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Comment Re:Where is the fun? (Score 1) 854

I can see you point, and I also get pretty peeved when I get mocked by 14 yr olds that haven't hit puberty yet. However, I have found that just turning off all team chat makes a bit more enjoyable. When I first started playing COD:World at War (after being pretty bad ass back in the day at half-life Death match) and had my ass handed to me over and over at first just about made me want to rage quit. However, i toughed it out and figured out how to stay alive a little longer. Also, in the beginning (after being mocked a few times) i turned off all voice chat. Sure I couldn't talk to any what, but I didn't really fucking care. I couldn't hear them be jerks, so it didn't really bother me. So, step up turn off voice chat, I don't know about you, but I could fucking care less to "socialize" with 14 hr olds still living at home. Also, if you do a bit of looking sometimes you can find servers that will flat out ban people of shit talking and being a jerk. For COD: World at war, there use to be a guild out there MOF or house of something, can't relay remember, but they wouldn't stand for any of the shit talking that 14 yrs try to do and would flat out ban them after one warning. True, these types of servers are still few and far between , and I'm not sure if they ever existing on the console, but do a bit of poking around and you should be able to find one. Basically, my two cents, turn off voice chat and simple ignore the young fucks who want to be dick heads. I mean, after working all day, do you really fucking care about being able to talk with someone else? IMO, voice chat is what makes MP games irritating
The Almighty Buck

Report Indicates Widespread H-1B Visa Fraud 397

Vrst1013 notes a Business Week account of a government report examining fraud in the H-1B program. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services just released a report to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee examining issues with fraud and technical violations within this program. Based on a sample size of 246 H-1B petitions, 13.4 percent showed fraud and 7.3 percent showed technical violations, for an overall violation rate of 20.7 percent. There was slso evidence of payment below the prevailing wage, offers of non-existent jobs, and fraudulent documentation. "'The report makes it clear that the H-1B program is rife with abuse and misuse,' says Ron Hira, [a professor] at the Rochester Institute of Technology ... However, both Presidential candidates, Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain, have said they support expanding the program."

Comment I don't give a damn (Score 1) 1730

I don't give damn if it's insensitive to Muslims. The last time I checked, no body gives a damn about being insensitive to anyone much less offending any other religious group besides Muslims, why should they get special treatment because they act like childern and uncivilized heathens when they get "offended?"
  If you don't like something printed or said: turn the channel, visit another site, stop buying that particular paper, but don't try to hinder OUR right to free speech!

And if this "offends" you, stop reading slashdot and log-off the internet immediately. Life is about being offended, so if you can't get used that that notion you just need to seal off the rest of the world and never emerge from your "safe bubble." If none one is being offended, then we are all just sheep in the cosmic continuum.
The Internet

Submission + - Goodmail lands 4 more ISPs

netbuzz writes: "Let the cries of 'e-mail tax' begin anew. Goodmail is set to announce tomorrow that it has signed Comcast, Cox Communications, Roadrunner and Verizon to its CertifiedEmail program, which means the service providers will be offering premium delivery to bulk senders in the form of paid passage around spam filters. CertifiedEmail sparked a tremendous uproar when it was announced early last year. 8"

Submission + - Opinion piece on File Sharing by Fred von Lohmann (

adk46r writes: "Fred Von Lohmann gives his opinion on how silly the RIAA is being with Campus file sharing. And has a solution. From article: At its heart, this is a fight about money, not about morality. We should have the universities collect the cash, pay it to the entertainment industry and let the students do what they are going to do anyway. In exchange, the entertainment industry should call off the lawyers and lobbyists, leaving our nation's universities to focus on the real challenges facing America's next generation of leaders."
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone runs "real" OS X

Sugar Water Salesman writes: Reading through the coverage of Steve Jobs' appearance last week at All Things Digital, I stumbled across something that I haven't seen discussed before. According to Jobs, the iPhone runs a full version of OS X. . From

"Whoa. Jobs says iPhone runs "real OS X, real Safari, real desktop email." Walt follows up: If that's true, could other OS X applications run on the iPhone? Jobs says no. "They're not designed to."

Submission + - Should PHP have Operator Overloading ?

garett_spencley writes: "I recently began the design phase on a new, rather large, project and am taking an object oriented approach. I considered using Java or C++ but have decided to chose PHP due largely to the amount of features built-in that I would otherwise have to implement myself or find 3rd party libraries for.

This project will implement several APIs and one thing that I would like to build into the design of those APIs is type enforcement. PHP has type hinting but only for classes and arrays. In order to strongly type a variable you have to use functions like is*() and settype() etc. and throw your own errors throughout all of your code. It would be ideal if I could create classes for various types and use operator overloading to perform operations without having to use methods or do a lot of type checking that might be forgotten, done incorrectly and, at the very least, clutter up the code.

Upon doing some reading it seems that there is very strong opposition from the PHP developers to include operator overloading in any near future version. From the Zend website:

"Jason Greene was interested in seeing the engine adopt some form of operator overloading. Both Andrei Zmievski and Zeev Suraski agreed that although this feature might have a chance at being useful, it would very likely make things far too complex. At this stage, it is highly doubtful Operator overloading will make it into the second version of the engine — if ever."

So my question is: what does Slashdot think ? Would PHP benefit from operator overloading or would it "make things far too complex" ?"

Submission + - Fanboy mistake familiarity with superiority (

dropgoal writes: A new study shows that consumers often mistake familiarity with a product as evidence of its superiority. 'Overall, the results suggest that all the years of arguments over the relative merits of things like the Mac and Windows user interfaces were a waste of time: we're generally convinced that whatever we're familiar with is the best. That said, future choices go on against a backdrop of economic considerations and heavy marketing. Given the prominent role these researchers assign error, maybe Apple is on the right track when they try to remind people of every annoyance they might have experienced on a PC...'

Submission + - What Google bought in the past 12 months (

Stony Stevenson writes: Computerworld is running an article on what Google has bought in the past 12 months and what it means for Google's quest to rule the technology world.

In all, Google has agreed to make at least 11 purchases of companies or technologies in the past year. Google usually doesn't release financial terms of small deals, but the big ones are substantial: US$1.65 billion for YouTube and US$3.1 billion for DoubleClick (the latter deal is pending a federal investigation). A little bit more than a year ago, Google spent US$1 billion for a 5 percent stake in AOL.

Submission + - Evolution of Email -- Video Finally Arrives (

Video Mail fan writes: "This story is about the evolution of traditional email and the growing emergence of Internet video coming together. The upcoming launch of Azooca Video Mail will open the door for a new, dynamic and interactive online consumer interaction In a few days, Azooca is about to unveil a new Internet-based free Video email service. Think Google Gmail and Youtube having a child! Azooca Video Mail brings together the ease of use of traditional Outlook email and the growing popularity of Internet video. Unlike past video mail offerings, Azooca Video Mail is the first major free Internet-based system. Users do not need to subscribe to an ISP or pay for use; they simply set up a free Azoocamail account and are instantly able to send and receive video email. There is no need to download and install software, and no need to save video mail messages into a hard drive. Everything is operated through an Internet browser."

Submission + - Departing AT&T chief vows to end net neutralit

calstraycat writes: In a farewell address to executives, AT&T chief Ed Whitacre called for the end of net neutrality. 'There’s a problem. It’s called Net Neutrality,' Whitacre told the heirs to AT&T’s telecommunications empire. 'Well, frankly, we say to hell with that. We’re gonna put up some toll booths and start charging admission.' If that were not scary enough, his confidence that congress will bow to his wishes is downright frightening: 'Will Congress let us do it?' Whitacre asks his colleagues. 'You bet they will — cuz we don’t call it cashin’ in. We call it 'deregulation'.'

Submission + - SCO's Linux revenues dry up

An anonymous reader writes: TG Daily has caught an interesting part in SCO's Q2 financial sheet, which was released today. Apparently, SCO has not collected any license fees from Linux users from February to March of this year. Add to that that SCO is scaling back its expenses in the IBM lawsuit and it doesn't take much to imagine that SCO's Linux claims will be gone completely in a few more months. In the end, it appears that SCOsource has been a terribly expensive adventure ($46.5 million) that brought a little over $1 million in license fees. Chapter closed.

Submission + - Pushing the Limits of Game AI Technology (

alexjc writes: "AIIDE '07 starts tomorrow (Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment), featuring the most cutting edge research in game AI. The proceedings read like a "who's who" in the field, and there's lot to learn from! Here's a collection of highlights from the conference, and references that can be found online.

Topics range from dynamic scripting using reinforcement learning, hierarchical task network planning for team AI, automated storyline generation, and the more traditional A* optimizations."


Submission + - Dell IS offering complete hardware support

somegeekynick writes: According to this article, a Dell spokesperson has stated that, "Due to an ordering system glitch during the weekend, we inadvertently removed extended warranty and CompleteCare options from our 'configurator.' We're working to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible and those options will be reinstated this afternoon [June 5]. If customers ordered systems when extended warranties weren't available, they will have the option of upgrading at the original price. There will be more details on that program soon."

Submission + - Can't Stop the Serenity Global Charity Event (

Tim writes: "Fans of the Joss Whedon show Firefly and it's follow up movie Serenity are holding screenings of Serenity in nearly 50 cities worldwide for the second year around June 23rd to celebrate Joss' birthday and to make a donation in his name to EqualityNow, a charity that fights for equal rights for women. Visit to find a screening near you!

"There are two ways to fight a battle like ours. One is to whisper in the ear of the masses, try subtlely and gradually to change the gender expectations and mythic structures of our culture. That's me. The other is to step up and confront the thousands of atrocities that are taking place around the world on an immediate, one-by-one basis. That's a great deal harder, and that's Equality Now. It's not about politics; it's about basic human decency."
- Joss Whedon

"All of us at Equality Now continue to be amazed by and grateful for the Browncoats' and Serenity fans' generous and committed support for our work. Their energy and enthusiasm is inspiring and these screenings are coming at a critical time when we are especially in need of funds! We thank each and every one of them and Happy Birthday to Joss!"
- Amanda Sullivan, Equality Now"

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