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Comment Re:So many word puppets (Score 1) 892

I'm going to watch and care about Pewdiepie exactly as much as before--namely, not one bit--so the main thing I care about is that the WSJ's doing things

So, you admit that your mention of "black humor" was just horseshit?

However, since you're also going to ignore the point that, once upon a time, investigative journalists would do things exactly like test what you can get through on a place that lets you ask people to do something for 5USD, in favor of insulting me, I see no point in talking to you further.

Citation, mister, "I've spent more time in a library than a retired university professor"?

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:20 years (Score 1) 59

Scary, isn't it? Doesn't seem that long ago when I was dialing in.

The Playstation is 22 years old. The iPhone will be 10 in June and in some places you can't even use the original any more because there are no 2G networks left.

My beloved Amiga is 32 years old. 16 bit chipset with a CPU that was 32 bit internally. And I still remember the addresses of the customer registers, because back then for some reason we didn't even bother using #define for them. I guess we were used to low level monitors where you would experimentally poke stuff by address, since they never included friendly register names to save memory.

And even back then, the 8 bit machines were old hat.

Comment Re:Attack Software (Score 1) 363

Years ago I remember reading ab anti-forensics where they talked about carefully modifying the FAT on your HDD so that it would work normally with Windows (probably XP) but when scanned with a popular forensics package would make it crash. No permanent harm done, the trained monkey operator just assumes (correctly) that the forensics software is buggy and the barrier to invading your privacy is raised.

Cellphones

Fans Choose A New Football Team's Plays With Their Smartphones (slate.com) 30

A new arena-league football team plays on a 50-yard field and uses a mobile app that allows fans to vote on the team's next play. An anonymous reader writes: Slate describes a receiver tackled for a short gain after the audience instructed the quarterback to throw a quick pass -- as "shouts and cheers exploded from the stands, with phones raised triumphantly in the air." The quarterback is informed of the chosen plays through an earphone in his helmet, and after one touchdown, one of the players even thanked a fan in the seats for picking a good play. "Then noses immediately returned to screens...the coach and QB were antsy, peering upward, waiting for the fans' next call as the play clock ticked down again..." The team eventually lost 78-47, but to at least make things more interactive, the players all have their Twitter handles sewn on the backs of their jerseys.
Fans can also be "virtual general managers" for a small fee, dialing in to a weekly phone call to give feedback to the team's president, and fans also selected the team's head coach from online resumes and some YouTube videos of interviews. In fact, the article says the fans even picked the team's name, with the name "Screaming Eagles" finally winning out over "Teamy McTeamface" and "Spaghetti Monsters."

Comment Tell your TL to man up (Score 1) 118

It's his job to be in 6 hours a day to be in meetings. Not you which is what seems to happen in an office. Alot of companies love to eliminate that title and have the uses, PMs, IT leadership, and have them interact directly with the programmers instead to cut costs. So you spend 5 to 6 hours talking about what you are going to do with little results. Working from home forces a Sr programmer to be a lead anD go to guy.

Using this title and making him a supervisor will give you the freedom back to do your job. Hey Mike can you do X before Wednesday sorry I promised the client etc? Your answer is to ask Bob the lead?

Comment Re:Just another mindless attack (Score 1) 441

Read the update at the end, basically makes the entire story bunk.

Here is the update, in its entirety:

Update: White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday afternoon that Trump was briefed on North Korea in a sensitive compartmented information facility, or SCIF — a portable, secure area.

So basically, Spicer is saying, "You gonna believe me or your own lying eyes?"

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