top IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election
Try that another way... would you still be saying "the IRS didn't target a specific race!" if the tax guy doing keyword searches for people named Juan, Jose,
Jesus, Javier, Maria, or Consuelo?
Religious institutions are tax exempt. Also, where is my cut of the student loan money?
top Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Archive and Access Ancient Emails?
You're taking a trip with him next week and you don't remember his name? Stop worrying about email and see a doctor.
about a year and a half ago
top If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...
That's a long winded message for someone with two broken wrists.
about a year and a half ago
top US Doctors Back Circumcision
They leave the nutshell intact
top Bitcoin-Based Drug Market Silk Road Thriving With $2 Million In Monthly Sales
I agree, +5 Funny is underrated.
top Finding Fault With Anti-Fracking Science Claims
Well, I guess you just stumbled into the Great Liberal Conspiracy that all scientists are required to join before they are granted their PhDs.
Dude you weren't supposed to tell anyone.
top Startup Applies For 307 GTLDs
And a real estate web site would naturally be location.location.location
top Univ. of Florida Announces Plan To Save CS Department
... the engineering department (though, typically this is not a good idea, since CPEs/EEs look down on CS).
Reminds me of a joke my EE professor told us (our CS department is in the engineering school):
Why is the CS department part of the engineering school?
Every school has to have a special-ed program
top Macbook Owner With Defective GPU Beats Apple In Court
Well I was refused a replacement inside of 2 years. Apple refused to admit the problem with my Macbook Pro (of the same series with the same GPU) was affected by the problem. It cost me quite a bit in gas to the nearest Apple store, where they said it wasn't their problem. Hours on the phone, again denying it was the same problem. Finally I got a hold of some secret-ish Apple customer complaint line, where I explained to them that I worked at an electronics packaging lab, and had the equipment to verify the problem (the defect was some sort of packaging problem). This was not entirely true, though it was within my university's department. They finally relented when I said that if this defect was indeed covered by the recall I would be bringing the results of the test to every news outlet I could. Still took 3 weeks to get the damn machine back, and it runs hot as fucking anything.
top Major Networks Suing To Stop Free Streaming
Meh I heard she's never worked a day in her life either
top Indian Man Charged With Blasphemy For Exposing "Miracle"
Only Sith deal in absolutes...
top Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn Resigns After $1.7 Billion Loss
I worked in a Best Buy computer department from 2004-2006. The pushy salesmanship is completely a product of management (and I'm sure it's pushed on them just as hard.) I remember being told that every customer had to be greeted within 15 feet of entering a department area, or 30 seconds after entering. We were also strongly rebuked for a simple 'Hey can I help you out with anything today?'. Management would hawk around, and if they saw you interact with a customer, and it end quickly they would quiz you: what was the customer's name, what were they looking for, why was the interaction so short. If you told them the customer specifically said they would like to be left alone, it wasn't acceptable; go back and try again. Management also encouraged us to flat out lie about products (I assume a lot of it was due to their lack of education about technical specifications, though it is certainly plausible due to malice.) As a part timer, if you didn't do exactly as you were told in the above areas, your hours would quickly get diminished (4-6 hours a week of the worst possible shifts). Threats of termination weren't uncommon either. All in all it was an interesting experience for a teenage job, though I vowed never to work retail again.
top How the GOP (and the Tea Party) Helped Kill SOPA
Jeez man you don't have to be such a Nazi about it.
top Apple Forcing IT Shops To 'Adapt Or Die'
Maybe try Automator? It's included with OS X.
top DOJ Investigates Google, Apple, and Others For 'No Poaching' Agreement
Pretty sure Ron Paul wants oversight on banking, just the largest one (the Fed) is where we should start in his opinion.
top 2011's Fastest Growing Language: Objective-C
As mentioned by someone above, Logo is being used in a lot of agent-based modeling research. One in particular came up time and time again in a seminar class I took on complex systems was NetLogo. Some poor economics PhD was working on modeling the relationship between groundwater depletion and policy approaches to curbing its overuse, and his simulations were taking weeks with something like 100 nodes. Too bad it isn't open source, might be fun to try to parallelize simulation runs.
top Approximately how speedy is your Internet connection?
I used an average in this case. My upload is typical of cable (terrible) and my download is around 11Mbit. So 4Mbit was my selection. However if I were to weight it based on use (%TimeUpload * Upload Speed + %TimeDownload*DownloadSpeed) it would be closer to the 11Mbit number. So if it's a simple dichotomy between producer and consumer, I'm by far a consumer based on the number of bits. However the things I produce don't measure up solely based on bits (even a large codebase is dwarfed by a half hour of video).
top Ask Slashdot: Which Candidates For Geek Issues?
I'd currently say I'm libertarian leaning, and that's exactly my stance on marriage. It's a religious ceremony, and the government has zero business in it at all. Straight couples and gay couples may both have a civil union, which takes care of all those tax and insurance issues but we could cut that crap too. What that federal court ban (I haven't read up on it) would do is stop the judiciary from legislating from the bench, overriding the decision made by the states. This is a crucial idea, as legislating from the judiciary has led to erosion of our Bill of Rights.
top SOPA Makes Strange Bedfellows
I tried when the Patriot Act was up for renewal. The form letter I received in return made it ostensibly clear that my representative did not read, nor care to address any of the points I made in my letter.
top Ask Slashdot: Tech-Related Summer Camps For Teenagers?
As much as he's been marred for his personal mishaps, Tiger Woods has set up Learning Centers in LA, DC, and a couple of other locations that focus on teaching STEM type curriculum, while providing some physical activity to break up any academic tedium (exercise is good for the mind). I have no accounts of the quality, however it is an option to be explored. www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org
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