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Comment Re:George Zimmer? (Score 1) 252

I like working in a place where our VP sits in the same fishbowl as the rest of us, and wears a polo shirt and jeans.

In fact, while I've seem him dressed and made up look like the front man for Rammstein (in the office, yet), I've never (in 6+ years) seen him in a suit (not even in the office).

If you knew where I worked, you'd never believe me in a million years, either. :)


How I Got Fired From the Job I Invented 252

New submitter frost_knight writes "Travel blogger Turner Barr discovered that his entire brand, image, and web personality has been hijacked by a multi-billion dollar company for use in a marketing campaign. 'The video for their marketing campaign was particularly creepy for me, as even my age and personality didn’t escape the level of detail spent on creating this doppelganger (they used a paid actor of course). ... I’m no longer even the first thing that comes up when you Google my brand name. I’ve turned down work opportunities and put on hold any future travel job plans to deal with lawyers, long distance phone calls, corporate executives and other such nonsense — all along feeling misled and patronized. This situation has been extremely confusing for not only myself, but also for participants in company’s marketing campaign who message me thinking that I am am part of the company.'"

Comment Re:PHP 6.0 without the stupid? (Score 1) 219

No you wouldn't. If you did if("false") then yes, solely because you're passing in a non-null parameter (no attempt is made to examine the string - remember that if("") will have different results in PHP and C with the former treating "" as false, and latter seeing a non-null), but sprintf(buffer, true); if(strcmp("false", buffer")) will fail.

Comment Re:Well, yeah. (Score 4, Insightful) 166

People who vote for either of the two main parties are incredibly idiotic, so this isn't much of a surprise.

I agree, and I want to add that among those voters, the worst (in my opinion) are those who're able to abandon their own principles on a critical non-partisan issue based upon whether there's a Demoblican or a Republocrat in office. I can't wrap my head around it, but I find it appalling — they've got zero fucking integrity* and have no business in a voting booth.

* Just like the D/R candidates.

For those interested, here are the full results from Pew Research's domestic surveillance poll, showing additional demographic breakdowns.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 532

No, CRT (televisions in particular) really do make a high pitched whistle, and some of them can be quite loud. It's 15kHz more or less for a TV, and comes from the flyback, and is audible to much of the population. Whether it annoys you or not is dependent on the person, I just tune it out.

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65 Years Ago, Manchester's 'Baby' Ran Electronically Stored Program 103

hypnosec writes that the first ever practical implementation of the stored program concept took place 65 years ago, "as the Manchester Small Scale Experimental Machine aka 'Baby' became the world's first computer to run an electronically stored program on June 21, 1948. The 'Baby' was developed by Frederic C. Williams, Tom Kilburn and Geoff Tootill at the University of Manchester. 'Baby' served as a testbed for the experimental Williams-Kilburn tube – a cathode ray tube that was used to store binary digits, aka bits. The reason this became a milestone in computing history was that up until 'Baby' ran the first electronically stored program, there was no means of storing and accessing this information in a cost-effective and flexible way."

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