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Comment Re:Has slashdot been taken over by the poor? (Score 1) 172

I started on Slashdot many years go, back when I was making $100,000 a year and my IQ was 165. Now I make less and have started blogging on Reddit. Junk food and the stress of poverty have reduced me to taking fashion tips from Paula Dean, and cooking from Honey Boo Boo's mom.

By leaving Slashdot, I suppose I've lowered the quality on both websites. Until I make more money, I should probably stay away.

My sincerest apologies
That Guy

Comment Re:I seriously doubt this works... (Score 1) 142

I could think of a number of mechanical means to destroy a chip; a Poseidon vise, cables that you wind until they tighten, perhaps creating the substrate on a chip that has a layered meta-material that expands at different rates when a current is applied, forcing the chip to shatter as it curved.

This is Slashdot, nothing is impossible.

Comment Re:Against TOS (Score 1) 652

Do you think they wanted to create a 10-year backlog on reviewing potential immigrant social media accounts on purpose?

I mean, how many people are they going to hire to speak Yemeni or Syrian or what-not to read thousands of blog posts?

We already have good vetting, but this is deep, deep, penetrating vetting. Like a good relationship.

Sadly, most applicants pets will die of old age before the vetting finishes; "Is this your cat! Where is your cat? Where?!"

Comment Re:Because... (Score 1) 217

Well it does kind of work in a way, every business that has a few jobs to keep in USA will show up at his door; "See, this is for you!"

It will create the impression that his influence is working. The number of jobs be damned.

But 2017 will of course be an economic boom year, and we can thank Trump for that.

2018 however, the economy will tank, and we can blame Obama for that.

Comment I see tons of them in this neck of the woods. (Score 1) 406

Makes me a bit sad because I'm a big believer in analog wristwatches, and instead, all the young adults and college kids are walking around with Apple Watches strapped on. Not a fan of the aesthetics, and didn't have a good smart watch experience myself (though this was before Apple Watch, with a Sony) but nonetheless, I can name at least 20 people that have one in my circle, and some of them are blue collar folks so it's not all luxury buyers either.

Comment Re:GamerGate's discussion about this. (Score 1) 760

I don't get how this is about "the left". Harassment is wrong. But someone may have created their own attacks. What one person does, isn't representative of any group. And 11 links to the same reddit thread -- I thought this was slashdot; "news for Nerds" remember? Besides, It's redundant. I have to say; "I don't give a shit" 11 times.

And as for Progressives and the Left -- I concede the culture wars. Have your pyrrhic victories but brush your teeth before bed because marshmallows cause cavities.

Comment Out-of-the-box solution: battery in protector. (Score 2) 87

Instead of placing the battery inside the handset, make a handset that just has a connector on it (wouldn't have to be a bulky, thick connecter like the USB series, could be done in any number of ways, including contacts on the back.

Open up the design, then let case manufacturers include batteries in their cases, since people overwhelmingly use cases anyway. Now the phone is very thin, so the case can be thicker to accommodate a battery.

Consumers needing long, long battery life can choose a wacky big case. Consumers needing very little battery life can choose a case with a battery that gets them close to current thickness levels. Need a new battery? Replace your $60 case instead of your $700 phone. Going on vacation? Get a fat silicone case with a fat, fat battery in it, just for the trip.

Comment Re:Some of us know how to use PGP in a real client (Score 2) 26

Yep, that was what I was hinting at -- of course one can not securely interoperate with other services using plain old STMP, but I hoped they would add secure link between any two of their internal customers, with plausible deniability that they ever communicated.

As to "innocence" of metadata, a required (and educational!) read that I am sure you have seen, but others might have not: https://kieranhealy.org/blog/a...

Paul B.

Comment Ha! I had the same thing happen to me. (Score 5, Interesting) 277

I owned a small consulting company in the late '90s and we were hired to do some work for a VPN vendor. We had to sign a rather onerous NDA and then they stiffed us on payment after six months' work and proceeded to ship what we had built anyway. The "separation" was acrimonious and involved court just so we could get paid.

Two years later, the president of the company contacts me begging for archival copies of what we'd produced, as they suffered some sort of catastrophic event and had lost a lot of source code.

I rather gleefully told him that (a) I had to take him to court to get him to pay me for shipping our work last time around, and (b) as per the NDA that they made a serious issue of in court, we had dutifully wiped everything we had ever worked on for them, and good luck.

I smiled for about a month after that.

Comment This. (Score 1) 158

I have close knowledge of one project in which a codebase performs an action using an initial human-supplied table of data, then records the result as either a positive or negative outcome and adds that result back into the table. Then it performs another action based on the table data, records the result as a positive or negative, and adds that back into the table. Over time, of course, the table entries with the highest positive rate rise to the top and influence the actions that are chosen. It's CS101 stuff on a fairly mundane dataset.

But the codebase is hosted on Amazon and it's a marketing-led company, so they went to press with "Our innovative new artificial intelligence system uses a deep machine learning algorithm running on new exascale computing platforms to determine the best course of action to take in each case."

The engineers in the room were not happy about this. The marketing person said, "Don't sell yourself short. You developed a system that records data about what has already happened, remembers it, then makes decisions about what to do next based on what has already happened. I call that artificial intelligence."

One of the engineers shot back with, "When I was in college, we just called that 'computation.'"

Comment Credit card chargeback. (Score 4, Informative) 88

Go to your card provider (Visa/MC/Discover/Amex) and tell them to remove the charge because the service was not rendered and/or the charge was improper.

They will.

Once AT&T starts getting a lot of chargebacks, they will do something about it.

I had this sort of thing happen do me years back in NYC with Verizon. I called to cancel, was given a confirmation # and everything, and was still billed again the next month. When called again, furious, the manager I was escalated to said that they could not offer a refund because they did not have that policy. I said I don't care about policy, give me a refund, and he said there was literally no way for him to do that in the system and suggested (of course) that I accept the service for a month, since I'd already paid for it, and then if I didn't want it next month, I could call and cancel [n.b. AGAIN] then.

I hung up on him, dialed Visa, and had them charge it back. Of course THAT got Verizon's attention and a day or two later I was called by retention or some similar department to offer me a discount if I would stay on, along with a lot of apology garbage.

I told them I'd rather eat a bug.

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