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Comment: Re:Where is the line? (Score 1) 246

by matang (#40829605) Attached to: ACLU Questions Privacy of License Plate Scanners
i've always believed that the line is crossed somewhere in the automation of things we are allowed to do individually. you can go to your local register of deeds and get someone's marriage certificate or information on their home (property location, value, previous owners, etc). i don't have an issue with that until it's automated, where you go to a web site and can check on literally anyone you want in half a second. in the former there is a commitment of time and effort involved that would a) dissuade most individuals from abusing the system and b) make the entire process slow enough that any abuse would be limited. in the latter you can literally get information on hundreds of people per hour. i feel it's the same with these automatic tracking devices. having a cop enter a license plate manually when there is probable cause is a LOT different than having a machine attached to his car do it automatically and store the information. just my two cents.

Comment: i work at a convention hall (Score 3, Interesting) 251

by matang (#37003568) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Overcoming Convention Hall Wi-Fi Interference?
i work at a convention hall...are you sure they're not containing your AP? we don't allow outside managed gear although most people don't realize it until they can't connect to their router five feet away. we have our APs contain any rogue APs to avoid losing $$$ to folks showing up and trying to provide free wifi. most of the convention and exhibit centers we deal with do the same thing. the last thing we want is someone providing unsecure free wifi in the building and then we get blamed for 1) shitty bandwidth 2) mitm attacks 3) bad customer service because there's nothing wrong with our gear when you have an issue with dude in the next booth's cell phone tethered AP.

Comment: Re:Why is the judge going after Trudeau (Score 1) 280

by matang (#31792408) Attached to: Spamming a Judge Is Contempt of Court
they aren't choosing to buy snake oil. they're choosing to buy a product they think will benefit them, which in fact will in no way benefit them in the means advertised by the manufacturer of that product. a lot of scammy stuff is legal (publisher's clearinghouse) but this guy seems to go way over the line with the deception including overpriced books that are at best full of untruths and at worst medically dangerous.

Comment: Re:What about multitasking? (Score 1) 171

by matang (#30938992) Attached to: With New SDK, VoIP Over 3G Apps Now Working On iPhone
exactly. i think at&t was being premature to block this. all they ended up getting was bad publicity on something that's so annoying to use regularly that no one will use it regularly. other than using skype via iphone to show relatives how skype works, i haven't used it at all, and not because of 3g restrictions.

Comment: Re:I was hired where I interned (Score 1) 325

by matang (#30363778) Attached to: What Can I Expect As an IT Intern?
i agree. an internship is exactly what you make of it. i've had both IT and non-IT interns work for me and universally i'd rather hire the intern who works hard, asks questions, and realizes that some of the stuff they are doing is menial crap that we all had to do when we started out. you can do your internship just to say you did one (which honestly won't matter to most potential employers that much) or you can really try, ask questions, try to be involved, etc. a lot of the busy work they ask you to do does help, but mostly it's to keep you busy while they work on important stuff. if you show you can be trusted (even just to grab a screwdriver when needed) they'll start bringing you along for fixes, start showing you the ropes, etc. if you pay attention you'll likely be surprised that you can be an asset relatively quickly. when you're standing in the server room looking over someone's shoulder, pay attention to what they're doing. it's easy to let your mind wander but you might just happen to notice the thing the guy in charge is missing. if you're smart, you'll notice it, let him/her know by asking something like "is that screen configured correctly? i've never done it before", and then reap the benefit of having helped without seeming like a know-it-all. in my experience it's a tight-rope walk at first to be accepted as knowledgable without coming across as someone "dangerous" to everyone else, but if you can be helpful, personable, and willing to spend several months doing gopher stuff you'll be fine. just my 2 cents, your mileage may vary, etc.

Comment: Re:Let's see some all-3.0 computers now! (Score 1) 191

by matang (#29532871) Attached to: First-Ever USB 3.0 Hard Drive
i agree with the parent. when usb 2.0 came out, lots of machines came with both. they were usually marked with some non-descript color difference that had no reference so unless you natively remembered "purple outline means usb 2.0" you had to guess or wait for windows to tell you the device would work faster in a usb 2.0 port.

Comment: Re:The Whole Point if the Internet... (Score 2, Insightful) 370

by matang (#29201081) Attached to: Who Will Fix the Internet? No One, Apparently
exactly. sure it's frustrating for an implementation of a good idea to take a really long time, but in turn that usually ensures the implementation of a bad idea will be thoroughly vetted and exposed before its adopted (with a few notable exceptions). i'd much rather risk the eternally promised "end of the internet" with the notion that someone would likely provide a fix before it gets to that point than i would risk having some person or company "in charge". we see how far that gets us with basically every other industry - nowhere. maybe i'm missing something obvious but what other global technology works as well with as little global oversight? it's easier from a "regulation" standpoint for me to email a home video to antarctica than it is to make a phone call to europe. just my 2 cents, ymmv, etc.

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.