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Comment: I turned down ~20%...ymmv (Score 1) 397

by enigmatichmachine (#41318777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Much Is a Fun Job Worth?

I had two competing offers during my last job hunt.
one was about 20% less than the other, but had an hour less commute a day, and an opportunity to work in gaming vs. finance.

I spoke with a lot of friends/family on this issue and they all said the same thing:
"How much do you need?"
if they're both offering that, then go with the most fun.

Comment: Re:MIght as well be (Score 2, Interesting) 692

by enigmatichmachine (#37708086) Attached to: Apple's Siri As Revolutionary As the Mac?

are you kidding?!?

Mac computers are the closest thing to Linux you're going to get off the shelf.

If you're really smart, you want as little friction between you and doing what you want as possible. get a Imac with a 27" screen, shipped to your door and working out of the box.

That said, I hate the OSX UI, but if you're really looking for a powerful command line out of the box, OSx is the way to go.

Comment: Re:What are they thinking? (Score 1) 366

by enigmatichmachine (#37594538) Attached to: Sprint Bets Big On the iPhone

Agreed completely.
My iphone data usage is ~300 MB/mo. I use netflix app daily.
My wifes is closer to 3 GB/mo. she just browses the web.

the reason? I have wifi on at home and at work.
she doesn't know what wifi is. the phone either works or it doesn't for her. I tried explaining that LOLCATS will load faster if she goes on the wifi, but if it involves doing ANYTHING, pressing a single button, she won't do it.

Comment: am I the only person who thinks this a good thing? (Score 3, Interesting) 207

by enigmatichmachine (#36929102) Attached to: AT&T To Start Data Throttling Heaviest Users

I mean, I want my service to work, because it's not overloaded all the time, and this fixes that problem without
a. Hard caps
b. overages.

seems to me, saying you'll get 3g speeds for the first 2gb/mo, and edge speeds after that is the best way to solve the problem. SO long as it's publicized. if you don't like it, too bad, I'm tired of shitty service because some folks use their hacked Iphones to download torrents all day.

that said, if the service still sucks, or the cap it too low, leave.

Comment: same issue, delete or.. (Score 1) 619

by enigmatichmachine (#36378180) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

I've got the same problem with my gmail account. most I just delete silently. I seem to get a lot of grandparents email kids, to them I reply kindly that they have the wrong person, and to call their grandkids and request the address again.

some groups don't get it. I was in a group email for a dorm, and setup a filter to reply all when sent email from their college with " I don't go to your school, never have, I've asked repeatedly to be removed from this mailing list, you're all idiots" AFIAK, they got several dozen of these reply spams before they figured out how to remove me from their mailing list. sucks for them, easy enough for me. ;-)

Idle

+ - Rep. Anthony Weiner Framed via Yfrog Security Flaw-> 1

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bughunter
" rel="nofollow">bughunter writes "According to evidence collected by blogger Joseph Cannon, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was the victim of a framing attempt using the Yfrog photo hosting service. Tipped off by EXIF data inconsistencies, Cannon began investigating possible explanations, and discovered that using an email trick, images can be inserted into a Yfrog user’s collection without their knowledge. Cannon also examines other evidence, direct and circumstantial, that points to the “discoverer” of the alleged lewd Tweet by Weiner as the one who planted the fraudulent photo. Says Cannon, “The framer did not hack into Weiner's account. There was no need for hacking. The framer used a much simpler, more ingenious scheme, involving a design flaw in the architecture of the application.”"
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Comment: Pays back "Within 60,000 Miles" (Score 1) 762

by enigmatichmachine (#33196498) Attached to: Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings

Total Bullshit. they estimate 5 years to pay back, based on 20,000 KM year. Total for 5 years is 63,000 miles. The warranty on hybrid components here in California is 150,000 Miles. Assuming you drive the car until they stop repairing it for free, you'll get a payback that is 2.3 times great than their reporting.

Matrix Vs. Prius is 16,800 and 12,800 to maintain over 63,000 miles, to hit 150,00 miles, multiply by 2.3, you get 38,640 for the matrix, 29,440 for the Prius, which is still at this point under warranty

You've saved $9,200 in fuel over the warranty period
MSRP for Matrix is 16,700 base
MSRP for Prius is 21,400 base
total savings is Matrix Base cost+Extra fuel cost-Prius base cost= $4500 Not a lot, but Nothing to scoff at either, plus, the Prius has better resale value, more standard options than the Matrix, is bigger, safer, and better rated.

Prius fun factor is 0 though. :-(

Comment: Re:OP missed the golden age... (Score 1) 134

by enigmatichmachine (#31117878) Attached to: Silicon Valley's Island of Misfit Tech

I bought my first monitor from Weird stuff. it was vga, but had a 2 row EGA connector and it took forever to make an adapter cable, as apparently the monitor was for some Japanese standard. the screen would turn brown ever so often and I had to hit it as hard as I could on the left side to set it straight again.

but the truly weird stuff i've found there? a CO2 cutting laser, Used glass wafer masks left over from some fab(wouldn't these be secret?) and a Degauss machine so strong it ripped the IC's off hard drives.

Transportation

+ - Porsche Unveils 911 Hybrid With Flywheel Booster->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "Porsche has just unveiled its 911 GT3 R Hybrid, a 480 horsepower track vehicle ready to rock the 24-hour Nurburgring race this May. Porsche’s latest supercar will use the same 911 production platform available to consumers today, with a few race-ready features including front-wheel hybrid drive and an innovative flywheel system that stores kinetic energy from braking and then uses it to provide a 160 horsepower burst of speed. The setup is sure to offer an advantage when powering out of turns and passing by other racers."
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Comment: Re:I ride an e-bike in China (Score 2, Informative) 533

by enigmatichmachine (#30992658) Attached to: Electric Bicycles Surging In Popularity

They work in the US too.
I live in the suburbs, I ride my bike up to my house, then into the yard, then in the back door, then stop in the bedroom and plug it in. I have a higher end model(1500w motor) and I commute 5 miles each way to San Francisco daily. the bike is faster than driving, and I've never ran out of juice, and I can tell down to the mile when I'll run out due to the very accurate power meter. I"m sure the bike would be stolen in 5 minutes were I ever to leave it outside, but it spends the day in my office and night in my bedroom.

I believe the trick with E-bikes is that everyone may or may not be able to use one, depending on their individual circumstances. You need:
1. A place to park it safely indoors at night
2. a place to park at your destination
3. no stairs
4. less than 10 miles each way of commute
5. willingness to deal with weather and assholes and danger.
That all said, I'll be donning helmet, rain gear, and gloves tomorrow morning.

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.

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