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Comment: Sounds like a shake down more than anything (Score 3, Interesting) 371 371

by hsmith (#49968985) Attached to: Recycling Is Dying
How many years have these plants been running at a profit? How long have they had to improve techniques and cut costs to make this more efficient? Gas is no cheaper than it was 15 years ago (inflation adjusted) so what is the hold up? One bad year and "welp lets fold up shop!"

Sounds like a shake down of municipalities.

Comment: Re: Competition (Score 1) 83 83

by hsmith (#49546317) Attached to: Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)
Azure is so far behind the curve though. MS keeps reinventing their portal to admin Azure and it just gets more complicated. AWS isn't fancy but it works well through the web side. Azure just is a Ajaxy disaster. Azure isn't bad as a mirror failover for your AWS, but personally it's been painful to primarily host anything on it.

Comment: SDK is lackluster (Score 2, Interesting) 445 445

by hsmith (#49182885) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough
Simple things that all the other platforms has Microsoft lacks. Trying to get a stack trace from an Unhandled exception? Nope can't do that. Want to find out what OS build you are on? Nope can't do that. While little things, the list is endless and annoying for anyone that's been doing mobile for awhile.

Comment: Re:Level3? (Score 2) 159 159

by hsmith (#48398575) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?
Regulators don't give a fuck. No one does. I've been getting robodialers to my cell phone endlessly. They all come out of blocks of phone numbers provided by one datacenter (they own blocks around the country). They won't do anything. The regulatory bodies in states the numbers call from won't do anything. FCC won't do anything. FTC won't do anything. I've contacted my state AG. I've contacted my senators and congressmen.

No one gives a flying shit about this kind of thing. It is infuriating.

Comment: Bank of America has had this for awhile (Score 2) 130 130

by hsmith (#48312649) Attached to: American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens
While cumbersome, you'd login to your account, magically find the tab and you could generate a 1 time credit card number. You could set a one time balance, set a monthly balance for recurring charges, etc.

Fantastic for any online purchases you make. But, in reality - how many times are CC #'s getting stolen online vs in real life?

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