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Comment Re:Simple answer. Dont use SAP. (Score 1) 99

SAP cant scale worth shit, we recently added 4000 people in the call center and it took SAP 8 months to "scale" the stupid garbage pile they call software to handle it.

Then when we wanted to put in a system in the RMA database to track repair RMA data, the SAP experts said it was impossible, so one of the IT guys wrote the system we needed in PHP with a Open source SQL backend. he has a MITM box that will grab info from SAP and then spit it to the RMA server. when you do a query on the RMA page you get the full history of the device from manufacture date, to ship date, to who, to all repairs and even Tech support calls on the device.

SAP was unable to deliver this. Because SAP is really shitty.

Comment Re:The border exception is a usurpation. (Score 1) 365

The Supreme Court has held that the Constitution only applies to U.S. territory.

Yeah, and they fucked up Korematsu, Dred Scott and Kelo too. What's your point?

Technically it is Cuban territory being leased to the U.S.

Which is irrelevant to the bill of rights. The fifth amendment doesn't say "unless you stash the people you kidnapped on foreign soil". For any American official to hold anyone in custody without trial is a crime.

all countries need to protect themselves from unlawful entry

This is a reason for positively identifying anyone seeking entry. It's not an argument for violating their 4th amendment rights.

-jcr

Comment Re: Remote Senior Windows Software Engineer (Score 2) 120

If I was in an office not only do I rarely if ever get uninterrupted coding sessions and distractions, but that 2pm basically would be my end of day.

I can easily work eight hours in a day, but doing it all in a big stretch is a lot harder for me than breaking it up into several parts, often interrupted by some mental downtime or even a nap. I worked on my own software for a few years, interrupted by some remote work. It's amazingly liberating to be able to do this. At the moment, I'm doing some on-site contract work, and it's amazing how distracted and tired I am at the end of the work day, compared to when I work at home.

That being said, it's not for everyone. Some people don't have a distraction-free environment or room to work in, while others would end up distracting themselves. You need a reasonable amount of self-discipline and self-motivation to be able to make it work.

Comment The border exception is a usurpation. (Score 3, Interesting) 365

The US Constitution is the entirety of the legal basis for the very existence of the American federal government. Is it binding upon all American government officials, agents, and employees at all times and all places. There is no provision in the constitution for the suspension of the bill of rights at the border, and the fact that our rights are routinely violated when entering the country is because our courts are derelict in their duty to enforce the constitution.

-jcr

Comment Re:Echo (Score 1) 105

The Echo animates a bright blue light rimming the top of the device when it hears the trigger keyword and begins recording. The required Alexa app contains a complete history of everything recorded right on the home screen, and what it thought you said, allowing you to give feedback on each item. Given this, I'd wager that most people that own one have a pretty clear idea of what its doing. Granted, Amazon could modify this behavior at any time, but given that it would be possible for a security researcher to sniff this behavior out, I suspect they have a pretty strong financial incentive NOT to pull a Lenovo and sabotage their own product and company reputation. Well, I guess we'll see.

At the moment, I feel that the more significant danger of IoT devices is not malicious behavior on the part of the manufacturers, but terrible security practices. This makes those devices potential attack vectors for true malicious actors, turning those devices on their owners or against the internet as nodes of a botnet. I'd wager that Amazon has taken reasonable precautions and implemented good security practices with their devices. I'd also wager that the odds of any random IoT device being secure, like an internet-connected doll, would be rather low in comparison.

Comment Re:The machine ate my package (Score 1) 156

No matter how much damage, the ROMs are unlikely to be destroyed, which means there's value in delivering the contents no matter what, at least in this case. Of course with that many cartridges in one package, I wouldn't be surprised if some over-eager postal inspector mistakenly believed that somebody was importing pirated game cartridges to sell, in which case the package is probably fully intact in the evidence locker of some law enforcement agency.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 3

I based the estimate on $5o for a cartridge that prints an average of 3,000 pages. A color laser would be nice, but as you say, far more expensive both in up-front costs and toner. And changing toner in a color printer is a PITA, at least the ones at work were.

Comment Re:Ray Kurzweil (Score 1) 83

All kinds of foods are fortified with all kinds of vitamins

The fact that a particular tofu manufacturer may fortify their product with B12 is only because they know that a lot of their market is vegan. Not all vegans eat tofu, or will pay attention to whether their brand does or does not fortify. Not all eat cereal either (the main "multivitamin-fortified" food that people consume), and a serving of a typical fortified cereal only provides about a quarter of your RDA anyway. Lots of other foods are fortified by specific nutrients, but rarely B12.

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