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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

pr0fessor Re:Cue blaming the contractor ... (142 comments)

poorly defined (and constantly changing) specs

Been there, done that, probably doing it again next week.

I love it when some random project manager leaps into a commercial product only to find the requirements they shopped for when purchasing aren't the same as the business requirements. It usually has some hard to find out of the ordinary feature that was specifically requested and then is missing a couple common critical features that were not mentioned by the requester.

5 days ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

pr0fessor Re:Orange? (225 comments)

doh! I've not seen it but i watched Josie and the Pussy Cats with my niece last night... if you haven't seen it it is a comedy about subliminal messages in pop music every time a new song comes on what's cool changes orange is the new black or blue is the new orange and all the kids run to the mall to buy all new clothes that color.

5 days ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

pr0fessor Re:Orange? (225 comments)

uhm? Was that a reference to Josie and the Pussy Cats?

5 days ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

pr0fessor Re:Incomplete data (174 comments)

Statistics is an Applied Arts degree.. {The art of making numbers support your argument when they don't}

Anyway tfa doesn't have enough information on how they classifying STEM and non-STEM businesses and positions to draw those conclusions.

The largest numbers are managers at non-STEM businesses (22.5%), or having careers in education (17.7%)

This does not explain how businesses are categorized or if education encompasses all education or excludes the obvious teaching STEM courses.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

pr0fessor Re:Pft (960 comments)

"I have yet to talk to a man who has had to call a police officer due to a stalker, only to be told nothing can be done until they are physically assaulted."

Twice I've had that conversation and couple more times I didn't because I already knew what they would say. I know plenty of guys that have been stalked by ex-girlfriends or woman they have worked with, it's not at all unusual. They call the guy over and over, inappropriately show up where he is, try to come between him and any other woman he has a relationship with, sometimes threaten or start fights with his girlfriend or wife. I don't work in a high profile job, and I've had stalkers, one even convinced me to move 500 miles away.

This may happen more frequently to women but don't be deluded into thinking it doesn't happen to men either. It shouldn't happen to begin with.

about a week ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

pr0fessor Re:Privacy is dead (175 comments)

I don't have a smart phone... when it comes to choosing a new cell phone I want good battery life and the ability to make and receive calls. My current phone takes very little time to charge and will last up to 72 hours depending how much it's used. {not usually 72 hours because I rarely go that long with out a phone call}

I was recently shopping for a car and the salesman was telling me about how you can connect your smart phone with bluetooth and all the amazing features. Finally he notices that I was just not interested and asks me what I would like in a vehicle. What was I looking for? transportation, decent fuel economy, warranty, gap, a care plan, enough room for the family.

Trimmings are nice, but when they start to take away from the intended purpose, it's a problem.

about a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

pr0fessor Re:First world problems.... (353 comments)

2 simultaneous streams for $7.99 a month or 4 streams for $11.99 {I just checked my account I have 2 for $7.99}

about a week ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

pr0fessor Re:costly concentration (110 comments)

I was looking a cds the other day and found that printed cardboard sleeves were a few cents more expensive than the cheap slim line plastic cases with a paper insert. I wasn't expecting that so who knows it might be cheaper.

about a week ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

pr0fessor Re:But (110 comments)

I was imagining a great big terrarium.

about a week ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

pr0fessor Re:Mission creep. (285 comments)

When I was in school I was always excited to go to my science class because we did experiments.... unfortunately my kids never got to experience that due to, possible danger, funding, and insurance considerations all they did was read about it. {but they still have football}

I would rather they bring back science to science classes...

about a week ago
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The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

pr0fessor Re:But Does It Scale (63 comments)

No, the point was if they knew what the conditions were like they may be able to predict short term changes based on being able to reproduce the same results multiple times in a identical ecosystem. Not that kangaroos and elephants would evolve in a place different from their natural habitat...

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

pr0fessor Re:Connect with a VPN (390 comments)

If you read the Verizon page they are proposing a solution... Netflix should connect directly to Verizon and pay them.

This should be an argument between level 3 and verizon we wouldn't be hearing about this at all if that bandwidth was evenly split up between 100+ services.

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

pr0fessor Re:Say what? (280 comments)

Really? The way I read it is there is a group of free websites that don't require any personal information so don't volunteer any, keep an extra spam catching email account to sign up with, and don't sweat the small stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

pr0fessor Re:Sounds like a bad idea ... (265 comments)

I automate low risk maintenance, it doesn't alleviate the responsibility for prior testing, a roll back plan, or monitoring the results, but it does save time. If you refuse to automate any of your work you would never make a deadline and wouldn't last very long where I work.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

pr0fessor Re:I've toyed with this concept.. (265 comments)

I always test in advance, have a roll back plan, only automate low risk maintenance, test the results remotely, and have a warm body on back up should the need arise. Saves a little sleep since I don't babysit the entire process just the result. I don't have physical access to most of the equipment since it's scattered across multiple data centers so I do most of my work remotely anyway.

about three weeks ago
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The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

pr0fessor Re:On his Birthday, even... (78 comments)

"A century from now it will no more occur to a normal person to mate with a person eugenically unfit than to marry a habitual criminal."

This makes me giggle.. he was not aware of the bad boy effect..

I found it disturbing that as an intelligent college student working a full time job and having all my stuff together, the women often times passed me over for guys with drinking/drug problems that were drop outs, had criminal records, and were unable to hold any employment. Were these guys physically more attractive? Not really, I won that genetic lottery as well, they were attracted to me but I frequently ended up in the friend zone like most nice guys.

 

about three weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

pr0fessor Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

Sure the EPA does some good work but the EPA is not making competition. Currently convenience store/filling station owners are just not loosing sleep over "Should I install a new gas pump, charging station, or some other fuel type?"

about three weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

pr0fessor Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

Sadly it's competition that drives innovation, not government mandate. I'm not really sure how a new player would compete with the established infrastructure.

about three weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

pr0fessor Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

You would be correct, throwing statistical data and a computer driven model simulations at me only raises an eyebrow. I have neither the time or desire to dive into it to verify the interpretation for myself, and it is of little consequence. Cheaper, cleaner, more efficient, renewable energy should be a goal regardless of global warming, and sooner is better than later.

about three weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

pr0fessor Re:Before we go down the misinformation rabbit hol (415 comments)

When I was sixteen a friend and I were stopped {by military police} because someone had reported gunshots in the area. We had no fire arms or drugs but the officer was certain that we did so they called the dog unit. My friend told them he was allergic to dogs and begged them to call his parents and keep the dog away from him or the car. {he was allergic to dogs and a long list of other things}

Then after ignoring him, searching with the dog, and not finding anything my friend started to have a reaction and ended up going to the hospital. The officers were dishonorably discharged and I think the one controlling the dog spent time in Leavenworth prison.

about three weeks ago

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