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Comment Re:sampling bias (Score 2) 405

but the younger crowd not only sees them as office furniture but doesn't think twice about setting up a webex on the spot and summoning the mages, without a day of advanced warning and a calendar invite.

Ugh.. yes. Not just the younger crowd, but seems more likely from them. One of my largest pet peeves is people that simply think that if you don't have time on the calendar blocked out, that it means you're not busy. Even with a calendar invite, it drives me crazy when people will send one shortly before a meeting they want to hold, then get all pissy when you don't go. Sometimes I'm just too busy, sometimes it's because I don't sit there all day watching for stuff to pop up in email or on the calendar.

I have a basic rule of common courtesy where meetings are involved: invites should be sent at least a full business day before a meeting. I know that myself, and several coworkers plan our day around the meetings we have (and that we're actually going to attend). Not to mention, page/txt/whatever invitees if the meeting plans change close to the meeting time, and I'd defined "close" to be anytime within an hour. Just this week I had another case where I travelled to another building, went to re-check the room as I walked in the lobby, and found that in the last 15 minutes, they'd lost the room and converted to online only. Man that pisses me off. If I'd gotten a page/txt I could've saved most of the trip and avoided wasting nearly as much of my time.

Now for a "Holy crap! We've got a fire to put out!" Yeah, setting up a shared session/chat-room/conf-call whatever on short to no notice.. that makes sense. For your little "boy I'm having a hard time working through this..." no.

Comment Re: Sort of dumb. (Score 1) 553

There has to be *someone* around at least that can answer all the kid's questions.

This is pretty much me today... I'm 42, been at my current company over a decade and a half. There is one pretty big downside to it: People think you need to be involved in every project, because you're the go-to guy (or one of only a couple) with the experience with not only the OS and hardware but the internal company stuff as well.

Also, people continually come to you for help with just about everything. So it's very hard to focus on stuff and get things done. I tend to spend a lot of time working from home just to be able to focus when needed.

It does make you feel a heck of a lot more secure in your job though. I will say that.

Comment Pretty much no service providers catch things... (Score 3, Interesting) 234

Like this.

AT&T also declined to elaborate on whether AT&T's billing system is capable of spotting unusual charges and, if so, why it doesn't routinely do so.

I had my own issues with our local phone company. Several years (yes years) after I bought and moved into my house I got a visit from the Police. Hearing a knock at the door at 10pm on a Saturday night scared the hell out of me... I have a gated yard, so it meant someone jumped the 4ft wall just to come up and knock. The said they'd gotten a 911 hangup. I've never had my land line hooked up in this house, and no phones plugged into any lines anywhere. They shrugged it off. A couple weeks later, more police visiting mid day, same reason. I called the phone company and they had no record of service at this address, the police (supposedly) also called, and everyone figured it was fixed.

Nope... 3rd visit from cops, even they were getting annoyed at this point. This time I spent nearly 2 hours on the phone with phone company. They finally kicked me over to another department (tech guys I think) who found that a previous tenant, years earlier, had the emergency only (life-line) service. It had been "disconnected" in the system in every way as far as billing and such were concerned, but wasn't actually physically disconnected. The tech guys were finally able to fix it.

This is a case where you'd think their system would be able to detect that calls were being placed by a residence that had no service. Nope.

Comment Re:Aren't these already compromised cards? (Score 1) 269

the card is placed in a mechanical imprint device along with a carbon-copy receipt, and the merchant then slides a roller across it to imprint the face of the card directly on the receipt

hah.. yes, I am actualy old enough to have paid that way a few times myself when I was younger. I was always taught to ask for the carbons and rip them up in such cases too.

Also had them whip it out at Fry's once when the computers crashed (and the cashier was a complete idiot that had no idea how to fill out the form, add numbers together and compute tax) but thankfully the computers came back just before I simply walked away due to annoyance.

Comment Re:Why don't i believe them (Score 1) 188

My suggestion to the owner of the "Smart" TV was to get a Roku, Amazon Fire or some other stand alone device and ignore the TV's smart features.

Hah.. that's exactly what I've done. I have an AppleTV just because I've already got a pretty large iTunes library. When I wanted my current TV, I got a Samsung "Smart" one, only because it was the one of the size, quality and price I wanted. I played with the "smart" stuff for a few minutes, then basically never touched it again.

Damn good as a TV... beyond useless "Smart" features.

It's also go a camera with an attempted xbox kinect-like control features that (just like the rest of the "smart" stuff) was buggy at best. Thankfully said camera is a small module on the back that pops up and can be kept down so that it isn't on nor can actually see anything even if it were. I haven't popped it back up since the first days after I got the TV over a year ago.

Comment Re:thanks (Score 1) 211

But hell, I will at least admit the DMV does tend to get its mailings out on time and in proper fashion.

Here in CA, especially around the LA area, this hasn't been so true this year. There have been a few news reports about how people are finding that they can't even get an appointment inside the (usually) 3 month window the mailer gives them, because the DMV is so overloaded. So, to make the deadline (what I saw reported was for license renewals) people have to go in without an appointment and usually waste an entire day. I had to get mine renewed (birthday 1/26) and my appointment made online (mid December) was about 3 weeks out. Even then the place was packed on a Saturday, and it took about 90 minutes (no test, just redo thumbprint, eye check, new pic).

Some won't directly say it, but it's basically due to the massive increase in requests for new licenses, since the new rule kicked in to give licenses to illegal aliens in CA.

Comment Re:Captial One started awhile ago... (Score 1) 449

I was referring to Apple Pay in that line, which has not been hacked in any way that I've read. At the very least, not by simply sniffing your phone via the NFC bits since it's tied into the AppleID fingerprint reader to authorize a payment, using a token on the phone vs your CC info.

Comment Captial One started awhile ago... (Score 1) 449

The next time U.S. cardholders receive a new card it will probably be equipped with an EMV chip, and most likely be contactless.

When I got my 2nd new card in a year (Target & Home Depot hacks) it came with the chip. Also the numbers are no longer the pressed-in type and are on the back. Every time I've used it I have to let the person know the last 4 numbers are on the back.

I'm still hoping more NFC in terminals and more support for Apple Pay. The handful of times I've used that, it's been much faster and it is more secure.

Comment Re: Nosedive (Score 0) 598

I always laugh at the hate for iTunes.. Yeah, I wouldn't mind something less "everything in one program" setup, but as a single point for media, I get it.

I've got 6.25TiB of data in my library, mostly video (obviously) and a pretty good mix of ripped vs purchased (I dropped all but basic cable and get season passes for the few shows I care about and don't want to wait until after the season is over) and it works fine for me. I've never had any real issues with it really. For rips, I use iFlicks to update the metadata (especially with TV show imports) when I import and things ripped vs bought look pretty much the same.

I sync to/from it all the time. I do probably 85% of my TV/Movie watching using it and it works. Once in awhile I need to reboot an appleTV because it seems to have an issue talking back to itunes. That takes 10seconds and only happens every 2 weeks or so max, but that'd be my one gripe these days.

Comment Re:3-digit /. UID? (Score 1) 82

Ah.. really classic gaming.

The Colecovision baseball that had the specific controllers was a lot of fun.. until we learned the pitch that was a strike but couldn't be hit. Then games became a challenge of who could continue to pitch that exact pitch without making a mistake.

Man the intellivision had some great games though... B-17 bomber was awesome with the voice module. Tron Deadly Discs was a marathon game if there ever was one. My friend was the best at TDD and could play for hours until it finally got crazy hard.

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