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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

cerberusss Re:No (545 comments)

I own a 10-person tech company in Canada and I have never made my employees work overtime. Ever.

That is commendable. But hasn't it ever occurred that you promise a client to deliver a certain date, and you made a mistake in planning? I could imagine that rather than disappointing the client, you try and work overtime to make good on your promises. Obviously you didn't do that, so how do you solve those problems?

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

cerberusss "unexpected technical issues" (171 comments)

unexpected technical issues

Is this true? I often get the feeling from the gaming industry that Q&A gets ignored and execs simply launch the game for whatever reasons.

about three weeks ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

cerberusss Re:Not sure if it adds up (85 comments)

Either way you cut it, it's just another tax that gets paid by the end consumer

Exactly. Basically the headline could say "mobile internet tax much higher than estimated: $34 billion dollars".

about three weeks ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

cerberusss How does this compare to 4K (330 comments)

i wonder how this compares to 4K monitors. It seems this 1920 resolution has a relatively low DPI. I can get a 5K iMac, the whole 1920x1920 thing comes across to me as rather outdated?

about three weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

cerberusss Re:To be expected (473 comments)

Single-player didn't get dropped.

about a month ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

cerberusss Re:To be expected (473 comments)

One feature got dropped from this massively successful project. We've seen much bigger problems with Kickstarter projects.

about a month ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

cerberusss I'm just happy they made it (473 comments)

I do understand the complaints made. Sometimes it feels limiting that a constant connection is required.

However, I'm just happy they are finishing the project. I have many happy memories of playing Elite in my youth. In this day and age, creating a video game is a massive and complicated project, and they seem to have succeeded. I pitched in a hundred pounds, and they're also going to release it on the Mac, which is currently my most-used platform.

about a month ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

cerberusss Re:yea no (320 comments)

Never, ever, testify against yourself. Even in the case of a college, it's foolish.

Why am I here professor? Is it because of the assignment? It's all a big misunderstanding. She invited me over to work on the assignment and perhaps I thought too much of it. But she never clearly said "no", so you naturally understand..

What? No, I didn't copy the answer.

about a month ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

cerberusss Colleges encourage this themselves (320 comments)

I've seen this at my college as well. CS students graduated without actually having programmed.

Colleges actually encourage this with their way of teaching:
- Massive classes without any real contact with teachers
- Weird focus on working in project groups

Doing everything as a project with small assignments often has one student both leading and finishing the assignment. Other students then get demotivated.

The obvious solution is to do like companies do. Companies like Toptal vet their applications via Codility. They'll do a Skype session and have you finish a couple of small assignments.

Obviously, this isn't always applicable. But when students hand in their assignment on, say, networking, then the teacher could ask each student for a very minor change in the assignment. And see how he's doing.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

cerberusss Re:Yes, they work very well (139 comments)

Dude, this is why I visit slashdot. Great info, thanks a lot.

about a month and a half ago
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Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

cerberusss Re:Spiritual Needs (268 comments)

It seems to me that people without a strong sense of identity are finding something to give them one.

Even those with a strong sense of identity sometimes need comfort, or vent a bit, or be thankful etc.

Personally I pray to the classic Greek pantheon. Of course I know it's not real. But it's as good a way as any. So I thank Hera for the fact that I've got a healthy daughter, and I thank Hephaestus for a good day's work.

I don't give a shit that it's all imaginary. Thanks to science, I know that thankfulness and praying is proven to make people happier. And unfortunately, with my normal mood naturally below average, I do a lot of exercises like that.

Fact sheet positive psychology (PDF)

about 2 months ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

cerberusss Weird situation with Mac Pro (109 comments)

With this new iMac and its display, the Mac Pro is starting to look a bit bleaker. I actually think it starts to look a little weird.

Performance-wise, if you configure this iMac with the 4 GHz processor, you get the fastest CPU, at least 25% faster than the Mac Pro in single-threaded tasks according to this benchmark. Mac Pro still has Ivy Bridge-architecture Xeons.

And the current Mac Pro can't drive a 5K display, but it's true that it can drive up the three 4K displays.

So the Mac Pro doesn't really make sense anymore unless you need its graphics cards to support OpenCL applications, or you want the parallelism of 8 or 12 cores, or you need its ECC RAM.

about 2 months ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

cerberusss Re:Far too expensive (205 comments)

Not as far as I know, but I'm not an expert.

about 2 months ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

cerberusss Far too expensive (205 comments)

I work at a scientific institute and the license costs of Matlab quickly explode if you need something beyond basic functionality. Since we work on the public's money, we haven't bought into Matlab.

Almost by itself, all scientists and engineers standardized on Python and NumPy/SciPy/Matplotlib. There's a couple of people using Octave, the open source Matlab alternative, but that's very limited right now.

about a month ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

cerberusss Re:Or you know, not marry (304 comments)

But seriously, don't cheat. Or accept that there will be consequences.

That's your solution. My solution is to never opt into the gamble in the first place.

about 2 months ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

cerberusss Re:Or you know, not marry (304 comments)

I hadn't thought about that. I think you're right, that being married or not doesn't really change the premise of the article. It's still cheating, and it's still stalking.

about 2 months ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

cerberusss Or you know, not marry (304 comments)

Perhaps it's unthinkable in American minds, but here in the Netherlands, only about half of the people in solid relationships decide to marry. And there seems to be no set time for this either. More often than not, I've seen friends marry after their first child.

I'm not marrying, the odds are decidedly in favor of women. The Netherlands has the highest percentage of women working parttime. As a man, you'll be paying through the nose.

about 2 months ago
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Flash IDE Can Now Reach Non-Flash Targets (Including Open Source)

cerberusss Maybe they heard us (57 comments)

Maybe Adobe heard us after all?

Yeah, maybe they listened to us! There was a board meeting in a hot tub on top of a huge black skyscraper, with hookers and blackjack. They were laughing and counting money and all of a sudden, a mobile phone goes off. Then a fat white old dude reaches over to the phone and says apologetically, "sorry everybody, gotta take this one, it's a client of ours".

Then there's maybe a second of silence and everybody laughs really hard. The prostitutes don't get it, but they laugh as well.

about 2 months ago

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WiFi drop-off problem still dogging MacBook lines

cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cerberusss writes "In October last year, CNet AirPort dropouts in Snow Leopard after ZDnet reported earlier on the WiFi problems. Apple subsequently released a firmware update in a Knowledge Base article, after many people devised workarounds such as decreasing their wireless router security, buying USB WiFi sticks, changing router settings and downgrades to the previous OS version. But today, a long-running thread on the Apple Discussions board named Dropping Wi Fi reached 47 pages. This indicates that there are multiple problems that Apple doesn't have a solution for. One user writes in frustration:

"I've spent hours on the phone with Applecare regarding this issue. First they blamed me, then the DNS servers, then the microwave, florescent lights, someone else's wifi, the router manufactures, their software writers, and the list goes on and on. I just want a Macbook that works."

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Android app sales utterly failing

cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cerberusss writes "Mobile development company Larva Labs reports on the sales of their game apps for the Google backed Android market, an alternative for Apple's App Store. And the reports are pretty bad. In a piece called Android Market Sales, Are Those Tears or is it Raining in Here?, they ask themselves:

The Apple App Store is worth $200M monthly, whereas the Android market is worth a paltry $5M. As sad as that comparison may be, from our experience the total is probably much lower. We know from experience that below position 25 on the top selling games the earnings drop off to almost zero. To back that up a bit, we're going to release our latest Android sales data.

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cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cerberusss writes "As of February 2007, the popular Russian music download site AllOfMP3 seems to be cut off from user payments. Whereas previously it was possible to buy gift certificates at XRost and then using these at AllOfMP3, the XRost payment provider displays the following message upon logging in:

As part of our ongoing effort to improve the payment platform, we will be performing a scheduled server maintenance. The payment option at our site will be restored in 48 hours.
However, the 48 hours have passed since long and it's not known when payments will be possible again. Did the RIAA finally get what they wanted?"
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cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  about 8 years ago

cerberusss writes "A judge made the Dutch Homecopy foundation pay 840,000 (more than $1.1 mln) in a trial that the foundation had started itself against company Imation.

It's a fact that the Homecopy foundation (in Dutch "Stichting de Thuiskopie") 20 percent of the homecopy payment, that producers of writeable media pay, immediately pays back to producers that are members of the STOBI foundation. This foundation was started by the Ministery of Justice, to negotiate between producers of writeable media and the Homecopy foundation.

In the STOBI foundation, this 20% discount was kept secret. When Imation entered the STOBI foundation and discovered this fact, they stopped paying the homecopy payment until the discount was recouped over the previous years claiming unfair business practices. The Homecopy foundation immediately started a trial against Imation. But not only did they lose the trial for the current payments but were also forced to pay back the discount over the previous years including interest, running up to 840,000."

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Open topic

cerberusss cerberusss writes  |  more than 7 years ago Sometimes people want to reply to an old comment. There's no good way to do so except send an e-mail, which most posters haven't filled in. So -- here's an open topic where you can reply to anything and everything I've ever posted. I might create a new journal entry when this one expires.

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