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Comment Re:Cost (Score 1) 550

I had LASIK done 15 years ago and it cost me $5000. I've now reached the point (48) where I am presbyopic and a touch FAR sighted, so I am back to wearing glasses with progressive lenses all the time. It was the best thing I'd ever done for myself for the time I didn't wear glasses. However now glasses are so much more expensive that it was worth it from a cost perspective. My lenses alone are running $350. The upside is that eyeglasses style has also improved dramatically in 15 years. I actually don't mind how I look now with these glasses.

Comment Re:Doesn't seem to be the case in Oz (Score 1) 238

When you say, "recruiter," what do you mean? I get hit up constantly by places like Robert Half or TEKSystems, for the same few (local) jobs at places I don't want to work, for far less compensation than I am making now. I have told them I would consider something different, but it would have to be a move up, explain what "up" is, and then get fed crappy compensation values (ie. contract positions that have no/poor health insurance, no/poor PTO, no 401K). If a "real" recruiter were to contact me, I'd love to hear.

Comment Re:So.... (Score 1) 381

Personally, if my employer feels I need access to email or to be reached 24/7, it is their responsibility to provide the means for that. They do not have the right to takeover my personal property or data just because I work there. Put differently, if there is a business reason for them needing me to receive emails/texts/calls outside of normal working hours, then they should provide a business solution. If I want to do it for my own convenience on my own device, well, then I would have to weigh the convenience against all the privacy issues involved.

This. I just tried to argue this same point where I work; I work in an IT group that has a rotating 24x7 on call. We had employer-issued Blackberries, which both received SMS messages and could connect to email. Since we had had them for a while, the SMS alerts over time had evolved to "X has failed. Check your email for details." Then the company forced us to turn in our Blackberries and went to a BYOD. I tried, unsuccessfully, to argue your point. I get spotty coverage on my personal phone, and none in the building, so that would rule out my personal device. Plus I refuse to allow the company control of my device, stipend or no. The alternative was to accept a "penny phone" (a Samsung Chronos 2). I was very clear with my boss and boss' boss what that could mean for response to pages. So far, nothing has come up, but I also am kind of heistant to stray far from home when I am on call.

Comment Re:Truth or dare... (Score 2) 617

But here's what I don't understand - If the Eve program placed a bid at $24.99 for Alice's share, and it was accepted, why isn't that just a done deal, sold? Seems to me that if this was a real issue, right there is your fix. You get once chance at a bid. But since there are billions to be made by the people in control of the markets, I'm sure it's NOT an "issue."

8-Year Fan-Made Game Project Shut Down By Activision 265

An anonymous reader writes "Activision, after acquiring Vivendi, became the new copyright holder of the classic King's Quest series of adventure game. They have now issued a cease and desist order to a team which has worked for eight years on a fan-made project initially dubbed a sequel to the last official installment, King's Quest 8. This stands against the fact that Vivendi granted a non-commercial license to the team, subject to Vivendi's approval of the game after submission. After the acquisition, key team members had indicated on the game's forums (now stripped of their original content by order of Activision) that Activision had given the indication that it intended to keep its current fan-game licenses, but was not interested in issuing new ones."
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PS3 Hacked? 296

Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

Whatever Happened To Second Life? 209

Barence writes "It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. In this article, PC Pro's Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before. It's a follow-up to a feature written three years ago, in which Collins spent a week living inside Second Life to see what the huge fuss at the time was all about. The difference three years can make is eye-opening."

Comment Re:Oh, quit whining (Score 1) 243

The problem is that it is one thing for a concerned citizen to write their congressman and vote; but it takes someone who is really one in a million to run for office -- and it usually falls to the rich ones, not the righteous ones.

There. Fixed it for you.

But on a more serious note, it takes a large sum of cash to run for office these days. To garner enough to run for office, one either needs to be independently wealthy, or spend all of one's time raising donations rather than campaigning.

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