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Comment: Regulate them (Score 1) 68

by forrie (#49355999) Attached to: PayPal To Pay $7.7 Million For Sanctions Violations

Here in the US, at least, I would like to see entities like PayPal regulated within the banking industry.

Over the years, I have heard of and even personally experienced PayPal's many abuses. Written correspondence from the company demonstrates they believe they are above the law and are in their own world. Time for that to stop. The topic of this article withstanding as an even larger concern.

I find it odd that my local State representatives will respond to other inquiries, but when I bring up PayPal it's radio silence. I think the problem goes a little deeper -- and of course it may, it's involving money :-)

Just my 2 cents.

Comment: Scramble it up (Score 1) 105

by forrie (#48574637) Attached to: Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

This is disappointing, as I've always seen Canada as much more "progressive" with these types of issues. It smells of pressure from the US government, though (hm, I wonder!).

This will simply lead to more clever, dynamic and uncrackable encryption tactics. Making it even more difficult. So be it, I can spare the CPU cycles, my phones are getting more and more powerful. :-)

Comment: Please (Score 5, Insightful) 416

by forrie (#48574589) Attached to: MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

This seems like a harsh knee-jerk reaction, ostensibly to protect the public image of MIT. Taking down this content, stripping someone of a title -- removing a man's body of legitimate work that benefits the greater masses is a ridiculously absurd measure. What does MIT think they will gain from this, other than saving face.

And he allegedly harassed someone online -- that's all I've heard. Maybe he had a nip before bed and was just a little frustrated, we have no context -- who cares? Lots of people say a lot of things online that are far worse.

Give us all, and this professor, a friggen break MIT.

Comment: I wonder the same (Score 1) 376

by forrie (#48491859) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

I'll be 46 soon; been (basically) a UNIX sysadmin for the better part of 20 years. I chose not to pursue management as I saw early on the detachment from daily work and increased politics, meetings, etc But I have to wonder, how long my own situation can last. There are changing technologies (cloud, now) but there's a risk of stagnation if you don't push yourself.

The headhunters contact me, too. I'm well aware that a bulk of them are simply looking to stuff you into a position so they can get paid. I reject about 90% of the inquiries I receive, especially when it's very clear they didn't read my resume or statement of experience.

The market feels like it's changing, and with that I wonder about us "older" folks. I remember years ago, there was a hesitance to hire older people due to the perception of obstinance and/or being difficult to re-train, etc. Since then, I believe that perception has been scientifically nullified.

But the larger bottom line for some of us is risk. Many of us suffered from the dot.com deflation, some may not be able to afford to retire; some were smart and banked out just in time and won't have a care in the world. The fact remains the older you get, the more risk you carry with career and job changes. And that risk is even higher if you have a family to care for.

I suppose it's something that requires very careful consideration. But I can't see myself in a management-only position -- I like being involved in some of the gritty work -- though, I admit there are times where I'd like to delegate :-)

Comment: Re:Hardware Ponzi Scheme (Score 1) 66

by forrie (#48341207) Attached to: Court Order: Butterfly Labs Bitcoins To Be Sold

I essentially accused them of this a year or so ago. I managed to get my CC company to refund two charges (undelivered items), after clearly outlining my theory and showing several cases where I suspected them of fraud; the one I got stuck with (because I paid cash, silly me), eventually crapped out. I got no response from them about it, either (it's a smaller ASIC 5 gh/s).

I'd like to see some of them go to jail...

Comment: Pick one, stick with it (Score 1) 613

by forrie (#48294135) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

This is a historical argument that really hasn't changed its tune in a long time.

Personally, I think DST should be universally abolished. Pick one time, stick with it. This reminds me of an older post that recommended sweeping, simplified changes to our timezones here in the US, which I thought appealing.

Comment: iPhone (Score 1) 313

by forrie (#48197127) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

This reminds me of an article, from years ago, about the iPhone -- sending data and 'pings' to URLs when you access services, etc. It seems to me it should all be opt-in. But if we can't opt-in (or opt-out), maybe there's a way to scramble the data sent to them, making it useless. Or use some clever filtering to block, etc. Probably more trouble than it's worth.

I don't think Apple is alone with this -- I'm guessing most connected products report metrics of one sort or another without (or regardless of) our consent. Big data = big money.

Comment: Bose quality has declined (Score 1) 328

by forrie (#48181607) Attached to: Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

I remember back years ago where Bose was pretty much defacto standard on great audio. Today, they're not bad, but the quality (IMHO) has declined while their prices have gone up -- I believe they are significantly overpriced for what they deliver today.

Now if only I could afford Bang & Olufsen high-end equipment :-)

Apple is having a temper tantrum, they'll get over it. But it seems like a political move to pay Bose back for starting trouble -- I could be mistaken.

Comment: Re:WHO owns the property rights? (Score 1) 102

by forrie (#48181591) Attached to: Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

This makes more sense. I hadn't thought of it that way -- being an American, and used to big pharma's exploits, I keep forgetting (and need to be reminded) that Canada is a bit more progressive with the bigger picture.

I also can appreciate where an entity, including the Canadian Gov't, would want to recoup reasonable research costs. If all countries thought that way....

Comment: Intellectual rights, in a crisis? (Score 1) 102

by forrie (#48181559) Attached to: Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

Pardon my ignorance, but where is the greater good served by intellectual rights, in the face of a potentially dangerous epidemic. As an above poster pointed out, not even the US Gov't can own intellectual rights (that I know of anyway). Say this vaccine works, and works really well. Does that now make us all liable to pay the Canadian Gov't for more doses, or to license the formula for manufacture? At what cost. Interesting. I want to learn more facts behind this.

Comment: Identifying Spam in Gmail (Score 1) 265

by forrie (#48132473) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

I had this problem, and found that the Gmail documentation seemed a bit sparse on the subject (that I could find).

Recall, recently Gmail purchased (and presumably integrated) Postini.

Basically, you have to mark a message as "Junk" (or Spam, depending on your client), file it in the Spam folder, then "Empty Spam". What I believe happens at this stage is mail you've marked as Junk/Spam gets punted to an identification system so that it can later identify the pattern(s) as spam. Once I began doing this, I had much better luck with Gmail's spam filtering. Though I admit I wish they offered more fine-grained filtering -- for example, some /24's or domains I never want to receive email from.

Anyhow, I also believe the filters collect global data -- they must score it based on some algorithm, so that other users who receive the same spam get the benefit, too.

Anyone else want to chime in on what Gmail is doing in the background?

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