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Comment: Re:3-digit /. UID? (Score 1) 81

by Miguelito (#48622911) Attached to: Manufacturer's Backdoor Found On Popular Chinese Android Smartphone

Ah.. really classic gaming.

The Colecovision baseball that had the specific controllers was a lot of fun.. until we learned the pitch that was a strike but couldn't be hit. Then games became a challenge of who could continue to pitch that exact pitch without making a mistake.

Man the intellivision had some great games though... B-17 bomber was awesome with the voice module. Tron Deadly Discs was a marathon game if there ever was one. My friend was the best at TDD and could play for hours until it finally got crazy hard.

Comment: Re:this is ridiculous (Score 1) 432

by gatzke (#48611263) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

How is it different? In both cases, the police are accessing publicly available visual information. In one case, you have officers and another a camera. Surveillance was not illegal before, but now it is? Can cops still sit and watch without a warrant?

Just do your illegal stuff in the privacy of your own home with the blinds drawn.

Comment: I use a virtual host as an MX relay.. (Score 2) 405

by Miguelito (#48379853) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

When the entire RoadRunner residential IP spaces were blocked, I just got a virtual server (now a Linode) and simply run that as my MX. Helps on inbound mail as well for any times my home connection goes down.. it'll queue up there. I use trusted certs for relaying from home and send mail via authenticated SMTP (TLS required) for mobile devices, via the same virtual host avoiding issues with connectivity to home (which was rare, but now I don't have to worry). I also have the connections between the VM and home box use a port other than 25 to avoid any blocking of port 25 by my ISP (which, for San Diego at least, hasn't happened in years).

It comes down to $20 a month for the size of vm I got (I also started using it for a few other things too). I also do my greylisting and other anti-spam measure there before it even tries to deliver to my server at home.

Comment: Re:HTC (Score 1) 201

by gatzke (#48153491) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

I will admit I hate that so much cruft is installed by default. They have this "Blink feed" crap that takes up a whole panel and there is no way to remove it. Not cool.

Then Verizon force-installs a bunch of crapware too. I don't want to spend time rooting my phone to purge that crap. Forced software installs are my only complaint on this phone...

Comment: HTC (Score 1, Insightful) 201

by gatzke (#48153231) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

HTC made some great stuff. Many times in the last weeks I have been asked how I like my new iPhone. I have a two-year old HTC One (m7).

But my old phone still has higher resolution than the brand new 6, higher DPI, more RAM, and working NFC. I assume the HTC One m8 is even better now, with a new version coming out soon.

I hope the 9 is great and gets HTC running full steam again.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 622

by gatzke (#48131773) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

If you give nekkid pictures to a third party to keep for you and you don't even seal them in an envelope (encrypted?) is that a good idea?

If your security to retrieve your pictures back from the third party is a single passphrase, is that a good idea?

To some people, there is a big difference between a picture of a nekkid rear end and a full action shot. Are full detail graphic photos and movies a good idea?

Comment: Re:Grades do mean something... (Score 1) 389

by gatzke (#48073081) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

I agree, employers may miss out on some great people if you make cuts based on grades. However, you are playing the averages. A typical student with great grades will probably be a more effective employee than a straight C student (but not always).

Sure there may be some excuse for the bad grades, but employers don't want to hear excuses when you are working for them. They want you to complete your task effectively and efficiently.

I have seen "bad" students excel in the workforce. I have seen super brainiacs totally crash and burn. There are not surefire rules, but grades and test scores are just another piece of information about someone. Not perfect, but better than nothing.

Comment: Grades do mean something... (Score 1) 389

by gatzke (#48072271) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

There are always exceptions. Generally speaking, grades do indicate something. Sometimes good grades mean the student is very bright and picks up things rapidly. Sometimes good grades indicate a strong work ethic. Both of these are qualities that employers would want in future hires.

Along the same lines, good grades do not mean that you will be successful in the work environment. It is a first pass, enough to get your foot in the door. If the student can't follow through, get big complex jobs done, communicate effectively, and work with others they probably won't be very successful. Our academic system does encourage and promote some of those traits, but it could be better.

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