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Comment Re:So instead of pseudonyms like "TheseNutz" (Score 1) 246

I don't know about this newspaper, but my local newspaper ties your online account directly to your real identification. You can't even sign up for their website unless you subscribe to the physical newspaper. In order to register for their website (and subsequently make any comments on an article) you have to enter your address and the subscriber number that appears on your bill. There's no way to provide "These J. Nutz" as your identity, unless you managed to get a credit card in that name and are using it to pay for the newspaper.

Newspaper publishers, for whatever reason, really dislike anonymity or pseudonymity these days. You can't even write a "name withheld by request" letter to the editor anymore. It's a shame.

Comment Re:All while adding ads ... (Score 1) 327

"Stuck" may have been hyperbole on his part, but I'm in a similar situation so I sympathize.

20 years ago I had a dialup internet connection from BellSouth. The associated email address was, and still is is, my first name I've had that email address for two decades, two moves, four jobs, and several ISP changes. When I no longer had a need for a backup dialup ISP and I stopped paying BellSouth (AT&T at that point), they let me keep the email account for free. That email address is known to most of my family, friends, coworkers, former coworkers, and various other business associates and acquaintances. It's been on my resume and my business cards. It's been used to register for numerous services I've long since forgotten about but might want to access again someday. I haven't used it as my primary email in years, and I don't usually give it out to anyone anymore, but it's been in circulation for so long that I have to check it, so that it stays active and so that I don't miss anything interesting or important.

AT&T offloaded its customers' email accounts from their own interface to Yahoo several years ago. I normally use an IMAP client instead of the web interface, but that's beside the point: there are a lot of people who are somewhat involuntarily attached to Yahoo Mail, either an account they created years ago, or with their current or former ISP email address. Yes, people could just abandon those addresses and never interact with Yahoo Mail again, but that isn't a reasonable option to me, all things considered. I am, in a way, "stuck" with that address until I die or AT&T decides to shut it down, whichever comes first.

Comment Re:Go back (Score 1) 327

I agree entirely when it comes to "tolerable" and "reasonable" and "obnoxious." Even if we completely ignore the fact that Yahoo's advertising network has been repeatedly compromised and used to serve up malware, the "legitimate" ads they display are from the gutter of the internet.

Going to any Yahoo site with ads enabled is like visiting a newsstand in the red light district. Lots of pictures of scantily clad women being used to promote something entirely unrelated; that's a grenade waiting to go off if you visit Yahoo at work. Lots of pictures of gross skin conditions and other medical problems. Lots of click-bait captions ("Surprising Ways Coconut Oil Can Change Your Life!," "20 product features you never knew existed!"). Lots of trashy, scammy sounding ads that remind you of the junk you see on TV at 3AM ("Search For Mesothelioma Lawyers," "How Much Can You Save By Refinancing?"). And on many Yahoo properties, each page will load a dozen or more 300x156 images all down the side of the page. Seriously, fire up a sandbox VM and go scroll through this page on Yahoo News without an ad blocker, it's unfuckingreal!

Yahoo Mail also insists that you enter your cellphone number in order to create an email account. This is a hard requirement and can't be bypassed. Gmail will try, and if you don't enter your number they'll remind you at every opportunity, but as of yet won't force you to link your email account to your pocket government GPS tracker. I know a lot of folks are attached to long-held addresses but surely nobody new is signing up for this shit.

Comment Re:Cloak and dagger (Score 1) 289

It has already been leaked that US satellites detected a "heat flash" while the plane was at altitude.

Suppose some mechanical failure, or a fire from a load of batteries on board, etc. compromised a fuel tank and led to an explosion. Wouldn't that also generate a "heat flash" while the plane was at altitude? Assuming the aircraft exploded, there are numerous possible explanations that don't involve a bomb.

US and British intelligence agencies have cried wolf too many times to have any credibility left with me. Until proof to the contrary is provided, Occam's razor tells me this was just a catastrophic accident.

Submission + - Carly Fiorina: I Supplied HP Servers for NSA Snooping

Motherfucking Shit writes: According to an article at Motherboard, shortly after 9/11, NSA director Michael Hayden requested extra computing power and Carly Fiorina, then CEO of HP, responded by re-routing truckloads of servers to the agency. Fiorina acknowledged providing the servers to the NSA during an interview with Michael Isikoff in which she defended warrantless surveillance (as well as waterboarding) and framed her collaboration with the NSA in patriotic terms. Fiorina’s compliance with Hayden’s request for HP servers is but one episode in a long-running and close relationship between the GOP presidential hopeful and US intelligence agencies.

Comment Re:$400/month is too cheap (Score 1) 164

$400/month is for residential 10 gig service, which surely won't come with a three-nines SLA or any HA promises. From the article,

While business pricing varies based on the deployment, residents would pay about $400 a month for 10Ggbps service.

I can't find anything on their site about business rates (or even a residential 10 gig rate, yet).

Comment Re:Comcast giveth and I taketh away (Score 3, Insightful) 229

An open message to Comcast execs: be absolutely sure you're ready to make customers decide between your content and Netflix. I bet you'd be surprised how often the response won't be what you'd hope.

Good luck with that. Netflix is busy dropping content, using the rationale that you can get that content from cable TV instead. We're approaching a point where the only winning move is not to pay; I predict many folks will soon cancel cable and Netflix, and just go back to torrents.

Comment Re:Data usage is data usage (Score 1) 346

It's part of the contract, is why. There's a clause in my apartment's lease that says I'm allowed to have up to two adults and two children living here at any given time. If I decide to go out and get three adult roommates, I expect the leasing office is going to be upset. You might ask, "why should it matter whether there are 2 adults and 2 kids, or 4 adults and 0 kids, it's 4 people either way." Well, it matters because I signed a contract saying I don't get to have 4 adults living here.

I believe T-Mobile is using the word tethering to mask the fact that the plans are not really "unlimited".

Nobody's masking anything. These folks signed a contract saying they get 7 gigs, and only 7 gigs, worth of tethering data; along with unlimited phone data. Unlimited tethering data was never part of the deal.

Comment Re:Stop expoiting your carrier (Score 1) 346

There is no false advertising going on here. T-Mobile did not sell anyone "unlimited tethering." They have never offered such a service. I don't understand why this is so confusing.

T-Mobile does sell a plan that gives you unlimited data use on your phone, for using apps and browsing the web and shit on your phone, plus 7 gigs of tethering data. They aren't complaining about anyone using too much data on their phone. They're going after users who are tethering every device in their home (or perhaps business) to their phone, and then intentionally evading the 7 gig limit on tethering. That limit is in the contract, and it's part of the marketing.

Comment Re:Logical (Score 1) 211

This sounds like a troll, or maybe Zuckerberg posting as AC. But I'll bite just in case some congressional staffer who might believe this nonsense is reading.

If your company wasn't run by fucking slave drivers, they wouldn't have such a tough time filling open positions. 16x5 +10 (+10?) is worse than what EA used to expect out of their employees, and they had the worst reputation in the business. They also wound up having to pay out millions in a labor dispute surrounding those practices, something your bosses might be wise to research.

Where are you located? Consider recruiting remotely. If the company is scared of using telecommuters, open a satellite office somewhere. Not everyone involved in software development needs to be in the bay area, or in Austin or other expensive "tech cities." Smaller southern metros like Little Rock and Memphis have rich talent pools with lower costs of living (read: you can pay people less and they'll still feel well-compensated) and lower cost per square foot to lease commercial space. We even have the internet down here!

Not that anyone in these cities will put up with 100+ hour weeks for very long, either, but there are lots of unemployed American developers looking for a job. You just can't expect to find many unemployed people in cities where a studio apartment is $4,000 a month; they can't afford to be there in the first place.

Comment Re:Who is stopping him? (Score 1) 372

GP poster is just trolling, with his "Eclipse, like all free IDE's, sucks" comment. You don't notice him mentioning his own environment.

The only other strong suggestion he can make is Android Studio, which instead of bundling Android SDK with Eclipse it bundles Android SDK with IDEA. Which would be fine, if it wasn't languishing in bug reports of its own, new major releases every week, breaking due to Gradle configurations that cause hair-pulling (what the fuck is Gradle and what was wrong with Ant and Maven for dependency management), etc etc. And forget trying to migrate from Eclipse with the SDK over to Android Studio. For God's sake, even when Google I/O was going on, the current builds of Android Studio on offer still didn't work any better than the Eclipse SDK. Life apparently is no better in the Mac world but I don't have experience there.

Don't get me wrong, I love Android, I have 3 Android devices, I'm interested in developing Android apps personally. I'm not knocking Java, I use it. I'm not knocking existing IDEs, I use them. What I'm knocking is the constant moving target status of Android where things change so fucking quickly their own devs can't even keep up with their own IDE bundles or their own documentation. As a potential Android developer, everything I run into is a turnoff. Look at the project and look at all the open issues with the IDE tools and the SDK (forget API and device bugs, those are all to be expected, I'm talking serious problems with the developer tools only). I don't have time to deal with that shit for fun.

"Of course power tools and alcohol don't mix. Everyone knows power tools aren't soluble in alcohol..." -- Crazy Nigel