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Comment 2 Questions... blah! (Score 1) 692

During an interview the HR guy asked me 2 questions that had the rest of the folks at the table offer me the job...
Q1: What 2 words best describe you?
A1: I would have to go with "Springer Guest"... Wait... the judge said "Repeat Offender"

Q2: What is your greatest weakness?
A2: I have a great distain for trick questions. I know you only want me to say something positive about myself because the negative thing about me is somehow a positive. But I am pretty grumbly hateful about it instead of humbly grateful.

Comment Re:*Argh!* (Score 1) 345

So if a client has money and wants to pay you money to produce a flash application, you say "N O"?

So your client wants the following:
Cross platform
Pixel precise design
Media assets (video/sound)
Custom media controls
Robust charting (Flex Charting).
Give you money to do it.
Accessibility for blind users.

What do you use?

My main reason for use Flash/Flex is that the runtime is consistent across platforms and I don't have to take the time to rebuild portions of my application for IE anomalies. I take the time to make my controls accessible for blind users. In my videos I even embed a Closed Caption player. I can lazy load my data when it is needed on the screen. And I can cache my RSL's to make my content smaller the next time you come back.

Until something better comes along. Long live Flash/Flex.

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Submission + - IBM researchers push MRI imaging to nanoscale

TheCybernator writes: "Researchers at IBM's Almaden Research Center have developed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to visualize nanoscale objects. The new techniques are a major milestone in the quest to build a microscope that could "see" individual atoms in three dimensions. Using Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy (MRFM), IBM researchers have captured two-dimensional images of objects as small as 90 nanometers. (A nanometer is one billionth of a meter; a human hair is roughly 100,000 nanometers in diameter.) "Our ultimate goal is to perform three-dimensional imaging of complex structures such as molecules with atomic resolution," said Dan Rugar, manager, Nanoscale Studies, IBM Research. "This would allow scientists to study the atomic structures of molecules — such as proteins — which would represent a huge breakthrough in structural molecular biology." MRFM offers imaging 60,000 times more sensitive than current MRI technology. MRFM uses what is known as force detection to extend the limits of conventional MRI and view structures that would otherwise be too small to be detected. The imaging breakthrough could eventually have major impact on the study of materials ranging from proteins and pharmaceuticals to integrated circuits — that required detailed understanding of the atomic structure. Knowing the exact location of specific atoms within tiny nanoelectronic structures, for example, would improve designers' insight into manufacture and performance. The ability to directly image the detailed atomic structure of proteins would aid the development of new drugs."

Feed If You Want To Live, Send $40k To This Account (

Online extortion scams seem to be a recurring problem, even though script kiddies are killing the margins. The latest scam sees users being spammed with a note from a would-be contract killer, saying he's been paid to kill them, but will let them live for $40,000, then responds to emails with personal information stolen from other sites. The whole thing sounds about as believable as the average 419 spam, but given the number of folks who should have known better that have fallen for them, it's probably worth highlighting for the sake of the wealthy individuals who are being targeted. In particular, heed the last line of the original article, which relays that a security expert "recommended that no one reply to these e-mails" -- unlike all those other scams you keep replying to.

Botnet on Botnet Action 187

Dausha writes "The Tech Web news site reports a story about Botnet turf wars. Botnets have been around for a while, and are increasing in severity. The latest innovation finds Bots capturing and securing host computers from other bots. Security includes installing software patches, shutting down ports, etc."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Dutch escort agency to service geek virgins

Anonymous Coward82 writes: The Register reports that Dutch escort agency Society Service has set up a special service for geek virgins looking for that elusive first sexual encounter. Sociology student Zoe Vialet set up the agency last year, Ananova reports, and admits she's had "a lot of demand from virgins" — most of them from the IT sector. She explained to De Telegraaf: "They are very sweet but are afraid of seeking contact with other people. They mean it very well but are very scared." Zoe has a crack team of five girls "specially trained" to pop geeks' cherries. However, those readers tempted to avail themselves of their charms are warned it's not just a case of stump up the cash, insert your floppy in the drive, eject and then off for a pizza.

Apple Issues Patches For 25 Security Holes 241

TheCybernator writes "Apple today released software updates to plug more than two dozen security holes in its Mac OS X operating system and other software. The free patches are available via the Mac's built-in Software Update feature or directly from Apple's Web site. All told, today's batch fixes some 25 distinct security vulnerabilities, including a dangerous flaw present in the AirPort wireless devices built into a number of Apple computers, including the eMac, the iBook, iMac, Powerbook G3 and G4, and the Power Mac G4. Apple said computers with its AirPort Extreme wireless cards are not affected. Earlier this month, Apple released a software update to fix a vulnerability in its wireless router, the AirPort Extreme Base Station. That update and instructions on how to apply it are available at the link."

Submission + - Gmail Too Inflexible for U. Penn

Rayaru writes: The Daily Pennsylvanian, the campus newspaper at the University of Pennsylvania, is reporting that university officials tried to get gmail to replace their aging on-campus webmail system, but that Google would not negotiate on things like integration with existing U. Penn accounts. From the article:

"For some applications, Sedehi said, users would be required to sign up for a separate Google account, giving students no reason to use Penn's Google e-mail over the e-mail the company offers to the public. Sedehi added that Google easily has the technical capability to fix the problem, and the choice not to do so was indicative of Google not being serious about having a partnership with Penn."

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