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The Mathematics of Obesity

CrispyZorro Re:It really isn't sugar, that is just one avenue (655 comments)

I believe there is also a "when you eat" component. For a long time, I ate only at night, after work and that was a big meal. No breakfast. Infrequent lunch. I started eating breakfast and noticed that I was hungry around lunch time so I started eating lunch. Dinner sizes decreased as well as my appetite. I have lost nearly 35 pounds.

more than 2 years ago
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Foxconn "Glad That Mike Daisey's Lies Were Exposed"

CrispyZorro Re:I hope he realizes he did more harm than good (332 comments)

You can make an argument that people living in sufficient poverty to make such a deal favorable is a terrible thing, and I'd agree with that. However, destroying Foxconn's business model by preventing them from selling to western countries does nothing directly to fix these people's poverty; in fact it makes it worse, by reducing the pool of jobs available to them (and not just randomly reducing it; you're taking away some of the best jobs in the pool!).

As a nation of consumers and owner of one of the most stable business environments we have a responsibility to point out where an overseas partner needs to make improvements. It is up to that country and the residents of that country to then respond. We are not responsible for the protection of a nation's people but can choose to make investments in those countries who share our values or are moving toward. I believe that China is doing that but it will take time, the appropriate amount of outside pressure, and most importantly the will of her citizens. We must also act in our best interests; decreasing our quality of life in hopes of raising another's is not going to resonate well in the business culture of the US.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?

CrispyZorro Re:PHP is great (519 comments)

ROTFLMAO! that is every Microsoft developer I've ever met. Microsoft is making developers dumber.

I couldn't agree more. I feel the same way about word processors. That's why I use LaTeX.

more than 2 years ago
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New Kind of Metal Theorized To Be In the Earth's Lower Mantle

CrispyZorro Great... (117 comments)

I have had enough new metal for a lifetime. I had finally recovered from the emergence of Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach. If they are looking for a name, they should consider Kornium.

more than 2 years ago
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Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers

CrispyZorro £26 value not necessarily £26 normal p (611 comments)

£26 value could simply mean that someone has paid that much for the type of cupcake she is advertising. The Groupon only says:

"Twelve Cupcakes with a Choice of Flavours and Designs for £6.50 from Need a Cake (Value £26)." "Today's deal gets Groupon gourmands twelve individually decorated cupcakes from Need a Cake. Customers can construct their ideal cupcake, choosing from sponge flavour, icing and decoration options."

In the first paragraph, I think the author of the article erroneously concludes that this is the normal price. She might sell her cupcakes at a normal price of £7 and always tell customers they are a £26 value.

about 3 years ago
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Recreating a Mysterious, 2,100-Year-Old Clock

CrispyZorro Re:vanity (209 comments)

So I can't figure out why anybody would wear a wrist watch, unless for fashion. And that makes even less sense.

Because some people do not spend their lives indoors. Have you ever tried to look at your cell phone while riding a bike? But hey, this is slashdot. You might be one of those cell phone holster guys.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

CrispyZorro Re:Bargain (735 comments)

"We've got some problems with our relationship and, if you don't make some changes, you'll be fired."

If someone says that to you, you know why they are saying it. That is a last resort and usually comes after significant attempts at counseling.

Also, I'd have no problem with someone coming to me and say that they are unhappy with some aspect of their work. In fact, my company is well-versed at addressing these issues and will work to come up with a solution. If we cannot solve your problem, then you can deliver your "I'm going to quit line." Yet again, last resort.

Where the fuck do you guys work?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

CrispyZorro Re:Bargain (735 comments)

As an IT manager, I would be pissed if someone came to me with leverage.

Because you want your underlings to have no power at all at the bargaining table, right? You need all the power for yourself. How dare they try to balance that out a bit.

They already have the upper hand before coming to the bargaining table. TFA was about loyalty. Loyalty is injured once your employee starts looking elsewhere. Why threaten your boss with leaving before demonstrating why an out-of-band raise is deserved? Do you go all in on the flop in Texas Hold 'em? After you present your case for a raise and receive an unfavorable response, you can proceed with revealing your job offer. This is the best option for getting what you want without damaging your working relationship.

And for the record, one reason I would be pissed is that my relationship with my "underlings" (as you called them) was not healthy enough that I knew that they were not satisfied. The other is that people generally think for a while before they start interviewing which means that they were likely dissatisfied for some time. You know, not all bosses are scumbags.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

CrispyZorro Re:Bargain (735 comments)

Tell your current company about the offer, and see if you get a counter-offer.

Do not do this! This is terrible advice. As an IT manager, I would be pissed if someone came to me with leverage. Being forced to make a decision is not pleasant. I would much rather have the employee come to me with a business case for giving him or her a raise. If I am worth my pay, I know what the resource is worth and will come up with the raise if I can and it is within my budget. Do not accept any stalling tactics as you could lose both opportunities.

One other thing to consider is that managers will reduce cost if pressured to do so. If you are expensive and seen as replaceable with minimum impact, you will be replaced. It is rare that loyalty (reverse to what you discussed) is given in that situation.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Dead At 56

CrispyZorro Great. Another problem for the president. (1613 comments)

I guess Fox news will report that this is the first effect of the 5% Jobs-killing, millionaire tax that was proposed.

more than 3 years ago
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William Shatner On Star Trek Vs. Star Wars

CrispyZorro Re:Not an issue. (511 comments)

Jim would beat the fsck out of Solo with both hands tied behind his back.

That would depend on the director. If Abrams directs, Jim would easily kill Solo. Same goes for Solo in a Lucas film. However, Lucas would release an updated version years later where Greedo blasts Kirk from somewhere else in the bar.

more than 3 years ago
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The Fanless Spinning Heatsink

CrispyZorro Re:Transfer? (380 comments)

You probably couldn't use spinning hard drives but SSD should work fine.

This problem is solved by keeping the platters stationary as the case spins about them.

more than 3 years ago
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How To Succeed In IT Without Really Trying

CrispyZorro Re:Not limited to IT (283 comments)

The only way to succeed in the game of IT is not to play.

Thanks for the detailed summary of what it feels like to be in middle management. However, I think you win by learning to architect outsourcing contracts. These are not going away anytime soon. In addition, corporate officers and directors prefer to deal with people that resemble and sound like themselves. For the time being, there is some job security there.

Find something fulfilling, instead.

That's what I thought I was doing by joining an industry that once rewarded my creativity and coding skills. Somehow the latter is now equivalent with being a field-hand.

more than 3 years ago
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Anatomy of a Privacy Nightmare

CrispyZorro Re:Oh the Drivel You Will Spew (275 comments)

she put online herself and only she can be blamed for them coming back to bite her

I think it is interesting that the conversation turns to putting fault on the victim for not protecting his or herself rather than the turn that society has taken where nothing is off limits. Look no further than the competitive-strategy choice of reputation destruction over demonstration of competency. In an ideal world we wouldn't reward this behavior with our attention.

more than 3 years ago
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10-Year Study Reveals Electron Shape

CrispyZorro Re:round? (370 comments)

Is it round or spherical?

I thought it was shaped like a dash. Damn you high school Physics! I guess next they'll tell me molecules aren't the same size as ping-pong balls.

more than 3 years ago
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Cops: Seeing Private Facebook Pics = Stealing A TV

CrispyZorro Equivalent to stealing a TV? (2 comments)

Except whoever had the TV still has the TV. And as for overall value, that picture had none until it was published. Unless dude's wife was topless.

more than 3 years ago
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Fingerprint Scanner That Works From 6 Feet

CrispyZorro Re:Why? (83 comments)

This is all about people who are quite willing to implement the surveillance society for us. Everything you do will be monitored, without you knowing it.

I finally found a use for my tin-foil gloves.

more than 3 years ago
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Do Developers Really Need a Second Monitor?

CrispyZorro Re:I think it's kinda silly (1002 comments)

I find the additional monitor so useful that I will bring my own if it isn't provided.

more than 3 years ago

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Duke Nukem Forever Parties Like It's 1997

CrispyZorro CrispyZorro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CrispyZorro (1809948) writes "Current trends say that shooters like Halo and Call of Duty must be pared down ruthlessly into a brief string of exciting moments that follow one after the other at a rapid-fire pace. These games brake for nobody.

Duke Nukem Forever bucks this conventional wisdom. The game takes its sweet time, deploying plenty of puzzles, goofy minigames and segments that ask the player to do nothing but walk along and soak up the atmosphere, admiring the paintings on the walls of Duke's mansion.

In fact, for the first hour of the game, it seems like Duke Nukem Forever wants you to do anything but shoot aliens. But there's a method to this sluggish madness: Duke the character may possess all the depth of a kiddie pool, but for the game's fiction to work, players must feel like they’re taking on the role of the cigar-chomping egomaniac.

The box art for Duke Nukem Forever puts the focus right where it belongs, on Duke himself.

Duke is not the sort of personality-free camera-on-a-stick that serves as the protagonist of many first-person shooters. And Duke's not a stand-in for you.

He'(TM)s Duke. You'(TM)re just along for the ride."

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Atheists/agnostics know more about religion

CrispyZorro CrispyZorro writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CrispyZorro (1809948) writes "If you want to know about God, you might want to talk to an atheist.

Heresy? Perhaps. But a survey that measured Americans' knowledge of religion found that atheists and agnostics knew more, on average, than followers of most major faiths. In fact, the gaps in knowledge among some of the faithful may give new meaning to the term "blind faith.""

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Stamps.com takes your info without your say-so

CrispyZorro CrispyZorro writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CrispyZorro (1809948) writes "I recently received a call from stamps.com that started with something to the effect of, "This is so-and-so from Stamps.com. We noticed that you started a registration some time back and didn't complete it. I would like to talk to you a little about our website." This followed an email, that was sent a few days after my discontinued registration, bearing the subject "Complete your Stamps.com Account Registration." It seems clear to me that this website should not be holding onto data that was not explicitly submitted. Am I wrong here?"
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