There have been several posts per day to http://windowslivehelp.com/community/4.aspx about this. That forum, which is the official Hotmail support channel, appears to be staffed by scripts that repeatedly post "Optimize your browser", "Send us a screen shot", and "Tell us your username". No Microsoft support staff have said anything about trying to reproduce the problem, or reporting it to the engineering staff.
Does anyone know a better way to get a bug report to someone at Microsoft who can do something about it?"
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Card counting is perfectly legal — all a counter does is attempt to keep track of whether the cards remaining in a deck are favorable to his winning a hand (mainly if there are lots of tens and aces remaining in the deck) — but it's deeply frowned upon by Vegas casinos. Those caught counting cards are regularly expelled from casinos on the spot and are often permanently banned from returning.
But given the slim house odds on Blackjack, it's often said that a good card counter can actually tip the odds in his favor by carefully controlling the way he bets his hands. And Vegas really doesn't care for that.
The anti-card-counter system uses cameras to watch players and keep track of the actual "count" of the cards, the same way a player would. It also measures how much each player is betting on each hand, and it syncs up the two data points to look for patterns in the action. If a player is betting big when the count is indeed favorable, and keeping his chips to himself when it's not, he's fingered by the computer... and, in the real world, he'd probably receive a visit from a burly dude in a bad suit, too.
The system reportedly works even if the gambler intentionally attempts to mislead it with high bets at unfavorable times.
The system is still in the academic/development stage, but casinos are always eager to experiment with high-tech systems that foil gamblers in their attempts to leave the joint with money in their pockets. Don't be surprised to hear that this one is actually rolled out in the months ahead..."
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Bad headhunters will modify your resume without your permission and submit it to companies without asking you
Good headhunters will work with you to tailor your resume to each opportunity and ask you to make sure an opportunity sounds like a good fit before submitting your resume
Bad headhunters who submit your non-tailored resume first and don't tell you can cause problems when the Good headhunter submits another resume for the same candidate (you). Unfortunately, there's not much you can do about this except apologize for the mix-up and hope the hiring manager/company is understanding.
I wouldn't recommend "firing" the bad headhunter (unless you're actually paying him money, which would be odd since they usually get paid by the hiring companies) in case they luck into finding you a good opportunity. But you should firmly ask him to check with you in the future before changing/submitting your resume.
Governments are elected to serve their people. The US President is no different than other nations' heads of state in that regard.
And I find it interesting how so many people remember everything we do that they didn't like, but so quickly forget the good.
They remember that we invaded Iraq without full support from the members of the Security Council. Yet they forget we freed the Iraqi people from a tyranny that regularly raped and murdered its citizens, dumping their bodies in mass graves, and twice attacked its neighbors.
They forget the US military's aid to tsunami victims abroad, our protection of much of the world against threats from their neighbors, and our funding of vast portions of the United Nations budget.
The US government did all of those good things and more while acting in the interests of the United States. To say that our government acting in our interests is at best a neutral thing misunderstands the nature of human relationships. Acting in one's own interest often helps others too.
Earth to Gartner, cell phone users don't care about the OS that runs their phones. They care about the functionality of the phone!
Unless you can beat the iPhone, it don't matter what OS cell phone manufacturers use.
In 1984, citizens were encouraged to spy on each other and report possible dissidents to the authorities. So yes, this is very Orwellian.
As Oscar Wilde said:
Religion: a large, wealthy, powerful cult.
Cult: a small, impoverished, powerless religion.
+1 interesting, but ultimately unrealistic. Sifting through that much footage to demonstrate something that such a large number of people had done would be a monumental task. OTOH, it's easy for Joe Blow to have The Game up on his second flatpanel at work watching last night's footage of his favorite creepy spot to report people for troublesome behavior. I've been stopped by police because I looped around the block twice with my car in a neighborhood where there was a known drug dealer. Apparently the fact that I had $2k+ worth of camera gear for night photography (of the artistic variety, not surveillance) with me did not lessen their concern (this is after *returning* to the car having conducted said photography). Imagine the ease with which our friend Joe Blow could have reported me simply when I was in the wrong place at the wrong time trying to indulge my hobby.