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Comment: the real issue.... (Score 2) 287

by metalmaster (#46747267) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job
Many employers require a bachelors' degree or unattainable amounts of experience for even entry-level jobs doing menial tasks. I understand they dont want folks with the attention span of a gnat, but they should keep requirement realistic. I see job listings every day requiring 5 to 10 years of experience but only offer entry-leve or even minimuml wages.

Comment: Re:Spoken like an American; come to Europe instead (Score 1) 449

by metalmaster (#46614565) Attached to: WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever
The only grocer that usually checks my receipts is a wholesale warehouse where they dont have grocery bags. If you're seen carrying out a case of water bottles they'd like to see that you paid for that item. The folks at my local walmart just greet me at the door.

Comment: Re:Windows 8 is not Keyboard friendly (Score 2) 139

by metalmaster (#44971961) Attached to: Microsoft Shows Off Its Vision For Gesture-Controlled PCs

you're doing it wrong....

All of my goto shortcuts that I use on a daily basis work just fine. That includes some of the ones introduced in Windows 8 to access charms. I edited a registry key to disable the mouse-in/mouse-out actions for left, right and bottom screen. However I use win+i to open the control panel charm to shutdown the computer when I need to. You may just need a primer for windows 8 shortcuts

Comment: proper e-books maybe? (Score 1) 214

by metalmaster (#44856071) Attached to: No Child Left Untableted

A tablet per child sounds like a ridiculous way to spend money, but a valid point brought up in a previous article suggests that perhaps a donation is/was made that cannot be spent on any other budgetary concerns. So....kids get tablets.

Perhaps this can be a good thing though. If we can get a gadget in to every child's hand maybe we can force the hand of major textbook publishers and get them to put out electronic copies of their books that are actually usable. I dont mean "Here is the foreword for the book get a dead tree copy to read the rest" or webpages for chapter objectives that refer back to a 5lbs hard cover book for the rest of the work.

Comment: MVNOs are a great option (Score 2) 79

by metalmaster (#44705883) Attached to: Mobile Virtual Networks Are Booming Again

You often get the coverage and reach of the leased carrier for maybe half the cost. A typical "all you can eat" from a MVNO will cost $50-60 compared to a $80-100+ bill from the leased counterpart. The caveat here is that you're going to pay closer to retail for your handset

Contract carriers are beginning to do some interesting things to their plan structure and handset pricing like abolishing contracts and handset "lock in" but they still want you to pay an arm and a leg for such services. T-Mobile has done the best as far as price goes....they'll lower your recurring monthly charge to $50, but then you have to tack on a $20-30 fee for a handset that youre basically financing

Comment: Re:Catch-up because (Score 2) 406

by metalmaster (#44667589) Attached to: Microsoft Needs a Catch-Up Artist
the MSiah cometh..... no, but seriously im sure each of these ideas(as awesome as they may sound) are impossible to execute. A.) There's so much red tape that even our most awesome cutting implements wouldnt get through it. B.) They are simply impractical from a developer standpoint. It's easy to throw out idea after idea, but it means nothing until you put it in motion.

Comment: Re:What About the MVNOs? (Score 3, Informative) 91

by metalmaster (#44527709) Attached to: Crunching the Numbers On Shared Cellphone Contracts
The "wifi first" aspect of the service is what makes it so cheap. The more minutes you use over wifi the less time republic has to lease from it's provider. That looks great on paper.....really great! But then you have to look at the state of wifi these days, and more specifically secured wifi. You can only piggyback your calls from an open wifi connection or one you have a password/login to use. More and more homes and small businesses are using passphrases to secure their network. Even if that password is "password" it does you no good when you drive by and the network declines you access and passes your call to the cell network.

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