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Ask Slashdot: Best Incentives For IT Workers?

Chabil Ha' Just get out of the way (468 comments)

The current employer I work for saddles on a lot of bureaucracy and endless, tormenting meetings. Just get out of the way and let people get their work done.

about a year and a half ago
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After a Decade, Mac Sales Again Top 10%

Chabil Ha' Re:iOS development (410 comments)

I agree with the idea, but not on the conclusion. Example:

I /did/ buy a Mac Mini to do development on iOS, but because I enjoyed the OS so much (on it's own merits) that I purchased a MacBook Pro, too.

In short, developing for iOS led to exposure and perceived value in the OS, not just for the development platform.

more than 2 years ago
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I estimate my radiation dose for my day as ...

Chabil Ha' Re:You missed my favourite unit... (256 comments)

opt to receive a TSA rub-down

I prefer the colloquialism: Freedom Grope

about 3 years ago
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Lamebook Sues Facebook Over Trademark Infringement

Chabil Ha' Re:It's Simple But Where's the "Advertising" tag? (108 comments)

I think your comparison is without merit. Lindows was obviously trying to ride on the coat-tails of Microsoft by using its name as a way to 'confuse' people into using Linux versus Windows. Linspire's own lawyers didn't even want to defend the case, as the article points out.

This on the other hand, is parody, a key ingredient to a successful defense.

more than 3 years ago
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Lamebook Sues Facebook Over Trademark Infringement

Chabil Ha' Re:It's Simple But Where's the "Advertising" tag? (108 comments)

They are not making a mockery of the system, the system has been at the funny farm for quite some time. They are just playing by the same 'rules' that Facebook are. Going after legit businesses with 'book' in their name is just as farcical as this.

more than 3 years ago
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Avatar Blu-Ray DRM Issues

Chabil Ha' Re:DRM (376 comments)

Which is why I did not invest in the technology until it could be ripped. I was able to rip my Avatar BluRay disc the day it came out. Too bad those who don't resort to breaking the law are the ones left out in the cold. You'd think the jailer would get a clue.

more than 3 years ago
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Suspension of Disbelief

Chabil Ha' Re:The right decision is easy. (507 comments)

Should private schools have the same authority?

If you have agreed to abide by a code of conduct, on or off campus, why not? The worst they could do is kick you out.

more than 4 years ago
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Can Imaging Technologies Save Us From Terrorists?

Chabil Ha' Re:... but not if (480 comments)

That and "Is that a bomb or a colostomy bag?".

more than 4 years ago
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2016 Bug Hits Text Messages, Payment Processing

Chabil Ha' Re:WHY DO PEOPLE INSIST UPON REPLACING THE FIRST Z (340 comments)

No to mention Y2K was a pun of sorts for shortening 2000 to three bytes from four. Now we're taking more space than the original; Y2K16 vs 2016. Those COBOL programmers would be rolling in their graves.

more than 4 years ago
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One Expert Pegs Yearly Cost of IT Failure At $6.2 Trillion

Chabil Ha' Re:incompetence (242 comments)

Or is it just a cost of doing business. When weighed against using IT, how much productivity is gained, dollars earned, and dollars saved? Is great to spout out the costs, how about the benefits, too, for a real analysis?

more than 4 years ago
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Man Tries To Use Explosive Device On US Flight

Chabil Ha' Re:Result (809 comments)

Didn't experience any of those rules on my flight today, except that they didn't allow laptop operation when we touched down on the runway.

more than 4 years ago
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Eolas Sues World + Dog For AJAX Patent

Chabil Ha' Re:laughable (647 comments)

You reveal your own ignorance. Communism involves making all property (gasp!) communal. This means that there is no concept of personal property, and in its extremes, personal liberty. Communism's optimism hopes to subvert the supposed exploitation by the bourgeoisie and empower the subverted prols, creating a classless society.

Except that it doesn't end up being that way. Here's where it turns evil. The supposed classless society becomes even more stratified because, as Orwell put it, 'some are more equal than others'. The aristocracy gets more rich, while the poor (those whom the revolution 'attempt' to empower) are still taken advantage of and end up poorer than before.

And if that weren't enough, people start to figure out that this revolution crap isn't as glamorous as the head hog said it was going to be and try to escape. At which point the State has to start locking the border, demanding the possession of papers to travel, etc. to keep the people in. With Capitalism, we have to setup a god damn border and checkpoints to keep people out!

If lies, deceit, and hypocrisy aren't evil, I'm not sure what is. At least with Capitalism we eliminate any pretense of equality, the greatest sin against Communism.

So don't prowl around with your guttersnipe remarks about your paranoia, anti-paganistic nonsense. Go read Wikipedia yourself about the glam of Communism. I'm sure there are many through out history that would love to take your place.

more than 4 years ago
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Eolas Sues World + Dog For AJAX Patent

Chabil Ha' Re:laughable (647 comments)

I fail to see what is so evil about socialist/communist ideas. They don't work in practice but that doesn't make them evil.

Probably because you have to do evil things to people in order to practice them.

more than 4 years ago
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Palm Sued Over Palm Pre GPL Violation

Chabil Ha' Re:Well (374 comments)

Palm should have secured a commercial use license from Artifex, failed to do so, and will now have to pony up a whole lot of "oopsie" money.

I'd prefer them to just publish the viral parts of the app. These private entities should pay the real price for including GPL code with their own. By taking bribe money, the copyright owners only reinforce bad behavior, showing that instead of abiding by the terms, these devs can be bought.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Advice Against Nehalem Xeons Snuffed Out

Chabil Ha' Re:What about for Windows 7? (154 comments)

Second. Been running the same proc with Windows 7 since RC and RTM. No probs whatsoever. I have been running VMWare for XP and encountered no issues.

more than 4 years ago
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Cancer Vaccine That Mimics Lymph Node

Chabil Ha' Really cool... (53 comments)

unless the foreign components are later found to cause cancer themselves.

more than 4 years ago
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US Cybersecurity Plan Includes Offense

Chabil Ha' Re:Reminiscent of the Cold War (101 comments)

And when the USSR collapsed, we learned that the entire time they had been at least two steps behind us.

Would you have had it any other way? If we had not maintained our paranoia of the Russians one-upping us, would we have maintained our edge? I'll let history stand as the best outcome of the cold war without trying to second guess what would have happened if we had not taken the position we did. The illusion of a perpetual stalemate is certainly preferable to the alternatives.

more than 4 years ago
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"2012" a Miscalculation; Actual Calendar Ends 2220

Chabil Ha' Re:Assuming... (600 comments)

It was a typo on my part. It is 'popol'. The etymology of the word comes from 'mat' (pop) upon which the cheif or government official sat and would decide matters of law and government. There is no connection to Catholicism at all.

more than 4 years ago
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"2012" a Miscalculation; Actual Calendar Ends 2220

Chabil Ha' Re:Assuming... (600 comments)

Most certainly, but being angry at them will not change history. There are still a lot of oral histories and legends that survive. They are slowly fading with each succeeding generation. It would be better to divert that energy into recording these histories and stories that they do not further erode and disappear from the fabric of humanity.

more than 4 years ago

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Windows 7 Starter Edition Breaks From Its Chains

Chabil Ha' Chabil Ha' writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Chabil Ha' (875116) writes "Heard the rumors that that the much maligned Windows 7 Starter Edition would be able to run more than three concurrent processes? Today, the Windows team made it official:

Based on the feedback we've received from partners and customers asking us to enable a richer small notebook PC experience with Windows 7 Starter, we've decided to enable Windows 7 Starter customers the ability to run as many applications simultaneously as they would like, instead of being constricted to the 3 application limit that the previous Starter editions included. We believe these changes will make Windows 7 Starter an even more attractive option for customers who want a small notebook PC for very basic tasks, like browsing the web, checking email and personal productivity.

Small consolation, of course, if you want to watch a DVD naively, but I'm sure this won't stop the Slashdot crowd from enabling it."
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Chabil Ha' Chabil Ha' writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chabil Ha' (875116) writes "Ever woken up in the morning, only to be told that your no longer a citizen of your birth country? Many applying for a Canadian passport have been informed their chance to remain a citizen expired years ago because of an obscure provision in the Citizenship Act, a little-known law that applied between 1947 and 1977. Canadians without status would have to apply to become landed immigrants — a process that takes three years or more.

"I mean, it just defies logic. The system doesn't make any sense, so it's critical that we have a citizenship act that is in compliance with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the generosity of what Canadians believe.""

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