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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Opportunist Re:yes (311 comments)

You might want to find out whether you can tilt them by 90.

I always thought it's odd that monitors are wider than they are tall. Isn't it far more convenient to use them, well, like we used to use paper?

2 days ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Opportunist Re:How much money ? (123 comments)

What can I say, I'm a product of my time and upbringing.

2 days ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

Opportunist Re:It's a combination of problems (154 comments)

Hey, we're all right with making a distinct discrimination between two near identical problems, demonizing one while accepting the other. From various diseases (just think about the insane difference made between swine flu and common flu, despite not really being THAT different in impact... ok, actually your chance to die of the former was by some margin lower than the latter despite the general panic).

We're great at making mountains out of molehills that we don't really know that well while we're quite ok with volcanos in our garden as long as they grew slowly enough that we could watch them get large.

2 days ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

Opportunist Citizens to consumers? (145 comments)

We're consumers enough already. We should maybe show people who to become citizens, aware of their duties and rights and able and willing to heed and exercise them, instead of just being mindless consumer drones.

3 days ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Opportunist Re:Community college bubble... (226 comments)

Well, a reason why my tuition was great is that my university doesn't have to sink to such lows. Their money comes from my taxes. Which in turn means that pretty much anyone can start to study, and that in turn means that FAR, FAR more people start studying the more interesting subjects than there is a market for. Their solution is simple: Raising the bar. Further and further. Current dropout quota is about 98%. In other words, 2% of those that start finish.

In other words, what gets through that gauntlet IS good. You don't get past second semester if you're not. Nobody is holding your hand, nobody is your "tutor", you find your way around, you get organized, you know how to get what you need or you perish.

One might imagine that the industry is VERY interested in such people who are very capable of self-organization, self-motivation and who had to work independently and without micro management to get their degree.

Just in case you missed the capitalist dog-eat-dog mentality in our socialist wonderland. ;)

about a week ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Opportunist Re:Study says less about altruism, more about fair (123 comments)

In that case the choice should be to either shock someone and get money for it or refuse to do it and let the other person get the money instead (while nobody gets a shock). THAT would be a test of altruism vs. selfishness. What's easier for you, cause someone pain to get money or letting the money go, knowing that the person you didn't put into pain gets it instead.

Also an interesting tidbit that isn't quite clear is whether the person had only the choice to give himself or the other person the shocks, or to refuse it altogether.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

Opportunist Re:"Out of band?" (176 comments)

This. Hand the man an insightful, because that's basically the problem.

I, too, was sitting here, knowing that MS is going to do something "out of schedule" and reading an update coming "out of band". For a moment I was worried that I might have missed something critical, then I said to myself "Wait. You read it on /., better check whether it's so or whether someone just wanted to use jargon to sound cool without knowing what the fuck they write about".

about a week ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

Opportunist Re:Better go kick WSUS into a sync... (176 comments)

OTOH, if one of your dufus users clicks on some crap and infests the network with the latest and greatest threat since ILY you get whacked as well, after all there WAS a patch out and why the hell didn't you install it?

about a week ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

Opportunist Re:It's a combination of problems (154 comments)

The problem with GG here is that by definition it is always visible. And it will never be as much a status symbol as the cellphone was in its early days when it was a mark of someone being important 'cause he has to be reachable all the time.

Cellphones went through a rather lengthy development phase, and only recently they have become the surveillance tools they are today. GG was this right from the start. Do you think cells would have such an acceptance in business circles today if they had been a security problem right from the start?

about a week ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Opportunist Re:yaaaaaaay... (226 comments)

Yes! Promote these duds! Just don't put them in some manager position where they can't do any damage anymore, please. But as project managers they are a gold mine. Because they NEED security advice and since they get whacked if their systems get hacked but may spend liberally on security, they WANT to hire you.

Security is becoming a booming field now that laws are being passed that make the C-Levels personally liable for gross negligence. Use it to your advantage.

about a week ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Opportunist Re:The end result (226 comments)

Worked well for me. Doesn't work on me, though. Yes, that means I get to read an awful lot of applications since HR can't screen them sensibly. But looking around me, it was well worth the effort.

about a week ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

Opportunist Re:Group homes vs nursing homes (228 comments)

There are people who do not have that option for one reason or another...

about a week ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

Opportunist Re:Another pro-government article... (228 comments)

If my alternative is just to see my money being "squandered" on making the life of a few old people worth living or a CEO buying another golden backscratcher, I think the choice is an obvious one. For the simple reason that one day I might be an old person, but there is no chance that I'll ever be that CEO. Pure self interest, I admit, I'm selfish.

Also I tend to consider fairness important. And somehow I don't consider it fair that being allowed to live like a human being depends on something as negligible as the amount of money you have.

about a week ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

Opportunist Re:$6k to 7$7k/month (228 comments)

Shot them yourself 'cause they weren't worth it?

Right now I'm torn between hoping you don't propagate and hoping you do have kids and they inherited the attitude...

about a week ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

Opportunist Re:$6k to 7$7k/month (228 comments)

7k? Wow... remind me to never move to the US. You can have a very nice 24/7 nursing home spot for less than 2k in Europe. Less than 1k if you don't mind moving further towards the east.

about a week ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

Opportunist Re:and that means it doesn't cost any more? (228 comments)

I don't doubt that Dutch pharma CEOs have trophy mistresses too, but maybe they're also taken care of by some kind of social benefit system.

about a week ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

Opportunist Re:and that means it doesn't cost any more? (228 comments)

Unlikely. Patents only run so long and if you can't come up with something new every now and then you're relegated to pumping out cheap generic pharmaceuticals.

about a week ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

Opportunist Re:We have one in the US, too (228 comments)

They rarely have altzheimer. It's more a case of selective amnesia every time some reporter asks about something they'd rather not want to be remembered.

about a week ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Opportunist Study says less about altruism, more about fairnes (123 comments)

The study, in case you don't want to read the article, paired people off (so they didn't see each other but knew the other person was there), then one was offered a choice of various "shock bundles" (like 10 for 7$, or 15 for 10$ or the like) along with the choice who should get the shocks while this "decider" always got the money, no matter who he dealt the shocks.

People now taking shocks for the money they take doesn't say anything about altruism. It says something about what people perceive as fair. I get the money, so I should do the "work" for it. If you want altruism, check out how many will take the shocks while giving away the money!

about a week ago

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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 6 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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