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Spotify Announces Single User Hacked, No Personal Data Stolen

MyLongNickName As Spotify's DBA.. (50 comments)

As Spotify's DBA, I personally reviewed the log from the hacking session. There was only 1 user that appeared in the SQL query... strange guy with "*" as his username (no quotes) and he kept showing up in the SELECT queries.

about 2 months ago
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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

MyLongNickName Re:Dangerous... (399 comments)

Basically, parent post is nothing more than a straw man argument. I do think we need to do more to ensure we have good teachers... I've run across a fair number who have no business leading a class. Whether I bitch about prison guards isn't relevant.

As far as parents "not doing their job" that is simply not true. Studies today show that mothers are just as engaged as their parents and grandparents in terms of quality time. Fathers of today are, overall, more engaged than their parents and grandparents.

I personally spend an average of 15 hours a week working with my 8 and 10 year old working on foreign language, computer programming and their normal schoolwork. Even if I did not spend that much time, I'd still be allowed to complain about the quality of a program that my tax dollars support.

Straw man argument. +5 insightful. Gotta love slashdot.

about 6 months ago
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Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise

MyLongNickName Re:That was quick... (193 comments)

You have an interesting definition of 'vaporware'.

about 6 months ago
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Studies Say Earth Won't Die As Soon As Thought

MyLongNickName Re:Where is everybody? (155 comments)

The drake equation does not take into consideration that most civilizations destroy themselves when they achieve the point of being able to communicate

One other point... we have a data set of less than one to work with, ourselves. I do not think that we can extrapolate based on our experience. Can we say with any kind of certainty that other species would follow a similar evolutionary path as ours? Would a smaller planet result in a slower evolutionary process and less global conflict once intelligence does arise? I don't know the answer to that or the thousands of other questions about how intelligent life arises. Regardless, one data point is worthless in trying to extrapolate to a whole universe.

And the reason why I say we have LESS than one example... our data point is still in progress. Perhaps the last few centuries were growing pains and we will finally mature... perhaps you are right and we destroy ourselves.

about 6 months ago
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Studies Say Earth Won't Die As Soon As Thought

MyLongNickName Re:Where is everybody? (155 comments)

Actually it does... it is the last variable "L", the length of time that civilizations release detectible signals into space. By your theory, this L is very low.

about 6 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

MyLongNickName Re:so why would i want to wear a computer? (219 comments)

Agreed. Technology progresses quickly. Society not so fast. In some ways this is good, but it does create face-palm moments.

about 7 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

MyLongNickName Re:so why would i want to wear a computer? (219 comments)

I can see medical uses for this. Imaging being able to monitor heart rate and other vitals 24/7. I had a father-in-law who could have used something like this...

about 7 months ago
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Google Helps Celebrate 100 Years of Cr_sswo_ds

MyLongNickName Re:surely helps my Mom (27 comments)

You may want to work on your logic. Math is based on logic. this does not mean that everything based on logic is math.

about 7 months ago
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Army Laser Passes Drone-Killing Test

MyLongNickName Re:Reflective Armor (173 comments)

I'll give you two answers, feel free to pick the one you like.

1) When you are fighting a less-advanced army, they won't have the technology to implement your suggestions.
2) Defense (haha) contracts are written based on what will sell with congress, not necessarily what is useful

about 7 months ago
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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

MyLongNickName Re:Rule #1 (894 comments)

A slight correction. My numbers compared states to Western Europe only. North and South are slightly higher in homicide rates, but still well below US averages and below all but one or two of US states

about 7 months ago
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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

MyLongNickName Re:Rule #1 (894 comments)

If you take a tiny handful of small neighborhoods out of the equation (places like Flint, Michigan) the United States is actually an extremely peaceful place

Your statement is completely false. Take a look at the murder rate by state and you will find that the lowest rate state is New Hampshire. Guess what? New Hampshire still has a higher murder rate (barely) than Western, Northern or Southern Europe. 42 of the 50 states have a more than double rate. 37 triple. 28 quadruple. 18 quintuple.

So no, taking a couple ZIP codes out of the equation will not get us to where civilized countries homicide rates are.

about 7 months ago
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Google Doodle Remembers Computing Pioneer Grace Hopper

MyLongNickName Re:Anybody who doesn't know ... (157 comments)

Anybody on Slashdot who doesn't know who she is ... get the fuck out, because you're on the wrong website.

You might try wrapping your head around this: obligatory XKCD.

about 8 months ago
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Volvo Plans To Have Self-Driving Cars In Swedish City of Gothenburg By 2017

MyLongNickName Re:Where did Summary Come From (134 comments)

Do you know the difference between a summary and an article?

about 8 months ago
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Volvo Plans To Have Self-Driving Cars In Swedish City of Gothenburg By 2017

MyLongNickName Where did Summary Come From (134 comments)

Nowhere in the article is Gothenburg called the capital of Sweden nor is it the capital. Perhaps the submitter is suffering from Gothenburg Syndrome.

about 8 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

MyLongNickName Re:Well, isn't this nice (961 comments)

You are splitting hairs

"I would be happy to kill you personally and watch you bleed out. I won't do that, because I fear the consequences."

The only reason he says he wouldn't kill someone who disagreed with his viewpoint is because of the consequences. If he thought he would get away with it, he is saying he would.

about 8 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

MyLongNickName Flamebait (961 comments)

At a certain point I realized that folks with a different viewpoint than mine aren't usually out to do me harm and are not evil people but simply have a different viewpoint. The vitriol becomes tiresome to read...

about 8 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

MyLongNickName Re:Well, isn't this nice (961 comments)

I'd argue that you are ignoring the distinction that Adams (who I normally find surprisingly shallow) manages to keep in mind:

"I'm okay with any citizen who opposes doctor-assisted suicide on moral or practical grounds. But if you have acted on that thought, such as basing a vote on it, I would like you to die a slow, horrible death too."

He disagrees with; but holds the vitriol, for people who disagree with him; but does not hold the vitriol for people who have actually acted to impose upon others their position.

No, I am not ignoring the distinction because I find it idiotic. Basically, he is saying that he doesn't wish death on you for disagreeing but for having the gall to actually act on your convictions. That is plain stupid and infantile. And this is coming from someone who agrees that we need euthanization laws.

about 8 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

MyLongNickName Re:Well, isn't this nice (961 comments)

So, "FOE" to you is someone who's views you disagree with. I find that quite sad.

about 8 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

MyLongNickName Re:Well, isn't this nice (961 comments)

For the record, I believe euthanasia laws need modernized. But wishing mass deaths on people who don't share your views is just wrong.

about 8 months ago

Submissions

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Segway Owner Dies in Segway Accident

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MyLongNickName (822545) writes "In the height of irony, the owner of the Segway company has died, apparently in an accident involving one of his upright two-wheeled vehicles. Hailed as a "city changer", this scooter never quite lived up to its promise. Now, in a very strange twist, this scientist's invention helped end his life."
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Brainy Guys Get the Chicks

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MyLongNickName (822545) writes "Hey guys, I know you are going to find this hard to believe, but there is hope for us yet. According to some researchers, guys with brains score better with the chicks. Myself, I am leaning towards wishful thinking on the researchers' part, or women who report things differently when making a conscious decision versus what happens in reality. However, get out of your mom's basement, put on a clean shirt and put on the pocket protector. It might be time to get lucky!"
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SysAdmin

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MyLongNickName (822545) writes "Dear Slashdot Community, I am an IT administrator for a major city on the West Coast. For security reasons I cannot name the city. However, I find that I have a rogue device on our network. I cannot find any information in my MCSE bootcamp journal on how to handle this. If you were in my position, what would you do to find the physical location of such a rogue device, and how can I disable it? Thank You, Anonymous."
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Staying Current in a Small Office Environement

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MyLongNickName (822545) writes "Less than a month ago I took a position at a smaller firm (around 50 employees) as an IT Manager. As you might expect from the size of the company, I oversee quite a variety of tasks. I come from a background of computer programming, and am definitely not a master of every function.

We rely on third party solutions providers for areas like our networking, web hosting, phone systems, etc. I am used to working in a larger environment with a large IT staff (and not just because of super sizing at McDonald's). Just the daily rubbing elbows allowed me to stay current in areas that I did not directly touch. And when I had a question, I personally knew someone who could answer my question. I am not in that environment now.

How do I stay current? I don't want to be a master of every technology, but I want to be aware of trends in the industry. I want to not depend on one contractor advising me. I know, of course, that Slashdot is the IDEAL place for this type of information, but I'd like to hear other ideas as well :)"
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Retrofit any car to be nearly emissions free car?

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  about 7 years ago

MyLongNickName (822545) writes "According to Reuters, cares could be fitted with a device to substantially reduce their emissions. A box can be inserted into the existing exhaust of virtually any car, trapping and storing the greenhouse gases in a stable form. These gases could then be reprocessed, using genetically modified algae, to create biofuel. The team of developers has worked on this for a couple years and has performed 130 tests, demonstrating an 85-95% capture rate. While I am somewhat skeptical, they are not making outlandish claims. If true, and it has no negative impact on gas mileage, this would be an incredible breakthough. Reduced emissions without requiring everyone to buy specially engineered cars."
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MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MyLongNickName (822545) writes "Wow. This is ridiculous. I can post at work, but at home, I am apparently banned for life. I'm just kinda curious how long I will be banned, otherwise, I'd e-mail and see if I could get it lifted. Funny part is, it has to be related to two posts that got modded both "funny" and "troll" pretty much equally.

Sounds like next time I make a risky joke, I will also have to post something pseudo intellectual to get the slashbots to mod it up and balance it out.

I understand Slashdot has to ward off the trolls, but they have some work to do on the algorithms."
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MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MyLongNickName (822545) writes "Still banned from posting from home. Not sure how this happened. I had two comments that got modded funny and troll. After this, I was unable to post. Considering my lengthy posting history, and excellent karma, I have to wonder if Slashdot doesn't have an issue with its algorithms.

Due to excessive bad posting from this IP or Subnet, comment posting has temporarily been disabled. If it's you, consider this a chance to sit in the timeout corner . If it's someone else, this is a chance to hunt them down"

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Foes

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  about 2 years ago

I just got foe'd by someone named 'ScienceFail'. Found it quite curious as I haven't posted anything even remotely close to controversial in quite a while and this guy has zero posts. My best guess is he is an alternate account for someone. I wish there were some mechanism for letting someone know why you foe'd them (or friended them). Just curious.

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Slashdot ID's by year

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  about 2 years ago

I've asked the question and so have a lot of slashdotters... Given a slashdot ID, when did it become active? Okay, this is less than perfect, but after a couple hours reviewing December 31 story postings for the past 14 years, I have a pretty good idea of which Slashdot ID's were active by end-of-year.

Date Highest ID Source
12/31/2011 2537066 http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2597818&cid=38540924
12/31/2010 1968314 http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1931212&cid=34724780
12/31/2009 1711968 http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1494398&cid=30626214
12/31/2008 1435429 http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1074965&cid=26264019
12/31/2007 1210278 http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=402646&cid=21872504
12/31/2006 1045190 http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=214364&cid=17417768
12/31/2005 942449 http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=172606&cid=14371693
12/31/2004 840443 http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=134485&cid=11229842
12/31/2003 735991 http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=91126&cid=7847024
12/31/2002 636838 http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=49387&cid=4989860
12/31/2001 545364 http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=25495&cid=2769167
12/31/2000 267378 http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=9653&cid=1419014
12/31/1999 131305 http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3140&cid=1427714
12/31/1998 ??? No posts in 1998, yet I see a usre id of 170,000+ on 1/1/1999. Does not correspond with 12/31/1999 findings.

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In response to "how to fix work ethic"

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Where to begin? Growing up, I was probably the brightest (or close to the top) in my school system based on raw intellect. As a child, I scored a 150 on an IQ test. I skipped a grade, and was still put ahead a couple grades for certain classes like math. In state-wide math competitions, I would score in the top fraction of a percent, and in programming competitions would score among the top in individual rankings. I was doing algebra in third grade and was taking high school classes by the time I hit middle school. However, things were always too easy. I never had to work for a thing. As a result I never really developed a work ethic.

This lack of self discipline really began to show through by high school. I could ace most tests, but usually didn't turn in homework, or most other papers. I began skating by with worse and worse grades. There was one other student in my school with the same raw talent as me. Unlike me, he was focused. He always had top notch grades and was very active in leadership positions in extra curricular activities. I was very active with my Nintendo. He and I were always mentioned in the same sentence when the brightest students were talked about. Yet, I knew also that folks commented on the vast difference in work habits and general attitude.

It got really bad in college. Away from home, there was absolutely no one to keep me accountable. I wouldn't show up for classes. A couple times, I showed up for the syllabus, midterms and finals. Nothing else. It didn't take long before I was put on academic probation.

I moved back home and took a job in telemarketing. Top 0.1% of the general population; making ten bucks an hour. In contrast, the other kid who graduated a year behind me had earned a scholarship to MIT and was half way through his Chemical Engineering degree. I felt like (and was) a complete loser. I think it was the realization that I wasn't "all that" was the first step to turning my life around.

I can't tell you exactly when I made the decision, but I decided to go back to school. This time, I was a bit humbler.

I made some changes. I decided I would wear a tie to school each day. Yeah, I stood out a bit and I am sure a few people thought I was a bit off (and they were right). But the act of looking the part helped put me into a different mindset. It might seem a bit strange, but it helped me to take the classes seriously.

Instead of worrying about what classes would get me a degree, I took classes I wanted to -- a smattering of business classes -- a few classes in Japanese -- violin -- boy did I suck at violin. In each experience, I got to meet different types of people and try new things. I learned a lot about myself and had a lot more fun than I ever had. I think this self-discovery and broadening of horizons was the second part of turning my life around.

I still struggled with procrastination and completing the day to day tasks. Sometimes it was a sheer act of will to do homework. But more often than not, I'd get the work done. As time went on, I found it got easier. And I saw the grades climb. Over the next few semesters, I found that I actually became driven to get things done. I put more effort into it; I invested more of myself into my tasks.

A couple years later, I came to know the Lord. It caused quite a change in my values and goals in life. I became involved in an inner city ministry. I was involved in Bible teaching, tutoring, weekend activities, and generally mentoring these kids. I could tell you dozens of stories about some of the kids and the challenges they were facing. But to make a long story short, they had a big impact on me. So many of these kids don't have a chance in the world -- parents who weren't there, failing school systems, temptations that I never had to face. I came to realize how good I had it, and how fortunate I was to have the opportunities I have. I also felt like I had a purpose in life. The lighting of true passion and purpose was the final step to getting on the road of success.

I would graduate at twenty-five with two Bachelors of Science and got started in my career in banking. I volunteered for extra assignments, doing programming to help make things more efficient. I got noticed and moved up quickly in the bank, becoming an officer within five years of my starting. I watched the work habits of those who I respected in higher positions. These folks weren't always the brightest, but knew how to get things done. I learned and applied a lot.

I have moved from the bank for a management position. I will be going back for my master's soon and hope to get into higher levels of management.
Basically, I have learned to truly succeed, you need three things. You need to really know the subject matter you are involved in. Second. You must be passionate about the work that you do. Third, you must care about the people you work with and for. And while, I do sometimes slip into old habits, it doesn't last too long.

I am not sure if this helps anyone else. But if you have any questions, please feel free to ask :)

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Hmmmm

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Have you noticed that there is no user id 1,600,000 or 1,500,000 1,400,000 or 1,300,000 or 1,200,000 or 1,100,000?

There is a 1,100,001 and 1,200,001 and 1,300,001 and 1,400,001 and 1,500,001 and 1,600,001.

My best guess is that Slashdot has stopped giving out these number to avoid the kind of goofiness around the 1,000,000th user id. Folks were trying their darnedest to get the first seven digit number.

I wonder if Slashdot has taken away any other special uids?

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Banned still

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Wow. This is ridiculous. I can post at work, but at home, I am apparently banned for life. I'm just kinda curious how long I will be banned, otherwise, I'd e-mail and see if I could get it lifted. Funny part is, it has to be related to two posts that got modded both "funny" and "troll" pretty much equally.

Sounds like next time I make a risky joke, I will also have to post something pseudo intellectual to get the slashbots to mod it up and balance it out.

I understand Slashdot has to ward off the trolls, but they have some work to do on the algorithms.

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Banned from Slashdot

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Still banned from posting from home. Not sure how this happened. I had two comments that got modded funny and troll. After this, I was unable to post. Considering my lengthy posting history, and excellent karma, I have to wonder if Slashdot doesn't have an issue with its algorithms.

Due to excessive bad posting from this IP or Subnet, comment posting has temporarily been disabled. If it's you, consider this a chance to sit in the timeout corner . If it's someone else, this is a chance to hunt them down

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Backup Strategy

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Here is my current backup strategy (data only): Use Winrar to create a series of CD sized compressed archives. Burn each to CD.

Not fun. Ten CDs now, and growing. I can move up to DVD (and will soon).

I am concerned, though, about corruption. If one file goes corrupt, I understand I can bypass an individual file. I am also doing incremental backups quarterly (a single CD usually) with the full backup annually. I figure this way I have redundancy built in. CDs are stored in my safety deposit box.

My most valuable data is the pictures of my kids. I could never reproduce (obviously). I've even considered using GMail as a secondary backup source, but feel this is a bit unethical.

Anyone have any other advice to ensure that I keep my stuff safe? Any advice would be appreciated. Specifically, making sure I can get to the stuff on my CD-R's. But also, a fast, easy way to do incremental backups.

TIA

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BBC vs MSNBC

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I really respect the BBC. It does not mean I always agree with everything they write. My respect is not dependent on the degree to which I agree with someone. In fact, some folks that I don't respect much tend to have very similar views as me. Sometimes it is the way one arives at one's choices in life.

The BBC has a really good IT staff. They use technology in a way to make news more understandable. A recent example was their illustrating the hard choices the U.K. would have to make in order to meet demand and meet environmental regulations. You were allowed to make some basic choices, and see the results. try to be to "green", and you blow the price of energy thorugh the roof. Try to go the other direction, and you got to see what the result would be in envronmental terms. It hink it made it very easy to understand the hard choices we all have to make.

Now, look at MSNBC. They are trying to show the immigration issue in the U.S. They were showing how many immigrants live in each state. Yet the way they did it was horrendous (see for yourself here. Not only can you only see one state at a time, but it is virtually impossible to jusp to the state you want without numerous clicks. Is this a good way to present information.

The big difference between MSNBC and BBC. The tech crew at MSNBC uses Flash for the sake of using Flash. Not that it is called for. Usually, it detracts from information presentation instead of adding to it. The BBC uses technology in an intelligent way. It is clear the "information presentation" group and the "web guys" work closely, and have a good understanding of each other.

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Indoor/Outdoor wireless speakers

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Here is my next project. I want to have wireless speakers for my computer. They must be able to operate outdoors, and be resistant to weather.

Will operate within 50-75 feet of PC.

I've done some googling, have a couple ideas, but hate to buy equipment without hearing from a couple of folks who have tried this. Anyone have any advice?

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Linux for DVD/Multimedia

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Never used Linux before.

Here is what I want to do:
I have a guest bedroom with PC that I use for business purposes. I want to have a separate partion (or live CD) that will allow guests to boot and play DVD's and/or CD's.

I want boot times to be as quick as possible, and I want the interface to be very simple. Ideally, it would be as easy as "put DVD in drive, turn on PC, wait 15 seconds, movie starts".

Any thoughts on where to begin?

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How do I lookup

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 9 years ago

How do I lookup a user by user id? For example the URL for me is: http://slashdot.org/~MyLongNickName. How can I change the URL to look up by my number, 822545?

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First metamod

MyLongNickName MyLongNickName writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I got my first two meta-mod's today. I was very surprised and excited. Slashdot has a great business model... lots of us willing to work for free, and are very excited about it. Kinda sad in a way...

Anyhow, the first set, I modded 4 as fair, 2 as unfair, and left the rest alone. The second set I got, I modded 9 as fair, 1 I left alone (decided not to mod funnies, as I guess anything is funny to the right person...)

Kinda curious to see how others choose to moderate...

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