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Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

notnAP how is this a facebook issue? (550 comments)

"Facebook's privacy settings, such as they are, don't hold up in the face of prospective employers who demand to see applicants' profiles."
"My home computer's security settings, protecting the personal diary I keep, don't hold up in the face of prospective employers who demand to see my private writings."
"My front door's lock, behind which I keep lots of private stuff, doesn't hold up in the face of prospective employers who demand that I give them access to my home, follow me around for a while while I lounge and generally do private stuff."
"My pants zipper doesn't hold up in the face of prospective employers who demand that I give them drop trou and display my junk because the guy who wants to hire me is afraid if I sleep with his secretary, she may see that someone else's penis is bigger than his."

Where is the security problem and failure here, really? Is facebook to blame when you give someone else your password?

more than 2 years ago

How many robocalls do you get each month?

notnAP Some are actually welcome (228 comments)

CVS uses a robo call to alert customers when a prescription is ready, if they don't go and pick it up within a few days of when they asked for it to be ready. I find this service to be helpful, and don't have a problem with an automated call handling it. I actually prefer it... it feels less judgmental than the local pharma-assistant calling, complaining that they have too many filled scripts on their shelves.

In another matter... should I include the calls from my alma mater's (UMass Lowell) alumni association? They employ students (not necessarily UML students) to call over and over and over and over and over and over and over.* I suspect these kids are mere robots, if not in actual flesh vs. inanimate material, then at least in terms of autonomic function.

Any ideas on how to stop this would be welcome, especially if from another UML alum. Yeah, I've tried all the usual means, just shy of tactical thermonuclear weapons.

more than 3 years ago

2011 Geek IQ Test

notnAP meta test? (161 comments)

I tired of flipping through the questions and keeping track on my own of my score, while laughing at the auto-text that said I picked this or that when clearly I could not pick a damn thing without a frakkin radio button to poke, so I wrote a script to take the test for me, consulting wikipedia and (proud of this one!) the RFC library for answers. Eventually, I edited the script to filter out all future references to infoworld from my slashdot feed, and to extend a robot arm and hand from my monitor and slap me in the face if ever I decide to similarly waste my time again.
Does that mean I pass?

more than 3 years ago

Setting the various household clocks ...

notnAP I live in New England... (344 comments)

... and am still waiting to get my power back, you insensitive clod!

more than 3 years ago

Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

notnAP Re:He's living a fantasy (2247 comments)

Then why waste time on these small programs and go after the military?

more than 3 years ago

Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

notnAP Re:Excellent article on what's wrong (944 comments)

In the US, we have a perfectly functional system for overthrowing the government on a periodic basis: voting.

One could easily make the case that voting is no longer nearly as functional (read: effective) as it once was nor should be.

more than 3 years ago

Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?

notnAP Re:Hurray for cowboyneal! (515 comments)

Indeed! Great to see the return of the CN option. I very nearly voted it. But then the understanding of the actual choice's words overrode the joy of the presence of the words Cowboy Neal within them, and I shivered and backed slowly away from the mouse. Even Zombies take a pass on Cowboy Neal Brain.

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

notnAP He is above the system... beyond it... (659 comments)

Why should he fit into the system? Or more importantly, why should the system be made to be a fit for him?

more than 3 years ago

$300M To Save 6 Milliseconds

notnAP Re:New performance metric. (524 comments)

Who'd have thought there'd be that much interest in buying shrubbery?


more than 3 years ago

Measles Resurgent Due To Fear of Vaccination

notnAP Re:It's a shame... (668 comments)

Give it time.... Natural Selection is a slow process.
Think of human population as a bubble waiting to burst, artificially out of balance.
It's an interesting question, though, whether or not our increased rate of knowledge will always stay ahead of "our enemies'" learning curve. If natural selection can't adjust to our ever-increasing ability to cheat it, then we are indeed Gods.
My gut says otherwise.

more than 3 years ago

When Did Irene Stop Being a Hurricane?

notnAP Re:Storm A Pretext for Testing Mass Evacuations? (426 comments)

source, please?
Saying things like "reportedly, some local authorities, for people who refused to leave, were demanding them to provide their names and social security numbers" in a story which lambasts the government for making people afraid without a justifiable reason just pegged my irony-o-meter.

more than 2 years ago

When tourist space flight begins, I'll try it...

notnAP ok, start the missing option gripes... (237 comments)

- I'm voting from space now, you insensitive clod!
- I'll wait, but I'll send my wife up as soon as possible.
- There's a universe in all of us...
- "when" tourise space flight begins? It's already started!
- can we send Cowboy Neal up first?

more than 3 years ago

Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever

notnAP "skip this one"? (462 comments)

and what... wait for the next one to come out?

more than 3 years ago

Senior Citizens Lining Up to Tackle Fukushima

notnAP Re:Let me guess, you're an atheist? (242 comments)

They are not offering the ultimate sacrifice at all. In fact, they are making the choice to help based partially on the understanding that they will suffer no ill effects at all from the radiation they will experience.

That said, I applaud them. Loudly. Theirs is an example we should all hold high. sjames replied to my comment as well, saying "I suppose the bravery is in willingly betting your life that you are right and the gibbering morons in the media are all wrong." I think that sums it up better than I could have. That's the example we should commend them for, not the heroism of risking their lives to cancer when it is mathematically near to impossible for them to get it.

more than 3 years ago

Senior Citizens Lining Up to Tackle Fukushima

notnAP What you don't understand seems like magic (242 comments)

Stories of the "heroism" of the workers at the plant have confounded Americans, it seems.
While I am sure there is plenty of actual heroism going on, I start to think part of it is just a matter of being level-headed about it.

It reminds me of the idea that to the uneducated, science seems like magic. Similarly, it seems that belief in science to the uneducated seems heroic.
These citizens should be applauded, not for their heroism - for in reality they are risking nothing - but for their willingness to conclude that they are risking nothing, and therefore can save others and improve their world with knowledge and intelligence instead of give in to fear and commercially driven FUD at the detriment of society.

News Flash from Japan: Brave, Brave souls make smart decisions based on facts instead of media FUD! Pictures (You Gotta see these pictures!) at 11!

more than 3 years ago

Ugly Truth of Space Junk

notnAP Re:Self Correcting Problem (185 comments)

Although for some orbits not even that. In geostationary orbit I don't think the satellite will reenter earth's atmosphere before the sun goes red giant.

... and the answer reveals itself...

more than 3 years ago

Evolution Battle Brews In Texas

notnAP Re:sad isn't it ? (916 comments)

    The majority of citizens have taken the word of their respective cults as reality, and fail to recognize anything factual. Factual evidence is passed off as garbage, and ancient fairy tales are the truth. Worse, they don't even cite their own fairy tales properly, and continue to spew more recent urban legends that have been adopted by the cult majority as fact.

I learned one thing in my divorce - it's pointless to have a debate with someone who chooses their own reality. Your point is at the heart of the matter, and is valid in so many areas these days, including political, religious, cultural...
I refuse to respect anyone who cannot say "I may be wrong." Or someone who chooses facts based on what they want to believe, regardless of how silly these facts are (I'm looking at you, birthers.) Or someone who cannot back up their assumptions with reason. Or cannot even recognize that their starting points are assumptions in the first place.

more than 3 years ago

Bill Gates Says Anti-Vaccine Effort Kills Children

notnAP Re:Wow (832 comments)

I would not use the actions and decisions brought on by the actions and negotiations of lawyers as logical proof of anything in the "real world." The fund means only that our legal system makes it a logical thing to do within the legal system.

But your point of risk taking is spot on. The choice is there, and either decision has risks. If you don't want to take any risk of dying tomorrow, your only choice if to kill yourself today.

more than 3 years ago



The Slashdot^H^H^H^H^H Webkinz effect?

notnAP notnAP writes  |  more than 7 years ago

notnAP writes "As any other parent knows, Webkinz are to kids what Facebook, Myspace, et. al., have been to adults.

Just a thought this Christmas Eve, as another 6 WebKinz dolls sit under the tree, awaiting tomorrow morning and my kids' awakening... What color smoke will Ganz' web servers give off as they melt under the strain of millions of new dolls joining the Webkinz World tomorrow?"

Annoying background noise on Fox Sports Broadcasts

notnAP notnAP writes  |  more than 7 years ago

notnAP (846325) writes "Question... I first noticed a very annoying, oscillating square wave like noise in the background during the World Series Broadcasts. I live near Boston, and watched the games at home on a non-HD TV, fed via Comcast Digital Cable. I figured it was just a local problem — perhaps specific to my connection (my building's cable wiring is mid 80's, practically unshielded, and has caused reception problems). Or perhaps, my local Fox Affiliate, or it's feed to Comcast. Whatever — I just grinned and allowed the glory of the Red Sox to overshadow the annoying background noise.

Now, I'm hearing the same noise during a regular Fox NFL Broadcast — Giants vs. Cowboys. I'm starting to think there's something else at play here. A quick search on line has found others complaining about the "whine." No, nothing necessarily sinister (though I do welcome my new mind-control, broadcast overlords).

But as a former semi-pro audio engineer, I have to say there is no way this is could be making it past anyone with an ear — this must be intentional.

Anyone here on Slashdot hav an idea what its purpose is? Should I be fashioning the tin foil hat?

And please, if you haven't heard it, refrain from snideness. I've talked with a few, and while I can't discern a pattern, it's obvious some hear it and others do not."


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