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Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations

fishdan Re:And your point is? (627 comments)

Yeah, my TV buys are all going to be local cable, which is indeed a remarkable bargain

about a year and a half ago
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Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations

fishdan Re:And your point is? (627 comments)

I wrote back and they replied insisting that the $50k was a firm number. I had forgotten too that they had approached me about buying advertizing from them several weeks ago and I rejected them because although Boston is the major DMA, my campaign can't afford to pay to broadcast to 5million who are not in my district.

about a year and a half ago
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Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations

fishdan Re:Idealism is Impractical (3 comments)

There was no announced criteria previously. It seems most likely that this is a response to my having refused to buy advertising from them, which I did because I'm buying on local cable in my district rather than on a broadcast that reaches 5 million people who are not in my district.

about a year and a half ago
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Documenting a Network?

fishdan Re:I know... (528 comments)

Guess I'm not the only one who misses rootshell

more than 4 years ago
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US ISPs Using Push Polling To Stop Cheap Internet

fishdan Re:REALLY misleading title (417 comments)

I'm with you on this -- the monopoly is completely anti-consumer. The problem is that with significantly lower operating costs, the city will be able to drive the telcos out, and then THEY will be the monopoly. I hate private monopolies but I hate the state as monopoly equally. Simple solution here. Tell the city they cannot collect fees/taxes on the ISPs we're all good. I definitely want the city to come in and bust up the Telco monopoly -- I just don't want one monopoly to be replaced by another.
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I agree the way the telcos are going about this is wrong though. I'd rather see legislation like: Where municipalities set up their own ISP, they cannot assess city taxes or fees on competing ISPs."

It's all about operating costs -- make those as equal as you can, and THEN let everyone compete.

more than 4 years ago
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US ISPs Using Push Polling To Stop Cheap Internet

fishdan Re:REALLY misleading title (417 comments)

>provision of communications service

They used that language because it's internet today, and VOIP tomorrow.

>Is a telco or cable company required to keep separate accounts for their internet service?

Geez. http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/2296405/

>...the bill would say that *ALL* internet providers would be subject to these rules

That is an excellent suggestion, and I agree that would be the perfect wording. On the other hand, I doubt that the current Telcos are collecting much in the way trash and water fees.

more than 4 years ago
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US ISPs Using Push Polling To Stop Cheap Internet

fishdan REALLY misleading title (417 comments)

Read the senate bill: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2009/Bills/Senate/PDF/S1004v1.pdf I hate the telcos as much as anyone, but this bill says that when the city enters into the communications business, it should have to pay all the same taxes and fees as private business would, and be burdened with the same oversight. They also say that other fees the citizens pay (trash, water etc) cannot be used to fund the communications business. I don't see how this bill is unfair at all. The telcos are essentially saying "If we didn't have to pay any fees to the city to provide service, we could be competetive." If government wants to set up a business, they should have go compete with other businesses on a level playing field. If municipalities want to open up their own ISP, I am all for that, but then they should stop collecting fees and taxing the other ISPs they are competing with. Municipal government should not be using taxes and fees to provide a commercial advantage for themselves. I think the "level playing field" is actually a good title for this bill, and not an unreasonable request. We're all hopped up on this because it's something that's near and dear to us, but imagine if the city set up a taxi service, but then did not have to pay gasoline tax or hackney licenses. Obviously it benefits the public who uses taxis, but is it fair to the taxi drivers and cab companies that they now have to charge more than the city taxis.

more than 4 years ago
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Star Trek Premiere Gets Standing Ovation, Surprise Showing In Austin

fishdan Re:Alamo Drafthouse is awesome (437 comments)

>but that industry is in danger due to poaching from states like Lousiana and New Mexico. >If you live in Texas, write your state representative and senator and get them to support >Representative Dawnna Duke's economic incentive bill. If you live in Louisiana or New Mexico, find some random rep/sen in Texas and tell them how they better not waste any more money on films that make $$$. :)

about 5 years ago
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Apple's Terms No Longer Allow ITMS Purchases Outside of US

fishdan the MSFT music model (319 comments)

You don't lose the music -- Microsoft knows full well their DRM is cracked. Their DRM is purely for show and to appease the music labels. And for that matter so is Itunes if you use a record through sound card sort of software. So the MSFT model is MUCH better because it is ACTUALLY as much music as I care to record for a monthly fee.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

fishdan Re:America, (1656 comments)

that's what I meant by better demand. what obama supporter would watch on fox?

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

fishdan Re:America, (1656 comments)

Having set up the streaming watching at a university, I can tell you that Foxnews.com had the best quality stream by a mile. Of course they probably had significantly better demand. I ended up having to use 3g cards on laptops because the internal network collapsed. And we have dark fiber...60000 users trying to stream at their desks is a bad thing.

more than 5 years ago
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How Best To Deal With WiFi Interference?

fishdan Re:Share your connections? (451 comments)

Don't forget to use this defense when the RIAA comes knocking. *kidding* I actually don't understand why condos aren't doing this or why there isn't a company selling something like this. In most cities, there are plenty of multi-family homes in which are begging for someone to run wifi and charge less than what teh cable company is charging.

more than 5 years ago
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How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?

fishdan hidden benefit of 4 tens (1055 comments)

I've been working 4 10s for seven years, and I can pick which day of the week I'm off. Sometimes I'll put a friday and monday back to back for a 4 day weekend. As a result I get to save my vacation and sick days for when I want to use them, instead of when I have to. 3 years in a row I've ended up cashing in a week of vacation time every year.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Announces Killer New Phone

fishdan Re:*Finally* matches/betters the iPhone? (617 comments)

As a former Palm employee I must add: I used to have a railroad, Made it run. Made it race against time...

more than 5 years ago
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Bill Joy For New National CTO Post?

fishdan Re:No need (393 comments)

I hear you brother in small government, but to have someone with that much common sense and technology experience in cabinet meetings makes every decision that much better. I guarantee you there are plenty of areas of government that can be optimized with better tech. I go to 10 meetings a week (because my life sucks) where I don't think I need to be there, but I end up making suggestions about ways to use technology that make this project or that project MUCH better. Bill Joy will do the same. He won't make technology decisions, he'll be advising others how they can use technology they may not be aware of.

more than 5 years ago

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Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations

fishdan fishdan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

fishdan writes "I'm a long time /. member with excellent karma. I am also the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in Massachusetts 6th District. I am on the ballot. I polled 7% in the only poll that included me, which was taken 6 weeks ago, before I had done any advertizing, been in any debates or been on television. In the most recent debate, the general consensus was that I moved a very partisan crowd in my favor. In the 2 days since that debate, donations and page views are up significantly.

Yesterday I received a stunning email from the local ABC affiliate telling me that they were going to exclude me from their televised debate because I did not have $50k in campaign contributions, even though during my entire campaign I have pointedly and publicly refused corporate donations. They cited several other trumped up reasons, including polling at 10%, but there has not been a poll that included me since the one 6 weeks ago — and I meet their other requirements."

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Ebooks for libraries to self destruct?

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fishdan writes "The New York Times is reporting that HarperCollins Publishers announced last week that they would begin making the eBooks that they give to libraries expire after 26 readings (assuming a 2 weeks checkout period, that means one year of being loaned).

Simon & Schuster and Macmillan (among other publishers), do not sell eBooks to libraries at all because checking out ebooks from an online library in many cases is easier than buying a book online.

“We are working diligently to try to find terms that satisfy the needs of the libraries and protect the value of our intellectual property,” John Sargent, the chief executive of Macmillan, said in an e-mail. “When we determine those terms, we will sell e-books to libraries. At present we do not.”"

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Frito Lay sues Derby Dames in Trademarkdispute.

fishdan fishdan writes  |  about 5 years ago

fishdan writes "You think it's tough when your hobby involves you getting blindsided by a leggy blond while on the track? Imagine if the same hobby got you blind sided by a multinational! Frito-Lay, a company previously thought of favorably by 5 out of 5 code monkeys, recently filed a suit of opposition against Coleen Bell, a Madison WI native and former Mad Rollin' Dolls roller derby player. Frito-Lay claims that Bell's roller derby name, Crackerjack, is too similar to the name of their famous caramel popcorn and nut snack.

Which seems ironic, when in their own ads they say "What do you call a kid, who can skate like that? You call that kid a Cracker Jack."

Bell has posted a video that succinctly makes her point."

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EA says no Madden 09 on PC

fishdan fishdan writes  |  about 6 years ago

fishdan writes "Wired is reporting that EA will not release Madden '09 to PC. EA has an exclusive license with the NFL to be the sole producer of video games through 2009. Although there are other "football" games out there such as Midway's Blitz: The League, Madden is still VERY popular. As a current online PC player, at any give time there are 60 people online looking to play PC games, and at peak times well over 300.

You have to wonder what the NFL thinks about this. Will they open up bidding in 2010? And what about the gamers? What is the real future of games on the PC? Is this going to motivate anyone to buy a console? Or will MSFT start selling a XBox360 emulator, and make this all moot."

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fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fishdan writes "This Sunday, many Christians of varying denominations will be doing something that will surprise many /. readers. They will hold special services celebrating Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Their purpose? Refuting creationism, which claims the biblical account of creation is literally true, and which is increasingly being promoted under the guise of "intelligent design".

"For far too long, strident voices, in the name of Christianity, have been claiming that people must choose between religion and modern science," says Michael Zimmerman, founder of Evolution Sunday and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis. In the Clergy Letters, Zimmerman goes on to state: "Religious truth is of a different order from scientific truth. Its purpose is not to convey scientific information but to transform hearts."

I'm not Christian, but I think I might attend one of the services (listed on the first link) near my house to show my support for rational religion."
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fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fishdan (569872) writes "I've seen (as has everyone else) about a million sites go down under the weight of the slashdot effect. Is there some reason why we don't post the links for the stories as coral cached links? I know the sites might want the traffic, but most of them can't handle it, and the good ones will retain their customers anyway. Isn't it time to stop destroying the web one site at a time?"
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fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fishdan (569872) writes "For the moment, the rush to legislate the ban on online gambling has been slowed. Senator John Warner, (R) from Virginia, has refused to allow the banning of online gambling to be tacked on to an upcoming defense bill. Opponents of online gambling were hoping to tack their measure on to a bill that "must pass" but will apprently be forced to delay. Congress recesses in one week, giving only a few days left if this measure is to be passed before the November 7th elections."
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fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fishdan writes "In a move that would seem to make complete sense, College Football conferences that have no pre-existing television contracts with a major network, are now looking to broadcast their own games over the internet. The Big Sky Conference signed a three-year contract with Sportscast Network (SCN) of Salt Lake City to video stream league football, volleyball and men's and women's basketball games on the Internet.

Last year, CBSSportsline showed every game in the first 3 rounds of March Madness online for free (as in beer). Response was overwhelming, and yet the internet did not buckle

``This is the future,'' Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton said. ``The fan will decide what they are going to watch and when they are going to watch it.''"

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Jack Thompson is evil

fishdan fishdan writes  |  about 7 years ago

Jack Thompson is currently on Fox News blaming video games for the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

Jack said that it would be impossible to carry out a massacre of this proportion without training, and that he was sure when they examined the shooters computer, that "training" program like GTA would be find.

Is this about as evil as it gets -- as soon as there is a tragedy, you use it to promote your cause? I know there's no debate on /. about how wrong JT is. My question is, how can you counter that? I'm emailing Fox News, but I doubt they'll be interested in what I have to say

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Have You Heard The Good News?

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

This Sunday, many Christians of varying denominations will be doing something that will surprise many /. readers. They will hold special services celebrating Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Their purpose? Refuting creationism, which claims the biblical account of creation is literally true, and which is increasingly being promoted under the guise of "intelligent design".

"For far too long, strident voices, in the name of Christianity, have been claiming that people must choose between religion and modern science," says Michael Zimmerman, founder of Evolution Sunday and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis. In the Clergy Letters, Zimmerman goes on to state: "Religious truth is of a different order from scientific truth. Its purpose is not to convey scientific information but to transform hearts."

I'm not Christian, but I think I might attend one of the services (listed on the first link) near my house to show my support for rational religion.

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Caching?

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 7 years ago I've seen (as has everyone else) about a million sites go down under the weight of the slashdot effect. Is there some reason why we don't post the links for the stories as coral cached links? I know the sites might want the traffic, but most of them can't handle it, and the good ones will retain their customers anyway. Isn't it time to stop destroying the web one site at a time?

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Online Gambling Not Banned Yet

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 7 years ago For the moment, the rush to legislate the ban on online gambling has been slowed. Senator John Warner, (R) from Virginia, has refused to allow the banning of online gambling to be tacked on to an upcoming defense bill. Opponents of online gambling were hoping to tack their measure on to a bill that "must pass" but will apprently be forced to delay. Congress recesses in one week, giving only a few days left if this measure is to be passed before the November 7th elections.

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Coming To Your Monitor: College Football!

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 7 years ago In a move that would seem to make complete sense, College Football conferences that have no pre-existing television contracts with a major network, are now looking to broadcast their own games over the internet. The Big Sky Conference signed a three-year contract with Sportscast Network (SCN) of Salt Lake City to video stream league football, volleyball and men's and women's basketball games on the Internet.

Last year, CBSSportsline showed every game in the first 3 rounds of March Madness online for free (as in beer). Response was overwhelming, and yet the internet did not buckle

``This is the future,'' Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton said. ``The fan will decide what they are going to watch and when they are going to watch it.''

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Is the home desktop going away?

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 8 years ago

The below is my response to

http://redmondmag.com/columns/article.asp?EditorialsID=1245

Hey Barney,

I use all 3 major operating systems. XP (3.0ghz w/HT, 1g ram, etc...) at home for gaming, OS X on a 12" (all I've ever needed) PowerBook during my 35 min train ride to/from work, and FC 3(RedHat) with KDE (just switched from Gnome this week) at work(2.8ghz, 1g RAM etc). My firewall machine is an old 233 running RedHat 9 w/128m RAM, My mythtv box is FC4, My wife's machine is XP. My webserver (http://www.sportsdot.org) is FC2.

Firstly, Linux and Mac aren't trying because your magazine doesn't have the right audience, and I don't mean this in an insulting way. I think that most of the people who read your magazine (self described as "The independent voice of the Microsoft IT community") are in the "Cult of Microsoft." There are also cults of Apple and Linux for sure. And all of those people are difficult to reach with rational argument, and usually unwilling to spend a month using another OS to really appreciate it. There's no doubt that very few hardcore Linux users are aware of how stable XP really is and how good terminal services is now. I would say equally few Windows users understand how much their experience can be changed by changing/configuring window managers, or how good Mplayer or OpenOffice really is. And Macnatics won't even be in a room with either OS.

IMHO the home desktop is in it's last hurrah. Gaming is going away from the desktop, consoles look to be on the verge of dominating that space. Who's going to win that space is a completely different discussion, but props to MSFT on the 360. Email is moving to more portable devices. Web Browsing...well, I still do a lot of it from my home desktop, but now I do about 15% from my myth box in my home theater -- up 15% from last year. And quite frankly, you don't need much of an OS (or computer) to browse the web. Microsoft's big push to the MediaCenter PC is their realization of the demise of the home desktop. I think for the home the future is interactive embedded devices, all connected wirelessly. And you'll finally see Bill Joy's statement of "The Network is the Computer" realized, as with the advent of AJAX, rich applications move to the web. In 5 years I'm pretty sure that "Quicken Online" (or something like it) will be 10x more popular than Quicken on the desktop. Sites like http://www.writely.com have such a huge advantage over Word, that I wonder what tasks are left for the home desktop.

I recognize my home network/home theater set up is much more complicated than what most people have, and I am much more sophisticated than most users, but EVERYONE who has been in my house has asked me if they could set up something like that up. My response is "Would you consider putting a hardwood floor in yourself? If you would, I think that for a similar level of work, investment in learning how to do it and $$$, you can have a home network and a home media center (lowercase). Don't think that it's easy as pie, but anyone who wants to can do it. And it become simpler every week. I recently helped a friend install knoppmyth...turns out, even though he had used Linux before, he did not need my help, except for me bringing over the CD -- he was recording TV in 2 hours. In fact he just sent me a 30 second clip from the Daily Show. For full disclosure, I have to mention he did his digital editing on his windows desktop.

That's the market Linux is exceptionally competetive in -- the computer that the average person doesn't even know is a computer. On a device that sells for less than $200, having the OS be free is a huge boon to the manufacturer -- even if the MS license were only $5/unit (and I have no idea how much it actually is) that's over 5% profit loss, which can crush a business in volume. I guarantee you everyone in the U.S. has used a Linux powered computer and been completely unaware of it, whether as a touch screen somewhere, or in a high end cash register, or in a small router in their house.

As for the desktop -- you said "...none of the companies selling (or giving away) this stuff really seem to care about desktops and laptops..." I'm assuming you're baseing this statement on the fact that they are not overly interested in interviewing with you or in traditional PR or advertizing, but neither Linux nor Mac advertize in that way. They both work on the principle -- "if you build it, they will come". Linux companies and Apple are focused on exactly that -- building a better mousetrap -- or in their case, the best operating system they can. The operating systems advertize themselves (although Mac also gets alot of advertizing from the Ipod too). If you look at the number of institutions (schools, municipal and state governments, etc) that have committed to open source, it does seem that people are becoming more aware of other options.

I don't think the Linux and Mac people are not trying to compete in the desktop space-- I think there method of competing is not through advertizing, but through constantly improving. I can tell you as someone who uses all 3 every day -- each has it's place. I would never try to play games on Linux box (though I've done it once or twice) -- the Windows experience is vastly superior. I would never try to write/debug intensive code on my windows box (though I've done it once or twice), the Linux experience is vastly superior. And I'd never try to travel with a laptop that wasn't OS X. The Powerbooks are so fantastic, I'm not likely to ever go back to anything else.

Sorry for the long letter -- hope there's some opinions in there you'll find worthwhile.

Dan

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Conterfiet Hardware

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 8 years ago With the love most /.ers have of sites like Pricewatch, Froogle, TechBargains and others of their ilk, there is a caveat emptor that people need to be aware of. According to PC World, more and more counterfeit hardware is coming to market each year. From the article:

...batteries aren't the only tech item that counterfeiters love. In October 2004, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Anchorage, Alaska, seized 20,000 suspected fake Memorex USB memory key thumb drives from Asia. And last year, Miami officials seized 900 allegedly phony laptops valued at $700,000.

"Maybe it's a laptop, an MP3 player, or a component like a DVD drive--anything in the digital world can be counterfeited," says Therese Randazzo, a U.S. Customs Service counterfeiting expert.

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Xtian Video Games about to Explode

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 8 years ago After all the hype about the evils of video games you just knew that there would be some people some people are trying to reverse the trend.

From the article:

N'Lightning Software CEO Ralph Bagley believes half of the video game crowd is Christian. His company was the first of about 100 Christian game developers to invest in the creation of PC games. Its first title, "Catechumen," cost $830,000 to develop and has sold about 80,000 copies worldwide since its 2001 release, according to the company. The second game, "Ominous Horizons," cost $1 million to create and has sold more than 50,000 copies, he said.

"Fifteen years ago, the Christian music world looked like Christian games today," Bagley said. "It wasn't until the Christian music companies came together as a group and focused on quality that they were able to achieve success."

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Plug Pulled on Virtual Baseball Game

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 8 years ago Sportsdot has the scoop on the Northern League reneging on it's earlier commitment to replace 2 Innings of a real baseball game with 2 innings played on an X-box. The Kansas City T-Bones were going to play first two innings of the July 16th game against the Schaumburg Flyers virtually. Now however Northern League Commisioner Mike Stone has ended the "Fantasy Baseball" dreams of two Xboxers, by reversing himself, and declaring that the stunt would "not be in the best interest of the league."

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Video Vixen Competition

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 8 years ago For the past three weeks a panel of "celebrity" judges (including Joy Giovanni and Jake Bromstein) has been reviewing the "babes of video games" for G4's new special, Videogame Vixens. Users also got to pick their favorites using the Vixenrater--a photogallery, interactive poll and blog all rolled into one site. The top performers in each category are now moving on to the final round, shown today on G4 at 10:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm PT, when the "2005 Videogame Vixen of the Year" will be crowned. I'm looking forward to the interview stage myself.

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Caveat Emptor

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 8 years ago

The Chicago Tribune is running a story about a study that the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania is releasing a today that shows that "sixty-four percent of American adults do not know that it is legal for online stores to charge different people different prices at the same time of day for the same product."

From the article:

"Amazon.com outraged some customers in September 2000 after one buyer deleted the electronic tags on his computer that identified him as a regular customer and noticed the price of a DVD changed from $26.24 to $22.74. The company said it was the result of a random price test and offered to refund buyers who paid the higher prices."

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My last submitted Story

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 8 years ago As reported over on Sportsdot, the 2005 RoboCup US Open wrapped up today in Atlanta, Georgia. The American entry from the University of Texas fell 2-0 in robot soccer to the powerhouse German squad, the MicroSoft HellHounds.

After the match, the German robot dogs were programmed to flex their metal biceps. With the time to devote to development and the financial backing of a company like Microsoft, the German entries are much more polished then their American counterparts at the moment. Last month at the RoboCup German Open, the Germans dominated nearly every category.

Slashdot has covered Robocup in previous years too

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Making Iraq safe for DVD's

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 9 years ago Yahoo is running a story about the handover of sovreignty to the which VERY slyly reveals the true reason for the war in Iraq:

As Iraq's highest authority, Bremer had issued more than 100 orders and regulations, many of them Western-style laws governing everything from bankruptcy and traffic, to restrictions on child labor and copying movies.

So it's true. The MPAA, desperate for action movie stories and to prevent Iraq from becoming a hotbed of piracy (at least movie-wise, I'm sure they don't care about the real pirates there), fabricated this movie plot, sold the story, and BOOM, now Paul Bremmer makes it illegal to copy DVD's in Iraq. I'm pretty sure it's going to be revealed that that's why those interogations were so rough in Abu Ghrabi -- those guys were using DeCSS

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4 tips you need to stay employed

fishdan fishdan writes  |  more than 9 years ago Who I am--developer/architect..did the dot/com, did the successful Hardware company, currently working for a huge health care company writing educational software--though I must admit once a week I get asked to change the printer toner. I usually respond with "No Hablo Anglais!"

1) Be able to DEMONSTRATE that you can build industrial strength software.

Industrial Strength means that the software should NEVER fail because of it's own issues. BUT when it fails because of external issues it should have very good thorough logging and alerting procedures so that it is part of solving whatever went wrong. I hate working with developers who deliver products that don't produce readable logs and aren't configurable through a text file. Also you HAVE to incorporate unit testing. If you can't build the tests you shouldn't be building the product. You must be able to describe the process by which fail proof software gets created. From architecture to pseudocode/UML to planning the unit testing to planning scalability testing. It means that if you have a QA dept you know how to integrate them into the planning stage. A great buzz word to toss around is "multi-disciplinary." But even better than using the word is being able to proove in an interview that you understand that EVERYONE has an equal part in software creation, from user to DBA to QA to you the developer.

2) Love the code!

If you don't love the code, you should get out...the stuff you build will not be worthwhile. I don't mean that you have to love all the code you write, but you DO have to love refactoring, the well tuned application and that small little optimization gain you get by using the right data structure. If you don't love those things (or don't know what I mean!!) it will show up eventually, and you'll be found out...don't set up yourself for dissapointment by trying to last in a field where you don't belong.

3)Be able to sell yourself to the right people

If you can't sell yourself to ANYONE no one will hire you. If you want to be an architect, you have to be able to sell yourself to a suit. If you want to be a coder, you have to be able to sell yourself to an architect. I know this guy who is a damn fine coder, he does the work of any 2 other developers. But two years ago he could only sell himself to other developers who had seen his work. He got his first break by being hired by a company that was run by his cousin....Then his second job he got hired because the developers he worked with previously knew how good he was...during these years he tried to ge better positions, but other than being promoted internally, his quest for a better job outside the company was always thwarted by his lack of social skills. But now, he's out interviewing and getting offers...and it's not because his already exceptional coding skills have increased, but but becuase his previously deficient people skills are starting to catch up. If you can't realize that software development is a customer service industry, and you HAVE to make the customer/consumer happy, then you are not going to stay employed. And again, be able to sell yourself to the right person. If you can't sell yourself to another developer, you're in the wrong line of work If you don't have friends who were developers and would hire you if they could, then you're probably not in the right line of work.

4) Embrace new technology

I'm a Java guy, but I learned C# (well, what there was of it that was new) when it came out. All you C developers who never bothered to learn Java...For shame. One of my standard questions when I interview people is "How many languages can you write 'Hello World' in?" If the number doesn't look right for the persons age, (you should have at least 4) the interview will go down hill from there. (I usually will let them count C++ and C as different languages because I'm generous). I'm not saying you have to be a pro...but please be able to write Hello World in Java, C and one scripting language. And show me that you've picked up a new language/skill in the last year. And of course you have to read to keep your skills up!

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How corrupt is SlashDot

fishdan fishdan writes  |  about 10 years ago When I was working for a PDA company (call us Lamp), I had the opportunity to go to our big user/developer conference in 2000. One of the fascinating things there was to see how much a certain other competing company (call them Costformi) felt threatened by Lamp then. Lamp has gone on to become mostly irrelevant as a player in the consumer electronic space, but in 2000 things looked bright.

Costformi hired CS thugs to disrupt the conference. These guys were very bright, sat through conferences and then asked very tough, good technical questions, to which the answers always were "You can't do that yet on a Lamp device" and to which they always responded "I can do it right now on my *(PDA running another OS)*!" All the geeks were kinda stunned that someone would be such a jerk, and noone really said anything. 3 days into the conference, Costformi had a "traitor's party" where they invited talented developers to a local party, and wooed them to develop for the Costformi platform.

3 months later, in relating this story to a product manager who used to work at Flower123, I found out that it used to happen at their conventions too. These random developers would come in and disrupt the meetings, spread wild info, and ask if the latest FlowerSuite could do this that and the other, and then compare it to Costformi products

I don't think people realize that this is clearly happening on /. too. Think how many people who read /. make IT purchasing decisions for companies. Now think about how much Costformi (and other companies) bashing goes on here.

Costformi, and other large companies would be crazy to NOT hire a few people whose only jobs are to read /. and post stories and comments that portray their products in a better light. You couldn't ask for a better targetted advertising group, and it would be pretty cheap!

I'm not saying that there aren't some overboard comments (Costformi products for example do not actually curdle all milk within 25' when installed on a computer), but does anyone else think that as sales have gotten tighter in the last year, we've seen more "apologists" posting and replying. Does anyone know of any other incidences of a company like Costformi or someone else trying to influence a bulletin board? Maybe my perception is off? Does anyone else see this?

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