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What To Expect With Windows 9

DenaliPrime My Litmus Test (545 comments)

If I look at it's UI and think, "1990's AOL called and wants its interface back"... I'm not interested.

about 4 months ago

Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

DenaliPrime This is not recent... (1134 comments)

It is, however, starting to boil over. History has a way of repeating itself. From my generation, it was the HellKitten incident and the Quake Green Ribbon Campaign. For people who have no clue as to what I'm talking about:

Quake Green Ribbon Campaign

about 5 months ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

DenaliPrime Wait... what? (611 comments)

So... People wouldn't be willing to pay 11-12 pounds (19-20 USD) extra a month for an ad free Internet? Really? o.O

about 5 months ago

Why Is Dropbox Back On the Chinese Market?

DenaliPrime C'mon, seriously? (46 comments)

Look, we all know the answer to this.

For Dropbox to get access to China, they have to allow the Chinese National Security Commission unfettered access to their resident's Dropbox accounts.

about a year ago

Silent Circle Follows Lavabit By Closing Encrypted E-mail Service

DenaliPrime How about... (470 comments)

anon.penet.fi... Oh, wait...

about a year and a half ago

World of Warcraft Loses 1.3 Million Players in First Quarter of 2013

DenaliPrime The devolution of WoW (523 comments)

I was an early adopter, joining the game in the Vanilla WoW beta. I ran one of the top 5 Alliance raiding guilds on the Bronzebeard server in Vanilla (Exiled Kingdom) until politics and my burn out of having the second job of running a guild killed it. I played regularly until 2009, when I returned to school.

WoW Vanilla was awesome.
The Burning Crusade was okay.
Wrath of the Lich King was epic.
Cataclysm was the beginning of the end.
Mists of Pandaria was the core collapse of the game... I'm still trying to decide if it's a black hole or a neutron star.

Killing theorycrafting by revamping the trees, introducing Pokemon, making Pandarians as a race... It has all contributed to breaking the back of the game. I left WoW and have not been back since. I moved on to Star Wars: The Old Republic and I've not looked back.

about a year and a half ago

Why AppGratis Was Pulled From the App Store

DenaliPrime So... (146 comments)

I realize that consistency is highly overrated... but is the CEO's last name Dalwat or Dawlat?

about 2 years ago

Secret Service Investigating Romney Tax Hack Claim

DenaliPrime Re:It's... (836 comments)

And then I make a spelling error that I missed in the preview. Yay me. *grumbles and goes for coffee*

more than 2 years ago

Secret Service Investigating Romney Tax Hack Claim

DenaliPrime It's... (836 comments)

Franklin, TN, no Frankin. It's a suburb of Nashville.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

DenaliPrime My two choices... (1130 comments)

I'm going to trot out two authors that I think are very underrated. George Alec Effinger (Esp. his Marid Audran series); and; Walter Jon Williams (Esp. Hardwired and related books).

more than 2 years ago

I most recently switched ISPs ...

DenaliPrime I moved. (250 comments)

I went from Sunflower Broadband/Knology/WoW in Lawrence, KS to Chattanooga's all-fiber, all-the-time Electric Power Board (EPB).

more than 2 years ago

To get me to switch jobs, it'd take ...

DenaliPrime It really isn't about the money. (374 comments)

I voted "What, and leave all my friends behind?"

I love my job. My employer is awesome. My co-worker is awesome. I love the work I do, because I get to help people (bankruptcy/social security disability paralegal).

While I don't get the benefits or the pay I used to get when I was working for a defense contractor, I go home with a smile and I come to work with a smile. My stress level is the lowest it has ever been in the 26 years I've been working.

So, no. I'm not leaving. My employer will be retiring in a few years, once his daughter completes her college education. When that happens, I'll be extremely sad but I'll be happy for him. I'll walk away with marketable experience and an education in the law from a person who has practiced for almost four decades. So, yeah... I'm here to stay until he kicks me out or he turns the lights out for the last time.

more than 2 years ago

Universities Hold Transcripts Hostage Over Loans

DenaliPrime Federal Student Loans (541 comments)

There appears to be at least two inaccuracies in this article.

1) Defaulting on Federal Stafford loans do affect the school for a period of time. Schools who participate in Federal Student Aid (FSA) are beholding to a concept of the "Cohort Default Rate". The basic premise is this: The U.S. Department of Education (ED) monitors the number of loans that a school has in default relative to the total number of loans made to the school for a rolling three year period. If this ratio passes a certain point, ED begins applying an ever increasing set of penalties on the school. If the cohort default rate passes a certain point, the school loses its ability to issue FSA. Also, Federal Perkins Loans are subject to this as well, on top of the fact that schools partially fund Perkins loans with their own money.

More information can be gleaned here: http://ifap.ed.gov/DefaultManagement/CDRGuideMaster.html

2) There has been argument for at least the 13 years I worked as a contractor to ED that transcripts are school property. Mark Kantrowitz, noted FSA researcher and commentator, has posted an excellent article on his website describing the subject here: http://www.finaid.org/educators/withholdingtranscripts.phtml

If you read the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), there is one section of the regulations that may be useful as leverage in dealing with a case of withholding transcripts. Mark deals with this section in his article. If you are experiencing this issue, I highly suggest you read the article, as well as the reg itself and make your argument from there. I have semi-successfully made the argument on behalf of clients previously during my time as a contractor, so please note your mileage may vary. The larger schools may offer a compromise (which the reg allows) while the smaller schools may cave in due to how much it'll cost them to offer the compromise.

Good luck.

more than 2 years ago

Rambus Loses $4B Antitrust Case

DenaliPrime Re:And nothing of value was lost (112 comments)

Not really. It appears AMD may have agreed to use their XDR2 ram on AMD's upcoming higher-end video cards.

more than 3 years ago

Sidestepping A-to-D Convertors For Town Government's Cable TV?

DenaliPrime DCR? (539 comments)

Do the TVs you use say they are "Digital Cable Ready" or that they have a QAM tuner?

more than 4 years ago



Abel Prize Awarded to Univ. of Texas Professor

DenaliPrime DenaliPrime writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DenaliPrime (6153) writes "The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2010 to John Torrence Tate, University of Texas at Austin, for his vast and lasting impact on the theory of numbers. The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Nils Christian Stenseth, announced the name of the 2010 Abel Laureate at the Academy in Oslo today, 24. March. John Tate will receive the Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald at an award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, May 25.

The Abel Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences and has been awarded annually since 2003. It carries a cash award of NOK 6,000,000 (close to € 730,000 or US$ 1 mill.)"

Link to Original Source

Andrew Koenig is missing.

DenaliPrime DenaliPrime writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DenaliPrime (6153) writes "Andrew Koenig, son of Walter Koenig (Chekov from Star Trek), has been missing since February 14, 2010. He was last seen at a bakery in the Stanley Park area of Vancouver, BC. Anyone who has seen Andrew since February 14th, has been asked to contact Detective Raymond Payette of the Vancouver PD at (604) 717-2534."
Link to Original Source

Sirius Radio Humps Stern Fan

DenaliPrime DenaliPrime writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DenaliPrime (6153) writes "Marc followed Howard Stern to Sirius Radio in January of 2006. He went in up to the hip: radio, lifetime subscription, more radios, more accounts, etc. He even began convincing his friends and family to join.

Unfortunately, Marc's credit card expired. Rather than notify him that there was a problem with the card, they closed his account and terminated his lifetime subscription. He called them to resolve the problem and Sirius' manner of resolution was to sell him a NEW lifetime subscription rather than revive the old one."



DenaliPrime DenaliPrime writes  |  more than 5 years ago I love the Achievement system here on Slashdot. Now we need a way of generating signature badges with our Achievement points in the badge. :)

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