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Comment does better (Score 5, Interesting) 222

I have no affiliation to other than being a user.

I've been using to generate randomized credit card numbers for a while now. It's the same type of thing we had in the 90s with certain credit card companies but better. I have static cards with monthly limits for recurring charges, static cards with max per transaction limits for online merchants I frequent and one time use burner cards for just about everything else. I can see all declined transactions per card, which lets me track it down to a merchant. It's the same thing I do for email (per account email addresses for spam tracking) but better because I don't have to manage it myself.

Comment Re: Flip side of this? (Score 1) 464


I recently moved from San Jose to Austin. What you get for your dollar is a lot less in San Jose but far better than the rest of the bay area. There are a couple Google his stops, so you can avoid the commute. The further south in SJ you are, the better (to a point). When I was working at Google, I rode the bus from Silver Creek or the light rails station on Santa Theresa. (I moved a few times.) If you're set on the bay area and don't want to spend all your money on rent, San Jose is a good place.

Comment the 2014 voter turnout was low because... (Score 1) 1089

There wasn't a single viable candidate. I didn't vote because there was no point. Forcing people to vote is akin to forcing people to toss a coin. You'll get a result and but it won't mean anything. I've always felt that if you can't take the time to educate yourself about politics, you should abstain from voting because you'll be hurting more than helping.

Maybe we'll see a really good president in my lifetime but not if everyone votes.

Comment Re:The comparison is wrong (Score 1) 437

As someone who has multiple Nexus devices in his possession and has upgraded more than one of them to Lollipop, I can say that I rolled back because of UX problems. Some of the "optimizations" made in Lollipop are contrary to what you'd expect. Additionally, some of the new security features break existing functionality. I'm all for security (I tried four different ROMs on a device I got yesterday until I found one with working device encryption) but one should be able to relax security if they so choose.

Go test drive Lollipop in a VM. Some people love it, some don't. I won't be upgrading anything I own back to Lollipop until there are ways to work around some of the new features.

* Two finger/double scroll for notifications bar
* Complicated prioritized volume setttings (I believe they removed a volume override intent for this, which I use)
* Tabs and recent apps part of the same "recent apps" overlay (can be disabled via a chrome setting, thankfully)
* Removing long press on app bar buttons (changed to a small hot area of text under the icon, which I didn't know about until someone told me)

* Pinning
* Volume and brightness sliders in the notification bar
* Material Design
* Change to battery metrics display

* Heads up notifications instead of stealing the entire display for things like the phone UI (CM11 does this too)

As you can see, there's really no compelling reason to upgrade and some really annoying new features (as well as some rather critical open bugs) that will keep _me_ away from Lollipop.

Comment I applaud this as much as I did the gawker network (Score 1) 2219

Which is not at all. I logged in to post this, just to show my support for the Fuck Beta crowd. I've been here a looong time and want to stay but if you gum it up, I won't. Slashdot is an historical land mark, as far as the net is concerned. It was one of the first DDOS mechanisms we all knew and we want to preserve it as a beacon to what once was. When it goes away (or turns into just another cookie cutter news outlet), so does a piece of our youth. Don't kill it for us.

Comment validate email addresses... (Score 1) 114

Hopefully their research concluded that they should validate email addresses. I have about a dozen Skype accounts (though I never use the service) because of fraudulent account sign ups. The simple act of validating email addresses prior to issuing an account would fix this. Hell, even a product targeted at the lowest common denominator (Facebook) has managed to figure that out.

Comment Glad to know I'm at least some kind of threat (Score 1) 976

"Similarly, you should not be concerned merely because your neighbors are a member of any national gun advocacy organization. The actual threat â" just to cite the best known org â" that the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its kin present to you and your children is political."

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