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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

SpammersAreScum Not always hilarious... (185 comments)

If you find it hilarious, you've been fortunate. I tried opening a online CD with Nationwide Bank by calling them, and they asked me questions about my background which they believed the "real" me could answer, and I couldn't. I later realized that the questions were based on Trans Union's error years earlier, when they were incorrectly convinced I had a certain second name and address several states away. I (after much willful stupidity and/or incompetence on TU's part) had gotten that sorted out, but the error had apparently propagated (with further garbling) to whatever source Nationwide was using and unwisely treating as gospel.

about two weeks ago

Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

SpammersAreScum Re:Orbital (443 comments)

Surly the RSO was NASA, not Orbital? And the figure quoted in the press conference was "only" $220 billion. Plus unknown damage to the facility, of course.

about three weeks ago

Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

SpammersAreScum There was insuranxe coverage (443 comments)

In the later press conference last night, the question of insurance was asked. The answer was "yes", but the extent of coverage was not addressed.

about three weeks ago

How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

SpammersAreScum Re:say what? (163 comments)

If you put items in your cart and then leave them there without purchasing, many sites have been known to email a discount offer a day or two later, to encourage you to complete the purchase. Sadly, Amazon and NewEgg don't.

about a month ago

NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

SpammersAreScum Planetary Society (74 comments)

The Planetary Society's LightSail project is apparently still on track, so Clarke (and we) shouldn't despair just yet.

about a month ago

$10 Bet Brings Researchers Closer to Industrial Scale Graphene Production

SpammersAreScum Re:Confusing summary - here's my version (74 comments)

The summary was not clear so here is my version based on my understanding of the work:


The research advisor Thomas E. Mallouk suggested trying it without the oxidizer. The researcher Nina Kovtyukhona was reluctant to perform this experiment as she thought it would be a failure. Her advisor persuaded her to try it by making a bet that he would pay her $100 if it succeeded, and she would pay him $10 if she failed. The experiment was a success, and researchers now have a new avenue to explore for synthesizing graphene.

From the article:

"I kept asking her to try it and she kept saying no," Mallouk said. "Finally, we made a bet, and to make it interesting I gave her odds. If the reaction didn't work I would owe her $100, and if it did she would owe me $10. I have the ten dollar bill on my wall with a nice Post-it note from Nina complimenting my chemical intuition."

Looks like you got it backwards in your version.

about 2 months ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

SpammersAreScum Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

one answer is to offer wider seat spacing for a little extra price on some flights

At check-in, United Airlines offers economy seats with much better legroom for a modest upcharge. On a transcontinental flight it's usually around $60 - $70. I travel a lot for business (60 segments so far this year), often in Economy Plus, and there are usually many seats in E+ available, even when sardine class is completely packed. People simply refuse to shell out the coin for additional comfort. I think if E+ *were* full you'd see United expanded it until eventually their entire aircraft had room leg room at a higher price.

$60-70? I wish. On a United transcon (IAD-SFO) 3 weeks ago, they charged $89. That's out of the "modest" range, IMHO.

about 3 months ago

$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

SpammersAreScum Re:Thanks for the tip! (448 comments)

This of course assumes they can get in the door to see the necessary people and convince them it actually works. I remember an old SF short story about a guy who stumbled onto a way to cheaply build an anti-grav device. He was unable to get anyone who mattered to believe him. He was in despair until inspiration struck: he advertised the gizmo in comic books and made a mint. So... Kickstarter is today's comic book ad page?

about 5 months ago

$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

SpammersAreScum Uh-oh! (448 comments)

I'm confused. I have one of your early prototypes, and when I aim it at your post it blinks like crazy!

That means your post is a scam. But if your post is a scam, my device shouldn't be blinking. But my device is your post must be a scam.....but...

... backing slowly away from the imminent head explosion as the logic circuits overload ...

about 5 months ago

SpaceX Landing Video Cleanup Making Progress

SpammersAreScum Mod this funny! (54 comments)

Somebody with a major Humor Deficiency apparently moderated the parent.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

SpammersAreScum My essentials for home Windows PC (531 comments)

Dexpot (best multi-desktop tool for my needs, out of several I've tried)
IZArc (7zip's GUI just annoys me for some reason)
Agent Ransack (I'll admit I've not tried the alternatives)
(I haven't got a clear favorite for music yet -- Foobar2000 or MediaMonkey, usually, but might give MusicBee a try)

about 9 months ago

Amazon Hints At Details On Its CIA Franken-Cloud

SpammersAreScum There WAS a bidding process, and a protest (67 comments)

You seem to be making some incorrect assumptions. There was a bidding process. Amazon's bid was selected over IBM's. IBM did protest. They lost.

1 year,7 days

Pirates of the Caribbean: the Pirate Bay Moves To Island of Sint Maarten

SpammersAreScum Careful about the name of the island (108 comments)

"... Caribbean island of Sint Maarten with a new .sx domain name. 'Control of the island ... is split between France and the Netherlands." Yes, the island is split into French and Dutch parts. The Dutch part is called Sint Maarten and the French part is called Saint-Martin. The respective residents may use those names for the island as a whole as well, just to be confusing; English speakers call the island Saint Martin. I believe the TLD .sx is officially assigned specifically to the Dutch dependency of Sint Maarten, not the island as a whole; the French dependency ISPs apparently uses .fr or .gp (from nearby Guadeloupe). Also, Sint Maarten (the Dutch entity, not the island) used to be part of the Netherlands Antilles, which recently dissolved, and so may be using its .an TLD...

about a year and a half ago

Senate To Vote On Internet Sales Tax (For Real This Time)

SpammersAreScum Summary is even stupider (326 comments)

"to allow states to tax online sales to residents outside their state" is exactly backwards! The taxing would, if directed by the state, apply to sales to residents _in_ that state. The writer probably confused "sales by vendors outside the state" with "sales to residents outside the state" for some bizarre reason.

about a year and a half ago

PayPal Opts You In To Binding Arbitration

SpammersAreScum You need to opt-out via snail mail (2 comments)

Paypal provided a mail address for sending your opt-out requests. However, the Consumerist website notes that requests have been rejected for being ill-formatted, so they provide a link to Public Citizen's template letter.

more than 2 years ago

Japan's MagLev Gets Go Ahead

SpammersAreScum Re:2027? 2045? (159 comments)

Romaji should be very easy to pronounce correctly (barring the "r"), but Americans manage to severely mangle it anyway. "karaoke" is pronounced as written "ka-ra-o-ke", not "carry okie". And, along the same lines, I should note that "shinkansen" is not pronounced "...-sane"; it's pronounced as written: "...-sen", as in "hen" or "yen".

more than 3 years ago

Small Devs Attacked Over In-App Purchase Button Patent

SpammersAreScum Re:The patent-filer Dan Abelow lists his phone num (229 comments)

On his web site can be found his phone number, which correlates to: ... It seems he invites telephone contact...

To quote TFS: "... Dan Abelow, who sold his extensive portfolio of patents to holding firm Lodsys in 2004. Lodsys is indeed the company issuing the threats of a lawsuit regarding the patent in question." So, seems like your beef is with Lodsys, not Abelow, no? Unless you want to harass him for filing a patent that probably shouldn't have been granted, in which case you should be harassing practically every tech company.

more than 3 years ago

24 Rooms in 344sq Feet

SpammersAreScum 24 combinations, not 24 rooms (178 comments)

Headline is wrong, but to be fair TFA's is as well. It's not 24 rooms, it's 24 room combinations (each consisting of between 4 and 6 rooms as far as I can tell from the diagrams).

more than 3 years ago

Dropbox Attempts To Kill Open Source Project

SpammersAreScum TFA's DMCA response seems wrong (250 comments)

Ok, so there's some confusion as to whether there really was a DMCA notice, and whether such notice was (would have been?) valid. Quite aside from that, I am puzzled about the notice response quoted in TFA. Basically, the responder says the material is non-infringing because it has a copyright notice allowing copying/modification/etc. But the existence of such a notice does not in any way guarantee that someone else does not have a legitimate claim of infringement, right? Which is not to say that DropBox has one, just that this does not seem to be a valid argument that they don't.

more than 3 years ago

Editing Wikipedia Helps Professor Attain Tenure

SpammersAreScum Re:Over 60,000? (139 comments)

I took that to mean that his Wikipedia editing constituted research into "peer review", not that he did original research into the topic of the Wikipedia articles.

more than 3 years ago


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