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Comment: Where's the app appers guy? (Score 1) 27 27

Finally a thread where his gibberish is absolutely 100% relevant, and there *isn't* a post about how app appers app apps yet? Come on! It's practically *begging* you to write about apping apps so you can app apps while you app, or whatever the crap. That'd be like a thread that's actually about using hosts file with no hosts file gibberish guy.

Seriously, though, this is dumb. Why the heck would google want to stop writing apps for their own ecosystem, and why would we want them to? I mean, we want them to stop *sucking*, like maps totally does and always has, and it would also be nice if we could uninstall the ones we don't ever feel we'll use, but that doesn't mean Google shouldn't make them...

Comment: Responses (Score 5, Informative) 186 186

"How frequently have people run into companies sending sensitive information (like passwords) in cleartext via e-mail?"

Not *that* often, but more often than you would think. (See plaintextoffenders.com - they've got hundreds of examples.)

"What would you do if this type of situation happened to you?"
What I do when this happens:
1. Take a screencap of the email, black out the username and password, and send it to plaintextoffenders.com
2. Contact the site admin, let them know that you just did that, and why it's such a bad idea. Link them to http://plaintextoffenders.com/...
3. Immediately change your password on the site to something stupid that would definitely not even *remotely* help an attacker guess what sort of passwords you might use on other sites, since if their password security is that awful, chances are their security is awful in other ways too.

Comment: Re:You clicked on the wrong button (Score 2) 221 221

Agree complete: I *would* agree with the phrasing "The earth is getting warmer because of human activity" (i.e. it's a contributing factor). I would even agree with the phrasing "The earth is getting warmer primarily because of human activity" (i.e. it's the *biggest* factor). Saying it's getting warmer "mostly" because of human activity means there's very little *else* contributing to the trend, which I'm not at all sure we have proof of, nor is it even particularly relevant. I caught that right away. I'm surprised that high a percentage of liberals/democrats agreed anyway, given it's not really true as stated.

Comment: Re:First post! (Score 1) 243 243

Presumably because they need the money, and as was pointed out by the OP, it's easier to break back into a field you were already in, than a new one. Breaking into a totally new field not right out of college *is* kind of difficult, after all, especially if you've been totally out of the workforce for 3 years (but even if you haven't).

My wife is also looking towards completely changing career paths entirely out of IT (where she's been for a few years). I totally wish her luck, but it's not the easiest thing to do, and she knows it.

That said, yes, it is kind of silly that it was the husband posting this to /., and not the person who is actually looking for advice.

Comment: Re:Think business, not technology (Score 3, Insightful) 76 76

Then somebody hacks into a thermostat, uses it to burn somebody's house down for luls. The couple whose house was burned down tries to sue, loses due to the contract that says their only recourse is a refund of the 50$ even though WTF, it makes all the news everywhere, and the device is forever known as "that device that burned some guy's house down and they gave him a whopping 50 bucks". They're now out 50 bucks in direct cost, and a jillion dollars in lost sales.

We sometimes forget the economics side of things, but companies *often* forget the social side of things (i.e. if you treat people like crap, they'll tell their friends, who will tell their friends, and eventually you'll be "that company that treats people like crap". Unless, of course, you're a monopoly, or if all your competition is equally terrible, in which case do what you like.)

Comment: Re:Free Speech vs. Vigilantism (Score 1) 205 205

Except in this particular case, it sounds like the reviews are super fake. Not just super fake, but also insulting (to and at least borderline offensive. *Either* of those would be enough to get the reviews pulled completely (not just hidden). So it's strange they'd go straight to the courthouse, instead of just flagging the reviews for deletion? I flag reviews all the time (usually by people who don't know how to use yelp and have posted reviews to the wrong place, but occasionally also for other reasons), then they get deleted.

I would have a huge problem with requiring reviewers to check in at the business, because a. not everyone always has a smartphone, b. not everyone always has their smartphone *with* them and charged, and c. even when I do, I'd say my rate of actually being allowed to check in is about 50% (the other half the time, it says the GPS couldn't get an exact enough fix on my location).

Comment: Re:16:10 (Score 1) 213 213

4:3 really wouldn't be that much of an improvement, either. A small one, but I remember the jump from 4:3 to 16:10 *very* fondly. I'm not against change, just against *stupid* change. 16:10 is optimal for just about everything. (Yes, even playing 16:9 media: in that specific use case, it leaves just enough space for controls. ;))

Comment: 16:10 (Score 1) 213 213

16:10 again? Yes please very much.

None of those things sound like 1992... I don't think there even *were* widescreen laptops in 1992? I certainly never saw them, at least - was all 4:3 back then. I don't remember seeing too many 16:10 laptop screens until the mid-2000s?

16:10 is definitely my preferred aspect ratio, so if this were to happen, and I could get it with everything else I would want in a laptop (17" screen, decent graphics card, SSD primary and large HDD secondary drive) for a reasonable price, I would absolutely jump on that. My laptop is getting kinda old, but I haven't upgraded in years because we're stuck on 16:9.

Comment: Re:Which OEM has the best track record on this? (Score 1) 289 289

I agree, the HP machine I had years back was decent. Their tech support, on the other hand, is hilariously incompetent to the point of negligence, by which I mean, something broke under warranty, I called them, they insisted not only that I didn't have a warranty, but that the machine (which I purchased directly from them not a year earlier) didn't exist and never had. Took hours on calls (mostly on hold) to get them to admit otherwise. Never buying an HP consumer machine ever again. (And the machine wasn't even amazing, just decent, given as mentioned, something broke and required repair about a year in, and it finally died permanently after about 4 years. My new machine, an MSI, is going strong almost 5 years after purchase; the only thing I've had to replace was a keyboard, which was a 10 buck self-install.)

Comment: Great misread title (Score 1) 163 163

I read the title, I imagined them doing experiments where they had bowls of cereal lined up, then they took various artificial ingredients and dropped them into the bowls to see what would happen. So basically, research for their next cereal, what additional artificial crap can we add that we haven't already tried?

I'm glad to see exactly the opposite was actually the case (supposedly. I'll believe it when it actually happens.)

Comment: Re:Beware of stackoverflow (Score 1) 39 39

> "You've got to spend a lot of time there to get the ability to answer a question or upgrade/downgrade answers."

You really don't. You need 15 rep to vote up an answer, which entails posting one good question or one good answer (you need more rep, 125, to vote down, but you also lose rep by voting down answers, so people worried about their rep don't do that very often anyway). Anyway, just downvoting isn't very useful - a much more useful contribution, if you see an answer that's incorrect, would be to post your own, more correct answer and/or post a comment on the incorrect answer indicating why it's incorrect. Of course, you do need 50 rep to comment, which is sort of annoying, as commenting is very useful (though not *essential*), and 50 rep isn't that much, but it's not nothing.

You don't need any rep to post answers, as that's sort of the whole point of the site, and the main way to *acquire* rep in the first place.

Yes, I absolutely agree that as SO got increasingly popular, it also got increasingly deluged with terrible questions, but you can absolutely help with that once you have just a little bit of rep (downvoting them and/or, if they don't follow the rules of the site, flagging them for closure). (I like taking short breaks at work to clear my head by looking through the front page for such questions - there's almost invariably at least one such.) The existence of crap questions does not make it any less invaluable a resource for *good* questions, though - I remember the awful days when you had to find answers on *shiver* ExpertsExchange. Ugh.

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