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Comment: Re:Hallo Windows man (Score 4, Insightful) 201

by CambodiaSam (#45481929) Attached to: Microsoft Customers Hit With New Wave of Fake Tech Support Calls
I've received two calls from these scammers... and the example you provided is not far from the truth. When they claim to call from "The Windows" as the company name, it's painfully obvious what they are up to for about 99% of the computer using population. The problem is that 1%. They probably get a hit every once in a while that makes it profitable enough.

Comment: Games requiring a server that has been shut down? (Score 1) 572

by CambodiaSam (#43367937) Attached to: Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns
Is there a list of single player games that required some type of server connection but has been shut down since introduction? The closest thing I can find is this:

http://mmohuts.com/editorials/mmo-graveyard

It's not a perfect analogy since MMOs have a reasonable need for a connection to the server, unlike single player. It would be nice to reference whenever someone argues for always-on DRM.

Comment: Local Equipment, Usable Skills (Score 2) 172

by CambodiaSam (#43271591) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a Computer Lab In a Developing Country
I've been setting up and teaching computer skills part-time in northwestern Cambodia for about 8 years now.

Getting equipment to a remote location is an expensive and perilous task. Damage, theft, bribes, delays, fees, more bribes, and unforeseen problems will cause you more headaches than you can imagine. I buy my equipment locally from a seller I have built up a relationship with. Because I'm a repeat customer, he goes out of his way to make sure the computers keep running when I'm not there, which is most of the year.

Because Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world, the idea of spending $300 on a copy of Microsoft Office is unthinkable. That's enough to run a small household for a couple months. You can install open source alternatives if you like, but it might not be a necessity since the machines are chock full of apps.

Getting the lab running is frankly the easy part. Your lesson plan needs to take precedence. Teach skills that are commercially viable in the country, inspire them to learn more, and give a solid foundation of basic skills. I have former students that can directly tie their lessons to helping them find jobs later on. They then take these skills and teach others, which creates a virtuous cycle. Good luck!

Comment: Stealing Electricity (Score 4, Insightful) 884

by CambodiaSam (#42959259) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?
If someone had an extension cord plugged into my outside outlet and it ran to their house to steal power, I would walk over, knock on the door, and ask them to stop it. And yes, I would also unplug it.

If you have the means to determine where they are it's worth asking them to stop. That alone might change their attitude toward poking at networks.

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