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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

psybre Instructions (278 comments)

Did you RTFM?

about 3 months ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

psybre Oblig. StarWars (89 comments)

"What I really need is a droid who understands the binary language of moisture vaporators."

about 4 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

psybre Tax Credit (619 comments)

1993 average gas price: $1.16.

Since the current national average gas price is $3.675, an increase of $2.515, it would seem only fair that instead of a gas tax increase, they should propose a tax credit of $2.331/gallon ($2.515, less the 1993 tax rate of $0.184).

Just sayin...

about 4 months ago
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Got Malware? The FBI Wants It

psybre Boycott (93 comments)

Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet.

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.

Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this [slashdot.org] in a new tab. After seeing that, click here [slashdot.org] to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott [slashdot.org]

Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors - only discuss Beta
http://slashdot.org/recent [slashdot.org] - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

Captcha: fuckbeta

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about 9 months ago
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Grocery Store "Smart Shelves" Will Identify Customers, Show Targeted Ads

psybre Mondelez says (274 comments)

Mondelez says the software will only use and collect aggregate data, and will not record any video or photos."

Yet.

1 year,17 days
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Obama's Privacy Reform Panel Will Report To ... the NSA

psybre Action (569 comments)

>>No it won't. It will do nothing. The voter has to learn to resist propaganda, and think critically. Check the records, not the campaign speeches. Campaign 'reform' is a bullshit shell game, just like term limits. They will find another way to launder the money.

Rather, "and think critically, and waste no time to take organized action with reason and empathy based on conclusions attained by evidence."

about a year ago
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Microsoft To Add Ads To Smart Search

psybre Re:Ugh (169 comments)

Perhaps they will offer a super premium ultimate for workgroups edition that comes with this awesome feature unbundled.

about a year ago
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Scientists Breed Big-Brained Guppies To Demonstrate Evolution's Trade-Offs

psybre Obligatory (121 comments)

Think of the guppies!

about 2 years ago
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Around 200,000 Tons of Deep Water Horizon Oil and Gas Consumed By Bacteria

psybre Yummy Bacteria (170 comments)

How soon can we harvest the bacteria to fuel our cars?

more than 2 years ago
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Slackware Documentation Project Begins In Earnest

psybre In other news... (81 comments)

hell freezes over.

more than 2 years ago
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Does RIM's "Huge Loss" Signal Wider Handset Market Deterioration?

psybre Look the other way (278 comments)

RIM's loss is simply another symptom that we are accelerating toward the singularity. Nothing to see here, as everything is obsolete the moment you see it, so move along...

more than 2 years ago
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1 MW Cold Fusion Plant Supposedly To Come Online

psybre Ether (828 comments)

Are we sure that cold fusion isn't possible from extracting economic sustainability and financial stability through the ether? I think that's how Rossi got it working.

about 3 years ago
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In light of the squeeze in hard drive prices ...

psybre Reduce My Dependence (273 comments)

on storage. Instead of buying more, I'm just converting everything to ASCII.

about 3 years ago
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How Do You Get Your Geek Nostalgia Fix?

psybre Re:I fire up the Apple II+ (422 comments)

Ahh Sneakers! Now there is a blast from the past for me - remember how you could hide right at the right hand edge in that metor mode and only have to dodge about 2 of them?

...though it's safer to blow up the two small meteors than to try to dodge them, and you get points. Still, the rest time during meteor mode is the only reason I haven't developed carpal tunnel from playing the game. My copy of Twerps is really buggy; otherwise I'd have mastered that, too.

~psybre

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Get Your Geek Nostalgia Fix?

psybre I fire up the Apple II+ (422 comments)

and make shape tables (or just play Sneakers)

~psybre

more than 3 years ago
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Final Attempts To Contact Mars Spirit Rover Fail

psybre Save the Rover (95 comments)

C'mon - lets just go there and get it! What's the hold up? I'm ready right now.

more than 3 years ago

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WSJ: Facebook to Advertisers: More Data Coming

psybre psybre writes  |  about 5 months ago

psybre (921148) writes "A Wall Street Journal article details Facebook's plans for sharing their information with advertisers. The company has been gathering user's browsing habits. While used in the past only for security reasons, they intend to provide this information to advertisers soon. An industry analyst was quoted that, "By bringing in data about their users' browsing habits and app usage, they are creating an even more complete profile of each person.""
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The Pyrite Bay - 21 GB Working Copy of Pirate Bay

psybre psybre writes  |  more than 5 years ago

psybre (921148) writes "From The Register ...following the news that a 21GB working copy of the entire site has been created and posted to the service. "I suppose I wanted us to have assurances," the anonymous user who made the copy told TorrentFreak. "If the TPB deal disappoints us, we can just put it up again." Such a database could allow hundreds of TPB clones to pop up over the internet with little effort. Indeed, TPB copies have been already been spawned as of this publication. Link: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/21/ggf_stock_halted_21_aug/"
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psybre psybre writes  |  about 8 years ago

psybre (921148) writes "

So I am surfing through Locus Online and look through the new books that are being released. Appears MAPPA MUNDI, Justina Robson's second novel. Well, since Locus states that the book is an "SF novel, about software that can read and write into the human brain, seen as a curative by some, a mind-control device by others" I procede to Amazon to check it out and to grab the ISBN number so I may mooch it.

There is one customer review for the book. The review is 5 (out of 5) stars. Harriet Klausner really likes this mystery, and WOW she is currently THE #1 reviewer on Amazon. What the hell does that even mean?!!

I must investigate. It would seem that for Harriet to succeed in reviewing novels she would need to be able to write well in easy language that everyone can understand. She must review ALOT. Her reviews must help those that are looking for books to buy.

Now, I thought that perhaps another requirement for success in reviewing would be that the woman would rate books appropriate to their worth, quality and enjoyment. Apparently not. I go now to a link that says: "See all 12417 reviews." What? Harriet Klausner has read 12,417 books? And remembered and absorbed enough about all of these books to write reviews? Maybe Amazon is incorrectly counting her number of reviews?

Well, lets take a small journey and look at a small, short list of her more recent reviews:

  • Heat Signature: A Novel by Lisa Teasley -- Rated 5 stars -- strong psychological drama -- October 5, 2006

  • The Accomplice (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Elizabeth Ironside -- Rated 4 stars -- This is as much a garden tea party as a mystery -- October 4, 2006

  • Haunting Olivia by Janelle Taylor -- Rated 4 stars -- wonderful second chance at love thriller -- October 4, 2006

  • Sweet Revenge (Revenge of the Sisterhood) by Fern Michaels -- Rated 4 stars -- Sisterhood VENDETTA -- October 4, 2006

  • Kidnapped: A Novel (Irene Kelly Mysteries) by Jan Burke -- Rated 5 stars -- excellent -- October 4, 2006

  • Going Home by Harriet Evans -- Rated 4 stars -- interesting English character study -- October 4, 2006

  • Finding Noel: A Novel by Richard Paul Evans -- Rated 5 stars -- terrific allegorical tale -- October 4, 2006

  • A Peach of a Murder: A Fresh-Baked Mystery by Livia J. Washburn -- Rated 4 stars -- entertaining who done it -- October 4, 2006

  • Played by Barbara Freethy -- Rated 4 stars -- terrific romantic suspense -- October 4, 2006

  • Give Him the Slip by Geralyn Dawson -- Rated 5 stars -- wonderfully romantic Holy Terror of Texas thriller -- October 4, 2006

  • Parallel Heat by Deidre Knight -- Rated 5 stars -- complex "Parallel" military science fiction romance -- October 4, 2006

  • Love, Lust and Pixie Dust by LuAnn McLane -- Rated 4 stars -- three interrelated paranormal romances -- October 4, 2006

  • Once Upon a Spring Morn by Dennis L. McKiernan -- Rated 5 stars -- magical fairytale -- October 4, 2006

  • Greywalker by Kat Richardson -- Rated 5 stars -- satirical fantasy mystery -- October 4, 2006

  • Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires, Book I (The Moganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine -- Rated 5 stars -- enthralling coming of age supernatural tale -- October 4, 2006

  • A Dangerous Love by Bertrice Small -- Rated 5 stars -- action-packed erotic historical romance -- October 4, 2006

  • The Secret Heiress by Judith Gould -- Rated 4 stars -- fine contemporary romantic thriller -- October 4, 2006

  • Murder, She Wrote: Three Strikes and You're Dead (Murder, She Wrote) by Jessica Fletcher -- Rated 5 stars -- local baseball murder case -- October 4, 2006

  • What Matters Most by Nicole Bokat -- Rated 5 stars -- interesting relationship drama -- October 4, 2006

  • Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty with the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, and Beef Jerky by John Moe -- Rated 4 stars -- delightfully funny exposé on those who are right -- October 4, 2006

  • Just One Sip by Katie Macalister -- Rated 4 stars -- three amusing and interesting vampiric romantic fantasies -- October 4, 2006

  • Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun by Kathleen Bacus -- Rated 4 stars -- amusing lighthearted mystery -- October 4, 2006

  • Love on the Ropes by Pat White -- Rated 5 stars -- fun wrestling romance -- October 4, 2006

  • Sign of the Cross by Chris Kuzneski -- Rated 4 stars -- action-packed Christian conspiracy thriller -- October 4, 2006

  • Dance of the Gods (The Circle Trilogy, Book 2) by Nora Roberts -- Rated 5 stars -- excellent romantic fantasy -- October 4, 2006

  • Rumble on the Bayou by Jana Deleon -- Rated 5 stars -- excellent romantic police procedural -- October 4, 2006

  • Hawk's Pursuit by Constance O'Banyon -- Rated 5 stars -- terrific western romance -- October 4, 2006

  • Savage Tempest by Cassie Edwards -- Rated 4 stars -- for fans of the author -- October 4, 2006

  • Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber -- Rated 5 stars -- terrific look at Marie Antoinette through her fashion -- October 4, 2006

  • The Keeper by Sarah Langan -- Rated 5 stars -- dark scary thriller -- October 4, 2006

...and so on. About 66 reviews were posted on October 4th, each one about 300 words in length, for a total of about 20000 words. Practically a novel in itself. More were posted on October 3rd. I can only assume that the 12,417 reviews is a proper count.

In summary, I believe that this reviewer is inhuman, or rather, multiple people, with some sort of agenda. Feel free to do your own analysis. Contact Amazon. Does this whole "top reviewer" ranking system on Amazon seem broken?

Of course, following this rant, a quick google search turned up a multitude of links to speculation about Harriet. Try it yourself!

"

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psybre psybre writes  |  about 8 years ago

So I am surfing through Locus Online and look through the new books that are being released. Appears MAPPA MUNDI, Justina Robson's second novel. Well, since Locus states that the book is an "SF novel, about software that can read and write into the human brain, seen as a curative by some, a mind-control device by others" I procede to Amazon to check it out and to grab the ISBN number so I may mooch it.

There is one customer review for the book. The review is 5 (out of 5) stars. Harriet Klausner really likes this mystery, and WOW she is currently THE #1 reviewer on Amazon. What the hell does that even mean?!!

I must investigate. It would seem that for Harriet to succeed in reviewing novels she would need to be able to write well in easy language that everyone can understand. She must review ALOT. Her reviews must help those that are looking for books to buy.

Now, I thought that perhaps another requirement for success in reviewing would be that the woman would rate books appropriate to their worth, quality and enjoyment. Apparently not. I go now to a link that says: "See all 12417 reviews." What? Harriet Klausner has read 12,417 books? And remembered and absorbed enough about all of these books to write reviews? Maybe Amazon is incorrectly counting her number of reviews?

Well, lets take a small journey and look at a small, short list of her more recent reviews:

  • Heat Signature: A Novel by Lisa Teasley -- Rated 5 stars -- strong psychological drama -- October 5, 2006

  • The Accomplice (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Elizabeth Ironside -- Rated 4 stars -- This is as much a garden tea party as a mystery -- October 4, 2006

  • Haunting Olivia by Janelle Taylor -- Rated 4 stars -- wonderful second chance at love thriller -- October 4, 2006

  • Sweet Revenge (Revenge of the Sisterhood) by Fern Michaels -- Rated 4 stars -- Sisterhood VENDETTA -- October 4, 2006

  • Kidnapped: A Novel (Irene Kelly Mysteries) by Jan Burke -- Rated 5 stars -- excellent -- October 4, 2006

  • Going Home by Harriet Evans -- Rated 4 stars -- interesting English character study -- October 4, 2006

  • Finding Noel: A Novel by Richard Paul Evans -- Rated 5 stars -- terrific allegorical tale -- October 4, 2006

  • A Peach of a Murder: A Fresh-Baked Mystery by Livia J. Washburn -- Rated 4 stars -- entertaining who done it -- October 4, 2006

  • Played by Barbara Freethy -- Rated 4 stars -- terrific romantic suspense -- October 4, 2006

  • Give Him the Slip by Geralyn Dawson -- Rated 5 stars -- wonderfully romantic Holy Terror of Texas thriller -- October 4, 2006

  • Parallel Heat by Deidre Knight -- Rated 5 stars -- complex "Parallel" military science fiction romance -- October 4, 2006

  • Love, Lust and Pixie Dust by LuAnn McLane -- Rated 4 stars -- three interrelated paranormal romances -- October 4, 2006

  • Once Upon a Spring Morn by Dennis L. McKiernan -- Rated 5 stars -- magical fairytale -- October 4, 2006

  • Greywalker by Kat Richardson -- Rated 5 stars -- satirical fantasy mystery -- October 4, 2006

  • Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires, Book I (The Moganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine -- Rated 5 stars -- enthralling coming of age supernatural tale -- October 4, 2006

  • A Dangerous Love by Bertrice Small -- Rated 5 stars -- action-packed erotic historical romance -- October 4, 2006

  • The Secret Heiress by Judith Gould -- Rated 4 stars -- fine contemporary romantic thriller -- October 4, 2006

  • Murder, She Wrote: Three Strikes and You're Dead (Murder, She Wrote) by Jessica Fletcher -- Rated 5 stars -- local baseball murder case -- October 4, 2006

  • What Matters Most by Nicole Bokat -- Rated 5 stars -- interesting relationship drama -- October 4, 2006

  • Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty with the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, and Beef Jerky by John Moe -- Rated 4 stars -- delightfully funny exposé on those who are right -- October 4, 2006

  • Just One Sip by Katie Macalister -- Rated 4 stars -- three amusing and interesting vampiric romantic fantasies -- October 4, 2006

  • Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun by Kathleen Bacus -- Rated 4 stars -- amusing lighthearted mystery -- October 4, 2006

  • Love on the Ropes by Pat White -- Rated 5 stars -- fun wrestling romance -- October 4, 2006

  • Sign of the Cross by Chris Kuzneski -- Rated 4 stars -- action-packed Christian conspiracy thriller -- October 4, 2006

  • Dance of the Gods (The Circle Trilogy, Book 2) by Nora Roberts -- Rated 5 stars -- excellent romantic fantasy -- October 4, 2006

  • Rumble on the Bayou by Jana Deleon -- Rated 5 stars -- excellent romantic police procedural -- October 4, 2006

  • Hawk's Pursuit by Constance O'Banyon -- Rated 5 stars -- terrific western romance -- October 4, 2006

  • Savage Tempest by Cassie Edwards -- Rated 4 stars -- for fans of the author -- October 4, 2006

  • Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber -- Rated 5 stars -- terrific look at Marie Antoinette through her fashion -- October 4, 2006

  • The Keeper by Sarah Langan -- Rated 5 stars -- dark scary thriller -- October 4, 2006

...and so on. About 66 reviews were posted on October 4th, each one about 300 words in length, for a total of about 20000 words. Practically a novel in itself. More were posted on October 3rd. I can only assume that the 12,417 reviews is a proper count.

In summary, I believe that this reviewer is inhuman, or rather, multiple people, with some sort of agenda. Feel free to do your own analysis. Contact Amazon. Does this whole "top reviewer" ranking system on Amazon seem broken?

Of course, following this rant, a quick google search turned up a multitude of links to speculation about Harriet. Try it yourself!

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