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Comment Re:Great! (Score 1) 128

I am not starved for attention. I have strong connections to friends and family. I enjoy FB because it helps me keep in touch with them. My friends use FB to organize activities and parties and get-togethers.

There are other plusses. Through FB I was reunited with one of my best friends from high school who had moved to my city.

Comment Re:Local differences (Score 2) 242

The company you describe sounds like Google. I almost got a job there back in 2007. I did the interviews, everything went really well. They told me they were going to make me an offer. I made it all the way to the executive committee, and then, nothing. Not a peep from the HR dept. For me the sound of the financial bubble bursting was the silence of my cell phone, waiting for them to call me and tell me that the position I was being hired for had been cut. When I finally got one of them on the phone, months later, they did not even apologize for failing to get back to me.

Submission + - SPAM: How Do I Find My Own Clients?

bloobamator writes: I am an independent technology consultant and I want to find my own clients. I am no longer willing to pay recruiters 30-40% of the bill rate ad-infinitum. They do nothing to earn it. How do I find my own clients? I live in a big city, but I don't know where to start.

Comment Pay Attention (Score 1) 398

Pay attention to your young children, make lots of eye contact with them every day. The younger they are the more important it is to focus your undivided attention on them. Stop playing video games. Stop starting at your computer or your phone or whatever you use to distract yourself. Stop shoveling convenience food down their throats because you can't be fucked to plan and prepare a healthy meal for them. Your children are starving for your attention. If you have a genetically normal child, i.e., one not predisposed to autism, then they will probably be OK, even if you suck. But if your child is genetically predisposed to autism, and if you suck, then your child is doomed. The thing is, you cannot know their genetic predisposition until it's too late. So pay attention. Now.

Comment Hyperspectral Imaging (Score 1) 167

From TFA:

The system-on-chip (SoC) solution can accurately distinguish between objects that appear virtually identical using traditional red-green-blue imaging chips.

The sentence immediately preceding that one, claims the product senses outside the visual spectrum ("hyper-spectral") and that it can perform remote spectral analysis, but somehow it uses just a good ol' RGB sensor.

Comment Re:inb4 (Score 3, Funny) 140

Let's say a "day" is the time it takes for the earth to rotate 360 degrees. (Interesting all by itself since such a concrete measurement was unavailable before the earth was created, but whatever.) And then let's say that it took 6 such days for God to create a proto-earth, i.e., the earth the way it was 3.5 billion years ago or whatever.

And then let's say, at the end of day 6, God popped this proto-earth into his cosmic-sized Time Accelerator Machine, closed the lid, programmed the machine such that the relativity factor inside the box yields a 3.5-billion year speedup, set the timer for 1 "day", and then kicked back and cracked open a cold one, or the godly equivalent of a cold one, His work being done.


Submission + - Alleged Foreign Hack of Water Pumping Station in I (

bloobamator writes: The Washington Post reports: "Foreign hackers caused a pump at an Illinois water plant to fail last week, according to a preliminary state report. Experts said the cyber-attack, if confirmed, would be the first known to have damaged one of the systems that supply Americans with water, electricity and other essentials of modern life."

Submission + - In Defense of Copyright (

bloobamator writes: In this interview, journalist Robert Levine concisely articulates several good arguments in support of copyrights. IMHO, his is a very balanced and progressive approach to protecting the rights of "culture creators". Bonus: my favorite new word is now "bloviating".

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982