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Actress Sues IMDb For Revealing Her Age

chazzf Bad article (465 comments)

The BBC article is light on the details to the point of distorting the issue. There's a better write-up at Paid Content, which also has a link to the complaint. It's not just about ageism; the Jane Doe alleges that IMDb pulled her birthdate from her credit-card information and then published it, ignoring takedown requests.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Small-Footprint Modern Browser?

chazzf Re:Buy more ram (475 comments)

Speaking as an IT guy, a non-full time intern gets whatever's left on the shelf, unless his department coughs up the money to buy him a real system. No? Then he gets whatever's left. He didn't specify OS, but XP Professional runs much, much better with 1 gig of memory instead of 1/2. I definitely wouldn't do it off my own bat though: the idea of users randomly cracking their cases and field-modifying equipment makes my hair stand on end. It's not the stick of RAM per se, it's the principle of the thing.

more than 3 years ago

Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

chazzf Not that hard at all (2288 comments)

Is the question why does the US public "cling" (that's a loaded verb these days) to the system of measurement with which it is happily familiar and uses every day?


Probably because no one forced them to change. It's not like the people in other countries rose up spontaneously and demanded the metric system. I could care less myself, and I'm sure that after a period of time I could do metric in my head just as well as Imperial. All that being said I'm doing just fine, thank you.

more than 3 years ago

The Decreasing Impact of Death In Sci-fi

chazzf Selective (373 comments)

I notice they mention the resurrecting Cylons from the re-imaged BSG, but fail to mention that plenty of them did die for real under certain circumstances (including just about all of them at the end), and a whole slew of human characters bought the farm.

more than 3 years ago

Court Rejects Winklevoss Twins' Facebook Appeal

chazzf Re:dubious logic (106 comments)

If you read the opinion itself the court's holding did not rest on this observation, which was made in closing.

more than 3 years ago

Generic PCs For Corporate Use?

chazzf Re:What? (606 comments)

Nice--we do five years at my workplace to just to make them stretch. We also get the monitors so all the equipment matches.

more than 3 years ago

Generic PCs For Corporate Use?

chazzf Re:What? (606 comments)

That's not a bad price--what sort of maintenance contract do you get on those?

more than 3 years ago

HP Sues Hurd For Joining Oracle

chazzf Re:Suck it HP (301 comments)

If he signed a non-compete he waived that right. According to the suit he signed such an agreement.

more than 3 years ago

Julian Assange Faces Rape Investigation In Sweden — Updated

chazzf Re:Hmph (1017 comments)

None that I'm aware of, but having enemies doesn't automatically absolve you of any potential crime. I'm more drawing the parallel that the /. instinctively protects its "own": witness the reaction to Reiser and, for that matter, the deep divisions over Terry Childs. There isn't nearly enough information at this point to make an informed judgement.

more than 3 years ago

Julian Assange Faces Rape Investigation In Sweden — Updated

chazzf Hmph (1017 comments)

Well, the BBC story says "Swedish police have been trying to contact Mr Assange, but have not yet been able to" while Wikileaks says "No-one here has been contacted by Swedish police". Pity you can't serve someone over Twitter. I agree that the timing is suspicious as hell, but after the Reiser fiasco I'm going to wait and see.

more than 3 years ago

Inside the Lab of One of the World's Last Holographers

chazzf Wait, what? (86 comments)

In the 1970s there were four schools around the world, and now only a few are left? When you start with four you don't have all that far to drop!

more than 3 years ago

Dell Says 90% of Recorded Business Data Is Never Read

chazzf Question (224 comments)

Is there a reliable metric as to which 10% will be needed again at the time the data is written? If not then I don't see what this buys us.

about 4 years ago

E-Reserves Under Fire From Publishers

chazzf Hmm (208 comments)

Well, it's a quandary. Publishers want to sell books. Academics and students want to use those books for free, and with a volume of use that would make ever purchasing the book unnecessary for all but a handful of them. I'm sure this will seem a reasonable position to some folks here, but I think it's clear which side is asking for the moon. Incidentally, if you RTFA it's clear Georgia State was operating well beyond what might be considered "fair use" (which Georgia State more or less admitted by tightening its policies after the lawsuit was filed).

more than 4 years ago

E-Reserves Under Fire From Publishers

chazzf Re:For those keeping score at home... (208 comments)

Erm, Cambridge University Press has one of the largest academic publishing operations in the world and it's detached from Cambridge itself. This has nothing to do with competition between Cambridge and Harvard and everything to do with academics who don't know anything about copyright law.

more than 4 years ago

Police Seize Computers From Gizmodo Editor

chazzf Heh (1204 comments)

Funny, I always figured it would be Wonkette which got Gawker dragged into court. Shows what I know. Anyway, IANAL, but Eugene Volokh and Orin Kerr are, and have some useful analysis on Gawker/Gizmodo's exposure.

more than 4 years ago

Jobs Says No Tethering iPad To iPhone

chazzf Re:It's getting ridiculous (423 comments)

All too well, all too well. I had a home-built gateway/firewall running Slackware which I kept under my desk. As far as Charter was concerned *that* was the computer connected to the Internet. What a joke.

more than 4 years ago

Yale Switching To Gmail, Not Without Opposition

chazzf Nothing amiss about it (439 comments)

Lots of colleges and universities are switching over to Google. The reasons are pretty straightforward: Google offers more storage space than most higher ed IT departments could reasonably afford and the move relieves them of the need to administer an email server. See this article for an overview. Even Hope, in Taco's home town, switched over a couple years back and I know they've been pretty happy with it.

more than 4 years ago


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chazzf chazzf writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, it seems I've said nothing for a month. No, this does not mean that I've been a cave (there's a fun thought). Life has been interesting enough, I just haven't been all that motivated...

Let me start by saying that there are times when I feel as though death is stalking me. In the past month one current and one former classmate have died, as has the husband of my barber, a man I'd known my whole life.

Coupled with these tragic events are two emotionall y unbalancing things: My current significant other has what amounts to a death wish, and the advanced age of my parents causes me incessant worry. It's hard enough to be cynical and world-hating without feeling the scythe grazing one's neck. Honestly, and this is the one place where I'm emotionally candid, I just don't know what to do. I've tried ignorance, but that's a dangerous path to take. I tell myself my parents have led good, full lives and that they've both got over twenty years left in them, and I try to convice my significant other that there's something to be said for a long life, but neither is helpful/working in the long run...

The hell with it. This is depressing, I'm going to bed.



chazzf chazzf writes  |  more than 11 years ago So yes, today was Christmas. How can one say it? The entire day ROCKED. Opened stockings and presents in the morning, at the leisurely hour of 10...Got a burner, some shirts, some books, and a hell of a lot of food. The last will likely be the most appreciated when winter quarter rolls around.

Dinner was great. PZ cooked up smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, and an excellent cobbler. Damn he can cook! Spent the evening playing Myth II and Heroes 3. Very entertaining.

Did I mention that it's been snowing all day, and that we'll wake up to a foot or so tomorrow? That really made the day for me...

It occurs to me that I never mention my parents, what is there to say after twenty years? I love them dearly and enjoy their company--ah, I should mention that my father wrote up a 100-page memoir about Christmas during the war years, which I must begin reading. It looks like he went to great effort to create it.

Humm, I had thought about including a rant about why Christmas might as well be celebrated by everyone since it isn't really Chrisitan anymore, but I don't feel like it. Maybe tomorrow.



chazzf chazzf writes  |  more than 11 years ago Yesterday was simply wonderful. My first full day in Vermont, didn't get up until late in the morning. Puttered about with PZ's Mac, played Lode Runner and Heroes 3. Regards Lode Runner, it's like riding a bicycle. I hadn't played in three years, and it all came flooding back.

Read Heinlein's Starship Troopers...He's interesting. The politics are intriguing (neo-Libertarian sort of thing), as is his view of futuristic military operations. The Mobile Infanty seems very air cavalry-ish, and he wrote back 1959, so very good for him!

Last evening I went for a drive with Jenny and PZ. Looking for Christmas lights and such. We came upon the village of Westminster, and found that the populace and lined all the streets with luminaries! We turned off our lights and just glided along. It was wonderful.


How Sad It Is

chazzf chazzf writes  |  more than 11 years ago Having one's mortality brought home is not an easy thing. Death is, for me, a very abstract concept. Yes, people die, but they're usually older or unknown to me. I can therefore ignore it, and treat life as a game, where one has repeated opportunities. What an amusing fantasy.

Today I learned that over the weekend a high-school classmate of mine was killed in a car accident. I didn't know her particularly well, yet the shock of the accident has been overwhelming. Death has been brought home to me. No longer abstract. She was 19 years old, for God's sake! Her whole life was ahead of her. She had a job, she went to school, she probably had a significant other...all of that taken away in the blink of an eye.

Today I finished a long road trip. How easy it would have been to make one little mistake, or for someone else to, and that would have been it. Charles Fulton would be another obituary. And it would note that he was attending college, worked part-time at various places, loved to travel, had hoped to be a professor...and so on. All of that now just words in a newspaper, not to be.

That's a goddamn scary thought. I don't like it much. And so I mourn Erin Hamblin, because she was denied her future. And in doing so I mourn my own innocence, for I fear that it may have died with her.



Well, damn

chazzf chazzf writes  |  more than 11 years ago I've a girlfriend now...this is unexpected, but pleasant. More on the situation as it develops.


Random grumblings

chazzf chazzf writes  |  more than 11 years ago So much to much little motivation. Bah. Two papers, a debate, mountains of calculus...

If anyone out there is reasonably well read on Christian martyrdom (200-600 AD) or the Pope's role in the coronation of Charlemagne, give me a poke and we can talk.

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