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High-Frequency Traders Use 50-Year-Old Wireless Tech

beaviz Re:where is the random? (395 comments)

private account in the trading system that returns 3% PER DAY.

In other words. If she invest $1000 in her account, she will have $136.423.718 after two years of trading. Insane - or she might have been exaggerating.

($1000*1.03^400 = $136.423.718 (200 trading days per year))

about a year ago
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GNOME 3 To Support a "Classic" Mode, of Sorts

beaviz Re:Most stupid regression EVER! (197 comments)

Pop up dialogs in windows cannot be moved/resized (*).

This is the single most annoying thing in gnomeland. Damned this is driving me nuts.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't Schools Connected?

beaviz Re:Poor people exist (568 comments)

Programming her VCR is too complicated for her.

I have yet to meet anyone that can successfully program their VCR. These things are a study in how not to do user interfaces.

about 2 years ago
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Wind Map of US Will Blow You Away

beaviz Re:Yeah, but... (104 comments)

Ah, another "superior" European. Meanwhile, in the real world, the US ranks #1 in wind power generation, #1 in biomass generation, and #2 in solar generation in the world.

Per what?

about 2 years ago
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Man Barred From Being Alone With Daughter After Informing Police of Porn On PC

beaviz Re:The accusation itself does the damage (777 comments)

Once accused -- guilty or not -- your live is forever changed. I will likely cost you your retirement savings to pay to a lawyer to mitigate the damage

In my town we have just one (ONE!) male daycare-parent (work from home taking care of other peoples children in office hours). I once had a conversation with him along these lines:
Me: "I would love to have your job, but I'm just too afraid that someone somewhere will misunderstand something and report me."
Him: "I guess many are scared of that."
Me: "Do you ever worry about something like that?"
Him looking kind of sad: "Every single day!"

- I died a little inside that day.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Leaving an IT Admin Position?

beaviz Don't be a prick. (290 comments)

The last time a went from one system administrator job to another, I proposed a very simple plan...

I told my employer that if they would hire the new sysadm with a month overlap, I would do my best to train him in everything. I would even allow the new admin to call me from time to time over the next few months, if he panicked. I asked my new employee if they we're okay with me answering a few phone calls from time to time, they saw no problem at all in that.

It all played out very well. They hired a new guy with a month of overlap as I proposed, but it didn't take longer than a week or two before he was up to speed. My employer suggested than in return for them to be able to call me in the future, I could take the last time off as paid vacation. Great!

They eventually did call ~6 month later - not because they we're in panic, but they had a difficult problem that needed solving and they thought of me. I talked to my new employer, and we we're able to help them out within a few hours. Everyone was happy! :-)

Moral of the story; don't be a prick. If you treat people nice and give them a fair way out, chances are the won't bother you.

more than 2 years ago
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Bionic Implants and Spectrum Clash

beaviz Re:You insensitive clod! (98 comments)

Your garage door opener is using the same channel as my penile implant. Quit hitting the 'down' button when I'm getting it on with your wife.

Fixed!

more than 2 years ago
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How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

beaviz Re:Is he ready for the school system? (659 comments)

Is he mature enough to sit through a "health" class in college where they tell you to wash your hands after using the bathroom (that really pissed me off)?

It this a joke? Does such a class exist?

more than 2 years ago
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Dropbox Authentication: Insecure By Design

beaviz Re:get me my war dialer... (168 comments)

Given that the id is the only token used to get data, what in the drop box system, prevents me from iterating across the id space, until I find some really juicy data?

Chuck Norris.

about 3 years ago
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New EU Net Rules Set To Make Cookies Crumble

beaviz Re:EU = make things harder (290 comments)

I live in a small country of only 5.2 million, and I can choose from literally dozens of mobile phone operators

No shit, it's almost like it's easier to provide coverage for 5 million than it is for 250 million!

That is SO true. If you have 250 million people, there's no potential customers! Or hey wait a minute. It's exactly the same. Bullshit argument.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Rewarding Employees Who Phone It In

beaviz Re:Wow! (280 comments)

one guy I worked with had to go to china on 5 hours notice

I sure hope he didn't miss his own wedding the next day. But then again, the job comes first. Always :)

But if you didn't come in when needed, you found yourself looking for employment.

How do people manage this? Do they just leave everything including kids behind at moments notice?

I would have a real hard time doing that. I have other obligations besides my primary job.

Of course you can argue that you shouldn't have kids (or any family at all) if you want to have a job, but that wouldn't be a life I could enjoy. I love my job, but they MUST respect that I do other things beside sit by the phone and wait for them to call.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Rewarding Employees Who Phone It In

beaviz Re:Wow! (280 comments)

You can sort of see some point here. If I pay you 150k a year, I expect that you're working for me, and the time I've spent training and preparing you for this job is going to have some return. I don't want you worrying about some side job you're doing when you're in the office.

Yes. I will work for you 9-5. But I might do something else too in my spare time, and that's not any of your business. I have kids to take care of. I do mountain biking - and I maintain an open source project. You do not pay me to not do any of these. You pay me to do something for you - which I do.

And dear boss. I think about a lot of things not work related when I'm at work. I think about the kids, what I will have for lunch, how drunk I was last friday and sometimes I even smalltalk to colleagues! Accept it :)

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Rewarding Employees Who Phone It In

beaviz Re:Wow! (280 comments)

Exactly. What company wants to pay an employee to be a rockstar at developing a competing product in their free time?

A sensible one? How about this policy:
We own you 9-5, we own what you create in that time. What you do the other 16 hours of the day is not our business, but make sure you're well rested when you're at work here.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Rewarding Employees Who Phone It In

beaviz Wow! (280 comments)

Microsoft has relaxed a strict rule and will let employees moonlight and keep the resulting intellectual property

A company letting their employees do what the want in their own free time. They deserve the Nobel peace price!

Seriously, is it common (in the states) to "own" your employees even when they are not at work?

more than 3 years ago
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Teenager Tries To Hire Hitman Via Facebook

beaviz Re:Pleading guilty? (464 comments)

With this system you have an incentive to admit to it and save everyone the trouble.

I find that odd ;) What is the discount when pleading guilty instead of being found guilty? This sounds like blackmailing to me.

Two ways of being guilty:
1) Pleaded guilty: You are guilty without any doubt - this will result in a lighter sentence.
2) Found guilty: The court find it more likely that you are guilty than not - this will result in a harsher sentence.

The system encourages the defendant to plead guilty not based on guilt, but based on odds.

Oh well. It just sounds so wrong to me, maybe it's just me :)

more than 3 years ago
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Teenager Tries To Hire Hitman Via Facebook

beaviz Pleading guilty? (464 comments)

From TFA:

The only smart thing Adams did was sign a plea agreement last week for both the rape and solicitation to commit murder charges. If he hadn’t pleaded guilty, he could have faced 35 to 70 years in jail.

Why would he face LESS time when pleading guilty? How does this make any kind of sense?

(In my country that would almost always result in a harsher sentence)

more than 3 years ago
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TiVo To Brick All Remaining UK PVRs On June 1

beaviz Re:Hmm... (286 comments)

I paid for a lifetime subscription. I *already* paid. TiVo are not mentioning that anywhere, or justifying their definition of 'lifetime'. I think I've been robbed.

Or maybe your life is coming to an end? :)

more than 3 years ago
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TiVo To Brick All Remaining UK PVRs On June 1

beaviz Re:So you don't schedule recordings? (286 comments)

It has lost functionality. It's other functions still, in fact, function. It is not bricked.

This discussion is so interesting and insightful. I can feel my life getting better for every word I read. Please keep it going.

more than 3 years ago
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Egypt's Net Ruled By Phone, Not Kill Switch

beaviz Re:Hardly matters... (102 comments)

What it does mean is that the discussion about a kill-switch is moot. In most countries, only a handful of organizations run international backbones. Just about every country could take the net down in such a fashion.

In my country it would go like this:

Head of state dials up a very large backbone provider:
HoS: "Hello, will you please turn off your routers?"
VLBP: "No."
HoS: "Ahem. I don't think I've made myself clear. Turn off your routers."
VLBP: "No."
HoS: "Listen. Either you switch them off NOW or I will make sure that you will NEVER get any business from the state EVER again and I will make sure you get the FULL audit for the last 50 years of accounting."
VLBP: "Ehh... Maybe we could have a little "accident" knocking out all our routers for some time."
HoS: "Thank you. Pleasure doing business with you. Your multi-billion money contract will be renewed next year."

Same result as a "kill switch" - less work.

more than 3 years ago

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