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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

SeNtM ...and (401 comments)

...and a free month of service. Just call to cancel if you don't wish to continue.

about a month and a half ago
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

SeNtM Re:NASA = US Military (698 comments)

Wow, I think AC is on the rag today.

BTW- The transitor, microchip, and microproccessor are the results of the funding of US space and military programs. While private companies may have developed them, guess who was paying the contracts. Yes, that computer you adore was developed through a process you scorn.

Further, the US has plenty of ICBMs, fully capable of striking anywhere in the world within 30 minutes, guaranteed delivery, or the next one is free...We don't actually need suborbital launch platforms.

about 8 months ago
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Fukushima Nuclear Worker Accidentally Toggles Off Cooling Pumps

SeNtM Addendum. (190 comments)

Due to increased radiation levels, rats grow up to 3 feet long and have opposable thumbs.

about a year ago
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Underwater Sonar Linked To Whale Deaths

SeNtM Inversion. (187 comments)

Well, the crew and oil employee did not observe any "whales"....You see, the sonar causes the Melon headed whale to go through a process known as instantaneous inversion, or in other words, its insides are immediately flipped inside-out, due to water pressure and being hit by the pulse. What they did see was a new species of whale sized jelly fish...they called her Exxo...and they believe using this sonar will help increase their population.

about a year ago
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McAfee Regrets "Flawed" Trillion Dollar Cyber Crime Claims

SeNtM Personal Loss??? (39 comments)

I have yet to meet an independent engineer who has had work stolen by someone who commits the type of cyber crime that McAfee claims to protect from.

I have met individuals who claim to have had their life's work stolen by corporations, who subsequently patent it and then troll on the patent.

Small companies and corporations seem like more likely targets of that claim, and the perpetrators are likely larger companies....imho.

1 year,13 days
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Sorry, Larry Page: Tech-Industry Viciousness Is Here To Stay

SeNtM Summary. (201 comments)

Can we all be a little less Star Wars and a little more Star Trek???

about a year ago
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Magician & Investigator James Randi Talks Directly to You (Video)

SeNtM Re:Asking for proof there is a god, if there is on (259 comments)

I understood your context, I was biting at the hook to invalidate these common claims by using the same vehicle from which they are often derived, rather than asking for the scientific evidence to support their claim. Asking for proof only seems to stoke the embers of discontent, and invariably the claimant proclaims the proof-seeker as godless. In their eyes, one may believe in creationism or evolution and never the two shall meet. Educating people with such claims to theories and ideas that align biblical metaphor with observable science allows them to self-invalidate the claims through alternative logical conclusions.

about a year ago
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Magician & Investigator James Randi Talks Directly to You (Video)

SeNtM Re:Asking for proof there is a god, if there is on (259 comments)

I'll bite...and I'm not a strong Christian, but I also believe in God. I think most of your questions stem from the ignorance and fear that many people of high faith and low intelligence bring to the table. I find that people that follow that logic and call themselves Christians are little more than bigots. My understanding of Jesus was that his disdain was only for those that sought to take advantage of or for those who were intolerant of others (enter current US-centric Christian conservatism).

God created the world 6000 years ago (well really about 5800): Many theological scholars, both Jewish and Christian, have rectified this statement by referring to Psalm 90:4 and 2Peter 3:8. Paraphrasing, to god a day is like a thousand years and a day a thousand years. Accepting that science is proven observation, that the timeline is not literal, and taking into account the cooling of the universe and relativistic effect on gravity and the perception of time, theological scholars actually put the biblical age of the universe at 15.3 billion years. I believe our (science's) best guess is currently 13.8 billion years, pretty damn close if you ask me.

Immutable types: God created man in his image. Well, God really created everything in his image. If you reduce every living thing (or even non-living collection) down to its basic form, you come up with a shape not dissimilar to that of an atom...whether it is a galaxy, a star-system, or a living-cell. Everything seems to organize itself in that basic shape. And from different organizations of those cells comes the various species. Nowhere in the bible, that I am aware of, says that God made these immutable. From what I know of the bible, the stories outline dynamic people who go through cycles of change and rebirth...evolution if you will...it seems to me that all of the universe, and all its creatures, would follow this formula. I think it is hard for people to understand how anything could think so far ahead as to account for the dynamic processes which may have caused one trait or another to be naturally selected in an animal or plant, but isn't this exactly what a God could do?

God punishes Gays: Really? Just closed minded people would think this. People often point to Leviticus..."to lay with another man is an abomination." Unfortunately, the entire book was specifically a guide for those who wished to serve as God's priests. To me, the book is not meant to be a doctrine for common man. And then there is translation accuracy...does the usage of the word "man" refer to the sex of a person, or the common grouping of both men and women (which it is commonly used as). In which case, for a priest to lay with any man or woman could be considered a violation of the power bestowed upon the priest...which is an abomination. I'm not saying that a priest must remain celibate, just that power corrupts and a degree of caution should be taken by the priest.

God will cure your cancer: Personally, I find praying for yourself self-serving. It is my belief that God setup the universe in such a way as to favor those people that live in the service of others...karma. It is my personal experience that being a "good" person has provided for me. I often do not seem to get what I want, but I always seem to get what I need. That being said, life is only a ride, one that you were allowed to endure on borrowed time...when the ride is over, its time to get off. God already knows you want to stay...hell, its a pretty cool fucking ride...instead pray for the ones that must remain on the ride.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Flagged Channels For XBMC PVR?

SeNtM Re:Rule #1 (328 comments)

Rule #1: Don't talk about CCI bit.

Rule #2: Don't talk about CCI bit.

about a year and a half ago
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CES: Another Chording Keyboard Hits the Market (Video)

SeNtM Product Name. (101 comments)

Anyone else think of the ID10T interface?

about a year and a half ago
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TSA's mm-Wave Body Scanner Breaks Diabetic Teen's $10K Insulin Pump

SeNtM Re:forced? (811 comments)

No, that is just what the tell people to make it seem like they have a choice. The Gestapo...errr...TSA basically has the right to violate any civil liberty you think you may have.

more than 2 years ago
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FDA May Let Patients Buy More Drugs Without Prescriptions

SeNtM Re:Cue huge pushback from the AMA in 3...2... (392 comments)

If they look illegal, then they must be!!!

American's do not have dark skin and speak a foreign language!

But really, it is an ER! There is a triage process as well as ambulance runs that usually aren't visible to those in the main waiting areas. If you wanted faster service, stop applying pressure! As soon as the nurse realizes that you are dumping blood all over the floor, they will get you to a bed. As long as your condition in not "immediately life threatening," it does not meet the standard of emergency.

And above all else, remember, you are not special simply because you are an English speaking caucasian.

more than 2 years ago
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9 Tech Analogies That No Longer Mean Anything To Those Young Whippersnappers

SeNtM In a related story... (1 comments)

We ask, "Why do you park on a driveway, and drive on a parkway?"

more than 2 years ago
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Heavyweights Clash Over Policing Repeat Copyright Infringers

SeNtM Obligatory car analogy... (107 comments)

I was in a car collision a few years back. Does this mean that I can sue Ford for manufacturing the car that hit me?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding an IT Job Without a Computer-Oriented Undergraduate Degree?

SeNtM The Dirty Secret (504 comments)

So, the dirty secret is that most IT employers know that degrees and certificates mean absolutely nothing. The bottom lines of them is that the individual was able to memorize the required information long enough to pass a test. Most do not retain that knowledge for longer than is required...and nearly all students do not practice what they have learned long enough to gain any true experience. There are exceptions to this rule, but far-and-few between.

When IT managers are not directly doing the hiring, HR departments are often asked to include the phrase "blah degree or equivalent experience" in the job postings. This opens the door for those with X number of years doing hands-on work and no degree to get past the submission process. But it often comes down to who actually hires the individual. Some bottom-line oriented companies will hire droves of fresh graduates for no other reason than they are cheap. It is quite a bit harder to get someone with 5 to 10-years experience to want to work for <30k/yr.

IMHO- I would rather hire someone with 5+ years working experience than a fresh BS recipient. That being said, any BS degree is often sufficient to meet a minimum job posting requirement...at the end of the day, it comes down to how much you really know and how well you can articulate your skills.

more than 2 years ago
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Companies More Likely To Outsource Than Train IT Employees

SeNtM Ummm. (235 comments)

Duuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

more than 2 years ago
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TSA 'Warning' Media About Reporting On Body Scanner Failures?

SeNtM Re:Osama must be laughing in his grave. (465 comments)

I don't know...I plead Ambien.

You know, my phone has a "drunk texting" feature...Whose purpose is to prevent one from shooting off damaging text messages after one-to-many drinks. I think /. should have a similar feature for somnolence-posting. We may find it more of an epidemic in these forums than we are all ready to admit.

more than 2 years ago
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Server Names For a New Generation

SeNtM Re:Bugs? (429 comments)

I prefer to name my servers after Venereal Diseases.

more than 2 years ago

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