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Box With Hidden Camera Travels Through the Mail

The Great Pretender Camera angle? (136 comments)

Why is it that the box nearly always has the best camera angle? The photo looks as though there is one camera in the box, but the video seems to always have the box on the outside of the stack, with the correct side facing out. Was he just lucky or did he do it several times and splice the film?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Science Books For Middle School Enrichment?

The Great Pretender Re:Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everyth (203 comments)

Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams. Great book written with his humor, but a serious subject. It's a spinoff from the BBC radio show he did. A good way of inspiring associated conversation. http://www.amazon.com/Last-Chance-See-Douglas-Adams/dp/0345371984/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366747519&sr=1-1&keywords=last+chance+to+see+douglas+adams

Prometheans in the Lab: Chemistry and the Making of the Modern World. Slightly harder read but absolutely fascinating stories from teenage up http://www.amazon.com/Prometheans-Lab-Chemistry-Making-Modern/dp/0071350071

Betrayers of the Truth: Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science. Not difficult to read, but a great piece of work on how people like Ptolemy, Mendelev, Newton 'cheated' science. http://www.amazon.com/Betrayers-Truth-Fraud-Deceit-Science/dp/0712602437/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366747953&sr=1-1&keywords=betrayers+of+the+truth+fraud+and+deceit+in+the+halls+of+science

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Starting From Scratch After a Burglary?

The Great Pretender Re:If you had a Windows computer (770 comments)

Actually, they would've felt bad for you and left you a MAC

about 2 years ago
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Will Renewable Energy Ever Meet All Our Energy Needs?

The Great Pretender Re:D Stover is not convincing (626 comments)

The whole thing is just a stupid statement to come out with. Currently, at the moment, no. In 500 years, we better figure out how to burn rocks if we're not going to running the planet off renewables. The bigger questions are what are we defining as renewable energy, at what point of the social-infrastructure evolution timescale does it need to be covering our asses 100% and If we can't cover ourselves 100%, how much of the population needs to die off.

about 2 years ago
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Why Girls Do Better At School

The Great Pretender Re:Differing learning styles (690 comments)

If you don't mind I'm going to suggest an adjustment to your statement. The school structure is more deliberately aligned with the girls style of learning at this moment. As a parent of a 6 year old boy, it is glaringly obvious that current US education at his level is targeted towards the non-disruptive pupils, mainly girls. My sons 1st grade teacher understands that boys are boys and puts it down to different learning styles and maturity. We had a hell of a time with his kindergarten teacher who wanted to claim him ADD and have him tested (we refused), but admitted that his intelligence resulted in good grades. The kindergarten teacher targeted away from kinetic learning and thus away from the majority of boys, who were all considered defocused ... er hello, lowest common denominator? I understand that there has been a desire to teach to girls, to improve academic acceptance of girls, which I applaud, but I worry that the pendulum swings and boys are being assumed that they will now adapt to a system of learning that does not fit with their general personality.

about 2 years ago
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NASA Cancels Nanosat Challenge

The Great Pretender Re:Real funding problem, or Washington Monument? (35 comments)

That's interesting, a couple of years ago Washington State did the same thing, - please pass these taxes and the schools get cut. Here in Washington folks didn't vote for any tax increase and then the following year wondered why there was a major funding issue for schools. Guess some people call the bluff, or there's an actual reason for statements like that.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Orders Memory Game Developers To Stop Using 'Memory' In Names

The Great Pretender Re:I Can See It Now (409 comments)

Everyone should change the name to The Mammary Game. Bet you sales would increase.

about 2 years ago
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Romney Taps Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan As Running Mate

The Great Pretender Re:Doesn't make sense (757 comments)

He just secured the ultra-conservative swing vote

more than 2 years ago
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You Can't Bypass the UI Formerly Known As Metro On Windows 8

The Great Pretender Re:Not quite true - Classic Shell allows it (444 comments)

Why don't you just click the square that says "desktop" when it loads? That's what I do.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

The Great Pretender Re:laws (1127 comments)

Assuming your work has a good (read sensible) harassment policy, you will be fine. If not get one in place ASAP.

Your harassment policy should point out that the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious. Also, there is no harassment if your coworker over hears something which is not meant to be heard by her and is not about her. "Harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment" (quoted from our policy).

If you are really asking how do we condition ourselves not to make loud, off-hand comment constantly, you all need to call each other out in a SERIOUS manner. Do not joke, just speak up and say " I believe that's inappropriate" then offender apologizes and tries very hard not to be called out again.

You all may think this is really dumb, but look at it from two angles. (1) Does your company want to get sued, sorry that's what lawyers do especially in the US (2) Pick something you don't like about yourself, say you have some weight on you, and then have someone call you 'lardass' and comment how they'll need two chairs for you to sit on, or we shouldn't to fast, so you can keep up. Have them comment on how being fat doesn't allow you to do your job properly etc. and have them do it constantly. Then tell me if that's a fun place to work and I'll tell you that they're just teasing, and where's your sense of humor?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Implications of Finding the Higgs Boson?

The Great Pretender Re:That's an easy one (683 comments)

I predict at least two movies along the lines of Chain Reaction will be made.

more than 2 years ago
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Gmail Takes Largest Webmail Service Crown

The Great Pretender Re:Hotmail was great... (383 comments)

Yeah I read it. Your argument should be that Google email use increased due to the added value of the productivity package, not because the hotmail EMAIL CLIENT is so shitty it drove people to GMail. The hotmail productivity package is not as good as the Google one, so why use it when they're both free?

more than 2 years ago
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Gmail Takes Largest Webmail Service Crown

The Great Pretender Re:Hotmail was great... (383 comments)

So you're dinging Hotmail because it doesn't have a decent Office suite, not because it's a shitty webmail service? Then you skip the actual POP3 etc. argument. Weak

more than 2 years ago
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Google On-shores Manufacturing of the Nexus Q

The Great Pretender Re:It *should* be part of the marketing (326 comments)

I know a fair bit about tech and this does add a plus for me to purchase this phone. It's a marketing ploy that I can support.

about 2 years ago
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Sexy Female Scientist Video Draws Fire

The Great Pretender Re:Whats the problem (404 comments)

I'd have no problem with this if the females are actually scientists.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

The Great Pretender Re:Lame (712 comments)

My guess is they got wind of Google announcing it's pad and decided to beat the press

more than 2 years ago
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Details of Initial "Disc to Digital" Program Emerge

The Great Pretender Re:Possible High "Parental Factor" (201 comments)

So how hours minutes are you engaged on burning the 169 DVD's and multiply by what ever you value your time at (go minimum wage or make it $10 an hour to make the math easy or use your work salary or make it a premium as this is your weekend), call this X. What is the cost of the equipment plus install and initial troubleshooting (install = time x hour value), Y. Take X and divide it by 169, this is your expected OPEX cost per DVD. Divide Y by 580, this would be your assessed CAPEX per DVD (in your current collection). Add the two. Is it greater than $2?

more than 2 years ago
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Study Analyzes Recent Grads' Unemployment By Major

The Great Pretender Re:education is only useful for jobs (314 comments)

Well, formal education sort of is. If you wanted to pursue a subject for only fun you could do that yourself, informally, at cost. However, the point of education, in this century, is too prepare people for the work place. The certificate is a uniform (pretty loose one though) metric for employers to see that you have the knowledge of a subject you claim to have, at a specific level (highschool, BS, MS, PhD). The education system basically saves every employer from having to test you when you apply for a job. The problem here is that kids turn up to university because they are told that the need to get a degree to get a job. They are not really counseled on what degrees will lead to what opportunities. Therefore, they get to pick what they like to do. Sorry, I'm not a believer of the adage "do what you love", unless what you love is a salable skill, or you've made enough money to not worry if you get paid pathetically for it. However, I'm also not a fan of kids being told that they all need to be medical doctors or entrepreneurs so they can be wealthy. Personally, I feel a good starting point to aim for is get the bills paid and have a little spending cash, higher education or not. Once they get to that point things can get financially better if they care to put further effort in.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Pushes For Gay Marriage In Washington State

The Great Pretender Re:Corporate Power (678 comments)

I assume you felt the same way about the companies participating in the recent blackout.

more than 2 years ago

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Best format - graphics into presentation software?

The Great Pretender The Great Pretender writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The Great Pretender (975978) writes "I live in a mainly Linux office where laptop users can use Windows or Mac (I use a Mac). I deal with scientific data and business models, thus use a number of different items of software. For the sake of consistency in presentations (Powerpoint or Impress) I tend to build my graphics in the native software and then exporting in .jpeg for insertion into the presentation.

The jpeg files, when using at the most 300 dpi, can often not come out perfectly crisp (even though they still get the information across). Now I'm not a graphics guru and just recently I was looking at all of my export options and wondered if any of these would give me a less 'soft' edged look when imported into Impress or Powerpoint? Should I be thinking about using a .png or .eps, or something better? Please understand, I'm not building graphics in any graphical illustrator program, rather things such as Concept Draw, Visio, MindMap, SigmaPlot, QTI Plot etc.

The keystone here is information transfer, not perfect inserted graphics, but I am looking to make my inserted graphics closer to the native package fidelity, without having to worry about the graphics messing up computer to computer. I also just want to export the image and am not interested in any third party programs that add time or complexity to the process."
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Apple Stock down - new iPod coming?

The Great Pretender The Great Pretender writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The Great Prentender (975978) writes " MSN Money reports:

Tech shares struggled all day; chip and networking shares were a problem.

Apple

But one of the biggest reasons was Apple, whose shares fell 6.8% to $131.76. The stock was up 8% in July and is up 55% this year.

The drubbing was due to reports, never confirmed, that the company planned to scale back production of the iPod music player or, possibly, the iPhone. Some investors speculated the production cuts could reach 50%, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told Bloomberg News.

The iPhone, which combines a music player with a mobile phone and Web browser, went on sale June 29.

"People are going crazy without knowing anything definitive, and those fears are swinging the shares," said Munster, who has rated Apple "outperform" since June 2004. "If it is an iPod production cut, that's a good thing because it's a sign a new iPod is coming."

An Apple spokeswoman said the company would not comment on speculation."
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The Great Pretender The Great Pretender writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The Great Pretender (975978) writes "The BBC reports that scientists are developing a pill which could boost women's libido and reduce their appetite. The hormone-releasing pill has so far only been given to female monkeys and shrews who displayed more mating behavior and ate less. The team from the Medical Research Council's Human Reproduction Unit in Edinburgh believe a human version could be available within a decade. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6606927.stm. I was married to a shrew once..."
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The Great Pretender The Great Pretender writes  |  about 8 years ago

The Great Pretender writes "From the BBC "The tangle of cables and plugs needed to recharge today's electronic gadgets could soon be a thing of the past. US researchers have outlined a relatively simple system that could deliver power to devices such as laptop computers or MP3 players without wires. The concept exploits century-old physics and could work over distances of many meters, the researchers said. Although the team has not built and tested a system, computer models and mathematics suggest it will work." http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6129460.stm/



It seems that the theory is sound, but is it really feasible for practical use?"
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The Great Pretender The Great Pretender writes  |  more than 8 years ago

The Great Pretender (975978) writes " German officials seized MP3 players from SanDisk's booth at the IFA show in Berlin after an Italian patents firm won an injunction against the company. Italian patents company Sisvel alleges that SanDisk refuses to pay licensing fees it needs to playback MP3 files. SanDisk also faces a lawsuit brought by Sisvel in a German court, but denies that its products infringe patents. SanDisk has recently launched new MP3 players based on flash memory, with capacities of up to 8GB, in an attempt to challenge the dominance of Apple's iPod nano. But a raft of new products were removed from the company's stand at the IFA show in Berlin after Sisvel applied for an injunction, Sisvel told the BBC news website. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5312696.stm"

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