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Why the Middle East Is a Good Place For Women Tech Entrepreneurs

fruviad Re:As Arab cities go... (229 comments)

Can you tell me why you are not brave enough to post such nonsense under a real account?

"Coward" applies in your case. Along with a number of other adjectives I won't add for fear of young children seeing them...

more than 2 years ago
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World's Worst PR Guy Gives His Side

fruviad Re:So he hasn't learned a thing. (576 comments)

Lame. I prefer the Jewish message...

Perhaps we should just be nice to people because it's the right thing to do, rather than for fear of the repercussions of doing otherwise????

Just sayin'...

more than 2 years ago
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One Tenth of China's Farmland Polluted With Heavy Metals

fruviad Re:Why vote for Republicans (412 comments)

Republicans are the lesser of two evils only when it is republicans who define "evil".

more than 2 years ago
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Should Science Be King In Politics?

fruviad Re:Note the 'former' (737 comments)

While environmental catastrophe may have been widespread in geologic history, things are different now. When the sea level rose dramatically a million years ago, it didn't destroy trillions of dollars/euros/yuan worth of real estate.

about 3 years ago
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I would draw the line at cloning...

fruviad End-users (471 comments)

I have to deal with too many end-users as it is. We don't need more...

more than 3 years ago
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4chan Has Been DDOSed

fruviad Re:First post (710 comments)

Hmmm...5-digit Slashdot ID? Been here 10 years? Feh...newbie.

more than 3 years ago
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Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:

fruviad Sonic Screwdriver! (633 comments)

...and a K9 unit to go with it.

more than 3 years ago
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'YouCut' Targets National Science Foundation Budget

fruviad Re:Cut YouCut (760 comments)

Don't be silly. Weapons manufacturers donate heavily to politicians. Those who receive grants for research do not. Why cut your own throat simply because it makes more sense in the long run?

more than 3 years ago
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Video Games Found To Enhance Visual Attention

fruviad Who cares about action games? (79 comments)

What about ANGBAND??? Surely the hours I've poured into that have improved me in some way? Surely???

more than 3 years ago
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Minutes I spend on the phone, on a typical day:

fruviad Depends on your definition of "typical" (264 comments)

A work day? Lots of time.

A non-work day, or when I'm off the clock? Won't even answer the phone if it rings.

more than 3 years ago
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Ozzy Osbourne's Genome Reveals Some Neanderthal Lineage

fruviad Might be more common than one thinks... (151 comments)

I've wondered if I have any neanderthal lineage. Not because of my behavior but because I have a heavy west Irish genetic background. It would have been a corner into which the neanderthals would have retreated as they were beaten out of the rest of Europe. Google and you'll see that red hair -- a hallmark of Irish lineage -- has been postulated to be a genetic legacy of the neanderthals.

about 4 years ago
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Take This GUI and Shove It

fruviad Re:Better test! (617 comments)

If you write a script, you're certain that the changes made will be identical on each box.

One little mistake in the script and you fuck up the whole organization.

Perhaps so, but the scripted mistake is easily fixed because every single machine exhibits the same symptoms. Easy to debug. Once debugged, easy to fix.

Do you think it better to have a half-dozen different mistakes on a half-dozen different servers in a pool of 40?

about 4 years ago
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Public Clearinghouse Proposed For Evoting Failures

fruviad Re:How is a Diebold machine like a Pakistani citiz (114 comments)

I used to be a deputy director at a board of elections in Ohio. The county used Diebold machines.

These systems are drastically more expensive than the older method of voting; there is absolutely no cost savings, whatsoever. It is not uncommon for poll workers to break the systems because of their ignorance or carelessness in working with the hardware. A broken Diebold voting system is VERY expensive to correct. The old systems? Cheap as dirt and easy to replace.

The likelihood of a major problem is far greater with the Diebold systems than with the older stuff. Trying to get octagenarian poll workers to successfully use hardware that they've used only a few times ever, and with little training 6 weeks prior to the election? Yah...good luck with that.

And uniformity across counties using the hardware? Hah! In the county where I worked, one single individual wrote software to "assist" in tallying the votes. I have no idea what the software did because he refused to document the software, and he refused to comment his code EVER. After he left the office he CONTINUED TO UPDATE THE SOFTWARE. I tried to figure out what it was doing by staring at the code, but that's tough when the code changes every day and the author refuses to explain even the broad outlines of how it works.

I could go on and on...but you get the idea.

more than 4 years ago
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Another Gulf Oil Rig Explodes

fruviad Re:Cap (423 comments)

Yeah...it'll probably take no more than 8 weeks.

more than 4 years ago
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eBook Sales Outpace Hardbacks

fruviad e-books? Er...no thanks. (247 comments)

So I could buy a proprietary device to read a proprietary format (which I also have to purchase) which will be obsolete in 3 years, or I can buy a physical book and still have it (perfectly readable!) in 25 years?

Er...thanks, Amazon, but I'll pass. Give me a book made 'o paper. (May as well buy a hardcover. Paperbacks are so expensive anymore that I feel ripped off spending 8 bucks on something that disposable.)

more than 4 years ago
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On Pennies:

fruviad Re:Missing option (594 comments)

Given the state of the Euro-zone, you might want to look into alternate payment options.

more than 4 years ago
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Appropriate Interviewing For a Worldwide Search?

fruviad Call a cultural anthropologist (440 comments)

Call your local university and ask this question of someone in the anthropology department. Someone who specializes in cultural anthropology.

Anthropologists study different cultures with the same intensity as your average Slashdotter studying operating systems and programming languages. Few others are as well-equipped to answer this question...

more than 5 years ago
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Diebold Admits Flaw In Voting Software

fruviad The Diebold software is crap... (281 comments)

...but the election officials will fight change tooth-and-nail.

Is it because they find it to be a valuable tool?

Is it because the technology does something that no other product or process can?

Or maybe because they get free stuff (i.e. bribes) from Diebold to stay where they are?

Nope. They just don't want to have to learn anything new.

Any change in the processes & technology will be achieved against the wishes of the election officials who should be working for our interests but instead are seeking the easiest path.

A (thankfully FORMER) elections official.

more than 5 years ago

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IE is losing to Firefox in Europe?

fruviad fruviad writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fruviad (5032) writes "For the first time in a decade, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is no longer the leading Web browser in Europe, ceding the top position to Mozilla’s Firefox, an Irish research company that tracks Web surfing said Tuesday."
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