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Comment: Re:A Fan of Security (Score 1) 201

by dj245 (#49825301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Your Most Unusual Hardware Hack?

Back in Pentium 66 days Intel shipped a bunch of mother boards that made it impossible to disable power management.

We were shipping a 386 mode extended DOS batch application (long story). To keep the machines from powering down during a run we suggested a workaround. A thermal water cup pecking bird with a paper clip attached to hit the shift key on every peck.

I sent a copy of the 'tech bulletin' to a friend who worked at Intel, thinking they should make it an official workaround. They never did.

Because you made it all up? Anyone who has actually played with the drinking bird knows that they can't generate anywhere near as much force as the keyboards of that era required in order to register a keystroke.

Comment: Re:One connector to rule them all. (Score 2) 152

If you think Micro-A USB is popular, wait until you see your grandkids getting devices with USB-C.

Surely you can't be serious? USB has only been around for 20 years and in that time they have gone through 10 different types of plugs, 7 of which I have personally used and probably 5 of which most people would agree were "commonly used". We'll have a new plug in less than 10 years, probably less than 5. Unless you already have grandkids of walking age, I really can't agree with your prediction.

Comment: Re:A poll is not a news story (Score 4, Insightful) 196

by dj245 (#49822963) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, and ...
I rarely defend Slashdot management, but in their defense, this website isn't so much about the subject content. An external link to a news story and an internal poll are both "content", but actually neither are very significant to many people here. The discussion that follows is the real content.

That said, they should put it back in the sidebar where it belongs.

Comment: Re:This is what we get for $7.3B? (Score 3) 315

Yeah, the Coast Guard is just a giant waste of money... Nice try. This is regarding TSA screening in airports, your laundry list is a different subject.

I think that was for comparison purposes. As in, the TSA costs a lot more than a lot of other programs which actually accomplish something.

Although it is a bit startling to me that the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) costs as much as it does. $3.2 billion a year, and that organization is basically only in charge of processing paperwork for people applying for visas, resident cards, and citizenship. AND they collect hefty fees for their services- we paid USCIS about $1500 in total for my wife's visa and permanent resident card. Many of their employment-based visa programs are even more expensive.

Comment: Re:I hate Uber but... (Score 1) 225

This. Uber may be run by (as stated by another /.er) "the most punchable management shit weasels" but at least they are committing to this free market idea we supposedly support instead of trying to suppress wages.

Don't give them too much credit, they really had no choice. Senior management at Uber decided their next step is to make driverless cars. They seem to be very serious about this. In driverless car competition, you either play small and hope to be bought out or play big and hope to be the winner at the end of the day. They need to move fast because others have a head start, and they have a blank piece of paper. They need some leading experts in the field in order to catch up to where Google was 2 years ago.They don't have time to find qualified candidates that will accept below market rates. If they tried to suppress wages for this project, the project wouldn't happen. It doesn't mean they won't suppress wages on other projects, or even later on this project after they get a production product.

Comment: Re:save? (Score 1) 227

A big screen TV is no longer a rich man's luxury. The best displays are about $2,000. If you pay more, either you're paying for a brand, or you are buying a jumbo screen that's 65" or higher. Which even then, it isn't going to exceed $10,000 unless either you buy snake oil shit (think the 'monster cable' of TVs) or you buy something that's so big it can't even fit into the living room of a typical mansion.

The rich man's luxury these days depends on the kind of rich man you are. Some like coke and sex parties, some like menageries, some like exotic car collections, some like Learjets, some like live-in sushi chefs, and some like to own one of every kind of weapon in existence.

John Mcafee for example loves coke and sex parties.

That's the way it always has been. The rich aren't satisfied with consumer goods and never have been. Here's just a couple examples from the 1920s. Drugs and underaged girls aren't a recent invention.

Comment: Re:Hilarious! (Score 1) 220

by dj245 (#49798829) Attached to: Chinese Nationals Accused of Taking SATs For Others

The SAT is one of the most useless measures of knowledge or capability the world has ever seen. Standardized tests don't work, they've never worked and we know they don't tell us about a persons true intelligence. So if China wants to take a SAT for me, go ahead.

If non-Chinese nationals are doing this, don't you think Chinese nationals are doing this too? Everything is for sale in China. Would it bother you if you or your children didn't make it to your preferred university because a cheater beat you out?

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Lots of highly paid folks (Score 3, Interesting) 124

Looks like there are a lot of highly skilled and highly paid people in the companies I looked... the opposite of the Slashdot narrative of indentured servants working on minimum wage.

And then there's this from TFA:

In Négri’s opinion, that could be a trick to bring in a technically skilled worker at a lower cost: “If the title says software engineer, you pay a lot” to stay in compliance with the H-1B laws that require immigrants to be paid the prevailing wage, he says. “If the title says ‘consultant’, instead of $130,000 you might pay $60,000, the gap is that big.” He pointed to a “technology lead” for Infosys in Sunnyvale, Calif., listed in the database as having a salary of $87,000. “That’s not much for Silicon Valley,” Négri says.

While it may not be minimum wage or indentured servitude, the point about wage suppression still has merit.

Companies do play games with the titles. Another way that wages are suppressed is by bringing in a foreign worker at the prevailing local rate. Take a look at the numbers for Accenture. The vast majority of their H1-B hires are just barely more than the prevailing rate. In most cases, within $100.

I have also heard that it is very common for a company to claim on H1-B applications a higher salary than was actually paid to the employee.

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.