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Book Review: Terrible Nerd

InsertWittyNameHere Where is the DRM-free eBook? (66 comments)

Ok, I'm interested. Where can I buy this as a DRM-free eBook? Not iBooks/Kindle, just a PDF or ePub or something similar that I can open anywhere.

about 2 years ago
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Sheffield Scientists Have Revolutionized the Electron Microscope

InsertWittyNameHere The most important question: (90 comments)

How do you pronounce "ptychography"??

more than 2 years ago
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SCADA Problems Too Big To Call 'Bugs,' Says DHS

InsertWittyNameHere Re:Call them whatever you want (92 comments)

Sounds like DHS has hired Dilbert's Pointy Haired Boss.

more than 3 years ago
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How Apple Came To Control the Component Market

InsertWittyNameHere Re:i don't see a problem (350 comments)

This happens all the time. A fast food company like Subway, McDonalds, KFC, etc. will loan farmers money to expand their operations to produce more food for them exclusively.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT

InsertWittyNameHere Re:God, I can sympathize (538 comments)

To me it sounds like you don't have authority in the company to push these changes. I'm an IT manager and when these kinds of requests come in they have to be approved by a CXO, VP, or some other senior executive, that is the decision maker for that area of the company. Otherwise how do I know that this new program or this new website is in line with the company's goals and direction? You should take your case higher up and get the right people to support your project/request. Also, sometimes the person requesting something is trying to solve a problem but they're requesting the wrong tool for the job or they're overlooking an existing tool. Here are a few examples:

I got a request a couple weeks ago from a VP to change our AV gateway servers from Trend Micro to Norton. And I said no. Reason #1 - IT decides what AV to use, that's why you pay them to make these kinds of decisions. Reason #2 - changing the AV software on all of our gateways would cost money for licenses and time deployment so we can't just change it willy nilly.

I got a request from a manager for Blackberrys for all of his staff. I said no because corporate policy doesn't allow that. The people who run the company decided that it's a waste of money to give each employee a Blackberry. It's not even my decision.

I got a request from a manager wanting Photoshop for all of her staff. I said no because our business has absolutely nothing to do with creating graphics or touching up pictures. I asked her what problem she's trying to solve and she said they need to resize pictures sometimes. All of our computers have Paint.NET installed so I just sent someone for their local helpdesk to round them up in a boardroom and give a quick demo of using Paint.NET to accomplish what they needed. Everybody wins.

more than 3 years ago
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Google WebRTC: Can It Replace Skype?

InsertWittyNameHere Re:Great Opertunity For Google (199 comments)

It seems to have lots of value in some places. "Face time is an English idiom for direct personal interaction or contact between two or more people at the same time and physical location."

more than 3 years ago
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Time Lapse Video of the VLT In Chile

InsertWittyNameHere Re:Orange Laser?? (105 comments)

Thanks for the explanation. Makes sense now :)

more than 3 years ago
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Time Lapse Video of the VLT In Chile

InsertWittyNameHere Orange Laser?? (105 comments)

Beautiful video! Does anyone know what the orange laser is used for? Pointing things out to others? Bouncing off the moon? Shooting those pesky UFOs?

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Gravity Probe Confirms Two Einstein Predictions

InsertWittyNameHere Re:I'm tired of Matt Welsh (139 comments)

every time i try to mod your comment the page jumps lol

more than 3 years ago

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Police dress up as doctors to test citizens

InsertWittyNameHere InsertWittyNameHere writes  |  more than 3 years ago

InsertWittyNameHere (1438813) writes "Turkish police disguised themselves as doctors, then knocked on people's doors to see how easily they would fall for a confidence scam. They told residents they were screening for high blood pressure and handed out pills.

They were alarmed when residents at 86 out of 100 households visited on Tuesday swallowed the pills immediately.

A local gang had been using the same technique to give people heavy sedatives and then burgle them."

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Research Paper Published. Ponders Zombie Attack.

InsertWittyNameHere InsertWittyNameHere writes  |  more than 5 years ago

InsertWittyNameHere (1438813) writes "BBC News recently ran a story about a paper, WHEN ZOMBIES ATTACK! (PDF), "the first mathematical analysis of an outbreak of zombie infection." Published by Canadian researchers from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. The researchers "model a zombie attack, using biological assumptions based on popular zombie movies" and analyze the likely outcome of a zombie outbreak: zombies take over a city in 3-4 days or humans repelling the attack in 10 days! "The paper considers something that many of us have worried about — particularly in our younger days — of what would be a feasible way of tackling an outbreak of a rapidly spreading zombie infection." — Professor Ferguson

They conclude that "the most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often.""
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Blogger becomes casualty of Iran cyber-wars

InsertWittyNameHere InsertWittyNameHere writes  |  more than 5 years ago

InsertWittyNameHere (1438813) writes "DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The first line of his first blog from Tehran in September 2006 asks: "What is freedom?"

Omidreza Mirsayafi answered his own question. "I don't know," he wrote, "but I know someday I will see its shadow falling on my land."

Two and half years later, from behind the gray walls of Tehran's Evin Prison, he phoned his mother. They talked about his battle with depression behind bars. She asked if he was taking his heart medicine.

A few hours later, on a chilly mid-March evening, the 29-year-old Mirsayafi was dead. He was Iran's first known casualty in the skirmishes between bloggers challenging the Islamic regime and authorities striking back with the tools they know best — imprisonment and intimidation."

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Microsoft ordered to pay $388M in patent case

InsertWittyNameHere InsertWittyNameHere writes  |  more than 5 years ago

InsertWittyNameHere (1438813) writes "NEW YORK (Reuters) — Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) was ordered to pay $388 million in damages for infringing a patent held by anti-piracy software maker Uniloc Inc on Wednesday.

"We believe that we do not infringe, that the patent is invalid and that this award of damages is legally and factually unsupported," said a Microsoft spokesman.

Uniloc USA and its Singapore-based parent originally filed suit against Microsoft in 2003, claiming that Microsoft infringed its patent with security software it was using to prevent unlicensed use of its Windows XP operating system and parts of its Office suite of products."

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