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Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 184

That reminds me of the safety showers that we have in every lab. You know what's going to happen when you pull that loop and you know that there's no drain on the floor and it's going to make a big mess, but damn if it's not tempting...

(I have to admit that I pulled one for the fun of it and it did make a big mess as expected. Totally worth it. I don't imagine pressing the halon button would go over quite as well.)

Comment: Re:Exactly. (Score 2) 297

by chihowa (#49819775) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising

It's like when you ask a girl if she wants to go out with you, and she says no, and you keep asking her hoping she'll give in. Not cool.

It's like when you ask a girl if she wants to go out with you, and she says no, and so you hire a team of psychologists to help you manipulate her into saying yes.

It's not really any less creepy when ad companies do it to get you to part with your money.

Comment: Re:Two things... (Score 1) 569

It was, "Doing work is bringing your supervisor a solution, not problems."

That sounds like something a manager would say. My advice would be that if you ever become a manager, realize that your job is to facilitate the work of your team.

You, the manager, are not a source of revenue or productivity in your company. Your job is to help the workers who are actually doing the work be as effective as they can. If you let your ego or high salary make you think that the workers are working for your benefit, then you're not doing your job.

Making management a "step up" in the career path has probably contributed the most to ineffective management. It's an important job, but it isn't worth more to the company than the actual workers that they "manage".

Comment: Re:Managers (Score 1) 569

It may work if you actually have another offer already lined up. Sometimes it doesn't work, so you need to be ready to take that other offer.

Threatening to leave for another job that you have lined up can get you a raise, but threatening to go start interviewing for jobs doesn't get you shit (except maybe replaced). The one exception is if you are a superstar and "start interviewing" means "gone in a week". Know your cards before you start betting!

Comment: Re: Ner ner! (Score 1) 175

Did you even read my post? I was contesting the idea that paying for service from Google gets you any different treatment than using their "free" service.

The post to which I was responding, which I explicitly quoted said:

But it IS reliable and private. It's only NOT private when you take the "Free" options.

Comment: Re:Ner ner! (Score 4, Informative) 175

But it IS reliable and private. It's only NOT private when you take the "Free" options.

[citation needed]

From the Terms of Service:

When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.

Neither that, nor their Privacy Policy mention any exceptions for Photos if you pay for them. Where did you get this idea?

Comment: Re:Too much of any good thing... (Score 1) 685

by chihowa (#49802683) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

I agree that the story itself is not comparable to our lives, but the same can be said for most of the sci-fi or fantasy stories that try to address immortality. I've yet to read a book that's sole topic was discussing the philosophical dilemmas of extended life. Usually, the topic is just an aside to the main storyline (which is thankfully not as often saturated with drama as the vampire genre is).

Fiction is one of our more powerful tools for exploring philosophical concepts. For it to work, you have to create engaging worlds and characters with which to do the exploring. I'm certainly not one for the Byronic hero, but Rice's stories (which were fairly well written and I have to admit that I found them entertaining as a kid) were attempting to humanize an immortal creature so that the readers could attempt to experience a different perspective. She was exploring more than just immortality, so it makes sense that her characters aren't a perfect fit for that topic alone.

Her vampire world certainly isn't any more ridiculous than the world (or characters) of Lazarus Long or Louis Wu. Deep philosophical investigation is hard to do without contrived or ridiculous scenarios. If there's something to be learned from a work (and there isn't always one), then we shouldn't get hung up on the silly details of the story.

Anyway, it sounds like you have in mind a book that better addresses the topic. Can you share? I'm genuinely curious and I've never read enough!

+ - First Ultraviolet Quantum Dots Shine In An LED->

Submitted by ckwu
ckwu writes: Researchers in South Korea have made the first quantum dots that emit ultraviolet light and used them to make a flexible, light-emitting diode. Until now, no one had succeeded in making quantum dots that emit wavelengths shorter than about 400 nm, which marks the high end of the UV spectrum. To get quantum dots that emit UV, the researchers figured out how make them with light-emitting cores smaller than 3 nm in diameter. They did it by coating a light-emitting cadmium zinc selenide nanoparticle with a zinc sulfide shell, which caused the core to shrink to 2.5 nm. The quantum dots give off true UV light, at 377 nm. An LED made with the quantum dots could illuminate the anticounterfeiting marks on a paper bill. If their lifetimes can be improved, these potentially low-cost UV LEDs could find uses in counterfeit currency detection, water sterilization, and industrial applications.
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+ - SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2

Submitted by lister king of smeg
lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( , , ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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Comment: Re:How embarrasing (Score 1) 366

by chihowa (#49799891) Attached to: Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent

They're probably logging the telemetry so that it can be retransmitted if they miss a beacon. The transmitter on this thing is pretty low power and the telemetry is presumably the valuable information that the sat is determining. That said, there are a number of ways that they could better handle the logs than to just let them grow and grow.

+ - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

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Comment: Re:Availability (Score 1) 685

by chihowa (#49799369) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

It may be more important for stability of the system to have constant churn in the serf population, though. Churn prevents the individuals from accumulating any appreciable amount of knowledge or money, which helps to maintain their desperation and dependence.

The constant cycle of growing up in hardship, only to be broken by unavoidable work, and then death is important for cementing the permanence of their position.

Comment: Re:Too much of any good thing... (Score 1) 685

by chihowa (#49799273) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

That you're fixated on the devices (the vampires) used to explore some philosophical concept only shows a limitation in your capability or interest. The vampire is just an established fictional method of achieving immortality, just like the (also fictional) medical treatments used by Heinlein and Niven and the like. Since immortality is currently a fictional concept to begin with, the choice of fiction used to explore it is just a matter of taste.

If the genre actually invalidates the philosophical point for you, then you're not a very competent thinker. (Spoken as someone who doesn't care for the vampire genre at all but was able to appreciate the exploration of immortality in her books nonetheless.)

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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