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Homer Simpson Named Greatest TV Character 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the all-my-life-I've-had-one-dream-to-achieve-my-many-goals dept.
A survey by Entertainment Weekly has named Homer Simpson the greatest character created for television or film in the past 20 years. Everyone's favorite beer-swilling, donut-eating dad beat out Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the top spot. From the article: "'People can relate to Homer because we're all secretly propelled by desires we can't admit to,' Groening was quoted as telling Entertainment Weekly. 'Homer is launching himself head-first into every single impulsive thought that occurs to him. His love of whatever ... is a joy to witness.'"

Comment: Re:Unlimited Calling (Score 1) 106

by sharpone (#28705743) Attached to: Google Voice Apps Arrive For Android and Blackberry

I have this running. I have found that a number of GV calls have been marked as 'unavailable' on my call history, even though the CID has never failed to come to the phone. I am not sure if this is because T-Mobile recognizes the call pattern as always going to/from 1 number or not. It is definitely against their Terms and Conditions: "*Your five numbers must be US domestic numbers and must not include 411, voicemail, toll-free, 900, calling card, and customers' own numbers; and single numbers allowing access to 500 or more persons." I'm willing to take the risk, but I don't use GV exclusively, that way I mix it up with regular usage.

Out bound calls are free too, since the call is registered with GV and rings you back. You can also dial your GV number, press 2, and make an actual "outbound" free call. This isn't very convenient though, since its used like a calling card. Maybe this new Google Voice app will change that.

Comment: Warning a prospective re-hire (Score 2, Interesting) 703

by sharpone (#26963581) Attached to: The Art of The Farewell Email
Early in my career I held a 'part time, hourly' job as a tech in a smallish company. It quickly became apparent that I was more knowledgeable in systems than their full time admin, who coincidentally was also very lazy (had no intention of increasing his knowledge). During my time there, I implemented a lot of systems which were frankly quite a bit above my pay grade. For a while, I didn't care, because it was good experience for me. However, as time wore on, the laziness of the full time SA, and the micromanagement of our CIO boss really started to wear on me, and I started looking. I had asked for a promotion, citing my skill, the very technical projects I had accomplished, and specified areas where I could augment the existing SA's lack of experience with my own, in a full time capacity. These were denied due to the size of the company, yada yada...

It didn't take me long to find another job, I had a couple of different offers to choose from, but I was really quite young and still bitter about the way things had gone. The denial of promotion after I had done so much, and the SA had done so little, and knew so little. I didn't send a nasty email my boss, the company or its owners, although the thought had crossed my mind several times. I sent a thank you note to the CEO, and received a gracious reply. However, I couldn't let it go, it kept grinding on me. It was fresh in my mind. So, when I learned that my re-hire was about to be hired, I acquired his email address from a friend still with the company, and sent him a very detailed email, outlining (and probably exaggerating) all of the personal and professional deficiencies of the CIO. Trust me, there were many to choose from, it was a long email. It was unprofessional and mean spirited.

What I didn't ponder at the time is what trouble this could get my friend who was still with the company into. I felt horrible after sending it, I worried about his job (since he gave me the contact info, etc). As it turns out, the new prospect forwarded the email to his future employer, which is not really what I anticipated. He was able to use the email as leverage to negotiate a higher wage (good for him), and decided to take the job anyway. (For what its worth, I had lunch with my replacement less than a year after he had taken the job, and was moving on to another. He confirmed that everything I had said was true...)

All said, it was a very stupid thing for me to do, and I certainly will not do anything like that in the future. Now I am hesitant to even list that company on my resume, as I'm certain that CIO will not give me a good reference or even a stable reference. I certainly wouldn't if I were him. So rather than having a good solid reference employer, where I had accomplished a lot of good things, and left in a reasonably gracious fashion, now I have a past that I have to stay clear of and basically throw away that experience.

My advice is to just leave graciously. All of the annoyances you suffer currently, will seem increasingly less as time goes on. Especially if you find a company (as I did) which recognizes your talent and advances you quickly.

Comment: Re:The cameras do nothing (Score 1) 311

by sharpone (#26942377) Attached to: A Surveillance Camera On Every Chicago Street Corner?

No, don't bitch about cameras and its invasion of privacy. You missed the point entirely WHILE agreeing with it.

Bitch about the unaccountable government and law enforcement agencies and lobby for regulation to control the access and use of data.

Cameras don't hurt anybody, just like taking a photo doesn't actually steal your soul.

While I agree with your point that it is unaccountable government which would be the problem, I still disagree that installation of such a system will have a harmless outcome.

All analogies break down somewhere, but here is an extreme one that comes to mind. To me this would be like putting a gun in the hand of all local felons (for whatever 'altruistic' reason), and then bitching about the criminals when they start robbing/raping/pillaging at record rates. Guns by themselves can't hurt anyone, but with that combination most reasonable people would say that the potential for abuse is extremely high.

Sure, the probability of the government abusing such a tool is lower than the example I give, but the fact remains: if you limit or take away the opportunity, you limit the abuse potential. Without some mechanism to ward off potential LE/Govt abuse, I say its better to do without the toy in the first place.

Comment: Re:Good Joke (Score 1) 857

by sharpone (#26939029) Attached to: Bill Would Require ISPs, Wi-Fi Users To Keep Logs
Yeah, because allowing criminalization of gun ownership worked out real good for the Jews during the Hitler years.

First 2 google links:

http://stephenhalbrook.com/registration_article/registration.html

http://www.jtf.org/israel/israel.why.jews.must.oppose.gun.control.htm

You might think this was a fluke, and could never happen in our 'enlightened' society, but I see more and more similarities/parallels between the current U.S. Republic and the Weimar Republic every day. I especially love the printing of money (inflation) that is going on by the Fed in order to save us from a depression. In addition, only time will tell if Obama will relinquish all of those executive powers that Bush gathered to himself, I have little hope that he will. In a country where a trillions of dollars of monetization can be rammed down the throat of Congress, with little opportunity for "the People" to react, under the guise of an economic emergency, I can see plenty of other rights taken away in a similar fashion all in the name of safety and transparency.

I'll keep my suppressed AR-15, and 1000's of rounds of ammunition thank you.
Government

Washington State Wants DNA From All Arrestees 570

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-feel-safer-already dept.
An anonymous reader writes in to say that "Suspects arrested in cases as minor as shoplifting would have to give a DNA sample before they are even charged with a crime if a controversial proposal is approved by the Legislature. "It is good technology. It solves crimes," claims Don Pierce, executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. Under the bill, authorities would supposedly destroy samples and DNA profiles from people who weren't charged, were found not guilty or whose convictions were overturned. Others believe that this is just another step in the process to build a national DNA database with everyone in it."

Comment: Re:The bubble is back! (Score 5, Funny) 496

by sharpone (#24416341) Attached to: Cuil Proves the Bubble Is Back

But I suspect /.ers don't have that kinda cash on hand.

But they could easily get some. Not legally, but round off a few fractions of a penny to a bank account and if you get caught, the worst they would ever do is they would put you for a couple of months into a white-collar, minimum-security resort! Shit, we should be so lucky! Do you know, they have conjugal visits there?

I'm a married man, and I haven't had a conjugal visit in 6 months.

Google

Google Says Complete Privacy Does Not Exist 543

Posted by samzenpus
from the open-books dept.
schliz writes "In a submission to court, Google is arguing that in the modern world there can be no expectation of privacy. Google is being sued by a Pennsylvania couple after their home appeared on Google's Street View pages. The couple's house is on a private road clearly marked as private property." Here is our previous story about Google Street View privacy issues.
Role Playing (Games)

Warhammer Online Information by the Truckload 96

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the massively-goes-to-war dept.
Last week Massively.com got the chance to head over to EA Mythic's Virginia lab to clock some hands-on time with Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning . As a result they were pumping out loads of review content, everything from hardcore PvP info to dungeon crawling to crafting. The culmination of all this hard work was a summary post with clickable navigation to all of their review resources. Definitely worth a look if you are at all curious about this upcoming behemoth.
The Almighty Buck

+ - Sunrocket cancels service, 200,000+ phones cut off->

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sharpone
sharpone writes ""SunRocket Inc., the second biggest U.S. supplier of Internet phone services, appeared to have shut down its business on Monday without notifying its customers, which total more than 200,000. ... Callers to its customer service line heard a brief recorded message, saying: "We are no longer taking customer service or sales calls. Goodbye."" So much for recommending VoIP to my friends and family. Do you think they'll be refunded their annual subscription?"
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