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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

nospam007 Re:Read that statement as follows: (343 comments)

"Well for one, Google and even more with Facebook do not create or generate much of anything. It is all code."

But it lasts forever. My wife's hairdresser does not create or generate much of anything either, but the wife pays him anyway twice a month to do his job, which also cannot be done over the internet.

5 hours ago

Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

nospam007 Re: Not exactly endearing you to the public (343 comments)

"no, its the fact that they work for 1/10th the salary"

That's just because there are ten times as many Chinese+Indians than Americans.

Therefore there are also ten times as many 'good ones' over there.

5 hours ago

33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

nospam007 Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (356 comments)

"If he deliberately recorded and actually sold physical or digital copies, I have no sympathy for him. Why would I?"

33 months prison for 'violating' an imaginary right invented by a foreign industry to increase their profits?

What would you say if you got that much prison for drinking out of a puddle after a rain instead of the tap you pay for, just because the water company invented an unlicensed water drinking offense?

6 hours ago

UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

nospam007 Re:Benjamin Franklin said once (350 comments)

"Excellent rant! Personally I don't care to have those sort of images in my head, kinda like - once you've seen one uncensored holocaust documentary you've seen them all."

Sure, but the same thing could be said for an Uwe Boll movie and nonetheless they have an audience.

7 hours ago

Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

nospam007 Re:good ideas (61 comments)

"The design devotes a whole room to 3D printing, but I agree underground would be better than depleted uranium. Thick layer of martian ground is much easier to get than 2cm thick walls of DU."

No to mention that it's a toxic metal that weights 19.1 g/cm3 , 68.4% denser than lead, to transport that to another planet with rockets is going to be expensive if not impossible.

A single sheet of that 2cm thick shield, 1 meter by 1 meter would weigh 382kg, one third of a ton.

Also it still has 60% of the radioactivity of normal uranium, so you'd need lead to shield the uranium as well to avoid golf war syndrome on the astronauts.

2 days ago

Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

nospam007 Strange (116 comments)

Where could that come from? I would understand it if the rockets or shuttles docking up there would start near the ocean, let's say Florida, but hey, I'm no marine biologist, that's a job for George Costanza.

2 days ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

nospam007 Re:god dammit. (503 comments)

"~3 birds each day seems like a lot of KFC for a power plant...."

Indeed, it's about what my cat does damage in 4-5 hours.

2 days ago

Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

nospam007 Re:Funny thing about email (231 comments)

"I'm not sure in what parallel universe you live, but in my part of europe there sure is overtime, and we are surely not getting paid for it. It's even explicit in the contracts that we do not get paid for overtime."

That clause means there is no overtime, go home instead of trying to make the manager have a good opinion about you.
There is no other possible interpretation, since all those have been declared illegal by the European Court.

Unpaid labor is called 'slavery'.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

nospam007 Re:We do not do that here? (381 comments)

"Many slashdotters do pay to be on a web site that is mostly free of trolls."

But not free of MyCleanPC 'ads'.

4 days ago

Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

nospam007 Re:Funny thing about email (231 comments)

"You don't have to check it while you are on vacation. You can actually ignore it."

You don't _have_ to, but you can.

This is Europe.
There _is_ no unpaid overtime!
If people check their mail during vacation, they are working, and they have to be paid and their vacation is still due an they can sue the company when they leave (or not) to get payment for the missed holidays or weekends.
Same thing if you get sick or injured during a holiday, the days don't count as holiday but as sick days, even if you stay there at the beach bar with a cast for 4 or 5 weeks. (although you can't drink alcohol, since this can hinder a speedy recovery)
The vacation days are still due.

Also, people with a security/dangerous job have to be alert and cannot have worked _anything_ 8 hours before the shift, if case of an accident or other misfortune, the company would be liable.

"So why delete what could be important communication? Just deal with it when you are back in the office."

If it's really important, the vacation guy is replaced during his absence and the replacement handles the email.
If that's not the case, it's not an important job, even if the tenant thinks it is.

4 days ago

Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

nospam007 I'll check that immediately (231 comments)

Dear Daimler-Benz

I know it's after hours, but I would like to order 500 cars of the Model S as quickly as possible, color unimportant.
I'll pay double for speedy delivery.

4 days ago

Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

nospam007 Almost there (180 comments)

Now all we need is some invasive species of chips.

4 days ago

Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

nospam007 Re:Niggers. (358 comments)

"Wasn't there enough information posted and published everywhere in the mass media in Liberia to inform even the dumbest people not to do that at all? I mean, after 1000 people die in a quite horrid way, a bunch of RFSP (Really F****** Stupid People) storms an Ebola Quarantine Center, lets the infected patients flee, steals the medical supplies and probably believes they just fulfilled the will of their ancestors."

Think of it as evolution in action.

People who don't believe in Ebola are removed from the gene pool.

4 days ago

Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

nospam007 Why the fuss? (134 comments)

Just add '' to your adblocker and never see it again.

I don't care who does it for what reason, if it's the owner, his son or his dog, I just block it as soon as I see it.

5 days ago

Gmail Now Rejects Emails With Misleading Combinations of Unicode Characters

nospam007 Finally! (79 comments)

Damn, now i see it's just domains, i tought they killed all my german and french spammers.

about two weeks ago

Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

nospam007 Re:but... my face is smaller than 25 cm? (140 comments)

"doesn't that mean my entire face would be 1 pixel large?"

Americans have much larger faces, even their centimeters are 2,54 larger.

about two weeks ago

Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

nospam007 Re:Question (219 comments)

'Australia banned guns: Sure, there are no school massacres but the murder rate hasn't decreased.'

You're reading the wrong newspaper, the Washington Post says otherwise.

"So what have the Australian laws actually done for homicide and suicide rates? Howard cites a study (pdf) by Andrew Leigh of Australian National University and Christine Neill of Wilfrid Laurier University finding that the firearm homicide rate fell by 59 percent, and the firearm suicide rate fell by 65 percent, in the decade after the law was introduced, without a parallel increase in non-firearm homicides and suicides. That provides strong circumstantial evidence for the law's effectiveness."

about two weeks ago

Wyoming's Natural Trap Cave Yields Huge Trove of Animal Remains

nospam007 It was a long time ago (31 comments)

Apparently birds still fell to their deaths at that time.

about two weeks ago

Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

nospam007 Re:Bubbles (130 comments)

"Is anyone else afraid that Facebook and Google are unintentionally driving us all towards ignorance?"

If Google+ actually is doing that, it has to do it quickly, before it gets cancelled.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

nospam007 Hard to travel to. (131 comments)

If I were you, I'd go quickly.

Most of them are back in the nineties.

about two weeks ago



Sex tax machine

nospam007 nospam007 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nospam007 (722110) writes "You may complain about the machines that tax your parking, but recently, a computerized machine that's not yet arrived in the United States, is now deployed in the German city of Bonn.
'Prostitution is a legal and taxable trade in Germany, but enforcing taxes among sex workers on the street can be problematic. The city of Bonn has come up with a new solution, though. Prostitutes must now pay a nightly tax to automated ticket machines.'"

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Copyrighted tattoo next?

nospam007 nospam007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nospam007 (722110) writes "Hide your ink. Apparently you have to be careful what you decide to have permanently etched on your body.
In “The Hangover Part II,” the sequel to the very successful what-happened-last-night comedy, the character played by Ed Helms wakes up with a permanent tattoo bracketing his left eye. The Maori-inspired design is instantly recognizable as the one sported by the boxer Mike Tyson, which is part of the joke. But S. Victor Whitmill, a tattoo artist formerly of Las Vegas and currently from rural Missouri, doesn’t quite see the humor. Mr. Whitmill designed the tattoo for Mr. Tyson, called it “tribal tattoo,” and claims it as a copyrighted work."

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Houses pixelated in Streetview egged in Germany

nospam007 nospam007 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nospam007 (722110) writes "In a street in suburb Bergerhausen/Essen, Germany, several houses in the same street, all of which were pixelated on Google Streetview, on request of the inhabitants, were egged by Google fanboys.
They left flyers on the mailboxes saying: 'Google's cool'
Police said egging was no property damage."

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In-flight surveillance could foil terrorists

nospam007 nospam007 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nospam007 (722110) writes "CCTV cameras are bringing more and more public places under surveillance — and passenger aircraft could be next. In-flight surveillance could foil terrorists in the sky A prototype European system uses multiple cameras and "Big Brother" software to try and automatically detect terrorists or other dangers caused by passengers. The European Union's Security of Aircraft in the Future European Environment (SAFEE) project uses a camera in every passenger's seat, with six wide-angle cameras to survey the aisles. Software then analyses the footage to detect developing terrorist activity or "air-rage" incidents, by tracking passengers' facial expressions. The system performed well in tests this January that simulated terrorist and unruly passenger behaviour scenarios in a fake Airbus A380 fuselage, say the researchers that built it. Systems to analyse CCTV footage — for example, to detect violence (with video) or alert CCTV operators to unusual events — have been designed before. But the SAFEE software must cope with the particularly challenging environment of a full aircraft cabin...."


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