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Corporations Hiring Hooky Hunters 610

Posted by samzenpus
from the taking-a-personal-detective-day dept.
No longer satisfied with your crinkled doctor's note, a growing number of corporations are hiring "Hooky Detectives." Private investigator Rick Raymond says he's staked out bowling alleys, pro football games, weddings and even funerals looking for people using sick days. From the article: "Such techniques have become permissible at a time when workers are more likely to play hooky. Kronos, a workforce productivity firm in Chelmsford, Mass., recently found that 57 percent of salaried employees take sick days when they're not sick — almost a 20 percent increase from statistics gathered between 2006 and 2008."
Crime

Student Googles Himself, Finds He's Accused of Murder 184

Posted by samzenpus
from the be-careful-what-you-search-for dept.
University of Florida student Zachary Garcia was more than a little surprised to find out he was wanted for murder after Googling his name. It turns out the police were looking for a different man but had mistakenly used Garcia's photo. From the article: "Investigators originally released a driver's license photo of Zachary Garcia — spelled with an 'A' — but it was Zachery Garcia — spelled with an 'E'— who was charged in connection with the crime."

Comment: Re:Don't blame the platform (Score 1) 412

by shemp42 (#34379478) Attached to: PC Gaming 'a Generation Ahead' of Consoles, Says Crytek Boss

I totally agree with you. Just look at Need For Speed Hot Pursuit. The requirements state that you should have an Xbox360 controller for your PC, to play it. WTF!!! I have a $300 G27 wheel why would I use and XBOX360 controller. And the game is made for the controller. Its just a shitty console port. I got a refund it was sooo bad. But this is what we are seeing more and more of. games developed for the console and then ported over to PC.

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Stats Show iPhone Owners Get More Sex 397

Posted by samzenpus
from the there's-a-lap-for-that dept.
An anonymous reader writes "According to OK Cupid's survey of 552,000 user pictures iPhone users have more sexual partners than BlackBerry or Android owners. By age 30, the average male iPhone user has had about 10 partners while female iPhone users have had 12. By contrast, BlackBerry users hover around 8 partners and Android users have a mere 6. As the blog's author's wryly observe: 'Finally, statistical proof that iPhone users aren't just getting f*@ked by Apple.'"
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Study Says Your Personality Doesn't Change After 1st Grade 221

Posted by samzenpus
from the everybody-I-ever-needed-to-be-I-was-in-first-grade dept.
A study authored by Christopher Nave, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, says that our personalities stay pretty much the same from early childhood all the way through old age. From the article: "Using data from a 1960s study of approximately 2,400 ethnically diverse schoolchildren (grades 1 - 6) in Hawaii, researchers compared teacher personality ratings of the students with videotaped interviews of 144 of those individuals 40 years later. They examined four personality attributes - talkativeness (called verbal fluency), adaptability (cope well with new situations), impulsiveness and self-minimizing behavior (essentially being humble to the point of minimizing one's importance)." This must explain my overriding need to be first captain when we pick kickball teams at the office.
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Volkswagen Creates Sewage-Powered Beetle 83

Posted by samzenpus
from the 35-miles-per-burrito dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The Telegraph reports that Volkswagen is giving new meaning to the term 'Dung Beetle' with a prototype able to cover 10,000 miles annually on the waste from 70 households. The Bio-Bug was launched by Wessex Water, which is generating methane from human waste at a sewage treatment works near Bristol. 'Our site has been producing biogas for many years, which we use to generate electricity to power the site and export to the National Grid,' says one company official. 'We decided to power a vehicle on the gas, offering a sustainable alternative to using fossil fuels which we so heavily rely on in the UK.' The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association says the launch of the Bio-Bug proves that biomethane from sewage sludge can be used as fuel. 'This is a very exciting and forward-thinking project demonstrating the myriad benefits of anaerobic digestion (releasing energy from waste). Biomethane cars could be just as important as electric cars.'"

Comment: Re:California the greenest (Score 2, Informative) 51

by shemp42 (#33132558) Attached to: How High-Tech Gadget Trends Differ By US Region

Yes and they took the top for most energy efficient because energy costs so much. My 850 square foot apartment cost me almost 3 times as much to heat and cool as the 1950 square foot townhouse i rent now in eastern Washington. My energy bill in Concord Ca. which is in the bay area was $250+ a month. Here in eastern Washington. $85-$105 a month.

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How High-Tech Gadget Trends Differ By US Region 51

Posted by kdawson
from the you-say-potato dept.
Ant writes in with news of a study revealing differences in gadget preferences by US region. The survey is not rigorous, based as it was on 7,500 online questionnaires submitted to Retrevo, a website for tech shoppers. The company plans to run the survey annually. "...in the smartphone category, the state of Maryland came out on top with 48 percent more households owning at least one such handset than elsewhere in the country. ... In iPad use, the state of New York took top honors. According to the survey, 52 percent more households have at least one iPad in the Empire State. ... Massachusetts beat out the rest of the nation in e-reader adoption..."

Comment: Re:Hoax, anyone? (Score 1) 197

by shemp42 (#33087066) Attached to: Woman's Nude Pics End Up Online After Call To Tech Support

Yea I have to agree, the first thing I though was that this lady planned this to get $ out of a settlement. In the article the lady says that she trusted the tech and felt that he had her best interest in mind. Really!!! You trust some random guy from India that you have never met. It all just seems fishy to me.

Comment: Re:i never player single player or multiplayer (Score 1) 362

by shemp42 (#33037964) Attached to: Too Much Multiplayer In Today's Games?

I agree with this to some extent. It really depends on the game. FPS games I really only like the MP. SP seems to be so repetitive and boring. The AI just sucks compared to a real person. On a game like GTA the single player was the best, although the MP was fun. I was pleasantly surprised with Dirt 2. The single player was fun, but wow the MP just blew it away. After 200 hours of MP, if I try to play SP then I have to turn it up to the hardest difficulty and even then I just smoke the AI. I still think MP is where it is at, no matter how good AI is it will never compare to playing against "real" people. And I use the term never loosely, because I am sure one day it will be able to compete.

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Chinese News Reports the Taliban Are Training Monkey Soldiers 232

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-want-to-shoot-like-you-oo-oo dept.
According to a Chinese news publication, soldiers in Afghanistan may soon come up against a deadly new weapon in the war: monkey soldiers. The report claims that the Taliban are training the monkeys to shoot and kill American soldiers. They also claim to have pictures of monkeys holding AK-47s and Bren light machine guns. From the article: "The New York Magazine has reported about this in jest and stated on Friday, 'No invader has ever conquered Afghanistan, and now we know why. The monkeys will not allow it. It was a good effort, but it's time to pack it in. This is no longer a fight we can win.'”
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"David After Dentist" Made $150k For Family 234

Posted by samzenpus
from the is-this-real-life? dept.
It turns out recording your drugged child pays pretty well. 7-year-old David DeVore became an overnight sensation when his father posted a video of his ramblings after dental surgery. To date that video has made the DeVore family around $150,000. Most of the money came from YouTube, but the family has made $50k from licensing and merchandise. From the article: "The one seemingly minor decision to make the video available all over the Internet set off a whirlwind of changes for the DeVore family. Within just four days, 'David After Dentist' received 3 million views on YouTube and the younger David quickly became an Internet celebrity. His father quit his job in residential real estate (did we mention they live in Florida?), and the family started selling T-shirts featuring cartoon drawings of their son post-dental surgery."

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