Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?
I have been in a few jobs where the managers were verbally and/or emotionally abusive. In both cases I left ASAP.
THIS. Life's too short to put up with loser companies.
That being said, one needs a financial cushion of 6 months-ish. The easiest way to do that is to skim off 10% from every paycheck, no matter what.
Remember, you canâ"and should!â"evaluate the company you work for, daily. If they "fail the interview" (i.e., it is more hassle to work there than to find another job) then it is time to Let Them Go.
Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills
It would actually be easy enough for Walmart to anonymize them, by simply recording the transaction as "$50 Prepaid Debit Card" and not record which particular debit card number went to which customer. Also, if you anonymously acquire a prepaid debit card used for a transaction involved with some nefarious purpose, you still don't get picked up, because it may trace to that transaction, but it doesn't trace to you.
It would actually be easy enough for Walmart to switch to paper debit cards that had the amount of the card printed on the front. When you used that card, the cashier simply gave you lower-denomination of cards (say, a $5 debit card when you paid for a 5 dollar item with a $10 debit card).
Once this practice became pervasive enough, unfortunately the government would have to step in to create rules and regulations as to how all the printing would appear, and to prevent fraud. I suggest they mandate the use of engraved printing plates; green magnetic ink; and heavy cotton rag for the card. Oh, and to certain security features like holograms, watermarks, embedded plastic strips, etc.
My god, the level of convenience we'd enjoy would blow away any other form of paying for goods and services literally overnight.
Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction
Who says you can't have a second child after you sold the first one?
Peasant Han: "Honest officer! Our child was sold into slavery over a year ago!"
Officer Zau kicks over the wood stove, lifts open a patch of the tile floor and shines his light into the darkness below. A dozen eyes shine back.
Officer Zau (screaming): Zui cha. Chaqu. Yongyuan!
Officer Zau unholsters her Type 15 pistol, takes aim at Han and puts her finger on the trigger.
(fade to black)
Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction
More of that high-quality Slashdot/Dice.com editing.
Is there any other kind?</snark>
Trying to remember a conspiracy theory
I recall an old Science Fiction story along the same lines, back in the early 80s.
The protagonist was a young man in a third-world middle-eastern shitehole. He was tired of war, of losing friends and families, when he had a revelation: the "Blue Hats" (UN) were neutral, so if he joined their "army" he'd be relatively safe and wouldn't have to fight any more.
So, he obtains a discarded steel pot and paints it blue. Reveling in his newfound "immunity," he convinces his friends and neighbors to do the same. Even the other side starts doing it until everyone is a Blue Hat -- and peace breaks out for the first time in living memory.
I forget how it ended, but the gist was that the First-World was using the Third-World as a "live culture" of warfare, to keep the former's own troops trained and budgets justified. The old sides were eventually convinced to go back to fighting one another.
How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business
Yeah. They destroy legitimate businesses with their wonderful algorithms...
You went long on Demand Media stock, didn't you?
That butthurt's gotta burn!
Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job
Some of the stupid interviewing criteria that my colleagues and me [sic] had to deal with boggles my mind.
Ahh, reminds me of the Angry Aussie and his response to pointless interview questions:
For instance, there was the putz I had to see this week who thought he was being really clever. It seems as though someone gave him the book of Microsoft interview questions and he was eager to show off his new "knowledge". This style of interviewing gives you abstract questions that have no relationship whatsoever to the work you'll be doing. Or to the real world.
Proponents say they're trying to see how creatively you can think. Normal humans say it's a waste of time.
Google Kills Orkut To Focus On YouTube, Blogger and Google+
For the random people that use Orkut like others use Facebook, it really is not a lot of time to figure out what to do with potentially gigabytes of information. That holds particularly true for anyone that is not technically savvy.
How long does it take to slide over to Google Takeout and download all of your data?
A few minutes? An hour?
When Goog crushed Wave, I downloaded all my stuff in a matter of minutes. Couldn't really do much with it, but it lowered my White Hot Rage down to Red.
Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?
- 1. Rewrite your code
- 2. Fix all the bugs you introduced that didn't exist in the original
- 3. (and ongoing) Run into all the edge cases that were discovered and solved years ago in the original code.
- 4. Spend tons of manhours and tie up your talent pool rewriting just to get where you are now instead of adding new features.
- 5. Embrace your FAIL
MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail
The alternative I would like to see would be to forbid the company from doing business for a time equivalent of what the prison sentence would be.
Imagine if the US wasn't bought and paid for? If an oil company poisoned the gulf like what happened with the Deepwater Horizon (11 dead and massive damage to the fishing industry and the environment), the US government would simply pull its charter and be done with it: that company would cease to exist.
All the other corporations would thereafter straighten up and fly right, lest the same thing happen to them. (Or they would try to buy the government and defang it like it is now).
Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data
He should have remained silent. Being a lawyer he should have known that.
He must be a pretty shite lawyer. (Hopefully he isn't a criminal defense lawyer, because then he really IS a shite lawyer.)
“During his postarrest interview with State police Trooper Patrick M. Johnson, the defendant stated ... ‘[e]verything is encrypted and no one is going to get to it.’ The defendant acknowledged that he was able to perform decryption.”
What a dumb-bumble-fark. He deserves to burn for bragging/taunting the cops.
Rules for Talking to Cops
- Don't talk to cops, except what you are legally required to say (you must ID yourself, to whatever extent your state's laws specify)
- The only thing that should come out of your piehole from the time your are arrested (especialy during any "post-arrest 'let's get the suspect to incriminate himself' interview") are the words: "I wish to remain silent and I want a lawyer."
- STFU until you get a lawyer
- Remember that Everything you say will be used to burn you. Cops can lie and get away with it, and if you lie to a cop, you're fried. Do not believe anything they say, and don't try to talk your way out of it because you'll lose.
- Getting (and following) legal advice from random people on the internets is about the stupidest thing you could do.
PHP Next Generation
I've seen the fractal article, and then I fact-checked it
Did you fact check [phpsadness.com] it using PHP [phpsadness.com]?
I am not sure what that second bit of PHP sadness it really moaning about to be honest.
And that...is why you fail.
PHP Next Generation
JS is NOT a big contender for PHP, because it isn't the functional equivalent of the double-clawed hammer.
The unwashed masses gravitate to PHP because it is very easy to get something running and imposes almost no restrictions on the developer. Thus, we get nightmares like phpBB and vBulletin.
EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games
Already taken by...Pork Industries
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology
The odds of your gun being grabbed and used against you are high.
Specifically: annual number of "gun grabs" per year (from reputable data) versus total number of firearms, correlated by geographic location.
Sex Offender Gets New Hearing After Hearing Officer Rants Against Arial Font
Not all SOs are perverts.
Take a leak in an alley when you're 15? You can get on the list.
Get a little drunk at a football game your freshman year and decide to streak across the field? You can get on the list.
Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools
~ it's right up there with the theory of gravity. I want to see these bozos go roof-side and test that one out for us.
The High Prophet Tim Minchin said it best (NSFW).
Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools
Otherwise you will DIAF.
Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality
I'm pretty sure the guy at the top was in on the ruse too.
By your comment, I'm pretty sure you've never worked a contract for government at a high level.
For a reality-based perspective, understand that silos are DEATH to most projects, and government structures are ALL SILOS. The fact that every single one of the "senior political figures" refused (make no mistake--it is always an active decision) is just par for the course.
So, how to change this? There are two key policies that must be implemented from the top:
1) The career of anyone who lies or fails to report bad news up the chain to those who need it is over, regardless of that person's position.
2) The reporting of bad news is to be treated as a problem to be solved, not an issue with the messenger (or the person who caused it).
Example: at a major metropolitan newspaper, a tech made a mistake and rm -rf * the website's home directory. He immediately reported it up the chain and the team dropped everything and worked on restoring the files. They then sat down and discussed how to mitigate the problem so that human error could not cause the same situation or how it could be restored quicker when it happened again. No retaliatory action was taken against the tech.
Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations
Hey, it could be your workplace next.
Um, I've been through enough M & As to know that businesses blow out all the time. I could care less, because it just means my commute and officemate wage slaves are going to change.
Whenever I get the memo that we're merging with someone else, that's when I start updating the resume and putting out feelers.
If I time it right, I can pick up the earlybird package before I leave for my next job, but if not, that's okay. The important thing is to get out before the water starts lapping at the Mezzanine deck, because that's when the panic sets in and the company starts prematurely pulling the trigger.
Slashdot just isn't "it" anymore
My current gig is working on a major newspaper's website. Now that I have access to logs and stuff of a MSM, it is very interesting to see where the traffic comes from—and slashdot doesn't really figure into the mix, even though we've been linked.
The three biggest sources of hits are Drudge, Digg and Fark, in that order, with Drudge being larger than #2 by an order of magnitude.
Least you think this is a small-time site, the whole enchilada gets 6 million hits a month by users, sans bots.
Another Taco-brand Frequently (Mis)Answered Question
The only time we ever delete comments is if the comment contains malformed HTML that is somehow causing Slashdot to fail to display properly. Comments are not deleted on the basis of content.
"The only time we ever delete, blah, blah, blah"?
I'm going to go with "Um, no."
Authorized Emblems for your Military Funeral
Hope you had a great fourth
It rained here, so we didn't get to any of the parades.
I'll probably pass on the fireworks tonight, as I have to get up at 5:00 am tomorrow.
Rita - over, no real damage
Turns out that from our end, it was nothing.
We rode out the storm; mostly wind, a bit of light rain, and
some green lightning (I was unable to get a picture of it--boo!),
and that was it.
Saturday, the cable was out, so no TV or internets. We drove
back to our place, hauling back the cans and water.
- A handful of trees had lost limbs,
- One abandoned car dealership's canopy was torn from its
mounts and was lying on the ground,
- A store's fabric sign was ripped,
- Two large flags (10-15 ft/3-4.5 m in width) were ripped and
the ends were tattered, and
- There were a billion leaves on the ground.
No mass destruction here, and the end result was (besides the
green lightning) no worse than a normal Spring storm... in
It is still as hot as hell (~90 f/32 c), so we didn't even get a
post-storm cooling. :(
Rita Update - more desertion
I updated the flickr, as I took a few shots on the freeway (they're the last three). It looks like everyone who was going, is gone, because there are nearly no cars on the freeway.
Now it's just us chickens left.
This will probably be it for my updates, as one of the SO's clients invited us to stay at her place. If they have internets, then I'll try to post more later (assuming the power stays on, yadda, yadda).
If not, see you on the other side.
Rita Update - Houston is boarded up
We took a walk around last night and took some shots: check it.
It is really weird - the place is like a ghost town. We saw a few people walking and there were a handful of cars, but the majority of folks are gone.
The newsman said Rita will probably drop to a Cat 3 right before it hits, and she's sliding East towards Louisiana, but we'll still get much rain and wind.
I found a nice site with graphs and charts and Google Earth Hacks has some nice Rita overlays (use the site search for 'Rita' as the links are not working).
Updates as they come...
Rita Update - found more water, gas is really hard to find
I invited one of my Guitar mates to crash at our place if his
caves in - he lives in a really flimsy place (aluminum roof), so if
the wind blows hard enough, it will probably go. I also spoke with
our next door neighbor to let her know to bang on our door if she
needed anything, but she said she was going to stay with friends in
The SO took me to work in her car this morning, so we can
preserve the gas in the Prius. Since the Prius has nearly a full
tank, we'll use that if we have to go to Austin, San Antonio or
Dallas because it can go father on less. According to some of the
people at work who have friends/relatives who've already left,
Dallas is close to 20 hours away (normally 3 1/2) and San
Antonio/Austin are about 12 each (normally about 3 as well). I
guess most people are going north. Meanwhile, I-10 is a parking lot
On the way to work, we stopped at the local grocery store and
they had water bottles coming out the wazoo! We picked up three
cases, so that should take care of the water needs for at least a
Every gas station within a 2 mile radius of home is kaput. We
didn't want to drive around any more and waste gas trying to find
gas, but the SO found an actual operational gas station after she
dropped me off. Yay!
Rita update - gas is running out, cash is gone
Coming home from work today was weird. All of the traffic out of
town was clogged and just an awful mess. Going in to town
was like there was no one alive. My trip usually takes about 25
minutes, but this time it took under 15. I always get off the
freeway on an earlier exit and then take the side-streets around
the mess (the exit ramp that is closest to me is the worst), but
this time, there was---literally---no cars on the ramp at all.
Later, I passed 7 gas stations on the way back from guitar
3 of them had long lines, stretching into the street, blocking
traffic. No one seemed out of control, just everyone was trying to
get their gas and go on their way.
4 of them -- all Shell stations -- were sold out. Some had
plastic bags over their pump nozzles, others had some kind of red
plastic placard locked onto the nozzle. Many people kept driving
into these stations, probably because they figured they'd found the
ONE station in all of Houston that didn't have lines, but they
quickly drove on when it was obvious that there was no fuel to be
The banks have all but shut down. A co-worker's husband was
unable to get cash this afternoon. They live on the west side of
town--Katy--where everyone who is leaving to San Antonio or Austin
will pass through.
My SO was able to get cash, though. She told me that the manager
at the branch she went to wasn't letting any teller swap money
(i.e., trading another teller a hundred-dollar bill for four
twenties), so what you got was what you got. By the time she left
the bank, all but one window was closed (the other tellers ran out
of cash). I think all the ATMs are dry as well.
I don't believe you can buy water here, unless you are very
lucky and time your visit to when the delivery truck arrives at the
store. On the way to guitar practice, I stopped by a "high end"
supermarket (Eatzi's) to get a
snack, and I noticed that all their water was gone. This isn't some
cheap old Ozarka or whatever; these waters easily cost more than
$1.50 for a bottle ("designer water").
Is that the best you can do? I'm down here--come and get me!
Here in HooVille, people are paying attention probably more than
usual because of Katrina. I hit the supermarket last night to grab
some stuff to round out our pantry. Wow - almost all of the cans
were gone, and there was not one bottle of water on the shelves. A
clerk brought out a pallette of bottled waters while I was standing
there; I grabbed two cases before the gathering crowd attacked.
My SO reported this AM that the lines for gas are very long. My
car is full, but her's is about 5/8ths full. We'll try topping her
off this evening (hopefully the stations won't run out!)
This afternoon a coworker had to go to Lowes (Home Improvement
store) and reported that they were completely out of generators
(idiot people, where are you going to get gas and an electrician to
hook up your home circuits?).
I checked my email and found this little jem:
From: "City of Pearland" <email@example.com>
Subject: Important Message from the Mayor
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 12:20:27 -0500
This is an emergency message from the office of the Mayor of the City
of Pearland. A very serious hurricane is approaching the area. There is
a significant probability that it will impact Pearland. Mayor Tom Reid
has issued a mandatory evacuation for those in flood prone areas and
for those who reside in mobile homes or other non-sturdy structures, and
for those with special transportation needs to leave as soon as
possible. In order to avoid heavily congested traffic conditions and limited
available routes, residents are urged to leave prior to 6 p.m. today,
Wednesday Sept. 21.
For those in need of transportation, buses will be available at 2:30
this afternoon at Jamison Middle School, 2505 Woody Rd. (immediately
north of 518 across from Frost National Bank), and Pearland Jr. High East
(one block north of 518 on Old Alvin Rd.) Persons who wish to leave but
are unable to get to those locations may call 281-652-1953,
281-652-1954, or 281-652-1960. For detailed information, go to
9/21/05 11:30 a.m.
Well the problem is that the entire "city" of Pearland IS A FLOOD-PRONE AREA!
So, all you who are also in the path, stay safe and dry - don't be the fool this year who kills him/herself by driving into the water on the submerged road.
Updates as they come...
Houston Gas Price: $2.99/gal
This is totally outrageous. I mean, just a few weeks ago I was paying $14-15/week.
With my car requiring a fill-up every two weeks, this is going to be a major burden. My gas mileage has sucked a lot because I have to run the A/C all the time (thanks to the 100 degree -- sorry, 115 degree heat indexed weather).
I would consider riding a bike, but there's no way I could pedal the ~ 22 mile one-way distance to work every day (assuming I could take a shower when I got to work), 'cause it would take too long and I have too much stuff to haul (laptop + books + guitar).
Dang this sucks.
China: USA = Sith!!
"Revenge of the Sith" = "Backstroke of the West"
Hillary vs. Video Games: a "fair and balanced" perspective
Actually, it isn't: Hillary is calling for a $90 million dollar
study of the effects of video games, and she's wrong, wrong, wrong.
(Note: I'm the Alabama Chapter President of the Elect Hillary
'08 to Bust Your Hillbilly Redneck 'Values' Club, so be
warned... I might be biased.)
Anyway, the Steven Johnson over at the LA Times
sums it up nicely.
In effect, video games are valuable because they teach kids to
Of all the games that kids play, which ones require the
most mental exertion? Parents can play this at home: Try a few
rounds of Monopoly or Go Fish with your kids, and see who wins. I
suspect most families will find that it's a relatively even
match. Then sit down and try to play "Halo 2" with the kids.
You'll be lucky if you survive 10 minutes.
The great secret of today's video games that has been lost
in the moral panic over "Grand Theft Auto" is how difficult the
games have become. That difficulty is not merely a question of
hand-eye coordination; most of today's games force kids to
learn complex rule systems, master challenging new
interfaces, follow dozens of shifting variables in real time and
prioritize between multiple objectives. [Emphasis
If Sen. Clinton wants to investigate a violent activity that
children participate in, Mr. Johnson aptly suggests she go right
for the belly of the beast:
I'd like to draw your attention to another game whose
nonstop violence and hostility has captured the attention of
millions of kids---a game that instills aggressive thoughts in
the minds of its players, some of whom have gone on to commit
real-world acts of violence and sexual assault after
I'm talking, of course, about high school
Of course, no politician would go gunning for HSFB; in those
tiny-ass towns across the midwest US (I had the unfortunate luck to
live in several over the years), there is no more important event
than the Saturday-night HS Foosball game. Yes, it may be the devil,
but it is their devil, and no Yankee Carpetbagger is gonna
take away their Foosball!
Going on an interview?
Developer applies to 'eminent domain' Souter's House
A developer has applied to the city council to get a permit
build a hotel on the site of Justice Souter's home. The
rationale is that a hotel will bring in more funds to the city than
the home currently does.
Souter, if you recall, was one of the staunch supporters of the
ruling that allowed city governments to take over private land and
give it to another private party if the transfer would result in
increased benefit to the government.
Now the best part is that the developer doesn't even have to go
through with it. All he has to do is tear up the home, break ground
and then "run out of funds". (cue Nelson laugh) Ha-haa!
Update:Fixed title (damn stubby fat fingers!)
I must have one of these!!!!oneone
In Soviet Union the Rich Eat You!
I always had the idea that given enough hard work and a bit of
luck, I could move up into the "upper class." I recently came to
the realization that it just isn't going to happen.
Lottery winner? Please, you couldn't even buy your way into the
club; the servant's entrance is around the back.
My better half, who runs a personal assistant business, just
landed a client who is one of the top muckety-mucks of a F500
company. Part of the deal is they want someone "they can trust" to
wire up their house for all kinds of electronic goodness
(wireless/wired i-net, cable,
stereo in every room, blah, blah, etc). She recommends me, so I
go over to their house to see what they want and figure out how
much to charge.
Okay, first of all, this house has something like 8 bedrooms
(not including all the bathrooms, studies, storage areas, closets,
*pant*). And it is just one of several homes they
How about the two closets (each one the size of my living room)
that hold either the winter or summer clothes for the Missus? Yeah,
her shoes have their own room, too.
Oh, and don't get me started on their five car garage. I thought
I was in heaven when I finally got a two-car garage (my tools got a
So, I'm looking at all of this, and I'm thinking, there's no
way. From what I understand, a lot of it is for "show" -- part of
the rich thing is throwing lots of social events. The other part is
that they can.
I'm not there, and I'm not sure I could ever be there. Throw
down $10k on a shopping spree (clothes!) in one afternoon? No way. Blow $300 on
lunch, every day? Get real. Fly to another state just to personally
sign some papers, then get right back on the next outgoing flight
(tickets all purchased that day)? You must be joking - overnight
the papers to me. Hang a Picasso in your Foyer, because you can?
I'll see it in a museum, thanks.
Who should write laws on marriage? State/Feds?
So the Nebraska state law that sripped rights from gay and lesbians
to marry, have civil unions...or breathe was struck down.
"Those damn dirty 'activist' judges. Let's kill them all" -- Tom
Okay, here's a radical idea: the government gets out of the
'marriage' business altogether. No one gets marriages. Instead, you
apply for and are issued a civil relationship license and enter into a
contract for the same. The requirements for civil contract are the same
as they are now: two (or more) legal-age adults, who are of sound mind,
If you want to get "married," then you go to your Church, Mosque,
Temple, or Ryan's Family Steak House and get the officiant to mumble the
words, light in incense and rattle the beads to complete the ceremony
your individual belief system may require.
What about divorce?
That would be written into the civil contract - a method of
For your "marriage," simply go to Ryan's Family Steakhouse and order
the #12 without gravy.
This land has trousers, this land has lots of mousers
Over the weekend, I picked up the next-to-the-bottom model from the local guitar shoppe. The very helpful salesman steered me away from the cheapest because the next-to-the-cheapest came with an electronic tuner. How did anyone ever tune their axe before the invention of the e-tuner? Man, it is so easy: pluck the string, then either tighten or losen the string as the little gizmo sez, and when the light is green, the trap is clean. Uh, right.
The guitar also included a DVD that had some freak reject from Kajagoogoo (the hair, man!) walk you through the basic parts of the guitar (check), how to tune it (check) and then some basic chords (oh man). I doinked around on it for a bit and then called it good.
Anyway, today was my first class. Lo and behold, but those few chords that I learned from the DVD were the ones we did first: G, A7 and D. Schweet! My fingers are totally trashed from practicing, and I have hacked the hell out of Margaritaville, but I'm actually playing it! w00t!