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Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 407

by torkus (#49536631) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

The placebo effect is strong with this one (well GP).

Most vitamins and herbal remedies (ahem, and homeopathy) have little direct benefit unless your body is actually deficient. I know tons of people who sear that a taking 10,000mcg of vitamin c will cure a cold or stop it from happening. I also know there's no legitimate research study showing that's the case...and plenty of evidence, if you go digging, to show where the vitamin supplement market was basically made up out of thin air.


Comment: Re:Varies, I suppose (Score 1) 533

by torkus (#49510711) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

Actually I get this now in NY.

One bill with charge for usage (per kWh) and one charge for delivery (per day). Basically if I use zero electricity my bill is still something like 40 bucks a month.

Makes me want to go count my usage and figure out the cost of batteries... Solar is getting cheaper and cheaper to the point I'm wondering when including a battery pack will be practical. no need to sell back, you can use store your own and only tap the grid for the literal rainy day.

How much was the large tesla pack supposed to cost (or be worth at 80% capacity)

Comment: Re:White balance and contrast in camera. (Score 1) 420

by torkus (#49167485) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

It's similar to the trick where you stare at a B&W pattern on a page then look at the wall to see the inverse of it.

Of if you wear tinted sunglasses the world looks (insert color) at first then a while later you don't notice. When you take the glasses off things look...well brighter...but the colors are a bit odd for a few minutes there too.

Or the bunch of other optical illusions where you surround a color with others and it looks different.

It's not some great big mystery for anyone who works with photography (or anything similar that deals with lighting and color). That's why monitors are calibrated to certain colors and brightness otherwise you'd never get consistency. It's why artists draw/paint/etc. under specific lighting. It's why you put makeup on in front of lit mirror with a certain color bulb. It's why home depot sells warm, natural, and cool colored lights. etc etc etc

I can't believe people are actually making a big deal about this.

Comment: Re: Let me guess the name of the line (Score 1) 95

by torkus (#49164311) Attached to: Ikea Unveils Furniture That Charges Your Smartphone Wirelessly

Just be careful when assembling particleboard furniture with gorilla glue (aka polyurethane glue) ... it will NEVER come apart. You will need to smash the particleboard itself if you ever want to break it down as the glue is far stronger than the wood.

What this means is...if you build it and it does't sit perfectly flat while the glue cures then your furniture will forever be wonky and crooked. I'm careful when I build and have ikea furniture that's lasted close to a decade through 5 or 6 moves without anything coming loose.

Oh, and good luck if get it on your hands of clothes *sigh*

Comment: Re:It is not new. (Score 2) 349

by torkus (#48696559) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

Unlikely to be the same situation. FAA rules require you to be on the same flight as your baggage (unless the airline screws up and loses it on you.)

If they're holding a flight for someone, it's probably because they checked luggage and it's already been loaded on the plane. They can't leave without the person unless they remove the checked bag which is buried somewhere in the baggage hold.

Comment: Re:much like printer cartridges (Score 1) 190

by torkus (#48660515) Attached to: An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

Already done. In fact someone made a $100 module that basically lets you override the controls. Reports have it that it works better without the soap anyhow.

Basically they wanted to make a consumable so they could generate a perpetual revenue stream. It worked. For every person hacking this and that there's many, many more who just but what they need. Look at Keurig 2.0. Despite all the bad press they're sure selling plenty of 'legit' k-cups.

Comment: Re:I have nothing better to do... (Score 1) 545

by torkus (#48557781) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

The entire concept of a salary was for people that owned a chunk of the business. 99% of people should be hourly.

Mostly agreed. It's also for individuals who have a direct link between success and compensation. What used to be managers with large stock portfolios and bonuses tied to performance...who also had the ability to set their own schedule. Basically people who it makes more financial sense to take compensation besides hourly pay and overtime.

Then they started including geeks in this somehow. If you manage, develop, design or implement 'computer systems' you're typically in the bucket for exemption. That rule stands apart from the others - ability to commit the company in substantive financial matters, high level business decisions, managing staff or a budget.

Comment: Re:I have nothing better to do... (Score 1) 545

by torkus (#48557687) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

However, whenever we interview people to come in and work here, certain folks on the interview committee pretty much require the applicant to genuflect to the common "whatever it takes to get the job done" belief that over 40 hours is no big deal and that they do that "all" the time. Even though that is technically completely against the rules for contracting.

Not only against the rules, but it's against the law. There's quite a bit of employment law and case law that most companies basically ignore outright in the US. Example: if your hired as an exempt employee (not OT) for 40 hour weeks but are routinely scheduled/work more than that to the point it becomes your normal work then you're entitled to compensation (I think at OT rates) for it. Exempt is intended to cover occasional extra time - not mandatory extended hours every week.

However very people sue over it due to various (likely illegal) terms in employment agreements, severance packages, etc.

Annoyed at being a perma-temp or long term consultant alongside people getting paid more, bonuses, vacation, and benefits that you don't get? Google co-employment laws. You probably could sue (or threaten to sue) and win all the back benefits you didn't get. But you're also a consultant and your position would be gone the first hint that you might even know those rights exist.

Welcome to abusive corporate america where the shareholder and stock price is far, FAR more important than doing what's legal or moral.

Comment: Re:marketing (Score 1) 101

by torkus (#48368965) Attached to: Espionage Campaign Targets Corporate Executives Traveling Abroad

Agreed in many cases.

Some things - like VPN and Citrix are relatively secure. Unfortunately many executives also use things like gmail, facebook, SMS, chat, xyz-gaming-app and so on during their travel. I've seen plenty of senior people send confidential information outside of accepted/expected channels. They don't want to remember passwords, much less change them. There's a lot of 'I'm too busy and it won't happen to me anyhow' mentality with data security.

'Sorry, we don't allow abc gizmo you have to use the standard whatever for your presentation'
'Ok, fine'

'You need a 12 character password changed every 30 days for administrative access the core production servers'
'Well I'm just checking on data for meetings from my iPhone, I can't type all that in. Set it the same as my windows password that never changes'

'This computer connects to a real-time stock market trading network, it has a password and 15 minute screen saver timeout'
'I can't waste time entering passwords, that's way too much work and complexity. I just need to do my trades!'

Comment: Re:First hand report (Score 1) 126

by torkus (#48303325) Attached to: Rhode Island Comic Con Oversold, Overcrowded

Having been to some conventions in RI ... I will say the fire marshals aren't known for what's between their ears. Silly rules and pointless enforcement are only the beginning. Wielding power for amusement, revenge, and personal gain is considered much more the norm.

Maybe it's the NYer in me but I always keep my important things on my person. I'd never be stuck without a phone, keys, or money (or my special needs child!?) because I left them at a convention.

I figure RICC is getting hit with tons of reversed CC charges today.