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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

KingOfBLASH Re:uh... which starbucks is this? (241 comments)

It started a year or two ago IIRC. Basically many starbucks ask for your name, and write it on the cup. That way you know the venti cappuccino is indeed for you, and not the guy next to you. (They also write the order)

I travel a lot and I've had the fortune of going to many starbucks, globally. I'd say maybe 50% use names, but it hasn't been implemented everywhere.

2 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

KingOfBLASH Re:You have to have a car payment to drive? (903 comments)

The less money you pay for a car the more of a gamble you're taking.

You might find the car goes for years or the engine might explode off the lot.

Sure you get at least a bit of a warranty, but it ends quickly

5 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

KingOfBLASH Re:Could be improved (903 comments)

And, they're starter interlocks, they won't disable a car while it's running, despite what the lady who ran out of gas said.

If you stall out you need to hit the starter again. Were the lady driving a manual, it's possible indeed that she had her car disabled at a red light.

5 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

KingOfBLASH Re:Can someone explain? (224 comments)

Yeah but when that happens you find out you're failing a background check, right? You have every right to see what that naughty thing is and appeal it.

And I know someone who was arrested for parking their boat illegally. Apparently in some jurisdictions you can go to jail for this. Every time he gets a new job it pops up in the background check, but they ask him about it (although now he tells the funny story up front before the background check)

5 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

KingOfBLASH Re:Can someone explain? (224 comments)

A secret "Do Not Hire" list seems a bit much. Because we haven't heard of it, it would imply a huge number of levels of people involved who were keeping the secret, including the little old lady at the corner store who wouldn't let the guy in as a bagger.

5 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

KingOfBLASH Re:Can someone explain? (224 comments)

Yeah but that's the thing.

When I got hired to wash dishes in college I showed up and they asked me if I had a social security card, then told me to start working.

I did maybe ten other jobs with similar requirements (warm body that can lift stuff and clean). All of them were a breeze.

There's no resume asked for with certain jobs. I'm not surprised his career in government is over. I am surprised it's over for McDonalds.

5 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

KingOfBLASH Can someone explain? (224 comments)

How is it logical that he loses his job and now he can't get any job?

I can understand probably government is off limits for him, and if he goes to a big company maybe the background check would keep him from a job. But there have to be plenty of small businesses who would be willing to hire him, and certainly if he just goes looking for anonymous low brow work, well that shouldn't be a problem, no?

This article seems to suggest if you piss off Uncle Sam, he'll force you into homelessness....

5 days ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

KingOfBLASH Re:eyebrows raised. (275 comments)

Mod parent up!

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

KingOfBLASH Re:CDC "Estimates" (275 comments)

Yeah but how do you separate smoking deaths from non-smoking deaths?

"Smoker diseases" like lung cancer afflict non smokers as well. For instance, 10-15% of lung cancers come from non-smokers:
http://lungcancer.about.com/od...

When you consider cancer is often caused by mutations, and smoking encourages gene mutations, this makes sense.

So really, smoking makes it more likely to die early, not that you are shooting yourself with a gun.

Thus the reason why you might assume anyone who actively has smoked above a certain age, who has smoked a long time, that did not die an accidental death died of smoking.

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

KingOfBLASH Re:Endemic would be really bad.. (275 comments)

Except one of the reasons AIDS could go pandemic was that it was a slow killer.

People just need to wash their hands for a good month or two and the thing will die off...

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

KingOfBLASH Re:eyebrows raised. (275 comments)

Holy shit! Mod parent up!

+1 scary

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

KingOfBLASH Ask your accountant! (182 comments)

This is actually a question you might consider directing at your accountant. Specifically:

1. Some or all the conference costs may be tax deductible. Depending on your tax bracket this can end up being an instant 30% discount.
2. Corporate structures or other accounting tricks may allow you to change who your company pays (are you a W-2 employee? or do you have your own company?) This may again lead to favorable tax treatment for your conference, further reducing what you're actually paying.

Of course tax deductible doesn't mean free. But depending how things are structured the conference could cost you more or less money.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

KingOfBLASH It's about focus (504 comments)

Prior to releasing an iOS, the focus on development is implementing the shiny new features.
Post release, the focus on development is to fix bugs and make the iOS work faster.

In each of the past few versions of iOS released you saw within a month a 0.01 version increment that got rid of bugs and made things noticeably faster.

You therefore have the choice of jumping on the band wagon, or waiting until the incremental release.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

KingOfBLASH Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (350 comments)

What about roads? Schools? Sewage? Water?

There are some items that are critical to modern society functioning properly. It is a larger benefit to society to implement them efficiently, at a state wide or national scale, then it is to allow pockets of "haves" and "have nots"

Otherwise what we would have is pockets of civilization (e.g. Cities) and everyone else would be living like the amish.

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

KingOfBLASH Re: The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (270 comments)

you can bet high performers like myself won't work in your shop

Everyone has the potential to be a high performer, of course.

FTFY

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

KingOfBLASH Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (270 comments)

Suits wear the same way jeans and other pieces of clothing do.

Yes, sometimes they can be repaired, but if the tear is in the wrong place, the suit is ruined.

And, yes, I've worked in jobs where I had to wear suits regularly, and I wore good suits not just any suit.

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

KingOfBLASH Re:Correlation is not causation (270 comments)

Could it not also be that people who want to really understand computer architecture better take obscure classes like COBOL, and being better programmers make more money?

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

KingOfBLASH Re: The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (270 comments)

Bull.

Short term I may be forced to take a job that I don't want, but long term I'm looking for a place to work where I'm treated like a human being, and where I can enjoy working.

Life is too short to work like a slave.

And while it may be that you have some employees who can't get a better deal, you can bet high performers like myself won't work in your shop – at least not long term.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Picking up extra cash with small programming jobs

KingOfBLASH KingOfBLASH writes  |  about a month ago

KingOfBLASH (620432) writes "I'm between jobs right now, and while I'm not a professional programmer, at prior jobs I used to write VBA macros, SQL, and powershell scripts from time to time, and I know my way around python (I learned it for fun)

Is it possible to turn these skills into cash? It'd be crazy for someone to hire me as a full fledged developer, but I imagine there must be a ton of businesses with small projects. And while I've seen a few web sites out there, they appear to be filled with low paying jobs and a lot of people living in countries with low costs of living."

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Free GMail Invites

KingOfBLASH KingOfBLASH writes  |  more than 9 years ago

When I read slashdot, I will often see signatures with a line that reads "For a free GMail invite, do $silly_or_annoying_task." Since I have 5 available GMail invites, and no one I know seems to want them, I have decided to pose my own challenge to people looking for a gmail invite:

My username for GMail is the nick name for a charachter, Vautrin, from one of Honore de Balzac's books. If you know the nickname, and email it@gmail.com, and you're right, I'll send you a free gmail invite to your email address. This is a first come first serve basis, good luck!

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