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Twitter Should Use Random Sample Voting For Abuse Reports

Serenissima Re:Popular Shalshdot Opinion (132 comments)

I don't care about Bennett's opinion on a great deal of things, and I really want to not click on his posts to NOT generate traffic - hopefully thinking that he will eventually if no one is reading his posts. But then, I REALLY like to see people make fun of him in the comments, so I click on the post. But then that adds page views to the post meaning Bennett will do more of these in the future. It's a vicious, ugly cycle. I want to break it, but it's so much fun to make fun of Bennett....

about two weeks ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

Serenissima Re:Can't blame him/her (323 comments)

The fallacy of the false dick-otomy strikes again :-)

Considering how the thread started, I FTFY :)

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Serenissima Re:Saving an hour? (525 comments)

I used to work as a Geologist across the Western US, and I lived in Washington State. I did a stint in North Dakota and I drove through Montana several times. 85 would save a TON of time. I generally drove 5 miles over any given speed limit anywhere (depending on which state I was going to, it was anywhere between 800-1000 miles for the drive). 5 MPH wasn't enough to have the cops pull me over and I would easily save an hour of driving. It doesn't seem like much, but an 11-hour drive changing to a 10-hour drive is AMAZING. Those last hours suck balls. But anyways, I told this story because your point is correct. You have to drive a LONG distance before the speed limit makes a significant difference in time. One takeaway I learned from that driving is that speeding on a short drive makes no sense at all! :)

about two weeks ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Serenissima Re:What? (319 comments)

I fucking hate when people copy pasta into Slashdot! I don't need any more marinara sauce!

about a month ago
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Intel Planning Thumb-Sized PCs For Next Year

Serenissima Re:What DRIBBLE! (101 comments)

Wow. That really offended you. How dare jedidiah say something so interesting and inoffensive!!!

about a month ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

Serenissima Re:Time to put that button to good use: (316 comments)

As soon as I read the Summary, the first thing I thought (and hoped) would happen would be that all the crazy crap politicians would say would get flagged as extremist :D

about a month ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Serenissima Re:Another 15 minutes (716 comments)

There's a pretty interesting theory out there that it could be the addition of lead into Gasoline that caused a large increase in crime. When lead was finally removed from Gasoline in the 70s, we started to see a significant decrease in violent crimes over time. Not sure if it's correct or not, but a pretty neat idea!

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27067615

about a month and a half ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

Serenissima Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

Well, at the risk of troll feeding, I did say that I wouldn't pay for it if it was through Cable. I have no problem paying for content. Fuck cable companies though.

The reason I posted is because the people of the Slashdot community are probably more than likely also going to be the people with know-how to cut ties to cable while still being able to watch the content they want to watch. Out of this community, of the people who enjoy football, I was curious to see what their response would be if football did move to cable-only. Is football important enough to people who have cut cables ties to go back to cable? I certainly find no value in football, but I thought that, for the people who do, it was a pretty interesting question!

about 3 months ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

Serenissima Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

Glad to help! ;)

about 3 months ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

Serenissima Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

I really, really, don't give a shit about football and never go out of my way to keep up on teams or try to watch games. I like football just fine; if a friend is watching a game, I'll watch it with them and go to their Super Bowl party. For me, this story doesn't matter at all - it won't affect the number of football games I watch this year at all. But considering how people are moving away from Cable, I wonder if actual football fans are anything like me.

I like NOT paying for cable MORE than I like any given show. If there was a show I was watching over the air that I absolutely loved, and it moved to cable, I would not watch that show anymore. There's so much other content out there and I'm not going to pay for cable to watch one thing. Do football fans feel that same way?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

Serenissima Re:No Worky (179 comments)

Wow.. this reply got modded down as a Troll? Huh... And I didn't even use the word fuck!

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

Serenissima Re:No Worky (179 comments)

We should also clarify: People who want to read reports really don't actually want to read reports. They want pretty colors and lines that they can digest in seconds. Even then, nine times out of ten, they don't understand a typical report without an accompanying 30-60 minute meeting describing what is going on (length depends on how many graphs and/or KPIs are involved). And you are totally right! You can make the most awesome report/dashboard anyone has ever seen. It'll drill up an down through your data from the highest level to the lowest and have all the coolest maps/graphs/charts/etc. But no one in Management will ever use it - everyone likes the idea of an interactive report, but NO ONE actually wants to use it (or even learn how to use it). They want a static report with colors and lines, and they want someone to tell them what it means.

It doesn't mean they're stupid by any means (of course, sometimes they really are ;) ) but they really, really, REALLY just don't give a crap about fancy reports.

about 3 months ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Serenissima Re:'Pass it on to the consumer' (324 comments)

Maybe that's what needs to happen. Maybe our iPods and iPads SHOULD cost us a little bit more. In competition to lower prices, companies have moved manufacturing jobs overseas. We've become a society of consumers, we hardly produce any of the things we consume. Maybe if our "things" cost a little bit more money, there'd be more incentive to build things here and bring jobs back.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Serenissima Re:Wages (533 comments)

And you know what? Forget the blackjack AND the blow!

about 3 months ago
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Google To Refund $19M In In-App Purchases Made By Kids

Serenissima Re:Caveat Emptor (88 comments)

I used to work at the Apple Store and before they released the changes to the in-app purchasing. One day, a customer cam in and was pissed off that his kid had racked up $200 in some scammy game app. I'll never forget this, but one of his main counterpoints was him incredulously saying, "What am I supposed to do? Review every app my kid wants to play??"
I nodded and smiled in commiseration, but inside my head I said, "Yes. Yes you are. You're the adult, that's what you do."
So, yeah, there are definitely predatory apps out there, but there are also a lot of dumb parents.

about 3 months ago
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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

Serenissima Re:The one question on my mind (256 comments)

I don't know if it's the "Terrorist Watch List" but my name somehow got on a list. I remember when I was getting my ticket at the check in stand, the agent took my ID and walked off. For 30 minutes I was standing there with no answers. When they came back, they said my name was similar to a name on a watchlist and in the future, I needed to make sure to add my middle initial to any tickets I purchased. I spaced on that the next ticket I bought and sure enough, the same 30 minute process. Since then I've always used my middle initial with no issues.

The real kicker is that my name is in no way unique. It's one of the top 10 most common names in the US for the last hundred years. My last name, while not THAT common, is still very common. I actually like it because no one can ever find me online - you can Google my name - even with my full middle name - in quotes and thousands of people with the same name. It's like saying "John Smith" is on the list, so anyone named John Smith could possibly be that guy. So, if it's anything like my situation, common names may get added to a list - and from what we've seen in the past - it can be very difficult to be removed from the list.

about 4 months ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Serenissima Re:medical services need a billing time limit (570 comments)

I'm an American. Join the club. Unfortunately our political system is turning into a plutocracy where the money of a few drowns out the voice of the many. A lot of us are beyond genuinely disgusted too - but have little choice in the matter.

about 5 months ago

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How do you keep your media library safe from a 4-Year Old?

Serenissima Serenissima writes  |  about 2 years ago

Serenissima (1210562) writes "I've spent many hours building my Media Library in XBMC and scraping all the DVD Covers and Fanart. And I love it, I can pull up movies on any computer or device in the house. I played a movie for my son the other day so I could get some cleaning done without him being underfoot. I noticed shortly after that the sound coming from the other room was from a DIFFERENT movie than I played for him. I snuck up and watched for a few minutes and saw him use a trackpad to navigate to the stop and play buttons of different movies in his folder. I know it's only a matter of time before he realizes he can see all of the movies. I don't want him to have nightmares because he saw the T-1000 stab someone in the face. The quickest solution I can think is a screen saver with a password. It's mildly inconvenient to me, but would stop him from accessing anything. However, I remember how much more I knew about computers than my parents when I was a kid, and I have a feeling he's going to surprise me one day. There's a lot of ways out there to stop it, the way we do it now is to not let him watch anything unless we're there (but there are only so many times I can watch the same kid's movie). How do YOU guys find yourself dealing with the convenience of running your own server while keeping your media safe from prying eyes?"
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IT Certification without an IT Background?

Serenissima Serenissima writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Serenissima (1210562) writes "I come from a Geology background where I was a manager of geologists with my company for several years. I was doing logistical scheduling and managing dozens of concurrent projects using software like Primavera and Sharepoint. I was so good at keeping track of everything, my company asked me to do the same job nationally instead of regionally. Then later, they laid off my entire department. I found that I really enjoyed and excelled at project management, however when looking for a new job, I've found that — by and large — Project Management is an IT profession. I figured now is as good a time as any to switch professions and while I don't have enough money or time to go back to school for several years to get a CS degree, with my severance I can take some certification classes at a local IT Training School/Business. They gave me a list of certifications they can provide and since I'm new to IT, I was wondering what your (you in the IT workplace) opinions are on whether or not this is something that can start a career in IT or if it's a colossal waste of money because no one would hire me with only these certifications?



CompTIA Certified Professional — A+; CompTIA Certified Professional — Network +; Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician — MCDST; Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist — MCTS Windows 7 Configuration; Project Management for Professionals — PMP"
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Bad Driving May Have Genetic Basis

Serenissima Serenissima writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Serenissima (1210562) writes "Bad drivers may in part have their genes to blame, suggests a new study by UC Irvine neuroscientists.People with a particular gene variant performed more than 20 percent worse on a driving test than people without it — and a follow-up test a few days later yielded similar results. About 30 percent of Americans have the variant.

"These people make more errors from the get-go, and they forget more of what they learned after time away," said Dr. Steven Cramer, neurology associate professor and senior author of the study published recently in the journal Cerebral Cortex."

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Bacteria Used To Make Radioactive Metals Inert

Serenissima Serenissima writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Serenissima (1210562) writes "Researcher Judy Wall is experimenting with bacteria that can cleanse the radioactivity from toxic areas by rendering the heavy metals into non-toxic, inert versions. The technology is not without it's flaws (the bacteria can't exist in an oxygenated environment yet), but it does have the potential to cleanse some of the world's hazardous sites.

From the article:

The bacteria Wall is studying are bio-corrosives and can change the solubility of heavy metals. They can take uranium and convert it to uraninite, a nearly insoluble substance

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