Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
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.
23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds
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.'
Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing
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].
GOCE Satellite Burned Up Over Falkland Islands
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.
TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint
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.
Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix Healthcare.gov
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.
I wish my car could...
Another missing option:
Not break down.
What Developers Can Learn From Healthcare.gov
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!
Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole
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.
Indiana Man Gets 8 Months For Teaching How To Beat Polygraph Tests
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'.
U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?
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.
Canadian City Uses Drone To Chase Off Geese
Oddly, Alaskans actually respect the natural migration of Canadian Geese, and find the entire yearly event a treasure to protect. Shame on the Canadians!
Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet
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.
Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet
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".
Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?
Also, it's going to depend on whether you get the HR office, or the guy who actually worked with your potential employee. What the heck does HR know, other than how to (hopefully) not get sued?
20 People Shot With BB Guns At LG G2 Promotional Event
Didn't you read the summary? They were only injured.
TV Show Piracy Soars After CBS Blackout
What I hate is that even if I wanted to use less than legal solutions, I still have to get internet through one of the cable providers in the area. Since they billed me another $15/mo for *not* having cable (but just internet), I gave up.
I really *can't* afford $200 bucks a month between cable, internet, and two cellphones (yep, only viable cell carriers in the area also run the cable/internet as well), but it beats paying more.
Ask Slashdot: Cyber Insurance. Solution Or Snake Oil?
Insurance companies *always* try to find a way out. That's their job; protect their bottom line.
If you don't get too screwed, they'll probably pay out, just because it improves their reputation enough to improve their bottom line.
Do you want to bet that you'll get less screwed by a data intrusion than by the insurance company? Go for it!
Alcatel-Lucent Cuts Go Deeper — 7,500 Jobs Gone and Counting
Looks like they're dropping dead waste, and putting more money into R&D.
Good Job! Sorry if anyone here was affected.
Ask Slashdot: High-School Suitable Books On How Computers Affect Society?
How about the new documentary, Terms and Conditions May Apply: http://tacma.net/
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