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Hand Written Clock 86

a3buster writes "This clock does not actually have a man inside, but a flatscreen that plays a 24-hour loop of this video by the artist watching his own clock somewhere and painstakingly erasing and re-writing each minute. This video was taken at Design Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009."

Comment Re:Answer (Score 1) 1019

Yeah you can tell that to HR on your exit interview after they fire you for substandard work. Don't be more of an ass than the manager. The manager is simply wrong but guess what, he/she is an ass and unfortunately you have to abide by their decision unless someone above is willing to countermand that decision. That is the way I work.

Start at the top and work down, present some valid published research to support your point. You cannot use your work as an example since that's an obvious conflict of interest and you will of course make the numbers work to support what you want. Make sure you remain anonymous and that if you are successful with this tactic keep quiet about it.

As for me, I have the TV on all day. When I'm busy and engrossed in my work, I might see the start of a show and then the credits rolling at the end.

Comment Re:Good thing (Score 1) 105

You never know. Perhaps they are being funded by the very ones they are suing to establish some precedent. For sure it's at the very least the cheapest global advertising you can get even if it never goes to trial or they simply drop it. You pay the couple of hundred dollars or less it costs to file and they get 100's of thousands or more of free publicity.

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NASA Tests Flying Airbag 118

coondoggie writes "NASA is looking to reduce the deadly impact of helicopter crashes on their pilots and passengers with what the agency calls a high-tech honeycomb airbag known as a deployable energy absorber. So in order to test out its technology NASA dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35 feet to see whether its deployable energy absorber, made up of an expandable honeycomb cushion, could handle the stress. The test crash hit the ground at about 54MPH at a 33 degree angle, what NASA called a relatively severe helicopter crash."

Comment Re:He's not really "on call" (Score 1) 735

That's an incredibly ridiculous example. There are dozens of generic plumbers, electricians, etc that are available and you as the consumer have a choice just as they do. They can decline your offer to employ them for no reason at all because they generally have enough work since they usually have 1000s of potential employers. You ever work with these people. We'll be there tomorrow, no show, BS excuse, Tuesday no show, had an emergency, etc.

This guys position is absolutely nothing like that. My scenario is simple, you call me off hours, that's a 1/2 day minimum because chances are you interrupted my sleep, interrupted my weekend or interrupted my vacation. You didn't have to pay someone to work those hours while I'm not there so that's your savings. Large companies employ people around the world for coverage or have 2nd and 3rd shifts. Small companies can simply pay someone a major premium for a rare occurrence instead of employing extra personnel. You can use your imagination how often I get called. Practically never. Those critical problems suddenly become not so critical.

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US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."
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Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."
Programming

The State of Ruby VMs — Ruby Renaissance 89

igrigorik writes "In the short span of just a couple of years, the Ruby VM space has evolved to more than just a handful of choices: MRI, JRuby, IronRuby, MacRuby, Rubinius, MagLev, REE and BlueRuby. Four of these VMs will hit 1.0 status in the upcoming year and will open up entirely new possibilities for the language — Mac apps via MacRuby, Ruby in the browser via Silverlight, object persistence via Smalltalk VM, and so forth. This article takes a detailed look at the past year, the progress of each project, and where the community is heading. It's an exciting time to be a Rubyist."

Comment Make an attempt (Score 2, Interesting) 1006

Make an attempt to switch them over to free for commercial use products as mentioned (e.g. 7-Zip, whatever free PDF software). That might get them into the mood to switch over to more FOSS or pay for licenses once it's shown to be a success. Then ask "what should we do with the remainder of the license issues" that they are more hesitant to switch from (e.g. Office) pointing out that a disgruntled employee or ex-employee could turn them in for a bounty. You want to appear that you are helping them to avoid a potentially huge fine. They will either go along with it or possibly fire you. If they fire you drop a dime and collect additional unemployment benefits.

Power

Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best? 1174

CNETNate writes "Is the American mains socket really so much worse than the Italian design? And does the Italian socket fail at rivaling the sockets in British homes? This feature explores, in a not-at-all-parodic-and-anecdotal fashion, the designs, strengths and weaknesses of Earth's mains adapters. There is only one conclusion, and you're likely not to agree if you live in France. Or Italy. Or in fact most places." (For more plug pics and details, check out Wikipedia's list of the ones in current use.)

Comment A disgusting insult to the deserving (Score 1) 1721

A gross insult to people who actually deserved the award. This guy went from a nothing to the president of the United States and has DELIVERED nothing but scripted speeches. People who actually did things for years or lifetimes were passed over because the "potential" is there that this guy MIGHT deliver something. Another group pandering to Hollywood. My disgust has reached a new level.

Comment Re:Generic Advice, agreement and disagreement. (Score 1) 535

Many good points particularly the "fatal wound" comments. I've found it useful to have your internal clients do your dirty work as well. Sometimes your boss' boss is clueless or unaware of the ineptness of your boss and you need others to perform that function for you. Mind you every effort should be made to do things the right way (good karma) before resorting to this. Sadly being nice, helping people do their job, etc frequently accomplishes nothing.

Here's the story I love repeating. We had a "boss" that was thrust upon us one afternoon when my colleague was told he would run the project that morning. We had the expertise in the project, this guy was being unloaded from somewhere else and landed on us. We tried to get along but the guy was a total loser. Every meeting he had with others would result in a change of plans which of course we would have to re-document. At one point it cycled back to the original plan and then with the next meeting another change of plans where we decided enough was enough. We refused to make any more changes. It was a Friday and after stating "But, I'm the boss" he said take the rest of the day off and let's start fresh on Monday. After all of his crap and many beers it was deemed time to eliminate him.

Our first opportunity (his own fault) was during a large meeting. My colleague professionally offered to present because after all we were the experts. The boss, of course, said he'll do it. Within a few minutes he was getting questions (due to his utter lack of knowledge) from the group. He would re-present the question ineptly to us (we were in the meeting) and our responses were "we're not sure what you're asking for Joe" or "we're not sure what you are referring to Joe". We, of course, commented to the attendees afterward about how well the meeting went.

Our last effort was a couple of days before his vacation. We intentionally kept the documentation without page numbers and shuffled. He asked us if we had read anything good lately (surprising since he had seen a copy of "How to Fire your Boss" on one our desks a couple of weeks earlier). Then he asked if he could get a copy of the document to read. As we predicted that night he put page numbers on it, a cover page with only his name on it and distributed it the next day before leaving early. Later that day we went around distributing our properly titled, order and paginated document to everyone. Each person asked what it was that Joe had distributed. We advised them to read it (or try to) and then read ours.

Joe was fired a couple of months later on Christmas Eve but after both of us had transferred leaving the project with no expertise for the effort.

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