada).

Comment: Re:Credit cards? (Score 1) 77

by Anrego (#47944937) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

Sure, if we straight up execute people for stealing credit cards then credit card theft would probably go away.

But then the same can be said about every crime, and personally even as a generally law abiding person, I don't think I want to live in a world where any crime means death by catapult or exile to the acid mines.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 2) 61

by mcgrew (#47935755) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

You can get your old account back if you can remember what your email address was. Send a note to help@slashdot.org.

I'd lost my account and they were very helpful about it.

As to your surgery, LISTEN TO THE DOCTOR!!! Helping that one person could prevent you from helping others in the future. Oh, and I empathize; I had a vitrectomy in 2008. Not the least bit fun.

Comment: Re:Minecraft itself is a phenomenon, but (Score 1) 329

by Anrego (#47909193) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

I think the mod community is a big part of what is keeping the game popular right now. Most people burn out on vanilla minecraft after a few years, but there is a huge pile of mods that keep the game playable.

Once Microsoft kills off that community (I don't know how, but I'm sure they will), I suspect minecraft will indeed atrophy and die.

Comment: Machine intelligence (Score 1) 9

by mcgrew (#47901717) Attached to: Turing "Test" was Really Alan's Attempt at a Joke

I had an idea that might not be so dangerous and pulled out my fone. âoeComputer,â I said, âoewhat's the best way to knock that bitch out?â
        The fone said âoeParse error, there are no female dogs on board and âknockâ(TM) is not in context. Please rephrase.â
        Who programs these God damned stupid things, anyway? Back when computers were new, science fiction movies had computers that could think. These stupid computers sure can't. God damn it, I was going to have to talk like I went to college... only I ain't went to college, damn it.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.

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