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Comment: Balance the equation (Score 1) 338

by blueseraph (#43813829) Attached to: AT&T Quietly Adds Charges To All Contract Cell Plans
I am out of contract and can leave if I wish. The income lost from loosing my family plan equals the fee from 147 customers. If 3.5 million people also have the same idea this would more than negate the $0.61 fee. Anyone want to create a petition to see if we can get 3.5 million people who are out of contract to say they will move on if the fee is not removed.

Comment: Re:Gamemaker (Score 1) 237

by blueseraph (#38515082) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tools For Teaching High School Kids How To Make Games?
I used Game Maker a few years ago to create a few games for fun. It is bit of a resource hog but it is easy to use. GM comes in 2 flavors lite (free) and pro ($39.99). The lite version should do everything you want but $40 is not bad for full functionality. GM is drag and drop but it does have a script object. All my game I used the script object for 95% of the functionality. There are very few things that the drag and drops are needed for (bouncing off objects). I hate drag and drop since it does not teach you anything. The other thing you might want to looking into is finding a freeware or a cheap game that allows for modding. In the early 90's I modded the hell out of Red Alert. The rules.ini file is editable in notepad. Now you can just download Tibedit and have a GUI for modding. I have heard (but not seen for myself) of a mod that turns RA2 into a space game. I have also recently d/l Aquiria http://www.bit-blot.com/aquaria/ . The website says you can mod and change graphics too. I have been thinking of recreating one of my GM games using the Aquaria engine. Modding is a bit of a side step but it will allow your kids to use an already developed engine and it may give a better foundation for understanding how a good game works before they actually decide to make one themselves.

Comment: Re:I am all for vaccinations but not this one. (Score 1) 569

by blueseraph (#37845494) Attached to: HPV Vaccine Recommended For Boys
Just speaking from my experiences. My last job provided flue shots for everyone. Over a 3 year period I notices about half the people who got the shot got mildly sick but never to the point of not being able to come to work or to the point that they would say they had the flu. My wife on the other hand who has had chicken pox 6 times, 4 times as an adult, got a full blown flu both times she got the shot. True, she is an atypical case but if you get a flu shot then days later your sick as a dog with the flu and this happened 2 out of 2 times... (insert your assumption here). We get the shot at the pharmacy in the grocery store we visit every week. So I am sure she is not being infected by the environment. ie Going to the hospital and being infected with the flu from being in hospital.

Comment: I am all for vaccinations but not this one. (Score 1) 569

by blueseraph (#37834610) Attached to: HPV Vaccine Recommended For Boys
As I understand it vaccines are typically a weakened form of a virus so the body gets exposed to the virus with our catching it. But from what i have seen with flu vaccines about half the people get a mild flu and about 5% get a full blown flu. HPV is a virus the causes cancer and it is being injected into kids. That in its self is scary. A friend of mine's 13 yo niece was given the HPV vaccine over a year and a half ago. Later she stared having severe abdominal pains. Doctors found dozens of tumors. The biopsy showed that it is a type of cancer that normally presents in a different part of the body and there is genetic damage to 2 chromosomes. This cancer is presenting very a-typical, the doctors have never seen anything like it. The family has done a lot of research about the vaccine and the type of cancer she has and are far more informed than I am. They all strongly suspect that the cancer was caused by the vaccine. I recommend that anyone thinking about getting this vaccine think twice about it. Even if there is a 1% chance that you kid will get cancer that is higher then the chances that they will get infected with HPV and get cancer from the HPV.

Comment: We'll get you funded. - no matter what (Score 1) 557

by blueseraph (#35407354) Attached to: Can For-Profit Tech Colleges Be Trusted?
I am an ITT grad with an AA in multi media. The education from ITT was no better than I the community college I attended a few years earlier. ITT will flat out lie to get students. I was told my student loans were at 6.8% I later found out that some were as high as 15.24%. The paper work you sign for the student loan has the amount of the loan but no interest rate. I even found a promissory note that apparently I signed but was left blank except for my address and social. ITT's motto is "We'll get you funded." I was also told that all the programs I needed for my classes would be provided. After starting I was told to d/l cracked versions of the the Adobe suites and 3DS Max. Bit Torrent was highly recomended and so was asking for coppies from students that had already taken that class. 2 years latter I had over $25,000 in student loans and about $10,000 in cracked programs.

+ - Tattoos for the Math and Science Geek 7

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I've been thinking of getting a sleeve of math and science tattoos for quite a while now. With the money saved up, the only question remaining is, what equations/ideas should I get? I know for certain that I'm going to include some of Maxwell's equations, and definitely Ohm's Law. So, if you were going to put a tribute to the great math and science minds on your body forever, which ones would you choose?"
Privacy

Repairing / Establishing Online Reputation? 564

Posted by kdawson
from the footnote-the-resume dept.
illini1022 writes "I'm currently a senior nearing graduation from college. With studies focusing on power and energy I believe I have set myself up extremely well for post-graduation employment. I have one concern. The top search result on Google for my full name is a blog posting regarding an article about a pedophile that happens to bear the same name as myself. The blog also originates from a city I lived in during one summer (specified on my resume). Upon closer inspection, it would become quickly apparent that the subject in question is not me. The person of interest was in the military, and I have never been. However, I fear this unfortunate coincidence might cost me chances at employment with companies I'm now applying to. I have absolutely no issue with any employer finding anything I've put on the Internet; I have been careful to protect my reputation. My concern is with an employer mistaking me for someone else, and disqualifying me from recruitment. I've attempted to contact the blog owner to no avail. What are my options? Am I overreacting? Should I attempt to set up my own site that would steal the top Google search from this blog posting? I appreciate any insight/advice."
Businesses

Carbonite Stacks the Deck With 5-Star Reviews 197

Posted by kdawson
from the gaming-that-system dept.
The Narrative Fallacy writes "In the aftermath of disclosures that Belkin employees paid users for good reviews on Amazon, David Pogue reports in the NYTimes that Carbonite has gone one better with 5-star reviews of its online backup services written by its own employees. Pogue recounts how Bruce Goldensteinberg signed up for the backup service, and all went well until his computer crashed and he was unable to restore it from the online backup while Carbonite customer support kept him on hold for over an hour. Frustrated, Goldensteinberg started reading Carbonite reviews on Amazon and a few of them seemed suspicious. 'They were created around the same date — October 31, 2006 — all given 5 stars, and the reviewers all came from around the Boston, MA area, where Carbonite is located,' including a review by Swami Kumaresan that read more like a testimonial. 'It turned out that Swami Kumaresan is the Vice President of Marketing for Carbonite. His review gives no indication that he is employed by the company.' Another review posted by Jonathan F. Freidin extols Carbonite without mentioning Freidin's position as Senior Software Engineer at Carbonite. 'It doesn't matter to me that Carbonite's fraudulent reviews are a couple of years old,' writes Pogue. 'These people are gaming the system, deceiving the public to enrich themselves. They should be deeply ashamed.'"

Comment: GW basic (Score 1) 592

by blueseraph (#26056017) Attached to: Best Paradigm For a First Programming Course?
My first programing language was GW basic. I believe the first thing you should learn is the logic behind programing before you learn how to implement it.

This is my list for the order programs should be taught in. FTR
GW basic -> WTF is programing
Visual Basic -> Lets Go OO
Visual C++ -> Where the real programing begins
PHP -> In a server far far away
Cold Fusion -> now we're just effing with you

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