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Ask Slashdot: How To Become Informed In Judicial Elections?

Phillip Birmingham Re:Only interesting for eligible US citizens (153 comments)

Don't you kind of expect that there's going to be some of that on a US-based site with a largely US-based membership? Don't be like my countrymen who travel abroad and complain that nobody speaks English.

more than 2 years ago

In Calif. Study, Most Kids With Whooping Cough Were Fully Vaccinated

Phillip Birmingham Bayes tells us that this is no surprise. (293 comments)

No vaccine is 100% effective, so some people who are vaccinated will catch the disease. Since the vast majority of people are vaccinated, it's no surprise that most of the victims were vaccinated.

more than 2 years ago

Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?

Phillip Birmingham Re:Shocked. (851 comments)

The boss sees you with a smartphone, he assumes you're always on duty. Because he can. Because YOU can.

Well, you could:

(1) Not give your boss the number. Grapple the expectation head-on.
(2) Give your boss the number with the caveat that at some places the reception really sucks. "Gee, boss, sorry I missed your call. I must have been in a dead spot!"
(3) Get a Google Voice number, and give that to your boss. It's up to you whether or not you forward it to your phone.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

Phillip Birmingham Re:No commute? (735 comments)

Now, that is a good idea.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

Phillip Birmingham Re:Go for it, AND be loyal (735 comments)

It sounds like a deal you shouldn't pass up. And I admire your loyalty. Your new employer will appreciate your loyalty, too, when you explain to them how you still need to help your old company out.

I am sure they would accommodate your working with your old employer until they can get on their feet once again. Perhaps telecommute some, or work at the old job a few days a week.

If they had objections to that, I would question wanting to work for them...

I wish I had mod points so I could rate this Funny.

On the off chance that you are serious, I suspect that the fraction of employers who would welcome such an arrangement is very low, especially if it were an open-ended arrangement. I imagine everybody would be much more comfortable if you start the new job later, and give extended notice at the old job.

more than 3 years ago

PETA To Launch Pornography Website

Phillip Birmingham What kind of dork is going to fall for that? (348 comments)

"We're hoping to reach a whole new audience of people, some of whom will be shocked by graphic images that maybe they didn't anticipate seeing when they went to the PETA triple-X site."

Yeah, 'cuz nobody would expect that from PETA.

more than 3 years ago

Poor Design Choices In the Star Wars Universe

Phillip Birmingham Re:Nerd-boy strikes back (832 comments)

Fighting with a tsuba-less sword would be folly.

Besides, Beatrix Kiddo: tsuba. O-Ren Ishii: no tsuba. Who got the top inch of her skull lopped off?

On topic, I LOVE Star Wars. I even loved the prequel trilogy, except for Jar-Jar.

I also loved Scalzi's article, and the article in Cracked about the blunders (like, why didn't the Death Star just blow up Yavin and let the blast wave take care of the rebel base on its moon?) Folks need to be lightening up.

more than 5 years ago

Email-only Providers?

Phillip Birmingham Re:Google Apps (601 comments)

Likewise. Just bite the bullet and point your MXs at Google. You'll be glad you did.

more than 6 years ago


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