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Comment Re:Barriers to women often subtle or invisible (Score 1) 280

Yeah, I would say the opposite. My experience is they are more likely to get promoted out of their developer job. Someone who knows the application and doesn't mind talking to the customers and can communicate well is fairly rare. Most of the guys on the teams I've been on have no interest in talking to the customers. Most of the guys that don't mind, probably shouldn't.

Comment Re:Seen something similar before (Score 1) 152

Atari did that with the video game Tempest. Then someone forgot and made a change that caused the test to fail and legitimate customers got the "random" memory corruption. Then someone figured out you could use the corruption to get free games, so it was a happy ending after all.

Comment Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (Score 4, Insightful) 739

Yeah, a few years ago when I was young and didn't have insurance there was a cash doctor in town. Her office didn't take insurance at all, you paid in cash. And her cash price was the same as I would later pay for a copay when I did get insurance. That does make me think most of the cost of a doctors visit is overhead for insurance record keeping and wonder if there is any benefit to it.

Comment I cut the cord because of the stupid cable box (Score 1) 392

It's probably been 6 years now. Time warner was doing their mystro cable box upgrade. Constant hangs and glitches. One of the straws that finally got me was they had a porn channel next to one of the channels I regularly watch so the descriptions comes up every time I look at the guide. There was no way to just have a favorites list either. It occurred to me that my kids would be reading very soon and I would have to answer a lot questions before I wanted to if that continued. It turned out basic was only $2 more than just internet so I have basic now but the box is gone and we mostly watch netflix or hulu.

Comment Re:Background material: (Score 4, Informative) 152

If I read the wiki correctly. The company went bankrupt, new owners took over and sued Marvel for a piece of the pie. Kind of like a lottery ticket: not much chance of winning, but the payoff is huge. They lost. Second group did the same thing, The third group which apparently is some kind of hedge fund did the same thing. This is their appeal. So not really related to Stan Lee or anyone originally at Stan Lee Media.

Comment Re:How do you disable audio ads on /. (Score 1) 390

Yes, I got woke up at 6am this morning with a repeating swiffer comercial. I know what the solution is though, and am about to implement it. On a windows machine go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc edit the host file and add this line to the bottom.

This should improve my general productivity as well.

Comment I think they have to. (Score 1) 304

The only one I've looked into is the Nook, but it seems to me like it is fundamentally flawed. It has a lot of bits so it can't be brute forced. But, they use a pass phrase to generate the key. The phrase is your name and credit card number, so it's not as many bits. But if I get a hold of your Nook I can get your name from one of your screens. And the last four digits of your credit card. The first 6 digits of your card are not secret either and are determined by your bank and card company. If you don't know it at least many can be eliminated. So the only really secret part is the middle section of 6 numeric digits. I'm not sure how long it would take to brute force but it doesn't seem like it would be too long and it's easily parallelizable. So if you leave your Nook somewhere not only could I copy your books, I can have your credit card and name as well.

This is the theory that Jack built. This is the flaw that lay in the theory that Jack built. This is the palpable verbal haze that hid the flaw that lay in...