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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

Overzeetop Modern moon surveys prove it was faked (223 comments)

Look, all you have to do is look at the stills from the recent lunar orbters when taken over several orbits in differing light. You can *clearly* see the remains of the sound stage rigging they left there when they lifted off. None of that stuff was necessary for the landing - they just shot the video with faked effects right there and came back leaving all the video gear. You can't argue with that.

13 hours ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Overzeetop He won't last that long. (388 comments)

I've already selected the sword I will use to separate his head from his body.

There can be only one

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Overzeetop Bzzzzt:: wrong! (166 comments)

I haven't been modded troll in, like 40 hours, so I was feeling left out. Anyway...

You're employer is under no requirement to pay for training unless they have asked you to job which requires that training and they hired you knowing that you did not have those skills. Some companies provide training as a benefit - allowing you to increase your skill level in your field or even a related one on their dime because they feel that developing in house expertise is valuable and will pay dividends. If your company identifies a need for a skill which you do not have, I would expect them to either hire someone else or offer to send you to training.

In any case where you bring a possibility for training, your manager (we hope, though sometimes it's faceless management or HR) will look to see if it increases your ability to perform work and provide additional value to the company. That gets played against the budget, the path your employer has for you within the organization, your value to the organization, and your overall marketability.

As a business owner, I can tell you that training is wildly expensive. As a former employee, I can tell you that conferences - on the whole - are wasted time and money for the employer. Training is a toss up unless it's directly related to your work or the work the company would like to go after or compete for. If you ever think training is cheap, take the cost of the class, the cost of transportation, the cost of lodging, the cost of per diem then add to it about $500 in internal time processing all the requests and approvals, then take your hourly rate times the number of hours you'll miss work and multiply it by 2.5. THAT'S the cost to the company. And that's why not all training is approved. A $250 conference for half a week can easily hit $5,000 in costs to the company.

I'm not saying that training is bad, or that companies can't find value in training, or that this particular company is good or bad. Merely pointing out that the cost of training is far higher than most employees ever realize.

yesterday
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Overzeetop Can't tell if it's Fox News or Rabid Progressives (640 comments)

I started out thinking he was far right, bludgeoning the people who think they know science but are really just too stupid to know better because they're not really geniuses - Fox lives on making fun of the "intellectuals." Then he claims that true science is hard and that people are just animals that can't get past their lack of understanding of basic probability, which puts him soundly on the left end of MSNBC. Then he wraps up by seeming to dismiss everything and everyone for not being good enough in his personal world/religious/scientific view, which could really put him in either the far right or far left.

I think he's mostly a pedant and a language troll, so I guess he fits right in here at /.

yesterday
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Overzeetop Wait, wait, wait (136 comments)

Most musicians I know make money doing gigs (i.e. working for a living). Movies are generally profitable or not based on theatrical sales - a time when there are no quality online versions; sales after a theatrical run is complete rarely changes a flop to profitability.

Interestingly, there are troupes of actors travelling all over the country and world who make money night after night performing in venues all over the country side. It's called theater, and - interestingly - when you put a "star" in a show you don't even have to travel. Have you seen the sellouts for Neil Patrick Harris, or Patrick Stewart on Broadway? Even if you ignore the fact that people can still make money performing live, the top movies, since 1920 have *the theatrical receipts* often exceeding the production cost by a factor of 4. That's a margin even the stingiest of capitalists drools over. In fact, the top 50 theatrically grossing movies (which are mostly from the last 20 years) grossed no less than 775 Million dollars EACH, and only 7 of them cost more than 200 Million to make, with none more than 300 Million. It's probably okay not to worry too much about being able to feed the families of the poor movie executives, even if by some strange change in the copyright law they lost all rights to their films at the close of the production run.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Overzeetop Re:on 4s a bit slow (484 comments)

Your problem is using Waze. Maps should be all you ever need, and now that Google owns Waze you should expect a more and more hostile environment for the app.

yesterday
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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

Overzeetop Not until Apple includes it in their iPhone (74 comments)

There's noting innovative or interesting about this kind of 3D scanning technology. It has no purpose, and will only be part of some "spec war" that goes on in the android phone circles. People just don't need - or want - 3D scanners in their phones.

Until 2019, when Apple includes the most revolutionary thing to ever occur in a phone - and it's the one thing you can't live without. The i3D module will be what turns the mobile device market on it's head.

(Sorry for the troll. Sooo many Apple fanbois on my FB feed these last few days. NFC payments, big screens, and optical image stabilization are the second coming, apparently. I just had to lash out.)

3 days ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

Overzeetop Some symphony/director joke goes here (177 comments)

Is this the online equivalent to getting tickets to the symphony? If so, it's no wonder they're all going under.

or maybe

If a symphony director thinks having all his buddies sign up for $9000 websites is a good idea, maybe we're paying symphony players too much.

or, perhaps better

Symphony conductor wants to keep all of the instrumentalists off his new site, so he sets the entry fee to be more than what they make in a year.

4 days ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

Overzeetop Damn, beat everyone else to I Am Rich (177 comments)

Came here just to ask if there was a discount, or if the membership would offer/reinstate a free I Am Rich app. for the first x users!

4 days ago
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Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

Overzeetop They will be required by July 2015 (126 comments)

California law will require that handsets be able to be remotely disabled by the user. This is one of the easiest ways to do that - to encrypt the phone so that there is no way to operate it without entering the passcode. No resets, no workarounds. Both Google and Apple know that this is the chance to get it into the only x.0 release before that deadline.

It's not high and mighty, it's just getting into compliance. IMHO, it's a good thing, but it's not some special high road either one is taking.

4 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Overzeetop CS bonanza (503 comments)

Are you kidding, it's much easier to say "we cannot do that" than have to go through verifying and unlocking a device every time someone forgets their passcode. It may piss off those customers, but there's nothing they can do.

I think the iPhone 6s should have a user-writable strip on the back so you can write down your passcode in case you forget it. Maybe a little sticky strip to cover it up so people can't see it normally.

4 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Overzeetop Backups are still provided with a smile (503 comments)

The backups are not encrypted with keys that Apple doesn't have, so they can turn over all of your backed up data - they just can't remotely unlock the physical phone device. All that's required is to make sure the phone is in range when it backs up and Apple can provide (nearly) all the data police require.

4 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Overzeetop Preferred by terrorists and druggies worldwide (503 comments)

This is security on the device, but not of the backups. They should be doing client side encryption and zero-knowledge storage in the cloud.

So remember, kids - if you're going to go all jihad or spaceman with your iPhone, just make sure you set it not to save any backups!

4 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Overzeetop Re:Sanity... (503 comments)

Or "enhanced interrogation techniques"

4 days ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Overzeetop The difference between Apple and others is trivial (331 comments)

So it's nearly identical to all other secure payment systems on the market. You still have the payment processor is the bank - who is a VISA/MC/AMEX 3rd party vendor who tracks and sells your information - instead of a non-bank corporate VISA/MC/AMEX 3rd party vendor who tracks and sells your information. No other secure system uses your CC, expiration date, or CVV code as part of a transaction either - not your smart-chip credit card, not google wallet, not the wireless providers.

The only difference here is that there is that Apple isn't privy to your transaction data at the register - though the merchant, the bank, and VISA/MC/AMEX still are. That and they have you transmit a photo of your credit card (and photos are unhackable, just ask the stars who took nude selfies) instead putting the onerous task of entering twenty two digits *all by yourself* into another payment processor's web/app form. I mean, that's 15 seconds you'll never get back.

4 days ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

Overzeetop Re:Lie. (191 comments)

Shhh...you're going to muck up the distortion field. They're better off not knowing. It's not like they have any useful information, they're apple users.

about a week ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Overzeetop Re:i like idea, but likely prohibitively expensive (139 comments)

Everything has a price, and if the buyer and seller come to an agreement then it's worth it. If you're a lawyer making $350/hr and you decide that it's worth $20 to have someone hand deliver your lunch instead of you going out and getting it, is that okay? If you're a driver getting 5 of those orders and hour and are grossing $100/hr, is that okay? What if you're just having a shitty day and $20 means getting a meal you *really* want without having to go out in the rain. You don't have to be rich to be lazy every once in a while.

about a week ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Overzeetop Re:Screw Uber (a rant) (139 comments)

To be fair, both Uber and Amazon don't *want* to have people working for them in absolutely horrible conditions for little pay. On the contrary, they'd like to eliminate those positions entirely and automate everything. Which really doesn't bode any better for local service people.

OTOH, this shouldn't be a surprise. The computer geeks have already put many, many typists, calculators (people, not boxes), secretaries, drafters, and similar people out of business just as the industrial revolution put many laborers out of a job. Do you really think that self-checkouts and ATMs have increased the number of employees in checkers/teller positions?

Taxi drivers are not going to be happy about self-driving cars, and though it's not possible now, it will be in the future. The bar on what can and can't be done automatically raises each year. Those close to the line need to see the writing. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who have already been passed by the line and will never / can never catch up to it. It's going to make for a very bumpy ride over the next half a century.

about a week ago

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Cloud provider Livedrive has critically failed leaving users without access

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "For three days, Livedrive has been offline, denying access to users files except through their one-file-at-a-time web interface. The support forum, which is limited to registered users only and is submission moderated, has had no posts since late February 23rd, just before the first major service error occurred. Since the service went offline on March 6th, there have been no status updates except to indicate a new date on the status page. Will this service interruption finally kill off the UK-based cloud service provider, which has been losing £1,000,000 a year?"
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Digital versions of popular books to be delayed

Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "Simon and Schuster and Hachette have recently announced that they will delay e-book releases by up to 4 months. This comes on the heels of literary agent recommending such a plan just days prior. This seems like a potential stumbling block for people who are considering picking up an e-reader this holiday season. Will Amazon or Barns and Noble consider playing hardball with the publishers to get the electronic versions released earlier?"
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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Overzeetop (214511) writes "What solutions are there for non-Outlook based calendaring and contact software that can be used on both a Windows desktop and a Windows Mobile device? I need shared contacts and calendaring with others in my small office, and would like to take that "on the road" with my new (yet to be purchased) pda/phone. I really don't want to go to Exchange server. Is there something that will work on both the desktop and a mobile device that doesn't use the Outlook database?"

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Overzeetop Overzeetop writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Many people mistake my sig to mean that I'm suprised that so many people (half!?!) are of sub-average intellegence. Quite the contrary, there are plenty of people out there who are intellegent.

My problem is that there are so many people who choose not to exercise their intelligence in any useful fashion. No, I'm not talking about proofreading emails or journal entries. I mean just plain old, walking around common sense.

You hear somthing incredible on the radio, or from a friend, or (the worst) read it in an email. Rather than saying, "that sounds pretty unusual, I should check it out for myself," it gets repeated to eveyone you know as if it were handed to you on stone tablets you received at Mount Sinai. Urban legends take the cake (stolen kidneys?). But it applies to current events, too.

Somtimes it's even simpler. When you're driving on a highway and an exit ramp is coming up, most of the time an entrance ramp will immediatly follow. A quick glance will show you if it is a busy interchange. Are you in the right lane? Is there anyone in the next lane over? No? How about switching lanes so you don't play chicken with the cars entering. Stupid AND inconsiderate (they seem to go hand in hand).

It's not about how intellegent people are; that isn't suprising. It's about how many people choose not to use that intellegence; that always amazes me.

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