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Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 515

My wife is an astronomer, operates a 3.5 meter telescope. Last year she wanted to hire a guy from Chile but visa issues made that difficult and it didn't happen. She lost the American lady that she wanted when her boss got wind of the job offer and upped her wage, ended up with an American working in Canada (he might be wishing he'd stayed there in a few months). So this definitely could be an issue, no doubt. LOTS of foreigners at the observatory on the other telescope: three Russians, a Chinese, a French guy. I have no idea what their work visa status was, may or may not have been H1B. One Japanese woman at the observatory, born in the USA, might be moving to Japan depending on what our new POTUS does.

Comment Re:Leave. (Score 1) 427

In May, my boss came in to my office and said my contract wasn't being renewed. I said that was OK, I hadn't been terribly happy there for a while and I was almost done with the project. I thought I was there for the long haul, apparently not. It was a school, and all employees are on annual contracts, so your job may be terminated any year.

What I hated was the duplicity. They later told my boss that I was a temporary hire. Funny, they didn't tell me that in my interview. And they didn't tell him when he took over the unit. Or the guy who hired me. Or me when I was hired. Or signed all of my paperwork. Or when my contract was renewed. Or in my termination paperwork. Had I known it was a temporary role, I wouldn't have bought a new car last year. They told the state unemployment office that "they had no more work for me." I have since learned that this is not unusual behavior for them, sort of like what our next Commander In Chief's reputation is like with contractors. I had two more projects lined up, one that could be done in about a month, one that was a major rewrite and would take about six months. Plus a total system replacement that, when done, would save the school about $3,000 a year in licensing alone, plus expanded and improved asset tracking throughout the school that would reduce a major amount of paperwork and footwork. AND they scrapped the database that I'd been developing for two years -- it never saw the lite of day. I wasted two years of my life in a job that produced absolutely nothing.

But what do I know, I've only been working with databases for 25 years.

Comment Re:Aww... (Score 1) 94

I absolutely love my Time Steel, I just hope I get my Time Steel 2 at some point! I was concerned with the Kickstarter when I learned that the 2 wasn't fully developed yet, now I'm VERY concerned.

I bought the Time Steel via the Kickstarter after I had cataract surgery and was sick and tired of pulling my iPhone out to see what time it was. My Steel is awesome: alarm clock with vibrating alarm, count-down timer, AND I CAN READ IT WITHOUT MY GLASSES. The Time 2 series: my interest was the larger display, the heart rate monitor is of minor interest. And the stainless steel casing is fantastic!

Well, off to Kickstarter to see if I can find out if my 2 will be completed or not.

Comment Re:A Master Password.... (Score 1) 234

Seconded for mSecure. I've been using it since I switched from a Palm Pilot to an iPod Touch back around '08 or so. Palm had a very nice third party encrypted note pad program, but Palm self-destructed and that's all to be said about that. While I consider the interface for mSecure just a tiny bit clunky, I am quite fond of the program and I recommend it to anyone who uses the iOS infrastructure. It's not free, but it was well worth the money.

Comment Re:time to dial back the shill (Score 3, Interesting) 299

I'm ticked not only about the lack of USB-A ports, but that they're moving away from MagSafe power supplies. I LOVE that feature, and it has saved many a laptop of ours from damage as we have a rampaging standard poodle who does not respect power cords when we're sitting on the couch. My current laptop is a MBP 2011, I can't see me moving past the '14, which I think is the last year for MagSafe and SD card reader. Maybe I'll just keep my '11 and we'll see how long an SSD will keep it alive, then we'll see if Apple comes back to their senses or the ghost of Jobs returns to take over the company.

I'm surprised that Belkin or someone else hasn't made a C-to-MagSafe adapter for MacBook owners.

Comment One of the problems (Score 1) 675

is that some vendors charged two upgrade prices: one for the new chip-ready terminal, a SECOND to upgrade the software to a set that is chip-ready! So many businesses ended up with new terminals with deactivated chip readers.

Another issue that I've seen is speed. It seems like some chip-ready installs are using dial-up to transmit info, which is really odd. We spent a few weeks in Germany last summer, and all of the terminals that we used were quite brisk.

Comment Re: You made it, Syrians! (Score 2) 1592

Texas keeps threatening to leave, personally I'd tell them yes. Then watch as they try to pay for all of the military bases and hardware that would be removed.

In Arizona, Pima County/Tucson would like to secede as the Arizona Legislature has gone absolutely bat-shit crazy. One of the more interesting recent bits of ritual idiocy is the governator signed a bill adding two seats to the Supreme Court to stuff it with conservatives. The twit who proposed the bill said "We wouldn't have put it forth if the governor was a Democrat."

Comment Re:At this point, I just need to ask: (Score 1) 36

I have in front of me of my recently arrived DVD complete Yes Minister, and I am reminded of an exchange between Sir Humphrey and Jim Hacker. To paraphrase:

Sir Humphrey: There are two responses. "It is under consideration", which means we've lost it.
Hacker: And the other?
Humphrey: "It is under active consideration", which means we're looking for it.

Comment What I don't get (Score 1) 359

And I freely admit that I don't track things like CPU specs any more, is why Windows is still 32 bit? Are modern CPUs still coming in 32 bit? I have no problem slapping 16 gig or more of RAM in any of my Macs and they just say Cool! Why do we have to buy a 64 bit version of Windows to get more than 4 gig of RAM in a box?

Comment Re:Kinda predictable but... (Score 1) 104

I've been wearing a Pebble Time Steel since they shipped, well, except when I sleep, and quite like it. I looked at the Apple Watch and there were many things that I didn't like: weight, price, and UI. I want: an alarm, a count down timer, and a display that I can read without having to put on my reading glasses. This is a major point -- I had cataract surgery a couple of years ago and I need a big, blocky display. With the widely-available dev kit for the Pebble, the watch face that I needed was available on the day that my watch arrived in the mail. The silent alarm is a nice feature: I described it to a friend of mine who is a pilot and he thought that would be very nice for telling you when to switch to your aux fuel tank.

But the most important thing that I wanted: solid steel body. I spent over $300 on a Seiko back in the '90s. Solid steel back, base metal body. My perspiration worked around the back, corroded through the body, and destroyed the watch. I don't have that fear with my Pebble Time Steel, and it cost less than that Seiko, especially when you convert dollars to 20 years later.

It all depends on what functionalities that you need and use it for. For some, the Apple Watch is quite terrific and spiffy. For me, I'm quite happy saving some $$$. If a watch offers features that I never use, that isn't a deal sweetener for me.

Comment Re:Backlash (Score 1) 224

Myself, my finger will open Amazon, iBooks, a secure storage app, and one of my bank accounts: but not my phone. For that, I have to enter a passcode.

Mythbusters did an excellent episode where they defeated many home security devices, including a finger print reader. As I understand it, later models of iPhones actually read a capillary signature, so theoretically a severed fingertip wouldn't do it. But I wonder if some of the Mythbuster techniques would work.

I'd like to see a survey of those using fingerprint unlocks. Is the finger on their dominant or off-hand? What's the distribution of index finger vs other fingers?

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