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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

anglico Re:How can you trademark a color? (653 comments)

I was told that UPS Brown is trademarked, unsure of the validity of the statement though. This came about when someone had a scratch on their truck and I said just go to the hardware store and buy brown paint, the mechanic pulled out a can of paint and said "you can't its trademarked".

about 4 months ago
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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

anglico Re: Debtors Prison? (467 comments)

As long as the debt is actually correct, then throwing a dead beat dad in jail is fine with me. It's when you go to court to fix their $7500.00 mistake only to find out two months later they screwed up and set it to $75,000.00 instead of zero! So please don't assume that a person is a dead beat dad because one of the most inept and incompetent agencies in the government says so.

about 5 months ago
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Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

anglico Re:Thankful (378 comments)

By the time you become a driver you have spent at least 5 years with the company, so if there were any doubts about your integrity, it would normally have surfaced before you then while you were a part time loader or unloader. Each driver had also written down addresses of the 4-5 pkgs we took, so if there were any questions, the company knew right where to go, and we used paper records to get signatures.
  Most of the time they were packages for your customers on your normal route that had arrived after you left the building in the morning, so these were your friends you would be stealing from, so just not worth it. No package was worth losing a good salary and benefits for what you may think is in the box. I worked for them for ten years and never witnessed or heard of a driver stealing, ever. I hope that answers your question.

about 7 months ago
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Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

anglico Re:Thankful (378 comments)

When I was a driver (~2000) we could only be on the road for 12 hours (13 with lunch) if I remember correctly, so whether we were finished or not, we had to be back at the building within that time frame. Every Christmas I worked as a driver we were taking packages on the way home in our cars, on our own time, to make sure people got their presents.

about 7 months ago
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U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

anglico Re:Duh (462 comments)

He married a woman with four kids already, and then had three more.

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

anglico Re:Duh (462 comments)

I don't know any other biologists to argue with him and he wouldn't believe them anyway, in his opinion they're in the pocket of big pharma or the government. What makes it even better is when I first met him 20 years ago he was a very arrogant biologist who would argue with anybody that believed in any religion.

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

anglico Re:Duh (462 comments)

unfortunately it is true, I got my kids vaccinated, but since my area of study was computer science, I'm just not educated enough to speak of science matters. Yes, he is a very arrogant asshole, that's why I no longer talk to him.

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

anglico Re:Duh (462 comments)

They deserve a fucking education.

What if I told you I know a very well educated micro biologist who refuses to vaccinate his 7 kids? His wife's education is in psychology, but they are still educated, and they steadfastly refuse to vaccinate and when I try to argue I'm told "you don't know enough science to argue with me".

about 8 months ago
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Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Pharmacies

anglico Re:hemoglobin test (282 comments)

Our fingerstick HIV tests take about 10-12 minutes, but I'm not familiar with a Hepatitis C fingerstick test. They may have hospitals that are able to do a fingerstick Hep C test, but not a common occurrence in the clinics.

about 8 months ago
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be Back As the Terminator

anglico Re:CG Avatar (245 comments)

From the wikipedia article:
 

Dissatisfied with these plans, Glover filed a lawsuit against the producers, including Steven Spielberg, on the grounds that they neither owned his likeness nor had permission to use it. Due to Glover's lawsuit, there are now clauses in the Screen Actors Guild collective bargaining agreements which state that producers and actors are not allowed to use such methods to reproduce the likeness of other actors.[7]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future_Part_II#Replacement_of_Crispin_Glover

about a year ago
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be Back As the Terminator

anglico Re:CG Avatar (245 comments)

I think they did this with Crispin Glover's character in Back To The Future 2, and he sued the studio for using his likeness. I can't find the article right this moment but IIRC Crispin Glover won the suit and now studios can't use an actors likeness without their permission.

about a year ago
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GoPro Issues DMCA Takedown Over Negative Review

anglico Re:Yawn! (232 comments)

just posting to undo a mistaken mod.

about a year ago
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New Medal Designed To Honor Cyber Soldiers

anglico Re:Order of Precedence (230 comments)

But the nature of combat is constantly changing. Ground troops are still important but their role is going to become less important over time. In the future there will be robots used in certain roles where ground troops are used now. The drone operators and cyber warriors will eventually be the main role.

But I doubt they're going to give the robots medals for it, it's not as if they can lose their life. As I stated, giving a medal to a drone pilot is one thing, ranking it higher than a medal given for having an actual presence in combat is a whole different issue.

about a year and a half ago
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New Medal Designed To Honor Cyber Soldiers

anglico Order of Precedence (230 comments)

If you want to give out a medal for flying a drone, fine, I don't have a huge problem with it as long as you're great at it. What really irritates me and a lot of other service members is it's ranking in the 'order of precedence'. What I've read is it ranks above some combat medals, specifically the Bronze Star, which is really pissing off the 'boots on the ground' troops and I don't blame them for being mad.

about a year and a half ago
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Researcher Warns That Military Must Prepare For "Mutant" Future

anglico Re:started in the 1960s (179 comments)

When I did urine drug screens for the CHP at my lab, one recruit's sample was refused. He said they called him and said to do it again, it was too diluted.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Privacy Suit Seeks $15 Billion

anglico Re:$10,000 * 21 = $15b??? (92 comments)

I haven't read the article yet but my guess is 21 cases include multiple people per case.

more than 2 years ago
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Dish Network Announces Prime Time TV With No Ads

anglico Re:I work in the advertising industry (283 comments)

The problem isn't just the commercials, it's all the annoying ads in the lower corners of my screen, advertising all the other shows they produce. It distracts from the show I'm watching, and sometimes it blocks something I needed to see that was relevant to the show I was supposed to be focusing on. The networks are shoving more and more advertising down our throats and people are tired of it. Personally I would rather product placement, as long as it isn't the 1950's cheesy way, I'd rather see a Budweiser than a can that says "beer". The 'stars' and the executives are all paid too much and the majority of shows suck. Let's not even talk about reality shows, I really doubt those cost a fortune to make. So I will restate the earlier post "cry me a river"

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Says Their TVs Aren't Really Spying On You

anglico Re:Paranoid? (171 comments)

FTFA

"Should the TV owner choose not to use these features, the camera and microphone can be disabled. Users can check if the camera and microphone are activated from the TV’s settings menu. As an added precaution, the camera can be rotated and tucked into the bezel of the TV. Once tucked away, the camera only captures a black image."

more than 2 years ago
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The Hi-Tech Security at the Super Bowl

anglico Re:Meanwhile... (265 comments)

"...at a venue with a large number of people and relatively little security. A concert. A sports game. In the unsecured portion of an airport. ..."

yet those venues aren't broadcast live around the world like the superbowl. Terrorists would love to have that kind of an audience. Of course I don't believe in the FUD that our government and many others try to cram down our throats at every opportunity, but it would make a very valuable target to terrorists.

more than 2 years ago
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PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade

anglico Re:A classic example... (419 comments)

OK, I read it that way too, that he knew Mafia and the like, but then I read it with punctuation. I admit I am giving him the benefit of the doubt on this, considering the rest of the email, but this is how I read it:

I’m born and raised in Boston, I know the people who run the city inside and out, watch the way you talk to people, you never know who they know, it’s a small industry and everyone knows everyone.

To me that sentence is claiming he knows people in the gaming industry (although also a lie) and not really the Mafia. As far as Mafia in Boston, they were there when I left in 1987 and I'm pretty sure they still are, just not as big as they once were.

more than 2 years ago

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New site lets you rate your boss or co-workers!

anglico anglico writes  |  more than 4 years ago

anglico (1232406) writes "I personally don't think this will be a good thing however the site's creators differ. It seems that there's "A new site dedicated to "building, managing, and researching professional reputations" that lets those in the work world comment on their bosses, colleagues and associates..."
  The article states at least 3 times that a reviewers identity is hidden and they are using "...computer algorithms, monitoring and reports from its own community of users to keep tabs on inappropriate comments..."
  Peter Kazanjy (formerly a product manager at VMware software) argues" Somebody could create a blog and use that to say something about you, or on their Twitter stream, and you may or may not know that that’s happening". He provided a screenshot of his own less-than-stellar review and even commented back. So it appears you will have the option to defend yourself, but that is only if you know somebody has 'reviewed' you. They claim to censor ex-girlfriend/ex-boyfriend comments, but I just don't see how they can determine if somebody isn't posing as a co-worker when in actuality they are your ex."

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IPhone now plays DOOM!

anglico anglico writes  |  more than 4 years ago

anglico (1232406) writes "id's classic shooter has finally been (officially) ported to the iPhone. And thanks to oversight from John Carmack himself, there are a number of improvements that make it worth a purchase even for Jailbreakers. Carmack says he loves that players port Doom to every device imaginable, but he's disappointed that there's rarely any real effort to build a new, functional control scheme on platforms without a keyboard and mouse.That's why he personally developed the controls for the iPhone version, and according to early reviews, the iPhone can now play Doom. Users are saying controls as good as you would expect from Carmack. Not to mention the other enhancements like 24-bit lighting."
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Discovery of 'cancer-proof' rodent cells

anglico anglico writes  |  more than 4 years ago

anglico (1232406) writes "PhysOrg.com — Despite a 30-year lifespan that gives ample time for cells to grow cancerous, a small rodent species called a naked mole rat has never been found with tumors of any kind—and now biologists at the University of Rochester think they know why.

The findings, presented in today's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that the mole rat's cells express a gene called p16 that makes the cells "claustrophobic," stopping the cells' proliferation when too many of them crowd together, cutting off runaway growth before it can start. The effect of p16 is so pronounced that when researchers mutated the cells to induce a tumor, the cells' growth barely changed, whereas regular mouse cells became fully cancerous."

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Volunteers wanted for simulated 520-day Mars trip

anglico anglico writes  |  more than 4 years ago

anglico (1232406) writes "Starting in 2010, an international crew of six will simulate a 520-day round-trip to Mars, including a 30-day stay on the martian surface. In reality, they will live and work in a sealed facility in Moscow, Russia, to investigate the psychological and medical aspects of a long-duration space mission. ESA is looking for European volunteers to take part."
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Is the LHC being sabotaged from the future

anglico anglico writes  |  more than 4 years ago

anglico (1232406) writes "What if all the Large Hadron Collider's recent woes are more than bad luck and technical problems? Two noted physicists speculate that the future may be pushing back on the LHC to avert the disaster of observing the Higgs boson. In fact, the projects have suffered such bad luck that Holger Bech Nielsen of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto wonder if it isn't bad luck at all, but future influences rippling back to sabotage them."
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