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Comment: Re:My best was 45 minutes (Score 1) 234

I made it close to two hours once, while working at the same time. I speak french and they don`t speak it very well thus it was perhaps easier than you to keep them hooked up. He was quite angry when he understood he had been played all along. I hoped that saved a few people from getting caught by that scheme!

Tip of the hat, monsieur.

Laughing at them as they scream is a nice reward; I also hope it makes them more likely to dump a real mark, thinking they are being played, when the victim takes too long to con or isn't moving fast enough.

Comment: Re:My best was 45 minutes (Score 1) 234

Next time they call I plan on acting amazed that my new computer can tell it's infected even before I inbox it. I then intend to see if I can get them to walk me (an idiot, of course) through putting it together so I can let them "help" fix it.

Here's hoping it kills an hour or more of their time :)

Remember - your goal is to get them to think their is money at the end of the conversation. The more the talk, the more they've invested in the con and the more likely they are going to keep trying to get your CC number. Let them think they are in control of the situation.

Comment: My best was 45 minutes (Score 5, Funny) 234

before I got bored. He, and his "supervisor of tech support" was already spitting mad so when I thanked him for playing the fool and provide me with some laughs it pushed him over the edge. My shtick is to pretend to be an elderly man, who off course has trouble hearing so they have to s p e l l r e a l s l o w l y and i still mess it up, have them explain the internet (isn't it that cable thingy that I plug in the wall? You want me to disconnect it?) all while obviously being vey very worried about them virus things. I've seen them talk about it on TV. Is it like Ebola? I don't want to get that.Of course none of his instructions worked because I don't use Windows.

The trick is to appear complaint while being confused and incompetent. The couple of times he doubted my old age gimmick I thanked him and joked the ladies tell me that as well.

Comment: Re:Cost of a tank of gas (Score 1) 128

by Registered Coward v2 (#48638893) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

at a cost of roughly a tank of gas in a premium sedan.

Roughly, not exactly. Pegging the price of a battery switch to the price of gas really wouldn't make any sense, although it might make sense to make it based on the cost of electricity in the area, assuming that that varies.

If I were to price it I would use the following formula once there were enough stations to make simply swapping a battery without needing to return to the same station to get the original back a viable option:

Price = Cost of electricity for a full charge from current battery state + prorated (operations and maintenance cost to swap + cost to amortize investment in station + cost of station depreciation) + allowance for replacement of bad batteries received in swap + desired profit per swap

Comment: Re: First amendment? (Score 1) 250

by Registered Coward v2 (#48614627) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

"Lawrence was paid 7 percent of the movie's profit, while Bale and Cooper received 9 percent, according to emails sent to Pascal. Amy Pascal, the co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment is the only woman earning $1 million or more at the studio."

Profits? more fool them. With Hollywood accounting it sounds like they probably all got nothing regardless :) 7%? 9%? It's all $0 once Hollywood has fiddled the figures to make sure the movie makes zero profit!

That depends. They are probably smart enough to get a percent of the gross, not net profits. They get paid before any of the people getting a share of the net profits. Only a fool or someone with no negotiation clout settles for a share of the gross. That various stars got less than others is a sign of their box office draw and clout, not some nefarious plot to pay women less.

Comment: Many IT execs do not even know what ball to drop.. (Score 1) 153

by Registered Coward v2 (#48612019) Attached to: In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

In this essay, Gerjets warns that many IT executives drop the ball when it comes to "defining how a new technology approach will add value" to their organization.

In my experience, many IT execs are not involved in developing or do not understand their company's strategy and thus have no idea what the technology needs to accomplish. they respond to requests, or develop technology solutions without input from the actual users and thus deliver solutions that don't really do what is needed. Even worse, some are promoted techies who are enamored with technology and want what is cool without regard to weather or not it is actually useful.

Comment: STEM is a wide field... (Score 4, Interesting) 279

by Registered Coward v2 (#48611955) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?
If you want be an engineer then you need to go back and get a degree. However, working in STEM and being a STEM are two different things. You have an English degree - what about technical writing? Many of the writers I worked with were not engineers (thank god) and that would be a way to see if STEM really interests you. You can always do night school if it does.

Comment: Re:Perhaps use Waze's analytics against it (Score 1) 594

by Registered Coward v2 (#48606175) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

You don't get it. No matter how many "false" reports you send to Waze -- a single "real" report of free flowing traffic will nullify all your false reports. Not all of us that use Waze follow it blindly. Example: my evening commute is typically when rush hour is wrapping up. I always see reports of wrecks and "RED" (slow) roadways -- as I travel the route all those negatives are erased because I am the proof (that Waze is looking for) that the "event" is over.

Then, as I also suggested, if that is the case one bogus "traffic is great" on the 450 would nullify all the slow reports and stop reroute get. The trick is to figure out what false data results in stopping the rerouting. Ultimately, the goal is to make Waze unreliable so people stop trusting its suggestions.

Comment: Re: First amendment? (Score 4, Interesting) 250

by Registered Coward v2 (#48604033) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Umm, no it does not, from the article:

Petitioners filed suit under both federal and state wiretapping laws, alleging that an unknown person using an electronic device had surreptitiously intercepted their telephone conversation.

This was about a lawsuit not a criminal case. Maybe you should actually read the finding before making false statements.

True. The question I would ask is "Are the leaked documents covering a matter of public concern?" In other words, is there a public interest served by publishing Sony's private internal documents or does Sony's right to privacy prevail?

Comment: Re:Perhaps use Waze's analytics against it (Score 1) 594

by Registered Coward v2 (#48603677) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

If it looks for passive movement data, why not create a bunch of accounts and put some old cell phones to good use broadcasting traffic data? Hook them up to wireless, use a VPN if needed to mask the IP, and show "cars" stopped. You could add in accident reports to make it more realistic. Maybe even some VMs running an iPhone simulator to increase the number of spoofed cars. Remember, technology is your friend if used correctly; just don't get any on you...

The problem is there would be more cars moving through the area than the "stopped" cars. Waze ignores obviously false reports as it states in the article.

Possibly, but rather than stop them show them as moving much slower, not stopped, than others or show many cars moving quickly thorough the nearby freeway.; as the TFA says Waze relies on using many reports to deduce actual traffic conditions. At some point, Waze has to decide what is real and what is fake data - if you have X cars moving slowly through the area and another X or 1.5 X going slower, which is real? The goal is to get them to decide the side street is slower than other alternatives and not offer it, so showing it to be a worse alternative to others is all that appears to be needed.

The challenge would be to spoof the GPS signal and get enough fake reports to make it work without actually having to move devices through the street.

Comment: Perhaps use Waze's analytics against it (Score 1) 594

by Registered Coward v2 (#48603397) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents
If it looks for passive movement data, why not create a bunch of accounts and put some old cell phones to good use broadcasting traffic data? Hook them up to wireless, use a VPN if needed to mask the IP, and show "cars" stopped. You could add in accident reports to make it more realistic. Maybe even some VMs running an iPhone simulator to increase the number of spoofed cars. Remember, technology is your friend if used correctly; just don't get any on you...

Comment: Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (Score 4, Insightful) 281

Google is investing massively abroad, such as in Zurich, Switzerland, where privacy laws are especially strong. Expect that if US laws continue to have negative effects on Google income, the company is going to be more and more international.

Which is pretty much irrelevant when it comes to a US Court requiring them to turn over the data if they have it. It used to be, in the age of paper, that stuff could be kept off-shore making it essentially unreachable; especially since no one might even now it existed unless someone told the authorities. Now, a US corporations data is essentially one big collection of stuff to be made available on demand; and refusal to turn it over could result in fines and contempt charges. In the end, he with the biggest stick wins.

Comment: Re:Can't say I'm surprised (Score 2) 47

by Registered Coward v2 (#48600533) Attached to: Sir Richard Branson Quietly Shelves Virgin Submarine Plan

Branson has a track record of seriously underestimating the difficulty of the challenges he picks. Plus he seems to believe he can replicate serious engineering achievements - eg space flight - on a shoestring budget. Well sorry, but you can't. And I suspect the same goes for his submersible. Diving down 7 miles takes some seriously well thought out and strong engineering, not just some recreational sub with a few extra inches thickness of hill.

Very true. Submarines are very complex craft that operate in a very hostile environment, and driving one takes skill, practice and teamwork. Flying along the ocean floor may sound fun and straightforward, and it is until you accidentally hit something and Davy Jones starts letting his water into your people tank.

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