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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Opportunist Re:This is just a repeat (256 comments)

Then you've been working for the wrong people.

The aforementioned situation actually came up a few months ago with a board meeting. And yes, the board member did want my security person fired.

Asking whether I should write that he wants him to be fired for following security protocol (one should maybe know that security is paramount in our company) while said board member in turn wanted him to bypass security and allow him in unidentified closed the case pretty quickly.

about an hour ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Opportunist Re: (128 comments)

Aside of a rather tasteless joke that comes to my mind...

Do you really want them to rip?

about an hour ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Opportunist Re:So the idea is that.... (128 comments)

Wait 'til the big networks pick up the story.

about an hour ago
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

Opportunist Re:What about the disability of the World Wide Web (36 comments)

Disability? Hardly. The webpages are just bloated, fat, loaded with useless information and pretending they know better what you want than you do.

That's not disabled, that's the current standard of the western world.

about an hour ago
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

Opportunist Re:Can you hear me now? (36 comments)

That's not fair. I really don't feel like defending Verizon, but I am absolutely certain they don't discriminate against the deaf and blind. They rob everyone without prejudice.

1 hour ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Opportunist Re:Local testing works? (769 comments)

I'm honestly surprised we don't hear a few managers getting offed now and then.

My trust in the 2nd was premature, it seems...

13 hours ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Opportunist Re:"Will this result in more private lawsuits" (128 comments)

Dear Sir/Madam,

We found out that from your IP address someone downloaded our stuff. You may now either admit guilt and pay $inconvenient_sum or spend the next 10ish years in court in a legal battle against a company with more funds than dear God himself over $ridiculous_sum. You'll probably win the suit, but for sure it will cost you more than $inconvenient_sum, and you can bet your ass that if you dared to try getting it back from us, we'll drag it out 'til the red guy from the basement complains about heating problems or you're finally totally broke.

It is of course entirely your choice.

13 hours ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Opportunist Re:By Neruos (128 comments)

Of course you can! It's even easy.

For-sale content of course cannot compete on price with free stuff. That's a given. But there are two areas where you can very easily compete with it: Convenience and quality.

Of course, if you're like the content industry and artificially lower both for the sake of "fighting piracy", you only shoot your own foot.

13 hours ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Opportunist Re:Look at *why* people are pirating (128 comments)

That's just the tip of the ice cube.

Imagine you're living in a country where movies are dubbed. Dubbed BADLY, I should probably add. I would PAY to get movies that run on public TV if I could only watch them without the atrocious dubbing!

And don't think that buying the DVD would solve that problem. Because of course you can ONLY get the dubbed version, while importing any media is of course outlawed. I tried to ask some politicians around here why it's ok for companies to manufacture abroad and import them for zilch while it's not ok for me to buy DVDs abroad. So far no sensible answer...

13 hours ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Opportunist Re:Changing attitudes, i.e. brainwashing (128 comments)

We teach our kids in preschool that they should share, and then we punish them for it.

Talk 'bout mixed messages...

yesterday
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Opportunist Re:So the idea is that.... (128 comments)

Show me one parent who gives a shit about copyright. If a letter comes with contents to the ring of "you might be sued for billions and billions", at least it will turn the older generation against the overreaching copyright too...

yesterday
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Opportunist Re:Illigal or not? (128 comments)

That's what a lawyer is for. So it's his time and his time costs your money, which is far easier to get back.

yesterday
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Opportunist Re:"Will this result in more private lawsuits...?" (128 comments)

I tell her to carry condoms. At least there's a chance she'll heed that one.

Hormones are more powerful than anything you can do as a parent. Deal with it.

yesterday
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Opportunist Re:This is just a repeat (256 comments)

The very LAST thing I can use is a yes-man. Then again, my job is security. I need people who have the balls to stand up against self-important board members who can't identify and threaten them with termination (amongst more unpleasant things) if my security people don't overlook said board members' blunders.

yesterday
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Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

Opportunist Re:So Slashdot... (129 comments)

I'm fine with http. I'm just stating my opinion. If that is grounds to lock me up, you can as well lock me up for then I'm in a prison already.

yesterday

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Bush shoe attack beneficial for its maker

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "You might remember how Bush was attacked by a reporter with his shoes. Now, some people wondered why. Some wondered how he got through security with his assassination devices. Some wondered whether his bodyguards were having a field trip day and how this was possible.

Others wondered "what shoes are those". And they found out. It was the Ducati Model 271, now redubbed the Bush-Shoe. And sales are skyrocketing. The Turkish company making them can't keep up with the demand. Who said that a personal visit of a politician couldn't be beneficial for the economy in the country?

How to interpret this is maybe up for debate. Personally, I think some people took "voting with your feet" and showing their political view with them to a new level."

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Stupidfilter: The end of Trolling on /.?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "What would /. be without "FRIST POST!", In Soviet Russia memes and a confirmation of netcraft? Well, if Stupidfilter becomes what it claims to be soon, we might find out. The makers of this OSS claim that they can (soon) filter out stupidity, ignorance and trolling from boards, making the life of moderators and administrators worldwide a lot easier. Currently it relies mostly on the amount of CAPS in a text, the mix of letters and some statistics. Soon it shall become able to sense typos and grammatical errors, which shall hopefully increase the chance to catch dumb postings. Of course, the implications are that non-native speakers (like me) might get caught in the filter due to a (possibly) higher rate of misspelled words and a (likely) smaller vocabulary. And of course it can be used as a "content filter", to keep out unwanted opinions. So whether this technology will bring us less trolling or less freedom to discuss (or whether it brings us anything at all), only time will tell."
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When Amazon sells Audiophile cables...

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "...comments go berserk. Now, I certainly don't want to decide whether audio equipment that costs 10k is worth it, or at least improves sound quality in any way. I even don't want to judge whether cables that only transmit digital data can have a positive impact. Personally, I don't see why a "better 1 or 0" makes better sound.

But what I know is that when Amazon sells such a gem, people go berserk with comments. Some even found Jesus in their BBQ sauce.

The first Audiophile vs. Anti-Audiophile war on Amazon. Truely a good laugh.

(to be honest, I just submit the story hoping to find out whether it's possible to create a /. effect on Amazon...)"
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Large Hadron Collider - The doomsday device?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "We're all going to die! The LHC (Large Hadron Collider), the big underground donut in Genf that shoots little particles onto each other, is going to create a black hole that is going to swallow us all alive!

Or so Mr. Walter Wagner claims on his homepage. He demands in no uncertain terms that this project is to be put on hold until the dangers can be assessed, after all we only have one Earth, and no backups to restore from.

A bit of insight from people who know more about those things would be interesting. Can energy that could possibly heat a cup of coffee create a tempest in the teapot? And more important, what motivates people to prophesy doom? I mean, when you're wrong, you're ridiculed, when you're right, you're dead... how do you win?"

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Amazon delists music after battle with MI

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "It all started with Amazon buying music cheaply abroad and selling it expensively in the EU. Now, the music industry did not like that of course, deemed those imports "illegal" and sent a cease and desist letter. Amazon decided to bend to the MIs will. And do more than that. They not only delisted the CDs required, they pulled almost everything from Sony and Warner (and a few topsellers of Universal and EMI) from their range of products. In the meantime, after a quick talk, it seems the problem has been resolved. For now. Neither side really considers it settled, it just seems both agree that such a battle should not be fought right now, in the week before the big spending event. Though one has to wonder: Who is actually in the stronger position when they canot find an agreement?"
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