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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

Captain Sarcastic Re:As painful as it is... (552 comments)

How about "See you soon!" or "Don't think of it as dying - think of it as getting out ahead of the crowd."

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

Captain Sarcastic Re:A fifth horseman (449 comments)

You're using facts, logic, and restraint in your posts. You must be new here.

about 4 months ago
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Mathematicians Devise Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry

Captain Sarcastic OK, my mistake. (60 comments)

You raise a valid point. I was so intent on the font aspect that I didn't see your take on it. Thanks! (sig line notwithstanding - this is an irony-free post.)

about 5 months ago
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Mathematicians Devise Typefaces Based On Problems of Computational Geometry

Captain Sarcastic Interesting... but nearly useless (60 comments)

The major point of fonts is to improve communications. Clarity and lack of ambiguity are pretty much the main goals we are striving for, with style being important but not vital. These two decided to have some fun with what could be done, and they succeeded. Good for them. Unfortunately, in achieving the style, they failed on the clarity. Time to turn the page.

about 5 months ago
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What day of the week is your most productive?

Captain Sarcastic Weinberg's First Law: (91 comments)

Progress is made on alternate Fridays.

about 6 months ago
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

Captain Sarcastic It's actually simple... (395 comments)

... using herbal remedies causes people to believe in conspiracy theories.

about 6 months ago
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Fedora To Have a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" For Contributors

Captain Sarcastic Re:Absolutely (212 comments)

I wish I had mod points - you put your finger on the point that armchair revolutionaries overlook. Retroactive resistance, so to speak, is safer. It was notable how the number of members of underground groups against the Nazis increased directly with the time after liberation.

about 7 months ago
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Ask "The Fat Man" George Sanger About Music and Computer Games

Captain Sarcastic Re:The olden days (66 comments)

Witchcraft! Deviltry! Sorcery! Isolationism! Free Silver!

about 7 months ago
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DARPA Seeks the Holy Grail of Search Engines

Captain Sarcastic Re:Join the slashdot farewell: (78 comments)

In this instance, by failing to read the wind, Dice bared this truth to all of us; reminded us that this community isn't really ours so much as it is theirs. Absolutely that was a hurt to the community.

Now that's something that I can take to the bank.

You see, I lost that aspect of it when I was seeing people posting line after line of "Fuck Beta", often anonymously, and often seeming to offer insults to anybody who felt differently.

You, on the other hand, have answered my questions without questioning my intelligence, or heaping scorn and abuse on my head for daring to have a different opinion, or generally resorting to name-calling, so I don't think you qualify for "bitter vituperation". <grin> Rather, you qualify as someone who helped me decide that this site is worth staying on. Thanks!

about 7 months ago
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DARPA Seeks the Holy Grail of Search Engines

Captain Sarcastic Re:Join the slashdot farewell: (78 comments)

You're a fucking idiot. Slashdot isn't about the articles and it isn't about the fucking pathetic summaries. Slashdot is about the user-generated content. Slashdot is the comments.

Now, you think all that time spent by knowledgable members posting all that good stuff comes free? People invested their time, care and attention here. Slashdot isn't a fucking TV. Slashdot is a community.

The reason the response was negative and loud is because the beta makes it harder to follow threads. It makes it harder to follow discussion context. It makes it harder to comment within the discussion context.The beta redesign ruins the community experience. Dice is trying to turn Slashdot into another Digg or Reddit. Soon, you'll be flooded with ads you can't turn off, looking for the useful, informative and interesting comments that used to be posted here. Fuck that shit.

TL;DR: FUCK BETA!

Now, at least some reasoned, if seemingly over-wrought, debate.

You argue that the content, being user-provided, will go away if people are unable to see the content organized in a sensible fashion. Okay, I can buy that. I also hadn't considered that since the content is provided by users, they might have a reason to be a bit more passionate about how their thoughts are presented.

What I don't get is the need for insult to anybody who disagrees, or the call to leave Slashdot in droves even after they acknowledged that the beta was not working out and removed it.

And, again, I submit that you have validated my other point. Bitter vituperation towards the failed beta, even after it's gone, may do as much to drive away readership as the beta

about 7 months ago
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DARPA Seeks the Holy Grail of Search Engines

Captain Sarcastic Re:Join the slashdot farewell: (78 comments)

You have put a name to my pain, sir/madam.

I realized that the "Beta sucks!" chorus was bothering me, not just because it was a huge overreaction to, as you pointed out, a _proposed_ change to a _free_ site.

The thing that bothers me the most is that there seems to be almost a competition to show who can be the most obnoxious in registering their objections... from people who went through "gamer shaming" in high school, insults about nerdiness through college, and what not. It seems that these are people who have wanted to strike back at a handy target.

Like the French Bourbon dynasty when they were restored to power after Napoleon's defeat, they seem to have remembered everything, forgotten nothing, and learned nothing.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

Captain Sarcastic Re:Raspberry PI (420 comments)

Someone has a new hammer and every problem is looking like nail...

And then they discover the screwdriver, and declare the hammer to be obsolete.

about 8 months ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

Captain Sarcastic Re:Inevitable inference (641 comments)

We can do it that way, sure. It'll be just as effective as weighing each guy (with or without carrot nose of course) against a duck.

Yes, but with the cage match, we can make a lot more money from sponsoring, ticket sales, and broadcast rights. The potential audience for the duck weighing is probably not so much (although there would probably be some overlap).

about 10 months ago
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EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

Captain Sarcastic Re:here's some facts to chew on. (1143 comments)

Simmer down? Simmer down?

How dare you tell me that I am over-reacting! Who gave you the right to judge whether my honestly-held opinions are or are not relevant to the situation?

By God, it's people like you who oppress us and censor us by saying that, after we denounce you for Godless Communist heathens, mindless socialist prats, and other names that are considered unsavory by the obviously-biased mainstream media, perhaps we should modify our language.

</sarcasm>

(Did I forget that <sarcasm> tag again? Oh, that's embarrassing...)

Seriously, though... your point is well taken. Slashdot hasn't always been so great with article summaries - but said summaries are also usually written by the submitter, so sometimes one can find an axe being ground.

As for overwrought expressions... the Internet is the voice of the world, and there are those who seem to think that the only way to be heard distinctly is to scream everything.

about 10 months ago
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Gravity: Can Film Ever Get the Science Right?

Captain Sarcastic Re:Moo (438 comments)

I wish to protest. There are some things that I can simply let go, but the above post was unwarranted crewelty.

about a year ago
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Gravity: Can Film Ever Get the Science Right?

Captain Sarcastic Re:Natalie Portman (438 comments)

That would make pouring hot grits down her pants difficult - (B) determining "down" in zero-G is an issue, and (A) being naked, she wouldn't have pants available.

about a year ago
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What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

Captain Sarcastic Re:Matlab and a few games (222 comments)

This is Slashdot, we don't measure things, we make them up!

Could you provide a citation for this? Otherwise, I'm going to assume that you made that up...

1 year,23 days
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Urban Terror Code Stolen

Captain Sarcastic Re:Well what do you know.... (264 comments)

Well, that was literate. Any attempt to match wits with such an individual would be foolhardy.

"Clearly, he has a dizzying intellect."

about a year ago
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Why Weather Control Conspiracy Theories Are Scientifically Ludicrous

Captain Sarcastic Re:Craziness brings us all together (251 comments)

...Or at least 1990s nostalgia.

The problem with 1990's nostalgia is that it spent time pining for the 1970's... which in turn was bemoaning the 50's. So it doesn't matter which nostalgia you pick - it isn't as good as it used to be.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

Captain Sarcastic Survey says... (867 comments)

For me, I started with RedHat 6.2, dual-booting it with a Windows 98 machine... then tried other distros (including one called Caldera) before going with Mandrake. After a while, I got side-tracked... and then started to work on trying to set up an older home machine as a server, and worked with DSL and Zenwalk before getting side-tracked again... then when I got an older laptop from my father-in-law, started using Ubuntu, especially when it just worked without getting too bogged down with eye candy. That was followed up with Linux Mint, which now shares space on my laptop with Windows 7, while another laptop has version 1 of Peppermint Linux (it works, so what the hey?) and serves as a file server and alarm clock. I have different distros burned onto flash drives, and hope to have more soon. This is probably an indication that I am all over the map - so if you can find a pattern out of all of this, congratulations!

about 2 years ago

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When do you fire a headhunter?

Captain Sarcastic Captain Sarcastic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Captain Sarcastic (109765) writes "I have been a contract programmer for a few years (with some time off when a contract-for-hire paid off and made me a full-time employee).

Currently, I'm between projects, but I'm a little worried about one of the contracting companies who's helping me.

First off, a little history. "Zeke" (not his real name) was with ABC Contractors (not their real name) when I first met him, and he took my resume and started processing me through the jobs that ABC had available. A bit later, Zeke left, and his replacement Yvonne (standard disclaimer) submitted me to a company (call them "Acme") for a contract-for-hire. Everything looked like a good fit, and she E-mailed me a copy of the resume they submitted to Acme. Came the interview, I realized that Zeke had left out part of my history and had mis-dated other aspects, to keep me from appearing unemployed. Like an idiot, I tried to correct this at the interview, to find out that Acme had decided that I had fabricated all of my experience, and chewed out the rep for ABC for sending an unqualified applicant.

Fine, learning experience for me — double-check what the contracting company says about you, and don't try to correct things in the middle of the interview.

A couple months later, Zeke contacted me from his new position with Blue-Sky Consultants (standard disclaimer), and sent me on a couple of interviews. Once again, I found out he'd "corrected" my resume — the same way he did with ABC. I raised the issue with him, and he apologized and said he'd correct the resume, and he's submitted me for other positions, but none seem to have gotten to the interview stage.

I suspect that he's not trying very hard, and I wonder if he's soft-pedaling submissions for me to keep his own bosses from recognizing he'd altered my resume.

So, I have the following questions:
  1. Am I suspecting malice and/or clumsiness where a competitive market is the true suspect? (An answer of yes would be harder on my ego, but a relief.)
  2. Do headhunters modify resumes, and if so, should I just shut up and go with what the headhunter says? (I was always told that eventually, the truth comes out, so I'd be uncomfortable doing that, but life isn't always comfortable.)
  3. Should I tell Zeke to get lost and stay that way? (I was always told that making enemies unnecessarily was "considered harmful", but I get the impression that Zeke isn't a friend).
  4. Have fellow Slashdotters dealt with similar situations?
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Congress Passes Anti-Genetic-Discrimination Bill

Captain Sarcastic Captain Sarcastic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Captain Sarcastic (109765) writes "According to Associated Press, the U.S. Senate and House have passed a bill banning genetic testing results from being used for hiring, firing, or promotion criteria. It is expected that the President will sign it. In the Senate, it passed 95-0, and in the House it passed 414-1, with Congressman Ron Paul being the sole holdout. It sounds good, but will it hold up?"
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