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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

paiute Same as a cheating husband (223 comments)

Advice columnists will always tell the writer who wants to know if she should encourage her boyfriend to leave his wife: if he will cheat on her, what makes you think he won't cheat on you? He's already proven to be a cheater.

I would not want to hire someone willing to sell out the IP of their last employer. How can I trust this person with my IP?

3 days ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

paiute Re:Hoax (972 comments)

I know. The first time I went to school I could only afford to go to a small tech school in Cambridge. I hope to move up in the future.

about a week ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

paiute Re:Pointless arguments year after year (276 comments)

I understand perfectly well what the guidelines are for the awards. Unless you are sitting in with the committee as they make their selections, then their motivations are unknown to you.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

paiute Re:Hoax (972 comments)

>undereducated followers

Wait. I have to go out and get another goddamn PhD before I can follow Randi?

about a week ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

paiute Pointless arguments year after year (276 comments)

The Nobel Prize is an arbitrary award given by a committee with motivations unknown to the public. It is taken way too seriously by everyone.

about two weeks ago
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Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To Trio For Microscope Advancement

paiute Fuck you, chemists! (29 comments)

Another Chemistry Nobel award goes to physics researchers. May the besotted and cigarette-smoke wreathed shade of RB Woodward haunt the Committee.

about two weeks ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

paiute Get in line (276 comments)

When Columbus pulled into harbor that day in 1492, he had to wait for a berth as the docks were crowded with Vikings, Chinese, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Micronesians, and extraterrestrials.

about two weeks ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

paiute Re:Not where *I* work. (342 comments)

Good for you. You recognized a potential dysfunction and prevented it from becoming a problem. But look at the larger picture from a female perspective. You hired a male who was going to mistreat your female peers in a negative way. 1. What percentage of the pool of potential male employees fits that profile? 2. What percentage of potential female employees are liable to come in and disrupt your company by mistreating their male peers?

about two weeks ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

paiute Re:Nibbling at the problem (308 comments)

Where did I specify that they were not related?

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

paiute Common law is what we are bound for (907 comments)

We are heading toward that good old English system of tipstaffs and sponging houses.

about three weeks ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

paiute Nibbling at the problem (308 comments)

The major problems are going to be:
1. Too many people
2. Not enough fresh water
3. Not enough food

3 is a distant third.

about three weeks ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

paiute Re:So.... (67 comments)

How are things on Margo?

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

paiute Re:good plan (200 comments)

Government has no authority to prevent private individuals or business owners from coming to mutual agreements of any kind, including this.

Mr. Rockefeller, there is a Ted Roosevelt on line one.

about a month and a half ago
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Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

paiute Re:The end of TWO bubbles (97 comments)

the news media is ecstatic about this IPO despite widespread reporting on both bubbles having burst already.

How much money is going under the lunch table to reporters to generate this excitement?

about a month and a half ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

paiute Run, Ballmer, run (169 comments)

Ballmer always struck me as a Gump-like character who accumulated wealth and thus influence through no talent of his own. He stumbled into Microsoft with no more to offer the world than a guy off the street who pulls a slot machine arm and wins a billion dollar jackpot. At least Forrest was likable.

about a month and a half ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

paiute Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

The "walked it" down one of the roads from the stone quarries.

Did "Higher and Higher" work on solid stone as well as it did with hollow copper?

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

paiute Debbil in de details (421 comments)

If you read the details of the story, it becomes quite a bit less sensational.

about 2 months ago
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Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

paiute With pinky to my lips (113 comments)

"The world will pay me one gazillion dollars or I will unleash a rapid unscheduled disassembly upon the moon!!!!"

about 2 months ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

paiute Not my experience (441 comments)

"The vast, vast majority of tech engineers that I talked to who are from the United States are very supportive of bringing in people from other countries because they want to work with the very best." Replace tech engineers with chemists or biochemists and that is absolutely not true.

about 2 months 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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