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Comment: Re:I love the snark here (Score 1) 81 81

by sigxcpu (#48959821) Attached to: State Television Says Iran Launches New Satellite Into Space

It exists because the rockets used for satellites and for ballistic missiles are close enough for the former to be a way to get the latter.

It's much cheaper to rent payload space from Russia, the only reason to do it yourself is if you want the military capability.

The same goes for enriching uranium to 20%, there is only one reason to do that.

Comment: Re:fucking great? (Score 2) 160 160

by sigxcpu (#42908367) Attached to: Australian Federal Court Rules For Patent Over Breast Cancer Gene

3. The real issue is actually the patenting of the gene itself. Patenting of the test is fine: it is an invention, and so a monopoly can be granted on that. However, the same can't be said of the genes.

can you get sued for carrying or expressing the gene without a license?

Comment: Re:Is This for Real? (Score 1) 232 232

by sigxcpu (#42806189) Attached to: Making Sure Interviews Don't Turn Into Free Consulting

While I agree that the article is nonsense, I have seen something slightly related.
Often at an interview, someone will ask you a question that he recently tried to solve himself.
Sometimes it's a clue that they don't know what they are doing.
This happened to me more than once.
If the guy that is supposed to be your next manager asks you such a question, especially if you try to explain a simple solution to him and he does not understand it, this is a red flag.
In that case, you thank your favorite deity and politely disengage, considering yourself lucky you found out so fast that you shouldn't be working for him.


HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps 240 240

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-soup-for-you dept.
Spy Handler writes "A software update of the California welfare computer system (CalWIN) caused 37,000 Food Stamp recipients to lose their EBT (a credit card paid for by the government) benefits last weekend. According to the article, Hewlett Packard was responsible for the failed update of CalWIN, but at 8:00 a.m. today Xerox (who administers another state welfare system called CalFresh) issued a patch that reactivated the EBT cards."

Comment: simple: ask the inernet oracle (Score 2) 211 211

by sigxcpu (#40253861) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Teach Programming To Salespeople?

This sounds like a question to the Internet Oracle

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:
> O Oracle, great and all the rest
> how do you get sales people to learn programming?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:
} You offer a commission.
} you owe the oracle a piece of informaion that is correct but unhelpfull, yesterday's weather for example.

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