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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

johncandale You can already do this (78 comments)

They can already read your email. Besides you shouldn't be discussing anything non-professional on work networks anyways. And if you are on a office computer they could read your notepad.txt if they wanted.

2 days ago
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About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

johncandale 40% are subsistence farmers (45 comments)

Considering that 30%~ of the world are subsistence farmers, and 40~%+ are involved in farming I am not surprised. I highly doubt that Sub-Saharan Africa should be worrying about the myth of the digital divide for most of the people there. Or the people that don't use money in central America. I mean 50% of the world eats with their hands. 1st world People have weird priorities sometimes. I hope this group isn't getting any donated money.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

johncandale Re:what a real guard does vs a robot (140 comments)

You are confusing retail security guards with corporate security with ID checks and such, who will most certainly be proactive in locking down doors and calling cops.

3 days ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

johncandale Re:Lock-em down (698 comments)

Well of course it includes a non lethal take down system for anyone in the room. Most likely that sticky foam used on rioters or maybe stun guns. Give it a few years, the system will be good enough to target only the shooter, give it a few more years and you will see the system in every public place, and a few years after that, every business and home. Creepy but hey No violent crime is a good thing right citizen? BTW we now decide what is a crime. Smile for the bi-directional telescreens! Hey you in house 486, you don't seem too cheerful today!

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

johncandale Re:Oh no (297 comments)

It is thou. The difference in the amount people burn or their Bactria burn is trivial compared to the difference in the amount they eat + they amount they exercise properly. Over and over again, overweight people say they don't eat that much but then when you monitor them, you see they eat way more. Skinny people trying to bulk up do the same thing. "I eat so much" but when you look at it, it is not that much.

In any case if you do keep more, that just means you get to eat less. So even if is your genes fault, it is still your job to adjust

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

johncandale low morals (438 comments)

People with low morals usually assume everyone else is like them too. This has been shown over and over. I never cheated, lots of people never cheated. Also I never stole as a kid either. I hear that alot too. "Oh everyone stole a candy or money as a young kid" Nope. Wrong. Deal with it.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

johncandale I hoped you failed them (438 comments)

I hoped you failed them and turned them into the disciplinary committee. They should fail the whole homework not just the two questions. People only change due to consequences. Again. People really really ONLY CHANGE DUE TO consequences. Back in my day plagiarism and cheating were grounds for expulsion. At least they should be put on academia probation. You don't do this just to show how dangerous their behavior was, but as a lesson to others that it won't be tolerated at the school. You are not doing anyone any favors by letting it slide. Not the students, not the school, not the honest students, not other teachers and certainly not society.

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

johncandale Can I claim discrimination because I am a US citiz (459 comments)

As Parent pointed out. Can I claim discrimination because I am a US citizen yet? Also the article is nonsense. If anything a company would be falling over themselves to hire a qualified black man, for many reasons. it is just a classic 'the first time it got hard they quit and later blamed it on racism' shtick.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Lease and Refurbish Naval Air Base For Space Exploration

johncandale HAHA, you think Google votes are publicly traded (89 comments)

...how can a publicly traded company possibly justify such investments to stockholders?

Most of google voting stock is owned by company insiders. I hear 3 people basically control the voting rights to the company. Modern stock issues are a scam.

The new Class C shares have no voting rights. The Class A shares have one vote each, but collectively those votes are dwarfed by the 10-votes-per-share Class B shares. Those shares, which do not trade in the public market, are owned by Google insiders, who will also get Class C shares in the distribution ...----... The split was first proposed nearly two years ago as part of a plan to "preserve the corporate structure that has allowed Google to remain focused on the long term." ...---.... As originally proposed by the company, the move would have made it easy for Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and the chairman, Eric E. Schmidt, to cash in a large part of their holdings without giving up their voting control. But that ability has been limited after the company settled a class action suit filed by angry (Class A) shareholders, and reached agreements with the three top officials to limit their sales.

Basically they want the benefits of a public corp without the responsibilities. So yeah, they don't have to justify jack to stock holders. Remember, if you don't know who the sucker in the room is after 5 hands, the sucker is you.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/03/investing/google-stock-split/ http://economix.blogs.nytimes.... http://www.businessweek.com/ar... http://investorplace.com/2014/...

about two weeks ago
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Earth's Oxygen History Could Explain "Darwin's Dilemma" In Evolution

johncandale Re:A matter of perspective and dice rolling (78 comments)

It all helps each other. Creationists always hold that the chance is too small for evolution to happen by chance. Others like to point out that over a long enough time span, if you get to keep the winning dice rolls (advantages) it is inevitable. I always think of these gaps like that. Long enough time spans. Thou it does seem that evolution when it starts to happen happens in relatively fast spans. Usually do to a change. Also maybe there was a lifeform, bacteria that produced oxygen as waste.

about two weeks ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

johncandale Reading too much into adcopy is our hobby (183 comments)

Game director Jeffrey Kaplan (a.k.a. Tigole) said one of their big goals is to make it an approachable game in a way shooters often aren't

This is likely just meanless talk for the stockholders. But I highly doubt that is a good idea. The problem with modern shooters, especially consoles, is the skill ceiling is so low that it becomes random chance for anyone over the few months of play mark. This just won't work well for PC gamers who still play CS in large numbers everyday. Even Team Fortress was not really casual. Only casual relatively and it inherited a lot of people from the older smaller video game crowds and it's player base can not be called casual compared to a Halo or Call of Duty 'press F to pay respects' crowd.

about three weeks ago
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Long-term Study Finds No Link Between Video Game Violence and Real Violence

johncandale Bad study. Pointless data (250 comments)

All they did was match international video game sales to violent crime rates? Get real. Violent crime has been falling for a long time now, and there are many structural reasons why.

You might as well say soda does not cause violent crime because soda sales are up and Crime is down. Both have way too many factors linked to be useful

about three weeks ago
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Police officer suspended for slapping citizen for refusing a warrantless search

johncandale Good example of what we don't know (6 comments)

Stuff like this is why well off professional class people don't understand complaints about Police and the reasons cases should get dismissed on legal rights technicalities. All they ever experience are speeding tickets that the cops know they will pay by mail and a "Thank you citizen". They just don't understand how badly the other classes get treated when they are profiled for dragnet fishing trips pull-overs. Over and Over again. There are reasons warrants and limits to power. Too often the talking heads defending the police sell out everyone else because they just don't understand the day in day out slap arounds and planted evidence and lying to juries, made late to work, family suspicions created, etc.

about three weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

johncandale Conforming to a culture is not bad (441 comments)

Translation: I want to impose my culture on my team mates.

This. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a culture that one adapts to. The other option, thou people will disagree, is having no culture. If I lived in Japan I would adapt to their culture and manurisums. I wouldn't walk around complaining that I couldn't be more American.

about three weeks ago
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YouTube Opens Up 60fps To Everyone

johncandale Re: Firefox better get their act together (152 comments)

But what to use instead? I am sure not using a google browser to let them track me even easier and IE is still bloated. All the others are too hipster lvl adoption rates. The fall of firefox has been very sad to me. Even stuff like the customizable UI has gotten worse overtime not better. Of course windows 8 had a little to do with that.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Spacecraft Images Crash Site of Retired LADEE Probe

johncandale Re:Space trash and human behavior (26 comments)

Space junk in Earth orbit is completely incomparable to a crashed satellite on the Moon's surface.

Space junk in Earth orbit is completely comparable to a crashed satellite on the Moon's surface. I can do that too.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Spacecraft Images Crash Site of Retired LADEE Probe

johncandale Re:Space trash and human behavior (26 comments)

Your argument/analogy is for crashing it into the moon, rather than leaving it as orbit of the moon as space junk.

Not really. You could land it in a desert and collect it or put it on a course with the sun, burning it up into it's base elements

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

johncandale global world is overrated anyways (613 comments)

Just a aside here. It's just an excuse to "use a expert in Europe" and "a consultant in India" to save a few pounds in the latter and not train and invest at home in anyone long term in the former. No one has a sense of community. And is adding to the pollution with all the air travel. Not just the business flights but the people who move about chasing jobs then have to fly all over to visit family "back home". I am not even for long commutes. People should train or bike to work. The Boeing 707 really wreaked havoc with England's districts. I know it seems silly to be against technology on a technology web site but there you go.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

johncandale Fuck the Peasants, right mate? (613 comments)

I totally agree, your servants at the shops should work silly hours to please master. No sense in letting them go home to their families at the same time, or enjoy culture. Thoughts like yours is why the US has such a fractured broken culture. It sounds great to me the shops are closed Sundays, and everyone is off at the same time.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Spacecraft Images Crash Site of Retired LADEE Probe

johncandale Space trash and human behavior (26 comments)

I find it a little sort sighted we are just dumping our trash about. Here me out before you say, "well it is just one advanced probe." They used to say that about satellites.

More than 95% of stuff in orbit now is junk and huge resources at NASA and DoD are used just to track it More than 500,000 pieces of debris, or “space junk,” are tracked as they orbit the Earth. They all travel at speeds up to 17,500 mph, fast enough for a relatively small piece of orbital debris to damage a satellite or a spacecraft. http://motherboard.vice.com/re... http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pa...

it will be much harder to remove later. By the time we are building moon telescopes and research bases, we will be using half the payload for tools to sweep the junk up http://science.nasa.gov/scienc...

about a month ago

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