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Taking the Census, With Cellphones

Jstlook 1984 (57 comments)

Yay. Thank goodness we've finally gotten there. Can we please find a new book to emulate? Pretty please?

How about ... hell, how about a phone book? Nice quiet read .. no end of the world catastrophies to worry about, just some lousy advertising.

about a month ago

A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

Jstlook Re:Then, he's the writer of the series? (193 comments)

I'm more inclined to believe that hollywood was just figuring that the TV show would be more believeable / watchable if they had a "based on a true story" element to it, and rewrote his backstory to fall in line with the show.

about a month and a half ago

At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

Jstlook Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (242 comments)

I think it would have been a great idea on the part of the supervisor to, rather than write their names on the cups, just give them each a name as they order. "Hi! Your name is Fred today, what can I get you?"

about 2 months ago

Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

Jstlook Re:Lucky them (159 comments)

Perhaps not, but "Google" refers to searching on the Internet using a search engine (preferably Google, if it becomes necessary to duplicate results). Therefore, "Google" is certainly shorter and more specific than "Search the internet".

about 2 months ago

You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

Jstlook Re:English usage tip (315 comments)

Whatever you do, I'd recommend avoiding the topic of her feet in her vicinity. Or any other body part that seems slightly out of proportionality, for that matter.

about 6 months ago

US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

Jstlook Re:Computer Science is not IT and at times not cod (306 comments)

Reading comprehension please. He says he *has* a degree; this degree is in Network Systems Administration. Last I checked, this degree is *related* to Computers, right? The issue that employers have is that the title of the degree is not "Computer Science", despite it being a computer science degree. This is an issue of reading comprehension, and the lack thereof in the HR department.

about 6 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Jstlook Re:Listening (2219 comments)

Derek, I think this is well-said.

My own two cents: I will cease to be a member of this community if they remove Classic Slashdot. I *barely* tolerate this hideous amalgamation of the original Slashdot; if Dice were anything more than a marketing / PR firm, they would recognize that the area they need to focus on is not redesigning the front-end / back-end, it is ensuring that the content meets the requirements of their community. Dice has certainly had too many crit-fails on their die rolls to believe their current campaign.

about 10 months ago

23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

Jstlook Re:Big deal. (449 comments)

I concur; I'd argue Bill Gates won if you consider the relative time each player spent honing their craft in the game. Gates had a fun piece of PR, and Fritz got a feather in his cap. Though tough to estimate, consider how much 71 seconds of Gates' time is worth.
Quick googling shows a 2013 net worth of 72 B, and 2.52455e9 seconds in 80 years. Even a rough estimate means that match cost thirty bucks [72,000,000,000 / 2.52455e9]. Gates essentially said 'Hey kid, playing this game isn't worth a fifty to me.'

about 10 months ago

Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing

Jstlook Re:Huh (567 comments)

The concept of insurance is just broken. Given the mandate to have "insurance", this really boils down to combining extortion [take your money], behavior modification [to eliminate their risk], and profit [selling your metadata].

1 year,11 days

GOCE Satellite Burned Up Over Falkland Islands

Jstlook Re:All Clear! (107 comments)

I have to point out that, unless you've been handed that tinfoil hat from your great-grandfather, you're likely wearing aluminum foil. Brain waves are actually transparent to Aluminum foil and essentially make it easier for Them to hear, whereas Tin foil shields your brain-waves from Them. I don't mean to scare you or anything, but I figured that if you really value your privacy you ought to know.

1 year,15 days

TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

Jstlook Re:NOT posted as AC. (603 comments)

Hear Hear!
For instance - how many Columbines have occurred in the past forty years?
How many post offices have been shot up in the last twenty years?
How many Shopping malls?
Seriously. We as a society must choose whether to be a society or live in tyranny.
Why should how we're treated at an airport be any different than how we're treated in any other place?
Give me back my damn shoes already - no, wait - give me back my damn dignity.

1 year,22 days

Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix Healthcare.gov

Jstlook Re:Answer: No. (404 comments)

My wife saw that book on my shelf last night and asked if it was related to a man's period. I had to chuckle.

1 year,26 days

I wish my car could...

Jstlook Re:Missing option: (443 comments)

Another missing option:
Not break down.

about a year ago

What Developers Can Learn From Healthcare.gov

Jstlook Re:What can they learn (267 comments)

You missed other issues that *also* appear:

Failure to communicate with users when errors occur.
Failure to communicate when the system is broken.
Failure to communicate critical errors to your own staff.
Failure to create a realistic timeframe for necessary repairs.

Seriously. Why, when the system won't work at all, should I have to spend my time trying time and time again to even create an account? When I talk to the help and they say "keep trying", I act like a bloody fool by trying again. When I talk to the help and they say "It will be up in two or three hours", I assume that they've been told information that is roughly accurate!

about a year ago

Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole

Jstlook Re:Uhhh... what did he just say to us? (337 comments)

So the black hole is like the hole that the Play-Doh squishes through, only we're in a four-dimensional black hole and not a three dimensional hole?

Could explain why we experience time in one direction and not all at once - that's the fourth dimension that squeezes through piece at a time.

about a year ago

Indiana Man Gets 8 Months For Teaching How To Beat Polygraph Tests

Jstlook Re:Hell hath no fury .. (356 comments)

Two things: First (to parent): My general observation about the government is once they've concocted a system approximating your standards (a series with 65%, 84%, and 70% respectively), they then short-circuit the entire system, grab the easy test (presumably the 65%), and just assume you "passed" the other two. After all, when you fail to train your staff to perform the tests correctly, you may as well not bother doing them, right?

Second (to child): The polygraph is essentially a legal way for the governmental agencies to pre-screen potential candidates and exclude them from a list of hire-able candidates. The entire crux of the goverment's complaint was essentially that by their candidates bypassing the polygraph, they required the hiring agency to expend more government resources in selecting an appropriate candidate. Hell, I could see a resume-proofreading service get tried using the same argument. After all, a lie by omission is still a lie - and polishing a resume is essentially just removing the 'rough patches'.

about a year ago

U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?

Jstlook Re: Sounds good to me (555 comments)

Three points (from the article itself):

1) Zucker did not market buckyballs. The company, of which he is CEO, marketed them.
2) Zucker may have been the CEO of the LLC, but under the current laws there is no excuse for the regulatory commission going after a single person, rather than the company that he ran.
3) The company clearly *did* consider the risks of this product, as they originally marketed them as 13+. His company went on to be even more clear when it became obvious that idiots cannot comprehend what problems magnets can cause.

about a year ago

Canadian City Uses Drone To Chase Off Geese

Jstlook Re:Unconstitutional Drone Strike on Canadian Geese (196 comments)

Oddly, Alaskans actually respect the natural migration of Canadian Geese, and find the entire yearly event a treasure to protect. Shame on the Canadians!

about a year ago

Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

Jstlook Re:Where will this end? (986 comments)

That only matters within the confine of the law. NSA effectively trumps that entirely now, citing their authority to protect the freedom of the American people.

about a year ago

Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

Jstlook Re:It was a myth (986 comments)

Then go to a place where you don't see them. Alaska is a pretty good bet - speaking as an Alaskan.

You don't typically find pretentious, idiotic, or vain people here - unless some Texan wanted to "see how much better his state was".

about a year ago


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