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+ - Let's Take This Open Floor Plan to the Next Level

Submitted by theodp
theodp writes: In response to those of you who are unhappy with your Open Office, McSweeney's has some ideas for taking the open floor plan to the next level. "Our open floor plan was decided upon after rigorous research that primarily involved looking at what cool internet companies were doing and reflexively copying them," writes Kelsey Rexroat. "We're dismayed and confused as to why their model isn’t succeeding for our own business, and have concluded that we just haven’t embraced the open floor plan ideals as fully as we possibly can. So team, let’s take this open floor plan to the next level!" Among the changes being implemented in the spirit of transparency and collaboration: 1. "All tables, chairs, and filing cabinets will be replaced by see-through plastic furnishings." 2. "All desks will be mounted on wheels and arranged into four-desk clusters. At random intervals throughout the day, a whistle will blow, at which point you should quickly roll your desk into a new cluster." 3. "Employees’ desktops will be randomly projected onto a movie screen in the center of the office." 4. "You can now dial into a designated phone line to listen in on any calls taking place within the office and add your opinion."

Comment: Sentencing matched the guidelines (Score 5, Informative) 315

by pavon (#49803035) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

Here's my point. When I read about the Ross Ulbricbht court, what comes across to me is that the judge is saying "blah blah yadda yadda legal stuff and now here is MY OPINION" which will vary from judge to judge. But surely justice must be consistent? You shouldn't have one judge convicting a person for making an urgent phone call, but a different judge effectively exonerating a policeman for not driving with the care required by his job. And you shouldn't have a judge handing down an entire life sentence when another judge would most likely have given a sentence of 10-20 years.

I am undoing moderation to post this, because I have seen similar comments everywhere covering the story, all moderated up, and it simply isn't true.

Yes sentencing should be consistent which is why we have sentencing guidelines, and this judge followed them. He was convicted of running a continuing criminal enterprise which has a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years. And it gets worse when you add up the offense levels in the guidelines for his crimes: It was demonstrated that people who took drugs purchased on Silk Road have died from that drug use, which give him a base offense level of 38. The continuing criminal enterprise offense adds 4 points, and since he played an Aggravated Role as the ring leader that adds another 4 points, bringing him to 46 points. The sentencing table for someone with no prior convictions and an offense level of 43 or more is a life sentence, period, and that is before talking about the other five charges he was convicted of! As a judge you would have to present a very strong argument as to why someone with that high of an offense level should get less than life.

The reason he got such a harsh sentence is because our drug laws are so harsh, not because the judge was harsh. Prosecutors have huge flexibility in what they charge people with, and in this case they threw the book at him.

Comment: Re:Phones for which a carrier requires a data plan (Score 1) 343

by tepples (#49799795) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

So how can I get a smartphone if I'm outside of AT&T's market?

Smartphones on other networks are A. phones for which the carrier imposes a similar requirement of a data plan or B. phones comparable in functionality to an AT&T smartphone.

But in your example, why would I buy a phone from AT&T if I'm going to get a GoPhone sim?

To ensure that it works on AT&T's network. (GoPhone is AT&T's prepaid brand.)

Won't I be paying for two phone plans then? AT&T (unused, but still per month costs) and GoWhatever?

Phones for use with GoPhone are sold up front.

Comment: Structural unemployment defined (Score 1) 207

If you are talking something like teachers the ones I know that have done this fulfill their obligations with completing the school year as opposed to the physical year.

Structural unemployment means the labor surplus associated with widespread layoffs in an industry. You're referring to seasonal unemployment, which is generally excluded from structural unemployment. Structural unemployment happens on cycles far longer than a year or is permanent. How is someone supposed to work off student loan debt if he comes to find that nobody is hiring in his location and field?

Comment: Eminent public domain (Score 1) 222

It also means that if we got a Congress that actually wanted to retroactively shorten copyright terms they can.

I wouldn't be so sure of that. Major copyright owners would consider a term reduction to be "private property be[ing] taken for public use, without just compensation" per the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution (and foreign counterparts) and sue the government for said "just compensation".

Comment: Phones for which a carrier requires a data plan (Score 1) 343

by tepples (#49799175) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

What the heck is a feature phone anyways?

A smartphone is a phone for which AT&T will automatically add on a data plan unless you use obscure means to prevent it, such as buying a GoPhone SIM and activating it over the Internet. A feature phone is a cell phone that is not a smartphone.


Chinese Nationals Accused of Taking SATs For Others 218

Posted by samzenpus
from the grades-for-pay dept.
Vadim Makarov writes: Fifteen Chinese nationals living in the U.S. have been charged with creating an elaborate scheme to take U.S. college entrance exams on behalf of students. For the past four years, the accused provided counterfeit Chinese passports to impostors, who sneaked into testing centers where they took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and others, while claiming to be someone else, according to a federal grand jury indictment. Special Agent in Charge John Kelleghan for Homeland Security Investigations of Philadelphia said: "These students were not only cheating their way into the university, they were also cheating their way through our nation's immigration system."

Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing? 632

Posted by samzenpus
from the mad-max-time dept.
ourlovecanlastforeve writes: With biologists getting closer and closer to reversing the aging process in human cells, the reality of greatly extended life draws closer. This brings up a very important conundrum: You can't tell people not to reproduce and you can't kill people to preserve resources and space. Even at our current growth rate there's not enough for everyone. Not enough food, not enough space, not enough medical care. If — no, when — age reversal becomes a reality, who gets to live? And if everyone gets to live, how will we provide for them?

Comment: CyanogenMod (Score 1) 343

by MSG (#49792349) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

I'm a CyanogenMod user, but I don't think they're a serious player in the Android community.

Cyanogen split from their first actual customer, OnePlus, after a partnership that has been described as "rocky." I don't know what the problem was, but that sounds to me like the company isn't capable of meeting its customers needs.

Beyond poor customer service, the developers do not appear, from the outside, to have any experience project management. There was never a stable release of CyanogenMod 12.0, and hasn't been a stable release of 12.1 yet either. A reasonable release process would probably involve a code branch containing their tested, stabilized add-ons that they integrated with AOSP. New features should be developed in a separate branch and merged after they've been through testing, and during a window that's open after a release of the stable branch. None of that appears to be happening. The changelog for their nightly builds is a firehose of bug fixes and new features.

And beyond THAT, I've never heard of Cyanogen working to push any fixes upstream into AOSP. I would love to hear that they do. If not, they're building a patch set that will only grow over time, which will eternally increase their workload of integration with the upstream project

It's unsustainable. And that's sad, because I like one or two of the features they add to AOSP.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!