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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

JLavezzo Re:scotch? (116 comments)

The headline is ambiguous. You can 'defend' it with snark and a dictionary citation, but that doesn't change the ambiguity.

"Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To a Scotch Review" is just as likely an initial interpretation as "Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch a Review"

"To take down" is a much more accurate and less ambiguous verb to have used in this headline.

As they say:
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.

about 5 months ago

How To Make Espresso In Space

JLavezzo Re:Short black with one (192 comments)

Sorry, but this anecdote fails at explaining any cross cultural confusion. Was he buying something that wasn't milk? Your setting is Amsterdam, is this funny because he was buying drugs, not milk? Was he buying old milk because he didn't understand the expiration system? Is it funny that someone would have the expectation that a refrigerator would keep something fresh for more than 4 days? Is the joke that he thought milk that smelled like milk instead of an industrial product was 'off'? I'm genuinely interested in your insight here, especially because it earned a "5, Funny".

about 7 months ago

Obama's Privacy Reform Panel Will Report To ... the NSA

JLavezzo Re:Happy President (569 comments)

There are also 635 people in congress. None of those men and women are showing any leadership, either.

about a year and a half ago

9th Grade Science Experiment: Garden Cress Won't Germinate Near Routers

JLavezzo Re:No reproduction (327 comments)

Ha. I get your joke but of course there's a difference between replicating the experiment and replicating the results.

about a year and a half ago

Pentagon Approval of iOS and Samsung KNOX Is Bad News for BlackBerry

JLavezzo BlackBerry approved same as Knox (49 comments)

I don't understand how the takeaway from this is bad news for Blackberry. The same announcement that Samsung's Knox was approved said that Blackberry 10 is approved.
“We are pleased to add Blackberry 10 and the Samsung Knox version of Android to our family of mobile devices supporting the Department of Defense,” the spokesman said. “We look forward to additional vendors also participating in this process, further enabling a diversity of mobile devices for use within the department.”

about a year and a half ago

Is 'Brogramming' Killing Requirements Engineering?

JLavezzo Re:Brogramming??? (432 comments)

Napoleon Bronapart and Broan of Arc both support your efforts.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Re-Entering the Job Market As a Software Engineer?

JLavezzo Consultant or Manager (435 comments)

Your experience makes you an ideal software manager. Coder, Teacher, Sales. You know what makes the clients tick. You know what makes the developers tick. You know how to get them to tick in sync. Don't apply for code monkey jobs. Apply for the jobs where the breadth of your experience will be an asset, where they'll know the team you're in charge of will make the right software the first time around.

Alternately, pick a concentration (Hadoop, for example would be very au currant), blog about it, put up some sample projects, call your self a consultant in your specialty, charge at least twice a reasonable rate and use your sales experience to get yourself a consulting gig. One gig leads to another. Also helpful: work up a couple presentations on your chosen specialty and try to convince someone to let you present to them on it (users groups, industry group, BeCamp meeting, tech conference). For extra bonus cash, read a few books on Software Architecture and add "Architect" to your title.

I don't know who the unemployed software engineers are. Possibly people living in the wrong town. I know no unemployed programmers. My office let go a few people, all of whom had new jobs lined up within 2 weeks. Of course, I mean actual software engineers who are experienced, productive, flexible, customer focused and able to have a conversation out loud with other people.

about 3 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy Nexus To Launch Tomorrow

JLavezzo Re:About damn time (123 comments)

Well, let me correct that...this IS /.

I've been hearing for a while now about the upcoming release of the first phone running ICS, *in the US*.
Europe, Canada, and Australia have already had it.

more than 3 years ago

A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Use Computers

JLavezzo Re:That would be a Steiner/Waldorf School? (333 comments)

How come more people don't know this school has a methodology based on, "yeah that feels right" and was founded by a guy who decided he was the Messiah? If you got a good education from a Steiner school it was an accident.

more than 3 years ago

Using the Open Records Law To Intimidate Critics

JLavezzo Re:Nothing New Here... (369 comments)

> is that where we're at [as humanity], are we really that childish?
Yes. Pretty much always been this way. A few people manage to grow up and are often the ones involved in public discourse. The Enlightenment was a particularly successful period of time where enough adults got together to come up with some great new ideas.

more than 3 years ago

Can Movies Inspire Kids To Be Future Scientists?

JLavezzo Tinker Bell is an Engineer Now (298 comments)

In Disney's 2008 "Tinker Bell" Tinker Bell is an engineer. She spends much of the movie fighting "her destiny" because, basically, the "tinkers" are not cool. The general theme though is that she has a powerful gift for engineering and that she should recognize that. The climax of the film is Tinker Bell frantically producing blueprints while schematics and equations float around her head. She saves the day, wins the admiration and respect of the community, her friends and her self. She also earns the privilege of participating in a group activity she though the was going to be excluded from because she wasn't cool.

Personally, it chokes me up a little bit to imagine 6 year old girls saying, "When I grow up I want to be an engineer just like Tinker Bell."

about 4 years ago

New Software For Employers To Monitor Facebook

JLavezzo Re:Easy enough to avoid (342 comments)

I've never understood the appeal in social networking.

It's the white-listed email system everyone was speculating we'd need when spam got too bad.

more than 4 years ago

Developing Nations Crippled By Broadband Costs

JLavezzo Good ol' false dichotomy (239 comments)

Why can't we have all of that?

Development is not homogeneous. Some people may still be subsistence farmers with little access to clean water. 150 miles away, someone in a city may have running water, electricity and an office job. But her business is hampered by astronomical communication costs. Her business profits provide tax revenue to the government. If tax revenues go up, the government can do things like improve the roads to the farmer's town so he can get more crops to market and not be a subsistence farmer anymore an just be a farmer who can afford school fees for his children.

more than 5 years ago

Developing Nations Crippled By Broadband Costs

JLavezzo clear glass? (239 comments)

If UV light is good for drinking water, then why does the CDC recommend against making sun tea? Mmmmm, Alcaligenes viscolactis.

more than 5 years ago

Cyber Gangs Raise Profile of Commerical Online Bank Security

JLavezzo Re:So close ... and yet ... (140 comments)

I don't get it. How's a trojan going to read an sms off my cell phone?

more than 5 years ago



Twitter survey causes tweet-alanche

JLavezzo JLavezzo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JLavezzo (161308) writes "Brian Dunning, host of the Skeptoid podcast, decided to combine a survey he needed data for with an experiement into the dynamics of Twitter's social networking. Did it work?
'The good parts worked better than I hoped,' he says 'and unfortunately, undesired side effects ... which rendered your Twitter account nearly useless on September 14 and 15, if you follow me or anyone else who follows me ... were just as potent. Now, before I describe what happened, let me state outright that it was shockingly naive of me not to foresee what would happen. It was dumb, it annoyed a lot of people, and I have no excuse other than failure to think it through very well. So, my apologies, and I offer no defense of what turned out to be a giant mess.'
Read on so you'll be prepared when your marketing director asks you to set up the same thing."

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How Not To Do A Twitter Survey

JLavezzo JLavezzo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JLavezzo (161308) writes "Brian Dunning posted an article on what he calls his 'greatest clusterfuck of the year: the Skeptoid Twitter Experiment, which rendered your Twitter account nearly useless on September 14 and 15, if you follow me or anyone else who follows me.
I have an upcoming Skeptoid podcast episode for which I want to include some informal survey data. I've also been thinking a lot about Twitter for its potential to virally spread information. So I thought it would be a clever idea to combine my survey with Twitter, which (I thought) would be a lot of fun for everyone and would accomplish two goals:
1. Virally spread awareness of my podcast, Skeptoid
2. Get a huge number of respondents to my survey
Well, it worked. The good parts worked better than I hoped, and unfortunately, undesired side effects were just as potent.'
As one commenter put it:
'Turning Twitter's echo chamber into a denial-of-service attack. How fiendishly clever.'"

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Weather Channel Founder: Global Warming is a Scam

JLavezzo JLavezzo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JLavezzo (161308) writes "Founder of The Weather Channel, meteorologist John Coleman, has been making headlines with an emotional article declaring, 'Global Warming; It is a SCAM.' The text contains malaprops and is so devoid of facts that some commentators suspect it might actually be amateurish satire. Colman continues, 'Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create an allusion [sic] of rapid global warming. Other scientists of the same environmental whacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the "research" to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims.' Read for yourself."
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JLavezzo JLavezzo writes  |  more than 8 years ago

JLavezzo writes "An article on TreeHugger.com observes:

Consumers around the globe are demanding greener computers, and a number of companies are rushing to supply them. While the the EU has established regulations for less toxic, more efficient, and ultimately recyclable machines, and the US has a voluntary standard, computer maker Thomas Schramm (a frequent commenter here) claims that these frameworks, and the home computers that meet them, don't go nearly far enough in reducing hazardous chemicals. Schramm's company, GreenMachineShop.com of Ann Arbor, Michigan, issued a press release claiming that "green computers" are largely a myth, and that "The components are usually not manufactured with the environment in mind""

JLavezzo JLavezzo writes  |  more than 8 years ago

JLavezzo writes "On-line modern contemporary design journal MocoLoco is running an interview today with graphic designer Mike Labelle who, in his spare time, puts his architecture background to work creating Utopolis: Lego sculptures of futuristic cities. 'I find my inspiration in the city; its architecture, infrastructures and networks. In anatomy also; the way a body is shaped and is held together.'

The project began in 1997 with his childhood Lego set, recovered from an attic. Since then, the project has expanded, several pieces have been sold to collectors and institutions, and others are for sale on his website.

What's next? 'The moving city. Robots moving buildings about the city grids.'"


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