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Comment: Re:9 to 5 is a myth (Score 1) 146

by cdwiegand (#47778503) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession

In Colorado, retail and service, plus a whole host of other types of business, MUST provide an unpaid lunch. And yes, you as a worker DO have to take it - you could literally turn around later that day and sue the company for not providing one, even if I have your sworn oath on video saying you agree. Note that this kind of thing only applies to "employees" - contractors are totally different.

Comment: Too expensive (Score 2) 274

by cdwiegand (#47745153) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

My wife and I just left Dropbox, because paying $20/month for 200 GB of storage (which she just exceeded with our photos from before kids as well as our kids) is crazier than paying $10 for 1 TB of storage. The only feature I miss is the ability to auto-backup our photos to our online storage - Google does some kind of backup to Google+, but that's worthless to me. Dropbox would auto-upload my pictures to a folder, which I really liked. Oh, and IFTTT doesn't seem to work well for us for backing up the photos, seems to take forever and requires tweaking, Dropbox's system Just Worked.

I understand Dropbox is coming out with some email client, ok, yay, Yet Another Email Client. That is so old and tired. Do something innovative. Now, all this said, if there was an EASY way for me to have Dropbox-like functionality against an S3 endpoint where *I*/AWS runs the box, I'd be game. The options out there suck for users and honestly aren't great for power users either.

Comment: Re:It's a TRAP! (Score 2) 175

by cdwiegand (#47631129) Attached to: Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

Indeed, this. Although I can think of no way to securely do PGP in a web interface (as even a browser plugin, suggested by an earlier poster, is vulnerable to the NSA et al going to Google, Firefox and Microsoft and demanding they implement a shim allowing them access to the innards of the browser memory), even fake security does raise exposure to encryption, and systems not compliant or that munge the encryption will be fixed to not mess up the emails. This is good, and then we, as the open source community, can work on creating truly secure systems / interfaces.

Comment: Re:Should the United States accept more foreigners (Score 1) 377

by cdwiegand (#47531539) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

*This*. I am middle class, have all the appliances I could ever want, but since I don't know how to cook, and neither does my wife, we end up eating more frozen dinners or eating out than cooking our own food because we have no idea how, and cookbooks only work when you have more than just the basics.

Comment: Re:Their implementation sucks. (Score 1) 146

by cdwiegand (#47526069) Attached to: Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

This! Wow, I had no idea others had the same issue. I tried putting the IPv6 modem on the outside of my firewall, and couldn't get the delegation to work reliably, so finally in order to "keep my IPv6" I had to put it on the inside of my network. Luckily all of my ipv6-capable equipment is modern enough OSes (ubuntu, osx and windows 7+) to have real firewalls, and everything else is known non-IPv6-capable (my old wireless canon printer, mostly).

Once they fully launch it in the business accounts, I plan to get a static delegation so I don't have to deal with their DHCP-PD problems.

Comment: Re:Don't care either way (Score 1) 145

by cdwiegand (#47345489) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

Nope! Just because they're "opt-in" doesn't mean they're in compliance. You have to TRACK that optin, exactly which list, and you can only use that list for the SPECIFIC activity - not even a footer mentioning a new product you've come out with if that list's description on the optin page doesn't say ", and new products as released!" So if you sign up for a security patches/updates list, they can ONLY send you that information - absolutely nothing else commercial. Not even a single line. Want to mention that Windows 8.2 isn't affected? Could be seen by a judge as commercial - you're trying to upsell the customer. Also you can't email someone more than 2 years after getting their permission, so now you'll see annual "review your subscriptions or we'll cut you" emails to ensure the lists stay clean.

Comment: Re:So how is that going to work (Score 1) 188

by cdwiegand (#47281935) Attached to: Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

You **can't** physically do this. RF doesn't magically just stop at a boundary. Even miles away there's still some signal, it's just in the noise.

You can block signals easily - just build a faraday cage (or elementary school - all of the ones around here seem to sap signal to the point that my battery lasts only an hour) into your building design for your [ house | business | theatre | whatever ]. That's passive, and completely legal (I'm not your lawyer, nor is this legal advise, it's purely my personal opinion). But transmitting, that's when it becomes the FCC's business because **airwaves are public - they don't stop at your front door, they continue for quite some distance, so they're all on public "property"**.

Comment: Re:Jury duty sucks (Score 2) 389

This idea has merit... too bad it'll probably never happen.

I definitely think civics should be taught as a required pass/fail course in high school. I also think Logic and Home Ec (yes, you SHOULD know how to cook, balance a checkbook and do laundry) should be required to graduate.

Comment: Re: How does one determine the difference... (Score 1, Interesting) 389

Oh, please. Unions aren't there for "the workers" they are a separate management system trying to get themselves (the "union bosses") better control without having to do any actual work. I will _never_ work for a union. I worked at Lucent/Avaya for a couple of years as a contractor, and the union employees barely lifted their fingers to do any work - I had to work around them as much as I could just to get MY job done. Maybe back in the 1900s unions where useful, but these days I'm pretty anti-lazybutt, whether that's unions or just slacker coworkers.

That said, jury duty pay in America is crap - in Colorado the first three days are paid by your employer (so small companies are punished more than large ones, YAY!) and then after that you're paid by the government a paltry sum that wouldn't buy me my lunch and bus fare to/from said courthouse. It's embarrassing.

I wish you humans would leave me alone.