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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

mrscorpio Ugh (111 comments)

For god's sake, "penultimate" does not equate to "a way to say 'last' that makes me sound smarter". The opposite, actually.

4 days ago
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Oracle Buying Micros Systems For $5.3 Billion

mrscorpio Re:But ... why? (71 comments)

What does Oracle do that is both 1) good or great, and 2) not database? I was a part of an acquisition and worked for Oracle 4 months before jumping ship. What I saw was a wasteland of half-baked integration work on their acquisitions, and abandoned products, often multiple in the same area, and a strong streak of anti-"wasn't acquired or made here" syndrome. I've heard nothing but contempt for Oracle's consultants which is why everyone I dealt with outside my org worked with third party implementation, support, and often hosting. The pay was crap, no bonuses, no raises, no opportunity for promotion or transfer, and my department's director even rejected any training, even the Oracle University stuff. I just don't see why anyone works with or for Oracle in 2014.

about 3 months ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

mrscorpio Re: Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

The quality has gone up dramatically in the last few years.

about 6 months ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

mrscorpio Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

If you're east of the Rockies, you should check out ALDI, even cheaper than Wal-Mart and a lot of high quality items (even if the brands are different at times; often made by the same company).

about 6 months ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

mrscorpio Re: approximately the resolution of an adult eye (217 comments)

48khz (up to 24khz effective) has been around at least as long as DAT. 24-bit 96khz has been around at least as long as DVD's. Then you have the SA-CD format, which is only 1-bit depth but in the mhz range, and now 192khz audio is starting to reach consumer-level devices and even 384 in studios I believe. Working with music, I can't imagine needing something better than 24-bit, because already my limitation is with the microphone, recording equipment, and playback speakers. I haven't tried 192khz+ yet but it's hard for me to think it would be even a 1% effective improvement over 96khz.

about 6 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

mrscorpio Re:surprised!!!! (704 comments)

There's already been Stratfor traffic indicating growing international concern about the threat that Bitcoin poses to standard fiat currencies. I think you underestimate the momentum the cryptocurrency trend already has. Cryptocurrency : Filesharing :: Bitcoin : Napster, and we're in 1999 from an evolutionary perspective. And this has much much bigger potential to affect the way the world works.

about 7 months ago
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Majority of Enterprise Customers Finally 'Migrating Away From Windows XP'

mrscorpio Re:Windows 7... (246 comments)

He probably means the "classic" theme, which is really the Win2k theme.

1 year,9 days
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Sprint May Have Unlimited Data Plans, But Not Unlimited Customers

mrscorpio Re:Where they fail (207 comments)

I don't think you had to buy the phone outright. I watched this policy evolve and basically it came down to any phone activated after (IIRC) 6/29/12 must choose a different plan, no more grandfathering you in. Up until that point I had used my new every 2 discounts and kept my grandfathered unlimited data, but seeing that the end was near and being eligible for an upgrade, I took my upgrade, sat on it for a while, and activated it the week before the end date. Since this is also now one of the few phones out there with a physical keyboard (Motorola Droid 4), I have two reasons to hold on to this phone as long as possible. It's actually pretty buggy and terrible (had to RMA it immediately and am on my second one, actually), but better than the alternative for me, which is paying way more for less data with Verizon, a bit more for less data with someone else, or similar cost keeping unlimited with a terrible network in Sprint. Hopefully by the time I'm due to upgrade again (next summer), this will all be sorted out in some way (phones, plans, AND networks).

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?

mrscorpio How do you know this? (472 comments)

How do you know the people getting the jobs have no experience? I am probably not as old and not as experienced as you, but I was getting beat out for entry-level jobs by people with degrees AND experience, sometimes a ridiculous amount of experience for the position and/or pay. Fact is, there are a LOT of people looking for a job or a better job out there, and lack of a degree is an automatic disqualifier for a lot of positions right now due to the number of applicants hiring managers are seeing that have both the desired experience and degree.

about a year ago
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Last Forking Warning For Bitcoin

mrscorpio Re:Crap, the sky is falling (334 comments)

According to a Google search, which brought up wiki.answers, it was $1.29 for an ounce of silver in 1964. Not sure what the 52 week high/low was. Which makes sense, because 1964 was before we went on fiat currency (1971), so currency and spot metal prices should be very similar before then.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

mrscorpio Re:Equal rights (832 comments)

This is the same logic used by conservatives to ban gay marriage on non-religious terms - "Gays can already get married! Gay men can marry any woman they'd like, and lesbians can marry any man that they'd like!"

In other words, you are justifying a discriminatory policy based on physiological differences, when in reality, the issue here is conceptual, and at that level man and woman are equal in the eyes of a corporation as "parents" (one who is legally responsible for a child)

about a year ago
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Assange Denied Swedish Residence On Confidential Reasons

mrscorpio Re:Confidential (260 comments)

Wooo hahaha!
I respect women when i'm on a date
I take em to a park or maybe a museum
and I only try to kiss them if there ready
Woohoo! What what say what what!
Help out your Mom and Dad by gettin a job
so you can help pay for school supplies
A woohoo say oh!
Wipe you shoes on the mat when you come in the house
Someone just cleaned that floor
Woohoo! Say what what! Hahaa!

more than 3 years ago
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66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP

mrscorpio Re:My Motto (931 comments)

Wouldn't 10 be the 4th version?

more than 3 years ago
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Government Delays New Ban On Internet Gambling

mrscorpio Re:Nothing escapes the web (143 comments)

Gambling didn't burn down your house. Your step-father did. His reasons behind it, if proven, are enough to show that it was arson and not accidental, but not enough to ban gambling even if it was possible. You might say he wouldn't have burned down the house without gambling debts, but I could also say he wouldn't have burned down the house if it wasn't for the existence of the knowledge necessary for humans to create fire, or there would be no money available to entice him to burn down his house if it wasn't for the existence of insurance.

Gambling, firearms, etc., should not be criminalized simply because criminal activity can be associated with them. The burden of legislation should be reversed; in other words, is there a legal reason for something to exist? Then it should be legal. Prosecute murderers, not all firearm owners. Arsonists and fraudsters, not gamblers. Even if he was an addict and his vice was gambling, in the beginning it was his poor choices that put him in that predicament.

more than 4 years ago
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Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

mrscorpio Re:illegal? (773 comments)

There's also Tore Ass Indifference, defined as my significant other's ability to withstand intentional flatulence for the purpose of getting the couch to myself.

more than 4 years ago
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Moving Away From the IT Field?

mrscorpio Re:Govt Security, Accounting, Jobs with boots Here (783 comments)

Your example is very poor. Greenspan may have started out an Austrian Economics Rand fan, but his policies were those of a run-of-the-mill Keynesian Krugman fan.

more than 4 years ago
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Attempt To "Digitalize" Beatles Goes Sour

mrscorpio Re:Is this that important ? (434 comments)

And guess who Ozzy says Sabbath owes the greatest debt to - The Beatles!

more than 5 years ago
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Attempt To "Digitalize" Beatles Goes Sour

mrscorpio Re:Is this that important ? (434 comments)

You seem to be clouded by what has come SINCE the Beatles, because you cannot analyze the state of music at the time and come to the same conclusion that you did here. Sure, there was some interplay between them and the Beach Boys and Dylan

The simple fact of the matter is that The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix have done more for guitar-based music than anyone ever has, and probably ever will.

more than 5 years ago

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