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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Corbets Re:Biased Institutions FTW (778 comments)

but even so it demonstrates how in the west we treat children as far less capable than they actually are. It's not just respnsibilities and safety either, they consider children's emotions to be genuine and to be respected, rather than trivialized and ignored or even punished like the west does.

Don't mistake the US for the entire West. Here in Switzerland, very young schoolchildren get on the train by themselves, ride to the appropriate stop, and walk in small groups between destinations on both ends of the route. No adult supervision.

On a side note, kids here are usually bilingual and often trilingual, too.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

Corbets Re:Found something you can't buy? (272 comments)

A collection of obscenely wealthy guys are upset that life won't let them get their way. Maybe if they at least admit they're scared shitless about it they can get their way.

Or a collection of obscenely wealthy guys make a low-cost (to them) investment with a potential return of increased longevity. You have no insight into their motivations, and your post sounds petty.

about two weeks ago
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Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Corbets Re: I never have understood (265 comments)

Not really. He clearly fails to understand some key points, as evidenced by his comment on the franc. The Swiss are uncomfortable with losing their already restricted ability to export goods due to an incredibly over-valued franc. Being a "reserve currency" is hardly worth destroying their ability to export!

about a month ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Corbets Re:To their defense (314 comments)

As a normal person I never had use of large bills like that. Even 100 is an annoyance as you have to get it accepted for change somewhere. So in essence nothing of value would be lost. Then the claim that it would be effective at curbing illegal business is not very strong either.

As a normal person in Switzerland, I regularly use 1000 CHF notes (about 800 Euro, give or take). Grocers accept them and ATMs give them out; not considered a big deal here.

about 3 months ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Corbets Re:Automate it (228 comments)

Absolutely, but DO NOT TELL ANYONE. honestly automation will not get you a raise or a promotion, it will just get you extra work. for the same pay.
Automate all of it and keep your frigging mouth shut.
Hell I used to automate emails to be sent at 2am so that management though I was working 24/7.

If you've automated your job, *shouldn't* you get new tasks to do? You're being paid to do the job to the best of your ability. You've done that by automating - but that leaves you on-the-clock time to do other productive tasks.

about 6 months ago
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Shark! New Sonar Buoy Will Warn Beachgoers When Large Sharks Are Near

Corbets Re:Terror in the minds (55 comments)

They may be curious, but because they're not mindless killing machines

Actually, that's more or less what they are. They don't sit back and plan to eat people - but if they happen to be hungry, and there's a person nearby that looks edible, they may react and take a bite.

I fail to see how giving people more information, enabling them to make informed choices about getting in the water or not, is a waste of money.

I have swam with sharks on numerous occasions, and always look forward to doing it again

Completely irrelevant. An anecdote is not data, and I don't see anyone suggesting that every encounter with sharks - or even most - is going to result in human casualties.

about 7 months ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

Corbets Re:"an industry luminary" (205 comments)

Gene?

It's been 20 years or so since I've known him, but does he no longer go by Spaff?

about 6 months ago
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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

Corbets Re:Ashamed! (265 comments)

Usually the damage estimates are way overstated, so I don't buy it on that assumption,

Often (I hesitate to say "usually"), helpdesk monkeys don't understand value calculations and the impact an action can have across the value chain.

and usually people don't engage in that behavior unless they were treated reprehensibly by their employer beforehand. Perhaps the real solution here is for management to act like human beings instead of jackals.

If they do outsource, they'll just learn their lesson the hard way.

So group B only acts reprehensibly if group A does so first? What, then, motivates group A to act reprehensibly? Whether management or line worker, people can all be assholes. It's just as probable that this sysadmin was the kind of guy that blows things way out of proportion and took an imagined slight as reason to wreak havoc.

Tata employees don't give a shit about you or your goals, and their code is buggy and broken, requiring a local side programmer to clean up their mess anyway.

H-1Bs are often treated as slave labor by aforementioned jackal management. I can guarantee they will throw their sabo into the works at some point the moment they have any power, which will happen when there are no more localside programmers left thanks to attitudes like yours.

Potentially true. I've not had positive experience with off-shoring, but I would assume the "people are people" statement holds true here as well, and there are good H1-Bs as well (I myself am an immigrant worker in another country).

about 8 months ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Corbets Re:this is supposed to save money? (518 comments)

Indeed, it is ridiculous, although despite your focus on that theme, you don't seem to understand the real "why" of it....

about 10 months ago
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Lego Robot Solves Rubik's Cube Puzzle In 3.253 Seconds

Corbets Finally (60 comments)

Now THAT is news for nerds!

about 10 months ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

Corbets Re: If you don't like it.... (431 comments)

Ignorance is not freedom, however much it may feel like it.

about a year ago
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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

Corbets Re:Boycott (180 comments)

The veracity with which this "upgrade" is being pushed displays a stubbornness that can only be attributed to MBAs with no idea of what Slashdot is about.

Right, because nerds have never been known to compulsively obsess over doing things their way regardless of what the user wants. I suggest that your stereotyping doesn't help; focus on the problem, not your hypothetical reasons.

Also, I'm not sure that "veracity" means what you think it means. But then, I'm a nerd with an MBA, so what do I know?

about a year ago
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New Zealand Spy Agency Deleted Evidence About Its Illegal Spying On Kim Dotcom

Corbets Re:Not really topical, but... (222 comments)

If you want to hear from us on the beta, why does mail to the given email address bounce? Maybe fix your stuff.

Mine went through this morning. I expect it's directly related to mailbox capacity and the sheer amount of hate they've received today.

FUCK BETA.

about a year ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

Corbets Re:Common sense? In MY judiciary? (457 comments)

I would say the majority of people break the law every time they get in the car, because the speed limits are constantly changing and our focus is elsewhere.

If your focus is elsewhere, you have no business behind the wheel of a multi-ton death machine. Best thing I ever did was learn to ride a motorcycle; if done right, that teaches you to be hyper-aware of your surroundings, a skill which you then apply to driving 4-wheeled vehicles as well.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

Corbets !Slashdot (361 comments)

Clearly the post-Taco Slashdot falls in the second category.

about a year ago
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NZ Govt May Gut Privacy Laws For US Citizens and Ex-Pats

Corbets Re:If I am overseas as an American... (134 comments)

This isn't about expats living/earning wages overseas, it's about Americans using overseas bank accounts to hide income that they earned in the US, in order to avoid paying taxes on that.

That might be the way they sell it on that side of the pond, but the fact of the matter is that US citizens living abroad are still required to file, and (generally, if they live in a low-tax country) pay, US taxes. If I in Switzerland earn an income based entirely within the borders of Switzerland, the US still wants a cut, and the law is designed to catch such foreign residents in addition to US residents.

about a year ago
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NZ Govt May Gut Privacy Laws For US Citizens and Ex-Pats

Corbets Re:If I am overseas as an American... (134 comments)

Oh, how I miss self-righteous Americans. I'll renounce as soon as I have a new passport, thank you very much. In the meantime, perhaps you should consider why other countries don't charge their citizens, who also happily travel home once in while.

about a year ago
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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

Corbets Re: Return it to the Interviewer! (692 comments)

If my company had stock and you asked me how it'd been doing, I'd know that you hadn't bothered with even the most basic of research prior to the interview, and you'd fail. Not a smart question!

1 year,6 days
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Diet Drugs Work: Why Won't Doctors Prescribe Them?

Corbets Re: No, they don't work (670 comments)

70 lbs, near enough. Achieved through dieting and deciding to train for a marathon at the age of 26. Good enough for you?

Fat = lazy.

about a year ago
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NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks With Malicious Software

Corbets Re: Act of war. (264 comments)

The GP is right; whether they disregard parts of the constitution themselves or not has no bearing on their own constitutional protection. Even convicted criminals (the NSA is only accused by some) are protected by law.

about a year ago

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Sports-based MMO coming to market

Corbets Corbets writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Corbets (169101) writes "Ok, let's be clear from the start — I work for the company, so this is probably going to be considered a shameless plug. Still, I've been reading all kinds of stories about MMOs on Slash for years, and I've yet to see anything mentioned about our game, so here's a link. People here have been talking about "seeing something different" in MMOs for a while now — and our game is definitely unique. True avatar evolution, an advanced metabolism system and its sport focus are just some of the fascinating aspects of the game. Beta test starting soon, guys and gals. ;)"
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IT Job Bidding Software

Corbets Corbets writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Corbets writes "As is so often the case with people in the IT field, I find myself doing a fair amount of "side" work such as systems consulting, intranet building, that sort of thing. I typically do rough estimates with a bit of paper and a pen. My latest quote was a little more complex, however, so I pulled out OmniPlan and started putting together a project plan from which I intend to bid the job. I realized then that I've never seen any software designed for IT job bidding, although there is some excellent stuff available in other areas like construction. An admittedly quick search of Sourceforge didn't turn up much, though I'm sure someone will point out that I used the wrong search terms. What do you use to bid your small-scale IT jobs? What do you recommend?"
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Corbets Corbets writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Corbets writes "I'm moving abroad and would rather not cart my DVD selection around with me, especially given that my DVDs and my changer will not be compatible with those I buy in Europe anyway. I'm looking for a nice solution that allows me to rip, downsample (I don't need super high quality — without my HD screen and speaker system, why bother?) and store as much as possible. I'm familiar with Mac the Ripper, but I'm looking for suggestions from the Slashdot community for other OS X compatible solutions."
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Corbets Corbets writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Corbets writes "While I assume that most of the Slashdot crowd tends to be the guys (and gals) on the line, as it were, of IT, I'd like to get your opinions on resources for the people at the top of the org chart. I'm earning my MBA at a Swiss school this year, and we're a little weak in the strategic information management area. Do my fellow Slashdotters have any suggestions on books, articles, and other resources that would help a CIO define organizational IT policy? Given the trends evident in IT today, what issues do the C-levels need to consider, and what sort of information do they need to make informed decisions? Thanks for your help!"

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