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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

XB-70 It's a sad truth (249 comments)

All the grit in the world won't help a kid who is an idiot!

That being said, never praise a kid for being smart. Always praise hard work.

about two weeks ago

What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?

XB-70 Well duh!! (162 comments)

We all want to see what we have never thought could exist!

about two weeks ago

65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

XB-70 A more important issue... (246 comments)

Where is the class action lawsuit against Microsoft for the man-decades of hours lost due to BSOD and other, major issues with the O/S that have cost billions of dollars in lost productivity and data?

If automakers built cars that crashed as often as all the versions of Windows, the earth's population would be about 1,000 people today.

about a month ago

NASA Tests Feasibility of 3D Printing on the Moon and Other Planets

XB-70 Stupid headline (58 comments)

What a stupid headline. To my knowledge, there are no 3D printers physically on the moon or other planets for NASA to test with.

about a month ago

In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

XB-70 Re:It's just capitalism moving slower than usual (435 comments)

I have seen the oil wells in Cuba. The oil offshore is some of the dirtiest and lowest quality available. The only reason for the Chinese and Canadians to be assisting with oil exploration was so that Cuba could have some self-sufficiency.

about a month ago

In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

XB-70 Crap (435 comments)

This is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that the wonderful Cuban people desperately need medicine, goods and services that are in deplorably short supply.

The curse is that a small few are about to make huge profits on land and state enterprises. I don't care how the laws will be worded, any time you have a major economic shift like this, opportunists will take incredible advantage of the situation.

The other curse is that Western 'culture' - McDonald's, Burger King, Coke and Pepsi will invade. They will do tremendous harm to the health of the average Cuban.

Lastly, the wonderful beaches and hotels will be overrun. Cuba is so close to the U.S. that development will explode and tourism will skyrocket. The 'pristine' aspect of Cuba will quickly disappear in a morass of tawdry tourist traps.

Adios Cuba viejo y bienvenido al futuro.

about a month ago

Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

XB-70 Not a bad place.... (409 comments)

Peace, quiet, natural... why not turn Prypiat into a retirement town with a minimum age of admission of 75?

Whether 60 Minutes is wrong or Ron Adams is wrong, it won't matter - the retirees will all be dead before any potential effects of mild radiation manifest themselves.

about 2 months ago

As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

XB-70 The workplace is changing. (496 comments)

Here is a possible reason for the disparity in income:

A relative of mine is a Veterinarian.

When he graduated in the '80s 80% of Vets were male. They worked from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM or longer - often six days a week.

Today, 80% of Vets are female. Rather than working long hours, they often choose to have a family and work part-time. The net result is that 4-5 female vets do the job of one male vet.

This is not a bad thing. They get to have both a career and be at home for their families.

The net result though, it that their incomes are substantially lower than a male vet's would be.

Is this wrong? No. Is this a new way of having a work-life balance? Yes.

about 2 months ago

How Alibaba Turned November 11 Into the World's Biggest Online Shopping Day

XB-70 Re:Good luck in Canada (115 comments)

More like... Ali Boo-Boo ..and it's Veterans Day in the United States.


Insensitive clods.

about 3 months ago

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

XB-70 The worst thing you can do. (273 comments)

NEVER tell a kid that they are smart. ALWAYS encourage them when they apply themselves.

If they are told that they are smart, they will get a mind-set that says: "I'm smart, I don't need to work at this."

A wealthy friend of the family once told me: "There are two ways to become wealthy: out smart the other guy. The rest of us out work him."

about 3 months ago

Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

XB-70 Why the surprise? (392 comments)

When a product sucks, people stop buying it.

about 3 months ago

Security Companies Team Up, Take Down Chinese Hacking Group

XB-70 Why is this not escalated? (63 comments)

We pay a fortune in taxes for government agencies: INTERPOL, FBI, RCMP, NSA, CSIS, CIA etc. etc.

It is disgraceful that a consortium of PRIVATE companies has to tackle this issue when there is clear violation of any number of laws at stake.

Get to work, you government agencies, and, instead of spying on your fellow countrymen, do your job.

about 3 months ago

Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

XB-70 In other news.... (269 comments)

1 Million monkeys at typewriters don't finish writing Shakespeare either!

about 4 months ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

XB-70 What is fair? (540 comments)

When someone has plans to point a nuclear missile at you in your back yard, you do what you can to protect yourself. The net result of the Cuban 'experiment' is a large number of well-educated people who have little or no resources to use that educational wealth.

I chatted with a 50 yr old 'pool boy' in Veradero. I asked him his occupation. He said: "Economist". He was earning 300 times as much cleaning hotel pools in the special tourist area than he would have in his profession.

In Trinidad, Cuba, there are extremely well-trained doctors and nurses at clinics... except that there is a real dearth of medicine available.

Cubans are crushed by their so-called government. It is heinous and loathsome.

"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." Churchill

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

XB-70 Fortunately there is Linux.... (179 comments)

The update crashed 100% on re-boot stopping at 10% install. Fortunately, I was able to disable UEFI, boot to my Ubuntu Linux partition, go online and figure out what to do... then go back and bang away 'till it booted. I ended up going back to a good install point and adding updates incrementally.

Note to self: Always, always put a Linux partition on EVERY Windoze machine!

Yeah, yeah, I could carry a bootable USB around, but this way, it's always IN the machine.

My problem is this: WHO is going to PAY me for my time? Isn't it time that a consumer watchdog agency said: "Enough is enough, Microsoft. You have cost users countless BILLIONS of hours and money. If this were a car, Ford or GM or Toyota would be BANKRUPTED by the recalls."

about 5 months ago

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

XB-70 Effect Change (561 comments)

This is so stupid. What is the staffing profile of, say, Glamour Magazine? Would you, as a stockholder, want white, straight males as staffers at Glamour? Not in a million years!

Each staff member is a profit centre. If you hire someone who's return on investment is 20% less but their ethnicity fits your company's profile, your competitors will eat you for breakfast - while hiring the best staff away from you.

If you really want to effect change, create a double-blind hiring system so that race and gender become non-issues - and you end up with the best staff. Period.

about 5 months ago

Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

XB-70 Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

Here's the upside: Linux users are the 1% ers!!

about 6 months ago

Comcast Confessions

XB-70 Check this out! (234 comments)

Dial: 1-800-Go2-Hell and you'll a direct line to Comcast's tech support - 'cause that's what they are living in - the poor bastards.

about 6 months ago

Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

XB-70 You voted for 'em. (217 comments)

It is long overdue that government surveillance becomes a major political issue. Yet, we are no longer represented by our elected officials who have been bought off by the oligarchy. Moreover, if you talk to 99% of citizens, they will simply shrug off news items like this and go back to the latest Kardashian wardrobe malfunction intrigue.

This isn't about paranoia, it's about the fact that our personal rights are being completely abrogated by governments that are out of our control.

Our true freedom is doomed until we demand action so that due process takes place - legally and by the rules.

It's time to use the system to give itself back to us: with court challenges and by voting out non-supportive elected officials.

Exposure of incompetence and malfeasance with articles such as this are where to begin.

about 6 months ago

Tom's Hardware: Microsoft Smartband Coming In October With 11 Sensors

XB-70 A scenario (70 comments)

Job Candidate: "Thank you for seeing me."

Interviewer [Hacking into yet another security-flawed MS Smartband product.]: "Thank you for coming. Could you tell me why you left your last employ?"

Job Candidate: "I was ... asked to perform duties that were beyond the scope of my employment contract."

Interviewer [Noting elevated heart rate of interviewee]: "What did these duties consists of?"

Job Candidate: "I am not at liberty to discuss them."

Interviewer [Seeing Smartband perspiration levels soar.]: "Was there a problem with your performance?"

Job Candidate: "None whatsoever."

Interviewer [Running lie detector against heartbeat data.]: "I am afraid that this interview is over."

Job Candidate: "But I was being sexually molested and am involved in a court case that I cannot discuss!!"

Interviewer [Noting extreme blood pressure levels.] "SECURITY!!"

about 7 months ago



Is Microsoft modding slashdot submissions?

XB-70 XB-70 writes  |  about 7 months ago

XB-70 (812342) writes "I put what I thought was a witty comment on a Microsoft article and got modded troll.

I don't mind it — but it leaves me to wonder: Are Microsoft employees modding down non-supportive comments? What do Slashdot readers think?"


XB-70 XB-70 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

XB-70 (812342) writes "Let's update slashdot: add like AND unlike buttons to every comment. That way, when it's modded up or down, we can see what non-modders think too."

Are the Yahoo! chat rooms for sale?

XB-70 XB-70 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

XB-70 (812342) writes "Today, Yahoo! states that it will close the venerable chat rooms that have existed since 1998.

My questions are:

1. Could we crowd-source a purchase?

2. How much would Yahoo! sell them for?

3. Could they be maintained and improved by slashdotters?"

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RIM 'upgrades' service - ends webmail

XB-70 XB-70 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

XB-70 (812342) writes "Research In Motion is ending webmail and calling it an 'upgrade'. I call it a downgrade.

Here's the email I got:

Dear BlackBerry Internet Service Subscriber:

Your BlackBerry® Internet Service account will be automatically upgraded from BlackBerry Internet Service version 1.8 to version 2.4 in the coming weeks. This upgrade comes with exciting new features and functions. To learn more visit: www.blackberry.com/emailupgrade: . You may also visit this site to upgrade your BlackBerry Internet Service account immediately.

When you log into your BlackBerry Internet Service account following the upgrade, you will be required to accept or decline the BlackBerry Internet Service End User License Agreement. We encourage you to review the terms and conditions of the BlackBerry Internet Service End User Agreement by visiting www.blackberry.com/eula: and choosing the appropriate jurisdiction which governs your use of the BlackBerry Internet Service.

Once the upgrade has taken place, you will need to use a BlackBerry® smartphone to access your BlackBerry Internet Service email. This is because the webmail service which allowed you to view your email on a desktop computer will no longer be available. You can still use the BlackBerry Internet Service web site to configure your email account settings.

Research In Motion is performing this upgrade to better serve BlackBerry Internet Service customers now and in the future."

XB-70 XB-70 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

XB-70 (812342) writes "I want to recommend a current, Linux compatible, off-the-shelf laptop retailing for under $1,000 that can be purchased from a big-box store.

Can Slashdot readers tell me which distros they've used that install with little or no hassle and which **current** make and model of laptop they've recently bought?

Major critieria: WiFi works, Modem works, DVD burner works. Power management would be nice as would optimal screen resolution. The laptop must have a minimum of 1Gig RAM and 80 Gig HD."


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