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Comment Sounds like a bad idea (Score 1) 478

As an avid amateur photographer... this sounds horrible. It sounds very much like what you are trying to do is make people pay to use your cameras mounted on the bus, and not allow them to use the plethora of camera equipment we normally carry on our persons in this day and age. Anything to make another dollar? How about not raping your consumers and instead focusing on making your service better than other ones. Stop making the world a worse place. Take that bit of advice to the owners. There is literally no good reason why you should want to do this. I can even think of several ways to frustrate camera users... but why would I want to make the world a crappier place by helping you to do this?

Submission + - If networking and nepotism are not an option to get a job; what is the best way?

Snowlock45 writes: I am moving across country from Pennsylvania (hereafter referred to as the Forsaken Lands) to Houston, TX (the US Strategic Humidity Reserve). I have a bit of time before I move, so I am trying to find a job that would start anytime from now until when I actually have to move. I am an relatively newly minted attorney with several bars behind me, but I'm finding that unless you are physically present in the city, no one even bothers to look at your resume. Unfortunately most jobs in the legal sphere are apparently gotten through the amorphous concept of 'networking' or the equally unattainable nepotism route.
Does anyone have any advice or know of a better way to try to get hired rather than spamming unsolicited resumes and applying to everything listed on Indeed? What unconventional ways can get you hired from a thousand miles away?

Comment Security through Obscurity (Score 2) 236

I had a course several years ago with a high lead counsel of a very well known company in the e-payments business. I ended up writing a final paper for them called "Security through Obscurity" basically explaining why their credit cards were incredibly insecure and detailing the existing cheap tech that was already accessible to average consumers. The card companies concept of security generally revolves around the idea that if they keep their security methods in a black box, no one will be able to crack it. Which works great until the first person looks in the box... then its all over. The card companies also employ thousands and subcontract to even more. They didn't like the paper. 6 months after the class was over, his company had a problem with their card system effectively taken verbatim from my paper. I sent them the news article and said he should revise my grade. I was disappointed I never heard back.

Comment This article is the opposite from a few years ago (Score 2) 425

A handful of years ago Lego was going bankrupt and they were searching in vain for how to stop it. Then they figured out that open ended didn't sell so well. They created their Bionicle sets. Then they started the licensed sets with Harry potter and Star wars. It is the only reason lego even still exists. And now people decry that lego 'sold out'? Make up your minds...

Comment Piracy drives technology (Score 5, Informative) 320

In this case, I would be willing to be that the reason is that the pirate groups have now made x264 the defacto standard for standard definition TV. AVI is falling by the wayside, and therefore Mozilla is just keeping up with the tech savvy of the interwebs.

Comment Already Been done Before.. many times (Score 1) 248

I recall reading about "ceiling" jumps before. Air Force Captain Joseph Kittinger did this back in 1960. A helium balloon took him to over 100,000 feet at which point he stepped off, falling at well above 700mph due to the lack of atmosphere. Modern ceiling jumpers use a kevlar bodysuit, if I recall, to distribute the heat caused by friction when you hit the air curtain and a modified scuba system that provides air. Jumping anywhere above the air curtain means you break the sound barrier because there is no terminal velocity restraint from air. How is this any different other than its a mile or two higher than previous jumps? This seems like bad reporting saying that this is somehow different than previous jumps.

Failed Games That Damaged Or Killed Their Companies 397

An anonymous reader writes "Develop has an excellent piece up profiling a bunch of average to awful titles that flopped so hard they harmed or sunk their studio or publisher. The list includes Haze, Enter The Matrix, Hellgate: London, Daikatana, Tabula Rasa, and — of course — Duke Nukem Forever. 'Daikatana was finally released in June 2000, over two and a half years late. Gamers weren't convinced the wait was worth it. A buggy game with sidekicks (touted as an innovation) who more often caused you hindrance than helped ... achieved an average rating of 53. By this time, Eidos is believed to have invested over $25 million in the studio. And they called it a day. Eidos closed the Dallas Ion Storm office in 2001.'"

Submission + - a real telemarketer filter

hate-those-telemarketers writes: I just had one of those telemarketers call me despite being on the do-not-call list. There's still organizations that don't need to adhere to that list. Having googled the caller-id I came accross that seems to be a very comprehensive database of annoying caller-id's calling. What's even better is that in the "about" tab there's a script for asterisk to check all calls against that database. This is like a IP-list for spammers only for real telephony. Fantastic. I've implemented this and now I wish I weren't on the do-not-call list to see telemarketers deal with the very annoying Telemarket torture script that can be found on this site: rketer+Torture woo-hoo!!!

Comment I'm not sure there is good advice for us... (Score 1) 1309

damn. I'm INTP on the real (but still rather insipid) meyers briggs. I unfortunately share all of your traits. You'll find out some things real quick in college which I am sure you already started to learn in high school. You are a loner by nature and could care less what grades you get. It's not important what they think you get out of it, it's what you think you get out of a class. I spent 6 years in undergraduate study... (the standard is 4 for anyone not familiar) I bounced from major to major and took more classes than you could believe. When I graduated, I had transferred once, gone to 3 summer sessions for intensive courses, and ended up graduating from one of the biggest universities in the USA with the most credits ever accumulated by an undergrad at their university. I walked away with 2 degrees (I had enough credits to give me a second one so why not.) The majors I finished were history and philosophy. Once again, these were not my only majors I was going for. Merely the ones I finished first. I figured I needed to get out of undergrad soon and go to grad school (in something). What am I doing now recently out of college? applying for grad school. Going either into PhD neuroscience or MD neurosurgery. I should also point out I am currently working crappy jobs until I get into grad school because no company will hire someone who is more qualified than 99.9% of their managers. If seeking employment stay away from larger corp.s, they see intelligence as the ablility of a worker to be able to escape after the company 'invests so much training' in you.

You will find that such things like the MCAT,GRE and (for you) SATs were/are easy. It is good that you'll do well on standardized tests because your grades will likely suck because like me you will flit around to courses and subjects you are not in the least good at but which are so damned interesting. (I took ancient latin and sanscrit as classes while trying to do a physics major which still technically remains only about half done, same as math and comp sci.)

Advice if I had to do it over? Not sure. I am not one to be able togive good advice considering my track record. Definitely go to college and finish it. Be prepared to be confronted with the most amazing stupidity on the part of administation. (DO NOT try to change this at your school... that is a mistake I made.) I see too many people with potential and the 'spark' of innovation who fuck up by not finishing college. I would say narrow down your field as best as possible and limit what you take as classes. Don't go too far afield. I never meant to get a history or philosphy degree. I finished the majors by accident by taking interesting classes and decided to stop and go on to other things. You won't find too many people that are like you, slashdot is a nice collection where you might meet some, but in the real world we are few and far between.

On a random note, take as many random phys ed classes as possible. I have more hobbies than is healthy and many things (scuba, kayaking, windsurfing, racquetball, whitewater rafting, fencing, etc etc etc) are all because I decided to go out and try esoteric things which I might not have found elsewhere. Generally if you don't do this stuff in college where others want to also, and it is cheap to do them (and it is) then you might miss out completely on them.

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