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Comment: Re:Captain Obvious strikes again (Score 3, Informative) 160

by PessimysticRaven (#42804097) Attached to: How Not To Launch a Gadget

If you can't manage that, at least bring scantily-clad women to the party... nobody expects them to answer questions about the device, and as a bonus, you'll get a lot of pictures of it.

Even in jest, can we not continue to perpetuate this as a good idea for tech expos. And people wonder why it's hard to get women interested in IT.

If it weren't for the fact that it works, it wouldn't be perpetuated.

Lowest common denominator love socially-acceptable bags of fat.

Technology

+ - Cyborgs: They Are Among Us...

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Remixdj writes "For most people the term 'Cyborg' is synonymous with the rather nefarious robotic alien race featured in the BBC's long-running Doctor Who series. Cyborg is actually a derivative of cybernetic organism to mean a being with artificial and biological parts, and under this premise can apply to those who require prosthetic limbs and hearing aids but perhaps also to users of mobile phones or even wearers of designer running shoes. See Donna Harroway's Cyborg Theory. Maybe a step too far for some but recent scientific developments have made the more familiar concept a reality particularly in the case of Neil Harbinson's prosthetic eyepiece which he lovingly refers to as 'eyeborg'. This example stands outside of the usual prosthetics used as replacements because the resulting symbiosis produces an experience outside of normal human experience. It is, has Harbinson describes' more akin to possessing a seventh sense."
Government

+ - FBI: High-tech economic espionage a vast, expanding threat->

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coondoggie writes "Driven by the general ease of stealing electronically stored data and the reality of growing global businesses, US companies have lost some $13 billion through economic espionage in the current fiscal year — and the problem is growing. Those observations were made this week by the FBI to a House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence hearing that went on to add that as the FBI's economic espionage caseload is growing, so is the percentage of cases attributed to an insider threat, meaning that, individuals currently (or formerly) trusted as employees and contractors are a growing part of the problem."
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Comment: DAFAQ?! (Score 1) 857

by PessimysticRaven (#40486027) Attached to: Why Microsoft Killed the Windows Start Button

For the love of all that is unholy... "People don't use the 'Start Button?'" and "People use keyboard shortcuts.."

When?! Where?! WHO are these mysterious users?

Ctrl + and "Fn + 1-12" are two of the best kept secrets in using a computer. Rare is the day when I encounter someone that knows how to do either of these.

Comment: Get over it. (Score 1) 112

Shocker this, the Slashdot community hates anything to do with Social Media anyway. Why am I still surprised on the vitriol?

That said, I think this is an amusing idea. Sure, some people will buy according to like-counts, but I would HOPE that that would be a small percentage compared to those that buy by personal taste and fit. This is only the obvious next-step beyond typical advertising.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to see a man on Craigslist about buying a bridge.

Comment: Re:The best/worst things about the US government (Score 2) 910

by PessimysticRaven (#39772637) Attached to: In Nothing We Trust

I can't argue with this. More and more, people are now feeling the backlash of spending too much, expecting too much and doing too little to make it happen.

My condolences are out to the people that have fallen on hard times. That said, money is rather easy to come by, and people are always willing to shovel tasks off on someone willing to do them for a price, no matter how menial. In fact, doing something is better than lying around bemoaning about having "nothing to do." And, assuming it's not against someone's ethical code or harms anyone else, I don't see the problem in doing it.

They call that "work ethic."

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