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Submission + - Jed McCaleb's Exit from Ripple Labs: The Plot Thickens (

An anonymous reader writes: Jed McCaleb, the creator of E-Donkey and the founder of one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges, Mt.Gox, dropped out of Ripple Labs (a company that he is also a co-founder) to 'spend his time looking into new things: man-made surf parks and artificial intelligence'. As was written in an article from Wired:

But a video recently uploaded in YouTube ( says otherwise. In the video, he mentioned that he left the company due to 'disagreements with someone brought on to be CEO'.

So which is it really? Maybe we will hear Jed McCaleb's side of the story in full in the near future. But for now Jed is probably busy on a new 'secret bitcoin project' (

Comment Re:just can't work with that individual. (Score 1) 384

There is a reason why an employer likes to see the word a team player on a CV

Know how I can tell you come from academia and have absolutely no clue how the real world of business works?

Whenever they make a mistake they say "it's because of that idiot" behind the alleged idiots back.

I tend to say it in front of the idiot's face (in private), and then back it up. But I also find that trying to escalate that to the people signing your checks amounts to a complete waste of time. Me, I find "Here, go catch up on your *cough* technical skills and leave me the fuck alone for a few weeks while I do all the work and we both get paid 5x what the regular employees here make" will get you a hell of a lot farther than making a fuss. And for the idiots smart enough to know their shortcomings, you've just earned yourself free coffees for a month.

Like it or not, the real world has a lot more people getting paid to do work they have no right doing, than those paying them want to admit. I won't claim myself a superstar, but I've worked with more than a reasonably-proportional number of folks who could only pass as "engineers" in the "sanitation" sense - But, like it or not, HR can't tell someone who knows a lot of buzzwords from a real engineer (now if you want to discuss why HR tends to have so much influence in hiring for jobs they don't have the faintest clue about, we can continue that as a different topic). Oh yeah, and HR doesn't make mistakes. Just ask them about it.

Which pretty much sums up my advise to TFS' author - Suck it up. You can't "win" here, just make sure you get paid hourly; do your best to minimize the "expert's" damage; and document, document, document the idiocy in case everything goes to shit and you need to prove you held up your end of the log.

Submission + - MPAA Head Chris Dodd: I'm Willing To Discuss Copyright Reform As Long As Nothing (

An anonymous reader writes: Chris Dodd, head of the MPAA, has decided that, 16 years after the Napsterpocalypse (which singlehandedly killed the recording and motion picture industries, both of which are now nothing but vague memories for pre-Gen Xers), it's time to meet the tech industry in the middle and start working together.

But, as is Dodd's way, "in the middle" means drawing a line inches away from the MPAA's position and "working together" means making heavy concessions to the incumbent industries.

Submission + - Microsoft Rumored to Integrate Android Apps

phmadore writes: Windows Phone has been struggling for market share, largely due to a serious lack of developers willing to invest their time in what one might consider a niche market. Statistically speaking, Android has more than 1.1M apps to Windows Phone's pitiful 200,000+. Well, according to unnamed sources informing the Verge , Microsoft may soon integrate/allow Android applications into both Windows and Windows Phone. The irony is so thick here you can cut it with a million dollar bill.

Comment Re:Editing comments (Score 1) 4

You can post a followup if you screwed up.

If only that were true... There's been way too many times I've posted something, seen immediately a major mistake that will make it misunderstood by the majority of readers, tried to follow up, and been locked out by Slashcode's "Anti-spam" thing. By the time I've been allowed to reply to my own comment, it's too late. It's also worth pointing out a response to a mistake by you doesn't guarantee the response will be read.

The Guardian's website lets you edit anything you've posted within twenty minutes of you posting it, and I've seen that elsewhere too. Something along those lines would be great. People can and do f--- up. The purpose of a discussion is to exchange ideas. It's one thing when someone misreads you and goes off on a tangent as a result, it's quite another when someone reads something you did say that wasn't what you intended to say.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 4, Insightful) 182

There's always a knee-jerk reaction to anything related to advertising simply because as a medium it's been abused so much throughout its history.

Try as I might, I can't really fault Mozilla for the way they're handling this, and yeah, I would like to see them get another source of revenue.

Comment 25% (Score 1) 14

One thing that shocked the shit out of me is that 25% of visitors were redirected to 'beta'. That's an incredibly large number for something so clearly unready for prime time and so clearly reviled.

I also think calling it a 'beta' was a bad joke. This thing isn't even close to feature complete (unless Dice plans on destroying a huge amount of slashdot to turn it into just another buzzfeed).

Typically I loathe soulskill's stories and his lack of editing. But I must admit that while sending some mixed messages regarding the beta, he has been, on balance, helpful. (One mixed message is his vociferous defense of the beta process. He claims that they have made substantial changes since October. When pressed, all he could cite was a minor change of the width of one css element.)

Comment Re: "lulzbot" (Score 1) 35

How did Kleenex® Facial Tissue get its name?

To explain how Kleenex® facial tissue got its name, it is necessary to go back to 1920 and the development of our first consumer product, Kotex® feminine napkins. Our Kotex® trademark was derived from the words "cotton texture" and met our requirements for being short, easy to say, easy to remember and easy to explain. Kleenex® tissue was originally designed in 1924 as a cold cream remover; hence, the "Kleen" portion of the word was coined to convey the cleansing purpose. We then added the "ex" from Kotex® in order to convey what was the beginning of a family of products. In 1930, the name was changed from Kleenex® Cleansing Tissue to Kleenex® Facial Tissue.

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