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Comment Re:If he's a hacker... (Score 1) 403

Hmmm. Close, but I'm not convinced. How about this one.

If you had a million dollars locked in a safe and someone cracked the safe and stole your money (without damaging the safe), would you put your next million dollars in the same safe even though it was still perfectly usable? Of course not. But if they caught the thief and recovered every penny of the money stolen, would they also be able to charge the thief for buying you a new safe? I don't think the US courts have any procedure for doing that, except maybe you can collect damages in a civil court which could be the cost of a new safe to keep your money in.

Comment Microsoft Money Back Guarantee (Score 1) 194

I don't know if Microsoft offers an official money back guarantee program in other continents, but they do offer one for North America. I used it recently myself because the copy of Windows XP that I purchased for a client would not install due to an odd raid controller. I had to return it and buy Vista instead. They took it back with zero hassle, and I had a check in the mail a couple weeks later that I think actually included the shipping charges from me shipping them the XP media kit. This program does not cover computers purchased with pre-installed software though (OEM). For that you have to go to the company you bought it from. I was pretty happy when I realized I could get my money back from Microsoft and not have to eat the extra cost of the software license. Anybody else in a similar situation, the website is:

Microsoft Product Refund

Comment Re:I partially agree - twitter, facebook, etc are (Score 1) 381

I think you're actually right. That's exactly what I was looking for. I'm never going to get it because even though I'm only 30 and have lived and breathed tech for my whole life, I have no desire to talk to people without actually having something useful to talk about. As they said on a certain chick flick "That's not exactly a soup question".

I'll never call myself a true introvert - there were plenty of those at my college. Typical computer nerd style, and my friends and I were definitely not like them. But, your point is valid. I don't go out of my way to talk to people I have no reason to talk to right then.

Comment I partially agree - twitter, facebook, etc are bad (Score 2, Interesting) 381

I just had this discussion with my wife over the weekend, but in our case we were talking mainly about Facebook and not Twitter, but the same principal applies. My take is that I like the concept of being able to keep in touch with friends and family easily, but the implementation of facebook, myspace, twitter, and sms messaging leaves a lot to be desired. Facebook and myspace allow other people to post things which you may or may not want posted about you, and it keeps those postings for a certain amount of time (# of posts). Yes, you can delete them, but that's not the point. If there was damage, it's already done. Twitter is completely abused by people posting things about going to the store or going to a movie. Who really cares about that except stalkers or people who need to live vicariously through other more exciting people? I see the point for texting/sms, but I can't stand hearing about people that constantly text their friends. If you need to have a conversation with someone with multiple questions and answers, then it's a lot quicker (and cheaper) to call them. It's only quicker to text if it's a single message with a single response. Yes, I'm very technologically literate - I have worked in the computer networking hardware industry for ten years. But the implementation and addictiveness to many people of these four services is really bad. I know a few people who use these services solely for posting pictures and stories for family and good friends - I definitely get that.

For the flip side - my wife uses facebook quite a bit and likes getting updates from people she probably wouldn't call and talk to. Also enjoys looking at pictures when someone posts them. I get that - I just don't get the constant attention it requires. I look at her page, and see 3-4 updates from some of her friends on a daily basis, and we're not talking high school or college kids here. And half of them are lame attempts at introspective comments like - "can't wait to go drinking", "feeling lonely", "two days until the weekend", "my life is like xxx song lyric", etc. She agreed with me about that stuff, but it seems like most of our joint friends enjoy posting comments like that. As for twitter, she equated it to instant messaging. Definitely not the same thing because it's kept forever and isn't a two way conversation.

I'm not starting flames. I just don't understand why so many people are so addicted to these computer based types of social networks when to an outsiders perspective many of the posts seem either phony or useless. There have to be other people out there that agree with me, or that can come up with rational reasons as to why I'm wrong.

Comment Re:Looking for better interns? (Score 1) 123

I'm not sure what country you're from. Since you say college instead of some other term I'm going to guess US. I'm not that long out of college myself. In my experience, and that of many of my friends, it's all in who you know. Very few people get internships out of the blue. It's either through family members and friends of family (church, people met at activites, etc), or something setup by your college's student employment department. At least one internship was required for us to grauate, and many people did two.

I actually did three (one with one company, and two summers with another), and I wasn't alone with that. Internships (at least for IT) aren't that hard to come by if you don't wait for them to find you. Engineering might be completely different. Then there's paid vs unpaid internships - all IT internships are paid, but I had friends in other areas that had to work for free.

Internships are not real jobs. The person doing the hiring isn't really all that concerned with your skill level. It is much more important to them that you are an outgoing person with opinions on things that might be able to bring the company some extra value. If they have a large internship program and routinely have dozens of interns, them might want to hire people they think will work well together personality wise. An internship interview is typically only a few minutes, vs a real interview of an hour three times with three different people.

Really, it shouldn't be very hard to find an internship - don't be shy and do ask around to everybody you know. You'll likely be surprised. And yes, a resume is a must - even for an internship. Once your name gets on the interview list for the internship, you have to screw up pretty bad to not get it.

Submission + - US Government Deals Serious Blow to Online Poker

walnutmon writes: In late 2006 the Safe Port Act was passed, this included a piggy-backed law that made moving money to and from online gambling sites illegal. However, some sites including Pokerstars, Bodog, and other online poker rooms continued to operate using intermediary funding sources such as FirePay and Neteller.

Today a very serious blow has bean dealt to online poker players.

After the arrests of two top officials from, they are no longer processing payments from Americans to any gambling sites. This made up a whopping 64% of's business. Neteller was a convenient way to get around the sneaky law, and now online poker players will have very little to turn to. From the article:

"This is the first piece of news that will really hurt the likes of Pokerstars and Full Tilt," said analyst Tejinder Randhawa at Evolution Securities.

"If you look at the gambling chat rooms, you'll see NETeller was one of the main payment methods," he added.

According to gambling portal, Full Tilt Poker depended on NETeller for 75 percent of transactions, and the world's biggest site, Pokerstars, used NETeller for around 60 percent of wagers.
There are many players who play online for the fun of the game; however, there are also many who have played online poker professionally to make a steady income. Sell your poker books, and look to a more American way of making a living. The safety of our ports depends on it.

Submission + - China Shoots Down Orbiting Satellite

Scoria writes: " reports that the Chinese successfully destroyed an orbiting satellite with a ground-based missile during a test conducted last week. The U.S. has determined that the target, the Chinese Feng Yun 1C (FY-1C) polar orbit weather satellite, is no longer in orbit. Australia, Canada, and the United States are protesting the move, which demonstrates a critical vulnerability in satellite-dependent technology such as the Global Positioning System."

Submission + - SPAM: Cigarettes - 11 percent more nicotine since 1998

FiReaNGeL writes: "A reanalysis of nicotine yield from major brand name cigarettes has confirmed that manufacturers have steadily increased the levels of nicotine in cigarettes. This independent analysis, based on data submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) by the manufacturers, found that increases in smoke nicotine yield per cigarette averaged 1.6 percent each year, or about 11 percent over a seven-year period (1998-2005). Nicotine is the primary addictive agent in cigarettes."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Hacking TiVo: 23 Tips to Turbocharge Your DVR

An anonymous reader writes: Learn to modify your Tivo or DVR to show Caller ID on your TV when you get a phone call, store over 5 times more recordings than a standard dvr, transfer files to and from your PC and more...

Submission + - Wal-Mart docks in Pirate Bay

Greg Kearney writes: "Wal-Mart docks in Pirate Bay

Published: 16th January 2007 16:17 CET

The world's largest retailer has placed ads on the website of the world's largest illegal file-sharing network. In the lead-up to Christmas, banner ads from Wal-Mart began appearing on the website of bit torrent tracker the Pirate Bay, according to Variety.

Wal-Mart used the anti-copyright site to market DVDs of the 'Office Space' movie, as well as 'The Simpsons', 'Desperate Housewives' and 'The Sopranos' television series."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - It's What's for Breakfast

Crash McBang writes: Apparently many are foregoing the morning coffee for something sweeter, according to this article: "There is nothing better than the feel of Coke on the back of your throat in the morning," said McKinsey, a morning pop drinker since the 1970s, savoring the cold, stinging sensation that coffee drinkers just don't get. What gets Slashdotters going after waking up?

Submission + - IE7: 100 Million Downloads, Still Falling Behind?

Kelson writes: "Internet Explorer 7 hit the 100 million download mark last week. Yet in the three months it's been available, Firefox's marketshare has continued to grow. Information Week reports that nearly all of IE7's growth has been upgrades from IE6. People don't seem to be switching back to IE in significant numbers, prompting analysts to wonder: has Microsoft finally met its match?"
Operating Systems

Submission + - MS allows free OS with DX10 support?

neersign writes: "There appears to be a BSD-derived operating system under development claiming it will have full DirectX 10 support. The developer claims they have made a deal with Microsoft where the source must be closed but the operating system can be released for free, only with the request that users legally own one Microsoft operating system. The operating system is called XSOS and it uses what is assumed to be a modified BSD kernel released under the BSD license with Windows running in emulation on top of it. Discussions about the operating system can be found here and here. The home page for the project is here."

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