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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:Why? (769 comments)

Where do you shop? Costco has them around $0.35 per pod. Even The super premium brands are under $1 per cup.

about 5 months ago
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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:...Because most teachers max out well before th (399 comments)

When you factor in the cost of living in CA, $70k doesn't go all that far....

Maybe not, but it beats the median household income in California by about $10k source. And it beats the median 1-earner income by $20k.

If teachers make $22k in Brevard, FL, that's pretty tragic, but this lawsuit is about teachers in California, who can be well compensated, depending on the district they're in. Also, as the post you responded to pointed out they get extremely generous benefits. It's easy to disregard them as you did, but the pension contributions and lifetime medical benefits are unimaginably expensive.

about 6 months ago
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The Golden Gate Barrage: New Ideas To Counter Sea Level Rise

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:So... (341 comments)

Ooops. Commenting to undo my accidental "flamebait" moderation.

about a year ago
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Snowden Spoofed Top Officials' Identity To Mine NSA Secrets

ThatsLoseNotLoose Brilliant? (743 comments)

Every day we are also learning new definitions of brilliant.

about 10 months ago
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Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria That Can Colonize Most Plants Discovered

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:What could possibly go wrong? (187 comments)

I'm sure you're joking.

But just in case you're not, read the terrifying account of Klebsiella planticola.

Had they just released it to see what would happen, we might all be starving to death right now.

about a year ago
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AT&T Quietly Adds Charges To All Contract Cell Plans

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:Surcharge (338 comments)

3 providers? Aren't there 4?. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-mobile. T-mobile even dropped the contracts - sort of.

Also, there are an increasing number of no-contract and prepaid services that are becoming credible contenders.

Metro PCS, Virgin Mobile, Boost mobile, Straight Talk, Net 10. There are MVNOs for every one of the major services so you could stay with AT&T's network if you want.

Personally, I switched my family from AT&T to Ting 4 months ago (yeah, shamelessly putting my referral link in there). AT&T bill for a really pared back plan was $110, the Ting bill has averaged $40 and it's a better plan. But you do have to buy the phones.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Web Content?

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:So which divs are "these pop-ups"? (282 comments)

That kind of element should not be blocked. A popup-like div does a fine job of alerting the user to something but isn't nearly as persistent or irritating as a javascript alert or a new window. Even if it's modal to the window it still dies when you navigate away from the spawning page.

about a year ago
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Google Will Cut 1,200 More Jobs At Motorola Mobility

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:serves them right (112 comments)

Mostly in China? What part of the article says that?

"The layoffs will affect workers in the U.S., China and India, according to the newspaper."

about a year ago
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Apple's iWatch Could Come With IOS, Earn $6 Billion a Year

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:Hey... kid... (327 comments)

Think about what you're saying. Think about it from Apple's perspective.

Kids don't wear watches.

Hundreds of millions of kids. No watches.

And no competition.

That sounds like a market ripe for exploit by someone who already owns the hearts and minds of half the population.

about a year ago
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We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study Subjects

ThatsLoseNotLoose Did anybody else check that "illusion"? (450 comments)

Line B is definitely longer than line A in that Muller Lyer Comparison.

Unless my copy of photoshop is showing its bias also.

about a year and a half ago
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US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:American Wage Slaves are an Even Better Value (1313 comments)

Really? In what state is it legal for an employer not to pay out all of your vacation when you terminate?

Seriously want to know - I'd never want to take a job there.

about a year and a half ago
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Officials Warn: Cyber War On the US Has Begun

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:Idiots (292 comments)

I won't say whom, but a major US aerospace research corporation has been undergoing an almost constant stream of attacks since 2005...

You don't have to say whom. They're all under attack. Have you never read a server log?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree While Working Full Time?

ThatsLoseNotLoose Do people recognize your company's name? (433 comments)

You might not need a degree as much as you think. You say you work for a company of 50,000 employees, so it's probably a well-recognized name.

I'm a high-school dropout turned tech-support --> developer. For the first 6 years as a dev I couldn't get an interview to save my life. I chalked it up to lack of degree. But once I got a lucky break and got a defense contractor's name on my resume, my phone won't stop ringing.

If you really want the degree, my advice is to do it and don't wait. I still want a degree, but at this point in my career, it would be more of an indulgence than a necessity.

about a year ago
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Samsung Reaches Milestone For 14nm Technology

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:fabless ecosystem? (123 comments)

i don't know why you're modded troll, but I'm replying just to cancel my "overrated" mis-click mod. I meant to hit "underrated". Damn my old eyes.

about a year and a half ago
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USPS Reports $15.9 Billion Loss, Asks Congress For Help

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:The next time (473 comments)

That appears to be an exaggeration.

CNBC story: "Before Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, the USPS operated under a pay-as-you-go model for retiree health care funding. The new law requires the Postal Service to pre-fund its benefit obligations."

"Members of the postal workers union say the pre-funding requirement has created a fiscal mess. Some people have even claimed that law has the effect of requiring the postal service to fund retirement obligations for people who are not yet employed by the USPS--potential future employees.

No one ever intended the law to work that way. And, in fact, it doesn't. Although accounting rules require the postal service to calculate future liabilities, including those for projected future employees, the law only requires pre-funding of obligations to actual current and past employees."

http://www.cnbc.com/id/45018432/The_Truth_About_The_Post_Office_s_Financial_Mess

I'm guessing the postal workers don't want that benefit pre-funded because that frees up money for additional pay.

about a year and a half ago
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Bloomberg, WSJ: Student Aid Increases Tuition

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:well, duh (433 comments)

Mabye not, but a Pell grant isn't a loan. I wouldn't borrow $60k for education, but there's no way I'd turn down a grant.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Skype Setup For Toddler's Room?

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:Parenting? (302 comments)

NOTHING a two year old does is that interesting.

To you, maybe. I'm guessing you're not a grandmother.

more than 2 years ago
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North Carolina Threatens To Shut Down Nutrition Blogger

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:he was giving out business cards.... (515 comments)

> >> So if I help someone fix their computer over the phone, or via video chat, and then charge 1-2 hours for my time, I've commited a crime of practicing engineering without a license?!?!?

You don't even have to charge anyone.

From last year: North Carolina DOT has a man investigated for "engineering without a license" because his documentation was too good.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/02/03/964781/citizen-activist-grates-on-state.html

more than 2 years ago
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SFPD Breathalyzer Mistake Puts Hundreds of DUI Convictions In Doubt

ThatsLoseNotLoose Re:Having worked with officers in that area before (498 comments)

That's a bit of a threadjack, but now I can't help asking - do those scanners actually have the capacity to administer a lethal dose?

Maybe I'm giving the engineers too much credit, but I would hope that would be no more possible than flashlight emitting a lethal dose of visible light.

more than 2 years ago

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