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Comment: GameStop did this 5 years ago (Score 1) 1103

by adamjgp (#44156193) Attached to: Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees
I used to manage a GameStop, and for the hourly employees they were all but required to get this form of payment. The real shitty thing is that most ATMs require you to withdrawl in $20 denominations. A few will let you do $10, but rarely can you go lower than that. For these part time hourly employees, sometimes their paychecks would be ~$50, making it difficult to get to that last bit of money which consequently could make up a significant percentage of their overall paycheck. They're total BS, and I empathize with anyone who has to get paid using such a draconian method.

Comment: First Hand Experience (Score 1) 524

by adamjgp (#43785709) Attached to: Do Developers Need Free Perks To Thrive?
I used to work for a small private equipment reliability company. The culture was great and I enjoyed working for the owners. Eventually, they sold the company to a large publicly owned company. The first things that they cut were the free sodas, and every developer with any coding experience jumped ship because they all saw that things were going downhill. About 6 months after the free sodas were cut, they started laying off people throughout the company. (Un)fortunately, the particular office I left didn't have any lay-offs because most of the developers already left.

Comment: Just a rights infringement? (Score 1) 475

by adamjgp (#42691799) Attached to: Unlocking New Mobile Phones Becomes Illegal In the US Tomorrow
From TFA "This can be useful to international travellers who need their phones to work on different networks. Other people just like the freedom of being able to switch carriers as they please." So besides blatantly stepping on a customer's rights, what is the main detriment of this law? For the average consumer, which isn't the typical slashdot reader, they would have no idea about any of this. For the typical slashdot reader, this could be annoying, especially for travel, but in the end it doesn't seem like unlocking a phone would save you any substantial amount of money, considering that you'd get hit with an early termination fee for switching carriers after unlocking your phone. For the majority of you, is unlocking your phone about saving money, or just about the funsies of playing with the tech toys?

Comment: Re:service centralization = bad idea (Score 3, Interesting) 75

Users are going to choose the service that best fits their needs. If there were other options out there that offered services similar to gmail, and were widely advertised and known to the public, then email usage would be more distributed. Also, there's the perception that your email address gives others

Comment: Re:Awesome! (Score 1) 169

by adamjgp (#35424606) Attached to: Google Releases Stable Version of Chrome 10
I love Chrome, but the whole Flash Crash bug has me pulling my hair out. I spend an hour a day at work trying to diagnose how to fix the Flash Crash bug. Seriously hope that Adobe and Google can find a fix for this bug, and soon. It's annoying to go stumbling and find that 2/5 stumbles cause flash to break. Maybe I should just hold my breath until flash is a thing of the past.

Comment: Re:Thank God! (Score 3, Insightful) 309

by adamjgp (#33189996) Attached to: Rubik's Cube Now Solvable in 20 Moves

Thank God! And cancer? Still unsolved. I'll bet computer time could be used for that too. (sorry, bullsh*t like this hits very close to home for me recently. Nothing like having people dying, and then hearing how we are using resources for utter crap)

Guess you should be using your spare cycles to help cure cancer. Lead by example instead of using your resources for the utter crap that is posting on slashdot!

Medicine

Stem Cells Curing Burn-Induced Blindness 54

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-can-see-clearly-now dept.
mcgrew writes "The AP (via Yahoo) is reporting that Italian researchers can now cure blindness caused by chemical burns using the patient's own stem cells. 'The treatment worked completely in 82 of 107 eyes and partially in 14 others, with benefits lasting up to a decade so far. One man whose eyes were severely damaged more than 60 years ago now has near-normal vision.' Previously, this kind of injury needed either a corneal transplant or stem cells from someone else, both of which are plagued by problems with tissue rejection. Unfortunately, this only works for damaged corneas — so far."

Comment: Serves them right (Score 1) 345

by adamjgp (#31629994) Attached to: GameStop Sued Over Lack of DLC For Used Games
Being a former Gamestop manager, this thrills me to death! I'm sure if Gamestop treated their employees with a bit more respect and actually valued them, then maybe their employees would take it upon themselves to inform customers about these kinds of things.

Also, I wouldn't be surprised if Gamestop Corporate sent out a mandate to keep this information from the customer, similar to the way that they tell employees to sell reserved copies of games to non-reserved customer walk-ins on release day.

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