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Comment Thanks for everything! (Score 1) 1521

Thanks for Slashdot. I don't visit as often as I used to, but I always kept it at the top of my bookmarks list whenever I switched browsers or computers. I could always count on it for some of the most interesting, thought-provoking discussions online or off. You and Slashdot are definitely a big chunk of internet legacy, like 5 touchdowns in a single game. Have fun, diggum

Comment Re:You don't have privacy if you get arrested (Score 1) 321

Apart from the privacy concerns, I would think police might be against this due to detrimental effects on future investigations. If I'm a victim of a crime and need to look at a group of mugshots to see if I choose the person the police believe is responsible, and I've been looking at every new mugshot that they've taken, I may recognize or be subconsciously drawn to those pictures I had seen before. This could hamper some investigations.

Comment Re:Cloud Computing needs to go. (Score 1) 107

I disagree somewhat. we don't like "syncing." we tolerate syncing because it's the only real solution right now for having our data at our fingertips on any device anywhere. but what we WANT is all of that to just work. the cloud is a fine solution if it secure, reliable, and accessible. it certainly makes sense to have backups of your data, stored locally somewhere safe. but does anyone really want their data duplicated on every device? isn't this wasteful? i acknowledge this is dreamy, pie in the sky wishes, though. still, i can't get my head out of the clouds. sincerely, diggum

Comment Re:For me? (Score 1) 209

Their hostile customer service is why I left years ago. They had overbilled me one month for real estate I did not own. I had my little plot of land and was happily paying the $5 a month or whatever that ran, but one month I got a bill for over $25. I tried calling but never got a real person. Tried e-mailing, but never got a response. Finally, I contested the charge with PayPal. That got their attention. Within hours, my account was canceled, wiping out the US$100 worth of Lindens I had at the time, and I received one NASTY response from them. I was chastised for contesting the charge via PayPal and it was surprisingly petty and spiteful. I'll wait for the Snow Crash monorail system to come to life. That's a far more interesting paradigm for this sort of VR anyways.

Comment Re:Take this with a grain of salt... (Score 1) 256

You're just not creative enough in your thinking. And while no reporter seems willing to mention it, it's not just criminals who might wish to implicate someone by planting DNA at a crime scene or in evidence. And there are some who have far more comprehensive access to DNA databases. And it's not like replicating DNA into usable quantities is terribly difficult. It was the cover story in Make Magazine last year, and the instructions seemed simple enough to perform in your kitchen at home. So while there are many ways to obtain real DNA, there are easier ways to generate large quantities of it from a small piece, which can then be used as the person sees fit.

Comment Re:Really?? (Score 1) 572

Like Barney Frank, who has sponsored or co-sponsored forms of legalization legislation for several decades? Like internet-uberpol and doctor Ron Paul, who has co-sponsored and spoken against prohibition for years? What about the past three Presidents, all of whom have admitted to using Marijuana? It feels more risky to admit having broken the law for no good reason than to admit having broken the law founded on ignorance, racism, and protection of corporate interests. Fortunately, the print newspaper industry is almost dead, and they're incredibly responsible for the prohibition in the first place. Took awhile, but good riddance.

Comment Re:Grrrr (Score 1) 485

> Imagine all the social programs that would benefit.

Not to mention the citizens and businesses who would have significantly reduced taxes - more money to spend and invest - as well as pissing off a lot less of the world, reducing our need for a large military budget in the first place.

Simplistic? Yes. But it can be refreshing how much more effective simple solutions can be than the quagmire of most bills passed.

Comment Re:Who is the bloodsucker? (Score 1) 658

if you accept money, even in the form of reduced taxes which you may or may not agree to, in exchange for promised services, then do not deliver those services, you can rightly be referred to as a bloodsucker. There are other words that might be better suited, but they are best uttered on a web forum of less class. sincerely, diggum

Comment Re:This is not how you stop riots... (Score 1) 961

I was there, too. My building was surrounded most of the morning and early afternoon (Union Square.) My office looked directly down onto 6th Ave and into the thick of the events. The people who were PROTESTING were loud, but peaceful and reasonable. The morons throwing bottles and climbing on the Nike Store sign were few and should have been easy to handle considering the hundreds of officers.

Rather than try to get the handful of people disrupting the peace, officers chose to unleash the pellets and tear gas.

I walked through the area around 1pm. The hallways leading outside were thick with the smell. I saw a guy slumped against a wall, his face was completely red and swollen and a woman was washing it with water trying to help him out. The cops came up, yanked her by the arm, and kicked him over until he got up and stumbled away. They were not there to help someone who looked pretty seriously injured by their tactics. They were there to continue their fucking tactics.

If a few bad apples really did ruin things in your opinion, then a WHOLE lot of bad cops did a significant amount of damage to their image as a whole that day.

The Internet

Submission + - New Hot Properties: YouTube Celebrities

navygeek writes: It seems other video sites are looking to get in on the action, even going so far as to try to 'steal' videophiles away from YouTube. —

Mr. Tennenhaus, an aspiring comedy writer who gained a modest following on YouTube for his droll question-and-answer clips and other spots featuring his grandmother "Bubby," is being wooed by the site's competitors

Submission + - Adobe Inviting Bloggers to Engage

An anonymous reader writes: Adobe is inviting a group of high profile bloggers and analysts to their campus in order to show off some of their customer's work. Companies like Brightcove, Scrybe, yourminis and some of Adobe's own projects will be demoed at the event. It's the best of the best using Adobe's technology. Ryan Stewart has a few things to look for the bloggers to talk about after seeing the demonstrations.
United States

Submission + - How to Keep America Competitive

pkbarbiedoll writes: In a Washington Times column from this weekend, Bill Gates writes,

This issue has reached a crisis point. Computer science employment is growing by nearly 100,000 jobs annually. But at the same time studies show that there is a dramatic decline in the number of students graduating with computer science degrees. The United States provides 65,000 temporary H-1B visas each year to make up this shortfall — not nearly enough to fill open technical positions. Permanent residency regulations compound this problem. Temporary employees wait five years or longer for a green card. During that time they can't change jobs, which limits their opportunities to contribute to their employer's success and overall economic growth.

Interesting read, but this argument is not new and is based on a distortion of truth. If US companies simply offered fair pay, good benefits, and a general sense of job security to US citizens there would be no reason to insource labor from other countries. Mr. Gates implies that US workers are not willing to work IT anymore. He fails to mention why. Most college students do not wish to throw away 4 years of their lives (and thousands of dollars) on a career in an industry rife with outsourcing. Mr. Gates acknowledges that most US companies are not interested in offering competitive wages, so the only solution in his eyes is to import coders willing to work for a lot less (or, outsource). This has nothing to do with innovation and everything to do with creating downward pressure on IT costs.

Submission + - Will Apollo mistakes be made with Mars?

MattSparkes writes: "In some ways the Apollo 11 mission was a great success; the astronauts got back to Earth safely after walking on the moon. However, it was a massive disaster in terms of quarantine procedures — the astronauts had to leave the landing capsule to enter the quarantine module, after it was found that the crane on board the ship wasn't strong enough to raise it. Would NASA be able to protect the Earth from Martian pathogens if it successfully returns soil samples from the Red Planet?"

Is Switching Jobs Too Often a Bad Thing? 208

Career Hot Potato asks: "I've been out of school for little more than a year and I have only good things to say about the job market. So far, there doesn't seem to be any lack of demand for a good .NET developer. I've got to admit, though, I feel a little disloyal at this point. Several great job offers have come my way and I've taken them. My resume is starting to make me look a bit restless and it worries me. Until now I've just chalked it up to 'I'm just settling in,' but now another opportunity has been dropped into my lap. Would I be digging my own grave by taking this job? It'd be my fourth job in 16 months but each offered a promotion and a 30% to 40% raise. I know better than to put a price on job satisfaction but I'm pretty certain I'd be happy there. Is being branded as a 'hot potato' enough to keep you from switching? What's your price on this stigma?"

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