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Comment: If you're qualified, you win (Score 1) 504

Of course it depends on the job. But if you interview well; if you are smart and can persuade me you're a hard worker; if you can write and speak clearly; if you show me that you can do a good job...then it doesn't matter if you "only" have a psychology degree. What the degree means to me more than anything (this is especially true for post-graduate degrees) is that you know how to complete a long and complex task. The specifics don't matter to me as much as the achievement of having completed the degree. I lead a team of smart researchers, and I "only" have a BA in music.

Comment: Professor Chaos (Score 1) 1799

by spblat (#37667626) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?

Just saw South Park S06E06 last night (Professor Chaos). Butters is feeling bummed and rejected and isolated and ignored and vows to disrupt life as we know it for everybody. And the power he's revolting against doesn't even notice.

So it will be with these protests unless and until a clearer message comes together, and until protests here and there turn into a real nationwide movement that wields genuine political power.

Comment: Zip ties = Waxed Linen = VELCRO (Score 1) 374

by spblat (#37434130) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Clever Cable Management?

Once I was all about zip ties. Then I saw that cable lacing article on wikipedia that zippthorne posted about earlier and went bananas, lacing everything with marine whipping twine. But any time anything in your setup changes (namely, 12-72 hours after you're done with your cable management project) you have to start over.

So I'm all about velcro. monoprice has velcro ties for ultra-cheap.

My home theater: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150195660470606&l=49d60950a5

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X264 Project Announces Blu-ray Encoding Support 139

Posted by timothy
from the news-from-mid-spectrum dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The x264 project has announced the first free software encoder to be able to generate Blu-ray compliant video. In addition, the announcement comes with a torrent of an x264-encoded Blu-ray disc containing entirely free content, such as the Open Movie Project videos. While there are still no free software Blu-ray authoring tools, hopefully this will change now that video and audio are taken care of so that everyone will be able to make their own Blu-rays without expensive proprietary software. Additionally, it seems the Criterion Collection is a friend of free software, having sponsored the effort to confirm x264's compliance with the Blu-ray spec."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Dutch Man Builds Ark

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Shifty Jim
Shifty Jim writes "Johan Huibers, a Dutch creationist and contractor, has built a full-sized biblical ark in Schagen, Netherlands. From the article:
"Reckoning by the old biblical measurements, Johan's fully functional ark is 150 cubits long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house. Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold."
Designed by his wife and built mostly by Johan himself using modern tools, construction on the ark began in May 2005. Now he's just keeping his eyes peeled for some serious precipitation."
Programming

+ - fun open source communities

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I am looking for an open source project to contribute towards, a project using c/c++ or python.
Most importantly it should be made of a fun community, a welcoming community.

Some of the higher profile projects are hard to get patches into, get help from or are for are really run by companies.

what open source projects do you know of that have a nice, welcoming community, one of the spirit of the open source communities of old."

Comment: Let's do some math (Score 1) 443

by spblat (#18335913) Attached to: Broadband Providers' Hidden Bandwidth Limits
I'm the first to say Comcast should come clean and declare actual guidelines, as it's only fair. But let's play a little math game for a second.

Comcast tells me I pay for 8 Mbps.

If I manage to saturate my download bandwidth for a whole month, I've downloaded 2.5 TB.

We gather that 250 GB (a tenth the maximum possible) is the threshold for getting a nastygram. Say you're downloading pr0n or TV shows or movies. And say it's high-def divx/xvid. An hour of high-def content with 5.1 channel surround sound is around 1 GB. So to get busted, you need to consistently download 250 hours of content per month, or almost 10 hours of downloaded TV per day.

Naturally when we start downloading 1080p content, the numbers will change, but for the time being this tells me I'm under the threshold, and it's probably safe to say that so is anyone else who isn't doing something quite extraordinary with their internet connection.

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