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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

paiute Is there an counter to this? (234 comments)

Does anyone have a script a customer can stick to when dealing with Comcast?

yesterday
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

paiute Re:American car companies... (413 comments)

Actually, You Go would be a pretty decent browser name.

3 days ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

paiute Cascade of brown noses (235 comments)

FFS, is this going to be another breathless article about how corporate email is going out to be replaced by Yammer or some other platform de jour? Because that shit is just a waste of time. When my corporation jumped on the Yammer train (no doubt after a fiery sales pitch by some consultant), I started to see - in my email inbox, ironically - the hourly Yammer feed. It was 95% comprised of threads started by upper management which had zero to do with my day's work and which accreted into long long long posts as middle and junior managers jumped in with witless 'great idea!!!!' comments. You could smell the fecal matter on their noses. The other 5% was actual information passing between business units I had no contact with or interest in. But I am sure that in the next year or so some bright MBA will be sold on the idea of abandoning email and transitioning over to whatever the kids are using that week so that instead of getting actual targeted communications in my inbox I will be deluged with useless bullshit.

4 days ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

paiute Re:How much? (161 comments)

A European woodchuck or an African woodchuck?

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

paiute Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

We already give our students Halloween off, we just call it Nevada Day, you insensitive clod!

Fucking Nevada Day Parade and we knew every year we were going to be behind Bertha and Tina. One eye on Sousa and the other on where you are stepping.

about two weeks ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

paiute Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

It sounds like the NFL is scared of TV because they're not used to it; experience from this side of the pond suggests they don't need to be (and in fact can INCREASE their overall revenue by aggressively marketing the TV rights)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...

The NFL is so afraid of TV that they are willing to let the broadcast rights go for several dollars. Wait. I forgot nine decimal places.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Olivier Bloch Explains Microsoft Open Source (Video)

paiute Re:At Least Once A Year... (101 comments)

There is no reason a separate and independent MSN should stick with windows and office product

Depends on who owns the majority of the stock in that 'independent' company, don't it?

about two weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

paiute Re:I hate that fucking show (442 comments)

Well, my group all has wives or girlfriends, some quite fetching, so I am going to guess that is one difference between us and the television show.

about two weeks ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

paiute Re:UUNET in 1987? (116 comments)

Yes - in the mid-to-late 1990s Yahoo had a list every day of the websites that had come online the day before. In the beginning the lists were short.

about two weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

paiute I hate that fucking show (442 comments)

I play hockey with a bunch of high IQ programmers and scientists. We drink beer after in the parking lot and talk about women, technology, and too much about Marvel Comic movies. Those are the intelligent people I hang around with. Sure, I also know flabby, ugly, borderline Asperger's nerds. But why are the only smart people we see in the media modeled on them?

about two weeks ago
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LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation

paiute Re:How Google Trains Their Recruiters - Old IT Guy (108 comments)

Might have been interesting to work on, but I think I did much better for myself and my career by going to Apple.

-jcr

First world problems?

about two weeks ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

paiute Re:UUNET in 1987? (116 comments)

the Internet, which probably wasn't all that exciting for the general public at that point.

Are you kidding? Don't you remember the excitement of going to Yahoo and seeing what new sites had come online the day before? The list had a dozen some days.

about two weeks ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

paiute Re:It's not a marketplace.. (258 comments)

I thought the American Dream was a house with a lawn, a wife, 2.5 kids, and a dog. When did it become hitting the lottery?

When the middle class went extinct.

about three weeks ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

paiute Re:What? (200 comments)

Aereo got hammered because they rebroadcasted content that they did not have the rights to broadcast.

They had the right to "rebroadcast" (really it was redirecting) to me because I gave them permission. Did I have the right? If I did not, the the antenna on my roof is illegal.

about three weeks ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

paiute Re:Bullshit (200 comments)

major cable and telecom companies have battled attempts to create community broadband networks, which they claim put them at a competitive disadvantage.

Complete bullshit.

No - they are right. Municipal broadband might have good customer service and actual high speed connections, which would be a serious competitive disadvantage to entities like Comcast, who do not want to have to match those.

about a month ago
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China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

paiute Try the veal (219 comments)

The problem with Chinese subatomic particles is that one half-life later you are ready for more.

about a month ago
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Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

paiute Re:eh? (64 comments)

To summarize the summary: "The most striking finding is that...it was not extraordinary."

Not to belittle the loss of those involved but it's always a bit much that 43 dead in the US = catastrophe. If this had happened in Asia or Africa it wouldn't make the news unless hundreds or thousands had been killed.

You are assuming that the Oso slide made the Asian and African news outlets.

about a month ago

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Universe now 1.4 hellameters across

paiute paiute writes  |  more than 4 years ago

paiute (550198) writes ""When Austin Sendek was growing up in Northern California, he was never allowed to use the regional slang term "hella."

Now the 20-year-old physics major at UC Davis uses "hella" often — and he's trying to get scientists from Boise to Beijing to do the same. Sendek, who was forced to use "hecka" as a child, has petitioned an international scientific body to make "hella" the name for the hitherto nameless, unimaginably huge, seldom-cited quantity of 10 to the 27th power — or 1 followed by 27 zeros."

Google, as one might anticipate, has embraced this whimsical unit and has incorporated it into the Google calculator:

"Now users can find out, with a little finagling, that our $13-trillion national debt, when expressed in hella-dollars, is a pleasingly tiny 1.3 times 10 to the minus 14th."

Slashdotters in the greater Boston area are readying their petition to the Consultative Committee on Units to make "wickedpissa" the new name for 10 to the 28th power."

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Free Netbook From Microsoft, Then Things Got Weird

paiute paiute writes  |  more than 4 years ago

paiute (550198) writes "Matt Karolian, a Marketing Communications major at Emerson College in Boston "won" a netbook in a Microsoft re-tweet competition (whatever that is). Then the prize arrived, and it was not exactly the high-quality major award he had expected from a Microsoft:

"A few months back I entered a re-tweet contest that Microsoft was holding. I know, I know, as a marketer I should cringe at the thought of a re-tweet contest but one of the prizes for this re-tweet contest was an xbox 360, so I caved and took part. Time passed and I heard nothing about anyone winning, and I eventually forgot about it...""

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