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GoDaddy Goes Down, Anonymous Claims Responsibility

lottameez Re:It was NOT Anonymous. (483 comments)

He also tweeted that it wasn't because he was anti-big daddy. i guess that should eliminate about 95% of the comments on this story.

about 2 years ago

Company Sued, Loses For Not Using Patented Tech

lottameez But wait! (631 comments)

Requiring manufacturers to use this patented safety device would be denying me my right to cut off my fingers. Stay out of my self-mutilation, government!

more than 4 years ago

Reported Obama Plan Would Privatize Manned Launches

lottameez Re:How's that working out (450 comments)

Aren't all government programs poorly run and ineffective? Isn't that what we keep hearing about health care? "If you want to have your health care be like the post office...blah blah blah". Why is this different? Can't private industry do a better job?

more than 4 years ago

The Cell Phone Has Changed — New Etiquette Needed

lottameez Re:Phones. (585 comments)

I've stopped going to theater; I just get redbox instead...Why pay $10 so I can be distracted by self-absorbed morons who can't go 20 minutes without checking their messages? Yes, it's a pet peeve. One of many.

more than 4 years ago

App Store Piracy Losses Estimated At $459 Million

lottameez Re:'Losses' (202 comments)

Sounds like you are trying to justify your skewed perspective by labeling those who argue others as something they may not be. Intellectually dishonest much?

Syntactically challenged much? And for the record, what about my post is intellectually dishonest?

And speaking of skewed, your argument that you are just "making a copy of something" is outright laughable. There would be no opportunity for you to make that copy if the owner had not expended their creative abilities and time to create the original - thus you are diminishing that work's value by stealing it from them. Worse yet, you're trying to rationalize it as "just making a copy".

Is it as bad as property theft? No, I don't think that it is, but it is still stealing.

more than 4 years ago

App Store Piracy Losses Estimated At $459 Million

lottameez Re:'Losses' (202 comments)

Piracy IS stealing. You're taking something from someone else that does not belong to you. Of course, most people have no problem rationalizing this until it's their stuff that's being taken.

more than 4 years ago

Recession Pushes More Workers To Steal Data

lottameez Re:The New Ethics in America (280 comments)

Morals are a two-way street.

Uh, no. The problem with the pervasive "well, they did it so I can too" attitude is that anybody can rationalize anything: "I think the other guy is probably cheating, so I will too". "I think my employer is screwing me over, so I'll screw them first". "The company's CEO is getting paid way too much so I'll just help myself to their products". The truth doesn't matter as long as you can come up with an excuse.

If you have conditionally based morals then you have none at all.

more than 4 years ago

Federal Judge Says Corps of Engineers Liable For Katrina Damage

lottameez Re:Having recently been to New Orleans (486 comments)

Those are just poor people who won't pull themselves up by their bootstraps, like my grandfather did so I wouldn't have to

I wonder if your grandfather would feel so smug.

more than 3 years ago

German Killers Sue Wikipedia To Remove Their Names

lottameez Re:Bubby? Is that you? (859 comments)

Sorry your moral relativism is complete BS. I used murder in the legal sense. They broke the law while killing someone. I acknowledge and even agree that they did their time, may have been rehabilitated, and thus are free. But scrubbing the record completely is an insult to their victim and the victim's family.

more than 4 years ago

German Killers Sue Wikipedia To Remove Their Names

lottameez Re:Bubby? Is that you? (859 comments)

Someone that has murdered someone should not be thought of "in the same way" as someone who has not.

more than 4 years ago

Google Under Fire For Calling Their Language "Go"

lottameez Here's a few other ideas (512 comments)


more than 4 years ago

ACLU Sues Penn Prosecutor For Empty Threat of Child Porn

lottameez Re:The Children? (590 comments)

Ok Billy. Time for you to get off /. and get to bed.

more than 5 years ago

With a Computer Science Degree, an Old Man At 35?

lottameez Re:CS degrees do not mean s**t (918 comments)

you say that being a captain just to get chicks is a bad thing?

more than 5 years ago

RIM Accuses Motorola of Blocking Job Offers

lottameez Re:Sorry Motorola (353 comments)

So...Should we assume you don't buy anything from overseas?

It's effectively the same thing - companies buy cost effective labor and citizens head down to Walmart or the mall to buy cheaper foreign products.

more than 5 years ago

Gov't Computers Used to Find Info on "Joe the Plumber"

lottameez Re:Okay so the info is out there... (793 comments)

Well, I've made 250 before. Living in a metro area with kids it's enough to live comfortably but we don't have a mcmansion or fancy cars. I guess it all depends on your point of view.

more than 5 years ago

Is Anyone Buying T-Mobile's Googlephone?

lottameez Re:I love it (454 comments)

I may get modded down to nothing, but it seems the Google phone is very much like Linux: attractive to techies but a harder sell to consumers.

FWIW, I did a lot of android dev. earlier this year and really like the system - I just doubt the commercial appeal/necessity.

more than 5 years ago



Getting engineers to innovate

lottameez lottameez writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lottameez (816335) writes "Here's an interesting blog post for any engineer who feels underpaid (like there's any that don't feel that way). A University of Maryland professor suggests that many companies say they want to innovate, yet they pay the engineers "less than just about everyone else in the company". Dr. Jacob says:

I think the right answer is the following: if you want innovation, overpay your engineers. Give them a stable environment, the right tools, and plenty of cash ... and innovation will most assuredly come. Xerox PARC comes to mind, one of the last times anybody tried that recipe."

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Why Myths Persist

lottameez lottameez writes  |  about 7 years ago

lottameez (816335) writes "There's a very interesting article (registration required) in the Washington Post about recent research into the persistence of myths. From the story:

The conventional response to myths and urban legends is to counter bad information with accurate information. But the new psychological studies show that denials and clarifications, for all their intuitive appeal, can paradoxically contribute to the resiliency of popular myths.

This phenomenon may help explain why large numbers of Americans incorrectly think that Saddam Hussein was directly involved in planning the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and that most of the Sept. 11 hijackers were Iraqi. While these beliefs likely arose because Bush administration officials have repeatedly tried to connect Iraq with Sept. 11, the experiments suggest that intelligence reports and other efforts to debunk this account may in fact help keep it alive.

The research is painting a broad new understanding of how the mind works. Contrary to the conventional notion that people absorb information in a deliberate manner, the studies show that the brain uses subconscious "rules of thumb" that can bias it into thinking that false information is true. Clever manipulators can take advantage of this tendency.

Hanging with fat people will make you fat too.

lottameez lottameez writes  |  more than 7 years ago

lottameez (816335) writes "Pretty interesting article in the Washington Post (Registration Required) describing how social networks can promote obesity. From the article:

"The study, involving more than 12,000 people tracked over 32 years, found that 'social networks' play a surprisingly powerful role in determining an individual's chances of gaining weight, transmitting an increased risk of becoming obese from wives to husbands, from brothers to brothers and from friends to friends."

Basically the article says that if you hang out with fat people, you're more likely to let yourself go since it's socially acceptable within that group.

Now...let's go get that donut!"


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