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Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

QuietLagoon Wow... (88 comments)

... there are humans that are not even that smart....

yesterday
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

QuietLagoon What about the Ogallala Aquifer? (324 comments)

The Great Plains States on the verge of some significant water problems.

The sprawling Ogallala Aquifer in the Great Plains provides freshwater for roughly one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cattle and cotton in the United States. But key parts of the underwater aquifer are being depleted faster than they can be recharged by rain (see map)....

4 days ago
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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

QuietLagoon Fad: low contrast web pages (153 comments)

There's a fad trend in website design the past couple of years. Low contrast text, i.e., light grey text on an off-white background.

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Readability appears to be taking a back seat.

4 days ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

QuietLagoon Re:Quoted from TFA (200 comments)

...And then Congress — at the urging of a senator from Mississippi — swooped in and ordered the agency to finish the tower, no matter what....

Got to deliver that pork to the voters, especially when other taxpayers are paying for it.

4 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

QuietLagoon Aiding the criminals (250 comments)

imo, the news organizations are aiding the criminals by publishing the material. If the news organizations did not publish the materials, then the leverage the criminals have would be less.

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While I do not look at Sony's latest threat tactics as beneficial to the situation, I also think the news organizations should stop their feeding frenzy.

5 days ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

QuietLagoon One major bad assupmtion of the article... (567 comments)

... that I view everything in a full-screen window. I do not.

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Indeed, I do take heart to what the article says, as the individual windows on my desktop are taller than they are wide. But If I were to flip my monitor to portrait mode, I'd get less usable screen real estate, not more.

The author of the article seems to use the desktop monitor the way a tablet is used, i.e., a full-screen window for each app. I do not do that on my desktop, I do not want to do that on my desktop.

The author of the article should try using a desktop monitor more efficiently, and stop putting everything in a full screen window. ;)

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

QuietLagoon Let's get more samples (135 comments)

A sample of one is not enough to say one way or the other ont his matter.

about two weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

QuietLagoon The answer is not yet known... (417 comments)

At this point in time, we do not know whether AI will empower us or terminate us.

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The simple reason is that AI has not yet made its decision of what it plans to do.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

QuietLagoon Re:I am by no means a fan of Comcast... (291 comments)

...The best claim is based on increased electricity usage. ...

Au contraire... Comcast is usurping location and operational resources of a residence for a business purpose. The best claim is that Comcast should not be doing this without the explicit permission of the property owner.

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On a customer by customer basis, there can be an attempt to explain away this theft of resources by saying that the resources used are negligible, and that the homeowner should not complain about such a negligible use of the homeowner's resources.

However, I look at this differently, it is absolutely and completely up to the homeowner what resources the homeowner wishes to share with Comcast.

And what is the cost of this theft when you look at all the installations across the country that Comcast is deploying in private residences? How much money is Comcast saving nationwide because Comcast does not have to establish a nationwide hot spot infrastructure without stealing its customers' resources?

And then there is the aspect that this may be against zoning regulations in some areas, i.e., operating a business operation in a residential neighborhood.

about two weeks ago
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Tour the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum (Video)

QuietLagoon Been there... (19 comments)

I've visited the museum a couple of times in the past three years, I even donated some old radios I had.

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Very interesting place to visit, and good people running it.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

QuietLagoon Re:I'm sorry (415 comments)

Looks like I'll now be holding on to my Windows 7 licenses as long as I can.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

QuietLagoon Re:awww.... (720 comments)

...pretty much anyplace with a fulltime HR department will discover your transgressions and gleefully report to the hiring manager that they "gotcha" and are doing a really great job keeping reprobates like us away from their "sanitary" workplace....

My experiences working with a full-time HR department ("HR Team") both as a candidate and as a hiring manager correlates yours, but more generally --- the HR department looks for reasons why a candidate is not suitable for the position. The more reasons the HR department finds for not hiring a candidate, the better the job they consider themselves to be doing.

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I've overridden a HR department on more than one occasion because they focused on minutiae instead of qualifications. In those instances, the candidate was hired and became a very good performer. At times I wonder if I would be able to hire anyone if I listened to HR's opinion of the candidates.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

QuietLagoon Campaign contributions (229 comments)

Some corporate entity must have made some rather significant Federal-level campaign contributions in order to trigger this level of concern....

about three weeks ago
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Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

QuietLagoon Why does every Firefox release get headlines here? (237 comments)

It certainly looks as if there's an unwarranted amount of arm waving, trying to counter the UI fiasco that is Firefox.

about three weeks ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

QuietLagoon Comical comments... (252 comments)

You really need to read the article to understand the numbers involved here. Don't go on a saturated fat binge.

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RTFA

There are conditions around increasing the saturated fat intake.

Inhaling pizza still is not healthy.

about a month ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

QuietLagoon Nothing new, reportedly GM did it on Nader (299 comments)

But GM was not able to dig up any dirt on Nader. While Nader apparently was able to dig up lots of dirt on GM.

about a month ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

QuietLagoon They already have an agent... (215 comments)

It's called a head hunter. A good head hunter acts like an agent. Good luck finding a good head hunter, though.

about a month ago

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A&E Network: Disabling Video On Demand Fast-Forward Is Good

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about 3 months ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes ""A study commissioned by A+E Networks concluded fast-forward disabling did not have any “adverse effects” to the program viewing experience via Video On Demand, nor did it negatively impact intent to continue using VOD."

Apparently, the Video On Demand viewers enjoy watching commercials, and do not mind the removal of the ability to fast forward past those commercials."
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Does Microsoft view Windows desktop as a dead end?

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about 5 months ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Mr. Nadella, CEO Microsoft, sent out an email last week that outlined Microsoft's focus for the future. One had to wade through more than half of the email before there was any mention of Windows desktop.

In his all-hands strategy email of last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demoted Windows to a handful of terse mentions deep in the 3,100 communique, a clue how he, and thus the company, now see the firm's long-time cornerstone. "Windows will deliver the most rich and consistent user experience for digital work and life scenarios on screens of all sizes — from phones, tablets and laptops to TVs and giant 82-in PPI boards," Nadella said in one of the first uses of "Windows" in his massive message. That sentence appeared well past the half-way mark in the email: 60% of the message preceded it.

Is Microsoft now unable to innovate within the desktop Windows space? Is Mr. Nadella's memo a tacit admission by Microsoft that there is little innovation left in the desktop space? Is Microsoft's inability to innovate in the desktop space indicative of a larger problem within Microsoft? Has rigor mortis set in?"

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In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "As a follow-up to the article a couple of days ago, the New York Times has an above-the-fold front-page article today about the horrible working conditions in the Chinese factories that Apple uses.

Employees work excessive overtime, in some cases seven days a week, and live in crowded dorms. Some say they stand so long that their legs swell until they can hardly walk. Under-age workers have helped build Apple’s products, and the company’s suppliers have improperly disposed of hazardous waste and falsified records, according to company reports and advocacy groups that, within China, are often considered reliable, independent monitors.

More troubling, the groups say, is some suppliers’ disregard for workers’ health. Two years ago, 137 workers at an Apple supplier in eastern China were injured after they were ordered to use a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens. Within seven months last year, two explosions at iPad factories, including in Chengdu, killed four people and injured 77. Before those blasts, Apple had been alerted to hazardous conditions inside the Chengdu plant, according to a Chinese group that published that warning (PDF alert).
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Global Internet governance fight looms

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The global fight among governments over control of the Internet is heating up amid a flurry of documents, the opening of the United Nations' General Assembly (GA) and next week's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Will the change in Internet governance result in states like China and Russia exerting more control over what is allowed on the Internet? The United States has so far comprehensively outmaneuvered attempts by other governments to seize control of the Internet, helped by the fact that it holds the keys and represents the status quo. But how long will it continue to be able to do so?"
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Doctors and Dentists censoring patients

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Timothy Lee writes about his experience with a dentist.

"When I walked into the offices of Dr. Ken Cirka, I was looking for cleaner teeth, not material for an Ars Technica story. I needed a new dentist, and Yelp says Dr. Cirka is one of the best in the Philadelphia area. The receptionist handed me a clipboard with forms to fill out. After the usual patient information form, there was a "mutual privacy agreement" that asked me to transfer ownership of any public commentary I might write in the future to Dr. Cirka. Surprised and a little outraged by this, I got into a lengthy discussion with Dr. Cirka's office manager that ended in me refusing to sign and her showing me the door...."

Can a patient be required to sign such an agreement before medical care is tendered? What if the medical care is more urgent or an emergency? Can the patient be in the correct frame of mind to sign a legal agreement?"

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Should Microsoft be split up?

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Goldman Sachs had downgraded Microsoft from "buy" to "neutral," criticizes the company's efforts in mobile computing, and most radically, suggests that the company carve out its consumer business from its enterprise one. This is just one more sign that Microsoft could use a vision overhaul. ...

The report also warned that Microsoft isn't likely to make any headway in mobile this year because "Apple's iPad and iPhone plus Google's Android operating system are well established."

That's putting it mildly. Windows Phone 7 will have to be a spectacular success if it's to make any headway not just this year, but in the next several years as well. And Microsoft may try to sue Android out of business, but technology, not lawsuits, are going to have the lead the way.


What do you think? Does Microsoft have a chance of catching in the mobile devices marketplace? Is the enterprise where Microsoft's future lives?"
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New AVG fetaure DDoS's the Internet

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The Register is running a story about a new feature in the AVG virus scanner.

Six months ago, AVG acquired Exploit Prevention Labs and its Linkscanner, a tool that automatically scans search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, and ten results turn up, it visits all ten links to ensure they're malware free. Then, in late April, AVG rolled Linkscanner into its anti-virus engine, which has about 70 million active users worldwide. The company estimates that 20 million machines have upgraded to the tool's new incarnation, AVG version 8, and this has already cooked up enough ghost clicks to skew traffic not only on The Reg but any number of other sites as well.
What will the effect be when AVG rolls this new fewture out to all of its 70 million users?"
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Here come the thought police

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "In a Baltimore Sun op-ed piece, Ralph E. Shaffer and R. William Robinson write, 'With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman's "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman's Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain.

'Not since the "Patriot Act" of 2001 has any bill so threatened our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

'The historian Henry Steele Commager, denouncing President John Adams' suppression of free speech in the 1790s, argued that the Bill of Rights was not written to protect government from dissenters but to provide a legal means for citizens to oppose a government they didn't trust. Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence not only proclaimed the right to dissent but declared it a people's duty, under certain conditions, to alter or abolish their government....

'Ms. Harman's proposal includes an absurd attack on the Internet, criticizing it for providing Americans with "access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda," and legalizes an insidious infiltration of targeted organizations. The misnamed "Center of Excellence," which would function after the commission is disbanded in 18 months, gives the semblance of intellectual research to what is otherwise the suppression of dissent.'"
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Comcast blocks some Internet traffic

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "MSNBC is reporting the results of an Associated Press test that show Comcast blocks some Internet traffic. "Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.

"The interference, which The Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. Internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users.

"If widely applied by other ISPs, the technology Comcast is using would be a crippling blow to the BitTorrent, eDonkey and Gnutella file-sharing networks. While these are mainly known as sources of copyright music, software and movies, BitTorrent in particular is emerging as a legitimate tool for quickly disseminating legal content.

"The principle of equal treatment of traffic, called "Net Neutrality" by proponents, is not enshrined in law but supported by some regulations. Most of the debate around the issue has centered on tentative plans, now postponed, by large Internet carriers to offer preferential treatment of traffic from certain content providers for a fee....
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Zenith Electronics Corporation said today that Engineer Robert Adler, who co-invented the TV remote control with fellow Engineer Eugene Polley, has passed on to the big sofa in the sky. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Adler and co-inventor Polley, another Zenith engineer, an Emmy in 1997 for the landmark invention."
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  about 8 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The email transcripts of Microsoft anti-trust trials always make for interesting reading, and the Iowa trial is continuing the tradition. An email from Jim Allchin asks the question of whether Microsoft has lost sight of what matters to its customers:

Exhibit 7264. Almost three years ago, on January 7, 2004, Jim Allchin, the senior executive at Microsoft, sent an E-mail to Microsoft's top two executives, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, and the subject was losing our way. Mr. Allchin says, I'm not sure how the company lost sight of what matters to our customers, both business and home, the most, but in my view we lost our way. I think our teams lost sight of what bug-free means, what resilience means, what full scenarios mean, what security means, what performance means, how important current applications are, and really understanding what the most important problems our customers face are. I see lots of random features and some great vision, but that does not translate into great products. He goes on to say, I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft."
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 8 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The next version of Windows Media player that will be appearing in Windows Vista has upped the ante for DRM, removing a significant portion of the rights you have to the media content you own. So much so, that a Microsoft VP appears to be advocating the flaunting of DMCA in order to get the content into Zune, "Lots of DVD ripping software out there..."

What do you think about the loss of the rights to use the media you own?"

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