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Linguistics Identifies Anonymous Users

Renraku Re:I wrote a letter to the CEO once (215 comments)

Ahh, but real dialogue can get one into trouble when dealing with the political minded. You see, there are those out there that are not working towards the same goals as you. Even if you're a part of the same team and of the same company, there are those that think the illusion of them being correct is more important than the welfare of the team.

It can be difficult to have a truly open dialogue with people of this sort, as they are quick to attack your reputation or pull rank and have you removed from the equation altogether. Imagine a World War I commanding officer that orders wave after wave of soldiers to run into the meat grinder of overlaid and well protected machine gun fire, and when it disastrously fails, they do it again. Those that complain are ordered into said meat grinder. The corporate world is no different.

I think a bigger threat to geeks in business are when they approach such situations without due caution. If you make a claim, you must be prepared to back it up to everyone that could be interested. Real concrete evidence. References. Citations. Etc. Basically, the idea is to sell your idea rather than to challenge theirs or the one in place.

about a year and a half ago

UC's For-Pay Online Course Draws 4 Non-UC Students

Renraku Re:A fair question. (177 comments)

Because it's a dream. If it were $10 people would think it's a scam. The $1000+ price tag means they aren't dicking around. Even if the $10 and $1000+ curriculum was the exact same, I bet they'd come out about the same in terms of revenue, but the $10 course would require a lot more upkeep and resources.

about a year and a half ago

Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

Renraku Re:Just kick him out. (338 comments)

They don't even have to 100% go through with it. Just put on a show like he is being kicked out. Give him 30 days, talk about moving constantly, etc. He'll probably have a job pretty fast. Then as soon as he has one, out on his ass he goes! Then he'll see that living on your own is kind of cool even though it's expensive.

about a year and a half ago

Campaign To Remove Paper From Offices

Renraku Experienced with this. (285 comments)

A company I used to work for tried to go paperless after I showed a couple of managers that everything was way faster electronically than on paper. I demonstrated it by doing things the old fashioned way: Print document, alter it with pen/marker, scan it, and upload it back. Took about 15 minutes. I did it in about 30 seconds or less electronically. No differences between the outcomes of the two methods except for time.

They made a big push for it, but in the end upper management wouldn't budge. They didn't know how to do it on computer, didn't want to learn, didn't even HAVE to do it, but insisted that everyone had to do it like they did. I didn't bother. I kept doing it the old way. As a result I'd process 10-20x documents more than other people would day by day.

The absolute best part of it? Having 500 blank pages in a folder on my desk to make it look like I was doing it by hand. Never got caught and eventually the company went under.

about a year and a half ago

China's Controversial Brain Surgery To Cure Drug Addiction

Renraku Re:Serious question (385 comments)

We CAN cure addiction. In many different ways. America just fucking sucks at it because we'd rather send people to jail for having drugs than treat them for addiction. More money in it, I guess.

Anyway, there are a couple of different GOOD treatments, but none of them will work unless the addict wants them to work. Truly wants them to work, not just because they ran out or because they're broke.

One is replacement therapy. You can move off onto something like Suboxone (not mentioning methadone since it is literally worse than the drugs you could be addicted to and takes months to get off of), and then taper down the Suboxone. It works by filling the receptors that opiates stimulate. You don't get high, but your cravings go away...even if you continue your drug use, you don't get much pleasure as the Suboxone binds to the receptors better. Some countries say 'fuck it' and give people access to the drug of their choice, since the social effects are the worst parts of addiction anyway. Sure they might eventually die earlier or harm themselves, but that's their choice if they want to.

Another is hallucinogen therapy. We're making advances in treating people with ibogaine, MDMA, ketamine, etc. With some psychotherapy thrown in, you can help the brain to rewire to make the cravings less intense...this is best if combined with something like Suboxone therapy.

If someone really wants to quit, they can. It isn't THAT difficult with medical treatment. What really sucks is as soon as you say you want to quit, you get treated like a criminal and no one has any sympathy for you whatsoever. If you tell your doc they won't say 'oh okay let me taper your meds' they'll just tell you to go to a pain clinic which will be seeing new patients in about seven months, and they can help out. Sorry I have to drop you as a patient because wanting to get clean is drug seeking behavior.

Addiction is a complex social and medical issue. We've made very few concessions on the social side, but we've almost got the medical side completely cleared up.

about a year and a half ago

New Documents Detail FBI, Bank Crack Down On Occupy Wall Street

Renraku Re:The problem with protests. (584 comments)

It's not even that easy, because 15% to you or I is worth a lot more to us than 15% to a corporation. To you or I, that 15% is the difference between living in a so-so apartment to living in a GOOD apartment. To them, that 15% is just less money in the pockets of the already super rich who want golden toilets and new yachts every year.

about a year and a half ago

China's Controversial Brain Surgery To Cure Drug Addiction

Renraku Re:Serious question (385 comments)

This is like treating your kid who bites their nails by having their nails surgically removed. It doesn't address the WHY of addiction, it simply removes one aspect of it. I'd wager that people who are cured of their addiction by this method are also cured of things like pleasure, joy, motivation, etc.

But I'm sure America will adopt it soon enough. We're more interested in punishing people for drugs than treating the cause behind those drugs.

about a year and a half ago

Has 3D Film-Making Had Its Day?

Renraku Re:"Greedo Texts First!" (436 comments)

Not necessarily. Imagine the shit people did all the damn time that they eventually 'got over.' Like men being required to wear suits/ties 100% of the time. I imagine by the time of Alderaan, people will have mostly stopped caring about twittering/Facebooking 24/7 on their phones. It'll no longer be new. It would probably even be a very niche thing at that point...not just talking about those sites, but those KINDS of sites.

about a year and a half ago

You're Being DDOSed — What Do You Do? Name and Shame?

Renraku Re:Not innocent (336 comments)

In order for this to be a more fitting analogy, someone has paid someone else to contract 10,000 car thieves to steal 10,000 cars and all come by and fling shit at your house all night. You ask the police for help and they say they can't really do anything because there's goddamn 10,000 cars and they'd have to build a prison in order to house all the car thieves.

But, your home owner's association decides to enact a temporary 'show proof of residence in this area to get through' rule and the shit-flinging is stopped. Some people are mad because now they can't get to your house and buy those yummy pies that you sell, though.

about a year and a half ago

Specific Gut Bacteria May Account For Much Obesity

Renraku Re:Mass-Media Report (470 comments)

Bacteria are important in our digestive system for two reasons: To extract vitamins/minerals from food more efficiently (bacteria eat it and poop out things we can better use), and to break down things we normally couldn't break down. Perhaps if the bad bacteria wasn't efficient, it would cause us to be hungrier (as we aren't getting enough vitamins/minerals) and eat more, which would in turn cause weight gain due to the vitamin/mineral to fat/carbs/etc ratio being so shitty in regular food.

about a year and a half ago

AMD Unveils Preliminary Radeon HD 8000M Series Mobile GPU Details

Renraku Re:Linux drivers? (51 comments)

Goddamn, I hate this. Back when I bought my last laptop I got the one with the best possible graphics card. Had something like 4GB RAM, a decent processor, and a decent video card. The shit can't run 5+ year old games at any playable resolution. The original Half Life is barely playable, I get like 15 stuttery FPS on it. It could barely run SNES emulators.

about 2 years ago

Baltimore Issued Speed Camera Ticket To Motionless Car

Renraku Re:Not legal here. (286 comments)

No need for a tailgating gun. You can usually pick them out. Most people will settle into an average distance between their car and the car in front of them. You'll see five cars in a row with a decent distance between them, then you'll see a car practically touching the bumper of the car in front of them. Those are the dangerous people.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Interviewing Your Boss?

Renraku Re:Once you get past competency (219 comments)

This. There are two major schools of thought in management: One is that managers should ride everyone's ass because as soon as the manager leaves their field of view they're going to be playing solitaire and wasting company money, the other is that all they themselves should have to do is relay orders from Up Above and then fire up solitaire themselves.

In reality, management is a logistical position. Their job is to make sure orders get relayed, everyone is cool with it (aka that it is well within their possibility to complete as requested), make sure people are keeping up to performance standards, and making sure everyone gets what they need to do their jobs. That's it. Unfortunately, it does usually require a little 'power' to do this, which is what quickly goes to peoples' heads. Instead of being logistical, they see themselves as the ones doing the REAL work. That's why you get those companies with departments consisting solely of middle management. They'll all stand around yelling at each other to take the garbage out and it'll never get done.

Financial companies and the like are the worst. My friend's department consists of four workers and EIGHT bosses. The workers bring in ~90% of the revenue for the team, the bosses go on expensive trips and bitch that their department isn't making enough revenue.

about 2 years ago

Black Boxes In Cars Raise Privacy Concerns

Renraku Re:Exculpatory evidence? (297 comments)

In order for manslaughter to apply, you would have had to be found guilty of either gross negligence or malicious intent. It would not apply in your situation because simply hitting someone with a vehicle does not automatically imply either. Rather, the circumstances surrounding it do. Gross negligence means you would have had to ran a red light or failed to yield to a pedestrian pursuant to your local laws (like they were in a yield-to-pedestrians zone in a crosswalk). Malicious intent means you acted to intentionally cause harm to them. One or the other of these things must be proven beyond the shadow of a doubt by the prosecution (since it's a felony), in order for you to be found under some part of the manslaughter crime.

Someone being struck in the road by a car at night while wearing all black automatically throws up a 'reasonable doubt' that you even knew they were there, much less could you have intentionally hit them, or taken actions not to hit them.

You MIGHT have had a good case against you as a misdemeanor, but toxicology showed he was under the influence of a mind altering and intoxicating drug, so you'd probably get let go on that if your lawyer could play that card up a little.

The next phase would be warding off the civil lawsuit they'll inevitably file against you because they can't afford the $40k+ it probably took them to get patched up. Good luck to that one, I say. Your best bet is to let it play out and then counter sue for the same amount for damaging your car.

about 2 years ago

Black Boxes In Cars Raise Privacy Concerns

Renraku Re:So wait now (297 comments)

Or once all insurance companies start requiring them to be installed, as you can't legally drive a car on the streets without liability insurance (or proof that you can pay off a few million in damages or something like that).

about 2 years ago

How Yucca Mountain Was Killed

Renraku Re:Two dirty words harry reid (340 comments)

We don't have to bury it at all. We could reprocess almost all the high level nuclear waste and turn it into some kind of usable form. But alas, reprocessing is taboo here in the US, so we like to ship it to France (paying them to take it), have them reprocess it, and then buy it back from them.

about 2 years ago

Virginia Woman Is Sued For $750,000 After Writing Scathing Yelp Review

Renraku Re:Shrug (424 comments)

As an example, let's say that you have a hotel room. You go out on the town one day and come back to your laptop, camera, etc, all missing. It isn't a stretch to say the hotel stole them. The only people that should have had access to the room were yourself and the hotel. There's no 'losing them' because no one should have taken them into their possession to begin with. The MOST that should have happened was that they get rearranged within the room so that housekeeping can better clean up the room (like moved off the bed and into the chairs/onto the table).

This isn't even like when the TSA rips off your goods from your bags...because it could have been LOTS of people in the airport, not just the TSA.

about 2 years ago

If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

Renraku Re:tech is a fairly broad category (660 comments)

The problem is that the trend simply can't go on forever. It'll come to the point where companies have to start selling off vast assets and workers just to pay the ruling class a little more, then you get a bunch of chiefs yelling at each other to make some profit, but there's no more workers, and they sure aren't going to dirty their hands.

This only applies to companies that actually provide products/services, not investment firms and the like that just shift money around between accounts to generate a couple of bucks.

about 2 years ago

Cops To Congress: We Need Logs of Americans' Text Messages

Renraku Re:Catch 22: (342 comments)

It isn't scary. YET. Currently, the FBI really only sticks its nose into people that have done something 'big.' Getting electronic communication records should be only for matters of national security or life and death time sensitive situations. They rarely had problems before getting witnesses to talk, and there are almost always witnesses. Either someone saw you shoot the guy or your friend you were texting about it got mad at you and wants to make sure you go away.

It will become a lot scarier once automated software flags out all kinds of interesting keywords, which all get followed up on. Ma'am, we're here because you texted the word pot to your friend. We now have probable cause to arrest you and search your home, pending an investigation into the sale and/or use of illegal drugs. They've already been arrested for the same reason, only we found some expired pain medication in their cabinet so brought them in for possession of narcotics. In addition to that, your husband will lose their security clearance and your children will be placed in protective custody for the duration.

about 2 years ago

Congress Wants To Resurrect Laser-Wielding 747

Renraku Re:what better... (302 comments)

Fear mongering about China.

The US has treaties that we're probably ready to break at a moment's notice concerning weapons (offensive or defensive) in space. Honestly, if we thought the Chinese would instantly shoot down something they didn't like that we put in space, we'd launch something that would allow oppressed Chinese citizens some freedom that their government couldn't control. Then we'd use the resulting fallout (hopefully not a pun) to get economic sanctions against China and improve our own economic standing. I doubt it would be all out war over a satellite, especially since they are no slouch when it comes to military.

That's my analysis, take it for what you will.

My analysis banks on the fact that we even found out that the Chinese shot it down. It might just 'randomly' fail according to us. Or it might get knocked down by some satellite North Korea launched claiming as their own (but was actually given to them by China). It might get hit with 'space debris.' Who knows? I doubt they'd launch a missile in space from their mainland that took out the missile. The Chinese aren't stupid.

more than 2 years ago



Electronic Arts' Notorious for Bugs?

Renraku Renraku writes  |  about 7 years ago

Renraku (518261) writes "After spending several hours straight trying to get Battlefield 2142 to work again to no avail, I have to wonder if everyone else has the same problems with EA Games as I have. I have purchased and played Battlefield 1942, 2, and 2142, as well as Need for Speed Most Wanted, Battle for Middle Earth 2, as well as a few Command and Conquer games.

Most of the time their technical support boards are close to useless. Games stop working or start working seemingly at random. For example, last week my Battlefield 2142 stopped working for no obvious reason. I didn't change settings, change anything about my current version of Windows, and I didn't click on any email attachments. Battlefield 1942 and 2 were similar, and it took days to get Battle for Middle Earth 2 to work properly. And those were on several different system setups and Windows versions.

So I ask, does anyone else have a similar amount of problems with EA Games? And if so, what can the community at large do about it? Voting with your wallet isn't working, as there are plenty of people saying they and their friends have boycotted EA because of their terrible bugs and work ethics. Is it right to expect some kind of compensation if your new game suddenly and completely stops working after two months?"


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