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Comment: Re:H1B-er here: my opinion on the subject. (Score 1) 636

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#49587899) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers
FWIW, I, an American, was just hired by an American staffingcompany that as far as I can tell, seems to be run and populated by Indians. Nicest people you'd ever want to meet, if you can understand what they're saying. Personally I've never had a problem with the Indian people. The only thing is the accent barrier.

Comment: Re:More of the same (Score 3, Insightful) 155

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#49378333) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?
The Bad Guys are winning, because this is a *law enforcement* problem, not just a technical one. Cybercrooks are engaged in the same kind of theft they'd engage in if computers didn't exist. In a world where police can't or won't do their jobs, putting a bigger lock on your door is not a long-term solution. With the IoT (dumbest idea EVAH!) it's only going to get worse. Weep for the future Na'Toth. Weep for us all.

Comment: Re:just kill them (Score 1) 129

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#48424969) Attached to: Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam
About a year ago I went on a service call to a customer's house. The wife had gotten one of those calls and wisely called her husband to the phone; he talked to them and downloaded the malware they were offering but did not install it. They called us to 'fix' it. When I got there there was a mild, unrelated adware infection that I cleaned. I explained to the husband that everything was okay now, but I couldn't convince the wife that there wasn't anything wrong; she was absolutely convinced that what the scammers had told her was true & that their machine was just riddled & infested. She got angry to the point of tears with me AND her husband, for believing me, and ran to the bedroom and slammed the door loudly behind her. I hope they're still married...

Comment: What about advertising? (Score 1) 250

I want to stress right off the bat that I am not in favor of restricting video game content. That said, any time someone comes along and asserts that games, movies, TV, etc (pick and and all) do not influence behavior, I point to the trillion-dollar industry called "advertising". Its stated, precise intent is to influence behavior.

Comment: Re:Jean-Luc Picard is my idol... (Score 1) 191

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#47918291) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future
It paints an optimistic picture but it sure wasn't well thought out. Please don't misunderstand me; I enjoyed TNG too, but let's think through just a couple of things it featured: (1) Unlimited energy and the ability to create any object instantly like food, clothing and shelter; (2) Holographic VR simulators indistinguishable from reality... Sounds like a Federation full of Holodeck-addicted lotus-eaters to me. Captain Kirk *loved* destroying dystopian societies like that. Once again though, I loved to watch the show too (most of the time anyway).

Comment: Re:Au contraire! (Score 1) 129

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#47823715) Attached to: The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices
I would *much* rather help a user by actually being there than trying to explain how the CD-ROM tray isn't a coffee cup holder. I've worked in IT since the mid-90s and let me tell you, it's less frustrating for all involved that way-- except for the bean counters, who have to pay me to hop in my car and do that. They'd much rather pay a less skilled person less money to try to resolve things over the phone. Except for the smallest problems, THAT is the only reason remote support exists. How many times have you called a big company for help with something (not just computers, but anything) only to be stymied by some level one drone who reads from a script? They provide this crappy support because they can get away with it.

Comment: Re:Sounds uselesss to me (Score 1) 116

by TheGoodNamesWereGone (#47823687) Attached to: E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone
Most kids, left to their own devices, either won't read or will read shit. That carries over into young adulthood-- witness the slouching beast that is pop culture. Take one look at the magazines at a grocery store checkout, or the lad mags. The human brain has a limited capacity, that can be filled with good stuff or bad stuff. Things like Hamlet or Great Expectations or 1984 are still relevant today. I'm like you; I could've done without some of the more boring ones, but looking back I'm glad I was given the foundation.

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