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Comment Re:Sounded like a Verizon corporate press release (Score 1) 591

Maybe that's they were worth? If the executives were not satisfied with their compensation, they could have left.

That's what workers could do as well, except instead they engage in corporate sabotage aka, strike and try to extort the company.


Oh, wait. You're serious?


Comment Re:I have never done this.... (Score 1) 160

And that is still wrong.

Everyone deserves respect. If you don't want to talk to someone, then you kindly but firmly state that you are busy and aren't available to talk right now. Or, if the person keeps pestering you, you firmly state that you don't want to talk to the person again, and then ignore him or her on future occasions.

Faking or arranging a cell phone call helps nobody. The person who is talking to you might not even know that you don't want to associate with him or her and would never learn otherwise. (S)he eventually ends up confused and feeling bad. Meanwhile, you keep wasting your time as the person continues to contact you about whatever problem you're putting off with these fake or arranged calls. It's just a sign of disrespect that you won't look the person in the eye and tell the truth.

Lighten up, Francis.

Comment Misconception of concept + misapplication of same (Score 1) 228

First off, the entire notion of "six degrees of separation" is based on a study that was later partially discredited. Milgram's study was flawed in a number of ways, later described by Judith Kleinfeld and others.

Secondly, even assuming that the "six degrees" effect was accurate, using facebook is not the same as the initial experiment at all. Facebook is a radically different method of connecting people.

It's interesting that Duncan Watts is mentioned in the article but that he isn't allowed to actually expound on any of these issues. I mean, it isn't like he wrote a book on this topic or anything.

This is pop culture science posing as something else entirely.

Submission + - Bethesda Forums Compromised (

mat catastrophe writes: "Just got my own copy of this email warning of a breach in the Bethesda Forums.

Dear Bethesda Forum User, We have identified a potential breach of our forum user database that occurred Friday morning, Aug 12. We have reset your forum password as a precaution, in the event that any encrypted forum user passwords were compromised.

No one's claiming responsibility but could it be a response to the recent cease and desist sent to Minecraft?"

Comment Question about method... (Score 1) 199

How do you count downloads on bittorrent? At best, you can get a sketchy number of peers and seeds but how does that translate to actual downloads?

Also, how do those download numbers stack up against actual sales? Is there a method to determine what portion of these downloads represent actual loss for the companies (copies that were only pirated) versus what is essentially pre-sale test drives?

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