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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

MerlynEmrys67 Re:As a non-native speaker (100 comments)

Could it be a take on Kim Jong-un I don't get that reference - I agree he should have used Ralph Wiggum instead. That said - it shouldn't be based on the names in the title (I would hate for any Maggie Simpsons out there being denied publication) but rather the fact that it was a completely junk paper.

about two weeks ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

MerlynEmrys67 Lawyers are the first to abuse new technologies (99 comments)

Divorce lawyer's best friend is Facebook. The amount of really stupid stuff that gets posted on Facebook during divorce proceedings is amazing. Imagine your ex calling the judge a child abuser - and having them have to defend that in court. Well - it happens. This is just the next step in this. We gather all kinds of data about ourselves and then get surprised when it is retrieved and brought out in open court. The rule is - control your own data, and don't have anything out there that you don't want opposing council to see.

Yes, this especially covers HIPAA covered health records, anything can be found under discovery

about two weeks ago
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Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products

MerlynEmrys67 Re: I'm SURE Obama would sign such a bill (109 comments)

Since when do you "try" enemy soldiers in civilian courts during war?

Do you think we tried all of the Japanese/Italian/German soldiers during WW II?
Do you think we tried any of the central soldiers during WW I
Do you think we tried any Korean soldiers during the Korean War?
This is a silly fallacy that we have that these people deserve a trial, and if convicted get to stay in prison. I am sorry - that is not how our international treaties work, enemy combatants are kept until the war is over (remember that we actually did declare war here, this isn't a police action). When the war is over we release the prisoners back to their home countries.

To be quite honest here, many of the remaining prisoners at Gitmo can't be released because their home countries aren't stupid enough to take them back... We tried and they don't want them either. What should we do?

about two weeks ago
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Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing

MerlynEmrys67 Re:I can haz job? (109 comments)

Very not funny. Very serious disorder at the high end, and very difficult for people at the low end to navigate the world. Lets not make fun of people because they are different.

about three weeks ago
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Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing

MerlynEmrys67 Re:News? (109 comments)

Very true. I worked with a very highly placed software engineer that I swear was deep into the Autism spectrum. He was a fanatic about coffee, hot sauces - and could code around any other two people I knew. He also had no ability to comprehend sarcasm - so don't even try it on him, it wouldn't work. Yes, I agree there are MANY people in the IT field that fall into the Autism spectrum. They can be successful here.

about three weeks ago
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How the FCC CIO Plans To Modernize 207 Legacy IT Systems

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Modernizing Lifer Govt Employees? (74 comments)

Funny being that as recently as 4 years ago the federal government was completely controlled by democrats that didn't even have to listen to a single republican to get anything passed, and as recently as next January 1/2 of the federal congress was controlled by those same democrats...

What were you saying again?

about three weeks ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Killing us with rent (496 comments)

If it is your hometown, you have probably owned your house there for decades and rising rents don't affect you. In fact the rising housing prices (50% in 3 years for the author of the article) are very good. You can sell for a huge profit, pay your taxes to the government to fund mass transit infrastructure and move to somewhere less desirable (Detroit) where you can buy a depressed house in a largely minority owned neighborhood and pocket the difference to live off of. What is the problem again?

about a month ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Bullshit Stats. (496 comments)

So people who are artists and nurses are stupid?

No - people that are artists and nurses just choose a more emotionally rewarding career than people that choose to be engineers and doctors that make more. Yes, it is easier to be a starving artist rather than have to struggle through calculus and get an engineering degree - but the engineer usually gets a significantly larger paycheck. Same for a nurse that can become a nurse with an associates degree, vs. having to struggle through organic chemistry and anatomy to become a doctor. It isn't fair to say that the primarily female dominated nursing profession is at fault here.

At a previous company the admin for our team was a male. He was the only male admin in a worker population of many thousands (with at least many dozens of admins in the organization). I was told by my previous groups admin to be nice to him, he didn't fit in with the engineers - as he was an outsider, and he didn't fit in with the admins - because he was a male. Last I heard from him he got his MBA and is now managing a rather large group. He move up and out - others can as well.

about a month ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Math is hard (561 comments)

Misogyny is so much easier, we'll just go with that instead.

I always hated this particular hatred of "Math is hard"... Math is hard - I always tell my daughter that. Not telling girls that math is hard because we are afraid they won't like it isn't going to help them. They are going to struggle with it like all of the boys - not understand why it is hard for them and fear that it is because they are a girl. I always tell my daughter math is hard - she has to struggle with it like everyone else, but in the end that is what she will need to get the good jobs when she is older. And yes - she is actually very good in Math as an honor student in pre-calc as a sophomore.

Get off your high horse saying that is is Misogyny telling a girl that math is hard... If it isn't you aren't doing it right, take the next class up until it is.

about a month ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

MerlynEmrys67 Re:So close, so far (561 comments)

So, for birthday gifts, we give chemistry lab play sets, National Geographic books on space and dinosaurs, and actual educational stuff.

Where do you find actual chemistry sets with actual chemicals in them that can actually make interesting things? I have been trying to find something like I had as a kid for 10 years - with no luck. 1/2 the time the "Chemistry" sets don't actually have any chemicals in them, the other 1/2 they are all salts, sugars, and simple things that you can't make turn colors and explode (What is the fun of chemistry without a few explosions and fire?)

about a month ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

MerlynEmrys67 Re:More power to you (100 comments)

Where your link to moringa is interesting - Looking at the production of it, it sure doesn't seem like you get a lot of density in a given acre of production. For example, lets compare the nutrients produced from one acre of muringa vs. one acre of spinach (rice/wheat/corn). How many pounds of leaves can you get out of an acre of moringa, and how intense is the labor to get that acre harvested vs. one acre of spinach?
There is a reason that we grow the crops that we do - they can be grown very densely, with the least amount of fertilizer, insecticide, water as possible as those things all take money to provide. There is also a need for the minimum amount of labor to plant, maintain and harvest the crops.

about a month ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Story I heard as a kid (100 comments)

Only someone who has never understood economics would get the moral of this story.
In a competitive world you are competing against your fellow producers. If you have a competitive advantage you can produce more chickens/vegetables/cows/whatever - leaving the price of grain alone. You end up with more money. If everyone has this advantage - either the price of grain goes down (in which case everyone is back to making the same amount of money) or everyone lowers their grain production - starts to grow vegetables, chickens, cows, and those prices go down - causing everyone to make less money.
That said - there is the rule about being an asshat, causing your neighbors to burn your crops to the ground at night, making your profit go to zero... so if you do something like this... Do it quietly (and don't brag about the stupidity of the average American voter)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

MerlynEmrys67 Second problem with Comcast in a day (100 comments)

First one was not being able to deliver e-mail, now Comcast has someone else in the wrong country. Is it a bad day to work for Comcast?

about a month ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

MerlynEmrys67 Quit buying games on day one (474 comments)

For that matter, quit buying them the first month or two. Let someone else debug them and when the game is worth actually playing, get it. Heck by then 1/2 the time the game has dropped in price 10-25% anyway.
I have given up on buying games before the first major patch, for that matter the first few if I am really interested and the reviews are that bad.

about a month ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Government ISP's? (308 comments)

Good idea. Lets see:
  New ToS- All packets will flow into a government data center to be analyzed before being forwarded onto their ultimate destination. Seems like a good idea to me.

And even better when our politicians get in a bitchy mood they can shut down the government mandated monopoly to get us to pay them more money. No thank you

about a month ago
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333 Km/h Rocket-Powered Bicycle Sets New Speed Record

MerlynEmrys67 Re:bike? (51 comments)

Have to agree with you on this one. It has an engine - it isn't a bicycle that is human powered. I hate these new "Eco-Electric" bikes... not sure they should count all though at least they do have pedals and you can power a crappy bike with human power.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

MerlynEmrys67 Re:Reliable servers don't just crash (928 comments)

No - this only happens in Windoze(C)(TM) boxes - never in a highly engineered server. Oh wait - with memory densities as high as they are in the large systems, maybe it does. These are once in a decade kind of problems. I remember hearing about Sun's early research on this problem... Defect started with Sunfire 25K servers crashing frequently in Denver (frequently was defined as more than once a month).

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

MerlynEmrys67 Who wants to bet (286 comments)

There will be about 40,000 dollars in unpaid overtime being worked in India over the next few months to make this all back. At this point the workers are back in India where the US Department of Labor can't do anything about it...
Outsourcing companies are almost the definition of evil.

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

MerlynEmrys67 You have slashdotted an inbox (173 comments)

The error that the other server returned was:
550-5.2.1 The user you are trying to contact is receiving mail at a rate that
550-5.2.1 prevents additional messages from being delivered. For more
550-5.2.1 information, please visit
550 5.2.1 http://support.google.com/mail... dy7si138331wib.0 - gsmtp

And at google's scale - impressive

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

MerlynEmrys67 I thought this was the advantage of open source (286 comments)

You have the source Luke,
Use it and just make it do what you want... Why are you bitching to us. If you want the system to just work - install Windows.
+1 Informative, -1 Flamebait... Take your pick

about 2 months ago

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