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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

The New Guy 2.0 This happens sometimes... (124 comments)

I had this problem at a place I used to work... we were an "answer the e-mail" schedule, and we went six weeks without anybody in our department getting any work commands for the system. I had no choice but to tell my boss the reason why I couldn't close any tickets was because I had no tickets. We checked, saw we were at zero usage, got laid off, and claimed half our pay for the next 99 weeks.

4 days ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

The New Guy 2.0 Re:This is not a new or unique problem (124 comments)

The problem here is not dishonest work on the patent logs, it's dishonest work on the time cards/sheets that tell the bosses how much to pay. Uhm, some computer logging software is about to fall off the patent logs for 14 years being up!

4 days ago
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"Net Neutrality" Coiner Tim Wu Is Running For Lt. Governor of New York

The New Guy 2.0 What else does he do? (40 comments)

Net Neutrality is another name for "Give me the Internet, not a subset." and is a key part of what a legitimate ISP does, as opposed to a censored ISP like sometimes exists in the USA and often exists overseas.

about two weeks ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

The New Guy 2.0 ERROR: Please input the proper trademark! (226 comments)

Uhm... you're trying to do The Slashdot Interview without mentioning that phrase in the story. Taco, please send a memo to the editors.

about two weeks ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Science Advisor, Comedy Advisor (226 comments)

It takes only one smart guy to keep the science right, it takes a team to do comedy right. Comedy is harder than science... I know that because I've been here long enough. (Wait, does my username still make sense?)

about two weeks ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Advancing science (226 comments)

BBT is comedy for anybody who remembers their high school science, and the cute girl factor is a reminder that you get girls to do that when you're that smart.

about two weeks ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

The New Guy 2.0 I want to downgrade to the upgrade! (152 comments)

There's a problem at Google right now... it's Y2K search engine is superior to the one that they're offering today. I don't mind the including of AdWords sponsors, but the way they're bossing around the non-shaded parts of the screen is getting to be troubling. Additionally, the major content providers are bossing around Google Search.... I think we need a fresh crawl of the Internet by somebody else.

about two weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Great, (542 comments)

Comcast aims to be a common carrier which means they don't censor their system unless some court tells them to.

about two weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

The New Guy 2.0 Re:The difference is.. speed? (542 comments)

If you download at 12 Mb while you sleep, you'll spend all your waking day watching what you got.

about two weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Wait a minute (542 comments)

All of the religious texts exist because of the Gutenberg press concepts... first thing mass printed was The Bible, then people who couldn't agree with it started printing their own.

about two weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

That definition of a driver-less car is called a "Fiat" and only safe when nobody else is on the road near it. Collision detection for cars is a little slow to react right now... humans are better at spotting a car on the screen and through the windshield than current non-visual tech.

about two weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

The New Guy 2.0 Re:The key bit (542 comments)

Those who are wrong hate communication because it allows the good-doers to take over.

about two weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

The New Guy 2.0 Re:We need him... (542 comments)

Uhm, you're confused bankers on Wall Street are doing just fine moving the cash around... it's the traders instructions they follow, and the traders who are making the mistakes right now.

about two weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

The New Guy 2.0 Re:The difference is.. speed? (542 comments)

Yep, once we hit 6 Mb per screen we should be all set... that's the speed compressed HD video moves at at most. Anything that moves faster than a 1080p screen can't be represented by humans that fast, until we get to 4Kx1080.

about two weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

I'm wondering where Slashdot went wrong.... in the time I was in college, I got the 5s and the controversial people got the -1s.

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

The New Guy 2.0 Re:It's preposterous (506 comments)

Liability law needs to be rewritten... whoever inputs the bad command should be responsible for the accident if there is one. Therefore, there must be "black box" logging telling where the command came from. If the analysts say the car control people sent the command, then they're the ones who have to pay.

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

Most "driverless car" situations involve a human with controls sitting on the other side of a radio signal connection... if the human in the car and controller in the "studio" can't match, then they're going to end up fighting over the wheel, and it'll be impossible to determine the proper angle.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

The New Guy 2.0 What do you want? (531 comments)

Server Guy: I only want to give my information to the people who lead to ad revenue or sales, everyone else is a waste of my server.
User: I want access to all of Internet, not just some of it.

We're going to have a problem here....

about three weeks ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

The New Guy 2.0 Re:Betteridge (248 comments)

Guess they only implement the even numbered IP sets... IPv8 anyone?

about three weeks ago

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Is We-Care really a tool or turning you into a tool

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 3 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "My ESET Smart Security package seems to have missed a spot. Somehow without me knowing, We-Care.org's flagship "product" was installed. It's a bit of a spyware product that intercepts affiliate site links, and claims to donate to "charity" despite no proof it actually works and no credible brand at risk... we stopped that site down before here on Slashdot, so why is this thing still online?"
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Deleted Slashdot: TV series Small Wonder

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 4 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "I tried today to post comment to a story about fictional robots mentioning the TV series Small Wonder but it was deleted. "Controversial" means we have to talk about it, but some people want it to mean it should be banned. Yep, Small Wonder was syndicated, but in no places did it ran until the end. Parents, if you think you can treat your kid like that title character, you really don't know how that ends. I guess if the story was a book, it would have been in the Left Behind series. My girlfriend at the time wore a Halloween costume as that character, and she really didn't know what a discussion she was starting that day. See, she was offered the title character's role on that show, but we (the students and teachers, and even the rest of the school's staff) really told her not to do that. We all had too many other jobs at that time. She already was working on three other shows at the time. I think only she could name which three shows I'm talking about."
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Judge Shot by Own Bailiff

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 6 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "Mental hospital officials are mourning the loss of their favorite judge. Massachusetts Judge Janet McGovern has been shot and was refused service by UMassMemorial, which means she will likely be dead soon. Apparently, a higher court ordered her killed, and the bailiff in her own court room took action without warning her. From what I can tell, Governor Patrick (D-MA) will need to introduce a new judge to the community of Worcester."
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SCotUS rules against Lexmark in ink cartrige chip case

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 6 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled against printer company Lexmark and in favor of ink re-filler Static Control in a case over Lexmark's anti-refilling microchips. Looks like there's still no way to block ink re-fillers from working, as usual."
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Um, that's not a court order that counts

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 7 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "I've got some serious problems with a "court ruling" that is forcing me to take medicine. First, they didn't tell me where the court was, and denied my abilty to drive to the Worcester District Court courthouse. Second, they claimed they had a court order without showing me the paperwork. Third, the document was "form letter" (with unchecked options) therefore, it could have been a "fill in the name" form. Fourth, they showed me an unreadable judge's signature, which is sometimes okay, but the name was not printed. All I know is that there's some judge named "Janet" who should have found me. Can I get a better hearing? Where is the appeals court in this area?"
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No bandwidth + untrustworthy people = tax problems

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 7 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "Usally, I would have filed my IRS/State taxes by now, but there's a problem. With no access to a trustworthy computer in a private space, I'll end up sharing my tax data with people who shouldn't see it. I'd trust the employees of H&R Block or Jackson Hewett, but not this hospital's staff. Why did I call them "untrustworthy", because they keep breaking laws. See, I can trust my computer with this Slashdot acount, but don't forget, I'm still LostCluster writing on a account name suggested by somebody else."
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Status of the LostCluster account

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 7 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "Status of the LostCluster account

I seem to have a lack of Internet bandwidth lately because the "hospital" doesn't provide WiFi to patient rooms and my cell phone is not connecting to much other than 911... why can't I call 611 to find out why my service isn't working. Anyway, if this posts from the public Internet room here, that's why I won't use my LostCluster accounts there. Right now, the account is blocked with no password correct at all. I eventually will ask CmdrTaco or someone on Team Taco to renable the account, but that's why I'm posting on backup account "The New Guy 2.0"... which should be a wake-up call to some of my friends."
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Hey NYCL, are you still here?

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 7 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "I know a lot about the history of SlashDot. One of my favorite shared group accounts was the NewYorkCountryLawyer and NewYorkCountyLayer, both commonly called NYCL. They really did a lot of work in cleaning up the Internet from troubling projects like P2P shares of copyrighted works and attempts to hack critcal systems such as major websites and power grid systems. It originally started as law students working with their professors, and went on to create a catchphrase of IANAL (I am not a lawyer) for people who wanted to talk law without actually being a lawyer. We seem to need some law edits in Massachusetts, so please organize here and then stand by."
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Kiss 108 Boston could go news at any moment.

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 8 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "Okay, that's a statement that could scare a lot of people. See, Kiss 108 Boston is not just Boston's Number #1 for Today's Hit Music, but a vital entry ramp into the world of pop music worldwide. But, here's the catch. Due to Kiss 108's successful clearing of emergency news programs, that station ended up with a right to simulcast any DirecTV channel. If you want out of that agreement, you have to get your channel off of DirecTV entirely. This is very rare, but if there is a disaster in any part of Kiss 108's coverage range, or even world wide... if it is a threat to the Boston area, Kiss 108 can simulcast any credible newscast.

Okay, so you're wondering, with DirecTV so secure hacking efforts common in the early 2000s no longer come even close to working... how does Kiss 108 technically work it when they have to? See, at the master control location, there is a link between DirecTV and the Kiss 108 broadcast chain powered by Analog Hole Technology. (When I used to mention this on Slashdot, a group of cute girls logged onto an account called analog_hole and explained the situation. Is anybody still speaking for that account? If so, find the girls who started it and call roll!) The Analog Hole Technology is too simple, but too dangerous. See, if you use it without permission, it's a major copyright violation. When Kiss 108 does it, it's okay, they have a license."
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Trademark violation? Definitely not.

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 8 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "If you think there already was a "The New Guy" you're most likely right. In fact, I'm within the coverage range of WXLO.and actually listened to that show. Turns out, I was living way too close to that show's production facility and actually contributed some story elements that weren't broadcast. See, if there really was a memory-forgetting gas leak at that house.... if it made it to mine I'd be in serious trouble, and if caught without a safe place to live or dead it would have put thousands of people who work for me out of work. If it traveled further down the street we would have lost a sports expert who can call the difference between real and fake sports teams quickly so shows like "SportsCenter Beta" are impossible.

I'm gone from there. People who are mentioned in this post... please get out if you haven't already. It's official, there's nobody credible left at 40. I'm not sure what was left at what we called 42. People of 44, are you still there? I know both of you have the ability to post on Slashdot. Please find some way to prove to me you're okay."
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This is LostCluster. This really is LostCluster. How do I prove it?

The New Guy 2.0 The New Guy 2.0 writes  |  about 8 months ago

The New Guy 2.0 (3497907) writes "This is scary. I really am the only writer of the LostCluster account here on Slashdot. But, I'm living in a insecure situation and can't risk false reports coming from that account. At this point, there's no way to log onto that account without the help of CmdrTaco or a current Slashdot root user. (Was Slashdot sold? Who's in charge here?) Looks like we have no lead commenter at the moment. First lead commentator grew up to become a tech babe. (OMG, is she alive? I haven't seen her anywhere lately... she an I used to date! We once produced 16 hours of "unacceptable Slashdot" because we were too romantic.) Second lead commenter was me... but I've been hospitalized too long and out of touch. I at least have enough bandwidth for this post to work but am unsure if there's going to be an attempt to fake me or censor me. Okay... this has been on my screen too long without anything going wrong. Game on! Welcome to The New Guy 2.0!"

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