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"Father of Java" Resigns From Sun/Oracle

Bastard of Subhumani "artistic differences" (396 comments)

With mustard on, and because that's what Larry pays them to do.

I think it's pretty fair to guess they had some kind of disagreement (about the future openness of java? whether it has a future at all?) but there's some kind of confidentiality clause.

more than 4 years ago
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"Father of Java" Resigns From Sun/Oracle

Bastard of Subhumani Re:Any ideas why? (396 comments)

He's speaking in code. The translation is "Ellison's lawyers will feed by balls to the dogs if I don't keep quiet".

more than 4 years ago
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Chicago Mayor Calls For "Brainiac High"

Bastard of Subhumani Re:Schools vs. Killing brown people (419 comments)

(why is "brown people" a part of the parent? It's silly and distracting.

Because nobody - neither you, him, nor me - can be bothered to change the subject line.

more than 4 years ago
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Warhammer Online Users Repeatedly Overbilled

Bastard of Subhumani Re:On a related note (216 comments)

Unless the overdraft limit is infinite, it doesn't really make a difference, does it? It just means the 23rd repeated charge will bounce rather than the 17th.

more than 4 years ago
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Warhammer Online Users Repeatedly Overbilled

Bastard of Subhumani Re:Where's my computerized credit card? (216 comments)

Interest? No credit card charges interest if you pay the balance promptly every month.

And if your bill is several thousand bucks more than you budgeted for, because some company overcharged you 20 times?

And how difficult can it be to get a credit card? I had one in college when I had no regular source of income.

Were you asleep all of last year?

http://www.economist.com/surveys/PrinterFriendly.cfm?story_id=15793116

"Parents must now give their consent before their children under 21 can get a card. "At a time when our economy is in a crisis and consumers are struggling financially, credit-card companies are gouging them," said Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.

Noxious as some of the card-companies' practices were, they did allow many more people to hold credit cards. Bankers say the new restrictions may cut the number of credit-card holders by up to 45m. That is almost certainly an exaggeration, but there is bound to be a drop."

If I get hit with a fraudulent charge, they just cancel my card and waive the charges, and issue me a new one. In the meantime, I keep using my other cards. If it's Visa, I might have to sign a declaration listing the fraudulent charges. If it's Amex, they just take my word for it.

Fine - until the person at the other end had a shitty day and they tell you to get bent.

more than 4 years ago
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Warhammer Online Users Repeatedly Overbilled

Bastard of Subhumani Re:Great Business Plan (216 comments)

This is why major financial systems are not written in VB.

more than 4 years ago
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Should Kids Be Bribed To Do Well In School?

Bastard of Subhumani Re:a better question (706 comments)

Except #1 is false, as pointed out by Mikkeles. Now kindly fuck off.

more than 4 years ago
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Should Kids Be Bribed To Do Well In School?

Bastard of Subhumani Re:a better question (706 comments)

hey, retard... do you know what the word "AND" means?

It means for the overall statement to evaluate as true, both (or all) sub-conditions must evaluate true.

next time you quote me, don't cut off a sentence and change the context.

It's called "lazy evaluation". Look it up.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Gives the US Government Access To Gmail

Bastard of Subhumani Re:Just for the sake of balance... (445 comments)

With quotations it's a well known fact that the longer ago they were invented the truer they are

Incorrect.

For example there was a story written thousands of years ago. It says the Earth was created out of nothing by a bearded man in a white dress and it took him six days. All that happened a few thousand years before the story was written.

Nobody is mad enough to believe that.

more than 4 years ago
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Warhammer Online Users Repeatedly Overbilled

Bastard of Subhumani Re:Where's my computerized credit card? (216 comments)

It looks like they had tied their bank accounts directly to their Warhammer accounts, without any debit card in the middle.

Mmmm, isn't that how a debit card works?

more than 4 years ago
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Warhammer Online Users Repeatedly Overbilled

Bastard of Subhumani Re:Where's my computerized credit card? (216 comments)

Not everybody has a credit card, let alone two. It's getting more difficult to get one. Plus you'd still get stung for a lot of interest.

more than 4 years ago
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Stand and Deliver Teacher Jaime Escalante Dies

Bastard of Subhumani Re:Truly (389 comments)

Should learn English. Most of the kids he taught were Mexican, and he was an icon to them.

more than 4 years ago
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Stand and Deliver Teacher Jaime Escalante Dies

Bastard of Subhumani Re:Truly (389 comments)

Or "plato o plomo". That works too.

more than 4 years ago
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Stand and Deliver Teacher Jaime Escalante Dies

Bastard of Subhumani Truly (389 comments)

Truly an American icon. Or at least a Mexican one.

more than 4 years ago
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Councilman Booted For His Farmville Obsession

Bastard of Subhumani It's April 1st in Bulgaria (185 comments)

It's April 1st in Bulgaria already. They never changed to the Gregorian calendar.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Way To Land Entry-Level Job?

Bastard of Subhumani Re:Call the boss (441 comments)

if you're gonna hire someone, would you rather have one of your employees vouch for them, or have to rely solely on the impression you've gotten by chatting for an hour or two?

Probably depends on the employee. I've worked with utter assholes that were recommended by people already in the company.

more than 4 years ago
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The Times Erects a Paywall, Plays Double Or Quits

Bastard of Subhumani Re:The market pays what a service is worth. (344 comments)

The market always works. It can take its own sweet time to correct itself

This broken watch always works. It only works once every twelve hours.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Lost Search War By Ignoring the Long Tail

Bastard of Subhumani Re:Bing Seems No Better (267 comments)

It's not the 20 relevant ones that's the trouble, it's the thousands of irrelevant ones.

more than 4 years ago
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NYC Drops $722M On CityTime Attendance System

Bastard of Subhumani Re:Deadlines (306 comments)

400k and I won't even think about trying. That's my final offer and I'm unanimous in that.

more than 4 years ago

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Bastard of Subhumani Bastard of Subhumani writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Suppose the test is so hard that I, with lesser knowledge, can only answer one question based on actual knowledge. I answer that question, and guess at the other 99. You, who know twice as much as I, can answer two questions based on knowledge. So you guess at 98 answers.

As you can readily imagine, the odds of you getting a higher grade than I are very slight. In fact, over 45 percent of the time, in repeated trials, I would outscore you, even though my knowledge is half that of yours.

I'm confused (or he is). Assume he's talking directly to me, i.e. I'm the guy who knows twice as much as him.

In the long run he will score 1 + ( 99 * 0.5 ) = 50.5.
My expectancy is 2 + ( 98 * 0.5 ) = 51.

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Bastard of Subhumani Bastard of Subhumani writes  |  more than 7 years ago

It depends if you have to retrain staff to use the new systems,

Well it would if staff were going to use them. But to me, public ascess terminals kind of means termminals, for public (as in menmbers of, alias Joe) access.

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Bastard of Subhumani Bastard of Subhumani writes  |  more than 7 years ago

You both read it wrong, go read it just one more time, very carefully - - it states 138 is possible but certainly does not indicate it is the heaviest possible.

>138 is certainly possible.

A: It appears so, since we have a top-poster

Q: Did AOL just open a gateway to slashdot?

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Bastard of Subhumani Bastard of Subhumani writes  |  about 8 years ago

Every medium/large institution has a team somewhere whose mission is to create the Great Amazing Knowledge Sharing XML Driven Generic Information Infrastructure that will enable everyone to find stuff by magic.

Even if it worked technically, everyone is jealous/afraid of their colleagues. In consequence any information they have is hidden and hoarded.

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