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Comment: the reputation management didn't work in the case (Score 1) 126

by unami (#49117935) Attached to: Inside the Business of Online Reputation Spin
or was reversed by the guardian article - 23 out of the 26 first google-image searches now show me that hillarious/offending picture. in the case of adria richards - i think it's quite ironic that her getting hank fired monumentally backfired. they both lost a lot because of her overreacting, but she clearly got it worse. which seems quite fair to me.

Comment: depends... (Score 2) 249

by unami (#48792357) Attached to: Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?
"We probably need to start rethinking our emphasis on intelligence," says Arthur E. Poropat citing research that shows that both conscientiousness and openness are more highly correlated with student performance than intelligence. " Or maybe we need to start rethinking why intelligence is less correlated with student performance than conscientiousness. In school i've seen a lot of stubborn idiots, who were successfull because they got on the teachers nerves until the teacher gave them good grades. or people who were just conformists and got good grades because they were more or less invisible. it depends on what the goals are - if you want a society of conformists, dominated by loud idiots, that's the way to go.

Comment: Re: And? (Score 1) 448

by unami (#48763037) Attached to: Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For
but kaizendojo gave X&Y vs M through Z as an example. sure, unbundling the channels would increase the prize of individual channels. but the question is: would this be the end of channel bundles? wouldn't you not either buy the 15 out of 100 channels that really interest you or buy a 100 channel bundle if you thought you might be interested in another 20 channels as well (which would increase the price of the individual channels above the 100-channel bundle price) ?

Comment: Re: In Finland (Score 1) 516

by unami (#48466065) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?
it's probably also because here in europe, electicity networks are often state owned (or at least have been installed by the state prior to some privatization-waves over the last 20 years). the last time i can remember a short power outage here in rural austria must have been in the 90ies. there have been some major outages in some other areas, but they are few and far between (and usually mended within minutes to a few hours).

Comment: this is overengineerimg par excellence. (Score 1) 82

by unami (#48463089) Attached to: A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)
i'd guess, most "lost tools" end up in a co-workers toolbox anyway, so those $ 35.000 are probably exaggerated. then it's more about organizing and making inventory once a year. and if it's about theft - put rfid-tags into the tools, and cover the exits with scanners. that's cheaper and less prone to fail than lots of expensive toolboxes with embedded computers (btw. - i'd steal the toolbox as a whole, if they were that nerdy)

Comment: sleeping babies (Score 1) 321

by unami (#48337855) Attached to: Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords
"Particularly alarming was the number of camera feeds of sleeping babies, which people often set up to protect them, but, being unaware of the risks, don't change the username or password from the default options that came with the cameras." so, where exactly is the risk of someone seeing my sleeping baby - unless i'm a pedophile and doing dirty things to it live on camera?

Comment: Re: have you seen that currentC payment process? (Score 1) 631

by unami (#48262403) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay
btw., as this /. story arrived shortly after some currentC retailers were criticized for disabling the already working apple pay at their shops, this is probably a targeted pr-effort to reduce bad word of mouth in the tech-/early adopters - comunity. judging by the comments here, it looks like it backfired. hehe

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov