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Comment: Re:When you don't want a reference (Score 1) 892

by Katmando911 (#44586027) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

if you'd been getting $1000/week, your UI would be ~ $620/week.

The maximum weekly benefits varies by State. From that point of view, your example would only work in Massachusetts. All other States max out way before that. http://jobsearch.about.com/od/unemployment/a/weekly-unemployment-benefits.htm

Comment: Re:Price Is Not Relevant - You're missing the poin (Score 2) 339

by Katmando911 (#43040809) Attached to: Bitcoin Hits New All-time High of $32
How divisible are bitcoins? A bitcoin can be divided down to 8 decimal places. Therefore, 0.00000001 BTC is the smallest amount that can be handled in a transaction. If necessary, the protocol and related software can be modified to handle even smaller amounts. https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/FAQ#How_divisible_are_bitcoins.3F

Comment: Re:This is why the equipment should be heterogeneo (Score 1) 137

by Katmando911 (#42814519) Attached to: Intel Gigabit NIC Packet of Death

or just buy premade servers from dell or HP. they aren't that much more expensive, the drivers are certified to work and you get real support

...and you're guaranteed that every shipment will have radically different hardware, despite having identical model numbers.

Sad but true. It makes it a PITA when dealing with disk images from one server to another.

Comment: Re:i think this might be a good idea if.. (Score 1) 1167

by Katmando911 (#38240760) Attached to: US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers
This bill doesn't eliminate working overtime. It eliminates being paid for working overtime. There is a BIG difference. After this bill, these workers will still be expected to work over 40 hours a week, they just won't get any extra money for doing so. I like the way California interpreted the Fair Labor Standards Act. Just making an employee salary like a manager instead of hourly doesn't mean that their job functions are suddenly different or that it's now OK to expect uncompensated overtime from them.

Comment: Re:Bloodsucker (Score 5, Insightful) 300

by Katmando911 (#34262942) Attached to: MPAA Dismisses COICA Free Speech Concerns

Addressing the free speech concerns, MPAA chief Bob Pisano dismissed the First Amendment issues, saying '...the First Amendment was not intended as a shield for those who steal, irrespective of the means.'"

A comment like that makes me want to break into this guys house and "steal" all of his stuff so that he can learn the meaning of the word.

Biotech

First Halophile Potatoes Harvested 117

Posted by timothy
from the integrated-dill-is-the-next-step dept.
Razgorov Prikazka writes "A Dutch-based company from Groningen is trying to create a potato race that is able to survive in a saline environment. The first test-batch was just harvested (English translation of Dutch original) on the island Texel and seem to be in good shape. The company states that rising sea-levels will create a demand for halophile crops. I do wonder if one still has to put salt on ones potatoes when they are grown in salt water."
Image

Disputed Island Disappears Into Sea 460

Posted by samzenpus
from the say-hi-to-atlantis dept.
RawJoe writes "India and Bangladesh have argued for almost 30 years over control of a tiny island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have ended the argument for them: the island's gone. From the article: 'New Moore Island, in the Sunderbans, has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery and sea patrols, he said. "What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming," said Hazra.'"
Idle

Steampunk Con Mixes In More Maker Fun 50

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the rebuttal-of-disposable-culture dept.
California has once again been blessed with another steampunk convention, this time to be held in Emeryville, CA on March 12-14 as the "Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition." This year's event promises to mix in much more of the DIY/maker flavor for a greater hands-on feel. Steampunk has been gaining much broader appeal in recent months with the continued growth of maker communities, and the many delightful varieties of music and literature. The con will feature, among other things, a 2 day track of 2-hour how-to, hands-on, and interactive workshops gear towards makers, DIY-ers, mad scientists, and evil geniuses. Of course, if you are an evil genius you probably don't need a workshop except as a gathering for potential test subjects.
Google

Five Years of YouTube and Forced Evolution 329

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the court-of-public-opinion dept.
NakNak writes to mention that the DailyMaverick has a feature looking back at five years of YouTube, some of the massive changes that have been forced through as a result of its overwhelming popularity, and what changes might be necessary going forward. "Google, which bought YouTube less than two years after it was founded for what was then considered outrageously expensive $1.65 billion, does not want Microsoft or Apple (or anybody else) to own the dominant video format. So it has become the biggest early tester of HTML5. Your browser doesn't support HTML5? Google launches its own browser, Chrome. Need to use Internet Explorer at work because that's all your IT department supports? Google launches a Chrome framework that effectively subverts IE and makes it HTML5-compatible. The final blow will be the day that YouTube switches off Flash and starts streaming only to HTML5 browsers. On that day all browsers will be HTML5 compatible or they will perish in the flames of user outrage."

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