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How One Photographer Is Hacking the Concept of Time

hairyfish Re:$50...if your time is worth nothing (124 comments)

What about the cost of all us Slashdot readers having to read about it, post about it, argue about it? I'd say the real costs to society in up the millions in lost productivity already...

about 9 months ago
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Senior Managers Are the Worst Information Security Offenders

hairyfish Re:Seen it on the job: (181 comments)

It's ironic because what you just wrote just describes your average IT nerd too...

about 9 months ago
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Senior Managers Are the Worst Information Security Offenders

hairyfish Re:do yo u really think senior mgmt will read a bo (181 comments)

He pays you to make him secure, yet your lack of social skills at selling the security business case caused an incident. I'd fire you too. IT people need to understand that business is more that just good ideas. Selling those ideas (whether it be the product, the HR policy, or the IT security requirements) are all skills everyone senior employee should have. If your IT manager failed to sell it then someone else deserves a chance at his job.

about 9 months ago
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Senior Managers Are the Worst Information Security Offenders

hairyfish Re:do yo u really think senior mgmt will read a bo (181 comments)

Have you ever stopped and wondered why? Maybe, just maybe it's you? I mean I've worked in IT a long time, I know the drill, but it's only recently I learnt how to run a business, and how to deal with company politics. In general IT people are shit at making a business case, therefore they get ignored. And this is how it should be. In short, if you can't sell an idea then don't blame the idea or the buyer.

about 9 months ago
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Senior Managers Are the Worst Information Security Offenders

hairyfish Re:Seen it on the job: (181 comments)

Well clearly it does since you ack'd a response :)

about 9 months ago
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Bitcoin Payments Go Live At Overstock — Two Quarters Early

hairyfish Re: First major retailer to accept Bitcoin (182 comments)

Fuck him. I have no problem with drugs per say, but drug dealers are generally scum. No amount of 'war' will stop the supply, but like fly paper, it is generally a good method for removing dickheads from society.

about 9 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

hairyfish Re:Herpin' the Derp (599 comments)

We are wards and slaves to the state.

Yes we are all slaves. All forced to work from dawn to dusk without pay, beaten and whipped for the smallest indiscretion by our draconian overlords, living a life of poverty and hunger and having our car GPS data recorded. Oh the humanity...

about 9 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

hairyfish Re:Current PCs are good enough. (564 comments)

That, and that fact that Win8 is an unmitigated disaster. Had Win8 given us a Win7-type interface then I'm sure the slowing PC market wouldn't have slowed quite as quickly.

about 9 months ago
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World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

hairyfish Re:Worlds biggest shipyards (166 comments)

Whereas on the streets in the US it's considered a good 20 seconds if no-one dies in a car accident...

about 10 months ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

hairyfish Re:It's official (276 comments)

Now the little people, cryptographers, libertarians and online geeks, have actually managed to build up a decentralized payment infrastructure without government or corporate help. That's a damn impressive achievement,

Is it really? I mean most of this type of stuff is invented by the little people. Edison, Bell.. even Gates and Jobs were all little people when they started out. I'd be more impressed if something like happened with government involvement

about 10 months ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

hairyfish Re:BTC can't replace "cash" (276 comments)

More importantly you can't do a simple, casual transaction that requires no thought. That means at least half the population will never use it, and probably 90% of the other half too. I don't want to have to think every time I spend money. I pull out a piece of paper with a 10 on it, everyone knows the score. BTC will never have that.

about 10 months ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

hairyfish Re:I understand how to value (276 comments)

Well apart from water and oxygen and a few other things...

about 10 months ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

hairyfish Re:Of course it could be big. (276 comments)

Because in Internet forum world there are only two colours...

about 10 months ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

hairyfish Re:Of course it could be big. (276 comments)

Because cashless makes it harder for crooks to hide, which in-turn means better for society overall. I know you think the govt is out to get you, but you should spend some time in places that have no govt. Then you will appreciate it a bit more.

about 10 months ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

hairyfish Re:Are they the only one ? (276 comments)

How do they screw their customers? I have a bank account and I have to say it's a pretty good service. I mean, I know we should automatically hate banks for some unknown reason, but why exactly? A bank offers a service, you can choose to use it or not. Most banks offer basic accounts without fees, and offer premium accounts with fees if you require extra facilities. I get electronic payments, credit, mobile and internet banking, all for a pretty trivial sum. I know of no other business which offers such convenience for so little. Which part of this do you disagree with?

about 10 months ago
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First Images of a Heart Injected With Liquid Metal

hairyfish Re:hmmm (115 comments)

So they do exist then?

about 10 months ago
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Climatologist James Hansen Defends Nuclear Energy

hairyfish Re: common sense (345 comments)

I read somewhere that if a human got all their electricity in their entire life from Nuclear power, the total waste product would fit in a coke can. Not sure if that is true or not (your figures indicate about a coke can every year) but if it is (or even 10x times that) it makes the waste issue seem to be blown way out of proportion.

about 10 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

hairyfish Re:The workers are upset (841 comments)

In the niche I was in, everyone pretended it was about patriotism and national service. But if you looked at what actually drove the decisions, it was mostly about money, spiced up a little bit with vicarious violence.

I've worked in a few government agencies, some of them requiring security clearance, and my experience has been that for 99% of people I met it was about money, job security or pension plan. My family is knee deep military including service in most major conflicts and after WW2 it was never about service, just a way to make a living that was the best option on the table at the time. In fact I'd go so far as to say I've never met one person that join the public service for patriotism (outside of grandfathers signing up to kill Hitler). WW2 gets a special mention because it was the last war the west fought that actually risked our way of life. That was the last great cause, since then it has just been politics, money and corruption.

about 10 months ago

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Climate Change: Conservative politics still have no clue

hairyfish hairyfish writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hairyfish (1653411) writes "In Australia, acting NSW Premier, Andrew Stoner, has dismissed extreme weather predictions for the state of NSW by the federal government's Climate Commission as ''alarmist''.
"We have heard of all our dams drying up in the past. We've heard predictions of the central coast and other coastal parts of the state going under water, the polar ice caps melting. I'm sorry, none of this has happened. As time goes on I think these people's credibility will be found wanting.''"

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British kids kicked out of US for quoting Family G

hairyfish hairyfish writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hairyfish (1653411) writes "Leigh Van Bryan, 26, and Emily Bunting, 24, said they were detained at Los Angeles International Airport, locked up in prison overnight, and had their bags searched for spades and shovels before they were placed on a flight back to Britain last Wednesday. The crime? Tweeting ""free this week for a quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America? x" and "3 weeks today, we're totally in LA pissing people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin' Marilyn Monroe up!"
How low can Homeland Security go?"

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The end of time (zones)?

hairyfish hairyfish writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hairyfish (1653411) writes "I have a question for the Slashdot community: Do we still need time zones?
Time zones are a relic of the past when different parts of the world were isolated, and 12pm was whenever the sun was directly above your specific location. Now in the Internet age, time is just an arbitrary number, and time zones are just unnecessary complexity. Why can't we scrap time zones altogether, and all just use UTC across the board?
So here on the eastern seaboard of Australia, lunchtime will now be at 2am, In New York it will be 4pm, and in Moscow it will be 8am. There'll be some pain with the initial changeover, but from then on it's all good.
Got a meeting with colleagues on the other side of the world? 4am means 4am for everyone. Got a flight landing at 3pm? 3pm now means 3pm for everyone.
For DST, you simply change your schedule rather than the clock (ie work and school starts an hour earlier during DST months).
No confusion ever again.
For someone whose work involves travel or communication across time zones this is the best idea I've ever heard. So why aren't we doing it?"

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