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Comment: Business Informatics (Score 4, Insightful) 234

by gristlebud (#39981765) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Degree For a Late Career Boost?
Since you're doing this for the money, and hitting the "glass ceiling", honing your business skills will give you the best chance of moving into a position where you can make significantly more money. You say that you want to go into project management, and having business skills in achieving the trifecta of a successful project (scope, schedule, and budget) will go far. Since you've spent a significant part of your career in deep technical fields, it will also give you a different perspective on what your employer thinks is important. It will also give you a hand-up on your peer competition, because being able to tell when the tech folks are bullshitting the "suits" is extremely valuable.

Comment: Re:Saddam's WMDs Found! (Score 1) 249

by gristlebud (#31886812) Attached to: Another WW-I Chemical Site In Washington, DC
Not one of the sources you posted in way backs up the bullshit that you're spouting. It was well known that Iraq had radioactive materials, including enriched uranium. That materiel is now presumably secured. There is no evidence that foot soldiers found and released radioactive materials, or that Iraqis (who are not a stupid or uneducated people) dumped out drums of yellowcake and used them to store food. Stop believing everything you hear at the EarthFirst! meetings and start to think for yourself.

Comment: Re:What do you mean? (Score 1) 172

by Itninja (#29158617) Attached to: Criminals Prefer Firefox, Opera Web Browsers
As long as you want to disable it GLOBALLY, them yeah that's great. Even IE can do that. But that makes many legitimate and useful sites useless. I don't want to have globally enable and disable scripts every time. With NoScript I can 'whitelist' specific sites or just temporarily allow scripts for a single page if I want.

Comment: Re:Gender isn't sex. (Score 1, Insightful) 1091

by girlintraining (#29158361) Attached to: How To Prove Someone Is Female?

A female is an organism that can produce an ova to create young during its lifespan.

So women who have their ovaries removed become men? Or what about women born without reproductive organs? Are they not women anymore?

A male is an organism that can create sperm to fertilize said Ova during its lfiespan.

So if I chop your nuts off, you become a woman? Do you forget a lifetime of experiences being male? Do you have to change the little 'M' on your driver's license to an 'F'?

This is not arbitrary -- this is the scientific definition from biology.

This is an abuse of science when we have clear and documented cases where your definitions are inadequate, yet you continue to insist they are correct. Your definition, your model, is in error. Scientifically speaking -- science takes all available evidence into consideration, not just the parts you agree with.

Any organism that can do neither of those two during its lifespan is neuter, and any that can do both is hemaphroditic (sic).

Again, your definition is in error: A hermaphrodite is an organism that has both male and female reproductive organs. Nowhere in that definition is "Ova" or "sperm" included -- it is possible to have both male and female reproductive organs and have either, both, or neither, of those conditions met. Neuter is a an adjective that refers to either a lack of gender (a social construct, not physical), or the lack of reproductive organs.

ANY OTHER DEFINITION is cultural, subjective, non-scientific crap.

The very definition of gender is cultural, subjective, and very much not scientific. You're attempting to use science to advance your own religious or personal beliefs about how the world "should be", not how it is. Science is about how things ARE not how they SHOULD be. The moment you start saying "should", you've left the realm of science.

Comment: Re:Genetic (Score 2, Interesting) 1091

by Trepidity (#29158351) Attached to: How To Prove Someone Is Female?

Indeed, some more organized and large countries (China being the most effective current example) have programs to try to find people with particular genetic variants to recruit into sports. Want to dope people with testosterone but it's illegal? Find someone with abnormally high levels of testosterone naturally! Thinking of competing in a sport where HGH would help? Find a guy who naturally produces really high levels. Etc.

I guess I don't find that process that interesting. Is there really anything better or more fair about a guy who produces abnormally high levels of HGH, vs. someone else injecting HGH? Why is one more interesting to watch than the other? It seems the only possible answer is attaching some sort of mysticism to the fact that one was "natural".

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 261

Knowingly cutting that kind of revenue requires more than balls, my friend. That requires the confidence that doing this is going to bring at least that 2% back. That it does not scare away more that are exploiting that haven't been caught. These guys took a chance for ideals of the players. There should be nothing but kudos from the community and an understanding that they have your best interests in mind despite scandals in the past.

You might have missed the portion about the in-game "PLEX" asset they created in order to fill the demand for RMT. The idea is that if you want to purchase ISK, you need to broker it through EVE. Basically you can sell off your own subscribed months to another player for market value of in-game money. People that want to trade real money for in-game money can do so by subscribing to more months than they normally would. They benefit by knowing they will not get scammed, or get a virus. Further, people that would like to play, but can't completely afford it, can subsidize they're playing time by doing boring background tasks such as low-sec mining. What this does is transfers the profits RMTers were making to the developers. By creating a legitimate exchange, brokered by them, they kept any potential profits from RMT tied up in subscriptions, rather than having it spent on mountain dew and cheetos. I don't think they'll lose a dime from this.

Comment: Re:Yes I use it and it is great (Score 1) 206

by gristlebud (#27175485) Attached to: GrandCentral Reborn As Google Voice

I suggest it for anyone who deals with clients and wants their number to remain the same after they leave a job. Get a GC number and put it on your business cards. Link up your cell and your desk phone. Leave the job, keep the cards, your clients may not even know the difference.

It has always been a good service.

My concern about using Grandcentral for business (or any other real-person contact, for that matter) is that it really doesn't protect my privacy. The way I see it working is:

1) I give out my Grandcentral number to someone.
2) They call me. I don't pick up, and they leave a message.
3) I call them back on my cell or home phone, they pick up and comment about the caller ID not being what I gave them.
4) They record my cell number, and use it from then on to contact me, thus negating the whole point of Grandcentral.

Is there a way to overcome this?

Comment: Re:Hummingbird DM5. (Score 3, Informative) 237

by gristlebud (#26230069) Attached to: How Do You Monitor Documents?
Hummingbird rocks, in my experience. It involves a fundamental shift in the way people create and access documents, since it doesn't work with network shares. It also means that you have to enter the meta-data associated with the files every time. However, it does have very strong permissions, access controls, and versioning support, and would likely solve your problem, since you can prevent those who don't need access to a document or project from access, or even viewing that the document exists. On the down side, it's fairly expensive. (In our organization, implementation was at least 5-figures, and probably 6) and it requires a lot of support and baby-sitting (1/2 to 1 FTE, with an organization of about 500).

Student Faces Suspension For Spamming Profs 516

Posted by kdawson
from the how-free-the-speech dept.
edmicman sends word of a Fox News report about a Michigan State University student who is facing suspension for bulk emailing a number of professors at the university about a proposed change to the school calendar — an e-mail that the university is labeling spam. The article contains links to a copy of the original email, the allegations against the student, and the university's Email Acceptable Use Policy. The student, Kara Spencer, asked a Philadelphia rights organization, FIRE, to get involved. The article quotes the FIRE defense program director: "The fact that MSU is considering punishment of Spencer simply for exercising her right to contact selected faculty members by e-mail shows a disturbing disregard for students' freedom of expression. ... Threatening a member of the student government with suspension for sending relevant, timely e-mails to faculty members is outrageous." Spencer is awaiting the school's judgement after a hearing, and vows to take to the courts if suspended.

Comment: As someone who is on the watch list (Score 1, Interesting) 241

by gristlebud (#24688421) Attached to: People On No-Fly List Can Sue In District Court
I'm on the same list as this guy. He is basically a whining, privileged douche, just like all commercial pilots. He is not on the "no-fly" list (otherwise he would not be allowed to fly, period.) The list that he is on is the "Watch" list, which means that he has a name that is the same or similar to someone the government is interested in. What this means is that he has to verify his ID before he gets a boarding pass and pass security. It means that he has to stand in line with the rest of us plebes, rather than walking to front of the line because he's a pilot and therefore exempt from all the hassles that us citizens have to endure. This guy is whining about being treated like everyone else, and having to arrive 15 minutes earlier and show his ID. His job is not on the line, that's just a claim he's making to sue the government.

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