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Comment: Supply and demand (Score 5, Insightful) 190

by NewWorldDan (#48601017) Attached to: Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

What an idiot. He spells out the whole thing but can't see the big picture. Sidecar is hampered by a lack of drivers. Drivers are making more money on Lyft and UberX, so that's where they go. And those companies also have better marketing departments so they get more business. It's really not that complicated.

Comment: Re:Static IP reverse DNS. (Score 1) 405

by NewWorldDan (#48380731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Not just that, even if you have both a valid forward and reverse DNS entry, a lot of spam filters will reject the message if the DNS entry is in the format of or other similar format. Make sure both the forward and reverse are for your domain. I had that problem when I first put my business server on Comcast.

Comment: Re:Trade school vs College (Score 2) 546

by NewWorldDan (#47819489) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

In terms of hiring, I have yet to see a college or trade school that does an adequate job. Fundamentally, I'm hiring people to develop web apps on the MS MVC stack. That requires a bit of theory, architecture, security, and hands on coding skills. If you can't actually code, you're worthless. I give all applicants a CS101 level coding test. Anyone worth hiring will be done in under 5 minutes. From there, it turns in to an interview about your theoretical knowledge and patterns. Anyone without a basic grasp of security and best practices is a liability. And most recent grads, even if they have all that covered, take 6-12 months to really become useful. At which time, they expect to get paid a boatload of money, except I've got to somehow account for the expense of training them to be useful. It's all kind of frustrating, really,.

Comment: Re:shift of blame. (Score 1) 419

by NewWorldDan (#47558119) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Fraud is fraud. They aren't going after the banks, just arresting the actual criminal.

This scam is nothing new. I fell for it once 20 years ago when I was 18. The customer told me I needed to use the number printed on the card to get an authorization code. Being 18 and not knowing any better, that's what I did. Everything seemed legit during the phone call, I punched it in to the card system, and the scammer walked away with a very nice laptop.

Now that I know how the scam works, I could easily spot it and have the guy arrested. Asking the typical register jockey to do so? Not likely. I'm actually a little surprised that override codes are still a thing. The last time I worked a register (about 13 years ago), a declined card was a declined card, no exceptions.

Comment: Re:I used to donate blood... (Score 1) 172

by NewWorldDan (#47221951) Attached to: Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

By law, all the blood donations in the US have to come from volunteers -- donors are not allowed to sell blood

Then fix the law. I'll give my blood away for free when everyone working at the blood bank and the hospital start working for free as well. Until then, my O-Neg blood is staying where it is. Frankly, it takes balls to ask me to donate when everyone else in the system is in there for the money. Pay people for blood and the shortages will disappear. At least in the US. 3rd world countries may have other institutional problems getting in the way.

Comment: Re:By mistake? (Score 1) 711

by NewWorldDan (#47155275) Attached to: Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Oh, I've bought a few phones that were, in hindsight, mistakes. I knew what I was buying, I just didn't know it was crap. Android prior to Gingerbread was crap, and even Gingerbread was kind of iffy. Fortunately, smartphones have reached a point where even the cheap phones are pretty nice. My S3 is approaching 2 years old and I may continue to use it for another 2 years.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 147

by NewWorldDan (#47112425) Attached to: Virtual DVDs, Revisited

He's a columnist. He's probably more qualified than the idiots who write for my local newspaper. But his job is to write something even if he doesn't really have anything to say.

And in this case, there's not much to say. Movie streaming, DVD sales, rentals, etc., are tied up in a web of contracts and distribution agreements, and it's entirely possible that a studio couldn't sell streaming on some things even if they wanted to. Also, a lot of movies are available on Amazon Instant Video as 24 hours rentals. Ta Da. The challenge for Amazon, Netflix, and the studios is how do they milk the most money out of consumers while at the same time satisfying all of their existing contractual obligations. They're all smart companies, it's just more complicated than poor Bennett understands.

I don't have any use for bodyguards, but I do have a specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants. -- Elvis Presley