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Introducing the new Slashdot Mobile experience: clean, modern, and fast

irishdaze Device/Browser Not Supported (39 comments)

Device/Browser Not Supported: iPad / iOS 6

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?

irishdaze Re:No cable. Just Roku and my laptop (697 comments)

I keep wanting to go Roku, but for the life of me, I can't find a channel lineup that tells me what type of content (i.e. what shows) are on the Roku channels. In fact, this is the FIRST REFERENCE I've seen to ether Democracy Now or Al Jazeera being available via Roku. Pls, can anyone link a resource that gives some kind of detail on what is available via the Roku? The Roku site itself (as far as I can see) is useless for this. It just gives the names of its channels, not what's ON them. :-( [irishdaze(AT)yahoo.com]

more than 3 years ago
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Stand-Alone Antivirus Software?

irishdaze Re:SUPERAntiSpyware Portable (159 comments)

Hats off to you, techvet. I wouldn't have been able to be so civil in my answer to flame.

more than 4 years ago
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Stand-Alone Antivirus Software?

irishdaze Re:So let me get this straight... (159 comments)

I've never seen a more accurate description of my life in large-enterprise corporate desktop support. Wow. Just freaking wow.

more than 4 years ago
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Getting Paid Fairly When Job Responsibilities Spiral?

irishdaze Re:Dear Playboy, it happened to me (495 comments)

It's a small world, and you may well end up working for them again in a more senior role later.

Working in IT in the fourth largest city in America has given me the opportunity time and time again to see that this is true. I can't stress strongly enough how your reputation and attitude follow/preceed you.

I'm not in management, but I have been a team lead. I've had opportunities to yay/nay resumes before interviews because, Hey, you worked at Such-And-Such, and so did this guy. Do you know him? I regret that I've had to answer with a hearty Don't hire him!" every single time.

Remember that, as long as you work in IT, every single person (regardless of their function) you work with/near/for/around is a possible future yay/nay for you.

Whatever you do when you find yourself in the OP's situation, remember to maintain the highest level of professionalism and the best attitude you can. I promise, it will pay off, even if you have no way of seeing the payoff when it arrives.

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

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

Thank you for taking the time to actually list practical examples of non-racial suspicion markers, something I've not seen done in the hysteria over this bill.

more than 4 years ago
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New English/Arabic Translation Site Hopes To Promote Citizen Diplomacy

irishdaze Re:This won't end well (206 comments)

I think the word you are looking for is 'anecdotal.'

You are correct, and I'm not at all sure why "apocryphal" made sense to me at the time.

more than 4 years ago
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New English/Arabic Translation Site Hopes To Promote Citizen Diplomacy

irishdaze Re:Thank the Teachers! (206 comments)

Remember during your year in Iran (if you get there) that they incarcerate and torture student-visa backpackers who get lost.

Just saying.

more than 4 years ago
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New English/Arabic Translation Site Hopes To Promote Citizen Diplomacy

irishdaze Re:This won't end well (206 comments)

"[R]esearching" Arab vs Western World cross-cultural problems by "getting to know an Arab" (in person) would be more effective than talking to one online? How?

As far as I can see, either method of dissecting cross-cultural issues is like looking at a random black or white person on the bus and asking, "Why don't blacks and whites get along in the US?"

Valuable research data is not apocryphal.

more than 4 years ago
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New English/Arabic Translation Site Hopes To Promote Citizen Diplomacy

irishdaze Re:This won't end well (206 comments)

the real world is going to interfere with the execution.

Too bad the real world has't managed to interfere with Arab exectutions before now, eh?

more than 4 years ago
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Where Does a Geek Find a Social Life?

irishdaze Re:Four simple steps (1354 comments)

Second step: Have you purchased new clothing in the last year? If not, buy new clothes... preferably with the help of a woman... one of your friend's girlfriends will do. Just buy what she tells you to buy. No arguments.

Do NOT do this, grasshopper. Too many women have no idea how to dress a man.

A much better option: Go to Dillard's (or any other department store with dressed mannequins), find a mannequin wearing clothes that appeal to you, hand the sales girl a slip of paper with your measurements, and say to her, "I'll take that outfit," while pointing at the mannequin you like.

This was the secret weapon used by a man I used to know. He was a serious babe-magnet, but could NOT dress himself. He decided that since department stores ACTUALLY PAY PEOPLE to put outfits together for mannequins, that he should take advantage of that skill.

That man was by-far the sexiest and best-dressed straight man I've ever known, and he was NEVER without female companionship if he wanted it.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Stimulus Pours Millions Into Cyber Security

irishdaze Re:MOD PARENT UP (156 comments)

His truth became Flamebait the second he posted it as a cowherder.

more than 5 years ago
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Robots Debut In Japanese Theater Production

irishdaze Douglas Adams? (75 comments)

It's a shame that descriptions in popular literature don't count as "Prior Art".

--bows to Douglas Adams--

We are not worthy!

about 6 years ago

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Walmart to Rip Your Disks to the Vudu Cloud

irishdaze irishdaze writes  |  more than 2 years ago

irishdaze writes "Does anyone in Hollywood stop to think, "Would anyone actually USE this?" when they "innovate"? Five studios (minus Disney, natch) have agreed to allow Walmart to rip YOUR DVD/Bluray disks, store them in Vudu's cloud for download, and let you keep your disks for $2/disk. Hitches? No Android, and you can only access your files through Vudu (which Walmart owns). I can't understand how they can promote this without LOLing after they tried to turn off their DRM servers once before but backtracked after their users lost their minds — What happens to your files when Vudu shutters? Don't get me started on why this is even legal when ripping my own movies myself, in my own home, with my own storage, is illegal."
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Another Bernie Madoff Scam?

irishdaze irishdaze writes  |  more than 5 years ago

irishdaze (839248) writes "Curiously high returns on certificates of deposit at a Caribbean island bank operated by Houston-based Stanford International Group raised red flags that prompted some analysts to warn investors to beware. The Securities and Exchange Commission, the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are investigating, according to a person familiar with the probes. While the scope of the probes is unclear, investigators are at least in part looking into the sale of the CDs issued by the bank in the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. The bank has drawn federal scrutiny before. In 1999 Stanford handed U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officers a $3.1 million cashier's check from the bank after investigators found that a major drug trafficking ring in Mexico had used the bank to stash or launder money. At the time Stanford told the Los Angeles Times that the payment "was the right thing to do morally, and it's the legal thing to do.""
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Comcast Wants to Watch You?

irishdaze irishdaze writes  |  more than 6 years ago

irishdaze (839248) writes "Conversation at a conference: Discussion amongst a Comcast Senior VP, a reporter, and another attendee regarding a currently experimental system Comcast is considering implementing that involves installing videocameras in its set-top cable boxes.

The reporter's story: "The idea being that if you turn on your cable box, it recognizes you and pulls up shows already in your profile or makes recommendations . . . this type of monitoring is the "holy grail" because it could help serve up specifically tailored ads . . . it would distinguish between different members of your household by recognizing body forms."

Comcast's explanation: "The camera-based gesture recognition device is in no way designed to — or capable of — monitoring your living room. These technologies are designed to allow simple navigation on a television set just as the Wii remote uses a camera to manage its much heralded gesture-based interactivity."

The third party to the conversation: Unknown

The reporter is standing firm on what he heard and his story, as he wrote it, even against Comcast's clarifications. I'd LOVE to find out what that third party has to say about what was discussed!

In general, this seems really fishy to me. In a word: Creepy."

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"Hot or Not" for Website Design

irishdaze irishdaze writes  |  about 7 years ago

irishdaze (839248) writes ""CommandShift3 is like Hot or Not. Except, instead of clicking on hot babes, you click on hot websites." ~ from the site

This site gives you a seeming never ending stream of head-to-head website screen-shot matchups, and you pick the one you like best by clicking on it. Two more screen-shots are presented, click, repeat. A 10-click history on the bottom of the page lets you know how your opinion on each comparison stacks up against those of other visitors. Your vote on each match-up is all but instantaneous because it's based only on aesthetics, so this thing is a bit of idle fun to keep your hands busy while waiting on or doing something else.

An added bonus: You can add websites anonymously, and, if you provide an e-mail address, can get the weekly match-up status of any site you submit. I've already added slashdot.org."

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irishdaze irishdaze writes  |  more than 8 years ago

irishdaze (839248) writes "The X-Prize Foundation is offering another challenge, this one for human genome mapping. Want a cool $10 mil? Put yourself together a company that can process the DNA of 100 specific people in 10 days or less. As a bonus, you can then get paid extra to map the DNA of 100 scientists, celebrities, and multimillionaires (such as Stephen Hawking, Larry King, and Michael Milken)."

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