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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

realsilly Dirty water with a kick (228 comments)

I know, I know. . . Sacrilege! But to me, Coffee (like Tea) is just dirty water. People don't care that it's brown or purple or green, they care about the flavor and the caffeine. So bio-engineer multiple benefits: Remove the Color; keep the rest or Remove the Color and Flavor, and just keep the caffeine. Those are 2 examples of what I might like to see bio-engineered.

about 3 months ago

Comcast Confessions

realsilly Nothing New (234 comments)

Lots of companies have engaged in this practice over the years. I've worked for a Credit card company in the past, and they did the same exact thing. It's basically preying on the weak. Those who tended to overspend and could never pay off a debt were the most vulnerable to the sales pitch to keep the card open and active. This used to be called the "sub-prime" market, but that term fell out of good graces back in 2004 - 2006 when the word "sub-prime" referred to poor people; which was true. The original intent of sub-prime was to help people with bad / no credit establish a foundation for building good credit. Just like everything else, it got corrupted by corporate greed.

about 5 months ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

realsilly Just say the account owner DIED. (401 comments)

Even simpler solution:

Act all distraught, make it sound like you're sobbing just thinking about it, and explain that you're cancelling the service for the account user who has recently Died.

Any telemarketer calls I've ever gotten I start sobbing and claiming I don't have time for them because I just lost my family to some tragic accident of type . I get an apology and my number is removed from the lists immediately.

about 5 months ago

My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

realsilly Haven't used one yet. . . (278 comments)

Since I have a backlog of older bulbs, I haven't had the need to pull out an energy saving one. Thus I selected the only option that made sense, Never had One.

about 5 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

realsilly A clean one (611 comments)

... with the room for me to lay out my paints and canvas allowing me plenty of room to do my Art thing. ;)

about 7 months ago

What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

realsilly Realsilly . . . (99 comments)

. . . because an adult woman was playing an on-line game several hours a day.
. . . because it invoked a sense of light-heartedness when playing.
. . . because young family members always said I was real silly.

It was a clean screen name, it's what I've used for forever.

about 8 months ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

realsilly Re:Not necessarily hate (1482 comments)

Please lets not forget, that the bible is a collection of stories written by men, not a deity.

Humans have judged other humans for thousands of years, not a deity.

We definitely need to get Government out of marriage business.

about 9 months ago

Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

realsilly Lets do the math. . . (518 comments)

I Google the number of licensed drivers in the US (http://www.ask.com/question/how-many-people-in-the-us-have-a-drivers-license).
            There are approximately 196,165,666 licensed drivers in the US.
            This does not include those people driving around with no license, revoked, or suspended licenses

Of the196,165,666 licensed drivers in good standing we have (we'll round up) 15 deaths and 1,125 injuries

15 / 196165666 = 7.646598054523976e-8
1125 / 196165666 = 5.734948540892982e-6

Geezsus people, an average man could fart and injure / kill more people than that percentage.

about 9 months ago

Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

realsilly Lacking Parenting versus Corporate Greed (321 comments)

Hmmmmmm decisions decisions decisions. I look at it this way, both are wrong and at fault.

If a corporation forces you to have a CC on file at all times and then allows a 30 minute window of massive funds spending, then they own some responsibility in all of this. Companies want income this is an easy way of doing it, and by placing the info in the EULA as a default action is just a "F U" consumer, we'll do what we want because we've got you addicted to our product. A CYA would be a user setting that is either device wide or insist on the App developers to add a Selectable Option: Must Use Password for every purchase? If yes, then the password must be entered for every freaking purchase, otherwise default to system settings of 30 minute window.

WTF parents. How the hell can you blame a kid for their continuous purchases. Every parent knows that if a kid wants something they will get it. If you give a child a cookie, they always want more, and if you don't hide the cookies and the child knows how to get to them, the child will get them and consume them until they puke and will still continue eating them. How the heck is a cool application that allows you to make a purchase which enhances the game any different. Why is it the big corporations fault for you handing over your phone with either the password already entered for a purchase or telling your kid what the password is? You refuse to engage with your kids, but rather prefer to entertain them with devices that are TIED TO YOUR CREDIT CARD. Quit your bitching, take responsibility for your children's actions, and Parent Your F'ing Kids,

about 9 months ago

Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

realsilly Re:Why? (321 comments)

I thought Apple also allows a few purchases for x # minutes after the password is entered. I think that was the compromise of no password at all.

about 9 months ago

Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

realsilly Simpler solution (158 comments)

Don't get a Smart Phone. With all the theft of Smart Phones, it appears to me to not be smart to own a Smart Phone.

I am always amazed how much people are willing to spend on a hand held device for making roaming phone calls.

To own a Smart Phone, you've spent the equivalency of a small but working laptop computer, and then pay for it 3 to 4 times over in a given year just to have it be more than a phone.

And they are tracked to death by government and every company in the world who wants to sell you their crap. You're actually paying them to advertise to you.


about 9 months ago

All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

realsilly Re:I am not surprised (427 comments)

Point 1, while I agree does happen, more often than naught, doesn't quite fit the topic of discussion.
Point 2, you have nothing to compare too.

As a woman, I have seen my own fair share of discrimination, but I know it exists under the surface and I go out of my way to try to prove myself. The study in this article does show a trend of hiring and pay practices in particular fields to show little to no discrimination; however in other fields such as a stock broker, or other high-paying fields, women don't fair as well. The higher up the chain of most companies the more white males see in a position of power and authority.

Granted not all industries are like that, but a majority, and pay discrimination at the beginning of a career is not indicative of the issues of pay disparity that women face the longer they are in a career. This of course, is not easy to break apart to find the one answer, because there is no One answer to this topic.

I have heard that in the past (don't know if it still happens today) that men in positions of authority would hold high level discussions at a Men-Only golf club or a strip club. I know this to be true because I've seen it first hand. These types of tactics by a few close out opportunities for women at the same level to move higher in ranks of their company. So a woman must either report the matter to HR, which always gets out, even though it's supposed to be private; or she must step into those uncomfortable situations, such as going to a strip club, to keep herself in the loop of what's going on in the company. If she's forcibly kept out of the loop, on open dialog then that is clear definition of discrimination which will lead to pay disparity.

about 9 months ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

realsilly My choice to be recorded or not is taken away (921 comments)

When someone is filming out in public and they are making it fairly obvious that they are filming, I have the ability to see this action and avoid being in their scope of frame or I can cover my face from the filming that is on going. This is MY choice to NOT be filmed. It is not a matter of having something to hide, I just don't want to be in your feature video, whether personal or posted on line.

You may have the right to film in public, but I have the right to hide from that filming. It's utterly insane to me to listen to those who don't care whether they are filmed or not to tell me to "Just Get Over It". Why is my right to remain private less important than your need to video everything? Simply put, it is NOT.

If it was OK, then why, through out television history, can people request that media obscure their face on film, but the average Joe can just film me and post it to the world wide web? Why is there a double standard? There shouldn't be.

I don't want to be filmed unless I approve of the filming, and I should have the right of refusal and those with the filming devices should be courteous enough to accept my right of refusal and honor it.

Just because I'm in public, doesn't mean I expect 100% privacy, clearly I can't, but I have a reasonable expectation of limited privacy. I mean if I'm in a bar enjoying a cocktail (or anywhere public for that matter), those individuals that are in close proximity of me are privy to seeing me or hearing my conversation, if I'm being loud enough to be noticed in the sea of faces. But once you film me and posting it, you're taking away my reasonable expectation of limited privacy. You're now making my business available to the entire internet world who weren't in the room. This essentially steals from me the ability to be myself without being monitored by the whole world.

If you still feel like I should just shut up and go away, then you really are oblivious.

about 10 months ago

Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

realsilly Gay Business owners could retaliate. . . (917 comments)

I find Anti-Gay legislature to be an awful step in the wrong direction. What would stop a Gay business owner from then refusing to sell to straight people? Shit would hit the fan then.

I understand people have their personal beliefs and prejudices, but to go to such extremes as to put Anti-anything in the laws is just immoral in my humble opinion.

Discrimination is in everyone, some are more extreme than others, but if a potential customer walks into a jewelery store and that person's actions make it look like they are casing the place, doesn't a business owner have the right of refusal of a point of sale, in order to protect themselves. Some would say yes, some would say no. That example is not really the same as an Anti-gay legislature to prevent sales based on open discrimination, but if someone's strong moral beliefs feel that they must protect themselves from a potential customer who is gay, they under that same scenario one would think they have a right of refusal. To me it's a ridiculous perspective, but I'm sure someone will say "See, she gets it."

This is only a point being made for discussion, playing devil's advocate as it were. Talk amongst yourselves.

about 10 months ago

Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):

realsilly Re:Best? No Clue (197 comments)

Got you beat for worst. . .
I heard on the radio where a woman was told by her husband that his gift to her was the cost of the initial consultation visit to a weight loss clinic.

about 10 months ago

Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

realsilly Re: Decreased Costs (1043 comments)

Where is the child support from the father of the child? Let's not stereo type the girl too fast. For every pregnant girl there is a baby daddy.

I don't necessarily agree with the welfare system, it rewards some laziness and irresponsibility. There are good and honest people who go to it as a last resort, but once on it, it is extremely difficult to get back off of it. Ask anyone who has tried. You're practically punished for trying to be free of it.

about a year ago

Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

realsilly You bought it, you implied consent... (599 comments)

Key thing is "Implied".

But then again how is this any different then the "Black Box" in the car?

Don't get me wrong, I disagree with the Black Box and the GPS tracking. I think that we, as a nation, haven't screamed loud enough at our leadership to tell them to get out of our lives.

Hell, as a nation, we've elected these bastards who have basically told us to Bend over and Take it.

about a year ago

Over 20% of Online Black Friday Sales Came From Mobile Devices

realsilly Sad that we know that much already (201 comments)

So which company is reporting to whom about who did what on Cyber Monday or Black Friday, or any F---'in day? Is this how much every aspect of our lives is being tracked that in merely a few days we know this statistic at all, regardless of accuracy?


1 year,16 days



FL Man brings and loses gun on Disney ride

realsilly realsilly writes  |  about a year and a half ago

realsilly (186931) writes "http://www.geekosystem.com/disney-ride-gun-lost/

From Geekosystem.com

"Floridian Angelo Lista brought his .380 Cobra on the Dinosaur ride at the theme park’s Animal Kingdom attraction, only to have the firearm fall out of his pocket during the bumpy trip. Luckily, the gun — loaded with five hollow point rounds — was found by a grandmother who turned it in to park officials." . . . "Disney World does have a policy against weapons on its property, though Lista — who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Florida — complains that the policy should be more obvious." /facepalm

I've been to Disney theme parks, what I'm curious about is why he felt compelled to bring a loaded weapon to Animal Kingdom, much less to any theme park. Was he worried that the Animals would attack him? Augh, I'm so sick of the stupid people migrating to this state."

Major Bank's Credit Card division database compromised

realsilly realsilly writes  |  about 2 years ago

realsilly (186931) writes "Approximately 2 weeks ago, I received an email from my bank stating they were replacing my Credit Card. Perplexed, I called the customer support number I have stored and spoke with a representative. I was perplexed because I was not due for a new Credit Card. The Representative on the phone stated that the Credit Card Database had been compromised and that a mass card reissue was taking place. Concerned I asked about my other accounts and I was assured I would not be held liable for any fraudulent activities. I began to scour the media for some bit of info on this, and to my disappointment I found nothing. I went to the local branch the next day and explained what I was told, and the Branch representative denied a breach took place and they would be the 1st to know. I still have not seen any news on this breach, and it concerns me that there is a major cover-up going on to avoid mass panic and runs on this bank. I am curious, has anyone else heard of any major Credit Card database breaches? How were you informed?"

Encourage Suicide, not Free Speech

realsilly realsilly writes  |  more than 3 years ago

realsilly writes "As documented from the Associated Press, according to a judge in FARIBAULT, Minnesota, encouraging suicide is not protected under Free Speech. A nurse performed a search on the internet for depressed people and engaged with 2 individual, a man and a woman and encouraged them to kill themselves. He's been found guilty of aiding their suicides. The defendant's lawyer argued that the two were already considering suicide before the defendant engaged with them.

This is certainly a moral dilemma for people who don't believe in suicide. I perceive this to be Free Speech in it's most basic form even if it is not nice dialog. What do other Slashdot readers think or feel about this trial's results."

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Privilege of Higher Education

realsilly realsilly writes  |  about 4 years ago

realsilly writes "The discussion of cheating took place this week with this article http://idle.slashdot.org/story/10/11/18/152256/200-Students-Admit-Cheating-After-Professors-Online-Rant about cheating students at UCF. I found that there were over 600+ posts about cheating. They included the range of feedback from the posters, from "the professor is an idiot", to "Cheating is wrong and hurts those who don't cheat", to "everybody does it" and "Fortune 100 companies hire cheaters". I'm rather curious as to why Cheating is acceptable. Are people that afraid to actually work / study for a class? Are professors so disenchanted that they just go through the motions to teach? Why is there not a greater penalty for cheating?

I've always understood that to be educated up to the 12th grade was mandatory for all states, no matter how that education is applied, Public School, Private school, or Home school. But I've always understood higher education to be a privilege. Not a right, but a privilege. That being the case, I would think that the educational system would look at cheating more closely, and remove cheaters from the education system and allow those students who really want to learn to have the opportunity to learn.

If the only reason you're in college is to score that 6-figure job and you don't know the material about your job because you managed to get your degree by cheating your way through college, then you're a fraud to the core. I certainly don't want to work for some business major who cheated his/her way through school and then tries to become my manager. But as many of you have noted, Cheating has gone on for ages, maybe that's the situation we're already facing in this country, and may help explain why this country is such a wreck.

As an educational system, I'd much rather take students that weren't top performers in high school, who want to get a higher education and improve themselves than cheaters who just beat the system."

Suspicious emails

realsilly realsilly writes  |  more than 4 years ago

realsilly writes "I have on many occasions recently received emails with no subject matter except have an attachement that is a jpg. file. When trying to get rid of these I have seen that the address consistently ends with @thieo121oincredible.com. When I try to perform a search on this I don't really get anything of that helps me understand where this is from. So I'm reaching out to the /. community to for help in identification of this address and any knowledge about the intent of the emails. Worm, Trojan, virus, something else?"

Games and the Social Effect

realsilly realsilly writes  |  more than 4 years ago

realsilly writes "When I stumbled upon the article, I was both facinated and appalled. http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/03/30/japan.video.game.rape/index.html?hpt=C2 I realize that Rapelay, the game, is pretty old news, but I'm a tad behind the times. I mentioned it to some friends and we've been having an interesting discussion about it.

Reading about this game puts an me at an ill feeling of disgust and curiosity. I realize it is just a video game, but its sole purpose is to rape. I'm bothered by the game because of what rape is. A rape victim is stripped of their humanity, they didn't ask to be raped and this game is a horrible reminder, even it they don't play it.

But then there are war games, men and women have been to war, and these well done war games may really have an impact on veterans, and still War games are generally accepted

I'm curious what slashdotters have to say in thea area of games and their social effect?"

Sexism or Not

realsilly realsilly writes  |  about 5 years ago

realsilly writes "I am a Business Systems Analyst. I am often asked to write documentation beyond requirements. These stem from Scope documents to How To guides and beyond. Now I'm fairly organized in taking capturing information, I tend to ask questions to get information correct and I'm fairly knowledgeable with many of the the MS Office tools so I see these as selling features of when I'm trying to look for employment. I am basically a Jack Of All Trades, except, I'm a girl. I recently took a new position a company where I'm a rare female among many male engineers and developers. The few females on my floor are engineers themselves and in a different department. So when I joined there was a department secretary who helped to support our team, but she moved to another building, and suddenly, I'm being asked to take notes in meetings where I have no business being. I'm receiving calls from strangers to check on availability of meeting rooms, I'm being asked to help with presentations that need quick easy to access (imo) information. I've was told in front of several male counterparts during a lunch session, "...since we don't have and Admin, I'm going to pull you to set up xyz...." where xyz is sometimes considered an Admin task.

Now all of these request could be because I'm quick organized and efficient and I'm only 300% booked by comparison to my fellow coworkers who are more booked than I, or some of these requests are what they appear to be, blatant sexism. I'm looking for some feedback from the Slashdot community, of both Women and Men."

Documentation Naming Conventions

realsilly realsilly writes  |  more than 5 years ago

realsilly writes "I am a requirements analyst, and I often find myself in companies where they either have an extremely rigid naming convention and structure for storing documents or there is no structure in place at all. I find myself in the latter of the two situations, where I'm trying to come up with an easy to use and implement naming convention that will be followed by those who don't name things formally. I am avoiding using numbers and dates within document names and in many cases, I have much of my early documentation on internal wiki pages. I'm looking for some best practices ideas from the Slashdot community."

When innocence lost...

realsilly realsilly writes  |  more than 5 years ago

realsilly writes "I recently heard about a CNN article that posted a flagrantly inflamatory headline just to draw the eye to their video clip. CNN article "3 kids taken away after naked bathtub pics".


It really made me wonder what the heck was going on. Well it turns out a couple gave their children a bath and a cute photo was taken, with all innocence behind it. Someone at Walmart, where the photos were developed called authorities and all mayhem ensued with PC's confiscated and all types of storage devices for digital photos. After about a month of foster care, the children were returned to the parents after a judge ruled there was nothing pornographic about the photos. I'm all for catching perverts who have child pornography, but this is insane. Here is what I see as ridiculous, these same parents have reared their children since birth, and have seen their children 1000's of times naked, but you snap one innocent photo and you're scrutinized by the law. And really doesn't this then open up doors to scrutinze every piece of art or TV commercial or advertisment that ever displayed naked children? What about all those "Funniest Home Videos" where parents film children naked? When is it going to far for photo developers to report what they see? At what point is it an invasion of privacy versus reporting a criminal act?"

Stephen Colbert as President of USA

realsilly realsilly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

realsilly writes "Could it be true? Stephen Colbert has announced his run for President of the good old US of A. Here is the link to CNN.com where I first saw the article here http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/ and here http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/10/17/colbert.president.ap/index.html. I can't say that I'd vote for him, but it is rather comical to read about. What do you think about this? Joke or Real?"

God is being sued....

realsilly realsilly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

realsilly writes "I found this article linked to KETV 7 out of Omaha, Nebraska. The original link that took me to http://www.ketv.com/news/14133442/detail.html came from http://www.cnn.com/. Basically, a senator from Nebraska wanted to prove how frivolous many lawsuits are. As if we didn't know already. This is not only funny, but quite sad, that this senator feels like he needs to prove this with further wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars."

Prince for Free?

realsilly realsilly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

realsilly writes "In a CNN.com article reports that Prince is giving away his new album for Free. Although, it's not quite free, you still have to buy a tabloid. While I don't really like Prince's music, I am impressed by his bold step forward to provide a little Fan Appreciation. LONDON, England (AP) — Prince has angered the music industry and stirred up trouble among British retailers by giving away his new album with a tabloid newspaper this weekend. Prince's new album "Planet Earth" will be packaged with a British Sunday newspaper this weekend. "Planet Earth" will be packaged with the Mail on Sunday at a price of $2.80. The giveaway has been roundly criticized as a major blow for an industry already facing rapidly declining CD sales. It has led Sony BMG UK, Prince's local label, to pull the plug on its own sales release of the CD in Britain. International sales launch for "Planet Earth" is July 16; the U.S. launch is July 24. ... The full artile is here at CNN.com: http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/07/13/prince .newspaper.ap/index.html"

Pools, Pumps and Modern Technology

realsilly realsilly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

realsilly writes "I've been around pools for much of my life. I love swimming and just like any kid I would always try to swim to the bottom of the pool to touch the drain. I remember the day I created a 3 inch in diameter ball of knotted hair on the top of my head from a powerful pumb. Some of you may have seen the story about the little girl who was disemboweled by a pool filtration system. Here: http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_6293513? nclick_check=1 I am curious to know if there is the ability to create better systems with sensors that would shut down so that accidents like this don't happen. Here are some other articles that talk about this problem. http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=&q=Girl+dise mboweled+in+pool+&btnG=Search+News"


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