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Comment Re:It is hard to imagine that AMD missed this... (Score 1) 157

The biggest issue is not the draw from the 6 pin connector from the PSU, rather the draw from the PCIe slot.

That draw is regulated by the motherboard and that is not a given that the mobo will not just roll over and die and maybe take some other system components with it along the way.

Heck if the mobo dies and you still even have the RAM and CPU surviving who knows if you can find a replacement for that CPU. Most times when my mobos have kicked it I've just gone ahead and upgraded my system.

Maybe that is AMD's master plan! We'll design a card that looks to kill motherboards and that way people will be buying more of our CPUs! (Evil Mr. Burns finger steeple.)

Comment Support lol! (Score 2) 209

The best part of modern "support" is that it is a thinly veiled front for their sales pitches. Calling in to your cable company because your modem keeps rebooting? Well that is great lets troubleshoot that and while I'm at it did you know that we have a special on our internet speed upgrade!?

I once spent no less than 20m on the phone with my then cell phone carrier trying to reduce my total phone setup down from 3 lines to 2. There was no change go anything else, even the price, because the plan provided for 2 to 4 phones with shared mins. So it was not like I was even going to be giving them less money, but I'm damn sure that poor rep knew that their real metrics (not customer satisfaction but their sales numbers) would reflect that for my call I was going down a line.

Here is a list of what a current CSR job would like you to have:

        High School diploma or equivalent is required.
        Experience with computers, keyboarding is required
        Minimum 2 years of Customer service experience is preferred
        Minimum 2 years of sales experience is preferred
        Minimum 1 year of inbound call center experience is preferred
        Minimum 1 year experience in the hospitality industry a plus
        Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills along with basic practical math, reading and comprehension abilities
        Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends

Two years of sales experience. It took me all of 5m to find a job listing like that and there are plenty of them out there. And these people are the gatekeepers and support agents that you have to get past to get any real support.

Comment Re:If no one goes to jail, it means nothing... (Score 3, Insightful) 143

Cars are not routers. Trucks are not CPUs. I can't run over someone with my overclocked desktop. I can't go at such an unsafe speed that I lose control and crash into others with my modified router.

Your analogy is wrong. We treat vehicles very differently because of what they can do. "We" the Slashdot crowd that understand that are not opposed to modifying things that can't go at speeds that can kill someone if operated wrongly. "We" instead understand that vehicles are something that need to be well regulated due to their nature.

Comment Re:News? (Score 1) 159

But this also creates the Problems with the Trumps and Sandars who are focused on particular issues and not the general complexities of running a government.

You almost had a good comment there until that part where your really went off the rails. One of those two people has never held public office. The other was a mayor, a US Congressman, and a US Senator. Likely knowing more about the general complexities about running a government more than you ever will.

However you did do a good job in showing that your point, up until your own personal bias slipped in, about how trust in reporting can be very tricky. And when we are are on Social Media, which I suppose we can classify /. into these days, it gets even more so. We get people like yourself who mix in their own opinions with the facts and because there is some truth to the totality of what is said the whole thing can be viewed as acceptable.

Comment Re:this kind of thing is usually a DDoS (Score 1) 91

Local data in the very real sense of keeping your personal data to yourself is a thing. Do I need to go on an NSA rant about how anything you transmit over the internet is compromised?

Further local data is just that local. If they go offline they have their backups right there. They don't have to worry about going online to put their data back in place. They can do it offline if needed.

I understand your arguments for server (cloud) data and have no problem with using server storage when it is appropriate. But we have the ability to have large amounts of data at our local fingertips. Why would I want to give it away when my 1st point is very real? If you could say that the NSA, and all other bodies, were not there then you might have a case. However you do not. The NSA and all the other things are snooping on your data right now. Thank you no.

Comment Ok everyone! (Score 1) 312

Here is what you can do for now. Run Win7. It is a perfectly fine OS. Yes MS has packported the spyware, aka "telemetry", to the system and how do you fix that? You manually monitor your system(s) for what updates are on them. Use this script: wmic qfe get >C:\updates.txt

Run that batch file as admin and then search for KB3035583 (the Win10 installer) and KB3021917 (spyware) and if they are there remove them.

Is this annoying and bad? Yes. Is it doable on a large scale where you have to admin hundreds or thousands of machines? Likely not. But if you just need your own personal machine that runs a stable Win64 OS then Win7 still is a decent system and you can fix it to run just fine.

Let us all stop freaking out until we see how this shakes down after Win10 goes "not free" and see if Redmond has another epiphany like they did after Vista and releases a real OS again.

Comment Re:this kind of thing is usually a DDoS (Score 4, Insightful) 91

The main reason they don't want to talk about it is because they keep wanting every end user to believe that "the cloud" is some sort of mythical thing. That it will always be there to have their data and that they should pay their monthly subs to have that privilege.

Of course in reality we IT professionals know that "the cloud" is nothing new and not even remotely secure. Local data is always better than remote data and we have the tools to make that a very secure platform for end users. However that is just a one time cost and well...we can't have that now can we Win10?

Comment F&B Here (Score 1) 1023

As someone who has worked in F&B, that is Food and Beverage for those of you who have never been a part of the Hospitality industry, I've thought about robots in the workplace for a long time. And by a long time I mean going back to when I was reading sci-fi by Harry Harrison who wrote about such places that were purely staffed by robots.

Knowing the nuances of F&B I honestly question that any of the robots that we have these days could replace a human worker. That is just because you see a "robot" that is able to flip some burgers is doing it's thing over and over and over but can it go to the back of the shop to get the frozen burgers out of the freezer? Can it clean up the burger that fell on the ground (oh it will happen) and is starting to stink? Can it do any of the other jobs that it has not been designed for?

There likely will be a point, very likely in my lifetime, that we have robots that are sophisticated enough to replace low level workers. That time is not yet. For right now my burgers are going to be made by humans and personally, downvotes incoming, I'd like them to be paid well.

Comment Re:Microsoft didn't buy them to make Skype better (Score 2) 224

Desktops are not dead of course but they are not locked down yet. Until the final assimilation of Win10 takes place of course. Would you like to update now or...now?

So right now the profit motive drives around mobile devices that are nice and locked down for the masses. So you WILL learn to love "apps" vs programs or games. You WILL learn to love not having control over your data. You WILL learn to, what's that? You are going to switch to a FOSS? Well er...want a job? We need tech savvy people.

Comment Re:Priced out of Dumb Phones (Score 1) 242

Years ago when I finally went away from my phone/PDA, this was before large tablets were mainstream so I had an basic phone/n810 at the time, setup I found what you described to be the case. Market was a bit different of course and so I went with an entry level Blackberry.

Time went on and as that Blackberry got older, along with the whole platform being crushed by Android/iOS, I wanted to upgrade. I went to my carrier and at 1st was going to again go with a Blackberry but was told that to upgrade to a newer model I would also have to upgrade my plan. And the reason for the plan upgrade was I "needed more data." But the kicker was that I was not getting anything that would use any more data. Doing anything really internet related on the oldschool Blackberry phones that had physical keyboards and tiny screens was always a last resort.

So I started shopping and found also that really the contract less plans mostly were the better value in terms of TCO even with the drawbacks of a lesser network, having to buy your own phone outright, and less options when buying said phone. What was driving this market I had to ask myself.

Now I've not done any deep analysis but it seems that the carriers have captured the market in two ways. Keeping TCO higher by putting the phone cost into plans thus spreading out the cost for people. But the real thing is the upgrade treadmill. The very nature of smartphones makes them highly susceptible to wear and tear, if not outright fatal damage, aging electronics/batteries, and of course planned obsolescence.

There is a market for people who don't need the latest phone, if a smartphone at all, but it is not big to begin with and nobody is marketing to it. It is much more profitable to keep the people who would shift over to a cheaper TCO for their own needs in the upgrade treadmill market.

Comment Re:Micro Trends, Trend Micro, same thing, right? (Score 1) 212

> Well slashdot has always been a nicer 4chan.

I'm guessing you mean that in the sense of what 4chan represents as an internet culture not literally. Given that /. was launched in 1997 and 4chan in 2003.

But I do agree with your underlying point as all online forums face similar issues. And this is even bigger than a online issue rather an issue with human nature. I personally think that keeping AC around is a good thing because it gives the opportunity for people who would otherwise not want to be able to speak out that option. It is a form of speech that is chilled without it and we then all lose.

So what I have learned to do, and mind you it is not easy, is try to just sift though the much and take what gems you can find. Much like RL.

Comment Re:There are no acceptable ads (Score 3, Informative) 237

uBlock actually seems to be coded a bit better. I've noticed that with it installed on my desktop, in Firefox, my browsing is snappier. And for sure on my mobile device using uBlock, Firefox mobile on an Android, it is much better than Adblock.

I personally did not like the idea of the white-list and the philosophy behind it. However that did not stop me from using Adblock and just toggling the white-list off. But since uBlock is faster I've switched to it. Finally some options when it comes to picking apps/add-ons is always good too.

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 214

If you have the room for a PC then we, the collective we as in every geek that is here on Slashdot, can build you a really really nice PC.

I mean that you say you are using your console because it is faster than your PC. I just cringed reading that.

So...we need to get you a good PC. Then we can talk. Because until then I really did not see much past that. And you seem like a person that wants a good PC. Yeah, we can do that.

Comment ABP Gone (Score 1) 218

I've been using ABP for years now on my machines and those I admin for friends/family/clients. It was, as we all know, a good solution for a number for reasons: Using less bandwidth, limiting infection vectors, and of course removing annoying ads.

However I've recently switched to UBlock because it simply runs better...and it does not have any sort of "acceptable whitelisting". Now I actually still pretty much trust ABP as I'd used it a fair amount since they have allowed what they deemed as acceptable ads. Not only could you opt-out (Yes you were auto opted-in however.) but some times when I did forget to opt-out I did not see anything egregious.

None the less with an alternative out there that is faster I think it is a good thing to give it support. As I've said about this topic before, I'll use my hosts file again if need be to block ads. I'll personally update it if that is what it comes to. The tears of ad execs do nothing but bring me joy as they rationalize why they have a right to my bandwidth and all of the other data they want to collect.

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