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Comment: Re:Filter (Score 1) 619

by tick_and_bash (#36377192) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

I agree here. I delete anything that's not for me appearing in my personal email. I have kept the more interesting ones. I figure since he's not my child, I don't have any responsibility sorting out his crap.

If it's my work email address, I direct requests to IT and let them sort it out if it becomes a problem. If it's a random one off, I'll email/call them back and they're usually quite quick to sort it out.

Comment: Experienced a similar sitatuation (Score 1) 693

by tick_and_bash (#34268624) Attached to: 200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant

When I was in university, we had to submit a paper for one of our accounting classes. Naturally, many students didn't reference a few of their citations since they had met the minium required. (Myself included.) At the end of the following class, the professor informed us that he KNEW who had plagiarised portions of their papers. If we didn't turn ourselves in, we would be reported to the dean. Naturally, the entire class turned themselves in. He wasn't thrilled when the entire class lined up outside of his office to point out which minor excerpts we had taken as our own without proper referencing. Turned out only 2-3 people had plagiarised their entire papers. I wish he had done a better job wording his announcement. Would've saved everyone a lot of time.

While I'm sure several students did cheat, everyone who so much as glanced around or thinks they may be suspected of cheating will turn themselves in to avoid worse consequences.

Comment: Irresponsible on both parts (Score 3, Insightful) 2058

by tick_and_bash (#33810874) Attached to: Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

The article states that he "forgot". (In quotes.) There's no clarification that he had paid prior years on time or if he had been "forgetting" for several years. If anyone had been injured as a result of them not showing up over a $75 annual fee, then there would be a lot more shit hitting the fan.

Since his insurance is paying part of the loss, I'm assuming their stance on this will be very important. If they hold the homeowner to a higher standard because of his failure to pay, then he's lost everything and won't receive much compensation. If the insurance takes the view that this was a preventable loss and that the fire department should've shown up regardless, then this could be interesting.

The fire department should've shown up in either case. Worst case, he honestly forgot to pay this year and they'll get $75 out of showing up. If he's "forgotten" to pay the past few years, then they'll have grounds for a lien on this property until he can reimburse them for their costs.

If the neighbour's sustained any damage, I wonder who they'll go after. The broke guy who just lost everything, or the fire department?

Comment: First Contact (Score 1) 309

by tick_and_bash (#33735428) Attached to: 100/1 Odds On 'First Contact' Within a Year

Even if there is/was/will be a first contact, chances are, it would not be public knowledge. I thought this quote from Men In Black would be appropriate:

Edwards: Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.
Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.

Comment: Re:freeballer (Score 1) 615

by tick_and_bash (#31500220) Attached to: Jobcentre Apologizes For Anti-Jedi Discrimination

How sad, that someone is so stuck on an old book they pretend it's a religion.
Its not discriminating against religion, because much like all others, its made up!

See what I did there? Just because you don't agree with the origin of a religion, doesn't make it any less valid than yours.

Comment: Re:Nobody's holding a gun to your head. (Score 1) 241

While most people won't mind paying a little extra to support their favourite studios, there is potential for the studios to really tear the ass out of it with DLC. I imagine someone will have the nerve to release crap DLC and eventually release some amazing DLC which requires all of the crap to already be installed.

Comment: Back to school sales! (Score 1) 447

by tick_and_bash (#29312273) Attached to: Back-to-school time means ...
With more and more retailers trying to pitch their products as a necessity for a good education, I take this time of the year to go shopping for "school" supplies. I bought my fiancée's laptop during this back to school rush. Sports equipment is usually a steal around this time of the year too. Maybe I'm just cheap...

Comment: Too many variables not accounted for. (Score 1) 144

by tick_and_bash (#29287749) Attached to: Running Over Virtual Pedestrians Helps In-Game Ad Recall
The article doesn't clearly state what the differences between the two games are. Is the non-violent version more challenging in which I need to pay more attention to the road in order to meet the objective? Is the violent version easier where they've placed the pedestrians right in the middle of the road and I don't really need to try to hit them? I'm sure if they actually made it so that both versions had the pedestrian/checkpoint in the exact same position, then we'd see a difference. Even if they're in the same position, which did the players play first? I'm sure we can all remember back to how the first time we played any Need For Speed title, how we didn't really notice the background and were more intent on the other cars and the road. Once we played it enough, we'd start to notice the background and potential shortcuts. What if I missed an ad in a particular area because I happened to do a poor job navigating a corner and wind up facing away from the ad? Too may variables exist between each person. There doesn't appear to be a good control to balance it out. (Sorry for the formatting.)

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