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Comment Re:why should i care?` (Score 5, Funny) 554

I'm colorblind and I'm going to sue all of the movie studios and TV stations for presenting their product in color. If I can't see the shows in full color them they should all be forced to present the shows in only black and white so we can all be equal. Screw you, you non-colorblind elitists.

Haha! Joke's on you, they've always been black and white!

Comment Perhaps not all is lost (Score 4, Interesting) 136

Though I HATE Wired, they have this to say:

Last Friday [Oct 28, 2016], a new exemption to the decades-old law known as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act quietly kicked in, carving out protections for Americans to hack their own devices without fear that the DMCA’s ban on circumventing protections on copyrighted systems would allow manufacturers to sue them. One exemption, crucially, will allow new forms of security research on those consumer devices. Another allows for the digital repair of vehicles.


Comment Boeing (Score 1) 1001

My uncle told me about a Boeing interview process one time. They would put candidates in a room together and give them an engineering task/problem to solve. At this point, they'd already vetted them for knowledge/competence.

At first, the candidates would talk and do the chit-chat thing, who's who, background, blah blah blah. But at some point, one would push back his chair or pick up the notebook with the assignment or get up to the whiteboard and say something like "Well, let's get on with this thing."

That was typically the end of the interview. Of course they'd still observe the candidates as they worked on the project, but that bit of leadership was primarily what they were looking for.

Because of this, and stories like it (such as TFS), I intentionally go to interviews unprepared. My intention is to present them with the "real" me that they are more than likely to get. I don't want to present the best of me, because they won't get that all the time. If asked why I am not more prepared, I will answer with exactly this. One could argue that this IS being prepared...

I have had only one interview out of my last 7 (spanning the same number of years) that didn't return a job offer.

Comment Re:Why is Amazon/Alexa even saving recordings? (Score 5, Informative) 117

My concern is that they aren't just saying that they don't have anything to hand over because nothing exists. Since they're not saying this, I'll assume that they do have something that could be handed over. Alexa? No thanks, I'll pass.

From TFA:

The heart of Amazon’s claim is that Alexa devices could provide insights into a person’s entire life, and having two days worth of audio would be an unreasonable invasion of that privacy. Knowing that law enforcement has the ability to request data from these devices and peruse them at will would have a chilling effect on people using the services—which clearly would be bad news for Amazon’s business.

Comment Re:Cert expiration == not a surprising cause (Score 1) 133

I'm seriously considering writing a "PKI for non-dummies" series of blog posts or something because the amount of misinformation out there is scary!

Please do. I'm going to have to start learning about this pretty soon for a project I'm working on. I've avoided it up to this point by Googling and clicking boxes and trying and knowing JUST ENOUGH to scrape by and expand existing infrastructure...

Comment Re:Enablers shift expectations (Score 1) 129

...the _expectation_ that everyone has a cell phone with then and can be contacted at any moment.

Let's say you live in a large city and you tell your boss "I will check with you when I get to a public phone". Will your boss tell you "OK, check with me when you get to a public phone", or "Get a cell phone" ?

Anecdotal, but I find that I actually garner _more_ respect when I tell people that I won't likely answer their call later, because I don't keep my phone with me. I get home, take my phone out of my pocket, and put it on my desk in my den. Often, I even forget to turn the ringer back on. I'm not easy to get hold of but I will always return a call. I just don't know when.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 236

Simple: user option.

I do like your point, though, and understand your reasoning. I've never had huge issues with manufacturer-supplied drivers (actually, I probably HAVE...) and typically default to them over MS/Windows drivers.

One instance, I installed Server 2012 on my old desktop, and Windows Server didn't have any good drivers for the video card (GeForce 560) so I had to install NVidia's...

But now you've got me often have those quirky problems I've lived with been the result of third-party drivers that could be fixed by a rollback to MS drivers...?

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