Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?
For the out-of-band Slashdot experience (mostly headlines), follow us on Twitter, or Facebook. ×

Comment: Start a community broadband service (Score 4, Interesting) 122 122

Want Verizon to sit up straight and come around? NYC is the *perfect* place for community access broadband. Enormous population density with probably high 90% subscribership. Even if it's not possible to use Verizon's fiber I wonder if the conduit is fair game by FCC rules.

Heck, I'm willing to bet a good technical plan and an indieGoGo campaign could get things going.

Comment: A more accurate summary might be: (Score 5, Insightful) 192 192

'The US Navy paid $9.1M to insure that critical systems running an older OS are still supported while they continue to transition away from said older OS, a process that anyone with IT experience knows cannot happen overnight, and sometimes can take years, particularly when it comes to systems with potentially disastrous consequences at risk should you just slap updates on them willy-nilly.'

I do realize that we're talking about post-Dice Slashdot here, but this is one of the lamer website shillings I've seen in a while. Honestly, the article itself isn't nearly as sensational as this clickbait summary would have you believe.

Comment: Re:I talk to them (Score 1) 193 193

I think I'm going to record an mp3 on my computer that is minutes of:

hold on.. (shouting at someone else) "I'm on an important call!! It's about our credit card debt"
Ok, hold on, looking for wallet, think it's in the kitchen..
Pots crashing, cat screesch
Wait hang on here it is, ok.. aw crap, I forgot the credit card is buy the computer upstairs, hold on.. How's your day going?

Might wrap it all up with a clown honk and some profanity.

Comment: Re:Best "nice try" was the guy in India... (Score 1) 193 193

I managed to dick around with those same guys for a solid 15 minutes. I kept making typos, had to reboot my computer, oops, browser crashed. Finally he asked what I did for a living and I said I was unemployed.... which is why my internet connection got cut last month.

Comment: Poor little monster (Score 5, Informative) 288 288

Getting pushed around? Not used to having to deal with someone that can bite back? Keep in mind this is the company that has a track record of attacking any and all start-up cable and connector makers.

This is a great read - a small-time cable maker basically telling monster suck it after they sent their default "infringement" claim.

Comment: Paypal shouldn't ask (Score 1) 122 122

Because none of the other robo-callers do and the FCC does FUCK ALL about them. I've been getting robo dialled at least twice a day now for months. Credit card rate lowering services, free cruises, free shit for seniors, etc. I'm on the DoNotCall list, and I have to answer unknown numbers due to my work. I've filed dozens of complaints on their website and nothing changes.

What could be an easier crime to track down? Electronic record of phone call? Solicitation of a financial transaction? Hundreds if not thousands of complaints per offender.

Worthless, useless federal bureaucracy.

Comment: Aptitude instead of existing knowledge (Score 1) 263 263

Unless you're hiring someone for a specific development role (in which case you know exactly what you need) there's really no right answer to this question. But evaluating someone's ability to learn and do on their own is paramount in my experience. I'm a sysadmin and don't code much but I have written my own python scripts that interact with databases including scripts with classes and modules as well as multi-threaded scripts. It was what was necessary to fix the problem at hand. Just don't ask me to sit down and write it during the interview, I will likely need a day or two to buff the rust off my knowledge.

Comment: Let's call it what it really is.. (Score 3, Informative) 208 208

The Clinton Corrupt Slush Fund for Easy Policy Change..

Need some weapons deals pushed through? Donate millions to the foundation!

And who really cares where the money goes.. Charity Navigator won't even rank them due to their "atypical business model." It's a slush fund for the Clintons to doll out favors to their political toadies. Nevermind Hillary's absurd "I can't carry two devices" excuse for hosting a private mail server in her house to conduct State Department business.

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.