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Which Grad Students Are the Most Miserable?

eggoeater Re:So say the biologists (332 comments)

Yes, she already had a masters in the same subject.

more than 3 years ago
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Which Grad Students Are the Most Miserable?

eggoeater Re:So say the biologists (332 comments)

My wife has a PhD in Entomology. I have friends with advanced degrees in technology. She suffered WAY more than they did. She had to take and extra year (total of five for the PhD) to complete her research and dissertation.


While I think the OP is correct, the real story here isn't getting the degree, it's the lack of funds to do anything with that degree. If you're a tenure-track researcher, you typically spend most of your time writing grant applications begging for money as opposed to doing real research. BTW, my wife is now a writer; she no longer does any research.

more than 3 years ago
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San Francisco Opening Computer & Video Game Museum

eggoeater Why not at the real computer museum? (56 comments)

So why not host this as an exhibition at the computer museum that's a whole whopping 30 miles from SF? They can probably make some space if they come up with enough to look at.

Yeah, they could open the "first" museum for video games in SF, but most of the money raised would go towards rent in the insanely expensive city. They should swallow their pride and work with the computer museum to make this a reality.

more than 3 years ago
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Using the Open Records Law To Intimidate Critics

eggoeater Re:Over-reaction (369 comments)

Most Universities have legally distanced themselves from the state. VA Tech (which I am most familiar with) did just this about 4 or 5 years ago. The change gives them far more autonomy and authority so nut-job politicians don't try to micro-manage their affairs. If UofW haven't done this yet, I'm willing to bet their in the process of doing so.

more than 3 years ago
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Using the Open Records Law To Intimidate Critics

eggoeater Re:Over-reaction (369 comments)

He is NOT a public employee; he is an employee of a university which (more often than not depending on the state) is a separate legal entity.

Just because an organization receives government funding does not make them a government agency.
Also, if what you say were true, then every book written by a professor would be in the public domain.

more than 3 years ago
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Motorola Xoom Won't Have Flash Support At Launch

eggoeater Flash is a dog on tablets (187 comments)

I have a Galaxy tab. The dedicated youtube app works fine, but running flash within the browser brings the whole machine to a halt for many seconds.
As a result, Vimeo is pretty much uselss and they don't have a dedicated app yet (just a buggy fan-made app).

more than 3 years ago
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Motorola's XOOM Tablet To Cost $799; Wi-Fi Requires 3G Activation?

eggoeater Re:At this rate (429 comments)

You can get the Galaxy tab from verizon for $499 with no contract. That's cheaper than the iPad with way more features, and you can always sign up for a 3G data plan later if you want one. I love my Galaxy tab and have been really impressed with the screen quality and touch sensitivity. Great camera too.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Tablets Were Born Too Soon

eggoeater I have a Galaxy Tab.... (480 comments)

I have a tab and I love it.
Would someone mind telling me what wonderful features I'm missing??
If you want to talk about missing features then talk about the iPad. The Tab has two cameras, sd slot, and is easily root-able.
The only thing I'm disappointed in is the fact that flash on a web site will pretty much bring the browser to a halt. e.g. I can't get a video to play on Vimeo.com, I have to use the unofficial app which is buggy as hell to make it work.

more than 3 years ago
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Motorola Sticks To Guns On Locking Down Android

eggoeater Re:Who should I buy from? (600 comments)

The Nexus S (which is made by Samsung and fairly similar to a Galaxy) is only 3G and (currently) only with T-mobile.
Wait until the end of February and the Samsung 4gLTE will be out on Verizon.

more than 3 years ago
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IT Infrastructure As a House of Cards

eggoeater Re:Don’t patch bad code - rewrite it (216 comments)

Are you saying that as long as externally visible behavior stays the same that there won't be new bugs/behaviors under the hood??
You can do all the unit and end-user testing you want; when you rewrite something, some behavior is going to change and you will not be able to catch it all. This is coming from someone who's done a lot of rewrite-it-from-scratch projects.

more than 4 years ago
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IT Infrastructure As a House of Cards

eggoeater Re:Don’t patch bad code - rewrite it (216 comments)

I couldn't agree more, but that's very expensive and very very dangerous. Why? Two factors:
1. Rewriting means rethinking; most legacy code is functional and is usually rebuilt in OOP. Whenever you rethink how something works it tends to change the entire behavior to say nothing of all the new bugs you'll have to hunt down. You're customers will definitely notice this.

2. Scope creep!! Rebuilding it? Why not throw in all that cool functionality we've been talking about for the past 10 years but couldn't implement because the architecture couldn't handle it. You get the idea.

Want an example? Netscape 5

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

eggoeater Re:What about the presumption of innocence? (1590 comments)

Maybe you should read all the other posts about all the people that have already been detained despite showing said identification.
This is a law that's practically begging to be abused.

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

eggoeater Re:What about the presumption of innocence? (1590 comments)

This is no different than if the EU State of Poland mobilized its laws and cops to protect itself from militias from Russia.

Actually it is very different. We are the f'ing USA; we have a constitution and a supreme court that specifically says this type of action (arresting/detaining people without probable cause) is illegal and a violation of civil rights.

It will be a short matter of time before this law is declared unconstitutional. I have no problem with the State of Arizona trying to deal with the immigration problem, however rounding up and detaining people is way WAY out of line, and making people carry their papers at all times or else go to jail is repugnant.

more than 4 years ago
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Terry Childs Found Guilty

eggoeater Re:It should read 'stoopid people hath spoken' (982 comments)

We are not talking about passwords to his email, his domain account, his laptop,etc. We are talking about THE password (there is only ONE) to Cisco IOS routers and switches. It is the equivalent of root passwords that don't belong to any single person.

That being said, I still think his prosecution is essentially the city behaving like a 5 year old child. The city's CTO should be sacked ASAP for such a huge failure of management: no documentation, no back ups of running configs, no cross-training among personnel so there wouldn't be a single person responsible, etc.etc. No large company runs like that.

more than 4 years ago
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McAfee Retracts Lowball Bug Damage Estimate

eggoeater Re:Really? (233 comments)

Agreed. And that's just the immediate cost. When things like this happen, stores/businesses lose loyal customers to competitors and it takes months to recover.
And what about the IT costs? I guarantee you, there is now an effort underway in all major businesses to (1) test new anti-virus patches before rolling them out, (2) re-review all anti-virus software being used, (3) developing and testing mitigation plans for another failure. All of this is VERY expensive.
Here's another example: Airlines shut down because of a volcano. You think when the volcano stops that their business is going to go back to the previous levels? Nope. Even for something like airlines where people often don't have a choice, it will take quite some time to recover. 9/11 is another example of this; it took years for airlines to get back to pre-9/11 levels, although there were other economic factors that led to the decline in '01.

more than 4 years ago
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Cox Discontinues Usenet, Starting In June

eggoeater Re:Oh, Great. (306 comments)

Many years ago I finally got broadband via cable (it wasn't COX.)
The Usenet service they included was sub-contracted from another company, and to keep things simple, all customers used the same id & pass to access the Usenet servers.
I don't remember what the ID was, but the pass was what I consider to be the most ultimate inside joke ever:
The pass was: abpe4me

more than 4 years ago
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Woman Tells State Judiciary Committee, "DoD Implanted A Microchip Inside Me"

eggoeater Re:The problem... (222 comments)

She absolutely needs psych help; a LOT of paranoia here, not just re. the government planting the chip, but thinking her coworkers were torturing her.
My wife use to work at a university insect ID lab and got a LOT of "samples" (ie. fuzz, lint, or just an empty bottle) from people with delusional parasitosis. This woman has the same thing, only a little more high-tech.

more than 4 years ago
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Future of 3D Street View To Include Live Video

eggoeater Bing already did it... (55 comments)

Not that I'm a fan of Bing.... just sayin' they demo'd this a couple of months ago. I'll try to find a link.

more than 4 years ago
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Yoctonewton Detector Smashes Force Sensing Record

eggoeater Re:Advertisement Opportunity (214 comments)

Unfortunately it wouldn't be anything that cool... it would be more like ComcastNewtons, DisneyNewtons, or ExxonNewtons.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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Famous Drummer Dies in Bizarre Gardening Accident

eggoeater eggoeater writes  |  more than 6 years ago

eggoeater (704775) writes "In a case of reality imitating art, the drummer of ABBA, Ola Brunkert, has died in a bizarre gardening accident:

A former drummer for the Swedish pop band ABBA was found dead with cuts to his neck in the garden of his house on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Police said Monday an autopsy showed it was an accident.
I guess there's no escaping the drummer's curse."
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LAPD Plans to "Map" Muslims

eggoeater eggoeater writes  |  more than 6 years ago

eggoeater (704775) writes "AP and others are reporting about the backlash to a plan by the LAPD's counterterrorism bureau to "map" Muslims in and around LA.
From the article:

The LAPD's counterterrorism bureau plans to identify Muslim enclaves in order to determine which might be likely to become isolated and susceptible to "violent, ideologically based extremism," said Deputy Chief Michael P. Downing on Thursday.
"We want to know where the Pakistanis, Iranians and Chechens are so we can reach out to those communities," said Downing, who heads the counterterrorism bureau.
Understandably, the ACLU and many Muslim organizations are upset over this, but amazingly one organization, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, has offered to work with the LAPD on the project. I'm sure the federal government wouldn't dream of using this data in conjunction with other projects to track, er, I mean "map" Muslims."
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eggoeater eggoeater writes  |  more than 7 years ago

eggoeater (704775) writes "As first mentioned on Slashdot last week, Jim Gray, the award winning pioneer in database technology, is still missing from his solo sailing trip to the Farallon Islands and the US Coast Guard has now called off the search. However the private IT community started their own search shortly after he was reported missing and are not giving up. From the NYT:

A veritable Who's Who of computer scientists from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, NASA and universities across the country spent sleepless nights writing ad hoc software, creating a blog and reconfiguring satellite images so that dozens of volunteers could pore over them, searching for a speck of red hull and white deck among a sea of gray pixels. Coast Guard officials said they had never before seen such a concerted, technically creative effort carried out by friends and family of a missing sailor. "This is the largest strictly civilian, privately sponsored search effort I have ever seen," said Capt. David Swatland, deputy commander of the Coast Guard sector in San Francisco, who has spent most of his 23-year career in search and rescue.
You can help find Jim by reviewing satellite imagery at Amazon's Mechanical Turk."
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eggoeater eggoeater writes  |  more than 7 years ago

eggoeater (704775) writes "Reuters-UK has the story that there's yet another delay for the PS3:
Sony Corp. said on Wednesday it would delay the European launch of its PlayStation 3 (PS3) video game console by about four months to March and cut its target for shipments this year by half.
Ken Kutaragi, the head of Sony's game unit and known as the "father of the PlayStation", told reporters Sony would ship 2 million PS3 units this year, half a previously forecast 4 million, but would make up the lost ground to hit a target of 6 million consoles shipped by March.
This does not bode well for Sony."

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Open letter to Netflix

eggoeater eggoeater writes  |  more than 7 years ago To: Netflix public relations and upper management (Reed Hastings, Bill Henderson, etc.)

Re: Netflix lawsuit against Blockbuster

Dear Netflix,

Sometime around 2000 I signed up for a netflix account. The convenience of DVDs via mail combined with your extremely wide selection of titles turned me into a huge proponent of your service. Little over a year later, I cancelled my subscription, not because I was unsatisfied, but rather because I was completely satisfied; I could not find any more movies to put in my queue. I had watched every movie I wanted to see. I was "caught up." However I always knew I would come back someday.

A few months ago, I bought my father a membership for fathers day. He loves it. As a result, I've been making notes of movies and TV shows that I want to see. All summer I've been looking forward to the Fall when I would have more time to watch movies. My wife has been making a list too. When September rolled around, it seemed like it was finally time to renew my membership. And then I found out about your lawsuit against Blockbuster.

When I was young, my father worked closely with the engineering department at his company, and even had a couple of patents filed under his name. On several occasions he explained to me what a patent was for and why it was important. Today, I still believe that patents are an important way of protecting the ideas of creative individuals. However, as a computer programmer I can clearly see that the filing of software and other disingenuous patents are unethical and damaging. Software patents have quickly evolved into a morass for intelectual property; they are a legal hedge-maze for failing companies to hide in, and for creative companies to blindly navigate.

Public awareness of tort patent litigation is quickly growing, and even more-so for the technologically enlightened crowd-- a large segment of your customer base. Your actions have certainly raised eyebrows and, like me, your customers will start wondering why such a sucessfull company is taking measures that seem so desperate. If you proceed with your lawsuit, not only will you disgrace yourself in the public eye, you will futher dampen the spark of creativity that causes internet commerce, and technology in general, to grow and thrive.

By filing a law suit based on your illegitimate patents, you are stepping into a circle to join the ranks of SCO, NTP, and TiVo. It is a circle that goes nowhere and produces nothing. Let me then urge you to do the right thing: drop the law-suit against Blockbuster and concentrate on what you do best. You have a larger selection, you have a vastly superior web site for selecting titles, and you are the market leader with a loyal customer base. You should be proud. You should be continuing down the same path that has made you such a success. Innovate. Compete. Thrive. Succeed.

There is no doubt that Neflix is one of the true pioneers of the internet. But just because you blazed a trail does not mean others cannot follow in your footsteps, or for that matter, pass you and continue on. You are perfectly positioned to forge ahead and succeed in ways Blockbuster never dreamed. This lawsuit is nothing but a detriment to that potential.

Quite simply, if you do not desire to compete fairly in the marketplace, then you do not deserve my patronage.

Sincerely, a former Netflix customer.

p.s. As this is an open letter, any reply from you, regardless of content, will be posted publicly.

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