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What I Did During My Summer Vacation: Burning Man Edition

Phylarr Re:Normally... (228 comments)

By the same logic, news about my cat belongs on Slashdot because I am a nerd and it would matter to me.

about a year ago

Take a Free Networking Class From Stanford

Phylarr Re:Excellent idea, but... (128 comments)

My (in my opinion perfectly capable) wife wanted to take this course but decided against it after reading those prerequisites.

It will take more than just free online courses for academia to overcome its walled garden and truly be more accessible. Why is something given as a prerequisite that can just as easily be explained in a couple of minutes in the first lecture?

more than 2 years ago

Verizon Adds $2 Charge For Paying Your Bill Online

Phylarr Re:Fee is waived for certain cases. (562 comments)

What? It affects anyone who pays by credit card but doesn't want to give VZW permission to store their card info. It has nothing to do with last-minute payments.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

Phylarr The Office (1200 comments)

Does nobody else remember this from The Office:
Pam: "I’m failing my computer class."
Jim: “I thought you were good at Flash?”
Pam: “I was. But then they switched to Acrobat just as I was learning Quark. I hate computers.”

Scenes like the virus one in Independence Day are at least believable enough that my dad doesn't think twice about it. Even he knows that dialog from The Office was BS.

more than 3 years ago

UVB-76 Explained

Phylarr UFOs explained (222 comments)

According to an old Geocities page, they are things that fly around in the sky.

No shit it's orders for Russian troops. The mystery remains: what orders?

more than 4 years ago

Defense Chief Urges Big Cuts In Military Spending

Phylarr Re:Interesting (449 comments)

From TFA:
"Mr. Gates said the nation owed quality health care to those in uniform, their families and veterans, but pointed out that members of the military health care system have not been charged increases in premiums for 15 years — even though the program’s annual cost has risen to $50 billion from $19 billion a decade ago.

'Health care costs are eating the Defense Department alive,' Mr. Gates said."

He's suggesting changing the cost structure of it, not cutting what it covers. Given no premium increases in 15 years, I'd have to say that it's time to make some changes to it.

more than 4 years ago

12% of E-mail Users Have Responded To Spam

Phylarr Article and summary are wrong (268 comments)

If you RTFA, it says that 12% of people have clicked on a spam message. It then uses the phrase "responded to" to describe what those people did.

Clicking on an email is not the same as responding to it. I've clicked on spam emails. I've never responded to one.

more than 5 years ago

NASA Names Space Station Treadmill After Colbert

Phylarr Re:Pompous military time (383 comments)

Complaining about someones presentation of time when the thing that is in error is the value of the presentation is silly.

Not if you believe that the presentation contributed to the error, as I do. Everyone who knows who Colbert is knows that the show is on at 11:30PM. Using military time confused the issue and introduced an error.

Military time is a synonym for 24-hour clock notation. I call it military time because I only use it when dealing with the military. It may not be your preference, but calling it that is neither wrong nor silly.

more than 5 years ago

NASA Names Space Station Treadmill After Colbert

Phylarr Pompous military time (383 comments)

If you're going to be a big showoff and use military time, you could at least get it right. It was at 23:30 EDT. Next time, just say 11:30PM EDT and don't be a douchebag. Over and out.

more than 5 years ago

Personality Testing For Employment

Phylarr Interview advice for introverts (581 comments)

I've taken very similar tests on sites which give ME the results and it shows that, while I possess many good qualities, my reserved nature makes me hard for others to read, particularly in that my expression of happiness or enthusiasm are externally muted.

I'm the same way, and, despite my excellent GPA and decent experience upon graduation from college, I was unable to get a job for a long time. I had no end of interviews, but no follow-ups.

I eventually went to an interview coach, who suggested that I explain to people exactly what you just said. So at my next interview, I ended each of the individual interviews with a brief statement along the lines of "I may not seem like I'm excited about this job, but that's just because of how I am. Etc."

It was hard for me to do, and some people seemed shocked to hear me talk about myself in such an open way, but they all seemed to appreciate it. And a bunch of the interviewers empathized and said they had the same problem. It worked out well, and I'd recommend it to other introverts out there.

about 6 years ago

Google Chrome, Day 2

Phylarr Reviews suck (1016 comments)

One reviewer hadn't even installed the browser yet. Seriously.

I installed Google's browser. It sucked. Didn't ask where I wanted to install it. No adblocker (and probably never will be). Very limited configuration options. Couldn't handle my font colors. Set GoogleUpdate.exe to run every time my computer starts. Took me to a "why are you uninstalling it" web form when I went to uninstall it, and the web form didn't work. Ass sucking from start to finish. Classic Google.

more than 6 years ago


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