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A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

cosm Progressive Betting (167 comments)

If there were no betting caps, I would progressive bet on paper. Bet 1 dollar paper. If lose, bet 2 dollar. If lose, bet 4 dollar. If lose, bet 8 dollar, et al. Once you win you reset back to zero. This naturally has drawbacks and potential for huge failure, but I've had good luck with it in blackjack and roulette if betting caps are high and I have about $10000 to play around with.

about two weeks ago
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Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

cosm Man The Fuck Up -- Take Drugs -- Talk It Out (257 comments)

Yes depression is real. Yes people have chemical imbalances or are wired the wrong way. Yes some people are born into shitboxs with terrible life circumstances. Yes some people lose their fortunes taking a crap-shoot gamble on flaky or even sure-fire premises. Depression is complex. It could be sourced from professional failure, home-life problems, neurological imbalances, marital issues. Man the fuck up and face your emotions head on. Or take drugs if your brain doesn't allow you to cope that way. Or just talk to somebody about it and let it all out. Venting is helpful too. Depression is real. Sometimes it is overdiagnosed. Sometimes it is missed in people. There are many coping mechanisms. I'm making generalizations but all in all depression is not a binary state, but a spectrum. This is not news for nerds, but it is stuff that matters, particularly if the rates of depressions are on the rise, rates which could be indicative of the socio-economic status of a populations inhabitants, and perhaps about the greater culture as well. I am a software developer and have no professional qualifications to comment on the matter, but since this is the internet, fuck-all lets give it a go!

about two weeks ago
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FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies

cosm 20 Years? (78 comments)

I'm not defending these companies, but in internet time we'll all be floating heads in jars connected to the singularity hyperspace flux capacitor continuum gravimatrix in 20 years.

about three weeks ago
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NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

cosm Re:'Collapse' by Jared Diamond (401 comments)

Ditto, great book. Just loaned it out to my director and he liked it too. Highly recommend it if you're interested in the rise and fall of societies due to internal and external pressures.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

cosm Fucking Stupid (716 comments)

Either your manager is an idiot or you are misinterpreting his analogy. The business entity that causes the defects pays for the defects if they are within the terms of the contract. The builder is a business entity (S Corp or LLC, etc), just as much as XYZ Co. selling Desktop Bullshit 5. The employees of the business are generally shielded from mistakes the business makes. This is not unique to software development. A flaw in a Boeing 777 does not come out of the paychecks of the engineers that built it. They are either fired/retrained/retained for the re-engineering project, management is fired (or today promoted), or contracts are dropped/re-worked, and the work is redone on company/business entity dime. The same company that built it will be the same company that pays for fixes.

If I paint 'ole Ms. Gladys fence and miss a post, going back and "doing it on my own time" is trivial in terms of time-cost. But if my corporation writes an enterprise HR system for managing her egregious cat collection, it is my corporation that will fund the bug fixes for an erroneous bug that miscounts turds per feline. That cost of doing business will come out of my corporation's margin, not my employees paychecks.

In enterprise environments there are SLAs that cover this sort of thing. Why is this drivel on the front page? Somebody's first time discovering they can email scripts for their Joe's Home Programming business or is the editor-community here (he said sighing...) that detached from how enterprise development works?

about 2 months ago
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With No Guidance From Google, Makers Creating Own Glass Accessories

cosm Re:Enough with the hipster bullshit, please. (50 comments)

Though I can empathize with the spirit of your post, the technological landscape is still driven by supply and demand now just as it was back then. It's just now there are more people than ever beginning to realize what is possible with technology, so the demand ebbs and flows in a more diverse manner than when only a select few of intellectuals understood what could be done.

You should be thankful; though the signal-to-noise ratio is fairly low in terms of groundbreaking devices vs. hipster trash, the magnitude of the signal itself is still larger than in any previous decade previously and you can still get more amazing hardware+software that is practical and outstanding.

If you watch a lot of television and consume any amount of mainstream tripe, then I could see one's opinion being jaundiced. You have to see the forest through the trees man!

about 3 months ago
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With No Guidance From Google, Makers Creating Own Glass Accessories

cosm Douche Goggles (50 comments)

Somebody please make a self-destruct system like in mission impossible that explodes during first wearing.

about 3 months ago
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95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

cosm Go to 8 (346 comments)

To hell with 7. Please put Windows 8 on the ATMs instead! I already love how ATMs do a wonderful job of selecting the wrong option for me after finally getting the card to take, only to then take me into the Spanish menu, spitting out a receipt, and then not accepting my card again while the line forms behind me! Metro can only enhance this lovely experience! Hell, add a kinect to it so when I flip it a golden salute it recognizes my input and doubles the ATM fee! Gotta keep up with the bank's great customer service these days!

about 3 months ago
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Safeway Suspends Worker For Sci-Fi Parody of His Firing

cosm ill fated satire (191 comments)

The line from the video "All so the big shots could save a buck and maybe buy a new summer home" was probably the catalyst, not the special effects. How could this guy be dumbfounded -- what do you expect reactionary corporate America to do when you satirize their modus operandi! Hello Streisand...

about 4 months ago
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Rigging Up Baby

cosm Insurance Requirement (117 comments)

Tinfoil hat time! So in 40 years, these will be required by insurers to screen for pre-existing conditions!?!!? No historical data on early-stage developmental physiology, no 95% subsidy off government single-payer coverage cost...

about 5 months ago
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The Battle For the Game Industry's Soul

cosm Paradigm Shift (272 comments)

I booted up a few of my fairly recent FPS purchases last night for PC just to get a sense of where the community is at. CS:S, BF2, BF3, BFBC2, TF2, Q3A, CoD (x), L4D(1-2), etc all still strong. The thing about it is, there are so many decade old shooters that just wont die. I can still play CS 1.6 and will prefer it to any new Call of Duty. But why? Is it a comfort thing? Nostalgia for a past era? Simplicity? Muscle memory? Surely some of that.

The new games are still fun, but they feel 'tinny', or less substantive than I'd come to expect for millions of ducats dumped in to a piece of software. With many modern shooters, I feel like they are evolving into a caricature of what a decent shooter would be.

Also, I think as the PC gaming generation gets older fewer newbies (In all due respect of course!) back-fill our ranks. I hope I'm wrong. Anybody got stats on our rate of attrition? LMGTFY yada yada ..

about 5 months ago
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Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

cosm Just (261 comments)

First world problems.

about 7 months ago
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The Man Who Created the Pencil Eraser and How Patents Have Changed

cosm Revised Summary (234 comments)

In this modern day patents simply protect firms from competition.

about 7 months ago
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Google Play Services Supplants Android As Google's "Platform"

cosm Sand Carriers (182 comments)

It might be worth noting that Google originally rejected copyleft in favor of permissive licensing in the name of giving OEM sand carriers more control over Android on their devices.

And thus /. hath bestowed upon us a new name for companies peddling crappy hardware.

about 8 months ago
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US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered

cosm Re:Here we go... (918 comments)

Thanks for the thoughtful response. Hit me up in 5 years and I'll buy you a beer if bombing Syria turned out to be a good idea in the eyes of hindsight.

about 8 months ago
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Bitcoin, BYOD, Phablet, Selfie, and Twerking Find Place In Oxford Dictionary

cosm Mutability (131 comments)

The English language (and many other oral languages) have a high level of mutability. The OED was originally started as a compendium of the set of all usages encountered in writing for various forms to expressly include previously 'unregistered' words (re:librarians - my layman's oversimplification) and their grammar with a focus on including historically unregistered words that hadn't made it into the cannon.

That aside, I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

Lastly, if any of you have ever used the word Phablet in conversational English, we need to have a serious discussion between you and my 12 gauge.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hands-On Activity For IT Career Fair

cosm Project Euler (121 comments)

If the crowd is STEM-ey, let them compete to see who can finish the most Project Euler problems in a set time limit using their own language of choice.

about 8 months ago

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Treyarch Disables Popular Black Ops II Map Immediately After Release

cosm cosm writes  |  about a year and a half ago

cosm writes "As a lover of the first PC version of Call of Duty, I figured I'd pick up the latest iteration to see how far they've come. After a weekend of fun, much to my own frustration and many other fans consternation, just days after release Treyarch has pulled one of the most popular maps advertised with this release and printed as "Bonus Map Included" on the game case. The map is still available in custom game modes, but the 24/7 multiplayer version that thousands played religiously is gone. There are many out there who bought the game on this selling point alone. The current party line is that the map will be available for 'special events only', whatever that means. Needless to say I am very disappointed with being given content and then having it pulled without any prior warning (other than other DLC horror stories here on /., perhaps should have known better...). What is the /. community's thoughts on this sort of bait and switch?"
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TSA Defends Pat Down of 4 Year Old Girl

cosm cosm writes  |  about 2 years ago

cosm writes "With public outcry against the TSA continuing to spread, the TSA is defending a recent episode in which a four-year-old was patted down while kicking and screaming at Wichita Airport in Kansas. Was this a rational decision by the protocol-following security screeners, or another overreach by what some perceive as a tyrannical, gestapo-like organization? From the AP article: "The grandmother of a 4-year-old girl who became hysterical during a security screening at a Kansas airport said Wednesday that the child was forced to undergo a pat-down after hugging her, with security agents yelling and calling the crying girl an uncooperative suspect.""
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TSA Warns of Implanted Body Bombs

cosm cosm writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes "Apparently after the string of bad publicity the TSA is really reaching to justify their existence (when were they not?) FTA:

The government has warned airlines that terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives into people in an attempt to circumvent screening procedures, according to U.S. officials. There is no indication of an immediate plot, but the new information could lead to additional screening procedures at the nation’s airports. Existing scanners would not necessarily detect bombs implanted under a person’s skin, experts said.

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DOE Raids Home Over Student Loans

cosm cosm writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes "Better pay those students loans, and don't forget to never tell a lie on those paper Rubik's cubes you fill out to obtain them. FTA:

A California man who initially claimed to a local television station that he was roughed up by "SWAT team" members who allegedly battered down his front door to execute a search warrant related to his estranged wife's unpaid student loans was targeted due to an ongoing probe into alleged financial aid fraud....While it was reported in local media that the search was related to a defaulted student loan, that is incorrect," the statement read. "This is related to a criminal investigation. The Inspector General's Office does not execute search warrants for late loan payments. Hamilton declined to comment on the specifics of the case, citing an ongoing investigation.

There have been stories floating around about this, and it hasn't been talked about too much by the mainstream in light of 'Wienergate' **ducks***. From the sounds of it, the Dept. of Education has their own Gestapo for student loan malfeasance. Is this a blatant overreach of power, something that should be handled in the courts or via litigation, and without men in armor, armed to the teeth? Granted it is a 'criminal' investigation, are SWAT teams really a necessity for financial matters?"
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Feds Seizing Gambling Domains

cosm cosm writes  |  about 3 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes "Going with the running theme, the Feds are now seizing gambling domains that they feel are illegally operating in the United States. A quick trip to the Absolute Poker site shows the good 'ole FBI logo and a seizure notice. These DOJ folks really don't want us to gamble. I feel the Governet is slowly coming upon us."
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US Could Hit Default Ceiling By May-

cosm cosm writes  |  about 3 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes ""Unfortunately, you can spend your way out of debt. The United States Government could learn this lesson the hard way come March, when the treasury is forecasting the US will hit its debt-limit.

From the article: "As the government nears the debt ceiling, the Treasury has authority to take certain extraordinary measures to postpone the date the United States would default on its obligations. However, those actions would be exhausted after about eight weeks and there would be "no headroom" to borrow after July 8, Geithner said. The Treasury has already taken steps to avoid reaching the debt ceiling."

I guess it is time to really start stocking up on food and water, and perhaps invest in tangibles that aren't susceptible to the follies of our fiat currency.""

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US Could Hit Default Ceiling By May

cosm cosm writes  |  about 3 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes "Unfortunately, you can spend your way out of debt. The United States Government could learn this lesson the hard way come March, when the treasury is forecasting the US will hit its debt-limit.

From the article: "As the government nears the debt ceiling, the Treasury has authority to take certain extraordinary measures to postpone the date the United States would default on its obligations. However, those actions would be exhausted after about eight weeks and there would be "no headroom" to borrow after July 8, Geithner said. The Treasury has already taken steps to avoid reaching the debt ceiling." I guess it is time to really start stocking up on food and water, and perhaps invest in tangibles that aren't susceptible to the follies of our fiat currency."

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UN Authorizes Military Strikes Over Libya

cosm cosm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes "Ten members of the UN Security Council have agreed to a resolution authorizing military strikes against Col. Gadhafi. With the intervention of western countries, do you think this resolution will influence further revolutions across the globe, fueled by the hope that the UN will come to the rescue if the targets of revolt become aggressors similar to Gadhafi?"
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Publisher Censoring 'N' Word In Huckleberry Finn

cosm cosm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes "A publisher has decided to censor the 'N' word from Twain's classic, Huckleberry Finn. In light of recent stories about publisher in Texas 'revising' schoolbooks, this story adds fuel to the fire. In a related note, Ray Bradbury just turned a couple times in his grave.

FTA:

Twain scholar Alan Gribben said he decided to reissue the 19th century classic "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" replacing the slur with the word "slaves" in all 219 places it occurs in the text because the original offended many readers.

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Southeastern USA Experiences Large AT&T Outage

cosm cosm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes "I woke up this morning for work around 7am, and to my surprise (alright, not quite), service on my AT&T phone was completely unavailable. For the first 12 hours, no bars whatsoever, my phone registered no signal whatsoever, and for the remaining portion of the blackout I had normal signal, but "Network Unavailable" until it came back up around 10:30PM EST. In light of all the recent horror stories of AT&T's poor infrastructure, I would say this is par for the course. The lack of service applied to all my family, friends, and co-workers who subscribe / are locked into contracts with AT&T as well. The amazing thing is that this loss in coverage pervaded a very large portion of North Carolina, and news outlets are reporting it covered possibly Tennesee and Georgia as well, for a large portion of the day.

AT&T Statement FTA: "AT&T is experiencing a wireless service interruption in parts of the Eastern North Carolina area. As a result, some customers in these areas may be having trouble making and receiving calls," Prince said in a statement. "AT&T is working on a solution to the problem and will provide updates going forward. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.""

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Secret Code In US Cyber Command Logo - Or Not

cosm cosm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes "Wired has an article discussing the 'mystery' behind the numbers 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a that encircle the US Cyber Command's logo. The article raises speculation as to what it could be, stating that it looks like an MD5 hash of some or all of the US Cyber Command's mission statement, and offered a free shirt for the first person uncover the meaning. Sounded like an intriguing challenge. They stated that they hashed the mission statement, but alas, it did not yield the same 'hash' around the logo.

I checked the wikipedia page on the USCYBERCOM, and it clearly states that the alpha-numerics are an MD5 hash of the mission statement, (well almost). The trick I discovered is that you have to hash the full mission statement with the quotation marks leading and trailing the full statement. That will yield a hash matching the numbers rounding the logo. Mystery solved.

Along those lines, does Slashdot know of any other interesting 'secret-codes' hidden in basic logos and/or everyday objects?"

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NASA Chief Charged With Appealing to Muslims

cosm cosm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes "While I am all for holding hands and singing kumbaya (sometimes), this comes out of the political correctness gone wrong department, FTA:

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world...."When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering," Bolden said in the interview.

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McDonalds Facing Lawsuit for Happy Meal Toys

cosm cosm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes "From the what-happened-to-personal-responsibility-department:
FTA:

A watchdog group says giving away toys with Happy Meals contributes to childhood obesity and threatens to sue. McDonald's cites healthful menu choices....The [watchdog] organization on Tuesday served the fast food giant with a letter expressing its intent to sue if toys are not removed. The letter is legally required in several states before lawsuits can be brought under consumer protection statutes..."McDonald's is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children," Stephen Gardner, litigation director for the advocacy group said in a statement. "McDonald's use of toys undercuts parental authority and exploits young children's developmental immaturity."

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Colbert Slams New Online Credit System For Kids

cosm cosm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes "Want to teach your progeny the perils and perks of credit? Kwedit is a company based out of Mountain View, CA, offering a credit-like service for anybody (13 and up), teaching the dynamics of credit based transactions. After checking out their website, it appears Kwedit encourages kids to purchase virtual goods on credit, and pass the buck to their parents if they can't pay. Is Kwedit just some pyramid scheme variant? Or are they the forerunners in disseminating intelligent financial management skills? TechCrunch casts Kwedit in fairly positive light, while Steven Colbert points out their possible ulterior motives. Considering the state of our economy, it is presumable that increased education in fiscal responsibility would be beneficial to our nation. Does Kwedit fit the bill?"
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Google Brings Back The Fade

cosm cosm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes "I'm sure many folks have already noticed the new fade-in that occurs when you move your mouse on Google's home page. Will this minimalist approach last? In the days of web portals aggregating more and more, less can sometimes provide a better experience. I wonder how long they keep this, for I'm guessing there are a subset of individuals who hate it, don't understand it, or it doesn't work in their favor."
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Replacing The Monetary System

cosm cosm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cosm (1072588) writes "I just finished watching both the Zeitgeist Movement Orientation Guide & "Zeitgeist : Addendum". Both movies provide interesting perspectives as to what is really wrong with the world today, placing the blame on having a self-destructive monetary based system, proposing a "Resource Based Economy" as the solution. As a civilization, are we living in a flawed system, one that makes us slaves to currency? In light of the recession, is it reasonable to consider the possibility that the monetary system, great descendant of many lines of barter methodologies, should be considered obsolete? If you haven't seen the movies, consider perusing the PDF that explains the rationale behind their philosophy, Orientation Guide [PDF]. What are your thoughts?"
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