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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

mbstone Re:Not fungible (529 comments)

You mean "7 years experience in Windows Server 2012."

If companies gave a rat's ass about hiring competent workers, job recruiters would speak English.

about 3 months ago
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Tom's Hardware: Microsoft Smartband Coming In October With 11 Sensors

mbstone We have decided to discontinue this service (70 comments)

Like every other smartwatch in recorded history, after a year or two the OEM will decide it isn't making enough money, and they will suddenly stop the data feed or whatever, and if you're lucky, the thing will still function as a wristwatch.

about 4 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

mbstone This guy really has his nerve (278 comments)

Writing a piece on how programming sucks, in a typeface that hurts my eyes to read.

about 6 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

mbstone They should have known! (653 comments)

Just as pink is a trademark, registered to Owens-Corning Fiberglass, yellow is registered to Eastman Kodak.

Mess with Kodak at your own risk.

about 7 months ago
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AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

mbstone Again, Slashdot Buthcers The Facts (1034 comments)

This is the second legal story this week -- actually it's the second Google Glass legal story this week -- in which Slashdot has got many of the key facts embarrassingly wrong.

Does Slashdot want to be taken seriously, or respected, as a media outlet? Then do fact checking.

In the context of a legal story this means having the story reviewed by someone with formal legal training.

about 9 months ago
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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

mbstone Re:Ghostbusters FTW (692 comments)

Sure. Do you believe in property, propriety, plurality, surety, security, and not hurt the state? Say "What"

about 9 months ago
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Supreme Court To Hear Aereo Case

mbstone Re:The 2nd Circuit's ruling (211 comments)

Why is WNET/Thirteen a plaintiff?

Aren't they supposed to be a "public" television station? Funded by "viewers like you"?

about 9 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

mbstone Ford Refreshment Center (937 comments)

I'll buy a self-driving car when it comes with a full bar, and an in-dash ice machine.

about 10 months ago
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BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo

mbstone Re:Obviousness (226 comments)

1. Patent all the possible angles of key tilt and pitch on QWERTY keyboards.

2. Demand $3000 from each owner of a QWERTY keyboard, just less than the cost of a bare-bones legal defense.

3. Profit!!

about 10 months ago
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BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo

mbstone Obviousness (226 comments)

They shamelessly copied the look of the BlackBerry keyboard. So what. The design of a QWERTY keyboard isn't an original work of authorship, nor is it nonobvious, nor are QWERTY keyboards associated with BB in the minds of members of the public.. No copyright, no patent, no trademark.

Case dismissed.

BB should buy the thing if it has any money left.

about 10 months ago
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Oil Train Explosion Triggers Evacuation In North Dakota

mbstone Re:Thanks Obama... (199 comments)

I'm waiting for Google to buy the railroads and integrate them with personal rapid transit.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

mbstone More TV Commercials (829 comments)

To get users to upgrade their systems to Windows 8, MS should run lots and lots of TV commercials featuring the beautiful, awesome Windows 8 splash screen.

As soon as people realize how breathtakingly beautiful the splash screen is, they'll run out to Best Buy or wherever and buy a Surface.

If that doesn't work, buy more TV commercials with tighter close-ups on the beautiful, beautiful, utterly awesome Windows 8 splash screen.

about 10 months ago
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Obamacare and Middle-Wheel-Wheelbarrows

mbstone Not "wheelbarrows." (199 comments)

There are already lots of US laws and regulations that mandate how IT is supposed to be procured and implemented by the US Government (see, e.g., the Clinger-Cohen Act.)

Each of these mandates came about because Congress became tired of funding IT projects where the money just vanished and no IT system was stood-up.

The botched implementation of the ACA website raises questions not of "wheelbarrows," but how and why EOP/DHHS managed to bypass or ignore existing mandates.

about 10 months ago
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Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

mbstone Re:How is it their fault? (653 comments)

They practically roll up the sidewalks in SF at 9PM. If you want late night food, you have to go to some place in the Castro, a club that serves food (assuming they let you in), a bar (kitchen usually closes at 10), or go to the waffle house, Denny's, Mel's, or one of a couple (mostly take-out) pizza places.

If you are doing dinner and a movie, you pretty much have to do the dinner first, or nothing will be open after the movie lets out.

Bring your company and your employees to Las Vegas. Housing is cheap, traffic is light, there's no state income tax, and you'll never want for food, drink, or nightlife no matter what time it is.

about 10 months ago
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DoD Public Domain Archive To Be Privatized, Locked Up For 10 Years

mbstone Could be a good thing (183 comments)

Depends on how well T3 does the cataloging and website, and how much they charge for copies.

If it turns out the works are more easily accessible and searchable than at present, and the charges are reasonable (think ), then it's a good thing.

If the catalog website is poorly designed (see the existing DoD website), or if T3 decides to charge, well, DoD prices for things, then not so good.

about 10 months ago
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Big Buck Bunny In 4K, 60 Fps and 3D-stereo

mbstone Best use of resources? (102 comments)

They could have spent the same amount of effort improving the Blender user interface, i.e. making it usable.

about 10 months ago

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Software Developer Beats Rap For Driving While Wearing Google Glass

mbstone mbstone writes  |  about 9 months ago

mbstone (457308) writes "California motorist and software developer Cecilia Abadie was found not guilty by a San Diego Superior Court commissioner Thursday (16) of charges of both speeding, and of driving with a video monitor visible. The California Highway Patrol had cited her based on her wearing Google Glass when pulled over; however, the commissioner ruled that the prosecution could not prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the device was activated."
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No Longer "Noble," Argon Compound Found In Space

mbstone mbstone writes  |  about 10 months ago

mbstone (457308) writes "Scientists at the University College of London — where argon was originally discovered in 1894 — have now found spectroscopic signatures of molecules of argon hydride (ArH), said to be produced via explosive nucleosynthesis in a core-collapse supernova in the Crab Nebula. The post-supernova molecular dust was observed by the Herschel Space Observatory shortly before it ran out of coolant in April.."
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Chameleons Change Color To Win Territory, Females

mbstone mbstone writes  |  about 10 months ago

mbstone (457308) writes "Color change in chameleons isn't just for blending in, as is commonly assumed. According to scientists at Arizona State University, male chameleons' success in competing with one another depends on who has the brighter stripes and who can change color the fastest. In the study, the males were placed facing one another and watched with hidden cameras. Whether a given pair fought, or stayed away from one another, correlated with differences in color brightness between the two. (Images)"
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"Dark Lightning" Could Expose Airline Passengers To Radiation

mbstone mbstone writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mbstone (457308) writes "Lightning researcher Joseph Dwyer of the Florida Institute of Technology claims that thunderstorms unleash sprays of X-rays and even intense bursts of gamma rays which could cause airline passengers to receive in an instant the maximum safe lifetime dose of ionizing radiation — the kind that wreaks the most havoc on the human body. Dwyer hopes rove hopes his sensor aboard the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, will provide more data."
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Gates Fondation Offers Up To $1M For "Reinvented" Condoms

mbstone mbstone writes  |  about a year ago

mbstone (457308) writes "Not enough pleasure, too much hassle, says Bill G., whose charitable foundation is offering cash prizes for new and improved wearable contraceptives. The first million went to University of Washington researchers, whose drug-elucting fiber meshes cause condoms made with the material to deliver anti-HIV and contraceptive drugs. Other new designs include, I kid you not, the Receptive Anal Intercourse Condom."
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USAF Taps ESPN To Compile Drone "Highlight" Video

mbstone mbstone writes  |  about 2 years ago

mbstone (457308) writes "The Air Force has a problem: Its drones generate thousands of hours of video (I almost said "footage.") And most of it is miles of endless desert. USAF needs to distill the highlights, if you will, and nobody does it better than ESPN, the TV sports network. Air Force officials have asked ESPN for help in analyzing the 327,384 hours collected just this year.

What we really need in times like these is sportscaster Warner Wolf. 'Let's go to the videotape, pick it up right here, Taliban in the home black.'"
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Water From Water Vapor With Hydrophilic Beetle-Emulating Coatings

mbstone mbstone writes  |  about 2 years ago

mbstone (457308) writes "The Namib Desert Beetle generates water from water vapor via its shell, which has alternating hydrophilic and hydrophobic bumps which channel water droplets into its mouth. Scientists at MIT developed a self-filling water bottle using this technology, and have announced a contest for the best design of a countertop water-from-air generator."
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Huffers Gonna Huff: This time it's Blow-It-Out®

mbstone mbstone writes  |  about 2 years ago

mbstone (457308) writes "3 Chicagoland teens were accused of huffing and driving after inhaling an aerosol product, familiar to every techie who cleans keyboards and other electronic assemblies, and causing at least two fatal auto accidents. Signs your kid might be huffing include 'sudden weight loss, changes in mood, changes in friendships, acting confused and rebellious.'"
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Anonymous Cowards, Deanonymized

mbstone mbstone writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mbstone (457308) writes "Arvind Narayanan writes: What if authors can be identified based on nothing but a comparison of the content they publish to other web content they have previously authored? Naryanan has a new paper to be presented at the 33rd IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy. Just as individual telegraphers could be identified by other telegraphers from their "fists," Naryanan posits that an author's habitual choices of words, such as, for example, the frequency with which the author uses "since" as opposed to "because," can be processed through an algorithm to identify the author's writing. Fortunately, and for now, manually altering one's writing style is effective as a countermeasure."
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Mechanical "Flip-Letter" Display Emulated In Flash

mbstone mbstone writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mbstone (457308) writes "You know those big, electromechanical displays that used to grace railroad stations and airports, the ones with the letters that would flip around and around until the correct message appeared? Sadly, none remain in service, but Cary Dunn has done it in ActionScript — how cool is that? — and I bet his emulation makes its way into real airports real soon now."
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Test Missile Hits Vladivostok; Chief Designer Out

mbstone mbstone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mbstone writes "Remember the Soviet Union's mysterious, anonymous "Chief Designer" whose Sputnik I frightened the U.S. into a crash competition for space supremacy? (You probably don't, but maybe you remember the reference from the Tom Wolfe book, and movie, The Right Stuff.) Yury Solomonov, the present-day Russki missile honcho, quit (or was fired) after a test of the new Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile went awry and landed in a residential area of Vladivostok."
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Son of FISMA

mbstone mbstone writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mbstone writes "FISMA, the Federal Information Systems Management Act, also known as the full employment act for federal government cyber security consultants, is going to be updated in a newly introduced bill, S. 3474, the FISMA Act of 2008. Seems Congress finally figured out that federal agencies were spewing out tons of paperwork but not doing all that much to actually secure their systems. Fear not, when Congress gets done there will still be plenty of work for you once SAIC/Booz Allen/Northrop Grumman et al. and their 8(a) small-disadvantaged-minority subcontractors take their respective cuts. Congress is also working on another bill, S. 3460, the State Cyber Security Protection Act so you Sacto and Albany types can get in on the fun."
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Ed Foster, InfoWorld Consumer Columnist, Dies

mbstone mbstone writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mbstone writes "Ed Foster, for 17 years the technology consumer columnist at InfoWorld, died Saturday (26) at age 59 of a sudden heart attack. Ed's was a lonely voice in the media exposing corporate excesses such as monopolistic vendor practices, one-sided EULAs, extended warranties, sole-sourced printer cartridges, and bad special-interest legislation such as UCITA and CAN-SPAM ("It means you can spam," said Ed.). We'll miss him."
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Follow Your Job To India: Microsoft

mbstone mbstone writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mbstone writes "We received the following self-explanatory job posting: Hello, We have an Urgent requirement with our Client — Microsoft India, looking for candidates interested to relocate and work in India on a permanent basis. Relocation expenses will be provided by the Client. Please provide us the full time Salary desired and interested candidates can send the updated copy of the resume. Description: Microsoft India has got every position for a consultant who has got very good hands on C,C++,C# Programming. The technologies in which Microsoft India is operating are: Ad Center-CSO; Data Protection; RFID/ Adapters; Architect — SQL Compact Data; VSTT — Integrated and comprehensive end-to-end testing tools; Mobile Developer — Visual Studio for Devices; Jscript; Enterprise Networking; Virtualization Client; Service Packs; Applets & Gadgets; Office Mobile; CRM; Duet; Live Meeting Applications; Games; Core Server — Terminal services. The suitable candidates should be willing to relocate to India, should be from US or any other place except India. If you want to know more about this position you can attend the Microsoft's Event at Boston."
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Man With Missing Brain Employed As Bureaucrat

mbstone mbstone writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mbstone writes "In a medical story to be published in next week's Lancet, doctors say a 44 year-old French civil servant leads a normal life despite CT and MRI scans that show that his brain is 'virtually absent.' The civil servant is said to have an IQ of 75 despite his brain's grey and white matter being 'completely crushed against the sides of his skull.'"

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