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Comment: Re:Novelty Media is Novelty (Score 1) 278

by NewWorldDan (#48720387) Attached to: Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

How much manual labor do you do? When I worked in fast food and manufacturing, I spent more of my spare time reading, gaming, and writing software. I still do those things in my spare time, but now, as a desk jockey, I do a lot more woodworking, cooking, and biking. I trained for a week long bike ride across Iowa. Best shape I've been in in years because of it. As I spoke with my fellow riders among the corn fields, I found a lot of professional workers. I didn't find any carpenters or plumbers or electricians.

I assume that one of the reasons you find running to be rewarding is because of the amount of work it takes to successfully prepare for a marathon. Running a marathon in anything under 5 hours is a major achievement. We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Some guy that builds houses for a living? He doesn't need any more hard work.

Comment: Re:Novelty Media is Novelty (Score 4, Insightful) 278

by NewWorldDan (#48719403) Attached to: Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

I think we're also at a point in society where many things have become just a bit too easy. I can carry around one thousand albums and play them back on a device the size of a pack of gum. Vinyl forces you to store and manage a bulky item. You can't take it on the go, you put on one album and you listen to it (or even only half of it). It's a listening ritual.

Similarly, people who don't find themselves doing enough real work do things like running marathons. Food preparation these days, especially for dinner parties, is often about showcasing how much time you have to devote to the process. In a world where you can have anything you want delivered the next day from Amazon, people are starting to want things that require a bit more effort.

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.

Save a little money each month and at the end of the year you'll be surprised at how little you have. -- Ernest Haskins