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Dean Kamen Invents Stomach Pump For Dieters

Skadet Re:Isn't this just bulimia? (483 comments)

Morbid obesity is lighter than you think. 5' 10" 280 lbs. qualifies. (bmi 40+)

That's a chubby person, don't get me wrong, but I think most of us think "circus sideshow fat" when we think of morbid obesity.

about a year and a half ago
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FreeBSD Project Falls Short of Year End Funding Target By Nearly 50%

Skadet Re:Obligatory (245 comments)

LLVM, OpenBSD, Libdispatch.

about 2 years ago
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Book Review: Drupal For Designers

Skadet Re:Drupal Logo (77 comments)

You sound like a real gem.

more than 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

Skadet Re:There are no Facts (1469 comments)

pretending that a foetus without a single neuron is a person is as daft as pretending a corpse's fingernail is a person

Left alone inside its mother, the fetus with a single neuron will mature into a "full-fledged" baby. The same is not true for a fingernail.

I think potential is an important metric -- left in the natural state it was found, what would/could x turn into? An acorn would be a tree, a fetus would be a human.

more than 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

Skadet Re:There are no Facts (1469 comments)

Could you define "person" (what the GP asked) without comparing it to itself?

more than 2 years ago
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Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

Skadet Re:Rich people don't like to go slow? (650 comments)

Are you trolling or just retarded? Of course the two GPSs agree, they're measuring the same thing. We're talking about the speedo.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?

Skadet Re:Rich people don't like to go slow? (650 comments)

It's not tinfoil, it's actually a thing.

Federal law in the US governs the error to no more than 5%, but of course that's from the factory. If you've got under/overinflated tires, new non-factory-spec tires, even simple wear and tear -- they can vastly affect the accuracy of your speedo.

That your GPS, phone and speedo all agree is simple coincidence.

When traveling at a true 70 mph, as indicated by our highly precise Datron optical fifth-wheel equipment, the average speedometer (based on more than 200 road-tested vehicles) reads 71.37 mph.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/speedometer-scandal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speedometer#Error

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/05/11/how-fast-are-really-going-accuracy-speedometers/

more than 2 years ago
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CIOs Dismissed As Techies Without Business Savvy By CEOs

Skadet Re:Conversely (269 comments)

how do you know that good CEOs are rare?

By retrospect, with the understanding that past performance isn't a guarantee of future performance. Thus, you can look back and objectively say "he was a good CEO", but it's much harder to predict how good he'll be at the next gig.

My suspicion is that, once you eliminate the most obvious ways to run a company badly, it's all a big crap shoot.

The CEO takes the Obvious Ways Global Playbook and translates that into policy, vision, and action. Then he socializes it and gets buy-in -- that's the hard part, and why there's infighting at any level.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Write Code, Won't Sign NDA

Skadet Re:Obligatory Facebook reference (438 comments)

What a terrible example. Social networks weren't new when the Winklevii thought up their little twist.

I'm so surprised I have to keep saying this on /. of all places -- ideas are the least valuable part of a business. Implementation is where the dough is made or lost.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Write Code, Won't Sign NDA

Skadet Re:Fine for "honest" programmers, but... (438 comments)

Look, if the guy is 1) a big enough deal that getting his advice is something I want and 2) well-known in the community -- and if I'm a nobody -- asking him to sign an NDA is ridiculous for all but the very very edge cases.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Write Code, Won't Sign NDA

Skadet Re:Naive, because most investors (especially VCs). (438 comments)

Yours is a perfectly cromulent situation in which to require NDAs - employment. TFA even says as much:

Are there some situations where NDAs are appropriate? You betcha. [...] An NDA should be dependent upon the signer being compensated in some non-trivial way, as in a condition of being hired or part of terms of a sale. Requiring one prior to that is highly suspect, and signing one, I say

So, according to TFA, NDA'ing your employees is fine, because you're offering them some kind of compensation. But asking a guy you called up to have some coffee and toss around an idea to sign... not legit.

If you haven't seen that in action, btw (the "let's grab coffee and you give me your advice, but here also sign this NDA?"), it absolutely happens.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Linux Telecommuting Tools?

Skadet Re:Companies are obsessed with VPNs (212 comments)

"X is a pain once, then you're done"

That could be said about almost anything.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Linux Telecommuting Tools?

Skadet Re:Usual rule (212 comments)

> I've personally never seen Skype used in business.
I've personally seen it at AAA, eBay, PayPal, and a handful of startups.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

Skadet Re:Get a dog (480 comments)

Dude, I think your sig needs an update. 300g/hour? I think I make that much doing 1 quest. Must be Vanilla prices :P

more than 2 years ago
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iFixit's Kyle Wiens On the War On DIY Electronics

Skadet Re:follow my lead (760 comments)

Perhaps I should lower my skills to suite you and the rest?

Oh, sweet irony.

more than 2 years ago

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Skadet Skadet writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Skadet (528657) writes "10 people have been fired in the aftermath of the tragic death of one of the contestants for Sacramento radio station 107.9 The End's "Hold your Wee for a Wii" promotion (first covered on Slashdot here).

From TFA:
The hosts of KDND-FM's "Morning Rave" — who go by the on-air names Trish, Maney and Lukas — were fired a day after the station announced it was suspending the show and investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Jennifer Lea Strange. [...] John Geary, vice president and general manager of KDND parent company, Entercom/Sacramento, made the announcement Tuesday in an e-mail to reporters.

"Effective immediately, the 'Morning Rave' program is canceled and ten employees are no longer with the station."

A company spokesman, Charles Sipkins, confirmed the three DJs, as well as two other on-air personalities, "Carter" and "Fester," were among those fired. Five other employees who worked on the "Morning Rave" also were let go. All 10 were fired, the spokesman said, for violating terms of their employee agreements.
I used to work at a corporately owned radio station (full disclosure: not for Entercom, KDND's owner. I was a techie in radio in a previous life). But I can tell you from experience that most of the people fired were most likely not responsible for this event. At my station group, no events happened without the express consent of #1, the station manager, and #2, the promotions director. They're the ones ultimately responsible. So why isn't John Geary the one getting the boot? Is this just an example of Corporate America scapegoating the peons? What if you had been commissioned by your boss to write code that ended up being a danger? Would you be culpable, or your boss?"

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