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Comment Re:Someone has been visited by an MS rep (Score 1) 557

It wasn't young programmers, it was anybody who just graduated from college and needed a job, probably 99% non-programmers. They would send them to a boot camp in St. Charles Ill. (mostly to drink). Then they would bring them on projects at $350+ per hour. All they would do was generate spreadsheets while the real programmers had to do all the work and get non of the glory.

Submission + - WOW Internet Location Based Advertisements (

Ice Station Zebra writes:

Dear Valued WOW! Customer, We will soon be launching a new location-based advertising service for our Internet customers. Location-based ads are displayed based on the zip code location of your Internet modem. For example, if a local restaurant wants to offer coupons to customers who live in a certain zip code area, location-based advertising allows them to display their online ads only to Internet customers who actually live in that zip code. At WOW!, we take your privacy seriously. Your personal information is completely safe and at no time does an advertiser ever know which customers receive their ads online. To learn more about location–based advertising click here. If you would like to opt-out of the service, visit and log in to manage your preferences. Please note that location-based ads are NOT in addition to the online ads you already see; they simply replace ads that that would otherwise appear on your screen. As always, we thank you for your cooperation and for the opportunity to serve you.

They tried this in 2008 and got sued for it. I guess they are hoping we forgot.

Comment Re:Not really a big piece of news ... (Score 1) 51

It is the pay for plugin market that really is killing wordpress, but it is also what keeps it going. You have a million marketers saying that wordpress is the greatest thing since sliced bread, because that is how they get their bread. Last I looked at joomla, it was in the same sorry state. Drupal is still the only truly free cms.

Comment Re:No Store? (Score 1) 97

How is that not the same as:

Meanwhile, a different candidate rapidly built a large and complex web application that could have several undiscovered vulnerabilities (security experts call this a “large attack surface”). And not a single candidate returned my attempts to contact them about possible security vulnerabilities.


Isn't Shopify a large an complex web application. Has anyone done a security audit on shopify or reviewed its source code?

Comment seagate good drives IMO (Score 1, Informative) 297

I have 12 seagate drives in a raid array. I finally had one fail, but it was after 8 years or operation, but I think that was my fault because I moved the server to a new rack and it was offline for about 30 minutes and it failed about 30 days later. Data loss? Zero. Personally I think backblaze is the cause of the seagate drive failures.

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