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The Problems With Drug Testing

bobbied Re:just pull a hobby lobby and say I'm on a drug (163 comments)

They are trying to cash in on public ignorance and the hype surrounding the Hobby Lobby ruling, for their own purposes (fund raising and PR). There is no legal precedent established by Hobby Lobby that they can use to make their case, but there are people who will swallow their story They won't get anywhere with this.

So this is WAY off topic.... So I'm done on this sub-thread...

2 days ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

bobbied Re:not true because... (163 comments)

So basically, leave it to HR to always adopt a position that is not usually in your best interests.

So, HR isn't looking out for my best interest? Shocker! (not!)

Just in case you don't already know, HR is NOT there to protect you, they are there to protect the company. So be VERY careful when you take a "problem" to them to solve, because you can bet they won't be looking out for your interests.

2 days ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

bobbied Re:not true because... (163 comments)

To be fair, he was only confused about this because the summary was complete and utter crap.

Yea, but if you READ the article, it's pretty clear what the summary means..

Lesson learned? Yep, READ the article before posting comments.....

2 days ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

bobbied Re:just pull a hobby lobby and say I'm on a drug (163 comments)

just pull a hobby lobby and say I'm on a drug that is part of my religion and you can't test me for it.

It is really hard to imagine how that is related to the Hobby Lobby case which was about GOVERNMENT requirements being levied on a company and not drug tests as a condition of employment. I think the law is pretty clear, companies can do drug testing and refuse to employ those who fail said tests.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

bobbied Re:The vendors are clowns, but not the funny kind (345 comments)

Excellent advice. I would only add one thing. PRINT said E-mail and any replies you receive from it and put them in a safe place where you can find them when the lawsuit comes up. You might actually get your customer to sign and date your hard copy if you wanted to really make the point.

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

bobbied Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

I haven't a clue what Apple actually stocks in the store, but I'll bet they keep the maxed out version of just about everything for the rare "I don't care what it costs the company is paying for it and we need it NOW!" crowd. A company the size of Apple can afford the inventory, especially given that their "top of the line" system doesn't change on a regular basis, and there are not that many versions of anything out there to sell. Apart from the consumer devices which they sell like hot cakes (iPod, iPhone, iPad etc) they have what, Two other product lines, a laptop and a desktop? That's two big boxes, maybe three with a monitor, so they got space.

Personally, I'd be surprised if they hadn't carried what you where looking for in stock. I'd be willing to bet that if you walked in asking for less than the top of the line configuration, you'd be sent to the website to order it. But when you have to have it *now* you can bet they are going to take advantage of that and be ready to sell you the highest priced system they can, which means the store only carries the top end configurations for buyers like you, plus a pile of consumer products to service the iPod/iPad crowd.

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

bobbied Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

I will point out that Apple's quality has not been as stellar of late, they ARE slipping somewhat, but they are still better than your average company. So, I suppose there are SOME folks who complain about Apple's quality so I must revise my statement.

Most knowledgeable people do not question Apple's hardware quality.

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

bobbied Re:apple store (417 comments)

I walked in once ... and couldn't figure out how to buy something so I left !

Seriously? So I'm to assume you didn't speak English because every time I've been in an Apple store I've been approached multiple times with "How can I help you?" questions from the staff. I'm sure if I said "I'd like to buy an iPad" they'd know what to do with my credit card..

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

bobbied Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

Surely they don't have all those in the store? Remember this guy had to walk out with hardware in hand because by COB they would figure out they'd been had, so making any special orders would be a no-go option. No, I'm sure he had to buy "in stock" stuff from the store.

3 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

bobbied Re:$7142.85 (417 comments)

Nobody questions their quality, just their price for performance. Apple has always sold lower performance hardware at a premium over other kinds of systems. But they have a totally different business model and they sell the Apple branded way of doing things to users who don't mind paying for it.

3 days ago
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Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

bobbied Re:Let the.... (39 comments)

It's called the reciever.

It's also nothing whatsoever to do with DIY, this guy was a very skilled gunsmith and was simply showing off a very cool project.

It's also nothing to do with 'hardest to legally import', you can get these parts anywhere you like; of course the reciever is that part that is considered a 'gun' and is controlled and you will need to fill out forms and pass background check, all normal.

And it was the receiver that he hammered out of an old shovel. I got to admit, that was impressive work, but I don't think the builder is extremely skilled or well equipped. A bit above average I suppose. He purchased the rest of the components off the shelf.

4 days ago
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OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

bobbied Ok Cupid.... (161 comments)

That was STUPID!

Conduct your little experiment if you have to, just keep your mouth shut about it.... At least until you have notified ALL your users that such experiments *might* be taking place (Or if you intend to issue refunds from the resulting class action suit.)

4 days ago
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Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

bobbied Re:There is a difference between ... (39 comments)

being nerdy and being childish.

Yea? So which is this huh? (sticks tongue out)

Sometimes I wonder if they are generally the same..

4 days ago
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Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

bobbied Re:Latex Assault Weapons already banned in NJ (39 comments)

Already banned in New Jersey and D.C., and New York and Connecticut have a 7-band magazine limit.

You are going to put your eye out with that kid.. It's an assault weapon!

Next, they will put limits on the number of rubber bands you can conceal in your pockets without an office supply distribution permit, and federal background checks when you buy more than 7 bands in a box. Remember that selling office supplies in Chicago, Washington DC and most of the north west is illegal now...

4 days ago
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Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

bobbied Let the.... (39 comments)

Office supply closet raids begin... Better tell the admin to order more rubber bands...

4 days ago
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Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

bobbied Re:Too bad this didn't happen in 50 years (44 comments)

Can't argue with that... Personally, I think that funding fusion research is something we should be doing instead of messing around with tax credits for windmills and solar panels. Where I don't figure the "We are almost there!" press is true either, it *could* be if we really put some resources into this research and development and where I'm not foolish enough to think having a working fusion plant would be the end all be all of energy production, it sure would be a step in the right direction.

about a week ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

bobbied Re:Can I go anywhere useful yet? (120 comments)

Driving an EV around town is all well and good, but until they can do big trips, they'll just be a curiosity.

Oh come on.. I'm no EV advocate, but they have their place and driving around town is that place. You just plug it in when you get home each time. For commuters, which is actually the BULK of the miles I put on my cars, and EV that can reliably do 200 miles on a charge in real world conditions and recharge over night would work for me just fine. I own two (soon to be three) vehicles, so why not have an EV in the stable if it was actually cost effective? I wouldn't mind. When hitting the long road, the EV would stay parked at home. I'd just use it as a commuter car.

The problem with EV's is only partially range and recharge times, their real problem is cost. They are REALLY expensive to buy and operate. So much so that a standard gasoline powered car works out to be cheaper for most of us overall.

about a week ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

bobbied Re:That's great, but ... (120 comments)

Yea, you can recharge them quicker... (sarc off)

about a week ago
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Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

bobbied Re:Too bad this didn't happen in 50 years (44 comments)

If this happened (optimistically) 50 years from now, we'd be able to deflect the comet to HIT mars, thus delivering a lot of water and warming things up a bit. (Only, I'm afraid, a little bit of terraforming, it would probably take thousands of such comet strikes to make the planet "habitable").

The problem with doing this to Mars is that it has a very small magnetic field to protect it and radiation pretty much streams in to the surface unfiltered. Where it would help to add water and gases to the atmosphere, without a magnetic field to protect it, these would eventually be stripped away by the solar wind and you'd be back to square one.

Then there is the technical problems involved in figuring out how you can get enough of a push on some unknown constantly changing mass of ice and dust to make the necessary corrections to get the thing to actually impact Mars and not just do a really close flyby. Such things are very difficult, and given the really short time frames between "Oh, I see something coming" and "It's here!" would only make that worse. There's nothing like hurrying rocket science to ruin your day.

about a week ago
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Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

bobbied Re:Too bad this didn't happen in 50 years (44 comments)

We have fusion now... We can start a fusion reaction pretty much whenever we want. The problem is we cannot create a sustained fusion reaction that nets us industrial levels of energy and do it in a cost effective way.

What the fusion problem really becomes is a materials and technique question. How do you safely sustain a fusion reaction long enough in some kind of container so you can collect the excess energy it creates without having to replace the expensive container too often. So we have a containment question which leads to materials questions and a whole lot of complex industrial scale engineering questions.

about a week ago

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Earthquake warning issued for central Oklahoma

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 3 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "A rare warning has been issued by the US Geological survey today, warning of an increased risk of a damaging earthquake (magnitude 5.0 or greater) in central Oklahoma. There have been more earthquakes in Oklahoma (per mile) than California this year, prompting the USGS to issue their warning today (May 5, 2014).

This warning is the FIRST such warning to be issued for a state east of the Rockies."

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DHS destroyed computers, keyboards, mice over malware

bobbied bobbied writes  |  1 year,22 days

bobbied (2522392) writes "Irrational fear and lack of understanding leads to the destruction of HHS computing equipment which had been possibly infected with malware. "The agency spent $1.06 million on “building a temporary infrastructure, pending long-term IT solution;” $823,000 on hiring the cybersecurity contractor; $688,000 on “contractor assistance for a long-term recovery solution;" and $4,300 to destroy $170,000 worth of tech equipment." They destroyed computers, TVs, keyboards, mice, printers and cameras to rid themselves of dreaded malware. Seems it worked.

In true government fashion, seems they just spent a boat load of taxpayer money on nothing. Next time just reload the operating system if push comes to shove (or you simply have to be 100% sure it is gone).

Which one of you slashdot readers cashed that $823,000 check? Well done sir or madam.. Well done!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/10/us-agency-destroys-computers/"

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